And yet another big fat tax


Because it’s not like people in Australia already have to deal with a whole host of ridiculous taxes set way too high by governments that couldn’t buy an ice cream without somehow burning through 100 bucks.

Fast food giants are facing substantial local government rate increases in a bid to tackle the nation’s obesity epidemic.

Dieticians are backing the call by a Melbourne council – to slug McDonalds and KFC outlets up to 400 percent more on their rates.

Pardon my French, but just fuck off already. That goes for those dickheads in the UK and Denmark, too.

Hands up. Hands up anyone who doesn’t know that waffing too many cheeseburgers will make you fat?

Apparently, the government thinks you don’t.

It’s claimed extra money from the rate increases will be poured into health promotion programs.

I don’t give a crap if they mean well or not. What they’ve got to realise is that people are sick of the government telling them what’s best for them.

Seriously, does anyone go to McDonald’s and think it’s the same as eating a salad and jogging 10kms?

Do these government busy bodies realise we already have more than enough people telling us what to do? They’re our wives, our husbands, our parents, our friends, our co-workers, our bosses, that stupid ad on the TV, or even our kids telling us how uncool we are.

The last thing we need when we give ourselves a little treat after looking at a paycheck that’s had the guts ripped out of it, is some faceless douchebag from the government telling us they care whilst helping themselves to even more.

Councils? Just get back to mowing the parks and picking up the 15 useless garbage bins you foisted on us.

PS I wonder if this has anything to do with the ICLEI…

    • techapilla
    • May 15th, 2012

    Makes me so mad, this tax-junk-food stuff. Junk food sustained our son through chemo, when he wouldn’t eat anything else.

    • Wow! Hope he’s doing better now.

      Maybe tell McDonald’s, mate. ;-)

        • techapilla
        • May 15th, 2012

        Thanks, bingbing. Don’t know what we’d have done without KFC etc. They are still lifelines, providing treats on our way back from all those trips to Melbourne we undertake. I looooove KFC and Maccas, and not just for their food. BTW, my older boy works at Maccas and they are a fantastic employer also.

        • Yeah. Worked at macca’s back in the day, and it certainly didn’t do me any harm. And I can tell you, as someone presently living overseas who might also do more travel than the average bloke, seeing those golden arches sometimes can be a godsend (also at about 5am after a big night out, too…)

          Exotic food is great, but sometimes you just need that burger, and to walk into a place anywhere in the world almost and know what you’re getting; you can’t put a price on that.

          People all around the world eat fast food. And guess what?

          They ain’t fat!

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • May 15th, 2012

    Just started reading your blog and laughed at this thread. I was telling Mum about this story today.

    I hope Macca’s and KFC take the Council to court and sue them on the grounds of unfair trade and discrimination. Why should the company be exploited because of what they sell? Will the local Fish n Chip Shop get the same treatment from Council?

    A disgusting money grab from do-gooders in Council who probably do lots of stuff the rest of us would find unsavoury, if only we knew publicly what they were up to. I am SO sick of government bodies telling us what is good for us. Fuck ‘em, fuck them all and take their perks and benefits off them for being so intrusive into our lives. These people are lower than the dregs off the bottom of the Kitty Litter tray and need to be put in their place, once and for all. I don’t know all the details of the story but I’d guess the instigators are lefty Green’s! So go and eat your Mung Bean’s and Lentils and leave us normal people alone to do as we wont and see fit.

    I’m off to buy a Big Mac, a Quarter Pounder, a Chicken Burger, a Fillet o’Fish, Fries and Twenty Chicken Nuggets!

    • And it’s like voila! and obesity is saved.

      Idiots.

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • May 18th, 2012

    You want to talk about tax, Lady Jugs and i will cough up just under $74K this financial year in income tax that does not include what we pay in FBT on allowances and bonus schedules.

    I get so pissed off because i have been in the workforce for 32 years, Lady Jugs for 24 years (she did post grad), we have both worked hard to get to where we are and quite frankly i am tired of us being screwed to support the lazy and feckless turds that inhadit our society.

    Thats my rant – i feel beter now. Ta :)

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • May 18th, 2012

    “Pardon my French, but just fuck off already…

    I don’t give a crap if they mean well or not. What they’ve got to realise is that people are sick of the government telling them what’s best for them.”

    +1.

    More importantly, sick of the govt. taxing the crap out of us and telling us that we have it good.

    I’ve got a pretty good idea how I’d like that my tax money spent, and its not on paying people to host refugees in their homes…

    When you look at the day to day taxes on people, you can see why it becomes possible to have a working poor.

    I do ok for myself, but I pay 30c/$ for most of my money, and more if I’m busy. Add a 10% gst on nearly everything, 38cpl fuel tax, with 10% gst ON TOP of that and it becomes pretty easy to see how a guy with a wife at home looking after two kids working for a low wage gets buried in taxes and payments.

    The government of this country needs to stop taxing its people and start letting us spend our money where we think it should be spent. (*cough* capitalism *cough*)

    As one of the temporarily shining lights of the global economy, you’d think they’d be trying to fire our economy up, not destroy our gdp with self inflicted taxes…

      • Carpe Jugulum
      • May 19th, 2012

      Didn’t you get the memo Woz, according to the cabal of Vuvuzela, Goose, Shortarse et al working to improve your lot in life is ‘unfair’. Better you cough up your hard earned to the gazoos in gubbermint who think that stealing from the productive to give to the feckless if ‘fair’.

      Leaving Aistralia is not easy but it is better than being robbed by these fools. Japan has it’s problems but nothing as bad as this.

  1. My income tax was about 2% last year. In a globally dilapidated economy, I can tell you it’s a really nice feeling to keep the money you earn. It’s motivating. And it still gets spent and saved (taxed) anyway, so I don’t quite understand their need to take it from us before we get it.

      • Carpe Jugulum
      • May 20th, 2012

      We are both on the top rate (48c) + 20% FBT for bonus scheules and alllaowances.

  2. PS It’s generally 14% but ESL teachers get a special deal…

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