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  •  They work better in more egalitarian states like (3+ / 0-)
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    citisven, translatorpro, wu ming

    Denmark and Germany.  Keep in mind these places have a VAT (in the form of an excise sales tax) in the neighborhood of 20%, even on food stuffs.  But millions aren't going hungry there, like they would in the US thanks to our lack of a safety net.

    •  In Germany food is taxed at a different (2+ / 0-)
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      rate, as are books and a few other things:

      MwSt (= sales tax, VAT)

      At present, MwSt is 19% for most items in Germany, with some items such as basic foodstuffs and books being only 7%.  For some goods and services (eg. stamps) there is currently no MwSt.
      http://www.germanwordsexplained.com/...

      „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

      by translatorpro on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07:17 PM PDT

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