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Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax
Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2012

Posted on 12/09/2012 2:56:16 PM PST by george76

A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

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Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal or military spending.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; doctor; doctors; healthcare; southafrica; swaziland; tax; taxes; witch; witchdoctor; witchdoctors

1 posted on 12/09/2012 2:56:27 PM PST by george76
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Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

Don't let Obama know. My witch doctor is the only one I can afford with Obama raising taxes on medical equipment and my medical doctor's personal income.

2 posted on 12/09/2012 2:59:39 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: george76

Which witch?


3 posted on 12/09/2012 2:59:42 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: george76

Humans are such...humans!


4 posted on 12/09/2012 2:59:51 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: george76

Having lived in South Africa and been to Swaziland on business over a dozen times I can tell you with certainty that their “crisis” is a manufactured one caused solely by a morally bankrupt and slimy king who is sitting on gold and more. He is too busy having 900 maidens dance for him annually (topless reed dance) so that the pig can select his next wife to lavishly spend money on while he rents a Boeing BBJ to fly around the world in as his people dies from the highest AIDS rate in the world and stave for lack of income...but I digress.


5 posted on 12/09/2012 3:01:16 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: george76

Having lived in South Africa and been to Swaziland on business over a dozen times I can tell you with certainty that their “crisis” is a manufactured one caused solely by a morally bankrupt and slimy king who is sitting on gold and more. He is too busy having 900 maidens dance for him annually (topless reed dance) so that the pig can select his next wife to lavishly spend money on while he rents a Boeing BBJ to fly around the world in as his people dies from the highest AIDS rate in the world and stave for lack of income...but I digress.


6 posted on 12/09/2012 3:01:29 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: george76

This could cast a spell over the Swazi witchdoctor industry.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 3:01:44 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: george76
Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants.

Swaziland has a total-debt-to-annual-GDP ratio of 15%... and they're "in trouble". The United States has gone from 45% (in 2007) to 105% (in 2011), and not much is said about it. (The IMF defines 125% as "unsustainable".)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal or military spending.

I wonder what they will ask King Obama to give up.

8 posted on 12/09/2012 3:03:35 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: ICE-FLYER

perhaps Obummer is taking notes.


9 posted on 12/09/2012 3:04:51 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: george76

be quiet, for goodness; sakes!
a tax that HusseinO hasn’t thought of imposing on America yet?

ssssshhhhhh!!!!! keep your voice down!


10 posted on 12/09/2012 3:20:25 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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It’s time for the Swaziland witch doctors to “go Galt”.


11 posted on 12/09/2012 3:22:26 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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Isn’t there a witch doctors union of some kind?
Amalgamated Federation of Witch Healing.
Up the AFWH!


12 posted on 12/09/2012 3:35:44 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: george76

In this country they are called “liberals”


13 posted on 12/09/2012 3:46:25 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: KarlInOhio

Too slow .... read the law carefully, I’m sure there’s a tax in there for witch doctors.


14 posted on 12/09/2012 4:02:35 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: george76

Does anyone know how Obamacare affects Witch Doctors here in the USA? Will the current rate of one visit per bottle of Neutered Albanian Albino Goat Urine go up or stay the same? Also, I heard that Obamacare provides 2 free psychic readings per week. Can anyone confirm? Free phones, free medical care and free psychic readings....we are so blessed to have Obama as our leader! What else could we possibly need?


15 posted on 12/09/2012 4:47:37 PM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: george76

Does anyone know how Obamacare affects Witch Doctors here in the USA? Will the current rate of one visit per bottle of Neutered Albanian Albino Goat Urine go up or stay the same? Also, I heard that Obamacare provides 2 free psychic readings per week. Can anyone confirm? Free phones, free medical care and free psychic readings....we are so blessed to have Obama as our leader! What else could we possibly need?


16 posted on 12/09/2012 4:48:03 PM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: george76

Oh. Without my glasses I thought the title said “Switzerland.”

Never mind.


17 posted on 12/09/2012 5:15:51 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: F15Eagle
Which witch?

This one maybe?

18 posted on 12/09/2012 6:26:09 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: george76

Oooh, Eeeeh, Ooh Ah Ah
Ting, tang, wala wala bing bang.


19 posted on 12/09/2012 6:27:40 PM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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