reported by BNP via the Genesis Review
In a bold political move, the Magnanimous Central Government has enacted a new 20% tax which will expire in seven years. The tax will be gathered in the form of produce, then set aside for the entire first seven year period.
During a second seven year period, the citizens will be required to buy it all back from the government. In this first year of the tax, when the country is experiencing unprecedented prosperity, only a few people are objecting to the tax.
This tax law is attributed to the Pharaoh’s newest cabinet member, a foreigner who was recently released from prison. The head-warden-for-political-prisoners and the-head-of-royal-food-security have both verified that this man, Joseph Jacobson, was just pulled from the Prison for Political Dissidents when no one on the royal medical or legal staffs could provide acceptable counsel for Pharaoh.
Pharaoh claimed to have had two dreams that he needed professional help with. Apparently, horrific after-images of cows swallowing each other were keeping him from performing his normal duties. When none of his expert staff were able to diagnose his visions, the abilities of Mr. Jacobson were brought to his attention. Mr. Jacobson was known in the prison for giving advice concerning strange dreams. Pharaoh has accepted Mr. Jacobson’s explanation, but full details have not yet been made public.
Objections to Mr. Jacobson were initially coming from two fronts. Ensconced political figures resisted his rise to power, saying he should have to come up through the ranks like everyone else. However, since Mr. Jacobson has been given his position, those in disagreement have been hard to find.
The other protest was from a few economists. They have cautioned that this massive shift of resources to the government will weaken the economy and make it more susceptible to strain from adverse natural phenomena or international conflict.
They also predict that private land ownership will cease to exist. While acknowledging that Mr. Jacobson seems to have good intentions, they say that complete governmental control of people’s lives is the only possible outcome for such a plan.
(for further information see Genesis 41)