Just stumbled upon this article where Forbe's contributor Kelly Phillips mocks the Spanish government about the “tax on the Sun” that they are about to pass. Check it out, it’s well worth reading regardless of whether or not you have solar panels: Out Of Ideas And In Debt, Spain Sets Sights On Taxing The Sun.
First of all, I must admit I did enjoy the mocking. However, in my understanding the article misses a very important point; that is, this tax on the Sun is much closer to plain corruption than to another dumb reform to tease about. Certainly, it isn’t because of the debt, that is for sure.
Think it this way. Many of our current politicians will “retire” on some of the two major power companies, which are… oh surprise, the companies lobbying for this absurdity to be passed.
So, taking that into account and the recent past of corruption they all carry, how mistaken could someone be by assuming that the primary objective of this tax is to position their future selves despite the general good? The better those companies do, the fatter the paycheck they’ll have within a few years. Fuck the common good.
Anyway, whatever the actual reason, the shortsightedness they display is shameful. I’m embarrassed for them. Big time.