If you are a Romanian politician, don't mess with the witches. Witches in that country are reacting strongly and with great venom to the introduction of taxes on their business.
In response, a dozen of them cast spells against the government. They threw poison mandrake plant into the Danube River "so evil will befall them." They also tossed in the usual evil eye remedies such as cat excrement,a dog's body and a herbal mix. No word yet of the targeted Minister's demise.
Some have said that they should have seen it coming. As of this year, the witches, along with astrologers, parapsychologists and spiritual mediums, will have to register as self-employed and pay tax and pension. As well, every spell and prophecy will have to be accompanied by a receipt which has to be filed with tax authorities. Sort of like we do, only without the ouija board.
Witches claim that the black magic racket is not so lucrative and that they will be put out of business. "This law is foolish. What is there to tax, when we hardly earn anything?" said one witch. "The lawmakers don't look at themselves, at how much they make, their tricks; they steal and they come to us asking us to put spells on their enemies. My curses always work!"
At $7-$10 a pop they won't be paying too much tax. Some argue that the law will be hard to enforce, as the payments to witches and astrologers are made in cash.
In fact they continue to play a large role in the business of the nation. Don't forget this is the land where Dracula was born. The President is accompanied by a parapsychologist and often wears purple clothing to ward off evil spirits. Witchcraft is recognised by the Orthodox Church. The late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife had their own personal witch on staff.