Posts Tagged ‘tan tax’

Obama Learns Rolling Around In The Dirt With TV Reality Stars, You Are Bound To Get Snookered

July 30, 2010

First, Snooki took on Obama over Twitter. Then, Obama falsely said he didn’t even know who she was. And on Thursday night’s second season premiere of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” Snooki took the ball back, and went after Obama again.

 In one scene, Snooki — with her impressively orange tan — broke the shocking news that she’s been staying away from her home away from home: Tanning salons.

 “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning. McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and would probably want to be tan,” she said.

 Snooki was referring to a provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act that mandates tanning salons impose a 10 percent tax on UV-ray sessions.

 Clearly, Obama can’t relate to Snooki’s problems, she added, commenting on Obama’s skin color.

 “Obama doesn’t have that problem. Obviously,” she said.

Obama goes on View, now sets the bar even lower by creating increased Snooki publicity. When you roll around in the dirt with reality stars you are bound to look dirty…

 

Tan Tax Upsets People Who Were Snookered..

July 9, 2010

Mention the new “tan tax” in a major news outlet and cries of discrimination and reverse racism often follow.

The complaint surfaced on reader comment boards to blogs and news Web sites back in December, when it became clear that the levy — a 10 percent surcharge on the use of ultraviolet tanning beds — was likely to be included in the new health-care overhaul bill. Since then, it’s been repeated by conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Doc Thompson, a fill-in host for Glenn Beck who intoned in March, “I now know the pain of racism.”

When an article about the fallout from the tax — which took effect last week — appeared on the Washington Post’s Web site Wednesday, dozens of commenters questioned the tax’s legality.

The case can seem deceptively simple: Since patrons of tanning salons are almost exclusively white, the tax will be almost entirely paid by white people and, therefore, violates their constitutional right to equal protection under the law.

But does the argument have any merit? Not remotely said Randall Kennedy, a professor at Harvard Law School specializing in racial conflict and law.

“There is no constitutional problem at all, because a plaintiff would have to show that the government intended to disadvantage a particular group, not simply that the group is disadvantaged in effect,” he said.

“To say that this health rationale was a mere pretext for wanting to stick it to white people is completely implausible,” Kennedy said.

Though Kennedy did  not address sticking it to people mentally less fortunate…

 

Discrimination Against Tan People

March 26, 2010

Tan-a-holics, prepare to be singed. Uncle Sam will begin collecting a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning sessions starting July 1, as part of a little-known provision in the new health care reform law. “That’s a pretty big chunk,” said James Sims, 28, an avid indoor tanner in New York, who typically spends about $400 a year on a package of 10-minute tanning sessions.Sims, one of an estimated 28 million Americans to lie under indoor ultraviolet rays each year, said the so-called “tanning tax” caught him by surprise. The measure is buried on page 902 of the 906-page health reform bill and was added in late December after lawmakers removed the “Botax” on elective cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and breast implants. Thanks Nancy.. Seems like a tax on pasty white people..