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Old 07-09-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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Taxing Your Tan

So I am driving to work today and there is quite the uproar beginning to occur around this tanning tax.

Apparently, the case is being made that the tax is racist because it is only taxing white people who are using the tanning services.

Thoughts? Anyone else out there hearing this in their community? Is it fair to tax a service that only a lighter skinned person may use? Would there be an uproar over a tax that targeted a product that African Americans use?
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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Damn socialists are taxing the Sun now?
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:46 AM   #3
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I've heard of the tanning tax but not that argument. I tan occasionally and don't care if it's taxed.
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I haven't heard anyone talk about it, other than John McCain Tweeting Snooki about it.

Then again, I don't know anyone who tans in tanning booths.
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So I am driving to work today and there is quite the uproar beginning to occur around this tanning tax.

Apparently, the case is being made that the tax is racist because it is only taxing white people who are using the tanning services.

Thoughts? Anyone else out there hearing this in their community? Is it fair to tax a service that only a lighter skinned person may use? Would there be an uproar over a tax that targeted a product that African Americans use?

It doesn't "only tax white people." Nowhere in the law does it say that, and there aren't any tanning places that I know of with signs reading, "Only whites allowed."

For the record, I know several Asian and Hispanic people that go tanning. I don't know any black people that do it, but they're certainly free to do so if they wish.

Also, how is the tax implemented? I assume it would be a tax on the business, i.e. the people who own it, who could be of any race. I doubt you swipe a card to pay your tanning tax before the bed turns on.
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Great comeback Dreadsox
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So not only does Obama hate white people, he also hates white people who are trying to be darker? It's tough to keep up.

'Tan tax' discussions include allegations of reverse racism


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.

Kennedy said that this is why courts have upheld a raft of other laws that also happen to have a disproportionate impact on particular groups. For example, laws that impose higher penalties for possession or trafficking of crack cocaine as opposed to powder cocaine resulted in far harsher sentences for African Americans compared to whites. And laws that offer preferential treatment for veterans are much more likely to benefit men than women. But in both cases judges ruled that, because lawmakers did not intend to disadvantage black people or women when drafting those laws, they are legal.

What would it take to prove that President Obama or members of Congress intended to discriminate against white people when they included the tan tax in the health-care law? There would have to be some record of direct or indirect comments by the officials involved, Kennedy said. Or there would have to be no possible alternate reason for adopting the tan tax.

But the levy's supporters argued from the start that it had a dual purpose: to raise funds to cover some of the cost of extending health coverage to the uninsured and to discourage a habit that scientific studies have linked with increased risk of cancer.

"To say that this health rationale was a mere pretext for wanting to stick it to white people is completely implausible," Kennedy said.
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now, even Snooki will know the pain of racism.

i guess it's now GTTL. (gym, taxes, tanning, laundry).
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i guess it's now GTTL. (gym, taxes, tanning, laundry).

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Tanning is huge where I live. If there were a tax, I'm sure there would be an uproar.
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this seems like a "sin tax" -- no different than taxes on cigarettes, booze, and (hopefully) HFCS.

deal with it, and the skin cancer.
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What would it take to prove that President Obama . . . intended to discriminate against white people when they included the tan tax in the health-care law? .
It's all there in his book. Look into it. You will see.
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It's not what you think.

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Seems like a "tan tax" would also disproportionately affect Hoosiers over Floridians, the young over the old or the vain over the humble.

Anyway, I seem to remember a certain presidential candidate promising, " If your family earns less than $250000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime."

Oh well.
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