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Thread: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

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    Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    What say you?......
    I say yes, it is by its nature discriminatory......
    Last edited by Partisan; 03-27-10 at 02:49 PM.

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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    On what grounds is it racist?

    Taxing tanning beds in my mind is just like increased taxes on cigarettes... these things are not necessities, and they can damage your health.

    I'm assuming tanning beds are already taxed, but I'm not sure an increase in taxing will do any good. The only thing it will do is bring in more tax revenue, and that doesn't go over well in my mind.

    I'd be more in favor of tanning salons being required to have their customers read warnings on the dangers of tanning beds, just like they add warnings on cigarettes. Might not do a lot of good, but at least we'd be ensuring everyone knows the dangers... and people have a right to know these dangers. From there they can make up their own minds.

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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    It is along the lines of a cigarette tax or any other vice tax.
    In the future, people who tan will likely accrue tanning-related medical costs.
    It makes sense that they begin to help defray those costs now.

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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    Stupid, pointless busybodying yes. Racist, no.
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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    It is along the lines of a cigarette tax or any other vice tax.
    In the future, people who tan will likely accrue tanning-related medical costs.
    It makes sense that they begin to help defray those costs now.
    Oh I agree, as long as that tax revenue is going to the health care system directly. Is it possible to confirm this though?

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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Oh I agree, as long as that tax revenue is going to the health care system directly. Is it possible to confirm this though?
    The tax was created as part of the healthcare legislation for that very purpose, so yes.
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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    I think only a racist would think a luxury tax is racist.

    This tax has nothing at all to do with race anymore than motorcycles or cigarette taxes.
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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    Beyond that, I have it on good authority that Obama tans, or at least has in the past.
    This is entirely anecdotal, but a friend of mine used to work at this very posh health spa (as an interesting side note, she quit because she got her pinky finger severed in a door there, but that's entirely irrelevant to the story).
    Anyway: several years ago, before he was president, even before he won the democratic convention, Obama came here to speak.
    My friend was instructed to come in very early in the morning and open the spa, because Obama wanted to work out in privacy.
    So she did, and he came in with a couple of other guys, worked out, and tanned.
    She got to talk to him briefly, just small talk, and said he was very laid back and charming, very "normal".

    But at any rate, he did tan while he was there.
    So, clearly, the tax is not entirely aimed at whites.

    * edit: just wanted to make it clear that I'm not referring to any sort of adult-oriented business here, or implying that Obama ever has or ever would patronize one. This was a legitimate health spa, with exercise and tanning facilities.
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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    It's indirectly racist against the pale

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    Re: Is the New Tanning Tax Racist?

    About as much as child support is racist.

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