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The Tanning Tax: The Perfect Example of How Democrats Think

Wednesday, March 24, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I hope that some GOP senator offers an amendment to the reconciliation bill to repeal Obamacare’s new tanning tax. This is the perfect teaching tool. Tax-hungry Democrats target thousands of small businesses and blast them with a 10% excise tax which they are defenseless to resist because the public neither knows nor cares about the small business owners greatly burdened by the new, enormous levy. Here’s an e-mail from one listener:

Thousands of us ( Tanning Salon owners) were well aware of the Tanning Tax for many months, and were pro-active in attempting to contact our congressmen. We had group and individual efforts all to no avail. Most of us are real business people with major investments and are sickened by this unfair and we feel racist tax. The average client is a 40 year old middle class white female. The fall out will most likely be about 30-40% of our businesses closing with the majority being the smaller privately owed stores with the major chains being able to survive. I have 20 years, hundreds of thousands of dollars and more 7 day work weeks than most people can imagine. We are still discussing ways to try and survive this. Time to get “creative” Thanks for at least addressing this issue with a minimum of bad humor. The fact is our clients include nurses, teachers, fireman and police…all walks of life.

Many Democrats must assume that the owner-operators will simply pass the tax along to the customers, but of course some customers will scale back their use and others will drop the service entirely. Those customers with contracts cannot have the cost passed along and the owners will simply have to eat it. Democrats just took a tough year and made it a nightmare.

The Senate GOP should not miss the opportunity to hold up this deeply unfair tax as an example of what Democrats will do to farm taxes from every corner of the economy to finance their big government schemes.

I would also love to see some GOP senator offer a 10% tax on Members of Congress and their staffs. If they can strike at small businesses by the thousands, why not legislators by the hundreds?

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