Ladies Nationwide Upset Over Obama’s New Sunless Tanning Tax
by Ann Thrope
The latest round of taxes signed into law by President Obama includes a whopping twenty-five percent tax on sunless tanning. Proponents say that the new tax will discourage the unhealthy habit of sunless tanning, which has been known to lead to cancer, over sized sunglasses, and darkening of the skin. Opponents of the new tax say that Obama is only choosing to tax tanning because blacks do not tan, and thus will suffer no great loss. We interviewed women nationwide to ask them their opinions of the new tax, as well as what, if anything, they plan to change in their life as a result.
Beverly, Pensacola Florida: I think the new tax is an outrage, but I’m not surprised. I knew that when the blacks didn’t get the reparations for slavery they wanted they would find a way to get their money. You don’t see them taxing shea butter and Kool-aid do you? No, they’re taxing whites specifically, just look at what Obama’s new taxes target: sunless tanning, soda pop, and the rich.
Cheryl, Madison Wisconsin: I don’t know if the new tax is personal, I think it could just be another tax on unhealthy habits. After all, if Obama was really a racist and wanted to make America more black, wouldn’t he be giving out a tax credit for sunless tanning?
Yvette, New York New York: I find the new tax to be somewhat racist, but I approve of it. I think that it’s a good idea to tax sunless tanning, it is a strain on our health system. The last thing we need is more broke college kids going to the hospital on the taxpayer nickel for chemotherapy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Diane, Tempe Arizona: I don’t understand why anyone would want to spend their money on sunless tanning already, here in Arizona we spend more money trying to keep from tanning. Despite that, I still see sunless tanning available in nearly every strip mall and salon I visit. Why pay anything for tanning at all when the sun is free every day no matter where you are? The sun may be small but it gives off a lot of light, I hope some of these women who tan indoors will come to realize that now with the new tax.