Republican Declares Obamneycare Tanning Bed Tax Racist Against Whites

_011Clare Kim writes at MSNBC:

Freshman Congressman Ted Yoho believes the tanning tax in the Affordable Care Act is “racist,” according to comments at a town hall meeting Saturday in Gainesville, FL. The Republican congressman recounted a conversation he had with House Speaker John Boehner about how the 10% tax for tanning beds discriminates against people on the basis of “the color of [their] skin.”

“I had a little fun with Boehner and told him about the sun tanning tax,” he told his constituents. He goes, ‘I didn’t know it was in there,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it’s a ten percent tax.’ He goes, ‘Well, that’s not that big of a deal.’ I said, ‘It’s a racist tax.’ He goes, ‘You know what? It is.’”

Rep. Yoho explained the premise of the health care law’s “racist tax.”

“I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day, very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him, I said, ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”

“As crazy as that sounds, that’s what the left does, right? By God, if it works for them, it’ll work for us.”

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  • InfvoCuernos

    Sometimes you need to tax stupid. I’m white and I can honestly say I will never ever pay this tax.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Lottery tickets also too.

    • Eric_D_Read

      It never ceases to amaze me how easy it can be to get people to pay for things that can be had for free.

  • Haystack

    Okay, but from now on white people have to refer to themselves as “melanin challenged.”

  • marshall

    there is no such thing as race.

    • Jin The Ninja

      bullshit.

      • Eric_D_Read

        Kind of surprised to hear you say that.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Depends on the angle Jin’s going in from.

          He likely believes(I think he does) that race shouldn’t be used as a discriminatory factor in societal relations and that our various minor differences are ultimately meaningless, but I think here he’s rejecting the idea that there is currently no more racism in modern society as fallacious and that institutional racism is still a present and powerful tool for the oppressors in class conflict, which he may be assuming the above comment is asserting.

          Of course there is also the angle that an ending of racial distinction may also be a trick by the oppressive powers to avoid recompense for past injustice and atrocity committed against various racial minorities that still leaves them in a disadvantageous position to this day.
          As recent attempts by right wing local governments to end the distinctions and cultural allowances awarded to various aboriginal North American tribal groups, in an effort to ultimately dissolve these cultures and assimilate them so as to more easily exploit them and the little remaining lands they still possess, demonstrate.

          • Jin The Ninja

            yes, yes and yes.

          • Calypso_1

            One thing I have found interesting about some of the more ‘enlightened’ titular supremacist folks is their recognition of the rights of other races to also pursue such a line of thinking.
            There is a mutualism in their quest for expression of cultural/racial advancement & a general disdain for a poverty & dysfunction of culture no matter what race it exists in. In
            that sense, stepping outside of any pariahism (and the historical context) that such views entail, there is an attempt to preserve elements of human and cultural dignity that are actively suppressed by larger forces.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            ^this.
            I was raised to believe we were well on our way to becoming a colorblind society. Over the years it seems that is increasingly not the case. Ethnic identity is heavily promoted as a cultural value in many communities. If we apply this logic to all communities, the discourse becomes especially uncomfortable. Either we as a society tone down the rhetoric, or we actually have that uncomfortable discussion.

          • marshall

            Your bullshit comment was appropriate, but you definitely misunderstood my perspective.

          • Jin The Ninja

            if i did miscontrue the tone of your comment, i apologise.

          • marshall

            hey no worries, I just get passionate about the issue. Thank you for being intelligent!

          • Eric_D_Read

            “Of course there is also the angle that an ending of racial distinction may also be a trick by the oppressive powers to avoid recompense for past injustice…”

            Could be, but it seems all the declarations I’ve encountered claiming that race is nothing but a social construct are coming from ultra left wing sources.
            That worldview does however play into the hands of the free markets + open borders gang that views all people as merely units of production and consumption.

        • Jin The Ninja

          i’m multi-racial.

          my conception of race/identity and what it means, is definitively different than your own.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            Maybe you more identify with the concept of Hybrid vs the actual hybrid that you are.

          • Calypso_1

            The concept of who we are is a profoundly strong element of our identity.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i’m hapa/eurasian and identify as hapa/eurasian. we have a long history as a social and cultural group- which i’ve written extensively about in the past. i think if you’re looking for a conclusive ethnogenesis within contemporary american culture you wouldn’t be able to define a specific time or moment- but we exist- both within and outside our historical groups, and we recognise our existence by the very use of ‘hapa’ as a racial/ethnic moniker.

            i am not sure HOW i am positioning hybrid identity (an extant facet of multi-raciality to be sure) over the ‘actual hybrid [I am]?’

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            well i know you could school me on race topics, that’s definitely true.

            I misunderstood though, I never looked up hapa until now, and now I feel a bit foolish; i made just about no point.

            racially though I’m probably something like the complete opposite of you. While you embrace your heritage, I’ve had the “racism is over” meme shoved down my throat for so long that racial identity is so beyond foreign to my mind that I appreciate your passion for such topics yet will never really understand it.

          • Jin The Ninja

            but i can appreciate your candor and honesty in that. it’s not so much that i ‘embrace’ it so much as i i’ve been raised with it, accept and it and identify with it. one interesting thing about hapa/eurasian hybrid identity is that
            ‘we’ tend to identify with the dominant culture we were raised in (whether asian or western/white) until we are ‘reminded’ (through numerous factors) that we are perpetual outsiders to our own culture. in the case of the U.S. this tendency of being perpetually ‘asian’ or ‘ethnic’ lends itself to radical race consciousness- and generally as ‘we’ enter adulthood one of the commonalities ‘we’ have is that we identify more and more as people of colour, with asian-american identity, with immigrants, with black and hispanic peoples (especially true for blasians or latino hapas)- which is why you see a lot of hapa scholars within ethnic/asian-american studies. and there is the entire amerasian history which is an entire post by itself. in eric’s above comment he says, ‘ultra leftists often say race is a social construct,’ (paraphrase) – but actually he’s right (not about the leftist thing but generally)- race IS at least partly a social construct- which is why i identify as hapa- and not with the dominant culture/race. but again i totally appreciate your honesty and that we can have an open dialogue about it.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            Lots of Hapa where I’m from. Got asked if I was “mixed” all the time – As far as I know, my background is all Euro, but the “Bjorky” genes seem to beg the question.

            Have you had the experience of visiting the homeland(s) of your Asian ancestors? A Hapa friend visited Japan for the first time and it sounded like a really challenging experience.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i was fortunate enough to live 1/3-1/4th of my life in asia, and the diaspora from where my chinese family descends hapa/eurasians are very common.

            i consider myself ‘practically hawaiian.’ lol.

            the same can be said about hong kong/macau
            very visible eurasian pop’n. high degree of acceptance (though it can be relative) eurasians have generally fared well in the former british colonial zones, creating distinct communities, classes etc. there is something of a parallel situation outside of the sinosphere: in thailand, indonesia and the phillipines- eurasians tend to comprise the majority of media personalities, actors etc. although distinct and individual histories/contexts exist for those three places. vietnam is one example where the situation is totally independent of the others.

            but i know in both japan and korea that ‘hafu’ are not nearly as accepted and are always seen as more western than asian- even if they live entirely within asian culture. harder yet if one is blasian.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            Nice! I Hope to travel the other side of the Pacific at some point. As a Californian, I’m impressed with Asian-Pacific peoples success at building community in North America.

          • marshall

            even northern europeans are mutts. get over it, there is no such thing as race, and you are a racist if you segregate yourself voluntarily. pride is one thing, but race is an illusion.

          • Jin The Ninja

            if you want to classify yourself as ‘mutt’ by way of northern europe that’s your prerogative, but i find that appellation referring to visibly biracial/multi-racial people totally ignorant, and not a little derogatory.

            i’m not offended, however, i assume you’re more of the former.

            if all you took away from what i wrote is that i’m ‘racist’ for acknowledging multi-racial identity (specifically my own- and nothing about ‘pride’ anywhere) – then there you have it- by your definition- i’m a total racist. against whom though i wonder?

          • marshall

            you have to transcend the idea of race, it holds back enlightenment. mutt, meaning a mixture of other than homo sapien, as a species is a race. race is not determined by the amount of melanin in ones skin, that is simply an adaptation to a particular geographical region. we are lucky we have that ability, to adapt so fast, as other species don’t. i was stating that you where racist against yourself, your mind.

          • Jin The Ninja

            whether you want to believe it or not, race does determine social and political outcomes for many people, to pretend it doesn’t exist- is simply ignoring a legacy of racism and disenfranchisement and a history of colonization and imperialism.

            i’m very happy to transcend the very idea of race when we live in a fully equitable, egalitarian world,

            i still do not understand how i am ‘self-racist.’

          • marshall

            by everything you just typed, you are holding yourself and others back by perpetuating a massive conspiracy against all human life. don’t forget about history by any means, but feel sorry for the saps who bought into the lame ideology and spread your voice of reason. equitable and egalitarian equals weaksauce, be the ubermensch.

          • Jin The Ninja

            yes, you’re right i’m totally in charge of the NWO.

            but, unlike the rest of the illuminati, i don’t think compassion is weakness.

          • marshall

            compassion is strength undoubtedly. nwo…non-workers organization? illuminati…light-bright artists? recognition of race is a mental limitation that compartmentalizes ignorance into a social paradigm. be a human, not a “biracial/multiracial”. change starts with the individual and works its way to the top.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i am a human being, always, rather than a citizen or a consumer.

            what makes us ‘human’ is our intersecting narratives- of which multi-raciality is a but one narrative, which encompasses history, culture, colonisation, and globalisation.

            i think it would be more interesting if nietzsche was black, but then again you wouldn’t have read him if he was.

          • marshall

            im telling you, you are stuck in a mental lock, they got you. there is no black, white, whatever, there is only human, and some humans have more melanin in their skin than others. narratives are for summations of events perceived from a memory, has nothing to do with “race”, as colonization or globalization doesn’t either. Nietzsche also has nothing to do with “race”. he was just a guy, like all other guys, but he had some interesting things to say, and i didn’t read him, i read some of his writings long ago. i hate to say it, but you are brainwashed by the false paradigm. breaking free starts with accepting the truth, and one of the truths is there is no such thing as race as currently perceived by you. you are clearly a good person, so one day i think you will truly understand what i’m talking about.

          • Jin The Ninja

            in fact, i understand what you’re ‘saying’ and ‘meaning’ but i think it’s ahistorical bullshit. and you referred to several nietzschean concepts, which is fine, but you’ve drawn from nothing else but circular logic in the guise of transcendence and enlightenment as metaphysical concepts- but everything you’ve said is so insubstantial. there is so much more to the human experience than a firmly defined ‘truth’ which denies many facets of that experience and relationship to eachother. globalisation and colonisation had and have everything to do with race. domination is about power and race is one factor that can affect the dynamic of that power. it would be much more effective to say ‘culture’ is mind control.
            peace.

          • marshall

            again, false paradigm.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            In the long view, Marshall, I agree with you that race is just a construct. I was raised to believe that it didn’t matter. But I’ve learned that it matters enough to a whole lot of people to be an issue. We’re going to be judged by others based on our appearance, and we can learn a lot from learning how to own and accept that part of our identity. Our world was shaped by our ancestors, and we’re walking around with their faces, and that affects our experience.

          • marshall

            yes, many people do think its an issue. ive made it my personal mission to break everyone i meet out of the compartmentalized ignorance that is the concept of race. i trained myself, and im not that smart, so almost everyone can do it i think. start by not referring to anyone by color association, either verbally or mentally, and you will come to realize the the great con that is our reality. there are alot of problems in this world because of how we use language, and how word affect our way of thinking. also, i would challenge any demagogue who perceives themselves to be a victim of racism to actually give an example of what happened to them, because most of the time its BS. I have been a victim of racism, but i quickly realized that those who victimized me where inherently ignorant through constant conditioning, and it wasn’t their fault. thats when i realized that race isnt real; the concept is a false paradigm.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i also agree that race is a transient, ephemeral, and shifting construct, i would not argue otherwise- in many ways (every way?) multi-raciality is proof of that- marshall’s real contention is that i would claim my identity and name it.

          • Jin The Ninja

            but it is (also) i who think YOU narrate a false paradigm.

            if you want to intellectually discuss post-raciality and race as an ephemeral, transient and shifting concept (tied of course contemporaneously to multi-raciality) i am happy to discuss it.

            but i must ask if you have been “victimised by racism”
            as you so proclaim, then how is it a negligible or in fact non-existent factor in social relationships? if race does not exist- how (to echo calypso) are you then affected by it?

            the narrative is not only insubstantial it is apparently fluid.

          • Calypso_1

            I’ve missed having your syntax around. : )

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol, thanks!
            gets me into a bit of trouble
            but i tend to like it;)

          • marshall

            your are using false logic now on the presumption that i am contradicting myself. everything i said was based on what i said before as well as my ideology and perspective; and you overlooked the use of past tense language and subsequent understanding of the situation after it had happened. there once was a narrative, and now there is only understanding. discussing race is trite, because, well you know what im going to say.

          • Jin The Ninja

            if you you WERE a victim of racism in the PAST- that means RACE (and RACISM) EXISTS in the modern world- the ONLY thing that changed was your PERCEPTION of race- which you now instead of de-constructing- advocate ignoring?!

            and while i am sympathetic to ALL human experiences and ethnic narratives- how does the historical population shift of northern europe (going back to your earlier comment) define me and my cultural and racial experiences having western european and east asian background? or are you positing a contemporary swedish person with an icelandic parent has the same experiences as i? or they are socially perceived in the same way? or that they interact daily (as i do) with mutually unintelligible languages, different cultural perceptions, different paradigms of thought,- and being of ‘both
            spheres- then having to navigate those waters in the same way? when said swedish person looks at their parent of icelandic descent are they then visually reminded of difference? is another swedish person of presumably viking descent subject to the same definition of identity as i am?

            please respond to this- because i’m interested to hear your thoughts.

          • marshall

            i was simply breaking down the commonly accepted paradigm about certain populations. to a mind that is pure of thought and evolved (not in the Darwinian sense), individualistically tuned and in harmony with the truth, the perceived negative experiences you mention or even experience yourself become nothing, except for pure experience with no conceptual bias regarding race-which will only lead to more bias and a negative perspective and thought pattern that transform into habitual reactionary thought patterns in the future; this perpetuates the false paradigm of race as the concept of people being vastly different from each other by the way light reflects of of the melanin in their skin. Culture is certainly real Jin, however, it doesn’t matter where one comes from, or what culture they came from, the ability to learn and assimilate new ones is there, which lends credence to my belief. i will admit, i am a lazy debater on the internet, because i don’t want to back-brief my statements or ideas with evidence or experience…or even logic. i know im right, and i am passionate about the issue, so forgive me. i would be willing to debate my beliefs with anyone else who is willing, but unfortunately, online forums have their limitations.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            I like this idea of comparison, Jin, although I think the Nordic countries have especially close, longstanding ties. I’ve heard that the indigenous Sami are still very much their own ethnic group in Sweden though, and suspect there may still be barriers to integration.
            At some point in the past, my Celtic and Germanic ancestors must have seemed as different to each other as night and day. White folks still have differences, even in the new world. New Jersey Italians, Wisconsin Swedes, and Kentucky Scots-Irish are extremely dissimilar, but compared to Americans with roots outside the Eurosphere, could be construed as a monoculture.

            The mashups that produced White America aren’t something we think about every day. The public dialog surrounding rapid demographic change in the States has encouraged me to research my own roots, and I hope that helps me relate to other backgrounds.

          • Jin The Ninja

            sami people are an unequivocally distinct aboriginal group; racially, culturally, ethnically. they consider themselves their own indigenous ‘nation,’ and outside of scandinavian culture.

            i agree that ethnic differences and intermarriage contribute to the culture of america. and i know that irish, italians and sicilians were often considered the ‘black’ cousins of white america, historically. however, there is a decided difference in being visibly ethnic, visibly a minority (whether mixed or not) and being an amalgam of european descended immigration.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            In the here and now, Jin, there’s absolutely an experiential difference between “normative” and “ethnic” Americans. I wasn’t trying to minimize your experience or tear down your analogy. Simply saying that in the distant past, the ancestral tribes of White Europeans were ethnically distinct. Celts, Germanics, and Basque, to name a few, were separate nations with radically different cultures. Some Basque still militantly maintain that nationalism. When the Norse began colonizing Scotland and the Anglo-Saxons moved into what is now England, there was very much a clash of cultures. Once upon a time, we were “mixed.”

          • Jin The Ninja

            our discussion has been supremely civil, never did i take it ‘personally’ or thought you were raising objection to my experiences:)

            i also agree totally with you, there is a history of ethnic division in all civilzations, geo-political units etc. etc. and all forms of conquest and colonisation fundamentally change populations. the roman conquest of europe definitively redefined the ethnic composition of western europe and holds, at leas partially, the formative base for contemporary european populations. there is no question that many populations are amalgam- i would hesistate to call them ‘mixed,’ and perhaps that is semantic- but ‘mixed’ denotes a specific racial rather than ethnic category. i would however, say much of central asia’s population is ‘mixed’ to the point of not being so much ‘mixed’ as a distinct people entirely- without regard to the overarching iranic culture. an interesting argument could also be made for hawaii in that regard- unified by a distinct culture but vastly multi-racial in type.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            Agreed.

            edit- I’m not enough of a life scientist or anthro, but feel like “race,” “ethnicity,” and “nation” are all on the same spectrum. east/west/north/south have been convenient axes to make the broad distinctions, and for the sake of discussion, accepted conventions.

            I’m fascinated by how the march of empires has affected so many aspects of cultural identity. My ancestors were assimilated, Romanized, and Christianized in very much the same way as they in turn colonized the Americas and beyond. Do you feel that New Worlders of color are in some way beginning to take up the same torch of expansionism? For example the US armed forces seem a popular career for 1st and 2nd generation Latin Americans and Pacific Islanders.

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            Is it bad that in aftermath of Jersey Shore I have slowly become a racist…but only against Italian Americans from New Jersey? I mean that seriously…I never thought I was capable of thinking of another person as genetically inferior to me and others…but I was converted to the notion within months of the rise of Jersey Shore. Not just a little conversion…I’m talking whole hog, flag waving, goose stepping Final Solution conversion.

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol. i’ve always =read the show as a most inefficient satire, but best exploited by MTV’s skillful hand.

          • Calypso_1

            You believe ‘race’ (that you don’t believe in) is defined by skin color?

          • marshall

            see all previous posts and you will have an understanding of what i said. you aren’t paying attention so you immediately try to find a seemingly easy contradiction and use it to negate what was discussed earlier. an easy tactic in an argument, commonly used by younger, more quick tempered and easily manipulated ideologically fickle greenhorns with the memory of a goldfish. unfortunately, this isn’t an argument, this is a discussion, but ones such as yourself would quickly shovel into the dungheap of base argumentation.

          • Jin The Ninja

            if calypso is (intellectually) a greenhorn- then i’m an egg stage grasshopper. so lol at that.

            like i said, if you’re willing to intellectually discuss race in an even-toned debate- i’m more than willing, but you’ve done nothing but bludgeon your way to a conclusion- without substance, by way of proclamation of your own intellectual fortitude and transcended mind.

            that’s rather not so impressive or worthwhile.

          • marshall

            in my defence, i dont think ive bludgeoned through anything. my belief is based from 28 years of living, meeting many different people and travelling all over the world, which i am fortunate enough to have been able to do through my current profession. see my other reply to you for more rebuttals to this statement.

          • Jin The Ninja

            and i, as a person of colour, of mixed race, of someone whose life has spanned 28 years and 3 continents, am telling you are you wrong, and the paradigm you are purporting as truth is damaging and ahistorical.

          • marshall

            trust me, i wish my belief was a paradigm, the world would be much more interesting. it would surely open our reality to true progress and advancement, it will happen one day, but for now it starts with me. only three? ive been to four.

          • Jin The Ninja

            the messiah of a reality shift. well, hello, neo.

          • marshall

            this probably sounds tots gay or whatever, but we would be friends in real life, you know that right?

          • Jin The Ninja

            trolling 101. now i am going back to play with the grown ups. peace.

          • Calypso_1

            Once again, and this is an attempt at discussion because I am actually interested on your view (as opposed to the dismissive banter you provide in lieu of substantive discourse); do you view ‘race’ as defined by skin color?

          • marshall

            Thanks Calypso_1! i view race as a species. humans can be multi racial, as recent genetic evidence of inter-breeding with homo neanderthalensis and homo sapiens has shown in Europe and the Near East. levels of melanin in the skin (of which is the standard basis of which “race” is deemed in the current paradigm) is not evident of race, but simply an adaptation to a regional environment.

          • Calypso_1

            Speciation (or the development that leads to our taxonomy) is an evolutionary fact.
            Do conscious organisms have the right to participate in their own evolutionary processes?

          • marshall

            there is no question of evolutionary fact, but after considering your question, I would say that it is completely possible for a conscious organism to participate in their own evolutionary process, and actually, impossible for them not too.

          • Calypso_1

            Good answer. So if this is true, conscious beings of a population by extension also manifest this. Since you indentify race as synonymous w/ species, it must be seen that over evolutionary timescales populations will evolve through clades into species. As the process of conscious evolution shrinks these scales it becomes possible to participate in speciation. Do you believe that a population has any inherant demand to identify themselves with their current state of a unified homo sapiens species or do they have the right to evolve towards increased diversity?

          • marshall

            first of all, i believe that rights are derived from the conscious use of law and a “higher power”. i dont believe there is an inherent demand per say, but it is simply inherent. we are separated by culture, and most cultures are inherently the same, give or take the time scale they are stuck in. ultimately, i will add that rights pertain to the individual, not a collective or certain population of people. the basis of my belief is derived from the use of words, such as describing someone by a color. the concept of race is a short cut to actually thinking and experiencing, and also causes huge problems with progression. sorry if this is jumbled, i just finished hiking up a mountain, kind of tired.

          • Andrew

            Not everything he typed is holding human life back. “Equitable” means fair and impartial, and thus is not “weaksauce.” Also, the fact that race does not exist does not mean that racism doesn’t.

          • marshall

            and nothing i said alluded to that. equity means impartial, and to the culturally ignorant, status quo. racism is as ridiculous as the concept of race, ans those who practice it are just as guilty as those who believe that race is a real thing. when you limit your mind to such ideas, you live in a world that is small and rife with ignorance.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      I agree, but I also think there’s no such thing as a species.

      • marshall

        its all about perspective.

  • emperorreagan

    The bottle & alcohol taxes are infringements on my right to bear arms because how am I supposed to slam a beer and smash the bottle over someone’s head if the government is charging me taxes?!

    • Eric_D_Read

      Steal the beer. Murrica!

    • Calypso_1

      Come to think of it booze tax is racist. If it wasn’t for my ethnic background I would have to drink far less to get a buzz. It is only fair to demand a tax proportional to speed of alcohol dehydrogenase metabolism.

      • marshall

        ethnicity has nothing to do with race.

        • Calypso_1

          Mine does.

          • marshall

            hmmmm. You must be an extraterrestrial/human hybrid, ’cause that would make sense then.

          • Calypso_1

            I hold no obligation to assist you in your acquisition of perception or understanding.

          • marshall

            but, you are obliged to say so, which means that im right. also, im kind of a douche. the right kind of douche.

  • BuzzCoastin

    what a Yoho!

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      yolo

      • The Well Dressed Man

        county

  • Calypso_1

    I guess it’s also unfair that sunscreen is now covered by Federally mandated healthcare flex accounts.

  • VaudeVillain

    How long shall we continue this grave injustice against our orange brothers and orange sisters? How long shall we allow our own government to suppress and repress and oppress the weak and foolish and sallow and callow tallow-skinned people of our own nation? How long shall we impose this cruel and despicable tax unjustly and disproportionately upon the residents of Charleston, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Akron, Ohio; Portland, Maine; and Columbia, South Carolina based solely on the crispiness of their skin?

    On a related note: anyone else think it is specifically funny that he went to John “Oompa Loompas Think I’m Too Orange” Boehner with this revelation?

  • Ted Heistman

    Trying to think of some other racist against whites taxes:
    Goofy looking “NorthFace” jacket tax
    Whole Foods tax
    Hiking the Appalachian Trail tax
    Blonde dreadlocks tax

    • Eric_D_Read

      Have at it with the others, but don’t tax the Trail.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    It’s a stupid tax. Not a race tax.

    go outside…

    • emperorreagan

      I had a friend who worked on capital hill a couple of years ago and told me Boehner tried to get a tanning bed put in his office on the public dime when he became speaker…

      He’d also publicly complain about it when it didn’t happen.