Boehner, Crist, Snooki, Oompa-Loompa Speak Against Indoor Tanning Tax
April 1, 2010
Spokespeople for the newly launched “Organized Resistance Against New tax on Gamma Ray Exposure” (ORANGE) gathered on Capitol Hill today to state their case against the new 10% excise tax on indoor tanning that goes into effect on July 1, 2010:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) jointly announced the new coalition, which will target what the two Republicans called “the most excessive tax hike on the image of Americans in our history.”
“This ‘job killer’ targets a necessity to a great many Americans to fund it,” Boehner said. “Do the Democrats care? Hell No!”
Speaking alongside Boehner at the conference held at the Tanning Room, a tanning bed salon near the Senate offices on Capitol Hill, was Crist accompanied by a constituent Oompa-Loompa.
“This tax is discriminatory,” Crist remarked. “We have a chocolate factory in Florida where the workers must use indoor tanning to maintain an orange hue essential to the production of the chocolate and entertainment of the children who visit the factory. This tax directly targets these workers and their wallets and I won’t stand for it.”
“And besides how to you think Boehner and I would look in front of a nationally televised audience without our tans?,” Crist added.
Nicole Polizzi, also known as Snooki from the hit MTV series “Jersey Shore,” has been selected for grassroots outreach for ORANGE, along with actor George Hamilton. The duo will emphasize the importance of indoor tanning for the American economy.
“We plan on hosting a ‘Don’t Tax My Tan!’ telethon to raise funds for the effort later this spring,” Hamilton said. “If this tax goes into effect, I will be bankrupt by mid-August.”
For more information on the indoor tanning tax and the health care bill, see the following Tax Foundation reports:
- “How the $938 Billion Health Care Bill is Financed“
- “Examples of Taxpayers Facing Medicare Tax Increase Under Health Care Bill“
- “Timeline of Tax Provisions in the House Health Care Bill“