I read an interesting article today about a proposed tax hike of 10% on businesses in the indoor tanning service industry and it really dumbfounded me. I'm no expert when it comes to politics and policies, but wasn't the goal of the Obama administration to support small businesses? The indoor tanning service industry is about 99% comprised of small businesses! A tax of 10% is ridiculous.
They say that the idea is for the tax to support healthcare reform, you know, since indoor and outdoor tanning has been known to cause skin cancer. Ok, I can kinda see the point there but aren't there industries that contribute more dead weight to healthcare than a tanning bed? Look at the obesity rate in this country! Large corporations operating fast food chains are who I would point the tax finger at. Something tells me obesity and the many, many health issues that occur as a result of a person being obese probably end up controling more healthcare dollars than skin cancer. But I don't have the facts, its just a hunch.
I just thought the Obama administration was all about promoting American small businesses. If that is the case, as I'm positive it was during the election race, taxing an industry that is solely made up of small businesses doesn't make sense. A tax of 10% on this industry is a heavy one and could mean the closure of many of the small businesses that make up the industry. It's pretty hard to profit off of a tax when businesses fail as a result, isn't it? And when these businesses fail, what's next? Unemployment, that's what.
If someone can explain to me how this makes sense, please do. I'd love to hear it. Here is the link to the article. I will admit that I did get a little chuckle out of the right-wingers in the comment section that immediately claimed that this is a tax on white people.