13 thoughts on “The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Times

  1. Ellen Mrja says:

    The REAL travesty is when Boehner wears a pink tie next to his orange skin. Those colors are just no workable, Senator:

    1. Mrs. Fay says:

      actually, pink and orange is a lovely color combination, and pretty hip, too….although the “color” this year is supposed to be teal (ugh)…maybe it’s when you add in the gray suit that it becomes objectionable…

  2. john sherman says:

    The government probably also ought to mandate compassion for people whose names automatically produce snickers.

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      I’ve promised myself I’m not going there. “Rhymes with insaner, rhymes with insaner…”

      His speech the other day was something else. I thought his head was going to explode at one point during his floor speech during the health debate.

  3. The best remedy to all the rampant crap is to laugh at it all. Thanks, Brother Joe.

    Sounds like you’re advocating socialized sunshine. You cosmicunist

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Not yet. But then again, delivering 32 million new customers to private health insurance corporations is obviously just a half a step away from socialized sunshine.

  4. Joe Loveland says:

    The American Conservative magazine’s blog points out that the Tan Tax replaced an earlier option that raised twice as much revenue, a BoTax, or a tax on botox injections and other cosmetic surgery procedures. They make an interesting argument that this was a regressive move on the part of the Democratic sponsors:

    There might be some overlap between the groups affected, but it seems to me these two taxes target different people. Women (and men) who can afford Botox and other cosmetic luxuries tend to be a wealthier bunch—as anyone who’s seen any of the entries in The Real Housewives television franchise can attest. These services aren’t cheap. But tanning is a relatively inexpensive way to increase your attractiveness quotient, and the people who patronize tanning salons tend to be in a less wealthy demographic. They’re also more likely to be found in the flyover states: “The Midwest and Southeast have the highest number of tanning salons per capita.” It’s not just the customers who differ; the owners do, too. Cosmetic procedures are mostly done by doctors. Most tanning salons are small businesses and most are owned by women, though only a quarter of businesses in other industries are female-owned. This is a class issue. The tanning tax just might be a regressive tax, especially compared to the Botax that would have raised almost double the money.”

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