Allen West says that tax on tanning is 'racist'

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Rep. Allen West recently expressed his opposition to a 10 percent tax at tanning salons, which the Obama administration supports. He claims that this tax is racist against people that have light skin and feel the necessity to go tanning. The Huffington Post reports:

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) may support parts of President Obama’s health care law, but he has a problem with the 10 percent tax on tanning salons. He told a mostly Democratic group of seniors at a retirement home near West Palm Beach, Florida, that he thinks the provision is racist, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“You want to talk about something that’s really racist? They have a tanning tax,” he said. “I’m not tanning.”

It was not the first time a conservative has made the claim that the tax discriminates against light-skinned people.

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