Allen West: Tanning Salon Tax ‘Racist’

Huffington Post, April 6, 2012

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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Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley have named West among their top picks for the GOP vice presidential candidate.

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