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Tanning Bed Tax? Taxing behavior they don’t like

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The purpose of government is to handle a few things and leave me the heck alone. Arrest the bad guys, fight fires, enforce contracts, and I’m good.

It’s been said before that it’ll happen. I never had a doubt, but I was a little shocked that it happened so quickly … and in the actual bill.

What am I talking about?

The healthcare bill and the proposed 10% tax on using a tanning bed of all things.

You see, for a while now, there’s been talk by opponents of the healthcare bill who claimed that with the government having a stake in healthcare, they would be able to use it to regulate behavior they found to be “unsafe” since now unsafe behavior could increase the burden on the Federal government. But the proposed tax is one of the first such attempts that I’ve heard about.

It’s long been known that laying in a tanning bed increases your risk of skin cancer, and people are aware of that too. You see, people are stupid, but the individual person generally isn’t. They know this, and use a little something called “free will” and decide to take the chance. While this may not be a smart idea, we all have a God-given right to be stupid from time to time. It’s the most fundamental freedom.

However, they are trying the same thing with tanning beds they did with tobacco. They raised taxes on tobacco because they believe that government knows best. By raising taxes on behavior they don’t like, Uncle Sam seeks to pressure you to making the decision that Uncle Sam wants you to make all.

If I didn’t already oppose government run healthcare, this would be enough to convince me to oppose it.

You see, I’m morally opposed to government trying to convince me to do anything. It’s not their place. The purpose of government is to handle a few things and leave me the heck alone. Arrest the bad guys, fight fires, enforce contracts, and I’m good. Try and tell me that you know what’s best for me? Kiss my butt!

So, they try and tax stuff they don’t like. It’s just another way to backdoor attack freedoms someone doesn’t like. You see, their argument is that you’re still free to use a tanning bed, and they’re right. But where do they get off taxing some business transactions at one rate, and others at another? For that matter, where do they get off getting involved in a legal business transaction between two consenting adults at all?

But that’s just the way of the world these days, isn’t it? If you don’t like something that someone else does that has no impact on you, then regulate the hell out of it. After all, everyone knows what’s best for you except for you apparently.

Personally, I want everyone to butt out of my life and let me live it for a change. I don’t care what you think of what I do, but you darn well better keep your hands out of my pocket and your nose out of my business!

The purpose of government is to handle a few things and leave me the heck alone. Arrest the bad guys, fight fires, enforce contracts, and I’m good.

tomknightonWritten by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at SWGA Politics.com.

A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman.

Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and all around smart-elec.

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