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Monday, July 12, 2010

Three rhetorical questions


The Obama administration has slapped a 10% tax on tanning salon sessions as part of its health care bill. I've heard, though I can't confirm, that Obama had a smirk on his face when he referred to this tax.

Question #1: Which race of people uses tanning salons?

Question #2: Exactly how loud would the outcry have been had the Bush administration tried to put a 10% tax on skin lighteners and hair straighteners?

Question #3: Why has no one pointed this out?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Poor Guido, his lobbyist sucks.
G

John Craig said...

Guido as in the guys on The Jersey Shore who sport perma-tans?

True enough, they have no say in this administration.

John Craig said...

PS -- Actually, interesting social commentary-by-implication here. Had I responded, "Yeah, but Darnell has a great lobbyist," there are probably all sorts of people who would have taken offense. So I, pc as I am, would not say it(except hypothetically). Yet you -- a well-mannered fellow -- feel no qualms about using the term "Guido." These double standards are so ingrained we don't even notice them.

Anonymous said...

It is always difficult in this ultra-pc world of ours to decide whether the use of slang, intended humorously, will cause offence, rather than raise a smile. (In this instance there was also an element of ironic self reference, given the Italian for my own name.) However, I will duly note your caution on the potential for offence, and in future limit my attempts at slightly risque un-pc humor to little read blogs ;)
G
PS your comment is well made. Perhaps "Guido" might be more likely to see the humor in my remark than "Darnell" would in yours?
PPS Thank the lord for ALL un-pc stand up comedians!

John Craig said...

Little read blogs! How dare you?! I have something like twenty whole readers now. Or at least I used to, I think some of them dropped out.

Anyway, my point was that "Guido" is acceptable and won't cause any riots, whereas other ethnic slurs -- and I don't consider Guido a slur -- will result in the sky falling down.

Anyway, you're right in your other point, you could pretty much use the n-word here and nobody would notice. Actually, you could even post an advertisement for a hit man to kill your wife and nobody would notice.

Anonymous said...

Ah John, it's not the number your readers, but the quality of your readers that counts!

Oh well, I guess you can't win either way ;)

G

John Craig said...

Actually, the quality is quite good, if measured by average IQ.

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. Of course everyone knows that tanning beds are not good for you, and I can understand the tax in light of the potential damage and subsequent medical care down the road for those who use them. But I've never considered the tax from your viewpoint. Good questions.

John Craig said...

Anonymous -- thank you.