Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yes, Mark, you are a moron.

At one time, I considered myself a bit of a libertarian, and in someways I suppose I still am. Lately, I've becoming increasingly leery, even frightened, of the type of libertarian who advocates personal freedom at any cost. But I'm simply annoyed by the type of libertarian who lays the problems of all mankind at the feet of government, without even lifting a finger to do any research on any topic.

Enter Mark Williams - libertarian, teabagger, and organizer of Tea Party Express.

I was listening to the Thom Hartmann program today on the way home from work. His guest was none other than Mark Williams, who took exception to a tax on tanning beds to help pay for HR 3962. Mark took special exception because he suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and uses a tanning bed to treat his condition, and thinks that not only does it unfairly tax whites who to trying to get a tan, but those who suffer from SAD as well. But if that weren't enough, Mark goes on to say that this tax is an attack on white people by Barack Obama, who Mark calls the "Racist-in-Chief".

Mark says on his blog, "Never once have I ever seen a genetically brown or black person use an indoor tanning facility."

What?! Black people don't go to tanning facilities? Shocking!

I spent little more than five minutes researching the tax in question, and learned that people like Mark will not be subject to tanning bed tax, after all. The IRS website reveals the details of the tanning bed tax:
"A 10-percent excise tax on indoor UV tanning services goes into effect on July 1, 2010. The tax doesn't apply to phototherapy performed by a licensed medical professional on his or her premises."
Anyway, listen to Mark make an utter fool of himself as Thom hands his rear end to him. Hit play:

And yes, Mark - the Tea Party movement reeks of racism:

By the way, nice little picture you got there, Mark. A bit like the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think, Mark?

No pun intended.

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