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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

Democrats moving to tax everything and anything..

Posted by iusbvision on July 29, 2009

From taxing your health benefits, to new tobacco and alcohol taxes, raising income taxes, a national energy tax, and even proposals to tax you for every mile you drive and track you using GPS (LINK); here is the latest cockamamie idea from the Democrats, tax bo-tox, teeth whitening and plastic surgery.

National Journal:

Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, according to sources familiar with the Senate talks.

The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some “interesting,” “creative,” and “kind of fun” ideas.

The tax, which has not been officially scored, would plug some of the revenue gap senators are seeking to fill to keep on schedule for a markup the week of Aug. 3. It would target procedures prohibited under Section 213 of the tax code, which deals with itemized deductions for medical expenses not covered by health insurance.

… nose jobs, liposuction, teeth-whitening procedures and Botox injections to smooth wrinkles would be prohibited under Sec. 213 and subject to the new tax.

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