Derek Hunter

As if 64,000 jobs lost weren’t enough, Democrats aren’t done targeting the tanning industry. New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney now wants the Food and Drug Administration to usurp the authority of parents and ban people under 18 from using tanning beds. New York already does, but she’s not content with other states making their own decisions; she wants Big Brother to make that decision for everyone.

She, like most people, associates tanning with skin cancer. Sure, if you regularly bake yourself to a crisp in a tanning bed, you can find yourself being more susceptible to melanoma. But that’s also true for people who do the same thing on the beach. But what she doesn’t tell you, or doesn’t know (or even doesn’t care about) is that vitamin D, of which we get plenty from the sun and UV light, is good for you. So good, in fact, that not having enough has been linked to increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

That’s not going to stop Maloney because, well, why would it? Remember that next time someone tells you Democrats are the pro-science party. They cite it endlessly when it suits their cause and ignore it when it doesn’t. They’re pro-science on issues outside of “global warming” like they’re pro-choice outside of the abortion clinic.

Similarly, next time you hear the “war on women” mantra from a leftist, remember that of those 8,000 businesses forced to close by Democrats’ Obamacare tanning tax, they came in an industry where women own 70 percent of companies. How Republicans managed this sleight of hand and forced Democrats to impose this anti-woman agenda will be a mystery for the ages.

Should you go tanning, either at a salon or on the beach? If you want to, sure. Getting burned is never healthy, but we’re all smart enough to know that, plus we need the vitamins our skin is designed to absorb to be healthy. If you want to live under an umbrella, slather yourself with SPF 10,000, and avoid any direct light, that’s fine too. It’s your life, you should make the decisions in it. That is, of course, exactly what you can’t do when the government paints a target on your back. Today it’s tanning, what it will be tomorrow is anyone’s guess.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.