Rich Galen

Getting from New Jersey to Suffolk County, New York entails a trip along the Long Island Expressway. Having to endure the L.I.E. during rush hour is one of the two ways God reminds us of the difficulties our forebears encountered during their 40 years in the desert.

The other is the aforementioned matzoh.

Dear Ms. Fiorina: If you really want to show your interest in Passover, please charter a helicopter for me to get to next year's Seder.

I can't find out why, in that pesky H.R. 3590, of all the things the Congress could have chosen to tax to help pay for the 30 million additional people to be covered by health insurance, they decided on … tanning salons.

According to CNN the tanning salon tax "is expected to generate $2.7 billion over ten years."

Ok. Big bucks. But the tab for the health care bill - by Democrats' accounting - is going to be $940 billion.

Even someone mathematically challenged as I am knows that, at $270 million per year, it will take 3,481 years of tanning to pay for health care.

Put another way, health care will be fully funded by the year 5,491.

Sounds like a Zager and Evans song.

I wonder if anyone in the intra-mural Democrat negotiations with Speaker Nancy Pelosi ever suggested taxing Botox injections to raise money.

Now that would have been worthy of a chapter in the next edition of "Profiles in Courage".

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at