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PolitiFact: Snooki's tanning-tax facts rate a true

The statement

"Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning."

Snooki, June 7th, in a video promo for Jersey Shore

The ruling

In a video promo for the new season of MTV's Jersey Shore, Snooki gets all, like, political.

"I don't go tanning-tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi says after her boyfriend is shown spray-tanning her face. "And I feel like he did that intentionally for us.

"McCain would have never put a 10 percent tax on tanning," she said, "because he's pale, so he'd probably want to be tan."

McCain entered the discourse via Twitter: "Snooki, u r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama's tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!"

So, did President Barack Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka the health care bill) does contain this line: "There is hereby imposed on any indoor tanning service a tax equal to 10 percent of the amount paid for such service."

We were pretty sure Snooki was kidding about Obama passing that provision just to stymie the Jersey Shore crew. But the president did mention her by name on May 2, and said she'd be exempt: "This next provision is called the Jersey Shore-Up," Obama said. "It reads: 'The following individuals shall be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill: Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation, and House Minority Leader John Boehner.'" ("The Situation" and "JWOWW" are cast members.)

Alas, Obama's comment was made during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. In other words, it was a joke.

If we really wanted to pick a fight with Snooki, we could take issue with her saying it's a tax on tanning. There's no fee on sunshine, just indoor tanning. Also, the tax was proposed by Senate Democrats, not Obama. But he signed it, so Snooki's point is fair. The tax goes into effect July 1. We're assuming it's a matter of principle, not money for Snooki. We rate her claim True.

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PolitiFact: Snooki's tanning-tax facts rate a true 06/21/10 [Last modified: Monday, June 21, 2010 9:19pm]
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