A typically shallow anti-cosmetic surgery rant was published recently on Wesley Smith's otherwise entertaining blog, Secondhand Smoke, in which Smith speaks to the proposed federal tax on aesthetic procedures:
…If I believed that taxing services and products with low/negative social utility was proper, I would enthusiastically support this tax. Cosmetic surgery sucks tremendous amounts of medical resources out of our strained medical sector for (usually) frivolous purposes–and just as harmfully, promotes a very destructive and unrealistic standard of beauty, leading to much pain and destructive behavior. But I don’t, so I oppose the tax.
Comments from readers are in some cases very interesting. To wit: