Republicans Propose Tax on Tampons

Dec 05, 2012

li-boehner-620-01043246Republican lawmakers have responded to President Obama's call to increase federal revenues by proposing a punishing new tax on tampons, contraception and other womens' health products.

In an interview with his hometown newspaper, Speaker of the House John Boehner ruled out raising taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans to help avert the fiscal cliff, but suggested there were some products Republicans were willing to start taxing:

"I think a federal sales tax would make a lot of sense. But we shouldn't go crazy. We should only tax certain products that have a negative impact on society."

"We already tax alcohol and cigarettes. Why not start taxing maxi-pads and birth control? Increasing the cost of contraception would have a positive effect on female morality. If your diaphragm or whatever costs $50, maybe you'll think twice before sleeping around."

Boehner Likes Leakage

A draft plan for the so-called Tampon Tax sent out by Mr. Boehner's office calls for a 100% charge on each item sold,  effectively doubling the price of all contraception and feminine hygiene products.

Experts at the Congressional Budget Office say the levy would bring in about $20 billion  a year - not an insignificant sum - but hardly enough to close the $1 trillion deficit.

Women's right activists are outraged about the tax, arguing that the burden would fall unfairly on only one gender.

But in his interview Bohener explains that while the rich have been creating jobs, women have been getting a free ride for too long:

"I think well-off Americans have already done enough for this country. Its time for women - particularly the immodest ones - to step up to the plate and finally do their part."

  • DadOfThreeGirls

    Ironic. So, now it’s gonna cost more for women to douche says a douche bag!

  • DadOfThreeGirls

    Ironic. So, now it’s gonna cost women more to douche says a douche bag.

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  • TheFreeIdea

    How about taxing churches? Way more money flowing through there than the tampon industry!

  • Sunjamin

    This is a joke, right?

  • Jim

    This proposed idea is about as dumb as our government can get. firstly, what do tampons have to do with contraception? or women with “loose morals”? Only our government would tax a woman for keeping herself clean. It is sickening at best. thefreeidea is right, tax the churches. They would offer trillions of dollars in revenue and they already have a choke hold on our government as it is. We could also end the drug war and use 1% of the money we burn on that worthless war to actually HELP drug addicts rather than criminalize them. Those two ideas alone would wipe out our deficit in a couple years.

  • littledoll

    i must be missing something here. maxi pads HARMFUL for society. what would he rather have, the streets running red with menstrual blood??? I know politicians are dumb, but c’mon this is a joke!!

  • this has got to be a joke. Taxing feminine hygiene? Tampons are negative? I suppose that bleeding all over the place is a good thing? Contraception is a bad thing. If this is real then Boehner is an asshole of epic proportions.

  • Apparently it is a joke/rumor. The sad thing is that the conservatives in the USA have said such extreme things recently that I believed the hoax.

  • A 100% federal tax on feminine hygiene products. This is what Republicans call serious negotiation? They truly have no shame. none.

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  • StretchDangle

    I think with the amount of taxes people pay, they ought to be taxing the taxes another 10%. I mean think about it. You pay 15%, then another 10% on that would be taxing another 1.5% making taxes a total of 16.5%. That’d be more taxes for the people who collect taxes for taxed things n’ stuff.

  • StretchDangle

    Hell’s yea! All them Jew churches, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Kurds and Pagans! Think of how much money we could give to Christ Jesus our Savior, Utah and L. Ron Hubbord?!?!?

  • Wow so increasing the cost of contraceptive would have a positive effect on womens morality?!#$& maybe that will keep women from sleeping around but no mention to mens contraceptive like condoms… extremist is an understatement!!#! He must a have small penis no wonder he’s attacking women

  • ok, a maxi-pad is NOT female birth control. Neither is a tampon. If the man doesn’t know the difference between stuff dealing with a monthly irritation that every woman, virgin, monogamous, prostitute or whore, deal with EVERY SINGLE MONTH for 40 freaking years, then perhaps he shouldn’t be allowed near women. Or in any position that deals with women, makes rules over women, or pretty much in ANY way deals with women. Btw, why on earth is it just the women’s responsibility to say no? Are these men assuming that other men are just too stupid to keep it in their pants, or to wear a freaking condom? must be

  • blackrock burner

    The problem with today’s republicans, you can’t makeup stuff about them stupid enough to make them unbelievable.


    Uh, it’s satire— it’s not true. But I can understand why you’d be upset.


    Hey– in North Korea, the Economist Magazine reported that many North Korean women use dry leaves in lieu of tampons! Mabe Boenher wants us to be more like North Korea.

  • BOBinBrooklyn

    right, but it’s close to the truth.

  • BOBinBrooklyn

    It’s satire, but the fact that you think it could be true says something about Speaker Boehner. i wonder if he read it. I can just imagine how the people of Tampa, Florida must feel. Becasue what do you call them? A Tampon, of course.

  • Omar Spence

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they actually did something like this.