Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

President Obama Blames Male Legislators For The ‘Tampon Tax’ In 40 States

Time, President Obama Doesn’t Understand the ‘Tampon Tax’ Either:

President Obama said the existence of a “luxury goods” tax placed on feminine sanitary products like tampons and pads is likely due to the fact that men wrote the laws in an interview on Friday.

YouTube personality Ingrid Nilsen asked President Obama why tampons were even considered “luxury goods” because few of the women she knows would consider menstruation a luxury. “I think Michelle would agree with you on that,” he said.

“I have to tell you, I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items,” Obama said Friday. “I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”

Obama said it’s “pretty sensible” for women in the 40 states where the items are taxed as luxury items to work on getting that changed. Because they’re state taxes, it will take action on a local level to get things changed. Last year ushered in a wave of interest in removing taxes on tampons and pads, leading Canada to remove a levy. A bill was also introduced in California this week to eliminate the tax.

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I don't think that either the young interviewer or our president was being disingenuous. They are just smugly ignorant.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Jan 22, 2016 8:26:00 AM

Talk about disingenuous. There is nothing "luxury" about this particular tax - this is simply the sales tax, i.e. the same one that applies to almost every consumer item, from blenders to motor oil.

Posted by: Lonnie | Jan 21, 2016 10:26:36 AM

His understanding of state tax policy and of sales taxation leads me to start to believe some of the Republican attacks on his understanding of constitutional law.

Posted by: mike | Jan 21, 2016 10:22:54 AM

Yet another trenchant insight from our Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Jan 20, 2016 12:13:59 PM

Must be something about 2016. We have the wankers in Oregon taking over a publicly owned wildlife refuge, the Dow is down 1500 points, gas is at a buck and a half a gallon and some mope in Florida kills in front of his grand daughters for touching his truck. And now, this.........................Something is in the air......

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Jan 20, 2016 12:10:22 PM

I think the "burrito tax" I pay at Taco Bell is racist. The "diaper tax" I pay at CVS is ageist.

Folks, this is nothing more than sales tax by an argumentative name.

Posted by: AMT buff | Jan 20, 2016 12:07:36 PM