Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who declared in a hearing that Planned Parenthood is “in his DNA,” says he’s glad to see his 1988 proposal to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene items is finally gaining traction.

He can very likely credit this new attention to the #TamponTax to a series of interviews President Obama held with YouTube stars in the week following his State of the Union address. Ingrid Nilsen was the YouTube personality who asked the president, “Why do these items continue to be taxed?”

Why hasn’t this come up during the debates yet?

  • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

    “In 40 states, tampons, pads, and other menstrual products are taxed as luxury items.”

    A flat out lie. I did a search a while ago and no states tax regulations I could find ever used the word “luxury”.

    • grais

      They’ll call it what they want to call it.
      Can’t get the sarcastic crack in their Tweets w/o the word.

    • Crakalakin

      It is a lie. It’s just sales tax.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      I wanted to do that search, but I just knew it was another Moonbat lie. It’s at the State-level anyway.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Yeabutt, “women make about 78 cents on a man’s dollar…” :facepalm: SMH…

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        It’s true, ask any man that’s in a “committed” relationship, how much of his money he gets to spend on himself.

        • Hi This Is My Username


          Hey now, not all of us women like to spend, spend, spend. I actually really don’t like to ask my man to buy me something. I know, that sounds weird. But I know that he has other stuff to take care of first, such as bills. I prefer his attention more than his money, really.

          If he wants to get me something, he can, I don’t tell him what to do. I also don’t have a breakdown if he didn’t get me something. I enjoy the little things. 🙂

      • bobbyt1964

        ‘N they blow that cheddar their man gives ’em on dumb stuff like trampoms, anyway.”

  • fragglerock61

    Last time I bought a sugary drink at the store I am pretty sure that I paid sales tax on it.

    • iconoclast33

      Same here. And I would add, if they don’t think modern tampons are a “luxury”, they can always go back to the old ways which was literally rags. They’re pennies on the dollar and eco-friendly to boot.

  • grais

    MY WORD this is going to change some lives !

    27 years and your bill is just gaining momentum? You should have been fired about 20 years ago. Monumental Failure. Go get a job, ffs.

    • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

      Broken clock syndrome.

    • vetgal1970

      The 27 years part was the most pertinent information in the story. Term limits would go far to ending the establishment politicians and patterns for both parties. A WIN for the People

      • grais

        They like to talk about how long they’ve “served” (themselves) as if it’s a positive for them. They’re leeches. It was never intended by the framers that anyone would make careers out of elective office.
        Makes me sick when they brag about it.

        • vetgal1970

          I think the Mall was perfectly designed for lining up tar and feather stations

          • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

            I’m cool with that.

          • grais

            LOL !
            I guess I’m free to imagine the sight of that as I’d like, right?
            I mean, unless you’ve drawn up something official looking.

          • vetgal1970

            Dream away 🙂

          • grais

            I’m goin’ to wiki.

        • Deplorable Jerry Camp

          Notice he started that crappola when he was a TN state senator…he’s only been in the House for 8 years.

      • Deplorable Jerry Camp

        Well, that was when he was a state senator in TN. He took Harold Ford’s old seat in the House 8 years ago.

  • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

    Is it a fact “half the population gets their period”?

    Since women are about 51% and not all women get their periods, how can that be truthful?

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      It’s been my experience to never, EVER, ask a question about that subject. If you need help, ask one of your buddies while you’re in the deer stand or Google it. :-)~~~~

    • journogal

      Since when does the truth matter? Elites know LiVs will fall for anything they say when they add in certain key words.

    • grais

      It doesn’t have to be. These guys are on a mission in the #WarOnWomen’sHealthAndReproductiveFreedom

  • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

    I pay taxes on face shaving products! That is no luxury!

  • fragglerock61

    Also, according to my estimates, eliminating this tax might save a woman a couple hundred dollars over their entire lifetime.

    I am sorry, but I really think you can afford it. Stop acting like you are being oppressed.

    • Hi This Is My Username

      I can get a box of tampons for close to $5 at Wal-mart and that is for a big box. If I didn’t have to share them, I could make them last for 3 months, instead of 2.

      • tverle

        Get a diva cup and you’ll only have to buy one or two…..

        • Hi This Is My Username

          Nah, not a fan of those.

      • fragglerock61

        Exactly. This is pandering and nothing more. Odds are it would cost more to implement this change than any woman would ever save because of it.

  • Michelle ✓classified

  • marcus tullius cicero

    …The DemoCommie Butt Sniffer from Memphis makes Tennesseans barf.!

  • vetgal1970

    So damned stupid

    • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

      Whiners gonna whine.

      • vetgal1970

        It’s embarrassing. And I doubt it’s going to be enough for them anyway, the next push will be to call them a medical device so the rest of have to subsidize them under Obamacare. They won’t be happy ’til they’re ‘free’. Nimrods

        • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

          Don’t give them any further ideas.

          • vetgal1970

            They’ve already thought of it, you can count on it

  • Michelle ✓classified

    For the record, it’s just really, super, uber creepy that male politicians are so worried about my girlie products. That’s cringe-worthy.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Do you think us guys could get that Moonbat to cut the sales tax on #ViagraTax #SuperBetaProstateTax #BaldingCreamTax #ShavingCreamTax #RazorTax #JockItchPowderTax??? Nahhh… 🙂

      • Michelle ✓classified

        Bwahaha. I’m actually on the side of I’d rather the government just stay away from all personal hygiene products. Just seeing them discuss it, even for the purpose of to tax or not tax is so….creepy.

        • Mary Mommy Happy 2017!

          I second that motion! <3

  • Ms.rainman

    They’re only considered luxury items when worn as earrings, or tossed at pro-life protesters.

  • Maggie

    “Luxury” tax, PP???
    It’s called a sales tax.

    • grais

      Call it a “sin tax.”
      heads will explode.

    • PunditOutpost

      You can actually get FREE TAMPONS at PP. No joke! My ex-girlfriend from San Fran got some tampons for FREE while going to a clinic due to “irregular periods.”

  • Karla1953

    GTFO with this silly season crap. Oy it is a friggin sales tax

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      And at the State Sales Tax level to boot…

  • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

    When MHP wears those tamon earrings….

    “I feel like I’m going to start pounding the meat, Joe,” Chris Christie said. “Pounding the meat.”

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      facepalm… “FLESH, Chris… PRESS the FLESH!!! Geezuz….”

    • bil_g

      Earlier, I heard him say:

      “Showtime is over. It’s game time.”

  • Janice LEE

    TENNESSEE should be so ashamed.

    • Adam Wood

      On behalf of Tennessee, I am ashamed.

      In my own defense, though, Cohen isn’t my Representative. That has been brought to you by the cesspool known as Memphis.

  • journogal

    Surprised there isn’t a demand for taxpayers to cover the cost.


    Edit to add: how can a President insert himself into state sales tax issues? Not that it matters to this president nor Congress, but isn’t this something for the states?

    • Sonus


  • jhawk90

    This is why I get such a chuckle out of Sanders and his “great ideas” – fossil’s been in Congress since ’91. WTF you been doin’ all this time?

    • journogal

      Thought it was since ’88.

  • Arttie the Deplorable

    In days of old
    When knights were bold
    And Trojans weren’t invented
    They tied their socks
    Auound their ♤♡◇♧☆
    And babies were prevented

    The only dogrell I remember

    • Dan13

      “after the prom
      And I ain’t got no scumbag
      Saran Wrap”

      The Fugs

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    “Why is there no tax on sugary drinks when obesity is such a massive issue but there is on tampons?”
    Depends on the state. Several states have HIGHER taxes on “sugary drinks”.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    In exactly which states are there luxury taxes on tampons?
    In most states it’s only food and prescription meds that is tax exempt, some states tax those.

  • globalcrap

    O Bogus is upset that he has to pay taxes for his , never mind


    Cohen is a joke. A wealthy shvindl fraud, elected by an electorate that is easily mesmerized by shiny objects and ‘mo free sh!t’, and also is fond of hip hop.

  • yeahright1965

    Luxury tax… Total bullshit lies!!! They are taxed at the same rate as every other consumer product. Stupid fucking assholes.

  • chitownmom

    Let’s just run the numbers. (I have no interest in adjusting these to reflect true prices and taxes over time. I’m happy to just use the current values to make a point).

    I live in Illinois… state sales tax = 6.25%
    Cost for a box of 40 tampons on Walgreens is 11.50
    So sales tax for a box of 40 tampons is .718 cents
    Assuming a woman uses only 1/2 box per month, this works out to an annual tax of $4.20
    Assuming a woman has a period from 15 thru 55 years, this is 40 years of using tampons.
    This is a lifetime tax of $168.

    I prefer to worry about more important issues.

  • William McDougald

    This is a bloody shame.

    • Kenton Clarkson

      There was a period in my life where I would have cared deeply about this, but now my mind flows to other issues

      • William McDougald

        This Is something that could touch a lot women though.

        • Kenton Clarkson

          At least 25 days out of every 30 anyway

      • Hi This Is My Username

        I swear, you are far too entertaining. 🙂

    • DevilDocNowCiv

      Bloody ‘ell, mate! Roit, roit, yer bloody well roit.

  • Name

    not sure what’s worse, this guy having “planned parenthood in his DNA” or the fact that he’s been a professional politician for 27 years.

  • Ryan Duff

    Next up, repeal income tax.

  • jaded

    oh geez….

  • PunditOutpost

    As soon as states start running into deficits again, feminists will be screaming that states tax condoms, viagra, and prostate cancer treatment drugs. Double standards perhaps? #waronmen

  • KC

    It’s called sales tax to most people.

  • Tessa from Texas

    I thought they were only for jewelry.

  • Gregor Eisenstein

    “Catapult @WeCatapult

    It’s long past time to axe the #tampontax”
    Because if there’s anything a discussion about menstruation needs, it’s calling for an axe wound.

  • Mike

    Part of Obamacare was to be financed through taxes on “medical devices” . We just classify tampons as medical devices and Obama can even increase the taxes!

  • The Masked Avatar

    End the bullet tax. They’re kinda like tampons.

  • J-

    Oh god damn it. I hate this. I really, really hate this. This is the kind of lying and obfuscation that makes people stupider. There is no special tax on tampons. None. No woman is being taxed for her period. None.

    Tampons are subject to sales tax. That’s it. What the government defines as a “necessity” vs a “luxury” for tax purposes varies. There are currently 14 states that have a sales tax on groceries. SALES TAX ON FOOD!!! Isn’t food a necessity?

    But what about all the other hygiene products people need? Toothpaste gets taxed in most states. So does toilet paper. Soap, Shampoo, dental floss. They are subject to sales tax.

    So women are saying they shouldn’t have to pay sales tax on a product they need for hygiene reasons once a month but it is OK to tax a product that if not used daily will cause your teeth to rot out of your head?

    Can we be ever so lightly less sexist and histrionic and just say that OTC hygiene products are necessities? Soap, shampoo, toilet paper, mouthwash, and yes… tampons don’t get taxed because all hygiene products are necessities? Can we do that? Or are we going to keep up this identity politics bullshit?

    • Grumpy

      I’m sorry, J-, but Moonbats won’t be able to make heads or tails of your post.

      It makes sense

  • bobbyt1964

    “Kwichyer bichin; they tax MY stuff too! My beer ‘n smokes ain’t free. Hey, while yer up, canya get me another brewski, Babe?” *SWAT!* “An a samwich! Ham! ‘N don’t gimmie no stinkeye neither!”

  • sukietawdry

    What are they talking about, a luxury tax? Do they mean sales tax? Unless they’re prescribed by a doctor, over-the-counter drugs are subject to sales tax (at least in California). Why should I be taxed for having a headache?

  • wharfrat

    Tampons are not taxed any different than any other item,that would be like taxing a Vagina as a luxury item,the stupid Dems. try to take credit for everything, but this is a bad idea.

  • Hi This Is My Username

    I thought men were supposed to stfu on female issues? They know nothing, remember? You can’t have it both ways, you crazy numb skulls.

  • chicagofred

    Woman asks Pharmacist for a box of Tampons,he says small,med., or large? She says I don’t understand.He says what kind of flow do you have? she says linoleum 😉

  • ledzepp8

    Perhaps I just don’t understand. What is the issue here? What isn’t taxed, especially with regards to goods that you buy at a store? I’m confused.

  • John Galt

    Are my razor blades taxed? HEY! I’m being taxed for BEING A MAN!!!

    The idiotic arguments that they come up with just never seems to end.

  • Jerry Shelton

    The stupid just flows heavy with these people.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      The jokes write themselves… LOL

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Because all of the MAJOR problems in the world have already been solved….I guess Mr Cohen is going to stick to things he CAN have an effect on, huh?

  • pbtruth

    Come on – knowing what a pussy he is, why wouldn’t he be interested in tampons.

  • Xer0

    WOW. So leftists finally found a tax they DON”T like! Remarkable.

  • The DUKE

    They need to tax the hell out of Tampon earrings.

  • Patricia Whitty

    This is his biggest concern?!

  • Wanderer

    You pay taxes on toilet paper as well, but no one claims there’s a luxury surcharge on taking a crap. Only food and sometimes medicine items are typically exempt.

    But don’t let that stop an old, tired narrative.

  • Big John

    Probably taxed because Melissa wears them as earrings, which are considered an accessory.

  • How can I put this. Well so screw Planned Parenthood and all their Gal’s. Us guys want ‘NO TAX ON CONDOMS!’, otherwise no more screwing gal’s.

  • mrbgibs

    Well given the fact that OHDUMBO is such a GREAT BIG PU**Y, and our tax money won’t be buying them for him pretty soon, I have no doubt that he will Executive Order that Tax right out the door