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Friday, March 11, 2005
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Toilet Paper Tax?

The AP is reporting that there is a proposal in Florida to tax toilet paper.

I suppose the attraction is a perceived inelastic demand curve. This, of course, assumes that smugglers don't go across state lines and create a black market in toilet paper. This also assumes that consumers don't substitute away to other products, which may be even less sewer-friendly than toilet paper.

A Democrat is proposing this, yet ...

1. This tax could be described as "regressive"-- I don't think a rich person consumes more toilet paper than a poor person.
2. Don't women use more toilet paper than men? I smell an Equal Protection challenge.
3. This tax sticks it to the sick. It would likely have a disproportionate impact on those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and similar afflictions.

UPDATE: Let nothing go untaxed, Ravenwood facetiously suggests, refering also to a NJ tax proposal on poker television shows.

UPDATE: Mr. Berthoud of NTU points out the hypocrisy of the NJ tax proposal and links to a CNN article.

Thanks to Mr. Drudge for the link.