STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | A bill introduced last week by Southern California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia to remove sales tax on tampons was, at first, met with skepticism from Steve Glazer, an East Bay state senator whose politics in known for its moderate flow. That is, until Glazer chose Twitter to have an intimate father-daughter conversation about feminine hygiene.
Sent my dad this article on the tampon tax relief measure and just scored his yes vote #ForTheLadies https://t.co/6Qo0O4tXdO
— Alex Glazer (@alglaze) January 8, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe first-year state senator representing the state senate’s seventh district, however, didn’t need much coaxing by his daughter. Glazer responded with the fatherly tone of an 80s sitcom dad.
Family, facts and fairness are pretty persuasive: https://t.co/f8Ff4D47LG
— Steve Glazer (@Steve_Glazer) January 8, 2016
Cue the happy ending.
Thank you @alglaze for persuading your dad @Steve_Glazer to coauthor AB1561 #NoTaxOnTampons #tampontax pic.twitter.com/AL2ATwhzEU
— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) January 12, 2016
And despite the fact Glazer just won this seat last May, the seat is up for re-election this year. Potential rival, fellow Democrat Susan Bonilla said last fall she is not running. Republicans Rodney Spooner and Joe Rubay are two early challengers for the June primary.
Wonderful Man of The People Steve Glazer reminds me of a feminine hygiene product.
It is many times beyond even extremely hard to believe that the people who are pushing this are motivated primarily or solely by wanting to help women, and not, and just like most of the phonies, demagogues, and charlatans who pretend to be liberals, a desire to pretend to be good guys and saviors.
For instance a few years ago, and as a result of our primary car finally being totally dead, and it needing at least a few thousand dollars worth of repairs, and including a new engine, my wife and I paid about five thousand dollars to buy a used car to replace it. Since we could not have survived without purchasing that replacement vehicle, perhaps we should not have been forced to pay sales tax on it, and especially since we only purchased a plain, basic, and simple five thousand dollar used car, and a car that we definitely needed, and not the very fanciest and brand new Mercedes or Rolls Royce for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
So if we are going to exempt essentials from sales tax, let's have no sales tax on any car that has a sales price of under 35K, a 10% sales tax on any car that sells for 35K to 50K, and a one thousand percent sales tax on any car that costs over 50K.
(NOTE: And then of course, and as a result, we will also have to spend at least tens of billions of dollars bailing out the manufacturers of luxury cars, and probably hundreds of billions on retraining and unemployment compensation for all of the autoworkers who had previously worked for the manufacturers of luxury cars.)
And the list of ESSENTIALS is endless, and which would include an electronics technician's scopes; a butcher's knives; a roofer's truck; and a student's books and computer; etc, etc, etc.
More specifically, since on the one hand the list of ESSENTIALS is TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY ENDLESS, and yet on the other hand government has turned into a huge bloodsucking leech and parasite that is absolutely determined to grab as much money as possible, and if we grant women a special exemption on this, then it will soon be followed by also everybody and his brother, or perhaps everybody and her sister, insisting that he or she should not have to pay sales tax on this or that item since it is ESSENTIAL my suggestion is that we just exempt basic food purchases, but not restaurant meals, from sales tax, and tax everything else.
Of course if the phonies, demagogues, and charlatans in the California state legislature, but who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful caring humanitarians, really wanted to help women or anyone else, they would completely get rid of the numerous and outrageously high surtaxes and additional fees they tack on to basic traffic ticket fines.
And if we really want to help the poor and lower middle income groups, let's totally get rid of all sorts of fees and transfer taxes, and such as for instance the fees to buy or sell a lower priced house. And I recently bought several shirts at Walmart for less than ten dollars each. (They were on special sale, worth at least thirty dollars each, and the first shirts I have bought in at least several years.)
So since I badly needed them and did not spend one hundred dollars each to buy luxury and high fashion shirts, perhaps I should not have been required to pay ten percent sales tax, or even any sales tax, on them, and while anyone who spends one hundred dollars or more on a shirt should be required to pay ten million percent sales tax on any fancy and expensive shirt that is obviously a luxury rather than an essential.
But to keep it simple and workable, if we are going to have a sales tax, then let's exempt food and tax virtually everything else.