It is only Wednesday, but, boy, what a week of news it has been. First, we had more information about Rush Limbaugh’s flaccid member than I ever wanted (and I am not talking about Bo Snerdley), and now this:
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is hoping to stamp out the sex trade by taxing pimps and prostitutes, then jailing them when they don’t pay.
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote Wednesday morning on the pimp tax. The bill also calls for more jail time for sex workers.
If passed, the provision will authorize at least $2 million toward the establishment of an office in the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation unit to prosecute unlawful sex workers for violations of tax laws.
“Recent headlines have focused on sex trafficking in connection with the World Cup in Germany,” Grassley said. “This vile crime is under our noses in the United States, and it’s a no-brainer to have the IRS go after sex traffickers. Prosecuting these tax code violations can get these guys off the street and yank from their grasp the girls and women they exploit.”
Grassley said the problem is “especially horrible” when underage girls are involved.
I am assuming ‘especially horrible’ is to horrible in much the same way ‘double-secret probation’ is to probation. Suffice it to say, it is the editorial postion of Balloon Juice that having minors (both male and female, Sen. Grassley) involved in the sex trade is horrible, and what consenting adults do is simply none of Grassley’s god damned business.