Congress Considering National Sales Tax On Bacon

A very unpopular pork bill
By Jeremy Smith | 2014.08.29

Lovers of bacon across the country may soon be paying more for their tasty delights. The latest rumors swirling in Capitol Hill are that Congress is considering a hefty national sales tax on bacon. When pressed for details, some Washington insiders are indicating that the tax could be anywhere from 5-10%. In addition, the tax would apply to any food that contains bacon, which includes bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches, and bacon cheeseburgers.

The additional levy may not be enough to deter fanatics from their crispy, delicious bacon, but it definitely seems like lawmakers are trying to send a message. It is expected that the tax would be presented as an effort to curb the national obesity epidemic, but those closest to the situation are not convinced that a healthy diet is the ultimate goal.

"Essentially, this is a pork bill disguised as an anti-pork bill," said one Congressman who would only speak us on the condition on anonymity. He claims that the law would essentially funnel millions of dollars back into the local bacon industries within the districts of the legislators drafting the bill.

Regardless of the true motives of the bill, this is not the first time that a food considered to be unhealthy has been at the center of controversy. In 2012, New York City's Board of Health voted unanimously to adopt a limit on sizes of soft drinks. The law would have banned the sale of sugary drinks exceeding 16 ounces in volume. Ultimately, the law was overturned, but not before igniting debate across the country on the pros and cons of laws pertaining to unhealthy foods.

Bacon lovers are a highly vocal group, and are likely to voice their opposition to the bill. However, they may end up being no match for the bacon lobby, who may be pulling the strings from behind the scenes to get the law passed. There is no doubt that this law could have significant implications on the November elections.