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John Boehner wonders how spending money on contraceptives can have a stimulating effect. Seriously.

By Mike Madden

Published January 23, 2009 4:25PM (EST)

House Minority Leader John Boehner, trying to make a serious point about the economic stimulus bill after meeting with President Obama today, quickly found himself in "that's what she said" territory:

You know, I'm concerned about the size of the package, and I'm concerned about some of the spending that's in there. How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives, how does that stimulate the economy? 

Boehner may be right about the economic effects, but spending hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives ought to stimulate something.

Mike Madden

Mike Madden is Salon's Washington correspondent. A complete listing of his articles is here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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