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    On Fox News this morning there was quite a discussion on the fact that a bill has been introduced in Congress to grant a $3,500 tax credit for pets to offset the cost of providing for the pets.

    Personally, I don't think it will pass ... and, frankly, I hope it doesn't. If each of the 52 million pet owners received the tax credit of $3,500, it was mean an additional $3.5 billion loss to the U.S. Treasury when we are facing the largest deficit in history.

    But to be honest, that is not my major reason for fear of this bill. I honestly believe if one digs deep enough you will find it is being sponsored by H$U$ supporters. I don't know for a fact and have not had a chance to verify my feelings.

    The timing, the amount, the guise of "helping" pet owners does not ring true to me. What does ring true is that after a Federal Court reiterated that dogs are personal property (Louisville Kennel Club recent ruling), H$U$ has found a way to circumvent the Courts and presented a potential for removing pets as personal property and make the owners "guardians". The amount is high enough to be attractive (especially when you consider a parent of a child can only take a $1,000 credit per child) to garner support of the public and owners of pets, in particular.

    Once a tax credit is established, the next step would be for H$U$ to claim we should all be named "guardians" to protect the investment of the US Government in our pets I can see this "gift" opening all kinds of doors, each of which will come with it's own "string" probably suggested by H$U$ to one of its friends in Congress.

    Please take the time to tract down the bill and speak to your Senators and Representatives to understand how they see the bill. Give them your input after studying the proposal.

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    HR 3501 sponsored by Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter from Michigan, would provide a tax deduction (not credit) of up to $3500 for expenses incurred for care of a pet. The bill has be co-sponsored by two Democrats: Steve Cohen of Memphis, TN, and Jared Polis in Colorado. The bill was introduced in July, and referred to Ways & Means (normal for all tax bills) where nothing has happened. In September, McCotter sent out as letter to all members of Congress trying to get more co-sponsors. The formal name of the bill would be the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act (blechhh!). It would apply to general expenses of pet maintenance, but not pet purchase. Deductions would not be permitted for animals owned in conjuction with a business or trade or for which a tax deduction had otherwise been claimed as a business expense (i.e., breeding stock would not count).

    I don't think this has any chance of passing, simply because it would be expensive and is stupid, but who knows......

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    Quote Originally Posted by YardleyLabs View Post
    HR 3501 sponsored by Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter from Michigan, would provide a tax deduction (not credit) of up to $3500 for expenses incurred for care of a pet. The bill has be co-sponsored by two Democrats: Steve Cohen of Memphis, TN, and Jared Polis in Colorado. The bill was introduced in July, and referred to Ways & Means (normal for all tax bills) where nothing has happened. In September, McCotter sent out as letter to all members of Congress trying to get more co-sponsors. The formal name of the bill would be the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act (blechhh!). It would apply to general expenses of pet maintenance, but not pet purchase. Deductions would not be permitted for animals owned in conjuction with a business or trade or for which a tax deduction had otherwise been claimed as a business expense (i.e., breeding stock would not count).

    I don't think this has any chance of passing, simply because it would be expensive and is stupid, but who knows......
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    Expensive and Stupid seems to be how they determine to pass things these days.

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    You gotta be kidding! That is the most retarded piece of legislation I've ever heard!
    What next? Debt relief for neutering?
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    Yeah, um, listen...

    um, you see...

    this is the first legislation that's ever been proposed that I haven't been too young or too old or too rich or too poor for... that didn't require the whole having a child thing...

    I know it's wrong, but... I can dream, can't I?



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    Quote Originally Posted by YardleyLabs View Post
    I don't think this has any chance of passing, simply because it would be expensive and is stupid, but who knows......

    Is there ANYTHING this Congress proposes that is NOT expensive and stupid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXduckdog View Post
    Is there ANYTHING this Congress proposes that is NOT expensive and stupid?
    You noticed , of course, that this bill was sponsored by a Republican.

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    So what? The idea is to clean house in 2010 regardless the side of the aisle.
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    Like I said...."this congress".....who gives a darn about "RINO's"....it's CONSERVATIVE that is important.

    If you're stupid enough to propose such trash....you deserve to get fired.
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