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Thad McCotter: Pooches Over People

Thad McCotter of MichiganAre you the sort of dog lover who feels the need to spend $350 on a stamped silver collar for your precious poochiekins? Don’t worry: Thaddeus McCotter has got you covered. The Michigan Republican is using his seat in the U.S. Congress to push the HAPPY Act, a bill making up to $3,500 a year in pet spending tax deductible.

Are you a lesbian woman or gay man who would like to declare a life-long commitment to your partner in a ceremony of marriage? Thad McCotter is standing in your way, more than once voting to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Tax-free luxury collars for canines. Marriage prohibited for couples. Pooches over people.

12 comments to Thad McCotter: Pooches Over People

  • qs

    All tax cuts are good. Simple as that.

    • Jim

      All tax cuts? So a tax cut that removes federal taxes only for people who live Connecticut and keeps them elsewhere is good? A tax cut that removes federal taxes for people with the last name of Obama or Rothschild or Rockefeller is good? All tax cuts?

      • qs

        Yes indeed. It’s not about fairness as in that person is paying to much or that too little but about the best ways to escape. Image the Federal Government and the congress critters as viking barbarians who are out to raid peaceful farming communities. Just because some farms get raided and pillaged doesn’t meant that all farming communities should be raided and pillaged.

        That’s a pretty good analogy I think.

        • huntervanv

          It’s a crappy analogy. Our taxes go, among other things, to build roads, maintain all manner of other infrastructure, keep people on the lookout for enemies who might want to blow up a couple more buildings here in the States, employ a vast array of people who ensure the safety of our food, drugs, cars, toys, etc., help people through college who otherwise could never go and fund lower level education that localities don’t seem to want to pay for. A barbarian horde takes it away and you never see it again. If anti-tax extremists were to try to live without the benefits that their taxes bring, they would most likely be miserable, poor, and poisoned. They are already uneducated, so there wouldn’t be any change there.

      • qs

        Although since you mention our banking system…that needs to be changed too.

  • qs

    ps- this new Obama torture investigation seems aimed at pacifying the left especially while he’s trying to pass his new Obamacare stuff, but nothing will be prosecuted unless they violated John Yoo’s memos for conduct so they don’t think they’ll actually be able to get any convictions of the low level people they’re looking into.

    The Obama propaganda machine is in full swing.

    • ReMarker

      One person’s propaganda is another person’s trustable info.

      If you believe the GOP propaganda to be trustable info, (Examples; torturing is OK, Iraq has WMD, insurance companies controling our health care is the best way, Obama was born in Kenya, Obamacare will murder old people and down syndrome babies, all tax cuts are good, etc.), then I should point out that without taxes, our transportation and communication infrastructure would not exist and you would be stuck in a small area with no internet. Maybe rethink who you trust. It is for sure the GOP propangda is not trustable. However, Americas enemies love it when we trust the untrustworthy. It hurts our country.

      • qs

        First off state and local governments could take care of transportation. Second off…it can all be privatized. We don’t even need the state and local governments. Third- You just listed a slew off supposed beliefs not all of which I buy into.

      • qs

        O and also, I consider myself an independent not a republican.

  • Tom

    qs: i guess you haven’t noticed lately that most of the states are running huge deficits and many are near bankruptcy (like the Fed, we’re living on monopoly money).

    • qs

      Most of the States will be able to fix their finances with the exception of California. North Dakota is running a billion dollar surplus last I saw.

  • If the tax deduction applied only to veterinary bills (and not a $350 stamped silver collar) I could get behind it. It’s not just rich people who spend a lot on their animals. I have friends who love their animals but don’t have much money, and they have gone into serious debt to pay their veterinary bills when necessary. There’s a good public policy reason behind this: we want to encourage people to take good care of their animals.

    On the other hand, I support marriage equality 100%, and disagree with McCotter on that point.

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