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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:08 PM

The Last Word - Romney's Olympic tax deduction

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:06 PM

1. Et tu Lawrence? "The so-called sport of Dressage"? God damn it, just because you have never heard of

 

it and it's most immediate well known competitor is the wife of a clueless asshole, why denigrate the entire sport? Come on out and let me take you through a routine workout, I'll bet good money you beg off, or die of a heart attack, before you finish one session.

And you ruined The West Wing, asshole!
K&R for the post though.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 02:18 AM

2. You missed Lawrence's point...that Romney is using the horse as a tax deduction.. a business

 

not specifically for Ann Romney, who doesn't ride the horse. I didn't hear Lawrence denigrate the entire sport..

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 03:15 AM

3. Sorry but no, you missed my point. It is a sport and it is a very demanding sport that requires

 

the participants, both the horse and the rider, to perform extremely difficult tasks while making it look effortless.

And you might listen again, he said "the so-called sport" right at the top.

And he still ruined The West Wing.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 04:02 AM

4. Whatever....still should Not be a tax deduction, that's the point.

 

But Romney is skilled at tax shelters.

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 06:16 AM

6. No shit. That has nothing at all to do with LO's stupid comment about dressage. n/t

 

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 08:25 AM

7. You forgot the most important element of the sport: lots and lots of money to burn ...

before you get all huffy, I ride English and my sister was rated rider in hunt in Ohio in her youth.

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:14 AM

5. "The so-called sport of baseball"

"The so-called sport of American football".

Neither of those is denigrating, are they. (Do I need a sarcasm thingy?)

Dressage is practiced at elite levels. It's also practiced at non-elite levels. A bit like baseball and American football. My daughter did dressage for years and we're not rich. Don't even own a horse.

And, yes,this sort of tax deduction makes me sick. But there many more. For example, a company can take a guest to an expensive restaurant and feed him/her fresh lobster and bottles of wine and then claim it on tax. But a single mum scraping to put bread and butter on the table for her kids...not so much.

What Romney's doing is bad. But it's no worse than what many people and companies do. Just because it's "linked" to dressage, doesn't make it worse than all the other rorts.

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