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TwixVoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:32 PM
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Texas Lawmaker proposes repeal of sales tax on pet food to benefit senior citizens
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 08:33 PM by TwixVoy
Texas Lawmaker proposes repeal of sales tax on pet food to benefit senior citizens

Associated Press - September 15, 2009 2:25 PM ET

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas legislator has proposed a repeal of the state sales tax that is currently applied to dog and cat food. State Representative Don Culberson (R-TX) proposed the legislation after being made aware by activist groups that many senior citizens were having to subsist on ramen noodles and in some cases dog food after paying monthly medical bills. Culberson has been an outspoken opponent of health care reform and has strongly advocated reforms of the tax code to better allow working Americans to pay for medical costs.

Culberson was quoted as saying "While I don't believe any senior citizen should have to be in a position of eating dog food if they have no other choice we at least should provide them the ability to do so with out paying a tax. This sales tax which was strongly supported by Democrats is forcing senior citizens who can barely afford medical costs to pay taxes on whatever food they can manage to afford"

Under the legislation a senior citizen would be able to claim an exemption and purchase dog and cat food tax free after giving a signed statement to the cashier at the time of purchase which swears the food will be consumed by them and not a pet.

More at link....

http://www.newschannel10.com/global/story.asp?s=1113494...
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TwixVoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:32 PM
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1. After you give this a good read....
isn't the sad thing the fact it is believable? (no the story is not real)
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:45 PM
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Why did you post it as real?
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TwixVoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:51 PM
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8. To demonstrate
just what a joke health care is in this country and that things such as this are now beliveable.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:56 PM
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9. Sorry,but it was very misleading.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:45 PM
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7. Why did you post it as real?
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Paladin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:37 AM
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16. So---You Couldn't Find Enough Real-Life Outrages To Post?

Very poor judgment on your part.......
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Kookaburra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:35 PM
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2. Holy crap!!!
WTF is WRONG with those people?

And this is for real? I was so sure it was an Onion piece, but no.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:11 AM
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14. Not real.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:36 PM
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3. Words fail me n/t
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:38 PM
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4. I'm shocked. This cretin needs to be taught a lesson when every senior in his district votes him
out of office at the next opportunity. How crass and unfeeling can you get? This asshole isn't even human. rec'd
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:57 PM
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10. Not a true story---see other posts by OP.
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santamargarita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:42 PM
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5. How Republican of him
n/t
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:42 PM
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6. Nonsense!
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:00 PM
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11. Re: most of the responses in this thread - are you people seriously this gullible?
Or too lazy to click the link?
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Confusious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:14 AM
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15. Sorry, but after all the things that have gone on...

I can believe it, but I clicked on the link to make sure.

It a sad sad sad sign of the times, that a skeptic like me can believe this.
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:47 AM
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17. You obviously don't live in Texas
It's really not a question of gullibility because there are some dumb-as-dogshit legislators in the state of Texas that would not surpise me one bit for saything something that stupid. When George W. Bush, Kay Huchinson, and Gov. Goodhair are the turds that float to the top around here, that should give you a hint of what lies underneath.
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:13 PM
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12. It is believable ... completely. We live in a very cruel country, and we know it. n/t
:dem:

-Laelth
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:52 PM
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19. We live in an imperfect country but not a cruel country. Seniors
in the US are very lucky compared to those in many parts of the world.

I know,I am one of them. There are tons of resources available,including food.

I am saddened that you feel so cynical about the US.
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:10 PM
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13. I didn't believe it--I understand that stories of seniors eating pet food are an urban legend.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 11:11 PM by Louisiana1976
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:51 AM
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18. It probably did happen decades ago
But you can buy a can of beans cheaper than a can of dogfood today, so there's not much point.
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Mosby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:55 PM
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20. -1
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:15 PM
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21. A lot of elderly people have pets. This could be a benefit to them
Pets gobble up a lot of revenue and seniors are stretched pretty thin these days...Whether it was for this purpose or for the repugnant idea of it being food for seniors themselves it is still a good idea. In fact no unprepared food should be taxed IMO.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:43 PM
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22. Fancy Feast Seafood Platter. Pretty tasty on Ritz crackers.
I prefer it to the dry stuff.

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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:56 PM
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23.  I guess using Texas in the title of your ruse post will help generate more views
At least you used a real Texas idiot Republican like Culberson. It was so funny when O'Donnell smacked him down last month on Hardball. :rofl:

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