America’s Pets Better Off Than Americans

Move your butt! It's a higher mammal!It ain’t the Public Option — hell, it ain’t even Rapture Insurance — but Michigan Republican Thaddeus McCotter would like to make sure American pets get the quality healthcare denied their owners.

The “Humanity And Pets Partnered through the Years” bill — HAPPY! — spreads the joy with a $3,500 tax break for pet-related expenses.

It’s “as much a health care bill as any,” says Nancy Perry of the Humane Society. “It’s a human health issue to ensure that pets are provided with better care because of the role they play in our families.”

We’re not strangers to blowing the rent on Iams, so we appreciate the sentiment. We’d appreciate it even more if McCotter wasn’t opposed to healthcare reform.

HAPPY Bill Proposes Tax Breaks For Pet Owners [TPM]

You miss the point. This is to keep the sows healthy and pink for the pigfuckers.

I choose to have five three dogs (and live a deviant lifestyle that will destroy society sometime next week). I don’t choose to have cancer.

Haven’t read the bill, but I’ll bet you only get the break if you itemize. Which isn’t something po’ folks do.


Still, free money for stuff Thor would get anyway. Sign me up!


Right? The better I do, the more I see how this whole system is set up to benefit the wealthy. When I was an actor and living on $500 a week it seemed like everything was set up to fuck me…but now, as a soul-less marketing bot, I get tax-breaks and people wanna give me back my taxes if I buy a new house, that kind of thing. If I let my income become savings and invest it the tax rate on those proceeds is so low you couldn’t trip over it.

Now, free money for my dog! If I break 200k/yr., do they start sending me ponies? At what point do the government-sponsored blowjobs kick in?

More saliently, when do the revolts start, and when they do, will being a latte liberal keep me off the guillotine? I donate to Amnesty International and all…will that help?

Questions, questions….

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: Now, free money for my dog! If I break 200k/yr., do they start sending me ponies? At what point do the government-sponsored blowjobs kick in?

Depends on your congressional district, no?

I just started feeding a clutch of three stray kittehs that my daughter noticed this weekend. I put some cheap-o “crab meat” (the parentheses are on the packaging, so you know it’s the good stuff!) out and a saucer of milk, and startled/was startled by one of them last night when I was closing the blinds on my ground floor patio. Is this a good thing fellow stinquers, feeding strays that is? I can’t take one or all in because that would be cheating on the One, but a little harmless flirtation can’t be bad – can it?

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches:

Unfortunately, even now the only people who seem interested in a revolution are the Tea Klux Klan, thus bringing new meaning to the old pun that the people are revolting.

They’ve got a great plan to turn our nation into a blessed Mad Max meets The Handmaid’s Tale hellscape, so we’re currently better off with the rapidly failing imperial kleptocracy that we’ve got.

D’ja ever notice that Stimpy has the voice of Shemp?

@The Nabisco Quiver are Go!: No, it is a kind thing that you do. Even kinder? Trap, neuter, release. There are vets that will do the surgery for a discount in those cases. Local humane society will have the scoop. And it’s perfectly OK to give them cheap dry food.
As to this blessed, blessed bill, my only question is will this tax break kick in for ’09, so I can deduct the close to $7K+ I’ve shelled out on tests, surgeries, insulin, not to mention expensive prescription diets? (I, of course, haven’t seen a medical professional for my own needs all year. I’m hoping to score a free mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, since I’m in a high risk group.)

@Mistress Cynica: Please don’t wait for that, please go to your local Planned Parenthood clinic if you’re in a high risk group. Obvs they don’t require that you have health insurance, they’ll charge you sliding scale and/or installment for it, and for that matter, any other health care your lady parts might need.

@The Nabisco Quiver are Go!: Ms Cyn is right. You’ll end up with 19 feral cats in about 3 months or less. Then it really is a mess.

@Mistress Cynica: SFL is right.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: You were making $500 a week!!! Damn. You were in like the top 5%.

@SanFranLefty: Local PP can only give referrals for mammography, and the closest I can get one is PDX, where they’ll give me a 20% discount and let me pay in installments. I only qualify for the free test if I have an actual lump, until I turn 50. I go to OKC in a couple of weeks, and hope my old Dr. there can get me in somewhere. His wife died of BC so he’s sensitive on this issue.

@Mistress Cynica: I sure hope he does, too. If not, check with the med school in PDX or while you’re down in OKC – my personal experience from about 10 years ago when I went through a period of not having insurance, is that you can sometimes get discount or free procedures at med schools if you agree to be a guinea pig for the students (and sign away your legal rights to sue them if the kid screws it up). I don’t know if they are still willing to do that.

I really agree with Krugman (or was it Herbert) who said that a random sampling of Members of Congress should have their health insurance stripped from them and their families in the same proportion as the general public.

@Mistress Cynica: Youre right of course, and I know it. I’m just a lonely ‘white widower’ as Ma Nabisco says, trying to lure in some easy companions. They’re far too skittish to fall for the luxe treats anyway. Tomorrow I’ll check the humane society.

And I agree with the others as well. Get thee to a PP now. Ma Nabisco has put it off herself and now we’re in between coverage so she’s done nothing.

@Original Andrew: Mad Max meets The Handmaid;s Tale — I think that accurately describes the cannibal anarchy that is our future.

@Benedick: No shit, a friend of mine is the cat lady who can’t say no. She’s mortgaged her (pre-bubble!) house to pay for medical bills on all the cats who come her way. Can’t take a vacation. Can’t even take a staycation. And I shudder to think what would happen to her little ones the next time she goes on the funemployment ride.

@Jamie will regret that chorizo in the morning: Perhaps you were considering taking out a bank loan or purchasing a jet engine, but had hesitated to do so because of your doubts regarding the luminosity of America — How did you know, that describes me so accurately I must now call my Gestalt therapist / Pilates instructor in the middle of the night for reassurance, which will cost me doubletime. Damn you Jamie, I had plans for that jet engine!

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: And when will this be available on YouTube?

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: And you didn’t have to blow the audience? You had it pretty sweet, dude.

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