In case there was any doubt...meet Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan. He has introduced a bill giving some people bigger deductions for their dogs than many get for their kids: up to $3,500 per year.
"...A bill called the HAPPY Act — the acronym stands for Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years — has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Its sponsor is Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., although the idea originated with actor Robert Davi, a noted screen heel — he played Franz Sanchez in the James Bond film “License to Kill” — and devoted pet owner.
The measure would authorize a $3,500 per person — not per pet — annual tax credit for pet care expenses..." (source)
Now, before anyone compares getting a child tax credit to this confangled proposal...a child will one day be paying your SSI (if it hasn't gone extinct)--a dog can't give back to society, a child can.
People that are concerned about the plight of dogs (and cats) in this economy...please, make a donation to The Humane Society or The North Shore Animal League.
Dear Republican Congresspeople...we are striving for LESS legislation. Thank you.