Tax Pet Food and Pet Supplies

Tax Pet Food and Pet Supplies

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Catrageous

Brownsville, VT

#1 Mar 19, 2013
Nov 26, 2012 – Americans will spend nearly $53 billion on their cats and dogs this year.... says, discussing just how much is spent on pets during the holiday ...
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49968763
Catrageous

Brownsville, VT

#2 Mar 19, 2013
Instead of raising fees and taxes on heating fuel, gasoline, electricity and food, Vermont should tax pet food and pet supplies. Money spent on pets and pet supplies are disposable income while energy and food are staples. Pets are not a necessity, they are a luxury.
taxidermist

Newport, NH

#3 Mar 19, 2013
I say raise taxes on actual luxury items like diamonds, gold, ski lift tickets, hotel rooms and second homes.

Let those who can afford to pay take up the slack.
Catrageous

Brownsville, VT

#4 Mar 19, 2013
taxidermist wrote:
I say raise taxes on actual luxury items like diamonds, gold, ski lift tickets, hotel rooms and second homes.
Let those who can afford to pay take up the slack.
If you own a car, you are rich....that's new Vermont ideology. Higher taxes are on their way to a neighborhood near you. No one is safe unless they are on public assistance.
taxidermist

Newport, NH

#5 Mar 19, 2013
Catrageous wrote:
<quoted text>If you own a car, you are rich....that's new Vermont ideology. Higher taxes are on their way to a neighborhood near you. No one is safe unless they are on public assistance.
No, that is incorrect, no one is safe unless they are actually rich.

People on public assistance pay tax on fuel, food and pet supplies too and like anyone living below the poverty line, it is a significant portion of their income when compared to those who spend the weekend on the slopes.

That is why they should tax things that only rich people buy a lot of, they are the only ones who can afford more taxes.
Community Disorganizer

Florham Park, NJ

#6 Mar 19, 2013
taxidermist wrote:
<quoted text>
No, that is incorrect, no one is safe unless they are actually rich.
People on public assistance pay tax on fuel, food and pet supplies too and like anyone living below the poverty line, it is a significant portion of their income when compared to those who spend the weekend on the slopes.
That is why they should tax things that only rich people buy a lot of, they are the only ones who can afford more taxes.
Another brilliant idea, raise taxes on goods and services so less people buy / use them. Last one out turn out the lights.
Blunt truth

Brownsville, VT

#7 Mar 19, 2013
taxidermist wrote:
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No, that is incorrect, no one is safe unless they are actually rich.
People on public assistance pay tax on fuel, food and pet supplies too and like anyone living below the poverty line, it is a significant portion of their income when compared to those who spend the weekend on the slopes.
That is why they should tax things that only rich people buy a lot of, they are the only ones who can afford more taxes.
People shouldn't be allowed to own pets if they are on public assistance unless it is a certified therapy animal!
reality

Newport, NH

#8 Mar 19, 2013
Blunt truth wrote:
<quoted text> People shouldn't be allowed to own pets if they are on public assistance unless it is a certified therapy animal!
Isn't every pet a "therapy animal"? There is an old lady down the street from me, apart from a weekly visit from her daughter and me stopping by occasionally, her cat is her only companion.

Some day you are going to find yourself old, lonely and on public assistance my friend and you are going to look back on your younger self and realize what a heartless a$$ you were.

What's next, are you going to demand that all poor old ladies on public assistance are not allowed to turn their heat up past 63 degrees?

The irony is that pitiless people like you often end up alone in the end once everyone realizes how little you care for other people.

It's never too late to learn compassion comrade...
reality

Newport, NH

#9 Mar 19, 2013
Community Disorganizer wrote:
<quoted text>
Another brilliant idea, raise taxes on goods and services so less people buy / use them. Last one out turn out the lights.
Please, rich people are not going to stop coming up for the weekend to ski because their lift ticket costs an extra dollar.

But poor people already have to decide between heat and food every week.
I dont think so

Brownsville, VT

#10 Mar 19, 2013
If you can't afford to feed yourself, you have no business owning a pet.
reality

Newport, NH

#11 Mar 19, 2013
I dont think so wrote:
If you can't afford to feed yourself, you have no business owning a pet.
Actually, you have no business telling people how to live their lives. If someone is willing to go hungry so that their cat can eat, it's really none of your dam business.

Not everyone is a heartless jerk like you.
Not buying it

Brownsville, VT

#12 Mar 20, 2013
reality wrote:
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Actually, you have no business telling people how to live their lives. If someone is willing to go hungry so that their cat can eat, it's really none of your dam business.
Not everyone is a heartless jerk like you.
That's fine as long as they aren't using my tax dollars to feed their pet....better they buy a chicken for the eggs. You see, the government is dictating/limiting how I live my life by collecting from me to support you, and I am good with that as long as you spend it for basic necessities. If you are keeping pets, you have no need of my support. That goes for beer too and movies too.
Not buying it

Brownsville, VT

#13 Mar 20, 2013
I don't even buy school lunch for my kids because it is cheaper for me to make it; and you want me to pay for pet food as part of public assistance.
Not buying it

Brownsville, VT

#14 Mar 20, 2013
If you are keeping pets, you don't need my financial support.
whatever king jerk

Newport, NH

#15 Mar 20, 2013
I suppose there are a lot of things that you think people on public assistance don't need. If it were up to you, you would probably round them all up, put them in a camp, make them sleep on the ground and feed them just enough cold gruel to keep them alive and suffering.

Or have you got some sort of "final solution" in mind?

Paying taxes doesn't make you king of the poor people anymore than it makes me the dictator of public education.

If a poor person wants to spend all of their public assistance on hookers, booze and scratch tickets and end up begging on the street for food, that's their business, not yours.

Does your boss tell you how to spend your paycheck? No, because once he or she pays you, it's your money, not theirs and it is none of their dam business how you spend it.

There are a lot of things that I don't think my taxes should be spent on, but I understand that that is just part of living in a civil society.

Supporting those unfortunate enough to need help is everyone's responsibility and it takes more than a cold bowl of porridge a day to do that humanely.

If I were you I would spend less time worrying about other people's business and more time worrying how I became such a heartless, selfish, conceited jerk.
reality

Newport, NH

#16 Mar 20, 2013
I wonder how many granny's out there going hungry have a pet to keep themselves sane while they slowly starve?

And you would cut them off completely unless they sent their only companion off to a shelter to languish until they are euthanized...

http://www.wcax.com/story/21731674/sequester-...

Mar 20, 2013 12:03
By Steve Bottari

"WINOOSKI, Vt.-

Advocates for the elderly are highlighting what they're calling a growing and disturbing trend: the number of seniors who aren't getting enough food.

The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging says about one in every four seniors is malnourished. The organization delivers some 245,000 meals annually to about 1,000 seniors in places like Winooski. But the federal budget cuts known as the sequester are slashing $85,000 in funding for CVAA. As a result, officials say they're being forced to run in the red so they don't have to stop delivering meals.

"It's kind of that perfect storm where there's less money, more seniors and seniors in greater need. So we're constantly worried about having to make cuts in services to people that really can't stand cuts in services," said Sarah Lemnah of CVAA.

"They've lived their life nurturing us, we can't forget them in their days of need," Winooski Mayor Michael O'Brien said.

CVAA says if the budget cuts are not reversed they may have to create a Meals on Wheels waiting list like other communities have had to do. Nationwide, the White House says 4 million fewer meals will be delivered when the full cuts of the sequester kick in."
Wowza

Brownsville, VT

#17 Mar 20, 2013
You defiantly need to see this message from Judge Judy!
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Wowza

Brownsville, VT

#18 Mar 20, 2013
shucks I meant "definitely"
Wowza

Brownsville, VT

#19 Mar 20, 2013
whatever king jerk wrote:
I suppose there are a lot of things that you think people on public assistance don't need. If it were up to you, you would probably round them all up, put them in a camp, make them sleep on the ground and feed them just enough cold gruel to keep them alive and suffering.
Or have you got some sort of "final solution" in mind?
Paying taxes doesn't make you king of the poor people anymore than it makes me the dictator of public education.
If a poor person wants to spend all of their public assistance on hookers, booze and scratch tickets and end up begging on the street for food, that's their business, not yours.
Does your boss tell you how to spend your paycheck? No, because once he or she pays you, it's your money, not theirs and it is none of their dam business how you spend it.
There are a lot of things that I don't think my taxes should be spent on, but I understand that that is just part of living in a civil society.
Supporting those unfortunate enough to need help is everyone's responsibility and it takes more than a cold bowl of porridge a day to do that humanely.
If I were you I would spend less time worrying about other people's business and more time worrying how I became such a heartless, selfish, conceited jerk.
Have you fallen off your rocker or what? Post # 2 read,“Instead of raising fees and taxes on heating fuel, gasoline, electricity and food, Vermont should tax pet food and pet supplies. Money spent on pets and pet supplies are disposable income while energy and food are staples. Pets are not a necessity, they are a luxury.”
Wowza

Brownsville, VT

#21 Mar 20, 2013
reality wrote:
I wonder how many granny's out there going hungry have a pet to keep themselves sane while they slowly starve?
And you would cut them off completely unless they sent their only companion off to a shelter to languish until they are euthanized...
http://www.wcax.com/story/21731674/sequester-...
Mar 20, 2013 12:03
By Steve Bottari
"WINOOSKI, Vt.-
Advocates for the elderly are highlighting what they're calling a growing and disturbing trend: the number of seniors who aren't getting enough food.
The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging says about one in every four seniors is malnourished. The organization delivers some 245,000 meals annually to about 1,000 seniors in places like Winooski. But the federal budget cuts known as the sequester are slashing $85,000 in funding for CVAA. As a result, officials say they're being forced to run in the red so they don't have to stop delivering meals.
"It's kind of that perfect storm where there's less money, more seniors and seniors in greater need. So we're constantly worried about having to make cuts in services to people that really can't stand cuts in services," said Sarah Lemnah of CVAA.
"They've lived their life nurturing us, we can't forget them in their days of need," Winooski Mayor Michael O'Brien said.
CVAA says if the budget cuts are not reversed they may have to create a Meals on Wheels waiting list like other communities have had to do. Nationwide, the White House says 4 million fewer meals will be delivered when the full cuts of the sequester kick in."
NH House votes to raise tobacco tax 20 cents
http://www.wcax.com/story/21731096/nh-house-v...

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