Saturday, June 23, 2012

Olympic Athlete: Rafalca (and Jan Ebeling)

Today's Olympic Athlete is Rafalca, a dressage mare that is 14 years old.  Jan Ebeling rides Rafalca in the Olympics in Dressage - kind of horse ballet (his explanation).  Jan Ebeling is a German immigrant that came to the US with nothing but a dream - and a mutli-thousand dollar contract to teach dressage to people that have a $100,000 a year to drop on a horse.
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Fun fact, Rafalca is,owned by Ann Romney - wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.   We don't normally think of non-humans as Athletes (except for frisbee-catching dogs - for which there is no Olympic event), but Rafalca is one.  Jan Ebeling has ridden many horses, but they don't all get to the Olympics.
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About the whole tax debacle....
Now, you will hear a lot of noise that in addition to being an Olympic Contender, Rafalca is a tax deduction for the Romneys -and I admit, it is odd to find that  Dressage horse ridden by an German Born Nob somehow is a tax deduction.  In actuality, Ann pursued Dressage as therapy for her multiple sclerosis - so it does make sense.  And, Rafalca helped her.  Anyone who has used an animal in therapy knows they can help.
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Should it still be a tax deduction?  Probably not - the tax code probably wasn't written so that horses worth twice the national average income could be written off.  However, clearly the therapy did help Mrs. Romney - so good on.  And it certainly isn't Ann Romney's fault the horse is a tax deduction.  Not taking it would be silly.  So, I see no problems.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's the tax code the causes the problem, not the people following the tax code. If a poor man wins millions of dollars in the lottery, you can bet big $ he will complain about how much money the government takes and will take advantage of every tax break he can. He won't be giving that money back because it's not cool to be rich. Blaming the wealthy is all about envy.

Scott said...

I just want to clarify one thing, "Blaming the wealthy is all about envy."
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I am not blaming the wealthy, I agree that everyone will try to use the tax breaks they can. I believe that the tax code should be fairer. I don't blame the wealthy nor am I envious.
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But last year, the only year he has released tax returns, Mitt Romney paid a smaller percentage of his income in taxes that most Americans. I don't think it is FAIR.
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It has nothing to do with envy. You don't have to believe me, but it is true.