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Tom A    Posted 11-14-2002 at 09:31:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pursued the new state tax on horsefeed here a little bit. The little article I saw said horse owners could submit for a rebate using a certain form they could get from the MD Dept of Ag.

So, knowing it would cost me 37 cents to get my nickle-a-bag back I decided to go ahead and submit for it after all it is *my* money and I'll spend it the way I want. So I wrote to MD Dept of Ag and requested the reimbursement form...got it today, along with an explanation and instruction package. Cost the state $1.29 in postage, plus the fancy envelope and the pay for the people who put the package together.

Maybe I'm the only one ticked off enough to submit for reimbursement, but I doubt it. So I guess I don't see how the State is going to make any money...they're gonna have to sell a lot of sacks of feed just to make up for my one reimbursement, and I ain't gonna quit I'm gonna submit for every sack I buy.

I know I shouldn't sweat the small stuff, but seems like it is time to move.....

Tom A


screaminghollow    Posted 11-14-2002 at 09:51:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was shocked when I read about that tax, to help the horse industry. The problem is that is isn't helping the average joe in his horse hoobies, it goes for fancy thorobred and steeplechadse stuff. If it went to establishing more trails etc, that would be a whole better deal. It's like the darn pork and beef checkoff's Only person getting rich on that is the advertising agency that came up with "Beef,... it's whats fer dinner" So the government picks the little guy's pocket to enrich the middlemen and special interest folks. The thing is unconstitutional. Violates the freedom of disassociation, by forcing people into a group they may not want to be kin to. When I buy a calf for raising and personal consumption, why should I pay a buck to support some national industry council and their ad execs. Something downright commie about that.


Tom    Posted 11-14-2002 at 11:44:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's exactly the way I feel, and why I'll file for the reimbursement even if it costs me money to do it...it is the principle involved with it.



Les...fortunate    Posted 11-14-2002 at 12:26:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, do you think there's any chance that things will get any better under your new regime? Here in NH, just because somebody bears the label of "Republican" doesn't mean he or she is not in favor of bigger and more intrusive government. With the Democrats you can be sure that that is their agenda. With the Republicans you can never be sure.


Tom A    Posted 11-15-2002 at 04:07:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les:

I'm hopeful but not very confident. The Republicans in the statehouse are still a pretty liberal, big-government bunch just marginally better than the Demo's...if I'd *really* gotten my wish the Libertarians would have won. But I'm pretty happy just keeping Kathleen "Kennedy" out of office.

I think western Maryland, where I live, is the most conservative, really out of step with the rest of the state. I've said many times, only half jokingly, that we should secede from Maryland.

take care,
Tom


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