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Published: Tuesday, June 26 2012 12:16 a.m. MDT

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cjb
Bountiful, UT

There is nothing wrong with riding a horse, even an expensive horse.

Esquire
Springville, UT

I respect Parker, but on this one, she lost me. Republicans need not be so thin-skinned that they miss the points of various commentaries. Some are poking fun, common for anyone in a high profile position as the Romney's. Some comments are political in nature, rightly pointing out that the Romney's inhabit a world that is quite unlike 99.9% of the rest of us. Do they really get the struggles that most Americans have? It is a fair question for anyone who aspires to be President. And how many people who could use therapeutic riding will have access to it or be able to afford it? Few, which highlights the fact that the Romney's, who I have no doubt are fundamentally decent people, are not like the rest of us and don't get it.

ECR
Burke, VA

So, a quick internet search for this "attack" shows this article by Ms. Parker, a Seattle Times article highlighting the outrage expressed by Ms. Parker, Ann Coulter and others from the right and then a series of articles highlighting Ann Romney's success with her horse. Other than the typically bigoted and uninformed comments of Lawrence O'Donnell I just can't seem to find this large scale attack on Mrs. Romney.

Kathleen Parker's question "...why this war on success? People who are struggling through rough economic times ....surely most see through this...attack on the Romney's, whose only apparent sin is having been successful" is just a red herring. There is no war on success, there is concern that those who are at the top of the wealth ladder have been able to keep more of their earnings than others in their same bracket or even those who make less than them simply because of the way they made thier money. Mr. Romney paid less than 15% tax on his $22M earnings. It seems that Ms. Parker might be as uninformed as Mr. O'Donnell.

KDave
Moab, UT

The war on success plays well with the not so intelligent. Others realize that if their boss is not successful they will soon be unemployed.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

The venal campaign tactics of Obama through his puppets, Hillary Rosen, Bill Maher, Lawrence Odonnell, Jay Carney and others has no lower limits.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

An examination of the transcript reveals the ridicule was directed at the $77,000 business deduction, not at Ms. Romney.

"...O’DONNELL: Now, this is not in any way to make light of Ann Romney’s difficulty with MS, it's obviously a very difficult thing to bear. And there are a lot of things you can do to try to deal with MS...".

However,

"...why does the horse appear on Mitt Romney’s tax return as a business expense, that in 2010 produced a $77,000 business deduction? Not a healthcare deduction, a business deduction for the Romney Limited Liability Corporation that owns the horse as a business...".

Legitimate question.

sergio
Phoenix, AZ

Should super rich Ann Romney become first lady, perhaps she can promote the therapeutic benefits of driving big expensive Cadilacs and encourage a culture that funnels the countless unwanted cheap automobiles to the used car junk yards where emotionally or physically distressed poor people can afford to enjoy the not so special human need for cheap transportation.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Since i dont watch Lawrence O'Donnell, i wasnt aware of his raising the horse issue.

So the real issue isnt about horses, its about the small echelon the Romney's inhabit and the policies Romney supports, while trying to appeal to an economically depressed American populace.

As many economists have pointed out, in the past decade, 93% of all income gain went to the top 1%. Romney earns upwards of $52,000/DAY, paying a 13.9% tax rate. The system is rigged in his favor, not only does he want to keep the special loopholes that helped him amass a great fortune, he wants to double-down on such policies.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I read a dozen papers a day.... and this is the first I have heard of it being an issue. Perhaps we are trying to solve an problem that doesn't exist. I think this is more of the "they are looking at me" crowd, feeling persecuted. If you run for office, what you ate for breakfast is open to public discussion. If you don't like it or have thin skin, get out of the game.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

Are the folks who claim Mrs. Romney is the subject of unfair criticism the same ones who have subjected the first lady of the United States to relentless ridicule and tasteless attacks ever since her husband rose to prominence?
It seems a lack of civility and decorum might be the one piece of common ground in an increasingly hostile political battleground.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

The primary issue is the tax deduction they take on the horse that is larger than the average income for an American family. The rest of the amusement with it is similar to that time Kerry went windsurfing and that was considered out of touch/elitist.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Hemlock
"The venal campaign tactics of Obama through his puppets, Hillary Rosen, Bill Maher, Lawrence Odonnell, Jay Carney and others has no lower limits."
Yes Hemlock, Rush's ranting about about a college a girl being a ***** (EDITED FOR DNEWS, yet strangely printed in it's pages earlier), were about as low as you can set the bar.
But when compared with the "you haven't worked" Attack on Ann, it's just so much more vicious then suggesting your a porn star. yep I see your point.
Or this whole "Attack" is just being repeated over and over so that the weak minded believe what they hear from their single source fair and balanced comedian team known as fox.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

"And how many people who could use therapeutic riding will have access to it or be able to afford it? Few, which highlights the fact that the Romney's, who I have no doubt are fundamentally decent people, are not like the rest of us and don't get it."

First: it's their money - not tax money that the obama's use for their vacations to spain, etc.

Seond: odonell meant a criticism of Ann Romney. That is odonell's schtick. If you haven't heard him, then you don't know. He is crude to the max!

Second, Mrs Romney volunteers at riding places where children and adults, with problems, come to ride these wonderful animals.

Third: I read the story several weeks ago in the wonderful grey lady - NYT's. The picture showed Ann Romney on her horse and she looked just beautiful. So they think they were hurting her and the comments after were so complimentary of Mrs Romney that it completely backfired. That's why odonell had to find another way to farme it.
Romney's use their money - obama's use our tax money!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It's politics, and everything is fair game on both sides of the table. Even the romneys, gilded as they are in the DN, are fair game in the real world.

Noodlekaboodle
Salt Lake City, UT

This is what bugs me about the Romney's. I don't care that they are rich. I care that they are rich and try and act like they are not. It makes them look like they think The People are too stupid to figure out they are rich. Your rich, so just admit it. I don't trust someone who can't admit what they are.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Hutterite American Fork, UT
"It's politics, and everything is fair game on both sides of the table."

The Democrats are just jealous that Ann Romney looks better riding her horse than Hillary Clinton would .... on her best day.

achick47
Abilene, TX

I am all for Ann Romney having a horse she loves and using it both for health and MS therapy.As to them having success more power to them. I live on $743.00 per month and have MS. I too use horse therapy for balance cost me nothing but the owners get a business tax break from it. Where is the difference? Oh yea I am not successful and not running for President. I could be in Ann's shoes but my successful husband couldn't stick with a wife with MS that is why he put on the divorce papers. good riddance and I am doing fine with my MS and freedom.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Rifleman said:
The Democrats are just jealous that Ann Romney looks better riding her horse than Hillary Clinton would .... on her best day.

Attacking people on the way they look. setting the bar even lower, way to go!

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Because the left wing media - like the vultures they are - need to pick at any piece of conservative meat they can find and if they can't find any meat they will pick at bone or hair or whatever....
Never mind the heroic battles this woman has fought ... and is still fighting with cancer and MS ... no sir let's ignore all that and instead "look" for dirt or make up some dirt if none exists. Now let's take a look at this same media and how they cover Mrs Obama. Have they once focused on her lavish vacations ? Nope. Have they said a word about her "not being proud of her country" statement? Nope. As this election seasons heats up the media bias is sickening .... but all too predictable. The bottom line - MSNBC, CNN, NBC, Time and Newsweek magazine etc... are nothing more and nothing less than cheap propaganda hacks for team Obama. People dumb enough to believe this garbage shouldn't be voting anyway. Geez.... do some REAL research people and stop listening to amateur propaganda.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

Why are the democrats and their cronies making such a big deal out of Ann Romney's horse?

One word: desperation!!

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