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Politics, Religion and Dogs

Lois Lerner, IRS Employee and HSUS Member

Lois Lerner, IRS Employee and HSUS Member

Generally speaking, I adhere to my Momma’s advice to never discuss my politics or religion, but when they cross paths with my world of dogs, I just can’t resist. No, I am not going to get into that whole “Do dogs go to heaven?” question (answered definitively here), but today’s political headlines have collided with the world I live in.

Lois G. Lerner, the former Director Exempt Organizations in the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (EOTEGE) division, is scheduled to appear before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform today to answer questions about the targeting of conservative groups who had applied for tax exempt status. While I am frightened and appalled by the idea of the IRS singling out people of a like mind to persecute, I didn’t get really mad until I read the biography of Ms. Lerner. She proudly states in her bio that she is, “an active member of the Humane Society of the United States where her efforts in performing pet rescues necessitated by the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes were widely acknowledged.”

Well, if you are a lover of the purebred dog, you know how the HSUS has undermined our hobby. You also probably know that although the HSUS has assets in excess of $160 million, it spends less than 1 percent of what it takes in on actually helping animals. The other 99 percent goes into pockets of their smarmy executives and lobbyists. Now, one might think that an organization that keeps 99 percent of what it brings in might have a problem keeping its tax exempt status. Indeed, the IRS has an open audit of the HSUS, or at least I think it is still open. The IRS has not taken any action on the investigation during Ms. Lerner’s tenure as director of the EOTEGE. Now, it just may be coincidence that the same HSUS under investigation for racketeering in Florida is caught up in the IRS’ overwhelming backlog. The investigation may be languishing because of the sequester, but then one would have to be pretty gullible to believe that. Did I mention that Ms. Lerner’s attorneys have advised that she will exercise her Fifth Amendment rights today?

So, let me bring this home before I segue into a paranoid death spiral about Big Brother. These appointed government shills do affect your lives. How do you protect yourself? It works this way. Know something about the people who are running for elected office AT ALL LEVELS. Ask everyone on the ballot if they own a purebred dog. Vote for those who do. Ask if they have ever been a member or a contributor to PETA or HSUS, and if they have, don’t vote for them! Let those currently in any elected office that you vote for know that if they appoint any HSUS or PETA member to any job you won’t vote for them again. It’s my “litmus test.” I don’t care how much you will lower my taxes or how clean you will make my air. I won’t vote for you if you appoint PETA sympathizers, HSUS members or child molesters.

Now, I am not a one issue voter, but this is one of the issues that will lose you my vote. What about you? And that’s today’s Back Story.

Written by

Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
  • Dot Romano May 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Bravo Billy,
    I wholeheartedly agree. I have been dogging my elected officials for years about this.

  • Nancy Smith May 24, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Good for you for drawing the line, Billy. I agree wholeheartedly. We’ve got to get more active and knowledgable about our candidates and vote accordingly. Apathy got us into this mess; thoughtful action may get us out!
    Sincerely submitted,

  • Emma May 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Are you saying that the Humane Society’s goal of saving the lives of abandoned dogs is inferior to winning a ribbon at dog show? If so, I cannot see how you are a dog lover! The Humane Society is passionate to rescue dogs and give them out to families who care about a dog no matter if it’s a top champion show dog or a lowly mutt! Don’t get me wrong, I own and love three purebred dogs and strongly support the dog showing community, but I also look past whether a dog is bred for perfection or a dog that was bred by accident. Would you let abandoned dogs just die because no organization took charge to rescue them from the streets or hurricanes or floods or storms? I don’t believe anyone can claim to be a dog lover and not support the Humane Society’s dedicated work!


    • Jeanne May 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Certainly I’ll ask my elected official about their stance on the Humane Society. Who cares about drones, poverty, disasters and unemployment anyway?

    • Joy Veen
      guide dog trainer May 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Recheck your facts. In the 1st place that is NOT the HSUS’ goal. The HSUS does not fund or operate shelters, rescues, or spay/neuter clinics. They lobby for anti pet legislation.

      While dog hobbyists, local kennel clubs, and breed parent clubs provide and/or operate rescues. They donate to shelters, rescues, and spay neuter clinics. They volunteer their time as well in helping needy dogs or dog owners. They offer education on responsible dog ownership. They offer canine good citizenship tests. They help people looking for a pet dog to know where to look and how to avoid scams and irresponsible breeders. Some donate time and funds and equipment to childrens organizations like 4H. Some kennel clubs offer college scholarships. And many dog hobbyists keep abreast of anti dog legislation and contact representatives in local and national government to prevent their implementation. And much more!

  • Debz June 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    For Emma, to help her understand the true agenda of the HSUS and like organizations:


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