Jun 212012

You can tell it’s a presidential election year by how much attention MSNBC gets. Not that the added attention is a good thing for the network. Actually, it usually ends up being a bad thing for the network, seeing how their hosts have a tendency to make total fools of themselves on a regular basis and this usually goes unnoticed during the non-election years.

The latest person to make a fool of them self is Lawrence O’Donnell. Thinking he was going to get the Romney’s in a gotcha moment, O’Donnell decided he would slam the Romney’s for the horse they own and focus the slam on Ann’s riding therapy that has helped her to live with Multiple Sclerosis. Then O’Donnell slides in a tax deduction thing, a classical move by the left where they inject another subject into on conversation in hopes of creating some double whammy of gotchas.

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. But, come on, dressage does not appear in any of the more traditional courses of treatment. And if it’s true that dressage is how wildly rich people deal with this very difficult personal health problem, then why, 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.

Let’s take apart O’Donnell’s claims, shall we?  First, we will look at O’Donnell’s claim that Ann’s choice in therapy is a bunch of crap by looking at what the therapy did for Ann.

Earlier this month on a three-day campaign stop in Florida, Ann Romney, wife of the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential hopeful, visited a therapeutic horse-riding facility telling patients she was unable to walk at one point because her multiple sclerosis symptoms were so severe. But, Ann Romney said, the “excitement of getting on a horse” helped her build her strength and caused her symptoms to ease.

Hmm… Seems to me this for of therapy worked pretty well, even though it “does not appear in any of the more traditional courses of treatment” like the apparent expert O’Donnell said. And this therapy works for more than just MS sufferers.

Joshua Gallegos was in the zone Saturday morning.

The 10-year-old Aurora boy, dressed in full Batman suit and mask, sat straight upon his horse Midnight. Flanked by trained therapists, the pair trotted around the ring, stopping to toss a series of beanbags at a marker during the Blazing Prairie Stars annual Riders Celebration in Maple Park.

After dismounting, he ran to his mother, Maria, with a ribbon and a smile.

Joshua has been participating for the past year in the Blazing Prairie Stars horse therapy program, a longtime vision of St. Charles resident Catherine Raack.

The biweekly sessions are both time consuming — a 45-minute drive each way — and expensive for the family of four, but Maria Gallegos says the results are indisputable.

Just a few months after joining the program, Joshua — diagnosed at age 2 with autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — stopped having to wear a medicated patch.

He’s calmer now, and he interacts with other children more, his mother says.

Maybe O’Donnell should do a piece on how Joshua’s horse riding therapy is also a bunch of crap. Might as well target those with autism as well as MS, right you asscake?

Now let’s hear from a person that knows quite a bit about MS: Neil Cavuto of Fox News, who also lives with MS.

Love this line from Neil – “These guys taking pot shots at Ann Romney are horse’s asses.”

And the tax question? Yeah, let’s just say O’Donnell is as ignorant on taxes as he is on MS therapy. Again, from Noel Sheppard.

As for Romney’s taxes, it is safe to assume that their LLC purchases horses as an investment just as most people do. Income is derived from breeding and/or selling them. As such, expenses associated with their training and upkeep are deductible.

Bottom line, horse riding has proven to be excellent therapy for a wide variety of illnesses and has helped many to get their lives back.  O’Donnell saying the therapy doesn’t work is absolutely disgusting.  It is an insult to not only Ann Romney but also to Joshua Gallegos and every person out there that has benefited from horse riding.  If O’Donnell stands behind his claim that horse riding is not a form of therapy, then it shows how ignorant he is.  If he retracts his statement, then it shows he said it just to prop up his show, which is pathetic.  If it is both, then he is a just a pathetic ignoramus (which is actually a great way to describe him).

Great job ripping on a successful MS therapy that gave Ann Romney and many others their lives back, O’Donnell.  You must feel very proud of yourself.

Credit where credit is due – Big H/T to Noel Sheppard for all the great info and Allahpundit over at Hot Air for the Cavuto video and link to Noel’s article

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