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Tax Break for Mustache Wearers in Jeopardy?
March 1, 2012 12:58 PM
A quick Google (
) search reveals that Burt Reynolds’ mustache has at least two Facebook pages (one of which recommends setting up a case of domestic beer in a heart for Valentine’s day), along with a Tumblr, a Myspace, and a whole bunch of tribute videos. It also—along with the actor it’s attached to—played a starring role in the season premiere of FX’s (
Offline, the famous facial hair will soon find itself in a hallowed position at the heart of the federal government.
Backing up a little bit, this all started when Maryland Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett’s office sent a proposal for the ‘Stache Act to the House Ways and Means Committee. Naturally, the American Mustache Institute (a real
, and sponsor of the annual
Robert Goulet Memorial Award
) took the move as a show of support for the act.
Unfortunately, Bartlett—who has had a mustache since the 1950s—says he never supported the measure and was not involved in the decision to send it to committee. His chief of staff, Deborah Burrell,
told the AP
: “"For the record: Roscoe is pro-stache, but he does not believe Americans should pay for people's personal grooming decisions."
Since, both Congressman Bartlett and Burrell have found themselves in trouble with a variety of groups. Bartlett—who’s currently seeking reelection—has been criticized by his opponents and accused of losing control of his office.
On her end, Burrell was accused of flip-flopping by the AMI, who claim that she reversed her support after the Congressman’s opponents began attacking him. However, the institute has decided to send her a signed picture of Burt Reynolds’ mustache as a “show of goodwill.” I’m sure it will feature prominently in her office.
At this point, no other representatives have voiced support for the act, which would provide a $250 tax deduction for “facial hair grooming.”
But, the AMI hasn’t given up quite yet. They’re currently sponsoring, along with H&R Block (
), the Million Mustache March (which, honestly, looks like and probably is a viral marketing campaign for the tax company) on April 1st. There’s also a petition.
And here I was, thinking politics had gotten too serious:
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