I got a surprise phone call today a little after noon Mountain time from a representative at The Huffington Post, asking again if I’d be interested in appearing via webcam on a segment of HuffPost Live.  After hearing what the topic was going to be about, I thought I could come up with something to add.

The biggest problem was that the segment was going to go out on the web in less than an hour.  I hooked up with another producer in New York, I was able to make a connection across the country via webcam — I could see her, she could see me, we chatted for a while — and then, ZAP!  Just over 30 minutes from show time, the connection was lost.  There wasn’t enough time to work out the connection issues again.

Ann Romney and her dressage horse, Rafalca.

The topic:  Small business tax benefits for the ultra-rich, and whether the middle class can take advantage of those same benefits.  We’re talking about benefits such as Ann Romney’s dressage horse, Rafalca, being used as part of a small business, getting deductions for things that could be classified as “hobbies.”

For that matter, my lovely wife Amy has been trying to set up a little business with her horse in which she goes around to events and shows the tricks her horse has been trained to do.  That’s not a “hobby,” but it is part of Amy’s passion for the animals.  We asked about being able to claim expenses for that on last year’s taxes, and our accountant gave us a quick answer of “No.”

I could have contributed that, at least, to the HuffPost Live segment.  But it wasn’t meant to be.

If you click on the link below, you can see highlights of that segment by clicking on the video at the top of the story … without yours truly.

Mitt Romney’s horse is just the beginning


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