Even facial hair has its special interest group. Okay, this one is purely satire, but it sends a strong message against all the special interests that get to tweak Congress for favorable laws.
The American Mustache Institute has been around since 1965, but they went big this election year by pushing the Stache Act which calls for a $250 tax break for mustache wearers. Being a mustache wearer for most of my adult life, this is a cause I can get behind. Tough luck to the Amish though. That hair has to be above the lip, not to the side of it.
The AMI tried to corner Ron Paul into acknowledging the Stache Act, but he just waved them off with his hand. Dan Callahan, Director of Research with AMI, claims that Paul gave a thumbs up to the act, but it looks to me like it was more of a high five…or a middling five as his hand didn’t go very high.
The interesting thing about facial hair and politics is that very few candidates sport it any more. From Martin Van Buren in 1837 until William Howard Taft in 1913, most Presidents had facial hair. No President has had facial hair since, although Harry Truman grew a Jefferson Davis-styled mustache and chin whiskers for a few days while on vacation in 1948. The last major party candidate for President to don facial hair was Truman’s Republican opponent in 1948, Thomas Dewey. Some claim that Adolf Hitler put an end to any self-respecting politician wearing a mustache. However, it seems like the trend was starting well before then so that claim is debatable. Hitler did put an end to the toothbrush mustache, although Michael Jordan tried it briefly in 2010.
AMI has drawn in H&R Block as a sponsor for some of its activities. Normally, that kind of sponsorship would be a bit distasteful. After the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court turned politics into a spending free for all by anyone with money, Block and the AMI being together doesn’t look so bad. That sponsorship can be taken satirically when compared with Citizens United. Money can buy anything, even a ridiculous push for a mustache tax break. I doubt this is the message that Block is trying to impress though.
Even more importantly, the Stache Act draws attention to the special interests that try to ram legislation through Congress and the state legislatures for their own benefit. The Stache Act makes just as much sense as corn subsidies for agri-businesses or tax breaks for oil companies. That’s the message we should take from all this. All those special interest bills should be canned.
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Source: H&R Block