So Mitt Romney's magical dressage horse Rafalca is going to the Olympics, which is very exciting. His little dancing horse could win a medal for America! Another interesting fact about Romney's dancing horses is that they appear to have a history of doping the horses up. Here's the sad story of Super Hit, a dressage horse the Romneys sold for $125,000:
After the sale of Super Hit, the new owners soon discovered he was physically incapable of performing dressage. They consulted Dr. Stephen Soule, veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Team since 1978. Dr. Soule found that Super Hit, at the time he was sold by the Romneys, had a staggering amount of painkillers in his system.
"In my 38-years of practice, " Dr. Soule wrote, "I have never come across a drug screen such as this where the horse has been administered so many different medications at the same time."
The new owners sued Ann Romney and her trainers in 2010, claiming that Super Hit had a defect in one of his feet and that the horse had been drugged with the massive amount of painkillers so that he could continue to perform, hiding his condition.
The Romneys settled out of court last year, before the presidential campaign started heating up. Because the Romneys have a lot of money. Part of the reason the Romneys have a lot of money is because they get huge tax breaks. In fact, the Romneys declared a loss of $77,000 for the care and feeding of Rafalca on their 2010 tax returns. Which means the Romneys spend way more on Rafalca in a year than the average American makes in a year:
For example, did you know that the average family spends a little over $16,000 on housing per year, and Rafalca's housing costs nearly $29,000? That Rafalca's clothing costs $10,000 per year? That the Romneys shell out $15,420 carting that four legged Fauntleroy from place to place?
The punchline to all this is that Mitt Romney can't go a full day without referring to Barack Obama as out of touch with the average American.
(Most of this comes via Rafalca Romney on Twitter. You should follow Rafalca, who is very liberal for a horse, and quite handy with the tweets.)