The movement started with the rationale that raising chickens fits in with efforts toward local and pure foods, supporters say, and the eggs are fresh and flavorful. The animals also are entertaining pets, many say.
Eeew. Free-range chickens pick on their own poop. And then you kill your pet and roast it?
“It’s a nice little hobby people can get behind,” he said, and he thinks his neighbors will support him.
Instead of chickens, in the past year I’ve taken up tango. Didn’t need permission for that. All my friends and neighbors support my taking up tango.
Here’s a choice of hobbies:
However, the urban chicken farmers may be growing their own food because of monetary reasons. Certainly in New Jersey the taxes, high and rising, are enough to make one turn to farming, especially since designated farmland gets huge tax breaks.
Taxes, along with tango, have been in my mind. Just this morning my neighbor TigerHawk, who owns a horse (which is boarding at a nearby farm) but is not raising chickens, has a post you must read:
The audacity of tax: As bad as you thought they would be
For those of you who know a little about federal personal income or corporate tax, or who just want to get a sense for the scope of the tax increase, I commend to you the more extensive write-up produced by Deloitte Tax. I’ve clipped some inflammatory excerpts for your morning indigestion, but it is worth scrolling through to get a sense for the breadth and nature of the proposal. The short version is that President Obama is pushing absolutely staggering increases through the corporate and business tax systems. Direct taxes on business are, in general, inefficient and economically disruptive, but they are also peerless in their complexity, which means that few voters and essentially no reporters will make the effort to understand what is being done to them.
Trust me on this: something awful is being done to you.
TigerHawk examines the Deloitte Tax report in the areas of
- Information reporting on small transactions, investment properties, and tradesmen
- Punitive damages
- Foreign taxes
Raise money for Congress to spend and throw a sop to the protectionists at the same time, all in a manner so complex that the press could not call you out even if it were so inclined. Can it get any more audacious than that?
- Taxes on energy, particularly for energy producers
- And, of course, taxing “the rich”, which will affect everybody, not only “the rich.”
Make sure to read both TigerHawk’s article and Deloitte’s report.
The chickens are coming home to roost.