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Kerry: Yacht story 'our fault'
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Posted on 07/30/2010 6:27:04 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Kerry: Yacht story 'our fault' By: Andy Barr July 30, 2010 07:50 AM EDT

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Thursday that he and his office mishandled the politics surrounding tax questions on his new $7 million yacht.

“I don’t think I dealt with it fast enough, effectively enough. There’s nobody to blame but myself for that,” Kerry said Thursday in an interview with the Boston Globe.

Throughout the weeklong story, Kerry has insisted that he will pay whatever state taxes are owed – estimated to be $500,000 – on the yacht.

Kerry has so far not had to pay Massachusetts’ taxes on the boat because it is based in Rhode Island, saving Kerry from technically having to pay the Bay State’s sales, usage and excise taxes on the boat. But Kerry said the decision to have the boat stay in Rhode Island had nothing to do with tax issues. Aides have said work is being done on the recently purchased yacht in Rhode Island.

“I’d be crazy to think that I’m going to be doing that, and that was never our long-term intention here,” Kerry said of any speculation that he wanted to avoid taxes.

(Excerpt) Read more at dyn.politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communist; elitist; johnkerry; kerryyoulie; leftist; lefty; liar; marxist; narcissist; notasido; nottooswiftboat; smug; snob; snot; socialist; taxevader; taxevasion; taxman; yacht; youlie
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1 posted on 07/30/2010 6:27:05 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

The funniest excuse I heard was on Hannity. The lib told him the reason it was in R.I. was that it had a hole in it that could only be fixed there.


2 posted on 07/30/2010 6:29:27 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Sub-Driver
I'm sure that if someone were to do some digging, they would find that the Kerry/Heinz family has managed to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes that us little people would never get away with avoiding.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath the surface?

3 posted on 07/30/2010 6:30:06 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Sub-Driver
Kerry and the Dems still think that the problem with Kerry is about message and response to criticisms, rather than the fact that the criticisms are invariably accurate and devastating character flaws.
4 posted on 07/30/2010 6:30:35 AM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: Sub-Driver
“I should have paid more attention and done it faster or whatever,” he said. “I just didn’t think we had to.”

The tax code is just too complicated for his pretty little head to grasp, don't you know.

Yawning, just another RAT trying to break a law that you MUST obey.

5 posted on 07/30/2010 6:31:56 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (How can you tell when the President is lying? When his lips move, of course.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He didn’t deal with it fast enough?!?!?? LOL. How long was it sitting in RI??? I think he means “fast enough after I got caught.”


6 posted on 07/30/2010 6:32:02 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Sub-Driver

I'm Johnnnn Kerry and I'm...Here to pay my taxes.

7 posted on 07/30/2010 6:33:15 AM PDT by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin for ya?)
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To: Sub-Driver

How long has he been hiding the thing in Rhode Island? If he just bought it yesterday, I will give him a pass.


8 posted on 07/30/2010 6:33:29 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I’m sure it’s moored in Newport with a beautiful view of the bridge...for repairs to it’s “a hole”.


9 posted on 07/30/2010 6:35:03 AM PDT by homegroan (Proud member of the Hoi Polloi......ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: Sub-Driver
So, Kerry wasn't SWIFT in dealing with his BOAT problems?

AGAIN!

10 posted on 07/30/2010 6:35:30 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Everything I needed to know about 0bama, I learned from Wesley Mouch.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“The Massachusetts senator pointed out that he is not ‘legally’required to pay the taxes, but recognizes that politically the taxes must be paid.”

The Massachusetts senator pointed out that he has been caught trying to avoid the taxes he expects others to pay, so his political advisers have told him to pay up and claim there never was a plan to avoid the taxes at all.


11 posted on 07/30/2010 6:35:38 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Starrgaizr

Bingo! Same with Obama etc- they always think the problem is their style, or their message, and nt the substance of what they are doing. They imply we are too stupid to see and understand.


12 posted on 07/30/2010 6:36:07 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

He is cementing his reputation as a lying sack of doo doo.


13 posted on 07/30/2010 6:36:10 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: P-Marlowe
Sometimes I think Kerry did this, and knew it would cause a stir, on purpose...just to avoid the question...what the Hades is this guy doing buying a $7 MILLION DOLLAR YACHT, when millions in America can't even afford to buy a bus ticket in this economy?

The focus has been on the taxes he skipped...but no one has questioned the purchase price of a new yacht by a Democrat, because the Dems are not rich...only the Republicans, right? But if it were a Republican who bought that expensive, luxurious, unnecessary, yacht...the media would be out there trying to sink it.

14 posted on 07/30/2010 6:37:46 AM PDT by CitizenM ("Do you miss me yet?" Yes, George, we do.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Throughout the weeklong story, Kerry has insisted that he will pay whatever state taxes are owed – estimated to be $500,000 – on the yacht.

Kerry has so far not had to pay Massachusetts’ taxes on the boat because it is based in Rhode Island, saving Kerry from technically having to pay the Bay State’s sales, usage and excise taxes on the boat.

What kind of double talk is that? If the boats in MA he owes the taxes if in RI he doesn't. So if he's paying "whatever state taxes are owed" he's paying nothing.
Look, nobody begrudges anyone a chance to legally reduce their taxes, it's just that "progressives" like Kerry never met a tax they didn't want to hike. Therefore he should be paying above and beyond what he owes. I guess it's like Leona Helmsley said, "taxes are for the little people."

15 posted on 07/30/2010 6:38:51 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: screaminsunshine
The funniest excuse I heard was on Hannity. The lib told him the reason it was in R.I. was that it had a hole in it that could only be fixed there.

And an "a-hole" owns it too.

16 posted on 07/30/2010 6:41:44 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Everything I needed to know about 0bama, I learned from Wesley Mouch.)
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To: CitizenM
Sometimes I think Kerry did this, and knew it would cause a stir, on purpose...just to avoid the question...what the Hades is this guy doing buying a $7 MILLION DOLLAR YACHT, when millions in America can't even afford to buy a bus ticket in this economy?

I don't mind that he bought a 7 million dollar yacht (that needed extensive repairs). But what pisses me off is that he is a United States Senator from Massachusetts and there are probably a dozen yacht companies in his home state that are dying for work, and he buys a foreign built yacht and then parks it in a neighboring state to have the "repairs" done.

If I lived in Massachusetts I would be furious.

But the people of Massachsetts are so stupid and ignorant and blinded by their socialist ideals that they will continue to support this tax cheating elitist and blame the republicans for all their ills. My guess is that the unemployed yacht builders in that state will vote for him next election and blame the Rich Republicans for their unemployment status.

The world is truly upside down.

17 posted on 07/30/2010 6:43:51 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Sub-Driver

Should have waited until he actually sailed it before breaking the story.


18 posted on 07/30/2010 6:43:55 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: CitizenM

http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/2010/07/top-10-richest-us-lawmakers/

Sen. John Kerry (D)—The former Presidential candidate leads all members of Congress with a net worth of $167.55 million. He has dozens of million dollar assets, and the bulk of his wealth actually comes from his wife’s money.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R)—Despite the recession, the California lawmaker has continued to increase his net worth to $164.70 million. He founded Directed Electronics, a car alarm manufacturer, and he has other valuable investments.

Rep. Jane Harman (D)—This California Democrat has holdings in Harmon International Industries, an audio products company. In 2008, she reported a more than 50% decline in her minimum net worth, but she’s still worth $112.13 million.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D)—When you hear the Rockefeller name, you immediately associate it with wealth. This West Virginia Senator is currently worth at least $80.45 million.

Sen. Mark Warner (D)—Warner is the richest of the 11 freshman lawmakers. He was the co-founder of Nextel telecommunications, making him incredibly rich. His minimum net worth is estimated at $72.37 million.

Rep. Jarred Polis (D)—Polis is a serial entrepreneur. He first founded American Information Systems, and later sold it for more than $20 million. He then grew his family’s greeting card business, and that sold for $780 million. After that, he founded ProFlowers.com and sold it for $477 million. His net worth is estimated currently at $71 million.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R)—Buchanan has many assets, including real estate, car dealerships, and investment accounts, making his net worth $49.79 million. The Florida Congressman has reported a sharp decline in net worth during the recession.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D)—Lautenberg became rich from a payroll processing company he founded back in 1952. He maintains three blind trusts, and his total minimum net worth is $48.38 million.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)—The California Senator has an impressive portfolio that includes multiple trusts, real estate, and various partnerships. Her minimum net worth is estimated to be $42.94 million.

Rep. Harry Teague (D)—Another rookie lawmaker, Teague earned his wealth by founding an oil services firm, Teaco Energy Services. His net worth is $40.63 million.


19 posted on 07/30/2010 6:44:21 AM PDT by digger48
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To: CitizenM
what the Hades is this guy doing buying a $7 MILLION DOLLAR YACHT, when millions in America can't even afford to buy a bus ticket in this economy?

This POS made his money the old fashioned way, he married it. It's like he said during the campaign when asked why he has so many mansions and SUVs while lecturing us about our carbon footprint. "Oh they're not mine.". Well DUH Gomer, they belong to your WIFE!!!!
Kerry is a typical limousine liberal.

20 posted on 07/30/2010 6:44:49 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Starrgaizr

Nah, no flaws. Just get Naomi Wolf or George Lackoff to work on “branding” Kerry. A few earth tones, a couple of word changes here and there and, et voila! — just a simple misunderstanding by us hoi polloi.


21 posted on 07/30/2010 6:45:19 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: CitizenM
what the Hades is this guy doing buying a $7 MILLION DOLLAR YACHT, when millions in America ...
Do you honestly think he (or any Pol) gives a $hit about you, me or any other real American?
22 posted on 07/30/2010 6:46:35 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Sub-Driver
John kery is of course an unrepentant liar and traitor to this country. I am not a baby killer or war criminal just like the two and a half million soldiers that served in Viet Nam. You kerry are the one that went to Paris for treasonous talks with the Communists. You accused recent troops of things they did not do again. You seem to blame everyone else of your faults. What name should I call you now?
23 posted on 07/30/2010 6:48:41 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Kerry's just taking Crazy Joe's advice to heart and doing the patriotic thing. Do you really doubt him?

"It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut [and pay more tax]."

24 posted on 07/30/2010 6:49:02 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: digger48

You don’t mind the guys and gals that made the money themselves, it’s the rich self righteous liberals who lecture the little people about paying their taxes , reducing their carbon footprint and not caring about the poor, those are the ones that gall you.


25 posted on 07/30/2010 6:49:07 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: w1andsodidwe

We can only assume that a&^ holes like this approach their occupational responsibilities with the same level and degree of professional expertise and personal regard.

C H A R A C T E R

C O U N T S !!!!!!!!!!

When/if Americans fully and FINALLY learn THIS lesson, there will be no more criminals in government passing themselves off as representatives of the people!!!!!!!


26 posted on 07/30/2010 6:52:38 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: Sub-Driver
Kerry: Yacht story 'our fault'

Gee John-Boy, you mean the "Don't You Know Who I Am" approach didn't work?

27 posted on 07/30/2010 6:53:21 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: CitizenM

Or that Isabel was built in New Zealand.


28 posted on 07/30/2010 6:55:26 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: P-Marlowe
I remember during the election it was pointed out that the Kerry's paid less than 3% taxes on income of several million (mostly from tax free bonds).

Must be nice to be able to only pay 3% of your income in taxes, and for that income to be in millions of dollars. But I scoff when such a man in such a privileged financial situation says we are not paying enough in taxes at more than TEN TIMES THE RATE on less than one tenth as much money.

29 posted on 07/30/2010 6:59:13 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: P-Marlowe

A Hole in the boat? A HOLE? The only A-Hole in that boat is when Kerry gets in it.


30 posted on 07/30/2010 7:02:02 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Sub-Driver

This guy almost became our President. Notice how all the democRAT president wannabes have turned out to be really scum and now look what we have in the White House.


31 posted on 07/30/2010 7:02:11 AM PDT by 23 Everest (Zero, Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance.)
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To: P-Marlowe

A Hole in the boat? A HOLE? The only A-Hole in that boat is when Kerry gets in it. 7 Million and you buy a boat with a hole in it?


32 posted on 07/30/2010 7:02:32 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: YankeeReb

That should be limousine Leftist. The only Liberty he believes in is his own.


33 posted on 07/30/2010 7:03:04 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: 23 Everest
The "Progressively" got worse and worse candidates. It was almost like a slap in the face to good Americans and they shoved the marxist TelePrompter reading narcissist down our throats. How nice of them.

I hate to say it, but I now think Kerry would be a better president than Obama.

34 posted on 07/30/2010 7:05:39 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: CitizenM
"...what the Hades is this guy doing buying a $7 MILLION DOLLAR YACHT, when millions in America can't even afford to buy a bus ticket in this economy?"

Not only that, the boat was bought in New Zealand, and Massachusetts marine merchants and craftsmen are questioning why he went overseas when the economy here could use the business.

35 posted on 07/30/2010 7:06:05 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: FreeAtlanta
I hate to say it, but I now think Kerry would be a better president than Obama.

Did Kerry run against Obama in the primary?

36 posted on 07/30/2010 7:09:25 AM PDT by this is my country
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To: Sub-Driver

You.. can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes! You say.. “Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?” First.. get a million dollars. Now.. you say, “Steve.. what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, ‘You.. have never paid taxes’?” Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: “I forgot!” How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don’t say “I forgot”? Let’s say you’re on trial for armed robbery. You say to the judge, “I forgot armed robbery was illegal.” Let’s suppose he says back to you, “You have committed a foul crime. you have stolen hundreds and thousands of dollars from people at random, and you say, ‘I forgot’?” Two simple words: Excuuuuuse me!!”


37 posted on 07/30/2010 7:10:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

He got caught.


38 posted on 07/30/2010 7:11:21 AM PDT by BAW (Arizona.got it right.)
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To: CitizenM

“...but no one has questioned the purchase price of a new yacht by a Democrat, because the Dems are not rich...only the Republicans, right? But if it were a Republican who bought that expensive, luxurious, unnecessary, yacht...the media would be out there trying to sink it. “

I don’t see anybody complaining about Chelsea Clinton’s half-a-million bucks worth of wedding flowers tomorrow, either. The Clintons have no reservations whatsoever about this offensive display of conspicuous consumption.


39 posted on 07/30/2010 7:14:11 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Sub-Driver

“integrity, integrity, integrity ....”

Very typical of dems like kerry and 0; saying their gong to do something is the same as doing it.

“i’ll release my SF180”

“i’ll pay the MA taxes”

“no new taxs <$250k”


40 posted on 07/30/2010 7:14:27 AM PDT by jtal
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To: Sub-Driver
The Massachusetts state budget for FY 2011 is $27.935 billion, or about $4000 per person. The half million dollars of taxes he was evading amounts to the total state budget for 125 of its citizens. Hey, Gigolo Johnny, go tell 125 of your constituents why they have to pay taxes and you (or actually your wife) don't.

P.S. I wonder how Gigolo Johnny has voted on various laws to allow states to charge taxes on interstate purchases like a $10 book from Amazon.com.

41 posted on 07/30/2010 7:14:31 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Where is it moored? I am in Newport on business and can go get a picture of it before I leave.

He also said something about who actually owns it. He put ownership under a charter business and he will not owe ANY personal taxes/fees on it. That is how smart money keeps their money.


42 posted on 07/30/2010 7:16:58 AM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: P-Marlowe
I don't mind that he bought a 7 million dollar yacht (that needed extensive repairs). But what pisses me off is that he is a United States Senator from Massachusetts and there are probably a dozen yacht companies in his home state that are dying for work, and he buys a foreign built yacht and then parks it in a neighboring state to have the "repairs" done.

If I lived in Massachusetts I would be furious.

The most important point in the whole disgrace -- it's not just that he is an elitist pol, taxes for thee and not for me, it is that he is representing Massachusetts, he's deliberately screwing the people of his own state. Continuing on, he's not giving them the due out of his pocket while working all the time in DC to secure tax funds for MA outta ours. It's worse than the typical hypocrisy we have sadly come to expect from these finks.

43 posted on 07/30/2010 7:20:57 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: wxgesr

“The boat was designed and purchased from a company in Rhode Island, and it’s based in Newport at the Newport Shipyard for long-term maintenance, upkeep, and charter purposes, not tax reasons,’’ Seth said.”

So it is a charter business, not personally owned. He should have said that right away. She is tied up at the Newport Boat Yard, I will try and find it.


44 posted on 07/30/2010 7:21:26 AM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“never our long-term intention here,” Kerry said of any speculation that he wanted to avoid taxes.”

Kerry confesses. Avoiding taxes was his short term goal.

Lucky for us liberals are so arrogant.


45 posted on 07/30/2010 7:23:39 AM PDT by y6162
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To: screaminsunshine

I am not trying to defend Kerry.
However, this COULD be a legitimate reason it is there.
It was purchased from a company in RI. If there was a manufacturing problem when it was built in New Zealand it would need to be repaired at the companies US facilities before being delivered to the customer.
FYI, most high end boats are not built in the US anymore because of the cost of manual labor here. A lot are built in Tiawan. This is no different than buying an excavtor built by Caterpiller in the US or one made by Hyundia in South Korea.


46 posted on 07/30/2010 7:26:09 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

I have a boat building background. You can fix a hole anywhere don’t be silly.


47 posted on 07/30/2010 7:32:49 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: CitizenM
because the Dems are not rich...only the Republicans, right? But if it were a Republican who bought that expensive, luxurious, unnecessary, yacht...the media would be out there trying to sink it.

Yeah, they tried to call the Evil Bush an evil, rich republican.
GWB's home


Al Gore's house

Compare Jenna Bush's wedding, which was from all accounts a very nice affair-but quite reserved, considering GWB was a sitting president. Vs Chelsea Clinton's which looks like its going to be a who's who Hamptons style blowout.

Back to Bush and Gore homes,

www.truthorfiction.com

The comparisons are fairly accurate, according to published reports.

An investigation by the Tennessee Center For Policy Research published in February, 2006, focused on Al Gore's 10,000 square foot house in Belle Meade area of Nashville. The former senator and former presidential candidate has been a leading voice for the environment and energy conservation. His global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth won an Oscar for Best Documentary for 2006. In the film he urges consumers to conserve energy by reducing the amount of electricity used at home.

Using figures from the Nashville Electric service, the report says that Gore's house used 221,000 221,000 kWh of electricity in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kWh. The report says the gas usage of Gore's home is high as well and that Gore spent more than $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills in 2006.

An article in Cowboys And Indians magazine focused on the 4,000 square foot Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas. It paints an entirely different picture than that of the Gore mansion.. George Bush is described as saying that when he bought the property, he wanted something in middle America so he could "stay in touch with real Americans." Architect David Heyman was asked to design the single story home. Bush said he wanted everything on the ranch to blend with the environment. The passive-solar house is built of honey-colored native limestone and positioned to absorb winter sunlight, warming the interior walkways and walls of the 4,000-square-foot residence. Geothermal heat pumps circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground. These waters pass through a heat exchange system that keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer," according to the article. "A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof urns; wastewater from sinks, toilets, and showers cascades into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is then used to irrigate the landscaping around the four-bedroom home. Laura Bush insisted on the use of indigenous grasses, shrubs, and flowers to complete the exterior treatment of the home.."

Maybe we should consider Bill Clinton writing off his underwear as a charitable donation, or Al Gore slim to nothing charitable giving vs Dick Cheney giving MILLIONS away.

There is such a vast difference between how the two parties are represented by the MSM.

Oh I forgot, one president was down with BBQ's the other Arugula and Wagyu beef. One vacationed on a Texas ranch, the other surfed and golfed in Hawaii.

48 posted on 07/30/2010 7:45:58 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: mountn man
The white colonial style house is NOT Al's house now.

This is his compound (rich corrupt Dems have compounds, not homes) that he built:
http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/05/exclusive-estimate-carbon-footprint-of.html

49 posted on 07/30/2010 7:50:32 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I aspire to a large carbon footprint; just like Al Gore's)
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To: screaminsunshine

There are a lot of holes in Massachusetts that need repairs.


50 posted on 07/30/2010 8:44:53 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich. Just ask Barry.)
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