Political Shipwreck: John Kerry’s Yacht, the SS Flip-Flop Built in New Zealand, What About American Workers Mr. Senator?


The story of John Kerry’s yacht, the S.S. Flip-Flop gets even better, or worse if you are an American ship builder.

John Kerry says, “Don’t you know who I am and hoe many taxes I pay?” It should be more than enough, why can’t I shelter my $7 million sail boat in a state that has now boat taxes?

Last week it was reported that Massachusetts US Senator John Kerry had avoided taxes in the Bay States by docking his $7 million sail boat in Rhode Island. But wait, the story has continued sea legs as “New England boat builders say shame on Sen. John Kerry for buying a $7 million New Zealand-built luxury yacht while local ship makers struggle to find work.”

“Darn, that would have been a wonderful job for a Maine builder,” said Jane Wellehan, president of the trade group Maine Built Boats. “If someone comes to build a $7 million boat that would employ half the population of some towns for a year or two. Boat building is such a critical component of our coastal economy.”

Gregory Egan, who owns the Crosby Yacht Yard in Osterville, said Bay State boat builders must feel cut adrift by Kerry as well.

“I’m confident that anything constructed in New Zealand could be constructed here in the state,” he said. “From a political perspective, it seems to me he could have thought twice about that one.”

So what does Democrat Senator John Kerry have against American workers? He claims to want to get Americans back to work, yet when he has a direct opportunity to do so without inflicting a tax on the American people, he give the job to New Zealand. Nice. I guess extending an unpaid for unemployment benefit for people out of work was more of a stimulus than actually having American ship builders build and service his sail boat.


“No person is above the law,” Karyn Polito said. “For people to have confidence that the law is being applied equally, they need to be reassured that Sen. Kerry is not receiving favorable treatment.”

UNREAL, but hat else can we expect from the owner of the S.S. Flip-Flop or is it the S.S. Lurch?

Isn’t it amazing that Kerry says that these taxes are silly, this coming from a man who has no problem passing laws to tax the “little people”. Kerry claims he pays more than his fair share of taxes, really? Really! Is it any wonder why the American public so distrusts politicians and why the have an 11% confidence rating when they knowingly avoid taxes, because they can.

From Jules Crittenden, Lifestyles of the Rich and Cluess … and some gems from local Boston talk show host Howie Carr.

… If he doesn’t like the name Botched Joke, perhaps Liveshot could take a hint from an old Beach Boys song and call it the Sloop Tax Free. Or go further back in musical history and lift the title of an old Louie Prima tune – the S.S. Just a Gigolo. Or the S.S. Manny Ortiz, or the S.S. Flip Flop.

Or maybe the S.S. Do You Know Who I Am?

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “Political Shipwreck: John Kerry’s Yacht, the SS Flip-Flop Built in New Zealand, What About American Workers Mr. Senator?”

    1. Greg the Mongoose on July 26th, 2010 6:28 am

      Tax Kerry, supports foreign workers over Maine Voters. Lets feed Kerry some retirement Cake!

    2. super dave on July 26th, 2010 7:14 am

      looking at kerry’s head, they evidently used some strong salad tongs to pull him out at birth.
      i’m amazed that his skull would stretch to herman
      munster size.

    3. Stacy on July 26th, 2010 7:50 pm

      Actually, the boat that Kerry bought is a Friendship schooner, which is an unusual model that can be sailed without a crew. The Rhode Island-based designer of the boat tried to sell it to several American boat makers, including Hinckley, but they all refused, saying they didn’t see a market for the product. It was only after the major US boat builders all refused to build it that the designer of the boat was forced to look overseas to find someone to build it, and went into partnership with a NZ firm. Thus the quotes from Maine boat-makers that “they’re sure a Maine boat builder could have built it as well as a NZ company” are disingenuous — sure, a Maine boat company COULD have built it — but they CHOSE NOT TO. You can’t really fault Kerry for buying a NZ-made boat when US boat companies refused to make it…

      See this link explaining the history of the boat:

    4. Michelle Smith on July 27th, 2010 10:39 am

      #3 So buy a bought made in America then. Just because you have money falling out of your arse doesn’t mean you should spend it in other Countries when the economy in this Country needs stimulating. Excuses, excuses…

      Besides, that doesn’t explain why he dodged out on paying taxes….

      He’s a slimeball tax evading typical liberal politician.

    5. Michelle Smith on July 27th, 2010 10:40 am

      #4 Should say buy a boat not bought…in case YoYo is around….

    6. NGBoston on July 27th, 2010 10:32 pm

      #4-Michelle—you are so right on both counts.

      PS- And YoYo and a few other spelling Nazi’s & liberal Trolls who come on here and criticize us all shove it.

      That’s shove:

      S-H-O-V-E…., think I spelled that correctly.


    7. NGBoston on July 27th, 2010 10:38 pm

      ooops…..in my last post, I erroneously omitted the word, “can” before the word shove.

      I’m getting O/T though, Sorry. The post topic is supposed to be about how John Kerry is a crook, tax cheat and hypocritical Liberal Senior Senator from Mass who claims now to soon be writing out a big fat check to Uncle Sam. Wonder if the outrage and latest charges again Rangel motivated that just a bit? Otherwise, he never would have done it.

    8. Dolf on August 6th, 2010 1:33 pm

      nice ship though.

      @4 Michelle:”He’s a slimeball tax evading typical liberal politician.”

      aren’t they all tax evading politicians?
      cause I don’t think that only democrats do it.
      think all the politicians wouldn’t sleep if the IRS came knocking.

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