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?