Motor Trend’s Frank Markus introduces a luxoboat comparo (3/11) with a snide reference to how purchase of these is made possible by the extension of the Bush tax cuts:
We hear the extension saves you rich folks $103,535 per million of annual taxable income. What better economic stimulus for you to spend it on than a shiny replacement for that tired old barge you’ve been driving since the credit-party music stopped?
Lighten up, Frank. This is an extension of an existing cut: nobody is getting an extra $103,535 over and above last year. Unless, of course, you’re prepared to argue that the government has first claim on someone’s earnings, in which case I’m prepared to argue that ripping my subscription-renewal form in two — which I did on Thursday before I even read this piece — was one of the smarter things I did this week.
But he goes on:
Restraint is still called for. Pop for a V-12 and your Tea Party pals will tsk disapprovingly at your liberal-elite profligacy. Better to demonstrate some “shared sacrifice.”
Better still to pay attention. I don’t know what kind of quasi-rightist nimrods Markus thinks he’s BFFs with (if any) in L.A., but my Tea Party pals, such as they are, believe you should drive whatever you damn well please, and if it costs you a ton in fuel costs, so be it.
And let’s face it: were it not for those horrid upper-income individuals who can actually buy those luxoboats, poor Frank Markus would be spending his days sliding around skidpads, not in 7-series Bimmers, but in Nissan Versas and such. Farging ingrate.
Addendum: See also this deserved denunciation of a whole phalanx of idiots.