Cap'n Kerry navigates around yacht taxes

Full story: Lowell Sun 49
Sen. John Kerry should be ashamed of himself. After years of voting to increase taxes on struggling Americans, the senior senator is docking his new $7 million yacht in nearby Rhode Island where he isn't obligated to pay the nearly $500,000 in taxes he would pay if the boat were moored in the Bay State. Full Story
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Fred

Tewksbury, MA

#46 Jul 27, 2010
Does the word politician always mean crook?
Amused

Boston, MA

#47 Jul 28, 2010
Maggie wrote:
I won't forget this. He lives in Massachusetts and should pay his share of the taxes. He's a millionaire . <quoted text>
OK, can you look us in the eye and tell us you don't make major purchases in NH to avoid the sales tax? And then report a big fat $0 on your state income tax return where it asks about those purchases? The scale of the purchases is different, but anyone who buys things in NH to avoid the sales tax and then says that they are shocked by this is a hypocrite.
Tyngsborough

Merrimack, NH

#48 Jul 28, 2010
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
OK, can you look us in the eye and tell us you don't make major purchases in NH to avoid the sales tax? And then report a big fat $0 on your state income tax return where it asks about those purchases? The scale of the purchases is different, but anyone who buys things in NH to avoid the sales tax and then says that they are shocked by this is a hypocrite.
It's far more hypocritical for well paid Massachusetts bureaucrats and politcians to shop in NH or dock their yachts in RI to avoid paying the sales tax. They should be setting an example for the rest of us.
Amused

Boston, MA

#49 Jul 28, 2010
Tyngsborough wrote:
<quoted text>
It's far more hypocritical for well paid Massachusetts bureaucrats and politcians to shop in NH or dock their yachts in RI to avoid paying the sales tax. They should be setting an example for the rest of us.
That reminds me of the old story about Winston Churchill. Supposedly, he asked a woman if she would sleep with him for a million pounds, and she admitted she would. He asked is she would sleep with him for ten pounds. She indignantly replied, "Sir Winston, what kind of woman do you take me for?" To which Churchill replied, "We've already established that. Now we are just haggling over the price."

Being a hypocrite is like being pregnant. Either you are a hypocrite or you aren't. There are no degrees.
rahm emmanuel

Walnut Creek, CA

#50 Jul 28, 2010
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
That reminds me of the old story about Winston Churchill. Supposedly, he asked a woman if she would sleep with him for a million pounds, and she admitted she would. He asked is she would sleep with him for ten pounds. She indignantly replied, "Sir Winston, what kind of woman do you take me for?" To which Churchill replied, "We've already established that. Now we are just haggling over the price."
Being a hypocrite is like being pregnant. Either you are a hypocrite or you aren't. There are no degrees.
Actually the hypocricy comes from being in favor of every tax increase that comes along and yet saving the taxes on this yacht. Sort of reminds one of Rose Kennedy's residence at her death in order to save estate taxes.

Maybe the criticism for hypocricy comes from criticizing employers who move jobs overseas and then building his yacht in New Zealand.

Just saying!
what

Hartford, CT

#51 Jul 28, 2010
tea bagger wrote:
surprized?? this guy has never been anything but a bum,
married into money, and is now a rich bum.
let's keep voting him in. we can afford it!
He did marry money but he also came from it. The Forbes family are hardly bums. Why are people surprised that the rich use tax loop holes? Since when is this a new thing? Most of you would do the same.
what

Hartford, CT

#52 Jul 28, 2010
I should have added that the real story is that Kerry IS paying the Mass taxes on the yacht. I'd link you to the Boston GLobe article but Lowell Sun will delete it.
rahm emmanuel

Walnut Creek, CA

#53 Jul 28, 2010
what wrote:
I should have added that the real story is that Kerry IS paying the Mass taxes on the yacht. I'd link you to the Boston GLobe article but Lowell Sun will delete it.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusett...

Sort of reminds you of Al Gore making environmental improvements to his house after he got caught. This makes it worse for Kerry. He is admitting that what he did was wrong--else why do it? Either wrong legally or morally.
EastiefromWestfo rd

Bronx, NY

#54 Jul 28, 2010
HAHA, the fair and unbiased Boston Globe. Is that paper still in circulation? This guy is a pig. Actually, he looks more like a horse. I'm always wondering why he walks around with a long face but I guess I know why now. He actually has to pay taxes like the common man.
what wrote:
I should have added that the real story is that Kerry IS paying the Mass taxes on the yacht. I'd link you to the Boston GLobe article but Lowell Sun will delete it.

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