John Kerry (Heinz Heiress) Displays Shrewd Sense Of Business [Reader Post]


"Isabel," the 76-foot yacht owned by Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, is undergoing repairs at the Hinckley shipyard in Portsmouth, R.I., Friday, July 23, 2010. Kerry is docking his family

A Department of Revenue spokesman said Kerry would be liable for Massachusetts taxes if he berthed the boat in the Bay State within six months of its purchase. If the Isabel were brought to Massachusetts after that period, the state would have to decide if it wanted to pursue the taxes.

Massachusetts, like most other states, has been grappling with plunging tax revenues. Last year’s budget deficit was $600 million, and officials are bracing for a $1 billion deficit this year.

The Republicans of Massachusetts spoke out meekly to criticize Kerry’s cost saving measures.

“While we can fault the senator for his hypocrisy on taxes or having his boat built halfway around the world instead of here in the USA, John Kerry proves an important point that taxes in Massachusetts are too high. If they are too high for someone as rich as Senator Kerry, they are absolutely too high for working-class taxpayers who are being squeezed at every turn,” said a statement issued by party Chairwoman Jennifer Nassour.


The 76-foot sloop has two cabins, a pilot house fitted with a wet bar and cold wine storage, according to the Boston Herald, which first reported its Rhode Island berthing. It derives its moniker from the middle name of Kerry’s mother and the name his wife, Teresa Heinz, hoped to give a daughter.

Perhaps the Republicans are concerned over their own Senator Brown’s taxes on the pickup he drove around the state during his campaign.

Obviously, a $7,000,000 yacht can have warranty issues, so why bring it next door to Massachusetts when your wine cooler might break down.  State Senators and yacht owners are faced with difficult decisions all the time.  Kerry has decided that his cash strapped state must function without his personal dollars, only because of the frailty of an ocean going yacht that was built in New Zealand and sailed to Rhode Island for delivery.

Although Mike reported on this story originally, I found the views of Steve Dennis and his New Englander’s blog enlightening and informative, an update:

First the national issue: We have been told constantly that as Americans we have to sacrificemore for the common good. In this economic downturn the president has told us that we must face higher taxes in order to help those less fortunate than ourselves. From healthcare reform to the stimulus package, future American taxpayers are being asked to bear the burden of this regime’s out of control spending.

At one point during the campaign while in Oregon, Barack Obama was apologizing to the world for what he deems as Americans over extravagant lifestyles, Barack Obama stated that “we can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times.”

So while ordinary Americans are being asked to drop our standard of living by keeping our houses cooler in the wintertime by turning down our thermostats; and while Barack Obama has declared that we can’t eat as much as we want; and while Barack Obama claims that we the ordinary Americans can’t drive SUVs, John Kerry doesn’t have a problem with not only buying a brand new yacht-even as the president dissed us for driving what many families think of as a necessity, SUVs– John Kerry doesn’t have a problem with spending $7 million on a yacht, which nobody can claim is a necessity, while evading the taxes that he rightfully owes by registering it in a state that is not his home state. These politicians are telling us that we have to live by one set of standards while they live a totally unneccessary and extravagant lifestyle themselves. John Kerry is a perfect example of the double standard and hypocrisy that is prevalent in Washington today.

Second, the local issue: Last year Massachusetts decided to crack down on residents that were avoiding the Massachusetts sales tax by buying high end goods in tax free New Hampshire. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick decided to crack down on the state “use tax.”

Massachusetts requires its residents to report on their state income tax returns all goods purchased in New Hampshire that were to be used in Massachusetts, but because this law is unenforceable with Massachusetts residents, Massachusetts tried to sue a New Hampshire business in an attempt to make New Hampshire businesses collect Massachusetts sales tax for them when Massachusetts residents bought goods in New Hampshire. This was met with great resistance in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed into law a bill that would exempt New Hampshire businesses from becoming tax collectors for the state on Massachusetts. Score– New Hampshire 1, Massachusetts 0.

It will be interesting to see if Massachusetts goes after John Kerry for avoiding Massachusetts taxes with the same zeal that they went after ordinary Massachusetts residents. Somehow I don’t think that will be the case. While John Kerry as a United States senator is not involved with the local politics of the state, he has been an advocate for the Obama regime’s tax increases. He has endorsed many of the Massachusetts politicians– including Deval Patrick– who support higher taxes, including the recent raising of the Massachusetts sales tax. By doing so he has also endorsed their tax increases.

Yet John Kerry looks to avoid paying higher taxes himself and this is a perfect example. When politicians like Barack Obama talk about sacrifice, and lowering the standard of living, they are talking about ordinary, hard working, middle class tax payers; they are not talking about themselves. They are unwilling to meet the expectations that they hold for us. And John Kerry’s tax avoidance is just the latest example of how Washington politicians are not willing to sacrifice for the common good themselves.

John Kerry the Comman Man

Our MSM has not purged itself of the Journolistas and why would anyone expect their editors to be so stupid they didn’t realize the blatant propaganda they churn out continuously as news; consequently, the facts and details of this story will be smothered like the Wright episode.  Thus we will need to be more diligent than ever to find the truth in these news stories.

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Move along, no story here, Mr. Kerry is obviously part of our ruling class and need not pay those pesky taxes.

Kerry is the absolutely perfect exhibition of dynamic response to taxes. He concretely proves what conservatives have been saying about taxes for about a million years.

This could not be more ironic or amusing.

If only some Republican had the balls to whack Kerry with this hypocrisy.

I hope he takes it through the Panama Canal up to Alaska and Catches lots of Crabs….

I live in PA and before NJ got their new governor, the state raised taxes on the rich. Anyone with common sense wasn’t surprised when they found out that a lot of the rich moved to another state. The more taxes you put on people the more they figure out that they can live in some other states at a lower income but wind up with more money in their pockets after all of the bills are paid. I’ll still take my small town living.

I still can’t believe he spent that much on such a crappy little boat.

Remember when Lurch was running for the OO? To the way back machine:

Massachusetts residents are given a limited choice every year on how much to pay in income taxes. The state’s top rate was 5.8 per cent before being lowered to 5.3 per cent. Since 2001 residents have been able to choose between the old rate and the lower one. John Kerry chose the low rate. Additionally, it has been reported that last year John Kerry proposed tax legislation that created a loophole specifically designed to benefit Heinz Foods Co. and therefore his wife.

Yet she and her hubby have the nerve to categorise those who reach the $200,000 earnings bracket as rich. So rich, in fact, that Kerry would raise their taxes. Now consider the morality of a woman who has used loopholes to enjoy an effective tax rate of 14.76 per cent, or maybe even 0.938 per cent, rooting for a 30 per cent or more effective tax rate for people whose net worth is a tiny fraction of one per cent of her own fortune.

Bear in mind that these potential victims of political spite are also denied the tax loopholes that this woman has shrewdly exploited, despite the fact that it takes them a year to earn what her investments probably yield in a day. The taxes that Teresa Heinz Kerry supports are taxes on capital, which amounts to taxes on economic growth. Without growth high-paying jobs will gradually disappear, social mobility will shrink and poverty will spread. What Teresa Heinz Kerry is attempting to do is strike at Americans’ aspirations and future prosperity.

Interesting blog post, read more to learn how John Kerry-Heinz and the little woman avoid paying taxes on her fortune:

Add insult to injury, we have to feed Congress, can’t have them carrying a brown bag, keep in mind this is for nine months and $2.6 million is what the House spent.

Can we be sure Kerry, over in the Senate, is capable of running up a sizeable food and beverage tab……on us? I’m sure Teresa isn’t packing him a lunch.

The House’s overall tab

* $2.6 million spent on food and beverages for reps and their staffers

What do you expect from a state that is represented by the likes of John( I was against it before I was for it ) Kerry and Barney ( I want my senior citizens discount ) Frank. Massachusetts is lucky that Kerry isn’t charging them for parking his boat in Rhode Island. And as for the weak criticism from the Massachusetts Republican Party, you need a backbone before you can stand up.

“Republicans of Massachusetts??!! Oh, you mean those steel-spined, arch conservatives like Scott Brown? Most are probably asking Kerry if there is room in his slip for their own boats.

I hope that there are lots of copies of that picture available to include with the discussion the next time Kerry is up for re-election. His non-contribution to the area economy will surely need to be discussed at that time. Seven million dollars could have helped the New England economy just a little bit I think, and I would have looked good. Of course, he is assured of getting the Kiwi vote.

North Korea – You have my authorization to torpedo that boat.

No, no, no! No torpedo! We need that boat to use against Kerry in his next election campaign!

Nice sailboat. Small carbon footprint.

(Just thought I’d throw that in the water to see what happens.)