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    Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, saving $500K

    BOSTON – Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to his cash-strapped home state.

    If the Isabel were kept at the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee's summer vacation home on Nantucket or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to pay $70,000 in annual excise taxes.

    Rhode Island repealed those taxes in 1993. That has made the state something of a nautical tax haven.

    Kerry spokesman David Wade said Friday the boat is being kept at Newport Shipyard not to evade taxes, but "for long-term maintenance, upkeep and charter purposes."

    Wade noted the vessel was designed by Rhode Island boat designer Ted Fontaine and purchased in the state. It was built in New Zealand by Friendship Yachts.

    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.
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    So what. People do this all time and so whould you if you could save that type of scratch.

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    Not a huge Kerry fan, but compared to GWB he would've made an awesome president. Real scandal is how this war veteran's reputation was tarnished by lies and manipulations in 2004. The guy fought for his country and was somehow made to appear less patriotic than some idiot who used his father's connection to evade the draft. Shameful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    Not a huge Kerry fan, but compared to GWB he would've made an awesome president. Real scandal is how this war veteran's reputation was tarnished by lies and manipulations in 2004. The guy fought for his country and was somehow made to appear less patriotic than some idiot who used his father's connection to evade the draft. Shameful.
    Well I wish he would have won because him doing so would have prevented the worst president since Jimmy Carter to be in office right now. I thought nobody could be worse than Bush but Obama is off to winning that race. Had Kerry been elected, you wouldn't have had Health Care though because as you can see now, the party of the president is going to suffer from being in office. Maybe we would have gotten some real effective legislation done.

    Anyway to harp on Bush like you do is akin to the "birthers" harping on Obama. Guess what? What Bush did wasn't anything different than what Clinton did. People back then used any influence they could find to prevent going to Vietnam.

    Back to the topic at hand though, Kerry also choose not to pay more volunteer taxes for his state taxes in 2003. He chirped how the rich should pay more but when given the chance, he did what every other rich person does. Skip taxes just like this boat.

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    Kerry is human . He does not want to pay excessive taxes for money that is his or his wifes .But he is also a hippocrite since he is a big supporter of the Cap and Trade bill in the Senate which will raise your fuel and electric and is essentially a tax. And if he did have his boat in Mass then Teresa would just hike up the price of Heinz ketchup to pay for the tax..lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer
    Not a huge Kerry fan, but compared to GWB he would've made an awesome president...

    Thank god for Obama is all I have to say. This country's finally headed in the right direction.



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    the thing most of you are missing is that as a Politician who makes millions under the table he is supposed to be setting an example as to how you want your citizens to act.

    I'm glad he never won Presidency because he has "criminal" spelled across his face. Plus the fact that back then when he was running I saw him on a debate and he answered two or three questions with "I don't know how to answer that. I really don't have an answer to that argument." No one wants and indecisive President. Good choice or bad choice, we all make both, as do all of our Presidents, but at the very least they do make a choice. If Kerry had become President it seems he wouldn't have known how to do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    Kerry is human . He does not want to pay excessive taxes for money that is his or his wifes .But he is also a hippocrite since he is a big supporter of the Cap and Trade bill in the Senate which will raise your fuel and electric and is essentially a tax. And if he did have his boat in Mass then Teresa would just hike up the price of Heinz ketchup to pay for the tax..lol
    Umm, you do realize she sold off the majority of her shares in Heinz years ago, right? Last I read she holds less than 2% of shares. Her kids hold more than she does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    Umm, you do realize she sold off the majority of her shares in Heinz years ago, right? Last I read she holds less than 2% of shares. Her kids hold more than she does.
    Was a political joke to make a point.
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    I have no problem with him doing this, I would have done the same thing.
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    This is a guy who has directly raised your taxes, and then turns around and dodges taxes himself.

    Taxes for thee but not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    the thing most of you are missing is that as a Politician who makes millions under the table he is supposed to be setting an example as to how you want your citizens to act.

    I'm glad he never won Presidency because he has "criminal" spelled across his face. Plus the fact that back then when he was running I saw him on a debate and he answered two or three questions with "I don't know how to answer that. I really don't have an answer to that argument." No one wants and indecisive President. Good choice or bad choice, we all make both, as do all of our Presidents, but at the very least they do make a choice. If Kerry had become President it seems he wouldn't have known how to do the job.
    Yeah, wasnt his big line, "I dont answer hypothetical questions?" whatever.

    I dont blame him for parking his boat elsewhere to save some cash, but its the fact he never saw a tax increase he didnt vote for that bothers me. And also, isnt him not mooring it in MA costing jobs there?? I assume the monthly maintence costs on that yacht is more than what most people make in a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    This is a guy who has directly raised your taxes, and then turns around and dodges taxes himself.

    Taxes for thee but not for me.

    Talk about swiftboating yourself.
    The good ol' "do as I say not as I do". You know, most of us would do something like this if given the opportunity to save a half a million dollars but we don't preach to the world about doing your part like these politicians do.
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    I couldn't care less what either of them do. They are both elitist snobs anyway. Hope they enjoy the yacht and the tax break.

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    smart of RI to make themselves a tax haven for these mega yachts...bet it brings a lot of cash into their economy.....

    the yacht was designed in RI, sold in RI to a company headquartered in PA and built in New Zealand....the only thing I'm cheesed about is it being built in NZ

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