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  1. Did you analyze this area of luxury spending? I'm pretty sure there are more people involved than mine workers, dock workers, and interior designers. Are you really suggesting that anyone making more than minimum wage is wasted money when it comes to luxury purchases?
  2. I'm going to guess it is easier to spend $1,000,000 ethically. Not necessarily that they would do so, but simply that it is easier. When you are rich you can afford to be picky, or even over pay. The lower your wealth the fewer options you have choose ethics over immediate needs.
  3. Yes, there are indeed more and less ethical ways to spend your money. I'm not at all clear why people are so convinced some random rich guy is less ethical than some random working class guy. Yes, a tax system can reflect that. I'm all for taxing the rich at a higher rate than others. What I object to is the suggestion (evidence free) is that luxury spending means 'money barely reaches the bottom of the economic food chain', or that rich people have the pervasive idea of "Anything I own this, nobody else can. ", or whatever this hint of evil was implying; "It's hard to measure the collateral damage from luxury spending, or trace exactly who gets stuck with all the bills and cleanup."
  4. Can you stop with the innuendo already? If you think wood or plastic or brass on a yacht is different than wood or plastic or brass on a cabin cruiser please provide some evidence. All you do is bitch about the rich without providing any evidence.
  5. Didn't realize you were still trolling me with straw-men. Lot of people out there with soiled pants courtesy of the working class. If we denigrated brown people as a whole like the rich are being disparaged as a group everyone here would be screaming foul. It seems to be okay to lump some groups together but not others.
  6. The same as was done for every other fucking boat. What is it with you and rich people?!?! Did some rich kid make you pee your pants when you were a kid?
  7. It's a boat. Made by people who make boats. Luxury spending is not some dark-net side of the economy that operates outside the bounds of regulation and the law. These yachts aren't made for Dr. Evil.
  8. Trump (reluctantly) sort of (half-heartedly) told his followers at a rally in Alabama that they should get the vaccine. He was booed. Seems it's hard to give up the lie once you are fully committed to it.
  9. I am not convinced there is a growing movement to deny reality in America. There have always been people who didn't believe what many of consider reality but I don't know that number has been increasing. Certainly there seems to be growing distrust in authority which is not the same thing as denying reality. Many people who will not get the COVID vaccine are doing it because they don't trust the people who are telling us to get it, not necessarily because they don't think vaccines work.
  10. It takes 3-4 years to design and build a yacht. That's a lot of workers for a lot of time. Unlike your house, with a super yacht comes a crew of 15-20 people earning a salary. In addition the working class must build, maintain and repair these yachts. There is no question that some investments support the working class more than yachts, just like there are some investments that support the working class more than affordable housing. If that is what Sensei meant, then that is what he should have said. It is simply an overreach to say that "If a billionaire spends money on luxury items, the money barely reaches the bottom of the economic food chain". The billionaire does not have lowly millionaires building the furniture, maintaining the engines, mopping the floors, or fixing the plumbing.
  11. Yes I see the difference. What I don't see is the similarity.
  12. I talked about jobs involved in creating a yacht. You talked about an economic theory involving taxes.
  13. No, the problem is that you are confusing what I said with and economic theory.
  14. Be specific. What part of my statement was incorrect?
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