McCain spent $273,000 on household staff last year alone
Sen. John McCain, the one trying to portray Barack Obama as an out-of-touch "elitist", spent $273,000 dollars on household servants and staff at his many homes and multi-million dollar condos in 2007 alone according to his tax returns.
Politico's analysis of the McCain records found that five of the eight properties were purchased between the summer of 2004 and this February, for a total of $11 million. And the analysis found that the McCains hired additional household help in 2007.
The five new properties are all condominiums, and they include three in Phoenix — one of which became the couple's primary Phoenix residence after a Cindy McCain family trust in 2006 sold for $3.2 million the house in which they raised their children — and a pair outside San Diego.
The new properties joined three previously owned by Cindy McCain, her dependent children and their trusts: a scenic ranch outside Sedona, Ariz., where John McCain has entertained staff, prospective running mates and political reporters; a three-bedroom Arlington, Va., condo that's been John McCain's Washington-area residence since 1993; a La Jolla, Calif. condo that is home to Cindy McCain's elderly aunt and on which the trust recently paid nearly $7,000 in back taxes.
The condo that serves as the McCain's primary Phoenix residence was purchased in 2006 for $4.7 million by Cindy McCain's trust. It is a 6,600-square foot unit.
Less than one year after the McCains acquired it, a corporation controlled by Cindy McCain bought another condo on a lower floor in the same building for $830,000.
And, in between, the corporation plunked down $700,000 for a 1,900-square-foot, three-bedroom loft condo for their then-22-year-old daughter, Meghan, who was moving back to Phoenix after graduating from New York's Columbia University. The unit is now listed for sale at $730,000.
Cindy McCain, through another family corporation, spent about $4.7 million in 2004 and 2008 on two condos in an exclusive building in Coronado, Calif., an affluent San Diego suburb noted for its high percentage of military retirees.
In an interview with Cindy McCain in the June issue of Vogue magazine, conducted from the newer Coronado condo, she explained that her husband, a Navy veteran, initially wasn't keen on the idea of a pied-à-terre in Coronado.
"When I bought the first one, my husband, who is not a beach person, said, 'Oh this is such a waste of money; the kids will never go,'" she said in Vogue. "Then it got to the point where they used it so much I couldn't get in the place. So I bought another one."
Why not? Got a stain on the carpet? Just buy another $5 million condo. Hell, according to McCain, if you make less than that a year, you're middle-class.
How many homes does he own? McCain, when asked, wasn't sure, saying that he'd have to check with his staff.
Do you know how many homes you own?
Did you make as much last year as the McCain's spent on household help alone?
And Obama is an "elitist" and not in touch with regular people?
Again, breathtaking hypocrisy. Lucky it's the other guy, the guy from a single parent home who made it by brains and hard work, that's the "elitist" in the race.
Any serious observer realizes that the McCain campaign has long since become an absolute joke as far as their wild claims and attacks.
The guy who correctly felt that the Iraq disaster would be ... well, a disaster, is the one with such poor judgement that he's not qualified to be president, while the guy who called for invading Iraq the day after 9-11, and who constantly predicted an easy victory, and who has been nearly psychopathic in his fixation on continuing the conflict into the next millenium, is the guy who has the judgement required.
The guy who got it right.... is wrong, and the guy who repeatedly and consistently got it wrong, and continues to insist we continue making the same mistakes, the guy who's flat wrong.... is right.
See? It all makes sense in a Karl Rove sort of way. Just don't pay attention to that nagging voice of reason in your head.