In the land of milk and honey…and Maybachs.

I spent the weekend in San Diego. My yuppie sista had an emotional emergency and I responded. As we were driving towards Carlsbad, a nice and very expensive beach community, I spotted a beautiful car that I did not recognize.

It was a Maybach. At least the nameplate on the ass end announced it as a Maybach. The logo was nothing I had seen before:

My sista thought it was part of the Mercedes family of cars. The vehicle was simply gorgeous. When we got home I googled the sucker and learned the following:

They don’t call dealerships..dealerships. They are ’studios’. A used Maybach can start around $200,000.00 and a new one goes for, depending on the options you want,  around half a million devalued american bucks.

I shit you not..check it out if you don’t believe me. And my sista was right..they are part of Mercedes Benz.

As we sat around her living room..I asked her and her husband, both upwardly mobile, hard working individuals, how much they thought Maybach’s went for..both said $100,000.00. That is a price range seen for Bentley’s, Lamborghini’s and the Rolls-Royce Phantom..to name a few.

The Maybach’s price makes those other vehicle prices pale in comparison.

Conspicuous consumption is something that really jerks my chain.

Especially when you consider that almost fifty million american’s can not afford health insurance, whole families are homeless, millions go to bed hungry at night and the official number of poor in the US in 2008 was 39.1 million people or 13% of the population..children of color make up the majority of the poor with 34% of them African-American and over 30% of them are Hispanic. And our way of measuring poverty is grossly flawed at best.

In America people..in America.Of course the neocon Heritage Foundation will tell you otherwise and actually call it all bullshit. But I have seen poverty and it sure as hell exists, many times generation after generation in the same family. I have looked into the eyes of a hungry child who was too ashamed to admit that the only decent meal they got each day was the fucking free breakfast or lunch at their school. It broke my heart..then it made me so mad I can’t begin to describe it here.

Sure, the top one percent or “ultra high net worth” households (roughly 1 million people in the US) can drive whatever the fuck they want, and I can marvel at the beauty of such a vehicle. But that doesn’t make it morally right.

Heaven help those Maybach owners if all the poor folks ever rise up and want to even the fucking score. It would make the russian revolution look like a walk in fucking Central Park on a sunny day.

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About Dusty, hells most vocal bitch

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on November 23, 2009, in Maybach, poverty in America. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. holy crap!  i wouldn't pay that much for a car if i intended to live in it.

  2. Even if I was going to live in it Nonnie..nothing we drive, as individuals, should be worth that much.

  3. I know the feeling. Years ago on the section of the coast of South Carolina I was raised on the waters were filled with local shrimps boats plying the waters with the crews trying to make a living. Now, after all the development destroying much of the wetlands and very cheap imported shrimp being bought buy the national chain restaurants making it impossible to make a living those shrimp boats have been replaced with huge yachts carrying rich people.

    Hell, after all the huge McMansions being built running up the properity taxes and insurance costs many “poorer” locals have had to move cause they can't afford to live on the coast anymore.

  4. That is so fucked up BB. Our entire country (at least the good parts) is turning into the playground for the rich ain't it?

  5. Dusty, thank you so much for your generous willingness to buy me one for Christmas. 😀

  6. Maybe if the poor weren't so lazy that they demand the nanny state pull up their bootstraps, they'd have a 500k car in their driveway. Sheesh.

  7. Laughing?  I'm glad you're such a cheerful giver, Dusty. 🙂

  8. based on this statistic, if we could take away a mere 13% of the wealth held by that Maybach-buying 1% and give it to the bottom 60% of the population, we could double the wealth of that bottom 2/3.  Of course, they'd tell us we couldnt do that because a) the wealthy folks “earned” that money, b) to take away the money of the rich would be “punishing” them for success (and so presumably they'd quit trying to make money?),  c) it would only cause inflation, cause you know, market forces and shit and d) that's SOCIALISM!!!
    Too bad, 'cause I could really use the money.

  9. I could use the cashola too Dave. I hope socialism gets a firm toe-hold in society some day..yep..I surely do! 😉

  10. i remember doing a whole advertising analysis on cars at work a few months ago – and i came across the Maybach, alsonever heard of it – when i did my research and saw the car cost $500K (more than most homes in the US – more than most people will earn in  a lifetime) – and people were buying it – holy fuck.  i guess you get to the supermarket or bingo hall better in a myback rather than a dodge.

    and as for the uber rich, you know better not to get me started – the dirty little secre – this country is falling apart precisely due to the uber rich there is way too much money concentrated in too few hands

    the root of the entire problem

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