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#61 of 96 The Waltons....
Nov 29, 2011 (11:21 am)
How did we get off on this tangent? The Walton fortune trickled down through millions of jobs, but Sam himself didn't like any cars better than his 79 F-150, so he didn't prop up the economy at all by buying new cars. Neither does Warren Buffett, very often anyway. Nor does Ross Perot. Bill Gates will occasionally buy a new Lexus at least. People with scads of money often don't care about those things, those who do buy supercars or Rolls' often. Well, I don't like cars THAT much, nor can I afford one. I stretch a bit, but within reason.
Around here, I find lots and lots of people who should not be able to afford expensive SUVs or luxury cars, driving them. One wonders how they do it. Clearly, they're not the folks who can really afford them. Escalades are very popular with a very young segment of the population. Mercedes with another, and so on. Unless they are pharmaceutical representatives, I don't see how they can afford them, even on a stretch.
Nov 29, 2011 (11:30 am)
#63 of 96 Re: The Waltons.... [nvbanker]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:32 am)
Me, I LOVE cars!!! Still, even if I had a Bill Gates-like fortune, I wouldn't drive anything more expensive than my Cadillac DTS. I have no desire to own anything as extravagant as a finicky exotic. Most of the time I drive my 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis LS which I affectionately call "my hooptie."
#64 of 96 Re: There is a slightly different side to this [lemko]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:40 am)
aaagggghhh...change it, Butthead!!
#65 of 96 Re: There is a slightly different side to this [andre1969]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:45 am)
#66 of 96 Re: The Waltons.... [nvbanker]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:56 am)
Yeah, I'm really not here to bash that woman - she likely has her own demons and maybe money hasn't bought happiness, but what the Walton legacy has wrought isn't all positive. I strongly doubt the old man would be smiling at some aspects of his company today, especially the abandonment of the American made theme, and his company becoming something like the 8th greatest purchaser of Chinese goods on the planet.
Way back when, Gates spent a fortune trying to import a Porsche 959 - easily one of the coolest Porsches ever and one of the most advanced cars built, so maybe there's some form of gearhead under his nerdy facade. He didn't have to stretch anyway As he lives about 2 miles from me, I've always kept my eye out for an Lexus SC, haven't spotted it yet.
There's a lot of easy credit and undeclared income out there for some to stretch with...
#67 of 96 Re: The Waltons.... [fintail]
Nov 29, 2011 (12:00 pm)
Bill Gates was a Porsche afficianado from way back. I believe he was once arrested for speeding in 1978 driving a 911 he acquired after he established Microsoft. He was only 23 at the time.
#68 of 96 Re: The Waltons.... [lemko]
Nov 29, 2011 (2:18 pm)
I once saw a photo of him behind the wheel of a red Ferrari. Of course, if he can't afford one or two exotics, who can?