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These Are The People Who Lobby For Tax Cuts

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2011

There seems to be a trend of sorts towards fawning thumbsucker press pieces devoted to talking up how the tiny minority of really rich people choose to practice conspicuous consumption, especially if it allows them to avoid interacting with their heirs and scions, packing them off and flying them out (instead of driving them, which of course entails spending time with them) to upscale summer camps in the Hamptons, or Maine, or Europe:

At Robert Lafleur Airport in Waterville, which is close to many of the private camps in the Belgrade Lake region of Maine, the assistant manager, Randy Marshall, brought on two extra people to help handle the traffic last weekend.

In Augusta, Mr. Kilmer usually creates a temporary lounge on parents’ weekend for the pilots and flight attendants who must wait for their clients to return from their children’s camps, so that they can depart later that afternoon. He has already received catering orders for return flights, which include fruit and sandwich trays for adults and sandwich boxes for younger siblings. One flier has already requested a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a fruit cup with a single strawberry, a juice box, a banana and a cookie or brownie.

The popularity of private-plane travel is forcing many high-priced camps, where seven-week sessions can easily cost more than $10,000, to balance the habits of their parents against the ethos of simplicity the camps spend the summer promoting.

Meanwhile, there are camps out there for kids who likely don’t have parents at all, much less those capable of freely spending what would be a few months’ pay for half the people in this nation, and their wants and needs are a bit more elemental than a chartered private plane with in-flight catering:

Wish List

General Camp:
Camp truck
Copy machine
Batteries- various sizes
Bed linens
Sleeping bags
4+ Person tents
6+ Person tents
Bug spray
Office supplies- copy paper, plain white small envelopes, stamps
Board games (Connect Four, Checkers, etc.)
Stickers and small game prizes
Paper goods (plates, cups, towels, napkins)
Plastic silverware
Industrial or restaurant size hand sanitizer

Arts & Crafts Department:
Construction paper
Glue sticks
Craft supplies
Sewing supplies and fabric
Pottery paint, glaze and supplies

That’s a hint, folks.

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