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When poverty comes to America, it will be driving a $22k Jeep Patriot

When poverty comes to America, it will be driving a $22k Jeep Patriot


From reader and frequent photographer Bill in Florida:

Saw this jeep Patriot with the “I’m too poor to vote republican” sticker on it. New they run about $22,000.


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TrooperJohnSmith | July 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

OH, to have a white paint marker!

“I’m Too Poor Dem…
to vote Republican”

I’m too poor to vote for democrats (who will work to keep my husband and I from being able to climb back up into the middle class)! I drive a Jeep too – a 1997 Jeep that has slow leaks in two of the tires which we cannot afford to replace, so every few days husband fills my tires with air if I need to go somewhere. The 15 year old used car is actually the newest vehicle we own, the one husband uses is over 20 years old and that’s not because it’s “vintage” but because that’s the car he got for free because someone had junked it since it didn’t work and husband used his skillz to make it work again! And when our cars can no longer be brought back from the dead, it is hard to find a “new” broken car to fix and use, thanks to Obama’s stupid “cash for clunkers” and it is harder to find parts in the junkyard that could save us a lot of money too.
People who genuinely struggle but live in a place with no mass transit (like we do) have a harder time finding vehicles to get to and from work with now, because people like us cannot exactly afford to buy or lease a new car and those $200-$500 cars that used to be abundant in the Pennysaver simply do not exist anymore. Thanks a LOT, progs!

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Zilla. | July 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I have a cousin who owns a large “we finance” used car lot here in Texas. He says that Cash for Clunkers ran up prices for better quality used cars by about 20%. The tier just below that, the ones with some more miles on them but make good work or school cars, went up even more, because that supply almost dried up.

    Moreover, the prep work to fix up cars for resale got much more expensive, because the market for used and older car parts, especially body panels, hood/truck lids, doors, seats, bumpers and so forth, lost a massive quantity to the crusher. As we all know, new parts are much more expensive.

    His take? Obama did this as much to hurt used car dealers, especially the ones who do in-house financing, because they overwhelmingly vote and contribute… Republican. [read: evil, rich, white guys] And, without asking Slow Joe Biden, we all know who makes the new car parts, don’t we?

You can’t touch any Jeep in MI for less than $27,000.

These are junk, the epitome of Liberal Patriots…
-Spineless, frameless collectivist unibody design.

I have a BMW, would never drive a Jeep, but I like Starbucks(Verona whole bean). I hate DD, don’t do drivethru food.

“I’m too poor…of virtue…to vote Rebulican.”

David Yotham | July 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

Well, good luck to them! I hope they like living in that pretty white box, since it looks like they may be bedding down there shortly. White? That really stands out when parked off the road in a copse of shrubbery – not good. Every thief and brigand for twenty miles will want to check it out.

Midwest Rhino | July 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

A big deal was made of tax free day, when “we” finally get to keep the money we earn, since various taxes eat up the rest.

But actual poor people had their tax free date January first. The 50% of filers (about 68 million of them) making under $33K worked maybe a month to pay “their fair share” of assorted taxes.

The 10% (of filers) that pay about 70% on income taxes are still working to pay for services for this “poor” guy to utilize. This poor guy would vote to have that 10% work eleven months out of the year for him.

Then there are the 100 million adults that don’t even bother to file. They may well be making a good income in the “off the books” gray economy, while also collecting government free stuff. What is their “fair share” contribution to society? These people may not be poor, but they still need that 10% of filers (about 14 million good citizens) to work eight months a year to cover their negligent behavior.

So I guess when the mob votes for the rich guy to work longer and harder so they can buy even better cars, then “this is what ‘democracy’ looks like”.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to Midwest Rhino. | July 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

    needed another proof read … that 50% pay no income tax, but pay some other taxes, so I guessed one month

    The 10% that pay 70% OF income taxes, not “on” (my typo). They also pay much more for other taxes. Their rate is much higher, so they will work a few more months before their tax free date.

pilgrim1949 | July 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

There’s poverty of finances, then there is currently a wide-spread poverty of intellect and ethics (echoing Sally’s observation).

Those’ll put a crimp in your lifestyle…

Midwest Rhino | July 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

Reframing my “fair share” argument:

How many months should the average American be asked to give/work for their government, as their “fair share”?

The poor give zero, and have others working for them.
But about 14 million work about eight months a year for their fellow citizen … yet are demonized and obstructed by Obama.

LukeHandCool | July 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Awwww ….

And the price of gasoline being what it is, the poor thing drives an SUV ….

Brilliant, just brilliant.

Hypocrisy doesn’t even begin to cover it. It is a complete and total lack of self-awareness.

“I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavors to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen? — On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty.”

These words of wisdom were written by the great Benjamin Franklin in 1766.

In America, we have fat poor people.

Progressive corruption is underwritten by a preponderance of selfish behaviors.

Conservative Beaner | July 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I saw the same sticker here in San Antonio. I was tempted to put a note on the windshield saying, Too smart to vote Democrat.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Conservative Beaner. | July 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm


    A few years back when I was taking some grad classes, I’d pull into the school parking lot after work, and I kept seeing this car completely plastered with dozens of lefty bumper stickers in the university parking lot.

    So, I composed a one-page handwritten response mocking and ridiculing the inanity of each and every sticker on the car.

    The next time I saw the car, I waited until nobody was looking and put my note under his/her windshield wiper, like a parking ticket.

    It felt good! They can’t stand being mocked and ridiculed.

    And I also added at the end of the note (I can’t remember the exact wording but as close as I can remember):

    “No need to thank me for not vandalizing your car. I know that you are not personally responsible for the number of times lefties have vandalized my car after I’d placed a single, simple campaign sticker on it. That’s so childish, don’t you think? Well, you’re welcome, anyway.”

Grrrrr 🙁

That sticker makes me wonder what the definition of ‘poor’ is to someone like that.

As one who was forced to retire and try to survive on early SS due to failing health with the added rule that doing so prevented me from ever seeing a COLA increase I can’t even afford to buy a car at any price and have to beg anyone I can find who is willing to drive me to the doctor, the drugstore, grocery store, etc.

After seeing that and other like-minded stickers I’m tempted to carry a really big black marker with me on the days when I’m strong enough to walk the six blocks to the local post office and become the crazy old woman who wanders around the parking lot altering statements like this.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Joy. | July 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Nobody can take your sense of humor away from you!

    I hope your health gets better!

      Thanks LHC, I may starve to death living on bargain-priced pasta and sauce and the occasional not-too-fresh leftover bread that my neighbor brings to me after his meetings at church but I’ll definitely take pride in the the fact that I’ll leave this life with a lot of bumper stickers bearing proof that —-> Joy was here!

        LukeHandCool in reply to Joy. | July 17, 2012 at 1:28 am

        Lean meat and nuts would be better, Joy. Almonds, walnuts … (I was gonna joke, ‘Almonds, Joy,’ but I’ll refrain :))

        Pasta, bread, rice … good for short-term energy, but, after time, bad for diabetes, etc. Farming of grains only began about 10,000 years ago … and physiologically we’re more primitive than that.

        Grape juice gives you the benefits of wine without the alcohol. By itself, like most juices, it has too many calories and sugar, so I dilute it with sparkling water. Maybe 9 parts water to 1 part grape juice, and drink it all day long.

        When I was a young guy working in my dad’s stores, there was this sweet old Jewish attorney named Mr. Sherwood who would come in almost every day and we would swap ideas for eating/drinking healthy.

        One day he was telling me he had started drinking green tea, but he was very sensitive (like me) to the caffeine in it.

        I suggested he dilute it and drink it all day long as opposed to taking a full-strength shot just in the morning … thus the anti-oxidants would be available to his body all day long as opposed to all at once.

        He loved that idea! I miss that interaction I had with some really sweet old-timers! They really appreciated every new day of life they were granted at their age!

        Okay, I’m a bit tipsy and ready for bed. Maybe we can talk nutrition and exercise later.

        Nitey night, Joy!

          Oh my! I would sell my soul for un-lean meats, walnuts, a whole big case of Almond Joys (although I really prefer Snickers Bars) and anything else that is yummy, nutrious, and fattening ’cause this old body is skinny as a stick and is begging to get back that 20 pounds that I’ve lost this year.

          You say you’re a bit tipsy, I have to admit that I’m a wee bit jealous because a glass or two of my favorite dry Reisling or perhap a nice Pinot Grigio like the ones that used occupy my now empty wine rack would be both healthy (and recommeded by my Doc for me to drink each day) would be glorious!

          Oh well, tis not to be so when you feel the urge to discuss food, remind me what it tastes like so I can vicariously enjoy it with you. 🙂


          Poverty sucks!

I saw the same bumper sticker on a car at the US Women’s Open Golf Championship in Koehler WI a week ago…but it was on a Cadillac Escalade.

Too funny.

Also C4C did not help car buyers. Used 2-3 year old honda civics run around 15k dollars. I hope my elderly father doesn’t go looking for cars anytime soon….I think the sticker shock would do him in.

Obama bumper stickers in church parking lots are more hypocritical.