Friday, February 15, 2013

There Goes the Neighborhood

One of the things Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) noted in his SOTU response is that he is just another working stiff:

Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

Yeah, except the house he lives in in West Miami isn’t a shanty in old shanty town.  The roof is not so slanty that it touches the ground.

Rubio's House 02-15-13

He’s also planning on moving to Washington.  He’s got it on the market and is asking $675,000 for the place.

I don’t have a problem with him moving to Washington; a lot of senators and congresspeople do that.  But don’t try to tell the world that he lives in a “working class” neighborhood when he and a lot of his neighbors have pools and landscaped yards.  The only working-class people there are the ones who clean the pools and cut the grass.

By the way, I don’t know how long he’ll be able to keep up this working-stiff schtick on the national stage.  There are enough skeletons in the closet from his tenure in the Florida legislature to make things hot enough for him that he’ll need more than one bottle of water to cool off.

Via Americablog.

3 barks and woofs on “There Goes the Neighborhood

  1. The trouble with this photo is that unless you live in Florida, you don’t immediately recognize this as a wealthy neighborhood. Here in NoVA, the pools might be a giveaway, but “working-class” goes past 2000 sq ft pretty easily, and that usually doesn’t include the basement: those houses actually look a bit small for up here, and the lots are on the small side for a SFR unless you’re talking about a townhouse.

    Rubio could probably pass this photo off as “working class neighborhood” to a good portion of the country – especially the inside-the-Beltway punditry, who think not having an attached garage (or in-building assigned parking) and at least two spare bedrooms is living in poverty.

  2. Nice try, his roundabout does have some nice homes but what about the other homes in the edges of the picture? I see a bunch of small houses with ghetto looking additions, most likely efficiencies or small family rooms. If that doesn’t scream working class then I don’t know what does. Honestly, if it weren’t for the roundabout I’d think that was a picture of West Hialeah or Hialeah Gardens or something. A neighborhood consists of more than just the street you live on and Rubio never said he lived in a shack.

    • With an asking price of $675,000, that’s not exactly “working class.” That’s closer to Pinecrest or Palmetto Bay.

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