To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, the 1% are different than you and me.
For Mitt Romney, who’s in the 1% of the 1%, that means a “four-car fantasy home,” as Politico put it after seeing the amazing blueprints for Romney’s proposed California beach house.
The “cars will have their own separate elevator,” and the redesigned house will have “a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.”
What exactly is this elevator? Politico explains:
But it may not help Romney — whose wealth has caused him trouble connecting with average folks — to be seen building a split-level, four-vehicle garage that comes with a “car lift” to transport automobiles between floors, according to 2008 schematic plans for the renovation obtained by POLITICO that are on file with the city of San Diego.
Remember, Romney plans to make the impact of rising gasoline prices on average American families a major component of his campaign — after shaking his Etch a Sketch and erasing his 2006 support for high gasoline prices to discourage consumption.
What might this elevator look like? Here’s a picture of what seems like a similar design on the web:
In case you were worried that the city might not okay Romney’s plans, Politico reports the project has “its own lobbyist, hired by Romney to push the plan through the approval process.” The lobbyist has been paid “$21,500 since 2008″ to lobby four city officials.
This is how capitalism works. The 1% of the 1% hires the 1% to grease the wheels, so to speak. Trickle down economics at work.
The next time gasoline prices surge, remember that Romney feels your pain — or at least he can hire someone who will feel your pain.