1) A bizarre New York Times article reported that despite carrying student loan debt, Marco Rubio spent "$80,000 for a luxury speedboat."
2) An arguably more bizarre Politico article countered that Rubio's EdgeWater 245CC Deep-V Center Console is in fact a "fishing boat" and that "In a place like Miami, home to billionaires and stars who have multimillion-dollar yachts, an '$80,000 luxury boat' can seem like a contradiction."
3) The median household income in Miami-Dade County is $43,000.
4) The official EdgeWater Power Boats website describes the 245CC Center Console as one of several models of "versatile luxury boats" that the company manufactures.
5) All recreational boats — from Larry Ellison's superyacht to my dad's pair of sea kayaks — are, in a sense, luxuries, even though many recreational boats are far from luxurious.
6) Ron Fournier had a take:
7) Chris Hayes had a better take:
Starting to think Rubio has some plant in the NYT and these supposed "hit-jobs" on him are false flags made to make him look sympathetic— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 9, 2015
8) Jeb Bush has plenty of family money.
9) Florida is one of just three states that require a special license to sell used pleasure boats, though obviously it's a disproportionately important state for this particular industry.
10) The United States has a variety of tax- and mortgage-subsidy programs that encourage homebuying rather than other durable goods purchases. Thus, on average, Americans have larger homes and fewer recreational watercraft than would exist in a pure market system.
11) In 2018, some unknown person will take delivery of Triple Deuce, the world's most expensive yacht, at a cost of more than $1.1 billion.
12) If you're interested in a window into how Marco Rubio would conduct federal budget policy, you might want to read about his tax plan, which combines some interesting ideas with breathtaking fiscal irresponsibility.