December 5, 2011

About that tsunami relief fund...updated

This story about an ultra-luxury car wreck is all over the news today.

An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup — smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1  4 million together.
Yes, it is cringe-inducing.  Such a waste of good auto-porn.  The price tag has risen to $4 million or better - and I still don't think that includes the cost of the Prius.

Is anyone else struck by the thought that just eight months ago, we were sending piles of money, supplies, personnel and other resources to Japan after the March 11 tsunami?

Granted, $4 million is a lot of money in cars, and not quite so impressive in the face of a $300 billion disaster, but...the image of a group of luxury car owners out for a Sunday drive and gathering leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Japan is smaller than California.  It isn't as if the tsunami and nuclear disaster in the north of the country went unnoticed.  And it isn't as if everything is back to normal.  While little kids all over the world cracked open their piggy banks to 'save Japan', what were these folks doing?  Not selling their cars for the cause, apparently.


Anonymous said...

Let's assume these rich auto enthusiasts owned these cars prior to the tsunami. Should they just leave their cars in the garage for a few years until Japan returns to normal just so they'll look good? Do we know for certain who these people are and whether or not they contributed to the cause? Harper, you know better than to use this kind of rhetoric. But, alas, I will admit that I shed no tears over this particular accident.

Harper said...

One of the many articles about the crash pointed out that it was a 'gathering of narcissists' and that 'Japan's superrich generally avoid ostentatious public displays of wealth'. It's all about honor and perceptions in Japan.

My issue is more with the attitude that we are the world's savior. Seriously, stop and remember, just eight months ago, every sporting event, every concert, every television special turned into a Japan benefit. Text your $10 to the charity of your choice. The average middle class American funded the relief effort. Which countries come running with open pocketbooks when there is a crisis or disaster in the U.S.? Give it a go; Google Japan tsunami relief and then pick something else, Joplin, a hurricane, etc. See what sort of results turn up. We help ourselves and everyone else. Very few give us a hand in return.

America doesn't have a collective pot to piss in, yet Biden is in Greece assuring them that we stand ready to help. It's the mindset that infuriates me.

Anonymous said...

OK, I think I see your point. Sounds like they really were just a bunch of douchebags in exotic cars out to rub it in. Sounds like they got what they deserved.