Hey, Better than Bush's Trust Fund.....Obviously smarter than Bush.....McBush Double Whopper ? Or McKerry ? People who charge $750,000 a month have no business calling anyone else elitist POSTED: Thursday, July 03, 2008 FROM BLOG: Brilliant at Breakfast - Card-carrying factinista and brainiac on the nerd patrol. The following blog post is from an independent writer and is not connected with Reuters News. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not endorsed by Reuters.com. Look, if you HAVE the ability to repay over a quarter of a million dollars in credit card purchases so that it isn't "ongoing debt", that's fine. But can we please stop calling Barack Obama an elitist, and writing articles about how he bought a house with a mortgage a few basis points under the average for those of all credit ratings and income levels, and making it seem as though the McCains are like the rest of us because Johnny the Curmudgeon can man a Weber grill? Cindy McCain and the McCain children are the beneficiaries of a beer distributing fortune amassed by her parents and estimated to be worth $100 million or more. Though the McCains maintain separate finances, Cindy McCainâs family fortune has boosted her husbandâs political career at critical junctures, helping to fund his inaugural 1982 run for Congress and helping to subsidize his current presidential campaign when it all but went broke last year. In recent years, a Politico analysis found, the McCain family appears to have tapped its fortune liberally. While Cindy McCain, her dependent children and the trusts and companies they control made as much as $29 million â and likely substantially more â from her familyâs business interests from 2004 through last year, data from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and the Center for Responsive Politics also reveals that they spent $11 million purchasing five condominiums for the family, hired additional household help and racked up progressively larger credit card bills almost every year. Their credit card bills peaked between January 2007 and May 2008, during which time Cindy McCain charged as much as $500,000 in a single month on one American Express card and $250,000 on another, while one of their two dependent children had an AmEx card with a monthly balance as large as $50,000. A campaign aide who did not want to be identified discussing the McCainsâ personal finances stressed that the credit card balances are ânot ongoing debt.â The aide pointed out that the disclosure forms on which the credit card liabilities were listed ask respondents to indicate ranges for the largest balances owed during the reporting period. âIt has been the McCainsâ practice and procedure, as previously indicated, to pay off the balance of credit cards on a monthly basis, so they do not carry credit card debt,â the aide said in a statement. The aide did not answer questions about what Cindy McCain or her children purchased with the cards and declined to make either she or her husband available for an interview about their finances or spending habits. And I really don't care. If you've got it, spend it. There isn't a presidential candidate that ever ran whose financial position was better than that of most of the rest of us. But then don't tell me that you are just plain folks. Being fabulously wealthy doesn't by definition mean that you can't understand the real problems that most Americans face, though I would say that when Cindy McCain likens herself to a single mother, I would guess that her lifelong position as a child of wealth does give her a tin ear for such things. But when you're fabulously wealthy, and you support more tax cuts for fabulously wealthy people and corporations, and you don't know the price of gasoline, and you say that your economic policy is going to involve listening to Alan Greenspan (the guy who in 2004 said that people holding fixed-rate mortgages should refinance to ARMs), I'd say you qualify as living in a moneyed bubble, and are...dare I say it?....an elitist.