Here’s another reason why we need to cut taxes on the rich:
Apart from the open bar by the swimming pool, the main attraction at parties held at the Houston home of John Schiller, an oil company executive, and his wife, Kristi, a Playboy model turned blogger, is the $50,000 playhouse the couple had custom-built two years ago for their daughter, Sinclair, now 4.
Cocktails in hand, guests duck to enter through the 4½-foot door. Once inside, they could be forgiven for feeling as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.
Built in the same Cape Cod style as the Schillers’ expansive main house, the two-story 170-square-foot playhouse has vaulted ceilings that rise from five to eight feet tall, furnishings scaled down to two-thirds of normal size, hardwood floors and a faux fireplace with a fanciful mosaic mantel.
The little stainless-steel sink in the kitchen has running water, and the matching stainless-steel mini fridge and freezer are stocked with juice boxes and Popsicles. Upstairs is a sitting area with a child-size sofa and chairs for watching DVDs on the 32-inch flat-screen TV. The windows, which all open, have screens to keep out mosquitoes, and there are begonias in the window boxes. And, of course, the playhouse is air-conditioned. This is Texas, after all.
“I think of it as bling for the yard,” said Ms. Schiller, 40.
So this means they spend $50,000 on a playhouse when their daughter was 2.
For a child.
I guess the GOP will say that this is a great example of why we shouldn’t tax our job creators (someone had to build that playhouse), but that probably won’t fly for people who
can’t even afford to buy a real house for $50,000.
- High-end playhouses: Child’s play, grown-up cash (seattletimes.nwsource.com)