Oh the irony. I remember when the heads of GM and Chrysler were raked over the coals by democrats for taking their corporate jets to DC and how those airplanes were roasted by politicians and the press.
All the while tens of thousands of union workers start wondering about their jobs yet again because the products they make are being demonized as "playthings of the rich".
It's not a question regarding the expense of the sports listed.
It's a question regarding the motivation to write an article that has Captain Obvious written all over it and tells us nothing we don't already know.
So what? The American public loves it. Take a peek at any reality television show...people love being "voyeurs" into the live's of others, whether it's watching them pick out a wedding dress, give a tour of their house, or deal with family drama. We're nosy.
Oh puhleeze. Class warfare?? ...As if the constant parading of Craigslist ads, mocking their grammar, clothes, and general redneck-ness on this board is not the same effing thing.
I am just not getting where a fairly innocuous article on expensive sports, (which the OP obviously decided to read, despite it being a "same thing") has anything to do with class warfare. It's nothing more than a list of.....well, expensive sports.
You don't have to be part of the 1% to enjoy these pastimes, but having lots of money will make it a whole lot easier."
They tied it to the 1% by saying it instead of saying something like "these sports that many Americans enjoy require a cash outlay to play at the top." Those sports are expensive at the national level. At lower levels many ordinary, budget conscious, work 40+ hours a week, Americans enjoy them to the fullest.
that article was just awful- many of the sports they said were "pricey" certainly can be pricey, but they can also be enjoyed by most for moderate sums of money.
I mean, croquet? sure you can go all out, but you can also enjoy it any back yard for a minimal fee to purchase a cheap set.
Or dressage- most people who enjoy dressage do so on their cheap grade horses on a shoe-string budget.
Pheasant hunting? all you need is a hunting license, a gun, and a dog. Expensive hunting trips are entirely optional.
I've hunted with guys who didn't even have a dog and we did not come home empty handed. My most expensive shotgun cost me a little over $1K. The others all cost me less than $500 each.
Even a week of driven pheasant shooting in an English estate (think Downton Abbey here) doesn't cost much more than many vacations upper middle class people take all the time. But since that's not a sport for the masses, class warfare kicks into high gear.