Hillary Clinton, bathing in the glow of her new “memoir,” told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that she and Bill were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House. It’s funny: the evil 1% have a different definition of “dead broke” than the rest of us.
According to her joint tax return with Bill for 2001, they had a $16,165,110 income for her first year out of the White House.
Even before they left the White House, their joint income for 2000 was $359,000, not exactly “dead broke” for most normal people, particularly given that the Clintons had all of the usual expenses covered by the taxpayer, from housing and transportation to child care, insurance, electricity, healthcare. Their bills were nil.
At the tail end of their first presidency, Hillary got a book advance of $8 million, and not to be outdone, Bill got a $15 million deal at about the same time. She got more than $2 million of this in 2001.
The Clintons have amassed a huge amount of wealth since leaving office—upwards of $100 million. I don’t begrudge anyone the right and ability to make a ton of money—that’s what America is all about. It’s the land of opportunity, where if you work hard and are ambitious enough, you can succeed beyond your wildest dreams—as clearly the Clintons have.
But that kind of money?? That’s Goldman Sachs territory. Which means she will have an incredibly tough time making the “income inequality” argument. Of course, throughout history, socialists and communists have made that argument while luxuriating in their dachas and socking away big money in foreign accounts: “poverty for thee but not for me…and by the way, I’ll help you get out of it ” (which they never do because they need the permanent underclass).
So I expect Hillary will follow the same well-worn path of arguing that she’s been “blessed” but that her policies aimed against income inequality will “level the playing field” for everyone…you know, the old “fair shot” routine. That’s just corrupt socialism dressed up, which is what I expect her to argue because she believes it ideologically. It’s just that she and Bill don’t want to live like “everyone else,” although they’ll claim they know how “everyone else” lives.
The hypocrisy stinks to high heaven…but like Obama, she will have the protection of the press because they believe that leftist policies “help” more people than the capitalist ones that made the Clintons rich. Make no sense? Exactly.
The rich really are different from everyone else, and the super-rich are…well, the Clintons.
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