"And now, they're about 40 million dollars in the black. Isn't
America wonderful?That's good old fashioned capitalism at
work."That's *crony* capitalism at work, in the age of
President Goldman Sachs, where staying on good terms with the aristocracy is
what matters most.There, fixed that for you.Presidents
should not get rich because of their service. Someone has proposed a 90% tax on
the post-office earnings of public figures. I think that's a marvelous
idea. You should already have your Mount Vernon before you presume to serve the
public. You shouldn't get your Mount Vernon because your "service"
has made your power valuable to wealthy men.
"If I have to hear any GOP supporters go off on this, I'm going to be
sick. Isn't this the free market at work?"Well, let's
see: Colleges whose overpaid administrative caste's rice bowl is federally
subsidized student loans pay unheavenly amounts for the benefits of access to a
figure who can steer them and their alumni more government money. Yep,
that's the epitome of how free markets work.
I am aware of an entity here in Southern California that was considering Hillary
Clinton as a speaker for an event (where other Presidents and national figures
have spoken in the past), but couldn't justify her extraordinary expense,
nor the conditions she wanted to place on interaction with Her Eminence.Sadly, with our economy now running like a European ancien regime, with
wealth riding less on what you can make and sell than whom you know, she is
probably worth every dirty penny she's paid.
Like Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts where he gave 3% of the profits to
vets while keeping 97% for himself.
Somehow or other, Hillary Clinton is responsible for rising college tuition
Hey Chris B -"Hillary is out of touch with reality, crying about
being broke when their income has been in the top greedy 1% bracket for 30-40
years, EVERY year."Well, if one is four million dollars in debt,
then that qualifies as being broke, don't you think?And Hillary
wasn't "crying." She was just being matter-of-fact, and she had a
smile on her face. That's hardly crying. Why should she cry? The Clintons
are earning tons of money speaking and writing books.They have a lot
of fans . . . especially internationally.Don't be bitter and
jealous of successful individuals.They definitely are NOT
"greedy." Like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, the Clintons are decent
people, who realize that the highest earners should be paying much more in
If I have to hear any GOP supporters go off on this, I'm going to be sick.
Isn't this the free market at work?
A large chunk of their speaking fees ends up going towards the Clinton
foundation (and certainly they aren't the only politicians who donate a lot
of that kind of income to various charitable organizations). That's part of
why these speakers tend to maximize the amount they can collect because it means
more for the charity.
To "cocosweet" it isn't about capitalism. The irony that Bush is
the lowest paid speaker only shows just how deep the greed runs through the
Democrats. Bill Clinton already gets $200,000/yr for a pension from being
President, Hillary gets $174,000/yr for being a Senator. That doesn't even
consider any investment income or book deals or salaries from their
foundation.If the Clintons really knew about the plight of the
middleclass, why are their speaking fees so high that only the rich can afford
to pay for them?
@cocosweet:"What a terribly slanted article. Naming just democrats
(except a one time mention of GW) and people stating they shouldn't charge
a speaking fee (standard operating procedure for any speaker by the by, private
or corporate)."The Republicans are the party of business and
capitalism. But the Democrats SAY they are the party of the poor. That is why
it is newsworthy.
Would DN mention it if Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, the Koch brothers, Rick Santorum
or Sarah Palin were suddenly able to hike their speaking fees? I'm
GaryO,Ya, they were "broke"They also enjoyed a
very high salary, several properties, and a retirement plan that only the rich
greedy 1% get to enjoy.They were "broke" and part of the
rich greedy 1% the WHOLE time.Even when they were "broke"Hillary is out of touch with reality, crying about being broke when
their income has been in the top greedy 1% bracket for 30-40 years, EVERY year.
Hey Mohokat -"That's impossible she said they are
broke."WRONG.She said they WERE broke when they left
the White House. And they were in fact several million dollars in debt.But of course, they had OUTSTANDING credit, which is only reasonable, given
the fact that grateful people around the world are willing to pay HUGE speaking
fees to both of the them.And now, they're about 40 million
dollars in the black. Isn't America wonderful?That's good
old fashioned capitalism at work. It's too bad that modern
"Conservatives" are opposed to that now too.Wannabe
free-booters at UNLV shouldn't get their hopes up about getting more free
stuff from the Clintons.Besides, you know it's the
"Conservative" element that's behind the protest. Just like they
protested Michelle Obama attending a high school graduation ceremony. They got
their way, and Michelle did not attend, and the kids missed out on an
opportunity of a lifetime.The same thing can happen at UNLV.Face it folks, a lot of self-described "Conservatives"
don't do much good, do they?
I doubt she's broke. Her pant suit collection alone must be worth half a
What a terribly slanted article. Naming just democrats (except a one time
mention of GW) and people stating they shouldn't charge a speaking fee
(standard operating procedure for any speaker by the by, private or corporate).
But wait! Aren't we a capitalistic country? Shouldn't we charge what
the market will bear? Apparently if you are a democrat the rules are different
That's impossible she said they are broke.
The main stream media and the Clinton machine are trying to re-label Hillary.
Unfortunately for her/them a new package will still contain the old, liberal,
arrogant, incompetent, and unwanted contents. Can't the Democrats do any
better? I would seriously like a real choice in 2016.