Just when you think the hypocrisy of top-level politicians couldn’t possibly get any more laughable, Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton sets a new standard for insulting voters’ intelligence.
After Clinton formally defeated her Democratic opponent, hard-core socialist Bernie Sanders, last week, Clinton faced question about the acrimonious primary competition. Republican candidate Donald Trump invited Sanders’ comrades to vote for him over Hilary. ABC reported June 8 Clinton responded thusly: “It really doesn’t concern me. This is just more of his rhetoric to try to muddy the waters about what he stands for. Anyone who supported Bernie Sanders who thinks we should raise the minimum wage, who thinks that we should have universal healthcare coverage, who thinks that the wealthy have not paid their fair share, and I could go on and on, would certainly not find that Donald Trump’s views are in line with theirs.”
“The wealthy have not paid their fair share.” Well, hold the phone. The champion of the working class, Hillary Clinton, attacking those darn millionaires who are just parasites on the rump of society.
Interestingly, one day later multiple media outlets were reporting this: “Hillary Clinton has a plan to fix economic inequality. If elected president, she’ll give working families a raise and implement tax reliefs, create jobs by investing in infrastructure, and crack down on corporate loopholes. But the presumptive Democratic nominee is currently under fire for being a part of the problem — not the solution. A new report from the New York Post has revealed that during a speech in April, during which she detailed her plan to close the wage gap, Clinton was wearing a jacket worth $12,495.” It was farcical that Clinton wore that millionaire jacket while giving a lecture to Americans about inequality.
It’s difficult to imagine the level of wealth a person must enjoy to wear a $12,500 jacket, which, likely, is one of many jackets in that person’s closet.
Speaking only from an Alberta mired in recession, many people related to the energy industry in North America, for example, have had to drastically alter their lifestyle over the past two years, including Americans who’ve seen their lives collapse along with the oil industry they work in. Couple this with the constant barrage of inflation-related news that people hear such as inflation at the grocery store and threats of utility bills doubling or tripling because of bad government.
It’s not the first time Hillary’s vast wealth raised questions about an obvious desire to be president of the United States. According to Nonprofit Quarterly, Hilary’s average speaking fee, say for an hour or two of verbiage, is about $200,000 US. Recently, she was criticized for being paid $300,000 for speaking to a collection of New York bankers. When asked about the astronomical fees, Hilary responded, “Well, that’s what they were paying.”
Does Hilary Clinton really feel the overpowering desire to serve the people and make her country a better place to live by being president of the United States? Maybe.
Looking at the evidence of her behaviour, it seems much more likely though that anyone who values the sound of her own voice so much that she charges $200,000 for other people to hear it, all the while wearing a jacket that’s the same value as some poverty line incomes, that becoming president of the United States is nothing more than the culmination of a life-long obsession with money and power.