WASHINGTON, November 20, 2015 — During Hillary Clinton’s promotional tour for her book “Hard Choices,” an account of her heroic exploits as the Obama administration’s top diplomat, she told an incredulous Diane Sawyer of ABC News she “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education, you know, it was not easy.”
In a move that surely stunned her majesty, Sawyer found it difficult to let Hillary’s poverty claim go unchallenged.
“It has been reported you’ve made $5 million making speeches, the president’s made more than $100 million,” said Sawyer. “But do you think Americans will understand five times the median income in this country for one speech?”
Sawyer makes a good point.
Can you remember anything Hillary has ever said worth repeating? Anything? Anything at all?
Anything worth $5 million?
As for her book, “Hard Choices,” sales dropped 43 percent by its second week in bookstores according to Nielsen BookScan.
Although the Washington Post did not say what publisher Simon & Schuster paid Hillary as an advance for her book, it did note they were somewhat pleased with “reader reaction.”
“This is the book publishing equivalent of telling your kid that the important thing about his lopsided loss in soccer was that everyone had fun. Or winning an attendance award in school,” proclaimed the Post.
Getting back to Bill and Hillary’s net worth, the Post said, “Many top Clinton patrons supported them in multiple ways, helping finance their political causes, their legal needs, their philanthropy and their personal bank accounts. In some cases, companies connected to their donors hired the Clintons as paid speakers, helping them collect more than $150 million on the lecture circuit in the past 15 years. The grand total raised for all their political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion.”
In other words, the Clintons, who started their legal and political careers in Arkansas, turned what is euphemistically called “public service” into a well-oiled, moneymaking machine.
Recently, Hillary’s Democratic presidential challenger Bernie Sanders declared that democratic socialism requires that “real freedom must include economic security.”
Socialism has never provided such security for the world’s poor and hungry masses. On the other hand, financial security is a virtual lock when it comes to the advocates of wealth redistribution.
That is the way politics works in the Third World — which a rapidly declining America will soon be joining — in places like Africa’s Zimbabwe, where Marxist strongman Robert Mugabe is said to be worth a tidy $10 million; or Asia’s North Korea, where the porkulent communist dictator Kim Jong-un has amassed a fortune of roughly $5 billion.
Back in 2006, Cuban leader Fidel Castro interrupted his prison island’s regularly scheduled television programming to engage in a four-hour harangue defending himself against a Forbes magazine article listing him as one of the world’s richest men.
The article cited former Cuban officials who said Castro had skimmed profits from state-owned enterprises for years, a pharmaceutical company for one. Their profits went into Castro’s pockets and not into life-saving research and development.
From each according to their ability. To each according to their greed.
But death will soon take the aging and ailing Castro, forcing him to leave behind his $900 million fortune.
Bill, Hillary and Bernie take note: In the end, death, not strongman-enriching socialism, is the great equalizer.