Hillary Clinton, who many presume will eventually step forward and tell the rest of us that she is running for president, has caught some flack lately for her handling of questions about her wealth. Hillary has said that, when she and Bill Clinton left the White House, they were broke.
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt,” she told Barbara Walters. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
She did clarify that answer, but it had already rubbed some people the wrong way.
How could Hillary Clinton ever claim to be broke?
The stories about her speaking fees, up to $400,000 a pop, came up soon thereafter. Some segments of the press even went after data on what kind of speaking fees Chelsea Clinton pulls down, as if that might damn Hillary, by extension. But it turns out that both Hillary and Chelsea donate their speaking fees to the Clinton Foundation charity work.
Nonetheless, some do wonder if Hillary might be out of touch with the economic realities that most folks in this country have to face.
The funny part about all this is that the people who are ringing that bell loudest took issue with it when the same things were asked about Mitt Romney and his largesse, including elevators for his cars. Back then, they said that Romney was a savvy businessman, that his success was proof that he could do for America what needed to be done.
Now some similar questions are being leveled about Mike Huckabee. Apparently the only reason anyone is asking about Huckabee’s money and how it might alienate him from the rest of us plebeians is because his name occasionally appears on lists of people that some hope might be viable possibilities to challenge Hillary.
One symptom of Huckabee’s extravagance that some point to is his habit of chartering private planes to get where he wants to go. Shameful behavior, I think we can all agree.
Politico reminds readers that Huckabee got into a bit of hot water for his plane use and reporting thereof once before.
The ethics commission fined Huckabee $1,000 for failing to report that he paid himself $14,000 from his 1992 U.S. Senate campaign and $43,000 from his 1994 lieutenant governor’s campaign.
The latter payment — for the use of his eight-seat, twin-engine plane — was reported in a cryptic way that didn’t identify Huckabee and his wife as the owners of the plane.
People with big names can make big money. When people make big money, they get to do things that people without big money don’t get to do. There’s not a person alive who wouldn’t take Mike Huckabee’s plane over submitting to a TSA frisk line any day.
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