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Rich Lowry: The struggles of Hillary Clinton

Posted: June 25, 2014 - 3:38pm

We haven’t learned much new about Hillary Clinton on her book tour except that she mistakes herself for a version of Norma Rae.

First, during an interview in her well-appointed Washington, D.C., home with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, she said she and Bill left the White House “dead broke,” although they always made better potential subjects for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” than “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.”

Next, in an interview with The Guardian, she seemed to suggest that she and Bill aren’t among the “truly well off,” and said that no one could possibly resent their wealth since they earned it “through dint of hard work.”

And so they did — the hard work of building political careers for themselves, and then, when the time came, profiting massively off them. As Hillary put it in her walk-back of the “dead broke” remark, she and Bill had different “phases” in their lives. One phase involved climbing into the White House and incurring stupendous legal bills in fending off various scandals. The other has involved getting showered with money.

Most people can’t understand the nature of the hard work with which the Clintons are constantly building their fortune.

They don’t know what it’s like to write a calculatedly tedious book for an almost $14 million advance.

They don’t know what it’s like to get up every morning and take a private jet to an event where adoring fans line up for a book-signing (only one copy per person, and no posed photographs, please).

They don’t know what it’s like to run from speech to speech, collecting as much as $200,000 per gig.

They don’t know what it’s like to be married to a man who earns $700,000 for one speech in Nigeria.

They don’t know what it’s like to have a daughter who gets paid $600,000 by NBC News for a not particularly taxing job.

They don’t know what it’s like to be so connected that even your hangers-on can get rich.

This is the life of labor the Clintons have chosen, and if it is arduous, it has its rewards. Between 2000 and 2008, the couple made roughly $110 million in income. They own two homes, one valued at $5 million in Washington, and another valued at $1.8 million in New York state. Last summer, they rented an $11 million mansion in the Hamptons. Such is their wealth that they are using complicated tax maneuvers to limit their exposure to the estate tax.

No one will necessarily hold this bonanza against Hillary, unless she minimizes it in a tone-deaf attempt to make herself out as an average working gal, as she has during the past couple of weeks. The country has a long history of successful wealthy Democratic politicians (FDR, JFK), but a more recent example of an unsuccessful wealthy Democratic politician (John Kerry), who suffered from the perception that he was an out-of-touch elitist.

Hillary’s expressed cluelessness about how truly well off she is, and why, risks putting her in the Kerry category. As Daniel Drezner of The Washington Post points out, her attitude surely reflects class divisions within the top 1 percent. If you hang out with celebrities and billionaires long enough, you will feel positively middle class even as you pull down millions of dollars per year.

Her cash windfall also will make the Democratic war on inequality at least a little more awkward, although she’s no different than other Democratic scourges of inequality who almost always sop up as much money as possible as soon as they’re out of government. For liberals, to paraphrase an old Ronald Reagan quip, fair reward for hard work and talent is when you get rich; a crisis in income inequality is when someone else does.

But Hillary would know nothing about these gradations within the upper stratosphere of wealth. She’s working too hard just to make ends meet.

Rich Lowry can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.

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jford
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jford 06/26/14 - 12:32 pm
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Rich Lowry is having a sad,

he's jealous of the success of the Clintons despite the never-ending attempts by wingnuts like him to tear them down.

He even takes a dig at the Clinton's child. Rich Lowry is a partisan hack. A sad pitiful Bozo in his one-man clownshow.

You think the wingnuts, like Lowry are crazed now? Wait til Hillary wins.

The wingnuts will switch from all out racism to full time misogyny in a single day.

The Clarion's new publisher must harbor the same wingnut sympathies as the last.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 06/26/14 - 01:53 pm
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Lowry knows!

It is refreshing to see column's on this order in the paper just to get jford's blood boiling. Sure hope his Obamacare covers his massive heart attack he is surly going to have after the November elections! ;-)

EVERYMAN
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EVERYMAN 06/26/14 - 05:28 pm
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Dear jford,

I'd vote for Condoleeza Rice. I would have voted for Sarah Palin before I saw her reality show. I really don't care if our President's reproductive organs are on the outside of their body or the inside. I don't care what color their skin is. What I do care about is; are they honest, do they love this country, do they empower people to rule themselves. Clinton isn't any of these. She is a self-serving communist that will redistribute the wealth; take from the poor and middle class and give to the rich.

DON'T ASSUME THAT WE ARE PREJUDICE JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE SOMEONE; WE MIGHT REALLY NOT LIKE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE REGARDLESS OF GENDER OR RACE.

Regards,
EVERYMAN

Norseman
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Norseman 06/26/14 - 06:59 pm
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...Sure hope his Obamacare

...Sure hope his Obamacare covers his massive heart attack he is surly going to have after the November elections! ;-).."

There isn't a presidential election this November. D'OH!

But once we do and Hilliary is our new president, I can't wait to see all of you lowry, fox news and rush limburger lovers frothing and foaming at the mouth.

jford
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jford 06/27/14 - 08:21 am
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Cheapersmokes, that's a distinctive name for internet comments.

... you said once you gave money to Obama and got the tee shirt to prove it.

Care to comment?

(care to comment, …but what am I asking, you do care to comment, there's all kinds of them all over the internet.)

EVERYMAN
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EVERYMAN 06/27/14 - 11:20 am
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QUIZ

A little history lesson: If you don't know the answer make your best guess Answer all the questions before looking at the answers. Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin
B. Mussolini
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above

3) "(We) ... can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A. Karl Marx
B. Lenin
C. Molotov
D. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet
B. Milosevic
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above

Answers:

(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004
(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

Suss
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Suss 06/27/14 - 05:52 pm
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Context, Everyman, context?

Not a clue as to the who, when, where or why these quotes are relevant.

Saying so does not make it so.

Thanks for showing us your senseless post.

More garbage, fear based silliness.

Snopes had an explanation.....

http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/marxist.asp

jford
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jford 06/27/14 - 06:43 pm
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Quiz, who has not a clue as to what may be actual reality.

Answer, cheapersmokes and everyman.

…. oh, yeah, and Rich Lowry.

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Raoulduke 06/27/14 - 07:39 pm
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Making Money

So! Now in OUR Capitalist society Mr.Lowry is suggesting. It is wrong to make money for services rendered.Especially if one is a Democrat. The Clinton's haven't done anything. That wasn't done by Republican's. Bush did not make as much money as ex president Clinton on his speaking tour.Because Bush just did not inspire the interest Clinton does. There just wasn't that much interest in what Bush had to say. He just could not think on his feet.Bush was a spoon fed leader. Everyman- The QUIZ? Each,and every one of those quotes could have been applied to most anything.Just what were the circumstances for these statements? Did you not at one time think the free market has failed? I have. As far as the most profitable sector in our economy being watched.They sure are.These watchdogs are called the SEC. Good try.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 06/28/14 - 04:54 am
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JFord, I sent in money to Obama only because I didn't want to see the dog-faced Hillary Clinton get the nomination! It sure surprised me to see the shirt was Union made and printed. Figured he would opt out to get them make out of this country! I know I sent him less than $50 and I took the shirt outside and set it on fire when I could find no one who wanted it. Then in the last election cycle they sent me a bumper sticker for Obama/Biden and asked for us to put it on public display. I figured that was a reasonable request so I took it to the most popular bar in town and slapped it on the back of their Men's urinal trough. Went back a few weeks later and it was used for targeting so much the ink was almost all worn off. The bar owner asked me if I could get some more!

Minnesota needs much better border security since both Obama and Pelosi were here last week for a private fundraising dinner. It only cost us taxpayers a few million but since he set up a meeting with a housewife who had wrote him about the problems of the middle class trying to earn a living he could write off the expenses. I wasn't all that thrilled with George W. Bush but he was much better than this idiot! It is time for a woman President but she is not Hildabeast.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 06/28/14 - 07:59 pm
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Lost

The credibility of Mr. Lowry,and Cheapersmokes I find non existent.So! They are on my ignore list.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 06/30/14 - 08:23 am
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I never supported Obama!

I thought both Clinton and Obama would make lousy President's so I gave much more to Romney/Palin.

The GOP has some of the worst campaign staffer's in history and they actually listened to them. If they would of let Mrs. Palin do as she pleased we wouldn't have most of these problems we do now! I usually vote for a 3rd party candidate since I don't want to encourage either of the major parties! I learned long ago if you wanted to be successful and even rich you voted GOP and if you wanted to sit on your ass and live off of others efforts then you voted Democrat.

Anyone care to dispute this? I also give this wonderful country about 10 more years and then it will be gone as we knew it!

jford
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jford 07/01/14 - 09:36 pm
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cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 07/07/14 - 06:37 am
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Censorship

Jford, Did you ever think that they are just fed up with your continual, one sided comments? I think that they own the space so they can do as they please! Maybe they find the rantings of a liberal twinkie just too much to put up with.

jford
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jford 07/07/14 - 07:55 am
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