When Bill Clinton became president, he had earned a maximum salary of $35,000 as governor of Arkansas and another $5,000 from honorariums from speaking fees. His wife, Hillary, pulled down $92,000 as a rainmaker at the Rose Law Firm. Somehow, despite their modest incomes, and her profit sharing at Rose, they managed to accumulate assets greater than $1 million, which was placed in a public trust.
How did they do it? No one knows for sure. There was that infamous $100,000 Hillary supposedly made on cattle futures (no political payoff there).
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As a child, I was fascinated by stories of exploration. I wanted to be an explorer.
My bubble burst when I discovered that most of the planet on which I lived had already been explored. The remaining parts were unfit for human habitation.
Little did I know that there were many unknown worlds too vast to imagine.
In recent years, the exploration that has had the most impact on the lives of average people is the Internet. It has changed the way we communicate, work, shop, travel, educate, get our news, entertain ourselves and go to meetings. It is hard to image life without it. Yet, as late as 1993, the internet only accounted for one percent of the information flowing through our two-way telecommunications networks. Read the rest of this entry »
For all practical purposes the Clintons are a political team. In the run-up to the 1992 presidential election, we were told we could “buy one, get one free.” They would be “co-presidents.”
That line didn’t sit too well with the public so it eventually was dropped from the campaign. Hillary took a more retiring role until Bill was elected. However, once the deal was consummated with the American electorate, all that changed. Hillary was the first first lady to move into the West Wing, where White House insiders have testified that she ruled this roost.
In his book, The Dysfunctional President, psychologist and historian Dr. Paul Fick made a compelling case that, when Hillary was away on a trip, no big decisions were made until she returned. Bill simply couldn’t, or wouldn’t, function without her. Through their triumphs and many scandals they often quarreled, but they never ceased to function as a united political machine. Read the rest of this entry »
The British must be laughing at us. We shake our heads and wonder why they have tolerated, if not worshipped, their royalty, while we, unofficially, do the same.
In England, the prime minister is burdened with the task of running the country. He does the heavy lifting while the royals carry nothing at all. They are coddled in luxury. The queen is one of the richest people on earth, but the state supports her lavish lifestyle and that of the entire royal family. It caters to their every whim.
Queen Elizabeth expects the “royal treatment,” much like our would-be queen, Hillary.
Most politicians are called by their surnames: Governors Walker, Bush and Jindal; Senators Cruz, Paul and Rubio; Dr. Carson; etc., but not Mrs. Clinton. It is simply Hillary. It’s on her campaign posters, buttons and signs.
Some believe it’s to separate herself from her husband. She shunned his surname until it became necessary to hide her feminist leanings in order to help him regain the Arkansas governor’s mansion. Once in the White House, it was Hillary Rodham-Clinton and now it is simply “Hillary.”
This is how it is done with the royals. A monarch only uses his or her given name, as in Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, etc. Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. is no longer a world power to be respected by our friends and feared by by our enemies. It is not that we don’t have the might to protect our borders or the ability to defend our allies and our interests abroad, its that we no longer have the will.
As the world watches in disbelief, we appear too weak to rescue our citizens trapped in Yemen, a war-torn country we abandoned shortly after Obama held it up as a counter terrorism success story. Read the rest of this entry »