“They don’t see me as part of the problem…Because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work.” – Hillary Clinton
Imagine living a life of hard choices, a life in which you must scrounge for even a steak with some decent A1 sauce, and a salad with low-fat dressing on the side. Imagine a hellish existence in which you receive a paltry $200,000 for painstakingly crafting and delivering thirty minutes of stale platitudes in a large, well air-conditioned college auditorium. Imagine once living in the White House, then being forced to vacate, and move to a lesser mansion—perhaps one with just several bathrooms, rather than dozens. This…this is the life of Hillary Clinton.
I know that the images I conjured were tough to swallow, or even imagine. How could someone live in such squalor? In spite of her life circumstances, Hillary Clinton has not only survived, but she has thrived, showing just how strong she really is. She has taken her difficult life story, and used it to fight for the less fortunate. Hillary Clinton is a strong proponent of wealth equality, going as far as to say:
“Many of you are well enough off that the tax cuts may have helped you. We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.“
She truly is a woman of the people, a warrior, using her position to wage war on the super wealthy. Her most recent endeavor is a foundation dedicated to providing basic needs to poor families, those with a net wealth of $100 million or less. She recognizes that these families have been victimized by the super wealthy, and just like the rest of us, need help.
In a recent interview with Washington Square, Clinton said this of her foundation:
“How can we expect to function as a society with such a disparity between the super wealthy and the only-kind-of-super-wealthy? I have struggled to maintain basic hygiene in recent years, living on the hundreds of thousands I’ve made from speeches, and the $8,000,000 I received as an advance for my last book. I want the only-kind-of-super-wealthy to know that I am fighting for them with all the tools I have at my disposal–which are admittedly few, given my financial standing.”
I believe it was Plato who wrote that a society can only function when the gap between the super wealthy and the only-kind-of-super-wealthy is slim. I wish Mrs. Clinton luck in her future charitable endeavors, and I hope that she can continue to fight the good fight, even while she just barely survives on steak and salads with low-fat dressing on the side.
[Note: While the first block quotation above is genuine (even Snopes admits to it), the second was obviously Onionesque satire. At least, I think it is obvious. I include this note just in case it is not.]