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Commentary by Betty Arenson
| Friday, Apr 29, 2016

bettyarensonOne of Hillary’s significant campaign themes is her feigned hatred of big business, Wall Street, and the “rich” 1 percent who cause wealth inequity. She also tosses in the high cost of college.

Her persistent bashing of the aforementioned while inserting “greed” is the antithesis not only of her actions past and present, but also of her being.

Hillary’s disdain for Wall Street is a mystery, considering her successful $1,000 cattle futures investment in 1994 that miraculously yielded $100,000 in about 10 months.

Hillary’s son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky, is a hedge fund guy, or more accurately, trying to be.

The Wall Street Journal reports his fund sustained significant losses. Of interest to the New York Times, Newsmax and The Wall Street Journal touch on how much scrutiny of investments will be precipitated, considering many of the investors are Clinton friends who have donated to Clinton campaigns and the Clinton family foundation.

Is this yet another Clinton scandal in the making?

Hillary remains impervious to her hypocrisy in receiving millions of dollars in speaking fees from the very entities and people she professes to despise. The topic is so toxic, even one of her big supporters, high-profile Democrat and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, winces.

The New York Times interviewed Rendell in January 2016, writing: “In retrospect, Mr. Rendell conceded, Mrs. Clinton would have been better off giving fewer such speeches. … Although they needed money, I think that Bill was raking in enough that Hillary didn’t have to do it,” Mr. Rendell said. “To people who earn $200,000 in seven years, it looks ridiculous.”

Apparently Rendell bought Bill’s “I gotta pay our bills” defense. That fits with Hillary’s June 2014 claim of being “dead broke” upon leaving the White House. It’s inexplicable considering they had been elegantly housed by the people for eight years.

The Clintons must be paying their bills quite easily now.

The Washington Post says the couple earned $104.9 million for 425 speeches between 2001 and 2013. CNN Politics gives a $153 million figure through the spring of 2015.

In May 2015, Business Insider listed about 51 of Hillary’s speeches from 2014 through early 2015. She spoke to big business, drug companies, banks and a Massachusetts women’s group. Mostly she charged $225,000, with a few stretching to $260,000-$335,000.

Journalist Anderson Cooper recently asked Hillary if her three speeches to Goldman Sachs were really worth her $675,000 fee. She stumbled and replied, “Well, I don’t know, uh, that’s what they offered.”

Wrong. It’s all quite well orchestrated. Hillary hires booking agencies to garner every dime.

CBS News reported (Nov. 28, 2014) that documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by the Washington Post “shed new light on the intense choreography behind Clinton’s lucrative turn on the speaking circuit.”

The Harry Walker Agency handled one of Hillary’s engagements at a college. The Washington Post got a copy of an email listing Hillary’s demands for appearance: It “requested snacks in the green room (“diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus, and sliced fruit”), and she “preferred onstage refreshments (water, both hot and room temperature, and lemon wedges).” It specified the type of chair Clinton should be sitting in during part of her appearance and the type of pillows to be placed on that chair (long and rectangular, with an additional pillow backstage for added support, if needed.) It even requested that a medal being presented to Clinton be given in a box instead of being draped around her neck.

Another May 2015 Business Insider article referenced a story by Matea Gold of the The Washington Post that said Hillary’s “blurred line between personal and political” is troubling because “some of those companies ‘are led by executives who are now prominent backers of her presidential campaign.’”

One example is eBay executive John Donahoe who hosted a Hillary fundraiser at his San Francisco-area home just weeks after Hilary gave a 20-minute speech for $315,000. The Post further determined that about one-third of Hillary’s paid speeches since 2014 “came from tech giants like Cisco and Qualcomm, plus some biotech trade groups.”

Besides her claim of identifying completely with the average person, this event brings up Hillary demanding money to speak at colleges that she claims are too expensive to attend.

Hillary has made numerous speeches at various universities for $225,000 and $300,000 each while these same universities are raising tuitions to new heights. The University of Connecticut raised its tuition 6.5 percent in 2014 when it paid Hillary $225,000.

Clinton representatives tell colleges that $300,000 is the “special university rate.”

The Clintons now try to give validity to the sleaze of the college speeches by declaring the money all goes to The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation; the same foundation that filings show only distributes 10 percent to help people.

What the Clintons are not disclosing is that the massive college fees are not being reported because of the veil of the foundation’s charity status.



Betty Arenson has lived in the SCV since 1968 and describes herself as a conservative who’s concerned about progressives’ politics and their impacts on the country, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She says she is unashamed to own a gun or a Bible, couldn’t care less about the color of the president’s skin, and demands that he uphold his oath to protect and follow the Constitution of the United States in its entirety.



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