It has been said that politicians change their opinions moment by moment depending upon the crowd they are speaking to. When they get caught, we call it flip-flopping on the issues but to them it is just normal behavior as repugnant to us as it is.
We want honesty on the issues and we want people serving in office who have a “calling” to do something more than just use their political offices to make themselves wealthy. These days, however, those people are mostly absent from the public sphere.
Hillary Clinton, the Democrat pick for the presidency, is showing us she’s no different. In excerpts from her ‘handsomely’ paid speeches, Hillary has given us a few insights on her true feelings.
From The Intercept:
Clinton’s remarks during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other groups were leaked online Friday afternoon by WikiLeaks. Clinton, who was paid upwards of $225,000 per speech, earned more than $22 million on the paid speaking circuit after resigning as secretary of state.
Wow! Speech making is a better gig than being a rock star!
The Intercept continues:
Discussing middle class economic anxieties, Clinton told a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is now “kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.”
But the discussions were also an opportunity for Clinton to speak candidly about policy, politics, and her approach to governing.
Touching on her view of developing financial regulations, Clinton declared to a crowd of Goldman Sachs bankers that in order to “figure out what works,” the “people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry.”
At the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton responded to a question from chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, who quipped that you “go to Washington” to “make a small fortune.” Clinton agreed with the comment and complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government. “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,” Clinton said.
At a speech for Morgan Stanley on April 18, 2013, Clinton praised the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan — which would reduce corporate tax rates while raising the Social Security age. “But Simpson-Bowles — and I know you heard from Erskine earlier today — put forth the right framework. Namely, we have to restrain spending, we have to have adequate revenues, and we have to incentivize growth. It’s a three-part formula,” she said.
Clinton also told a housing trade group in 2013 that on certain issues, she has “a public and a private position.” “If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” said Clinton. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”
Being a lying, cheating, backstabbing politician is much harder than being an honest one but it’s much more profitable. That is the reason why American politics is so distasteful for so many Americans.
Integrity is in such short supply, these days, if a person could bottle it and sell it, nobody would buy it! But we would still try and get liberals to drink it because, why not? They’re high on the Obama koolaide already and probably wouldn’t notice the difference until it was too late. Problem solved!
Source: The Intercept