A ruthless capitalist vs. Trump

I must admit it’s an exciting time to be alive in America with our choices for executive leadership available in 2016.

On one hand, we have a ruthless capitalist, who lets nothing stand in the way of the acquisition of money and power and on the other, Donald Trump.

I am a bit excited at the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency because no one has had the opportunity to observe firsthand an almost totally corrupt presidential administration, since Ulysses S Grant.

The difference being that Grant really didn’t know what was going on around him and never made a dime out of it.

There certainly is much to be said for a Trump presidency since it seems so full of surprises – I don’t know exactly what he’s going to do but apparently it’s going to be really, really good.

Plus, we haven’t had a president with a haircut like that since Millard Fillmore, who it appears did most of his hair care with a pork chop.

Although, to be fair Hillary does put me in mind of a more rakish William McKinley.

However, if you’re interested in the accumulation of wealth, you probably should look hardest at Secretary Clinton, who with her husband, conjures money of enormous proportion without using any of their own – something Trump should learn, since he still buys things in order to sell them.

The Clintons have been selling hot air for quite a while, as a matter fact, between the two of them they have made $153 million giving speeches since 2001.

We all realize no one knows more about business than a lifelong politician who was never paid a salary higher than when he was president and a former Arkansas First Lady, who wasn’t even able to make money off of a shady land deal in Whitewater Arkansas — clearly the masters of the financial universe should be eager to pay for their expertise.

And pay they have, with banking corporations and investment bankers alone paying the two of them $7.7 million for their insight, with Hillary Clinton being paid $1.8 million for just eight speeches.

When Bernie Sanders in February wondered how Mrs. Clinton could speak for the “little guy” and be tough on banks after collecting so much from them, he asked that she release transcripts of what she said at these highly paid and apparently instructive lectures.

She declined to do so but said that she would “look into it” – it still hasn’t been done so she’s looking quite deeply into the issue and may not see all the way through it until 2017.

The Wall Street Journal reported that two dozen companies and one foreign government also paid Bill Clinton more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they had matters before the State Department headed by Mrs. Clinton.

They also report that 15 of those fans of oratory gave between five and $15 million to the Clinton foundation.

The Journal indicated Bill Clinton was paid $1 million for two appearances sponsored by the Abu Dhabi government while his wife was Secretary of State and when Homeland Security and the State Department was involved with the Abu Dhabi government’s efforts to ease visa processing for travel to the U. S.

The State Department ended up supporting Abu Dhabi, although the Journal points out there was “substantial opposition from unions, members of Congress and others.”

One of the speeches was a 20 minute presentation on climate change and another was on the value of tourism.

As the Rudolph Valentino of American presidents, I’m certain Mr. Clinton has helpful tips for excited foreign tourists but a climate change lecture to a state that produces 3.15 million barrels of oil a day?

Even ABC News found there were numerous times Mr. Clinton took money from groups with issues before the State Department while his wife was running it.

Coincidentally, of the 13 speeches for which Mr. Clinton was paid more than $500,000 each, only two occurred when his wife was not Secretary of State.

So, the next time I see emails from Colorado Republicans wanting to change the convention rules to stop Trump, I’ll have to ask if it’s because he needs so many employees to make money while the Clintons are able to do it with just two?

Rick Wagner is a Grand Junction attorney who maintains a political blog, The War on Wrong. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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