In 2013 Hillary Clinton was paid $675,000 for three speeches to Goldman Sachs.
I’ve scanned through then as much as I could without poking my eyes out. Never mind the “pulbic/private” positions – which I know are disturbing in themselves butt not exactly news – what really bothered me was her actual speech. Can that woman not string more than 2 sentences together without inserting a “you know” a dozen times?
While technically not a non-fluency, “you know” is still the most annoying verbal tic in the modern lexicon of annoying speech patterns. And seriously, at $225,000 – assuming they’re 30 minute speeches at around 4000 words, that’s about $56.25 per word. Now I know we can’t expect anyone to be as articulate as our current interlocutor-in-chief, butt even in even in Manhattan, the lawyer-centric land of billable hours, all those “you knows” sound like bill padding in my opinion.
And while that’s probably not illegal it sure seems unethical; not that there’s anything wrong with that.
And I’m not sure Hillary’s good friend, Lady M, would approve, as she’s all about equity and equality in the labor market. And any way you cut it $50/word is an unconscionable multiple of what the little people get paid.
I’m pretty sure a 1:2500 ratio would not meet Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren’s – or even Barry’s – approval in the “fair playing field” debate.
Anyway, here are my takeaways from the Goldman years:
Hillary’s all in favor of financial institution self-regulation. Unless she’s talking to Bernie’s supporters in which case she wants government to come down on too-big-to-fail banks like a ton of bricks. All part of that public/private position thingy she’s got workin’ for her. Oh, and did I mention she thinks charitable foundations should be self-regulating as well?
The first Wikileaks dump required Hillary to buy a new “rock tour jacket” and go on what she called “the Clinton Apology Tour” to smooth the feathers of important foreign dignataries who were insulted by comments made by various members of Hillary’s State Department employees. I wonder if the current Wikileaks’ dump will inspire her to buy a new jacket.
It seemed like Hillary was giving the titans of Wall Street security and military briefings. Um, do you really think that’s a good idea? Trump might conflate that into an example of “bad judgment.”
Hillary thinks Donald Trump would make a swell president: “You know, I would like to see more successful business people run for office. I really would like to see that because I do think, you know, you don’t have to have $30 billion, but you have a certain level of freedom. And there’s that memorable phrase from a former member of the Senate: ‘You can be maybe rented but never bought.’ And I think it’s important to have people with those experiences.” I’m not sure she meant to imply that people like her can be bought. That’s irrelevant; we all know she can.
There were a lot of interesting tidbits that also won’t be picked up by most of the MSM because they’ve got allegations of sexual abuse to pursue. And because, well, #MediaRiggingElection.
How else do you explain certain election results, you know?