We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In Washington,the two big scandals were sex and money. Bill was raping interns again and Hillary was selling national secrets for campaign cash. People forget about the Chinese money, the satellite deal and missile technology scandal. They even had that sap Al Gore out shaking down Buddhist monks for cash. On their way out the door they tried stealing the White House furniture.
This e-mail scandal looks a lot like an influence peddling scandal.
I agree entirely with the post, but it is "old news" now and voters will generally prefer their crook over some sleaze on the other team. The Clinton charity makes Wounded Warriors look like pikers, amateurs.
Role models are rare in the political game and most good folks avoid it as a necessary evil.
"In order to monetize it, she needed some way to hide the money and someway to conceal the theft of intelligence. The former was handled by the “charity” they created and the phony-baloney speeches Bill was giving to foreign entities. No one wanted to hear that old hillbilly speak, but they wanted access so they gave generously to the foundation."
Does anyone think this stops with the Clintons? The Clintons are not the only ones with a "foundation." Check it out and who are the "contributors":
"Eight years is only the beginning.
As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one presidency. The Obama Foundation is where the work we started together will continue, and it begins with the Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side.
As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one term or one presidency. Real change—big change—takes many years and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of Citizen.
The Obama Foundation will inspire the next generation of young leaders all over the world. It will convene the brightest minds with the newest ideas from across the political spectrum and draw strength from the rich diversity and vitality of Chicago, the city where the President and First Lady started a family and raised their daughters.
But most of all, the Foundation will ask all of us to take on big challenges and to believe that we can meet them together. Our history and President Obama's legacy give us hope that even the most difficult change is possible, and the Foundation exists to carry on that great, unfinished project of renewal and global progress."
"In small town America, politics has never been a great way to get rich, but it has been a great way to avoid poverty."
That depends. The town clerk in my home town was paid a pittance. There is no way he could have supported himself- let alone his family- on that salary. His financial support was the family farm.
Ditto for what the First Selectman got paid.
Granted, times have changed. When I was growing up, the town librarian got paid a pittance for staffing the town library for 10 hours a week. As she was retired, she didn't need the salary. I would have to check the Annual Reports to verify, but as I recall she was paid in the area of 25-50 cents an hour. A pittance. Nowadays there is a full time librarian who is paid a standard librarian salary.