Too Poor to Lead
I try to swim above politics, and not get too bogged down by what this politician said or that politician did. Life is too precious to obsess about political chicanery. I have little faith in my own party...or the fringe movements…mostly, they aren’t worthy of my time. But, the recent comments by Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden about their wealth (or lack thereof) have got me hot like a tarred arrow set on fire. If you haven't followed the news in the last week, both presumptive candidates for the Democrat Party nomination for POTUS are trying to downplay their personal wealth in a bizarre attempt to do only God knows what…appeal to Main Street maybe? Or the little guy? Or make me feel sorry for their vaulted status? Joe, you may not own stock or a savings account but your wife does and she’s loaded, buddy. Speaking as one of those little guys on Main Street, I find their comments loathsome, disgusting, disingenuous, and impoverished. Comments worthy of a political straw man but not of a leader.
I’ve never been poor. But my parents went through hard times when I was a child. I remember the day mom and dad came home from work and told me they’d lost their jobs…on the same day! We lost our home a few months later. You know what, they picked themselves up and we recovered and I am better for it. Enough said.
Let's be honest, please? If you enter political office at a high enough level, your future is set for life. For your lifetime. (Hugh Hewitt made exactly this point yesterday on his radio show) You're going to have a nice lecture circuit when you leave office, and very likely a book deal, and you'll be asked to sit on boards and consult and you'll be compensated well for your efforts. And why shouldn't you be. I’m a capitalist and money is not the root of all evil. To act otherwise is just insane. Like Jon Stewart said, "Why do these two seem to think we need a hobo for president? Own what you have, it's fine."
Jon, I couldn’t agree more. Who’s the bigger hobo? I’ll let you decide.
But, I have a suggestion to help you make up your mind. I've become a recent fan of Dr. Ben Carson. (maybe
not for president, but I’d take him as SECHHS any day) How about a Carson/Clinton/Biden "Poor Off." Carson owns what he has and he owns his meager, dirt-poor beginnings too. He’s made a life for himself and his family
by NOT making excuses for his disadvantages or playing the sympathy card for his successes.
Poverty is nothing to be ashamed of. Wealth is a blessing, not something you hide under a bush. (There are at least three of them in politics so take your pick) Biden and Clinton expected their woe-is-me talking points to score political points with the little guys, and it’s backfiring on them. Clinton, please turn around in your limo seat and take a good look out of the back window. See the cloud of smoke pouring out of the tailpipe? Stop growing your carbon footprint by spewing fiction. What you’ve proved, beyond all doubt, it you are too poor to lead.