Pardon me for not being all broken up over Hillary being 'dead broke'

This column was going to be about the pressing needs of food banks during the summer months. But that’ll have to wait until the next column.

Why? Because I heard about a family that knows the true meaning of suffering, and the bitter struggle that accompanies the daily fight to survive.

I had no idea about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Hillary Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer recently. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

Wow. Times are tough.

But I’m having trouble picturing Bill and Hillary, huddled around their last can of Sterno, wrapped in soiled blankets, furtively eating boxed macaroni and cheese while they’re plotting their next life choice.

See, all this time I thought the term “no money” meant that you – you know – had no money.

The Clintons’ version of “no money” is reporting an income of more than $357,000 on their joint 2000 income tax return.

HOW ON EARTH DID THEY GET their daughter, Chelsea, through Stanford University on the mere pension of a U.S. president and the salary of a U.S. senator? And while shopping around for two houses? And with nothing more on the horizon than Hillary’s $8 million advance on a book deal?

True, they reported more than $10 million in debt, but that evaporated inside of four years because the Clintons started cashing in on lucrative speaking engagements. From then to now, those speaking deals have brought in more than $100 million.

And good for them. I mean it. But please, don’t toss around phrases such as “dead broke” as if you’ve known genuine poverty.

Don’t make your financial uncertainties – lasting way less than a year – sound anything close to the real, honest, sweat-of-the-brow struggles of two working parents trying to pay off their 30-year mortgage and car loans and monthly utilities and their kids’ orthodontic work and any other sudden expenses under the sun that can wipe out an average American’s savings in the blink of an eye.

IT’S HARD TO WRITE SOMETHING like this and not sound like I’m puckering on sour grapes. I’m not, honestly. My family doesn’t starve. My roof doesn’t leak. However, I tend to repel monetary wealth like a trenchcoat repels rain, and I have come to terms with that.

But it never fails to stick in my craw when I hear well-to-do people exaggerating complaints about what they have, in a world in which so many have so little.

WATERisLIFE is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing safe water, proper sanitation and correct hygiene to squalid communities worldwide.

In 2012 it unveiled a TV public service announcement that showed impoverished Third World villagers reciting some of the First World complaints that tumble out of our mouths.

Imagine a boy sitting in a ruined cinderblock hovel echoing the complaint of “when I have to write my maid a check, but I forget her last name.”

Picture a girl mimicking the whine “when I leave my clothes in the washer so long they start to smell,” and in the background are a half-dozen fellow villagers cleaning their clothes by beating them on rocks beside a feeble stream.

THE CLINTONS, BEYOND ANY DOUBT, are multimillionaires. They join more than 7 million Americans who are millionaires, according to the Boston Consulting Group’s Global Wealth Report, released Tuesday.

What gift do you get for the former first lady who has everything?

Here’s something Mrs. Clinton needs more of: perspective.

Perspective is one thing you can’t buy at any price. You can give it to someone, but it’s best when you barter for it on your own.

Discernment is a fair trade. You might even receive enlightenment as a bonus.

That’s infinitely more valuable than any advance you could get on a book deal.

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MTBer
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MTBer 06/15/14 - 07:40 am
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The left

She is saying exactly what she needs to say to gather the votes. The far left will believe anything she spews from her mouth, and they will grovel at her feet as she sits in a chair, receiving a pedicure, bemoaning how rough life is for the poor little Clintons.

cush1944
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cush1944 06/15/14 - 08:45 am
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'The far left will believe

'The far left will believe anything she spews from her mouth, and they will grovel at her feet as she sits in a chair, receiving a pedicure, bemoaning how rough life is for the poor little Clintons.'
This reminds me of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson living large off the donations of poor black people.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 06/15/14 - 08:49 am
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Obama attacks wealthy people daily even though he has millions now and will acquire hundreds of millions more after leaving office. He surrounds himself with wealthy entertainers and Wall St. big shots. Like Obama Hillary will play the wealth envy card when the campaign starts. Both are hypocrites but at least if you oppose Hillary they can't throw the race card at you.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 06/15/14 - 10:17 am
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Another Clinton "fib"

Many young folks don't remember the Clinton regime. She was involved in several scandals and she was only the first lady. She also had an $8M book deal before they even left the white house - that's poor?. She will make a good follow-up president as Obama has set up the country to expect un-accounted for scandals, lies from the pulpit, and a dangerous foreign policy.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/15/14 - 12:45 pm
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When your debts far outweigh

When your debts far outweigh your assets, you are dead broke, and it doesn't matter if your last name is Clinton or Carter or anything else.

The Reagans were so broke that their friends had to get together and buy them a house after he left the Presidency.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/15/14 - 12:50 pm
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And Bill Clinton came from

And Bill Clinton came from nothing, he didn't have family money behind him- as many Presidents do.

Neither did the Reagans or the Carters. Dwight Eisenhower wound up at a little farm in Pennsylvania.

The Clintons didn't know, when he left office, that he was going to get all those speaking engagements. What were they supposed to do, lie and say they were fabulously wealthy when they left the White House, when they weren't?

It's like I tell people- it's not just how much you earn. You can earn $1 million, but if you owe $2 million, you're in trouble.

So Joe Hotchkiss, $357,000, with debts of $10 million, is somebody that's in deep financial trouble.

They could've gone BK, but they didn't, many people would've in their situation.

allhans
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allhans 06/15/14 - 02:36 pm
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Poor, poor, pitiful me.....

Poor, poor, pitiful me.....

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/15/14 - 04:50 pm
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Dio es Mio... I don't know

Dio es Mio... I don't know how we will get by on a paltry $200K plus.....

Before the book deals and speaking engagements....

SMH

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/15/14 - 05:11 pm
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So tell us about what happens

So tell us about what happens when you go from $10 Mil in debt to $100 Mill in worth? That seems quite an accomplishment...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/15/14 - 05:15 pm
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Pants on fire

This is an excellent column from Joe Hotchkiss.

burninater
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burninater 06/15/14 - 05:26 pm
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You know the American wealth

You know the American wealth divide is getting bad when even the ACES takes a ride on the wealth-envy train.

Even Tea Partier Mr. Brat gave us an earful of negative rhetoric about the extremely wealthy this week. Interesting times, and I expect we're going to see some unique coalitions forming on this issue...

Can you say Warren-Brat Campaign Finance Reform?

burninater
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burninater 06/15/14 - 05:30 pm
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"So tell us about what

"So tell us about what happens when you go from $10 Mil in debt to $100 Mill in worth? That seems quite an accomplishment..."
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Free markets and hard work, Gage. And with that much personal wealth, they're obviously job creators. Virtuous folks.

Or are you starting to believe that Occupy Wall Street rhetoric?

burninater
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burninater 06/15/14 - 07:03 pm
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"This column was going to be

"This column was going to be about the pressing needs of food banks during the summer months. But that’ll have to wait until the next column."
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How did I miss that lead?

You seriously chose this political tripe piece over food bank needs?

Seriously?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/15/14 - 07:50 pm
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No Burn... I'm filling in for

No Burn... I'm filling in for Captain Obvious this week...

If you believe any of that bunk you're spouting, there's some fields in South Georgia you can help out with fertilizing

prov227
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prov227 06/19/14 - 10:46 am
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Dwight Eisenhower wound up at a little farm in Pennsylvania ...

Beautiful little farm house and land adjacent to the Gettysburg National Park. I can't imagine what the land values must be like.

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