Hillary Clinton is running for president, but she keeps pushing back the formal announcement of her campaign in order to avoid the public spotlight and earn as much easy money as she possibly can on the corporate speaking circuit. When she decides to stop kneeling the ball three times and then punting, and finally gets into the fray, here are some questions we’d like to ask her.
Many you enjoyed Volume 1 of our ongoing series “Hillary Clinton: A Life in Pictures,” in which we catalog some of the most colorful moments in a prominent homeowner’s long and extraordinary life in politics. In our latest installment, we explore some of Clinton’s most colorful and controversial associates. Enjoy!
KYIV—It is quarter to midnight on the last night of 2014, and the mass of people pouring out of the Metro station near Sophia Square in the Ukrainian capital is so colorfully adorned it is almost unsettling. One of the more jarring aspects of Kyiv, for a first-time visitor like myself, is the strict black/gray monotony of local dress. On this night, though, the streets are filled with blue and yellow.
At the Freedom Partners forum in California on Sunday, ABC News reporter Jon Karl dusted off a familiar question for potential GOP presidential contenders Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul: “Would you accept a deal that included…$10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases?”
It’s a stupid question, and the prospective candidates did a fair enough job explaining why it is without looking ridiculous, which is precisely how the question is designed to make them look. It would be nice if Democrats got asked questions like this more often.
THE POLITICO’s Mike Allen has given us inside look at the nascent Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Allen’s piece is the latest in a long line of stories explaining how formidable the 2016 operation will be, and assuring us that Hillary has learned from her disastrous failure in 2008. Here are five things we’ve learned about the campaign thus far:
Maybe Hillary Clinton isn’t George Costanza, after all. A new report from the National Journal’s Ron Fournier notes that while Clinton will obviously agree with President Obama’s policies given her poor political track record and inability to articulate sensible policies on her own, she will also seek to distance herself from the president by denigrating …
THE POLITICO reports that President Obama, during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, gave shout outs to a number of American companies in an effort to highlight the strength of the U.S. economy. Nearly all of those companies, it turns out, are big political spenders and have contributed heavily to Democrats.
Hillary Clinton is George Costanza. She had so much promise. She’s rich. She always knows when someone is uncomfortable at a fundraising gala. But it’s just not working. Every decision she’s ever made in her entire life has been wrong. She really wanted to be president in 2008. But because of her poor political skills and an opponent (Barack Obama) who embodied everything she was not, she failed, and was relegated to the edge of the national spotlight for eight years. It’s time to try the opposite.
Taxpayer-funded millionaire Paul Krugman is known for his endless supply of hot takes, as well as his profound sense of self and perpetual outrage. In his latest column for the New York Times, Krugman writes about the same topic all other liberal pundits are writing about: How conservative climate change denial is destroying America. (Tuesday’s Washington Post, for example, includes two separate columns on how the GOP is “Dangerously in denial,” and “Too stubborn for change.”)
Hillary Clinton hasn’t always agreed with President Obama on taxes. In 2008, she thought his proposal to hike capital gains taxes “for purposes of fairness,” something the president will bring up again in tonight’s State of the Union address, was a bad idea.
Generally speaking, the tax hike proposals Obama plans to announce put Hillary is a tough position because they target some of her closest friends and Wall Street donors. However, she has long agreed with Obama that the U.S. should have a hefty estate tax in place to ensure the country doesn’t become “dominated by inherited wealth.”
But Hillary and her husband Bill are less fond of actually paying the taxes they want everyone else to pay. As Bloomberg reported last year, the Clintons take advantage of “one-percenter” loophole in the tax code to avoid paying their fair share in estate taxes: