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Putting their money where their mouth is
June 23rd, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Putting their money where their mouth is

Hillary Clinton said two weeks ago that her family was "dead broke" when they left the White House in 2001. She quickly tried to clean up the comments.

But the clean-up doesn't appear to have been committed to memory.

In an interview with Britain's Guardian published over the weekend, Clinton reignited the debate over her wealth by comparing herself to other wealthy people who Clinton said were "truly well off."

Today, Joe Biden touted his modest finances. He's long joked about his modest financial standing, but on Monday Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged he's come a long way since being listed among the poorest members of Congress.

At 6:30pm ET, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones, and Newt Gingrich join forces on a special all-hosts edition of Crossfire.

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  1. John Shepherd

    “What are you having, Daddy?” Joan asks.
    I give her a look that must somehow betray the conflict going on inside me.
    “What’s wrong?” she asks.
    I lean toward her and hold the menu in front of us.
    “I think this place is too expensive,” I say.
    Joan looks at me, and for her the matter is settled.
    “Let’s go,” she says.
    “But we can’t,” I say. “Look at Joseph. He’s already drinking his tea!”
    Joseph notices us looking at him and he leans into the conversation.
    “What is it?” he asks. “What’d I do?”
    “Daddy says this place is too expensive,” Joan says. “We have to leave.”
    “Now?” Joseph asks.
    “Yes, now,” Joan says.
    They get up from their seats and head to the door. There’s nothing I can do other than stand, too, and follow them. As we blend into the general crowd near the door I half expect to be apprehended by our waiter or chased by the chef. But none of these things happen of course, and when we meet up again outside I laugh at the sheer nonsense of it all, (which covers for the sharp twinge I feel at my threadbare existence.)
    For more, see: "The Other Side of the Ring" on Amazon books, by John Shepherd

    June 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  2. joe smith

    I don't care what party you support, as long as you let every political discussion degenerate into partisan name calling, you divert attention from the fact that we have a systemic problem in our government, and it's called GREED. We need to get the money out of politics so that we don't have career politicians selling us out so that they can stay in power. What is the difference between a "campaign contribution" and a bribe? I can't see any. We need a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending and the influence of lobbyists.

    June 24, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Amen to that.

      Wouldn't we be better off if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans/tea-whatevers! The American People have had it with this unproductive BS! The way that both parties having been operating for years just stinks! Neither party has really been looking out for the best interests of the US Citizens who elect them and who they're supposed to represent.

      As far as I'm concerned this is the bottom line: The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      This is the only way that Americans are going to be able to "Get a Raise" and sustain it. The more jobs and businesses that we bring back to tax-paying Americans citizens, the healthier our real economy will be and the more likely it will be for the American people to keep up and possibly even start to move forward again.

      Unfortunately most of our politicians are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral social issues like gay marriage and abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they'd always lose sight of the bigger picture. If more people would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, America wouldn't be in this mess. I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

      The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "outsourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.

      It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country and its citizens. All the single-minded, left versus right, ideological one dimensional bull has got to go!

      Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides. -Instead of just trying to make the other side look bad so that they'll lose the next election. – How's that been working out for the American People and the Real American Economy?

      The Citizens of the United States of America need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together to actually start trying to fix the real problems in our country like "outsourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel.

      Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

      But let's face it, both parties are just doing the bidding of their masters, while lamely trying to look like they're trying to represent us. Wouldn't it be nice, if some of these puppet masters were conscientious loyal Americans who loved their country and cared about their fellow Americans enough that they would finally start pointing their lap-dog-politicians in the direction of doing right by the American People? Maybe that's delusional on my part – But if this doesn't start happening soon, the American people and the future of the country that we love is doomed.

      The American People need loyal American Leaders who will stop selling us out to countries like Communist China, India and Mexico.

      June 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  3. The Entire GOP Platform In A Single Paragraph

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    June 24, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
  4. john schein

    Hillary's arrogance is only equal to her being out of touch with reality. Her sense of entitlement continues to show a woman with an unstoppable ambition for power. Meanwhile, her tenure as a member of the Obama administration has shown no accomplishments other than a mess in Benghazi which has been slipped under the rug , ...... Unfortunately the American voter is oblivious and will vote for a candidate that will continue to offer entitlements, freebies and a welfare system that is already out of control. God help us...

    June 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Reply
    • jboh

      You have proven once again that TEA/GOP tools will always blame their opponents for what they are doing. Ted Cruz, the Koch roaches, the Donald are the ones seeking totalitarian power.

      June 24, 2014 at 12:33 am | Reply
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        The problem in trying to elect good leaders for The United States of America has nothing to do with the color, gender or party of our politicians. It's our politician's, from both parties, lack of honesty and the lack of willingness to do right by the US citizens that they're elected by and should be representing.

        Before Hillary Clinton runs for president, Americans need to remember that it was her "husband" that got us into bed with China in the first place. – And how's that been working out for the American People and the Real American Economy?

        And what about that whole White-Water/Vince Foster deal? And we all know that Hillary must have made a deal with the Dems for promises of future power, just so that she would agree to stand by Bill's side during that whole Monica scandal.

        I don't trust the Clintons at all. – It was the "Clinton Machine" that kicked the ball over to China, which got the Real American Economy rolling down the hill.

        Nixon restored normal diplomatic relations between the US and China, but Clinton is the one who opened up the trade floodgates with Communist China. And both Bill and Hillary were actively involved during their visit to China.

        Under Clinton jobs to China, Under Bush I & II influx of illegals/cheap labor into the US and jobs to Mexico/NAFTA – Bush started it and it was signed into effect by Clinton. I loved President Reagan at that time, because he brought pride and respect back to our country after those embarrassingly weak Carter years, but unfortunately his shortsighted economic policy sent us down the wrong path. Reaganonomics was a huge mistake. Jeez and the wizards on Wall Street wonder why the American people aren't putting as much money into savings and their 401k plans anymore. Maybe it's because the shortsighted economic policies, from the 1980's to the present, have come back to bite the hands that feed them. I guess the thought of changing from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy of smoke and mirrors is working out just great? – Not!

        But even now President Obama is pushing a new disastrous, job-killing, "free trade" agreement on the United States under the misleading guise of increasing export opportunities. The president is asking for fast track trade authority that would give him unchallenged authority to do whatever he wants, in most cases to satisfy his campaign contributors instead of the American people. His track record proves he cannot be trusted with this kind of power. Congress must vote to deny the president fast track authority and they must refuse to pass the TPP!

        The president claims this agreement will be a good thing.

        In fact, the scarce details emerging from negotiations point in the opposite direction. Hundreds of corporate advisers are at the table looking for handouts for their particular industries, while average Americans are largely left in the dark. The results will surely be disastrous.

        If they try sneaking another disastrous trade agreement, like this TPP deal, through they're true Traitors to the American people. And I'll bet both parties will be involved. Funny, they can work together to line their own pockets, but not to put protections in place to help the American citizens that they are supposed to represent.

        Hey you stinking Free-Traitors: The AMERICAN PEOPLE can see what's been and is still being done to them!

        The Trans Pacific Partnership must be stopped before it buries us for good.

        The WTO and NAFTA have done enough damage already, but if this goes into effect, Americans are really screwed.

        Unfortunately almost all of our political leaders are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

        Let's face it both parties are just doing the bidding of their masters, while lamely trying to look like they're trying to represent us. Wouldn't it be nice, if some of these masters were conscientious loyal Americans who loved their country and cared about their fellow Americans enough that they would finally start pointing their lap-dog-politicians in the direction of doing right by the American People? Maybe that's delusional on my part – But if this doesn't start happening soon, the American people and the future of the country that we love is doomed.

        If more Americans would have listened to Perot back in 1992, we wouldn't be in this mess right now. The American people and the real American economy would have been much better off today! I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        President Obama's economic ideas are ass backwards: Public sector funded stimulus projects (short-term-fix), carbon footprint taxes (What about China, India, Mexico, Etc...), minimum wage increases to bring our economy back? – Is this guy really this clueless?

        We need to return private sector businesses, industries and income-tax-paying jobs for US citizens in order to generate the tax revenue to fund our own government and any public sector jobs or projects.

        Obama's Minimum Wage Smokescreen – Wake up people both parties are still selling us out – This minimum wage stuff is just meaningless tokenism by the Dems – President Obama was just in the far east. Do you think that he even once brought up anything about the tariffs and protective measures that we need to put in place to protect American jobs and industries or did they just make things even worse by secretly working on pushing through the new disastrous and traitorous TPP "Free Trade" deal?

        Unfortunately we can't just raise the minimum wage unless we start improving the overall business environment and employment picture. Especially not to the $11, $12, or $15 per hour that some of these people were talking about. We can't just pick an arbitrary amount and have it really work.

        We Have To Fix The Root Of The Problem First, which is that over the past several decades, all our leaders have been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

        I've been running a business where we haven't been able to our raise prices or wages for several years, because of what our leaders have allowed to happen to our country. Most small to medium size businesses are just struggling to survive.

        Our real economic problems happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to Communist China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down wages.

        If Obama actually cared about the health of our planet, then he should be putting measures in place to start bringing manufacturing back to the United States of America, where we're less likely to pollute than they are in China, India and Mexico and at the same time provide a much needed boost to the Real American Economy and the American People.

        The American People deserve leaders that will honor the fact that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself and that They are NOT Elected By or To Represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreign citizens or Illegal Aliens.

        Economic Fairness for the American People and the Real American Economy: It's called Tariffs, VAT and Protecting Our Southern Border.

        The American People need Loyal American Leaders who will stop selling us out to countries like Communist China, India and Mexico.

        We need a much larger volume of income-tax-paying American citizens working again in order to generate enough revenue to fund The United States of America (our country).

        If Americans aren't working, America's not going to continue to exist.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Why is Hillary constantly in the news? – Seriously every where you look the amount of "news/pep-rally" stories on Hillary are unbelievable – Every time you look, there are more and more and more – When is it going to stop? – This lady is rotten to the core and this is coming from someone who thinks both parties stink. – I don't trust the liberal media or FOX, because all they both do is to try and continue to polarize and distract the American People, while they're puppet-masters are screwing us right down the middle.

      What ever happened to: "We The People" ?

      Why is the media so infatuated with this evil-unethical-disingenuous-dishonest-power-monger?

      Wake up America! – Who's been pushing so hard for her and why?

      Could it be that Free-Traitors and Foreign interests own and control our media?

      It's Hillary – Hillary – Hillary 24 / 7 / 365 – Hummm?

      We all knew back when that whole Monica scandal was going on, that she must have made a deal with the Dems and the Devil for promises of power in the future in return for her standing by "her husband" Bill's side.

      You know the problem in trying to elect good leaders for The United States of America has nothing to do with the color or gender of our politicians. It's our politician's, from both parties, lack of honesty and the lack of willingness to do right by the US citizens that they're elected by and should be representing.

      Hillary Clinton's interview on ABC with Diane Sawyer – What a puff piece promoting Hillary – Ha, Ha, Ha cutie cutie – This is sickeningly transparent! – What a shocking harsh, no holds barred, interview? (Sarcasm)

      It's obvious Free-Traitors = ABC = Foxconn = China = Our money and our jobs going, going, gone!

      The American People need leaders who will stop selling us out to countries like Communist China, India and Mexico.

      The American People deserve leaders that will honor the fact that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself and that They are NOT Elected By or To Represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreign citizens or Illegal Aliens.

      Before Hillary Clinton runs for president, Americans need to remember that it was her "husband" that got us into bed with Communist China in the first place. – And how's that been working out for the American People and the Real American Economy?

      Clinton is the one who opened up the trade floodgates with Communist China and both Bill and Hillary were actively involved during their visit to China.

      Bill Clinton, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman nor did I have unethical trade relations with that communist Chinese government."

      Bill and Hillary Clinton are two of the biggest FREE-TRAITORS around.

      Hey you stinking Free-Traitors: The AMERICAN PEOPLE can see what's been and is still being done to them!

      And the Vince Foster incident and many others like it should not be forgotten.

      Hillary hasn't accomplished anything other than using the Monica scandal to leverage the Dems for future power.

      The American People need to ask themselves: Who's been pushing so hard for her and why?

      I truly believe that she is evil.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  5. Shawn McFadden

    Unprecedented debate!!! I can't remember all the topics that were discussed, but I'll say the following: In regards to Rand Paul and Iraq, he was right to say what he said about Chaney. As a veteran if the Iraq War, we went into that country because of WMD, only to find out 3 years later, the weapons were not there to begin with. President Obama, orders the troop pull-out due to the fact the security agreement was not signed by al-Maliki, who wanted the U.S. troops out of the country was also under Iran's thumb. Now, half the country is besieged by ISIS, and the U.S. sends 300 Special Forces to the country as advisors. First, we didn't learn from Vietnam, the advisors turned to combat troops, and we wound up fighting that war for the South Vietnamese. Ms. Cutter said it best. If the Iraq Army doesn't stand up and fight for their country, the U.S. won't be able to do anything to help them.
    In regards to the stadium in Brazil. Mr. Jones is spot on in the comments he made. The money that was used to build that stadium could have been used to hepl the lower income people of Brazil. To be honest, the stadium will get two major uses out of it, the World Cup, and the Olympics. And yes Brazil is not the only country guilty of this. The U.S. is guilty as well. It's a shame that a country such as ours has to deal with poverty on the scale such as this.

    June 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      There is no reason that our American men and women should be sent over there to risk their lives again for another one of these totally messed up countries. – Use drones, limited air strikes and special forces only when necessary to protect Americans and or taking out terrorists.

      Let's use our troops here at home in the USA to Protect Our Own Country from the Incursion of Illegal Aliens, instead of keeping them in the mindless Middle East, which is just going to continue to be a never ending region of stupidity and violence.

      We have Enough Issues Here at Home like Jobs and the Real American Economy.

      If our leaders really want to do something Bold and Brave, how about they start standing up for the American People who they're supposed to represent, By Standing Up to the WTO and Stop Selling Us Out to Other Countries like Communist China, India and Mexico. – Let's face it, over the last 2-3 decades, both parties have been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "outsourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide. – They don't care about that, but they'll continue to risk the lives of our brave service men and women because of their special interests in the mindless Middle East.

      We need to start keeping more of OUR money here at home in the USA versus spreading it all over the world.

      Let's start increasing the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us.

      Bring our troops home from the mindless Middle East and deploy them on Our Own Southern Border.

      ps: And How About Hiring some of our Unemployed Veterans as Additional Border Patrol Officers, ICE and INS agents?

      June 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Reply

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