Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign released on Friday the 2015 tax return of her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
What the tax return revealed, aside from how much they earned and paid in taxes and donated to charity, is that Clinton was a liar. It also undercut a major premise of one of her main arguments against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
According to Politico, Bill and Hillary Clinton earned roughly $10.6 million in 2015, down from a reported $27.9 million in 2014. The return showed they paid an effective federal tax rate of about 34.2 percent, or roughly $3.6 million. They donated slightly more than a million to charity, or about 9 percent of their earnings.
That $10 million plus in income came largely from Bill Clinton’s speaking and consulting fees, $4.4 million and $1.6 million respectively, and from Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees and book revenue, $1.1 million and $3 million respectively.
The multi-million dollar incomes utterly demolished Clinton’s false claim to be a “woman of the people,” one who would blithely challenge her rival Trump to “come down out of his tower” and walk the streets like a normal person, such as she claims to be, according to the U.K. Daily Mail in April.
The same piece that quoted Clinton challenging Trump to “walk the street” like a regular person undercut her argument just a sentence later by revealing that she had her hair done at a New York luxury department store where a normal cut, wash and blow dry starts at $600, just a tad outside the price range of a “regular person.”
In truth, her cut and style most likely cost far more than the base $600, as she was personally tended to by the owner of the John Barrett Salon, John Barrett himself.
And of course, who can forget the $12,000 Armani jacket she wore while delivering a speech on, of all things,income inequality.
Furthermore, even Clinton’s top surrogates have not been immune to the hypocrisy of criticizing Trump for his wealth while rolling in piles of dough of their own, with Democrat Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren being a prime example.
According to The American Mirror, the anti-capitalist, pro-Marxist progressive senator who has smeared Trump as “greedy” was herself paid more than $400,000 to teach a single course at Harvard University during the 2010-11 school year.
In fact, as per Inside Gov, Warren was worth an estimated $7.5 million as of 2014, ranking her in the top quarter of all senators for total net worth.
These rich leftists, who have often accumulated their wealth through government programs, speaking fees, consulting fees, and of course pay-to-play schemes, and not necessarily through hard-work or smart investments, are quick to deride their GOP rival for his wealth while downplaying their own.
This sort of hypocrisy must be exposed, and it must stop. Defeating Hillary Clinton in November and sending a clear message to Democrats that their smear tactics are no longer effective would go a long way toward achieving that worthy goal.
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