What we had, and What we lost…

May 27: Hillary at the Brookings Institution telling it like it is

Our Hillary says it plain: The rich are not paying their fair share.

Ben Smith at Politico:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a rare foray into domestic politics today, offering her view that — given America’s high unemployment — wealthy Americans don’t pay enough taxes.

“The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues [America currently does] — whether it’s individual, corporate or whatever [form of] taxation forms,” Clinton told an audience at the Brookings Institution, where she was discussing the Administration’s new National Security Strategy.

Now there’s someone who knows what she believes and doesn’t need to be, ahem, ‘prompted’ to say it.

You can see her make her remark, off-the-cuff, in the Q&A session at around the 57 minute-mark:

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Hill makes a point to says she’s speaking only for herself and not as part of the Administration:

Clinton said the comment was her personal opinion alone. “I’m not speaking for the administration, so I’ll preface that with a very clear caveat,” she said.

But, Hillary isn’t just speaking for herself here. She’s speaking for me too, and I’m sure I’m not alone on that one.

She also cited Brazil as a model:

“Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere and guess what — they’re growing like crazy,” Clinton said. “And the rich are getting richer, but they’re pulling people out of poverty.”

When I see news like this, I hear the line from Fleetwood Mac in my head… “In the stillness of remembering… What you had, And what you lost…”

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3 Responses

  1. At least we have her as SOS, but I think we have more domestic problems right now.

  2. Is this her first, tentative, break with the sinking ship of the SS. Lightbringer?

  3. At least we have her as SOS, but I think we have more domestic problems right now.

    Yep. As I commented over at our other mutual blog spot, I’m just envious that the world stage has Hillary and what we Americans have on the national stage is an entire host of ‘inadequate Democrats.’

    tamerlane, I can’t think of any other separation between herself and the Administration that she’s gone out of her way to spell out as such, at least nothing that has been this pointed on the domestic side of things.

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