the root of all evil

“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” Potential VP candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Yes, my friends any concentration of wealth is evil. The wealthy have too much money... the gap between rich and poor is wider than it's ever been and yet I never see any of these limousine liberals actually giving up their posh mansions, jets, and offices.

I, for one, don't need billionaires who married and inherited their wealth or Senate millionaires telling me I need to sacrifice for the common good. If anyone needs to take one for the team it is millionaire liberals.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Teresa Heinz Kerry, who inherited a vast family fortune and heads a billion-dollar foundation, said Tuesday she would give up the money to have her first husband back.

"It was a very sad day when that happened," Heinz Kerry said, speaking of Sen. John Heinz, heir to the Heinz food fortune, who was killed in a 1991 plane crash. "I'd rather have my husband alive than that money." you George.)

What about social justice? What justification can any democrat have for holding on to that much inherited wealth? I mean how many cars can one have? How many houses does one family need? How many jets? etc. I've never understood this dichotomy between how wealthy Democrats talk about taxing incomes when they have trust funds and wealth that is never touched by their proposals.

"My friends, we can't rest until all Americans - and I mean all Americans, black and white, rich and poor, people of all colors and all backgrounds - truly have the opportunity they need to make the American dream real," Kerry told the annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference.

But Kerry's appearance before one of the nation's pre-eminent civil rights groups - one led by a former presidential candidate who is never short on advice - came with a certain amount of awkwardness.

A certain amount of awkwardness... I should say so. How many poor inner city blacks could be afforded a real chance at the American dream if Heinz gave up just half of her wealth? She could easily give thousands of poor inner city children a $100,000 trust fund for college and a real chance at the American Dream for just a fraction of her wealth. I can't even give one of my children that.

Addressing the suggestion that her fortune, estimated at $500 million, [actually it's $1 billion dollars] makes her out of touch with the voters who will decide whether to elect her husband, she said: "It's so ludicrous that it makes you laugh."

"You measure people by what they do with their lives," said Heinz Kerry, who also heads the $1.2 billion Heinz Foundation endowment, which donates money to charitable causes.

Repealing tax cuts is measurable. What you 'do with your life' isn't necessarily so. But then if what you do with your life happens to include staying at the best hotels, and flying on your own personal jet, and eating caviar while you work hard managing another billion dollars of foundation money in addition to your own personal fortune of a billion dollars then I guess that is measurable.

"She represents a new ballgame in terms of her wealth and in terms of the wealth she controls," political commentator and author of "Wealth and Democracy" Kevin Phillips said. If Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, is elected on November 2, the couple would be the richest ever to occupy the White House, the Times said.

One thing is for sure, the Kerry's have plenty of experience spending other people's money. Which I suppose is the perfect resume for government service. You can see it in the way the Kerry is managing his campaign funds now. With the worst job loss since the great depression one would think that any self-conscious liberal would be a little less liberal when spending campaign contributions.

John Kerry may be only a candidate for president, but he and his entourage travel like kings. A month ago, his campaign began chartering a gleaming 757, packed with first-class seats, fine food, sleeping accommodations - even a stand-up bar. They hardly shy away from fancy hotels, like the Four Seasons in Palm Beach and the St. Regis in Los Angeles.
Posted by Eric Simonson at July 2, 2004 5:45 PM