- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:


Hillary Clinton’s campaign has made a big show of being parsimonious, and her campaign is centered around making the multimillionaire a champion of the common man (read: the 99 Percent).

Team Hillary has carefully placed stories in major news outlets about how frugal they are. A month ago, the Washington Post headlined a story “How cheap is Hillary Clinton’s campaign? This cheap.” The third graf about a top campaign official said he “agreed to let a Washington Post reporter and photographer accompany him on his subway-and-bus commute from New York to Washington last week.”

The piece said staffers use their personal cellphones, there’s no flying from New York to DC — no trains, even — and no reimbursements if you want to do something selfish, like go home to see your family.

Before that, a report came out (leaked? placed?) that the campaign it so penny-pinching it prints documents on both sides. And there was the planted story (complete with pictures) that she flew commercial from Iowa when she first announced (and don’t forget that Scooby Doo van).

But Hillary, she just can’t help herself. She’s used to the very good life and she has no plans to give it up just for a little presidential campaign.

After delivering speeches in Iowa over the holiday weekend, berating the 1 Percent (which she thinks is anyone who makes more than $250,000 a year — a tenth of her annual salary), Clinton took a motorcade back to the airport and boarded a private jet.

A campaign “tracker” caught the whole thing on video

Of course, it’s really no surprise that Hillary continues the “do as I say, not as I do” lifestyle of the average liberal. During her 2008 campaign, she spent more than $19 million on private planes — and her “charitable” foundation paid out some $50 million for travel over nine years.

But those were mostly small jets. She wants a robin’s-egg blue 747 emblazoned with “United States of America” and an American flag on the tail.

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