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Opening Arguments

Welcome to the gap

Holy cow. Hillary Clinton and I agree on something. In an interview with Der Spiegel:

SPIEGEL: The average annual income of an American household is $22,296 (€16,397). You earn up to $200,000 an hour for a speech. Can you understand if people are bothered by that?

Clinton: Well, certainly, I can understand that, but that’s never been the crux of the concern in our country, because we’ve always had people who did better than other people. That’s just accepted. The problem is that people on the bottom and people in the middle class no longer feel like they have the opportunity to do better. The question is, how do we get back to having an economy that works for everybody and that once again gives people the optimism that they too will be successful.

"Income inequality" is not a proper concern and never has been. To dwell on that is to merely use the politics of envy to pave the way for confiscatory redistributionism.

Of, course, she also says she agrees with Thomas Piketty that the "growing gap" between the rich and poor is a threat to democracy, so who knows what she really believes? And she sort of doublesd down -- again! -- on that "we were desperately poor when we left the White House" nonsense.

"Well, when we came out of the White House, we were deeply in debt because of all the legal bills that we owed because of the relentless persecution of my husband and myself, and he had to work unbelievably hard to pay off every single penny of every debt we owed. And we did," Clinton responds.