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deep breaths everybody. in, out. in, out.
ok. chelsea clinton's condo is irrelevant. it is as irrelevant as the house bought by obama for after the presidency. it is as irrelevant as whatever houses the bush daughters live in.
now as for wealth that is a subject for discussion. wealth in and of itself means nothing. the manner in which wealth is gained is an issue if it is done criminally. it is also an issue if it is done to foster access to influence political decisions, policies and the like. wealth itself is no bar to public service nor should it be. fdr was wealthy. plenty of other presidents have been wealthy. the same applies to congresscritters and senators.
now for some specific points. sorry tj, clinton continued the war for the greater middle east with bosnia and somalia. clinton also benefited greatly by the tech boom in terms of balancing the budget. the nonsense that there would be balanced budgets far into the future was just that, nonsense. of course bush hurried the collapse of the budget mythology but that is something else entirely. yes, dutch, problems must be solved using brains. but whether or not people pay someone, generally a politician or wealthy person to make speeches is irrelevant. it is entirely possible and perhaps likely depending upon the person that solutions can be proposed by those speeches and integrated into policies and actions. thus i don't care what someone makes for giving a speech. i do think that most speaking fees are overinflated but if the payer is stupid enough to pay it then so be it.
now as for laughingstock, yep, we are. from a political standpoint. that people want to come here doesn't mean our politics aren't worthy of being derided. they are. and how many who come here actually succeed? how is success defined? the center in a political hegemony always attracts people. this is not surprising. but as social mobility upward is stunted and curtailed more and more of those who come here will find themselves outside looking in and in a country where their customs may be considered suspicious or subject to ridicule by the wonderfully open-minded american populace.