This is a Hillary Clinton quote from that excellent New York Magazine article I linked to this morning. Check her out…
“Most Americans need a president—not everybody, probably not the two of you,” she said with a smile, gesturing to me and her press secretary, Jay Carson. “So you are free to vote however you choose. You can vote on a feeling, you can vote on a speech, you can vote on a debate, you can vote any way you want. But if you’re on the brink of falling out of the middle class, if you’re worried about health care, home foreclosures, and all these other problems, you need a president that you really can believe in and count on to deliver.”
Did you know that only people in some kind of financial trouble need a president? I did not know that! To me, this quote says that if you are rich and/or well-resourced whoever is in the White House doesn’t matter because you’ll always be fine. You can vote for someone because he/she had a good one-liner in the debate the other night. But those poor working stiffs…well they need a president who will actually do stuff, so they have to be concerned about the issues.
That whole line of thinking is just plain wrong. Even if you are super rich, you are not immune to government decisions. Rich folks care about estate tax, corporate welfare, tax shelters and other ‘mo money, mo problems’ type issues that the government controls. Not to mention, if it’s a smart rich person, he/she will know that having a growing number of poor, frustrated desparate people in this country is not a good look for anybody. If you vote based soley on a “feeling” you are a moron regardless of your tax bracket or educational pedigree.