The United States is the place where someone born dirt poor can become a millionaire. It’s a place which preaches the citizenry should be involved in governing themselves. It’s an open society with fluid classes, where everyone can be a leader. The US is a place which aspires for equality.
But we’re not just there yet. Not even close.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton reported $20.4 million in income for 2007 and more than $109 million since 2000 as they gave the public the most detailed look at their finances in eight years. Almost half the former first couple’s money came from his speeches.
McCain’s wife is heiress to her father’s stake in Hensley & Co. of Phoenix, one of the largest beer distributorships in the country and her worth could exceed $100 million. But the couple has a prenuptial agreement that has kept most assets in her name. In his financial disclosures, McCain lists his major sources of income as his Senate salary of $169,300 and a Navy pension of about $56,000.
In 2006, Obama reported income of nearly $1 million, with nearly half of it coming from the publication of his second book, “The Audacity of Hope.” Last week, the campaign disclosed that Obama and his wife, Michelle, gave $240,000 to charity last year.
How can The People (R) have equality if only millionaires can run for President?
Is there hope for equality anymore? Or are we declining rapidly?