Talking Points

Bill O'Reilly: Hillary Clinton and money

Talking Points 6/10


By Bill O'Reilly

Last night, the former Secretary of State told Diane Sawyer that, yes, she makes millions of dollars on the lecture circuit and yes, her husband does, too, but that's ok.


CLINTON: We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt. We had no money when we got there. And we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education, you know, it was not easy.

Bill has worked really hard and it's been amazing to me. He has worked very hard, first of all we had to pay off all our debts which was, you know, had you to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off the debts and get us houses and take care of family members.


O'REILLY: So that sounds like many Americans who work hard making money to provide security for their families, not as much money as the Clintons but you get my point. However, if Hillary Clinton runs for president, how can she even mention income inequality?

Mrs. Clinton gets paid about $200,000 for a speech. And she flies to the venue in a private jet. And you know what; there is nothing wrong with that. Bill and Hillary Clinton have a unique position in the world and many people want to hear what they have to say. Mrs. Clinton also has a new book out for which she was paid more than $10 million -- again, nothing wrong with that. Publisher believing it will make money selling Hillary's book. That's capitalism.

But it also takes away a big issue that the Democratic Party is pushing in order to retain political power -- inequality. For her book alone Mrs. Clinton is making more money than most Americans will make in their entire lifetimes. So, if you want an example of income inequality, I believe Hillary Clinton is the poster lady. In fact, she didn't even write the book. Others did. She provided notes, guidance, point of view, but she did not put the words on the paper -- again, nothing wrong with that.

So, if I'm reading this correctly, Mrs. Clinton might want to think about running for president on the Republican ticket. She is obviously worried about taxes, obviously a hard worker. And she is making Romney- type money in the free marketplace, is she not?

Also, she doesn't feel guilty about it. She is a one percenter. She has far more cash than most Americans even dream of having.

Now, if Mrs. Clinton does run as a liberal Democrat and does start spouting income inequality, "Talking Points" will be offended. If you really believe that capitalism is distorted, a bad thing, because it provides the opportunity to make millions, then you can't be vacuuming up the money. That would be hypocritical.

If the Clintons want to give the money to charity, that's another story. But at this point, Bill and Hillary are living very well -- giant homes, private jets, every luxury -- again, nothing wrong with that. They earned it.

Finally, a piece of advice to the Democratic Party: if Hillary is your nominee, stow the income inequality stuff. It's not going to play with the folks.

That's "The Memo."