I was appalled after Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statements that, “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.”
As of Jan. 1, 2001, the presidential salary was increased to $400,00. a year and included a $50,000 expense allowance. The president and his family receive free housing in a beautiful White House, free medical needs at all times while in the White House and during presidential trips, access to vehicles and a jet plane. Each former president is paid a lifetime, taxable pension.
In 2014, Bill Clinton’s estimated worth was about $80 million. The Clintons’ 1991 tax returns show that he earned $46,854. Hillary Clinton earned $188,547 as an attorney. Her income included $13,466 in interest income and $11,000 in honoraria earned in combination with her husband. Her earnings also included $64,700 in fees for sitting on boards.
Is this Clinton’s idea of being “dead broke”? It appears that the Clintons aren’t able to budget their money properly and need to have some money management classes. Her statements are an insult to the intelligence of the citizens and voters of the United States.
SHARI A. RAY