August 15, 2013

THE RULING CLASS TAKES CARE OF ITS OWN: Corrupt former mayor right at home teaching at Harvard. “Antonio Villaraigosa, a former mayor of Los Angeles who racked up countless ethics violations and used taxpayers money to refurbish his yacht, will lecture at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the fall.”

A key role of the academic sector is to provide landing pads for retired/disgraced politicians, as well as holding areas for those waiting out an election cycle. Related: Politico: Hillary Clinton considering academic options. “Hillary Clinton is fielding offers from colleges and universities — including Harvard and her law school alma mater, Yale — to give her a formal academic role, a move that would give her a platform outside her family’s foundation. . . . The advantage to Clinton of an academic platform, beyond the scope of her policy interests, could be huge for someone considering a presidential run. It would provide her with a credible backdrop for speeches and events that would take her outside of a hotel ballroom or something sponsored by her family’s foundation or another outside group.”

If elected President, she’ll no doubt find a way to return the favor.