In progressive circles, it’s always been fashionable to lash out at the rich. Progressives try to paint themselves as men and women of the people. The thing is, most of the time, they’re not. Especially when they can drop more on an article of clothing than most can afford to spend on a car.
Hillary Clinton wore a jacket that costs more than $12,000 when she discussed income inequality and other economic issues following her victory in the New York Primary earlier this year.
According to the New York Post, Clinton sported the $12,495 Giorgio Armani jacket when delivering remarks in New York City in April after defeating competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in her home-state primary.
The price of the jacket constitutes roughly 40 percent of what the average American worker makes in a year. According to the most recent data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income for U.S. workers in 2014 was $30,815.
Now, let’s leave aside that the garment looks more like it was designed by Hefty or Glad than Armani.
Instead, let’s look at the idea that someone who is wearing a jacket costing more than $12,000 — and who, along with her husband, made $153 million in speaking fees between 2001 and the launch of her presidential campaign, an average of just under $11 million per year — is presuming to lecture people on income inequality.
No one should begrudge them that money made legally. Especially … Hillary Clinton. In 2010, Clinton claimed:
The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues [America currently does] — whether it’s individual, corporate or whatever [form of] taxation forms.
With her income, she’s clearly part of “the rich.”
Further, there’s nothing stopping her from sending the majority of her income to the IRS. The IRS is more than willing to accept money from the wealthy who think they’re not taxed sufficiently.
But no, she hasn’t done that. Neither have any of the other wealthy people who have parroted the claim about the rich not paying enough in taxes.
Of course, at this point no one is genuinely shocked by evidence that Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite.