Roger L. Simon

Library Science: No more Clintons, no more Bushes

These days I’m getting mighty sick of the Divine Right of Kings (or Queens) in our society. The number of families in our body politic is hideously small. These days we can add the Romneys to the short list including Clintons, Bushes, Roosevelts, Kennedys, etc. Who said monarchy is dead? Not in the US of A.

And speaking of monarchies, how about the most nefarious of all – those Sauds who have evidently colluded and bestowed their largess on many of the above? How much and how many of our presidential libraries have been built with Saudi oil money? Would be interesting to know. On this one I’m with Obama who, according to the article just linked, “has made an issue of the large yet unidentified contributors to presidential libraries, saying that he wants to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in such donations. Obama has introduced legislation that would require disclosure of all contributions to presidential libraries, including Clinton’s, and Congress has actively debated such a proposal. Unlike campaign donations, money given to presidential libraries is often done with limited or no disclosure.”