But just as a woman CEO at Duke energy shows that crony capitalism and ignoring of pollution costs is not something that is hindered by gender, perhaps Hillary Clinton's continued unforced error statements concerning her wealth will show us that gender doesn't prevent you from saying stupid things.
You would think that someone with a net worth (depending on whether you include her husband's or not) of anywhere from $21 to $100 million would recognize that no matter how they achieved it, they're doing very well compared to the vast majority of Americans.
Yet Clinton not only claimed that she was dead broke when she and Bill left the White House but recently went on to claim that despite what you might have heard, she and Bill are NOT truly well off. WTF?
Everyone always wants more. I get that. It's just human nature. The writer wonders if he could have been a musician. The actor daydreams about being a professional athlete. The musician decides that she wants to act. The fellow who pays tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for each classic car in his collection is jealous of the guy who takes a weekend flight to a Paris art auction to drop three million on some obscure Romantic painting. And so on. But there are still a few ground rules:
- If you can pay your mortgage off with one check...you're well off.
- If you don't have a mortgage...you're well off.
- If people overpay your daughter for a job she's unqualified for just to do you a solid...you're well off.
- If you never have to choose which bill gets paid late this month...you're well off.
- If unexpected car repairs don't damage or destroy your budget...you're well off.
- If creditors aren't leaving blood curdling threats on your phone...you're well off.
- If you can send your daughter to Sidwell Friends School without any financial assistance..you're well off.
- If people pay you $200,000 to hear your verbal ramblings...you're well off.
- If your net worth description has "million" anywhere in it... you're well off.