Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Has Edwards Ever Been To the "Other" America?
"...We still live in a country where there are two different Americas...one, for all of those people who have lived the American dream and don't have to worry, and another for most Americans, everybody else who struggle to make ends meet every single day.
...I believe that we shouldn't have two different economies in America: one for people who are set for life, they know their kids and their grand-kids are going to be just fine; and then one for most Americans, people who live paycheck to paycheck." -Former Senator John Edwards (source)
Edwards loves to perpetuate a class-warfare mentality when he's campaigning. That's his thing. What that says to me is that his campaign staff believes the American people are gullible and stupid. Anyone that heard one of these speeches would only have to Google "John Edwards + worth" and find that he made $1.25 million last year and he and Elizabeth have a combined worth of $29.5 million (source).
That is more than most constituents he's preaching to would hope to have in 15 life times. Does his staff really hope that poor Americans will buy that his dad working in a mill gives him no-money street cred?
When was the last time he was in the lesser of the two Americas? Was he ever? Proof that he can't even fathom the inconsistency he's pushing is the fact that he charged $55,000 to give a speech on poverty at the (taxpayer funded) University of California (and to a measly 1,800 people).
"...According to Joe Martin, the public relations officer for UC Davis' Mondavi Center, the fee for a speech entitled, "Poverty, the Great Moral issue Facing America," was worth it to school officials.
Martin told The San Francisco Chronicle that the center paid Edwards because at the time "he wasn't a (presidential) candidate and from our point of view, he was a speaker of interest that people in the community were clearly interested in ... we feel it's our mission to present those speakers."
The speaking fee, which amounts to about $31 per audience member, was the highest Edwards earned in nine appearances last year at colleges and universities. In all, he earned $285,000 for the nine speeches.
Incidentally, students at all of California's public universities will pay a 7 percent increase in tuition next year." (source)