By Bill O’Reilly
The stats are grim. About half of American workers are currently earning less than $30,000 a year.
Median income in America peaked in 1999.
In 2015, median income is more than a thousand dollars below the 1999 level. Incredible.
In the seven years President Obama has been in office, the median income has fallen.
So obviously the American economy is not good – no matter how politicians try to spin it.
Enter Hillary Clinton, who defined herself politically in September then contradicted herself yesterday:
HILLARY CLINTON: “You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center. I plead guilty.”
CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: “What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat? Last question.”
CLINTON: “Well, I can tell you what I am. I am a progressive Democrat. I am a progressive Democrat …”
MATTHEWS: “How is that different than a socialist?”
CLINTON: “… who likes to get things done and who believes that we’re better off in this country when we’re trying to solve problems together, getting people to work together.”
Obviously Hillary Clinton dodged the question about socialism.
But I can tell you this – she is not a socialist. Everybody knows the Clintons live very well with two lavish homes, private jet flights and an enormous income stream.
Speeches and the Clinton Foundation afford Bill and Hillary an affluent lifestyle which they embrace.
Meantime Mrs. Clinton’s competition, Bernie Sanders, really is a hardcore socialist.
He does not live high. He walks the walk.
Unfortunately, the walk is lame. Socialism does not work and Sanders, promoting a guaranteed income for all Americans, is living on a planet far, far away.
The Democrats should listen to their icon John F. Kennedy:
State of the Union Address, January 11, 1962
JOHN F. KENNEDY: “To help those least fortunate of all, I am recommending a new public welfare program, stressing services instead of support, rehabilitation instead of relief, and training for useful work instead of prolonged dependency.”
What President Kennedy espoused was government help in helping yourself.
Not handouts. Not socialism. Not progressive politics.
The truth is that Hillary Clinton is masquerading as a far left person so Sanders will not embarrass her in Iowa and New Hampshire.
However, by doing so, she loses credibility.
How would Hillary Clinton improve the economy? Nobody knows.
And the economy definitely needs to be improved.
A new study by Bankrate.com surveyed 1,000 American adults.
Sixty-three percent say they are unable to handle a $500.00 car repair or a $1,000.00 emergency hospital room bill.
And according to the Pew Organization, 59% of American households experienced a financial shock in 2014.
It is clear many American homes are living week-to-week – an extremely dangerous situation.
There comes a point, and Talking Points has said this before, when people get the government they deserve.
Terrorism and the economy are the two big issues in this year’s presidential election.
Hillary Clinton is a lock for the Democrat nomination and says she is now a progressive Democrat.
But she’s not.