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No hope Hillary Clinton will change

Americans face tremendous barriers to learning the truth this election season. Thanks to the Internet, we have the opportunity to explore any question online in hopes of getting to that truth. But it takes work. And it’s not something low-information voters and intellectually lazy Americans are willing to do. It’s easier to read the mainstream media’s propaganda and move on without investigating whether it represents reality.

hillary_billBill and Hillary Clinton’s careers are a rich breeding ground for scandals and untruths. They always seem to be in trouble, forced to address some new round of accusations. There’s enough fodder there to fill several books.

But Hillary Clinton’s lies and half-truths should not be mistaken as fact. She should not be allowed to score political points when all she’s doing is abusing the truth.

For example, Reuters recently reported that Hillary Clinton was grousing about how “the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes.” This is one of Clinton’s favorite two-birds-with-one-stone techniques, to fan the class warfare flames while slamming corporate America. It’s also grossly inaccurate.

You see, in a classic punctuation to her deceit, Clinton often receives as much as $300,000 per speech, a fee many CEOs would love to earn. The Wall Street Journal calculated that such a fee amounts to 13,000 times what the typical waiter makes at the kind of locations that host a 90-minute Clinton speech.

What’s more, her statement that the average CEO earns 300 times more than the average worker is fabricated, false. Her figures came from 2012 data posted on an AFL-CIO Paywatch website, which said that the “CEOs of S&P 500 index companies made, on average, 350 times the average wages of rank-and-file U.S. workers.”

If you dig a little deeper, you’d see how Clinton is stretching the truth once again to her advantage. For starters, the AFL-CIO website admitted that its statistic included only 65 percent of the companies in the S&P 500. U.S. Labor Bureau statistics also show that slightly more than 255,000 “non-self-employed CEOs” were working for U.S. companies that year. And the Labor Bureau figures pegged the annual mean salary of those CEOs at about $176,000. In the same year, according to Louisiana State University professor Arthur Bedeian, production and non-supervisory employees in private non-farm businesses in the United States made a “seasonally adjusted average annual pay” of $34,645.

These are the facts, and they show how Hillary Clinton ingratiates herself to a gullible public with misleading half-truths. “The ratio of the average CEO pay to the pay of an average employee as calculated by the AFL-CIO shrinks from 354 to 1 to just over 5 to 1,” Bedeian wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

Honesty should be a threshold requirement for any presidential candidate. That standard doesn’t seem to matter to Hillary Clinton, whom The Wall Street Journal labeled a “habitual liar” who “will say, do and be pretty much anything to get elected.”

Democrats need to wake up and question Hillary Clinton’s political conduct and machinations and demand that both Clintons stop writing their own rules for their behavior. It’s time that Democrats realize that the Clinton modus operandi will never change. Hoping Hillary Clinton will change is like staying up all night to wait for the Tooth Fairy, or banging your head against the wall to make it stop hurting.

John R. Smith

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