1. Hillary Clinton needs to stop talking about money. Previously, she was quoted as saying her family left the White House "dead broke." Yesterday, the Guardian published an interview with her where she tried to fix the situation:
America's glaring income inequality is certain to be a central bone of contention in the 2016 presidential election. But with her huge personal wealth, how could Clinton possibly hope to be credible on this issue when people see her as part of the problem, not its solution?
"But they don't see me as part of the problem," she protests, "because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we've done it through dint of hard work," she says, letting off another burst of laughter. If past form is any guide, she must be finding my question painful.
I understand her point, here. Clinton is trying to say that she's not a tax cheat, but that "truly well off" line has given Republicans a whole new array of talking points. Do I think this matters? No, not so much. But the Republicans recently lost a presidential election by nominating a man who never found a way to comfortably discuss his own great wealth; this seems like the sort of thing that Clinton should figure out before she grants any more interviews.
2. Joe Biden must be feeling left out of this whole Clinton story, because he wants you to know that he's a really shitty financial planner:
Calling himself the “poorest man in Congress” and boasting that he was wearing a “mildly expensive suit,” Biden told the crowd, “Don’t hold against me that I don’t own — that I don’t own a single stock or bond. I have no savings accounts. But I got a great pension and I got a good salary.”
Biden later assured the crowd he's been "really fortunate," even though he doesn't have a savings account.