Grift and Graft


The New York Times:

Clintons Earned $30 Million in 16 Months, Report Shows

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband made at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations, according to financial disclosure forms filed with federal elections officials on Friday.

The sum, which makes Mrs. Clinton among the wealthiest of the 2016 presidential candidates, could create challenges for the former secretary of state as she tries to cast herself as a champion of everyday Americans in an era of income inequality.

The $25 million in speaking fees since the beginning of last year continue a lucrative trend for the Clintons: They have now earned more than $125 million on the circuit since leaving the White House in 2001.

In addition, the report shows, Mrs. Clinton reported income exceeding $5 million from her memoir of her time as secretary of state, “Hard Choices.”

There are about a million ways to get rich in politics, and Bill and Hillary Clinton know every one of them. Shady investments, sweetheart deals, book contracts, speaking fees, consultant jobs, corporate boards, you name it, they’ve done it. This is completely separate from the Clinton Family Slush Fund and the high paid entry-level jobs that were given to Chelsea, as well as the lucrative opportunities that have befallen their friends and family members.

I’m sick of it.

I don’t have any illusions. The Republicans are just as bad. I don’t think there are any politicians out there that are clean and pure. Looking for a honest politician in Washington DC is like looking for a virgin in a Nevada whorehouse. The ones that show up as innocent virgins don’t stay that way for long.

Draining the swamp is a whole different issue. Bill and Hillary have been grifting in politics for far too long now. It’s time for them to go. Let somebody else have a chance.

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125 Responses to Grift and Graft

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Tay kicked ass last night at the BMA awards.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    The worst thing about Washington DC nowadays is that the media are co-conspirators in the corruption. That’s like the cops and the drug cartels working together.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Hillary Clinton personally took money from companies that sought to influence her

    Almost a decade ago, as Hillary Clinton ran for re-election to the Senate on her way to seeking the presidency for the first time, the New York Times reported on her unusually close relationship with Corning, Inc., an upstate glass titan. Clinton advanced the company’s interests, racking up a big assist by getting China to ease a trade barrier. And the firm’s mostly Republican executives opened up their wallets for her campaign.

    During Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, Corning lobbied the department on a variety of trade issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The company has donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to her family’s foundation. And, last July, when it was clear that Clinton would again seek the presidency in 2016, Corning coughed up a $225,500 honorarium for Clinton to speak.

    In the laundry-whirl of stories about Clinton buck-raking, it might be easy for that last part to get lost in the wash. But it’s the part that matters most. The $225,500 speaking fee didn’t go to help disease-stricken kids in an impoverished village on some long-forgotten patch of the planet. Nor did it go to a campaign account. It went to Hillary Clinton. Personally.

    The latest episode in the Clinton money saga is different than the others because it involves the clear, direct personal enrichment of Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate, by people who have a lot of money at stake in the outcome of government decisions. Her federally required financial disclosure was released to media late Friday, a time government officials and political candidates have long reserved for dumping news they hope will have a short shelf life.

    Together, Hillary and Bill Clinton cleared $25 million on the lecture circuit over the last 16 months, according to a Hillary Clinton’s personal financial disclosure required of presidential candidates. A lot of the focus will naturally go toward the political argument that Clinton’s wealth makes her out of touch. The US has had plenty of good rich presidents and bad rich presidents. What’s more important is whether they are able to listen to all of the various interests without being unduly influenced by any of them.

    There’s a reason government officials can’t accept gifts: They tend to have a corrupting effect. True, Hillary Clinton wasn’t a government official at the time the money was given. But it is very, very, very hard to see six-figure speaking fees paid by longtime political boosters with interests before the government — to a woman who has been running for president since the last time she lost — as anything but a gift.

    Corning’s in good company in padding the Clinton family bank account after lobbying the State Department and donating to the foundation. Qualcomm and did that, too. Irwin Jacobs, a founder of Qualcomm, and Marc Benioff, a founder of, also cut $25,000 checks to the now-defunct Ready for Hillary SuperPAC. Hillary Clinton spoke to their companies on the same day, October 14, 2014. She collected more than half a million dollars from them that day, adding to the $225,500 had paid her to speak eight months earlier.

    And Microsoft, the American Institute of Architects, AT&T, SAP America, Oracle and Telefonica all paid Bill Clinton six-figure sums to speak as Hillary Clinton laid the groundwork for her presidential campaign.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    I spent most of the 90’s and the 00’s defending Bill and Hillary. I’m disgusted.

  5. Somebody says:

    Ah shucks when they left the WH they were dead broke and you know like Bill said they just gotta pay the bills. Nobody KNOWINGLY did anything wrong you know.

    I agree with you they are all crooks and liars, if they aren’t that way when they get there (rare), they are shortly thereafter. Most that make it to DC have long since been corrupted as local or state politicians before they go to the big swamp in DC. If you get a chance your should read Peter Schweizer’s “Throw Them All Out”.

    Our system needs some changes. I don’t think this is what the founding fathers envisioned.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I have two former coworkers (different jobs) , one neighbor and one co-volunteer who went into to politics (local and state). Hey it is the DC area, I swear they put something in the water.

      Those who moved on to the state level were often initially reprimanded by their fellow politicians for things such as not spending enough money from their expense accounts thereby making others look bad.

      Over time I had watched each change to fit into their new environment. I treat them the same as always and the those with no further aspirations will pull back and comment that it is nice to turn off the political face they now where almost constantly. One wife remarked that coming to the office for a visit now and then is good for her husband because we help ground him as his head swells a lot more than it use to before he became a state senator.

      The neighbor with a desire to get to the next level (US house/senate) no longer seems to be able to turn off the fake and has clearly punched up her resume with some questionable accomplishments . As in if you know her you also know she does not have said skills and the tiles have been – shall we say – reimagined. But no one seems to call them on such behavior.

      I do wonder about all these people who are basically professional Politian from the get go. They never really work at a job, they are always looking toward the next gig and just marking time wherever the powers that be place them as a stopover.

      Those who got into politics at a much older age and spent decade working seem better able to relate to their constituents. But they also seem to be pushed aside a lot for those the party (pic) wishes to promote as up and coming for the next level.

      All of those I know seem to reflect almost a formulaic type of demeanor until you call them on it – using the term Stepford usually hits a nerve.

  6. Dora says:

    Most of Hillary’s sweetheart deals don’t seem to be making much difference to her loyal supporters. But Monsanto? This has to make one wonder just who wouldn’t Hillary take money from. 😦

    Iowa Democrats flee Hillary Clinton over GMO support, Monsanto ties

    ‘Bride of Frankenfood’ losing crucial liberal activist support to Bernie Sanders

    • Lulu says:

      Who is “pure” enough for them? Bernie? The party is so splintered no one is good enough for all the factions.

      • Constance says:

        Michelle Obama is likely pure enough. If you don’t look too closely and progs don’t.

    • angienc says:

      Yeah no GMOs — only the rich should have enough food to eat.
      Jesus ducking Christ with the GMO hysteria; it’s bad enough we have people who don’t know the boiling point if water yammering on about “global warming” buy now we also have to here from people who think just because *they* can’t pronounce something makes it unsafe to eat.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Pretty much every thing we eat is a GMO – turkeys didn’t get big, fat and slow by nature. We just do it more scientifically (and quicker) than the old days.

  7. driguana says:

    Grift and graft and a palpable sense of drift. Great blog to start off a Monday! Even though I spent quite a few years involve din the music and movie biz, and still am in some now different ways, I can’t take those award programs. talk about grifting and graftng! I’d rather work in my garden.

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    These are two very talented but badly-managed young women.

  9. mothy67 says:

    To echo the Amazon request I make nearly all of my purchases through there. I have Prime so if I order today it arrives on Wednesday. I got my mother a bath robe for 19 same thing at Macy’s for 99. When I need something I key it in then sort by 4 stars and 70% off or more. I and others here are going to make the purchases anyhow and it goes to waste. A portal isn’t you begging for a new kitchen on a home you own flat out own or crying for bus fare to join Occupy. It is innocuous you get a % of what I am buying anyhow. Althouse does it and the only time she mentions it is when she recommends a book. I like her site when Garage Mahal is up for a fight in the comments but when I am ordering I don’t think let me use Ann’s portal. Again cost is nothing to the buyer Amazon I think gives a half a percent. Hell why throw that money away when it could be a stocking stuffer for Lily. Crime Amazon doesn’t sell bourbon but they do have wine. Soooooo different than running ads or leaving out a tip jar.

    • mothy67 says:

      I added up my last 6 months purchases as they show you under “my orders” 1200 give or take would mean a whopping 12/year. Probably a quagmire of rules and tax bs to go through. Getting a bit of change might work for Althouse but likely not worth the hassle. My attorney charges 400/hr I bet it would take more than an hour at tax time to include the income. Not worth it unless you turned the blog into a commercial enterprise and billed yourself. Gets way to convoluted. I can see why it would be more hassle.
      By the way mucho gracious for the Charleston(sp?) Fence. I was unaware but what fun did I have with the brat and her friends. Who knew one could make up a kids game around an obscure philisophical concept. 8/9 they got it rightvaway. Surreal playing out themes of unintended consequences and limits of personal knowledge. Granted I had a post Teakwon do audience so the monsters were receptive or at least maked their disdain but so fulfilling to get them to think beyond the blatent. Tempted to explore Doestoyevsky’s the bit about The Grand Inquisitor tomorrow Too young? Must say I love J K Rowling. I read every last word of that interminable series to my crud. She was wee with a broken collar bone and it was summer. Middle aged f a g g o t with a broken throw away kid reading through the night. So much to talk about in those tomes Celebration of integrity even when it has a cost. Talking to a kid I think is key. Brat makes better decisions than I.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Althouse used to publish her daily Amazon income totals, and to thank those who supported her. It was like $90/day, then a couple of whiners told her to stop doing that because it looked like bragging or something. I use the portal at White House Dossier now, I think he’s doing pretty well too.

  10. Myiq2xu says:
  11. Lulu says:

    Watching the Progs (bankrupt NYT mouthpiece) fight the Clintons, who are in effect spilling the beans on their own contributors (bribers!), which really is the Broncos’ wanting a cut of the easy money, leaving individual Dems who are still in office leaderless, is like watching a pile of fire ants in a big floating ball stinging each other in a flood headed for the storm sewer. It is also like one of Stalin’s purges. Bronco wants all the money and power and he has a DOJ. The Clintons have really, really rich people all over the world as friends. Now the Clintons need to retaliate or go away. One good shove and all of them can go to oblivion. The left is reaching maximum stupid. Kind of like Labour in the UK. Or the Whigs. Food fight of the arrested development-ers! Kill mommy and daddy! It is a gang fight at a titty restaurant over territory.

  12. Falstaff says:

    White people and their dysfunctional culture of guns and violence. Rioting “Waco Style”

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Hillary’s campaign put out a little propaganda video of Brooklyn welcoming her which is obviously so staged, of course it was ripe for parody😀 (if your sound is off, the Sesame Street theme is played over it)………..

  14. mothy67 says:

    Clintons have to go down– the o’s will never allow themselves to be upstaged. O is gonna become super community organizer. Only reason Al is not in jail. He is a place holder. O is going to step in after and Al will go under the bus. The os will own the dimocrats with threats and the media will paint a saint that went to his community organizing days. He is gonna stop unrest with a speech. Duh he holds the purse strings of course he can stop a problem he financed.
    ISIS is coming and he gave em green cards. Yes bush built the stage but o is the producer.
    Government by kids who had their feelings hurt is what runsvthis country. More time is spent on nightly local news about tri try any gender bathrooms than ISIS training camps in Juarez. They are notveven hiding.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    I think Al Sharpton’s mini-me won’t win her 5mil lawsuit, recently went mountain hiking in Bali🙂

    • Lulu says:

      I still laugh when I think of Trump trying to bribe, then bully the locals in Scotland to build one of his golf courses. They told him to go fuck himself. The guy who would not sell him his little parcel looked like Groundkeeper Willie from the Simpson’s dad.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I caught part of Trump’s interview on fox this morning….he’s teasing again about running for President. Wonder if they asked him about his 100k donation to CGI ?

  16. HELENK3 says:

    these people make less then the clintons and worked harder and created more jobs

  17. piper says:

    Richard Fernandez on fighting entropy
    “The reason the press has been trying to corner interviewees into “admitting” that George Bush made erred in toppling Saddam Hussein is the need to reassure themselves that catastrophe in the Middle East isn’t really their fault. The constant need to be told it’s not their doing is a form of denial. The more certain they are of their blunder the more they will need to tell themselves that the sounds they hear aren’t the footfalls of doom.”

    Read more:

  18. piper says:

    James Lewis on ‘obama the magnificent
    “You have to give President Obama credit: he is a transformational figure, and the American media are loath to give him the credit he deserves. Of course, the transformation he has had in mind and has partially accomplished had to be covert, for the American voters would never have chosen this course knowingly. For the scope of the change he has wrought, as well as the cleverness of his strategy, sooner or later the Islamic world is bound to proclaim him, “Obama the Magnificent.”

    Read more:

  19. piper says:

    Cartoons: Gary McCoy for May 18, 2015 — The Patriot Post— Piper (@MerlinBichon) May 18, 2015

  20. piper says:

    Cartoons: Gary Varvel for May 18, 2015 — The Patriot Post— Piper (@MerlinBichon) May 18, 2015

  21. piper says:

    Really? Unusual cat pictures

    15 Cats You Won't Believe Actually Exist…I Died When I Saw #11 ->— OMG Facts (@OMGFacts) May 18, 2015

  22. piper says:

    A share from Marge

    • DeniseVB says:

      As far as I’m concerned, Hillary doesn’t have any “formidable” competition yet, she doesn’t have to go to media. Anyone who jumps in now, rips into the GOP and makes HRC look good, is applying for the VP or cabinet position….or just raising their name recognition to run for another office.

      • 49erDweet says:

        it’s a dysfunctional party right now. Waiting for a spark of hope. Or sanity.
        Nah, that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Dysfunctional enough for John Edwards to jump back in the fray? I honestly thought about him being a refreshing alternative right now. ❤

      • elliesmom says:

        I’m getting a lot of flak from leftie friends who don’t accept how someone who worked hard for Hillary Clinton could support a Republican this time. “It’s not logical”. I counter with how could someone who is as upset as you are that the Marathon Bomber got the death penalty be for abortion on demand? It’s not logical. In fact, it requires a pretzel brain. It’s shutting off the harassment at least.

        • DeniseVB says:

          This is not the same Hillary from 2008. This is post Secretary of State under Obama for 4 years Hillary. When she hopped on Team Obama, then carried his miserable foreign policy water for him, then Benghazi …. I think the question should be Why Support Her Now? Nobody’s been able to answer that one for me😉

        • lyn says:

          Yep. If you hate the death penalty, then you should hate abortion. Both kill.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            The death penalty can be justified as punishment, a fetus is innocent.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I’m not a fan of the death penalty, but there are certain circumstances that overwhelming evidence for the most horrific crimes makes me support that the death penalty just doesn’t go far enough. Especially crimes against children.

            I remember “Old Sparky”, the electric chair, in Florida years ago, it simmered the monster criminals to death. Horrific crime dropped for years in that state.

        • DandyTIger says:

          If they were Obama supporters, then they were probably on board with Hillary (and Bill) being the most racist people that ever existed. So then why support those racists now? If they were Hillary supporters turned Obama supporters, then they’re insane cult members and there is no reasoning with them. If they are true liberals and they support the Dem party, they’re also insane (same with conservatives and Repubs). Neither party is on your side. Which means you don’t support them no matter what.

        • leslie says:

          great response, em. Can they even respond to it with any logic whatsoever???

  23. Dora says:

    He believes Obama is the greatest president of all time! Oh tell me you’re kidding James! I’ve always loved James Taylor’s music, but his political opinions leave me scratching my head.

    James Taylor says Obama is great; riding Hillary train;_ylt=A86.J3eElldVk3oAhxQPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTE0bWJkOHF1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRkZYVUkyNV8xBHNlYwNzYw–

    • mothy67 says:

      He is a spoiled brat whose parents affluence allowed him to luxuriate inhis own darkness. The rest of the world has to get up put shoes on and go to work. I like Fire and Rain but i hardly place political stock in JT and Cher. Wonder if Dave Matthews had stayed home if we’d be in this mess now. All those huge crowds bumbles drew yep Dave Matthews played. Interesting they are still so big among the college set.

    • DandyTIger says:

      That seemed to be the obvious thing that must have been going on. Glad someone is tracking it down. Everything aspect of the Obama/Clinton Libya and Syria policies and operations have been a complete failure. No one from this administration should be anywhere near power after that.

      • 49erDweet says:

        O’s problems on this all spring from the first lie. If they acknowledge gun running, they have to face the “Well, where was he when the ‘3 am call’ came in, then?”

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of Clinton, our little Elian Gonzalez has grown up !

    Remember this?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Did you know our nemesis, chuck c.johnson is posting “dick pics” of the amtrak engineer from gay sites? No, I won’t post the link. I saw it on the Ace private FB group, but they linked it to his GotNews, majority don’t care unless that’s what caused the crash.

      • 49erDweet says:

        That’s not good news. “….don’t care unless that’s what caused the crash” is gonna only be a wistful memory if authorities can’t come up with a logical cause within a few weeks. The vast, unwashed majority can turn into a savage beast overnight if they think they’ve been “played”.

  25. HELENK3 says:

    President Obama gets own verified Twitter account, tweets: ‘Hello,
    Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my
    own account’ – @PO

    who advises this fool? their timing sucks

  26. HELENK3 says:

    White House says there’s no denying loss of
    Ramadi to Islamic State is a setback, but US will help Iraqi government
    take back the city – @Reuters

    End of alert

    my question is how and what kind of help

      • DeniseVB says:

        Stop it, I have no clue. Nor do I know what SMOD means.

        • leslie says:

          I don’t know SMOD either….WCPGW = what could possibly go wrong. (I think)

        • 49erDweet says:

          🙂 It’s just that O’Hillary’s logo, the letter Haitch with sideways pointing arrow, reminds me so much of the Haitch with plus sign logo of transhumanism, that I’m thinking of rewording this famous quote:
          “The most common thesis put forward is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label posthuman”
          into this sarcastic truism: Hillary 2016 candidacy supporters consider they eventually will be able to transform themselves into political beings of such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label ‘posthillaryists’.
          But it’s probably only my dumb sense of humor. Or DSOH. 🙂

  27. lyn says:

    From The Kelly File: “The White House announced that it will no longer allow federal programs to supply local police forces with some military-style equipment amid an outcry over police treatment of minority communities and protesters.”

    Montana is doing it.

  28. 49erDweet says:

    Last week we DVR’d WAYWARD PINES to add to our tiv’ning mix. Got about a half hour in, looked at each other and burst out LOL. Couldn’t believe we’d wasted that much time on it. Lots of talent but dumb plot idea. Too bad. Such a waste.

  29. Myiq2xu says:

    David French:

    Years ago, before I became a full-time constitutional lawyer, I taught at Cornell Law School — an Ivy League school and one of the top law schools in the country. My second year on the faculty, I served on the admissions committee, and I saw firsthand how not just race but ideology distorts the admissions process. Ivy League admissions are one part meritocracy — the students are quite bright — and one part ideological engineering. And if Americans broadly understood how the process works, support for affirmative action would diminish even further.

    First, few people understand how dramatic the boost is for favored minority groups. If students were black or the “right” kind of Latino, they would often receive admissions offers with test scores 20 or 30 percentile points lower than those of white or Asian students. When I expressed concern about an admissions offer to a black student with test scores in the 70th percentile — after we’d passed over white and Asian students with scores in the 98th percentile and far higher grades — I was told that we had to offer admission or we’d surely lose him to our Ivy League rivals.

    Second, these dramatic breaks rarely go to poor kids who are overcoming the challenges of ghetto schools. Many Americans, myself included, understand it is a real and substantial achievement — one that can’t be measured in test scores — to overcome extreme poverty and America’s worst public schools to compete with students from far more prosperous backgrounds. But the same reasoning doesn’t apply to the children of doctors and lawyers. Yet they get dramatic advantages as well. In fact, unless admissions committees gave rich black and Latino kids dramatic advantages, they wouldn’t be able to hit their diversity targets. At the Ivy League level, affirmative action is an enhanced-opportunity program for favored rich kids.

    Third, affirmative action isn’t necessarily for every black or Latino applicant. Cuban Americans often get less help. African students get less help. And, worst of all, there are times when admissions committees will actually ideologically cleanse the minority applicant pool of minorities who are seen as “less diverse” because of expressed interest in “white” professions such as, say, investment banking. If you’re a Mexican American who writes an admissions essay about defending the rights of migrant farm workers, you’re a dream candidate. If you’re a black candidate who aspires to work for Goldman Sachs, you’re “less diverse” (these are real-life examples, by the way).

    The ideological cleansing also happens to white candidates. In one of the most memorable incidents, the committee almost rejected an extraordinarily qualified applicant because of his obvious Christian faith (he’d attended a Christian college, a conservative seminary, and worked for religious conservative causes). In writing, committee members questioned whether they wanted his “Bible-thumping” or “God-squadding” on campus. I objected, noting that my own background was even more conservative. To their credit, the committee members apologized and offered him admission.

    In a perfect world college admissions would be race and gender blind, with no preferences for anything or anybody except the best and brightest. No legacy or athletic admissions either.

  30. Myiq2xu says:


    Big labor funneled millions of dollars in dues money to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report.

    The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), a union watchdog group, traced at least $2 million in donations from multiple union organizations and affiliates.

    “U.S. Department of Labor’s union financial disclosure reports reveal that Big Labor gave at least $2,034,500 in union general treasury funds to Clinton Foundations. Union treasuries are funded mostly by compulsory union dues or fees collected from workers who would be fired for refusing to pay,” the NILRR report says. “As Mrs. Clinton became closer to her current run for president, donations amounts appear to have increased.”

    The Clintons have turned their foundation into a lucrative “slush fund,” according to one charity watchdog group, and have received hundreds of millions of dollars from notable businesses, media personalities, and political luminaries. The family has maintained that none of those donations influenced her decisions as secretary of state and that the money is strictly philanthropic.

    However, unions did not necessarily agree about the apolitical nature of the donations, according to NILRR.

    “Some of these ‘donations’ are categorized by the unions as ‘political’ on their financial disclosure report” to the Labor Department, the report says.

    United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, a national plumbers union, for example, poured in nearly $200,000 through two contributions in 2013; each of those donations was classified as a political activity.

    The AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s most influential labor groups, contributed $23,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012 and reported the donation as a political activity. The union lobbied the State Department several times about pending free trade agreements over the course of the year.

    Neither the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices nor the AFL-CIO returned a request for comment.

    Whoever decided to carve out a niche for WFB as THE anti-Hillary site was prescient.

  31. Myiq2xu says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s a shamy. Followed that story about his “first” wife, legally divorced, chicks on the right are being blamed for a click bait headline. Could be more to it…… I dunno.

    • piper says:

      ???? Klown, Who’s the good looking guy on your twitter account.

  32. Myiq2xu says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Pounding my head against the wall while pouring another glass of pinor, pinoir, oh, whatever. That stupid Potus twitter account went up about 5 days ago, BC just noticed an hour ago?

  33. Myiq2xu says:

    Can you guess who wrote this??

    Over the weekend, Wednesday Martin, the author of the upcoming memoir Primates of Park Avenue, published a piece in the New York Times that deftly deconstructed the past decade’s ongoing romanticization of “opting out” and “feminist housewives” and whatever other trendy terms have been used to spin the continuing practice of really rich men having wives with expensive educations but no employment outside the home. This isn’t a new trend, Martin explains, but just a continuation of the way things were done in the pre-feminist era.

    Betty Francis might have been at death’s door by the Mad Men finale, but her real-life counterparts are alive and well in what Martin calls the “glittering, moneyed backwater” of the Upper East Side, where “30-somethings with advanced degrees from prestigious universities” put all their intelligence and ambition into pleasing wealthy husbands; they “exercised themselves to a razor’s edge, wore expensive and exquisite outfits to school drop-off and looked a decade younger than they were.” Theirs is a gender-segregated world reminiscent of the lives of Victorian aristocrats, where the men go off into one room to talk business while the women stay in another for female-only socializing.


    Disgust was the prevailing reaction to Martin’s revelation about wife bonuses, and understandably so—in the wife bonus, income inequality, commodification of love, and the objectification of women all converge at once. As Martin notes, the recipients “usually retreated, demurring when pressed to discuss it further,” suggesting that they may feel some shame about this practice.

    But the wife bonus should raise some hard questions. Americans love to emphasize the role of the dependent housewife or the stay-at-home mom as just as much a “real job” as that of any woman who works outside of the home. You often see infographics, articles, and social media memes about how being a stay-at-home-mom is the hardest job that anyone ever worked and how, if it were paid fairly, every housewife would be making all the money.

    In theory, then, wife bonuses should fit right into this narrative. If it’s a job, then it should be treated like one, with bonuses and promotions based on performance reviews. But of course, the whole “stay-at-home motherhood is a real job” meme was never really about the actual work of housewifery. It’s a defensive maneuver, a way to argue that just because a woman is economically dependent on her husband doesn’t mean her marriage is sexist or any less equal than a marriage in which both spouses work. Wife bonuses, however, remind us that if stay-at-home motherhood is a job, then that means your husband is your employer. Not very egalitarian at all.

    • leslie says:

      Found it!! The “Woman who makes her own clothes, but doesn’t actually try fitting them before she sews them together.” The one and only A.M for Slate. Used to work for John Edwards, but was fired. Yes, that one and only A. M.
      I wish I had the photo, but I don’t.

  34. 49erDweet says:

    Talk about “draining the swamp”, someone in the Monterey Bay is having a bad day:

    • 49erDweet says:

      “From an environmental standpoint, there is nothing we can do mechanically to recover it (raw sewage) from the ocean. There is no method for cleaning other than let the ocean assimilate it, allow sunlight to breakdown bacteria,” Scott Kathey of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary said.

  35. Myiq2xu says:

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