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Cashing In

Jeff Hall

Posted on February 7, 2017 14:53

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Those who serve in government, even indirectly, should do it for the betterment of the people -- not to cash in.

I just read the articles about Melania Trump suing the Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger for claiming she was a member of the sex trade, hurting her merchandising prospects.

If she was never in the sex trade, she has every right to be upset.

In reading the articles, I don't see that Melania Trump ever refers to her role as First Lady to justify her claim of a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to sell merchandise, so it feels like some of the headlines are a bit overblown.

But clearly her newly enhanced fame gives her more potential branding clout -- although, even here, this might be a mixed bag.  Ivanka Trump's fashion lines are now the subject of boycotts. 

Everything is so political these days.  Some are boycotting Starbucks, Uber and Budweiser because they made pro-immigrant statements.  In America, unless you come from a Native American tribe, we are ALL immigrants.

But here's the point I really want to make.  It really is unseemly how so many people in public office use their status, influence and connections to cash in later.

Congressmen and senators too often become highly paid lobbyists or defense contractors upon leaving office. 

Too many former public servants write "tell-all" books naming names, earning royalties all the way. 

Many give speeches for rather tidy sums. Did Hillary Clinton really need $250K per speech to talk to Wall Streeters?  And did Goldman Sachs offer such sums because they thought she was so brilliant? 

Or, is it possible that it was all about maintaining access once Hillary got elected?  Of course that's what they were thinking!

The Clinton Foundation has been good for Bill and Hillary (and now Chelsea), that's for sure. 

Now the Trump kids are peddling jewelry and coffee dates with Ivanka. 

And there's no doubt Melania Trump is more marketable -- or more harmed by bad press -- because she's married to the president.  Family members trying to take advantage of similar situations is nothing new.

But it all stinks to high heaven, as far as I'm concerned.  I find this whole idea of Melania Trump's having a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to make millions really, really tacky. 

Harry Truman drove himself back to Independence, Missouri upon leaving the White House.  He carried his own suitcase and swore he'd never do anything to cash in as a result of his presidency.  Serving is its own reward, he believed.  Or it should be, anyway. 

If people are tempted to run for office because they think it's a way to make big money, they are running for the wrong reason. 

I'd like to hear future candidates swear off all post-office income they might make that's a result of their having served as public servants.  Or, if they get paid to make a speech or write a book, all that money should go to charity.  We didn't put these people into office so they could become millionaires. 

We voted for them to make wise decisions on behalf or their fellow citizens.

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on February 7, 2017 14:53

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