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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    You were the one making noise about her education.
    No, she did:

    "I have two master’s degrees now. How many more degrees do I need?"
    "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

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    Time will tell.

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    No, she did:

    "I have two master’s degrees now. How many more degrees do I need?"
    I haven't read Norm's reference, but your comment reminds me that there were some "Pay Equity" schemes floated about that would set salaries according to things like formal education, so that, at last, a receptionist with a masters in gender studies could earn more than a grimy old diesel mechanic.

    I haven't seen much about Pay Equity schemes lately, although the sophistic "pay gap" still comes up now and again. But I recall that Reparations for slavery was the hot topic just before 9-11 of 2001, and then that issue went into deep freeze, only to be thawed out for this year's free-for-all-and-all-for-free Democrats.

    Likewise I wager Pay Equity plans, pure command economy stuff, merely await the ascendancy of today's crop of socialists.
    "I was not elected to do small things or shy away from big problems.” —Donald Trump.

    "I think you called me a liar on national TV." —Elizabeth Warren. "Well, duh." —Bernie Sanders, shoulda said.

    "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.

    “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.

    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    Two other things, though. One, I believe one of Obama's signal characteristics is his laziness. He was and remains, I believe, the only editor of the Harvard Law Review who never penned anything; and BTW how's his $60 million book coming along? He wanted to be the inspirational figurehead of a movement, the chairman of the National Committee on Radical Transformation, leading by decree (Gitmo, e.g.), unshackling the frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill to realize their dreams, and, by the way, let them do the work in the trenches. He was famous for his inattention to his appointees. But the USA doesn't elect figurehead presidents.

    How a $60 million book deal for an author who doesn't write came to be?

    Obama gave Common Core contract to publisher, got $65-million book deal in return?

    There are several moving pieces, but the bottom line:
    Obama gave Pearson Publishing $350 million to create Commoncore text and Pearson gave Obama a $65 million dollar book deal in return.
    But wait, there's more!
    That sounds like a classic bribe. You give me this big contract, and I'll kick back some to you at a later date. Chicago Way. The book cash flowed to Obama in 2017. Pearson, incidentally, seemed to lose money anyway, given the public distaste for Obama's federal takeover of education via Common Core, which extended to states cutting the program.

    President Trump complained about the apparent quid pro quo last summer.

    It's not the first time Obama has done things like this, either. IWB notes that Obama's net neutrality stance benefited Netflix, and surprise, surprise, he got a lucrative deal with Netflix, too.
    The column finishes:
    There are a hundred ways to Sunday for politicians to get rich both in and out of public office. As the Democrat House now focuses on impeaching President Trump, their hypocrisy is pretty glaring. Obama's book deals are what need investigating, not President Trump's bid to halt corruption in Ukraine.
    A bombshell if true?

    It also might weigh on Michelle Obama's thinking when it comes to inviting the political spotlight to shine on them again.

    edit to add: Trump call for attention to this back in July:

    Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal
    "It’s a disgrace [the Mueller investigation]," he continued. "We want to find out what happened the last Democrat president. Let’s look into Obama the way they’ve looked into me. From day one they’ve looked into everything we’ve done."

    "They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records," Trump continued. "Let’s subpoena all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton and all of the nonsense that went on with Clinton and her foundation and everything else."
    The Clintons and the Obama's already made their pile. Why risk it?
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    "I was not elected to do small things or shy away from big problems.” —Donald Trump.

    "I think you called me a liar on national TV." —Elizabeth Warren. "Well, duh." —Bernie Sanders, shoulda said.

    "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.

    “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.

    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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