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December 17, 2014

Time to Retire Gracefully and For Good

Tom McLaughlin

Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – I am so sick of the Clintons. I am just tired of them. Won't they just go away and retire someplace? They have a new granddaughter and grandma Hillary and grandpop Bill would be best retired in a rocking chair enjoying their golden years.


I mean enough is enough. We had eight years of them for a wonderful and fulfilling presidency. Then she ran and won as the junior senator from New York. Then, she tried for president and was beaten by President Barrack Obama (bless him). Secretary of state came calling for another four years where she did a, well, mediocre, job, visiting every county on the planet save mid-and-south Africa. But who in their right mind would want to visit those countries.


Then, there was her book. Okay, I have to admit I didn't read it mainly because getting books here is ridiculously expensive, but I did read most of the reviews. (Does that count?) Anyway, from what they were saying, it seemed like a slog and repeated the same old stuff she did as secretary of state. It seems she has a great ability to sleep on Air Force 2 where ever she is going.


What bothers me most about her was her campaign of six years ago. Yes, I was part of it. I was so pro Hillary I still have the t-shirts and other election stuff. I bought my daughters one as well as helping out. It was a glorious time. Everybody was convinced she would win. A cake walk, really.


But her staff destroyed her. They fought with each other so hard and so bitterly that, in the end, it all imploded. It was picky. One would announce a press conference and the others couldn't get her there in time. Well, three hours later. One group would tell another group they had enough money but they didn't. And it went that way during the whole campaign. I was glad to join Candidate Obama when the handwriting was on the wall.


And she stayed above the fray thinking she would win, that she deserved to win and was entitled to win. That kind of attitude bothered me and I don't want it in the White House. It was the same attitude Mitt Romney had during the last election. He even had the celebratory fireworks ready to go in Boston Harbor. But he is another story, hopefully passed.


I don't understand the financial crisis. The Huffington Post reported that the taxpayers would "provide subsidies to risky Wall Street derivatives trading." I have no idea what that means. I don't know what a derivative is, or whether it can hurt me. Most Americans are in the same boat. We just don't have the financial background to understand all this stuff. All I know is that it created a lot of problems; I mean a lot of problems – a few years back.


One person whom I know who understands and gets very upset when things happen is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She will be able to tell a good derivative from a bad one as it affects me and the middle class. She will be able to tell us about an oil pipeline or a giveaway. And I trust her.


...Life is good. . . . .


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