My favorite restaurants are those greasy-spoon diners, the kind that U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton recently visited. But she forgot to leave a tip for the waitress, a single mom. Now, there’s no need to make a federal case over someone innocently forgetting to leave a tip. At any rate, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Hillary seems to live in a whole ‘nother world.
For instance, she was shocked by the high property taxes in New York after she bought a home. For the last 18 years she hasn’t had to pay property taxes or rent or a mortgage or even an electric bill, because the taxpayers picked up those costs.
Consider two other issues: education and Social Security. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and many members of Congress claim to be advocates of public schools. They argue against providing any funds for poor students to go to private schools. But they send their own kids to private schools, not public schools.
Take Social Security. Can career politicians really represent the millions of Americans who pay the high payroll taxes and depend on Social Security in their old age? Remember: congressmen don’t need Social Security for a second; they have a lavish pension that makes them millionaires when they retire. Can career politicians “feel our pain” if they don’t have to foot the bill?
Government of the people, by the people, and for the people means they should spend a little time in the real world. It’s just a tip.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.