Today's Seattle Times letters page had the usual shovelful of anti-Bush screaming (not a single one had anything that could be considered anything other than extreme anti-Bushism, unvarnished and undiluted). There was one letter that didn't mention Bush. However, it was another president he failed to name that caught my attention.
G. Gordon Liddy, Adm. John Poindexter, Ollie North, Clarence Thomas and Mark Fuhrman... what do they have in common? They all became rich after having been given the opportunity to lie under oath. This has also worked well for Big Tobacco, which continues to rake in billions while knowingly marketing a lethal product.
So please... ask me to testify before Congress. Any subject will do. Give me a chance to lie under oath too, so I can become rich and be hired as a highly paid consultant with a book deal and a talk show, or maybe even have the president offer me a lifetime appointment to the bench. It's the American Way, and I need the money.
- Derek Weinman, Selah
How much does Bill Clinton make per speech? Not to mention the rumored $10 million advance Random House is to pay him for his memoirs.
This Las Vegas Review-Journal article from April 2002 estimates his speech fees net him $10 million to $15 million per year. It also suggests he charges $100,000 minimum per speech. Not bad for an admitted perjurer. Of course, our ideologically blinkered letter-writer can't bring himself to use the word "perjury"; perhaps the word is too closely identified with the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
posted on June 02, 2003 12:02 PM
Of course, the Big He will remind you that he has a whole lot of legal expenses to pay, no thanks to the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy(tm).