Clinton Foundation: Come to think of it, we'll just keep right on accepting money from foreign governments

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday April 16th, 2015

Natch.

Surely you can relate to this sticky problem. Instead of having an actual job, you have this foundation and your high-flying lifestyle is supported by donations to the foundation - many of which come from foreign governments. But you're running for president of the United States, and some people think that all those donations from foreign countries might inappropriately influence your policies - perhaps because it's known that they already have.

Hey. We've all been there, right? Keep raking in the millions from foreign benefactors, or put a stop to it so you can appear less compromised as you seek the highest office in the land? Just your average dilemma for your everyday, Chipotle-visiting, Scooby van-riding everywoman.

The answer? That's not even hard, sillies. Keep accepting the money!

The board of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has decided to continue accepting donations from foreign governments, primarily from six countries, even though Hillary Clinton is running for president, a summary of the new policy to be released Thursday shows.

The rules would permit donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K.—countries that support or have supported Clinton Foundation programs on health, poverty and climate change, according to the summary.

That means other nations would be prohibited from making large donations to the foundation. But those governments would be allowed to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, a subsidiary of the foundation where companies, nonprofit groups and government officials work on solutions to global problems.

Ministers from any government would be allowed to attend meetings and appear on panels at the group’s meetings and their governments would be allowed to pay attendance fees of $20,000.

Notice how dishonestly they try to pretend they're only limiting this to six friendly governments. Nobody else can give! Unless, of course, you'd like to be part of the Clinton Global Initiative for a handsome $20,000 per head, in which case, come on in!

By the way, let's take a look at exactly what donations to this foundation are supposed to do. The Clinton Foundation web site says they are working on solutions to problems in the following five areas: Climate change, economic development, global health, health and wellness (not sure what the difference between those two would be) and "women and girls".

Have they actually solved any problems? If so, how? What "solutions" are they working on? One initiative, which they call the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, claims "Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores, and behave better in class."

Oh? Has that happened? Is this foundation doing anything except providing a tax shelter for Bill Clinton's Wife to accept $300,000 speaking fees, trips on private jets and stays in the presidential suites of luxury hotels? Or is the real payoff for foreign governments that they can get what they want from the prospective future president as a quid pro quo for bankrolling her lifestyle until she can return to her preferred scenario of throwing lamps in the family quarters of the White House?

Well. What difference, at this point, does it make? The Clintons do what the Clintons want to do. You think it's inappropriate that they're accepting payola from foreign governments while she runs for president, just as it was inappropriate while she was serving as Secretary of State? Yeah? And? So? What are you gonna do about it, twerp?

I guess I'll say this for the Clintons: Any other politician would backtrack pathetically, returning all the money and vowing from this point forward to be open and honest with full accountability, etc. Not the Clintons. They just extend a middle finger to the entire country, vow to keep taking the money and instruct everyone to vote for them anyway because that's how royalty operates, junior.

And a lot of you will, which means that when it comes right down to it, they're not the problem. You are.

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