Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton Blasts Pay For CEOs, Hedge Fund Managers In Campaign Kickoff

WASHINGTON -- In her first campaign event Tuesday as a presidential candidate in the early caucus state of Iowa, Hillary Clinton blasted a system that puts the nation's top earners ahead of the middle class, lamenting that the "deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top."

"There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the typical worker. There’s something wrong when American workers keep getting more productive, as they have, and as I just saw a few minutes ago is very possible because of education and skills training, but that productivity is not matched in their paychecks," the former secretary of state said at a round-table at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa.

"And there’s something wrong when hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses or the truckers that I saw on I-80 as I was driving here over the last two days," she added. "And there’s something wrong when students and their families have to go deeply into debt to be able to get the education and skills they need in order to make the best of their own lives."

The event marked one stop on her swing through early primary states after announcing her campaign for president on Sunday. Clinton, with just a few aides in tow, drove across the country from her home state of New York in what has been nicknamed the "Scooby van," a large Chevy Express. She was spotted ordering at restaurants and coffee shops, in an overt move to bolster her authenticity with what aides have described as "small" events meant to bring the candidate down to ground level.

No comments: