Surviving the $675,000-question: Clinton’s Cultural Studies Primer

One cannot begrudge Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s earning power. She’s a productive, tough, smart, political leader. Her genuine expressions of gratitude appease supporters. She donates to charity and pays taxes. However, Sec. Clinton’s honest answer to a tough question from CNN’s Anderson Cooper about accepting a $675,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street firm undermines all of the goodwill earned through a lot of hard work.

She gave an honest answer at the beautiful Derry, NH Opera House. Now, she must work harder to win back the public’s trust. Many voters consider income inequality a crucial issue this campaign season.

Sec. Clinton must use her knowledge and her skills to ameliorate the scourge of income inequality in the United States of America. Madame Clinton must create and announce a plan to end income inequality, reduce the student loan burden, and strengthen subsidies for students, and caregivers who have left the work.

Imagine this. What if every voter and potential voter were to share his or her most recent W-2 with Sec. Clinton? Would the reality of income inequality become more tangible to her?

Can Sec. Clinton demonstrate affinity for the precarious — and mostly female — part-time English professor trying to live on $11,051.48 a year in a city where average rent on a one-bedroom apartment is $2,011?

Candidates with fat paychecks touting practical solutions to complicated economic and social problems cannot appear to rationalize income inequality.

But wealthy political leaders who solve the problem of income inequality win the nation’s trust, and The White House.