The scandals that plagued the Clinton White House have been brought into the spotlight once again as the Clintons, Monica Lewinski and Vernon Jordan are asking for taxpayer funding for their legal bills, which could total up to $8 million.
Lewinski and Jordan are seeking funds to pay for fees incurred in the sex scandal, while Bill and Hillary Clinton are looking to be compensated for the Whitewater investigation.
(Bill Clinton is not able to ask for payment for the Lewinski trial because of an agreement that he made while in office).
The economy was strong while Bill Clinton was in office, and he was one of our greatest presidents, but that doesn’t mean that the American people should offer up their spare change to his cause.
All of those who wanted to help the former president have already done so, by donating to the Clinton Legal Expense Trust, a fund set up for this exact purpose.
Hillary Clinton has tried to justify the request by saying that past presidents have done the same thing, which is true.
But past presidents, like Ronald Reagan and George Bush for the Iran-Contra affair, received a fraction of what the Clintons are asking.
The Clintons have legal bills totaling between $1.75 million and $6.5 million.
Unlike the Clintons, most taxpayers do not have $8 million book deals and $9 million lecture tours.
Call me crazy, but asking the working class to pay the legal bills of a millionaire is a bit illogical.
Lewinski could easily find other ways to fund her 15 minutes of fame. Her financial problems could be solved simply by putting that blue dress on eBay.
She had her own HBO special, a British TV gig and several other appearances that must have brought in a hefty sum.
Also, Linda Tripp must owe her some money; after all, she was basically responsible for the whole mess.
Tripp was certainly able to afford a lot of plastic surgery, so she can loan Lewinski a few bucks for pain and suffering.
Jordan is one of the most recognizable lawyers in the United States.
He is a good friend of Bill Clinton’s and several other powerful people.
He was featured in the Fortune 500, yet he needs to ask the taxpayers to foot his legal bills?
Taxpayers are expected to pay for things like roads and schools; they should not be asked to pay for the trials and investigations that started beccause of an adulterous leader or an alleged money-launderer.
The public gained absolutely nothing from these incidences and should not be responsible for funding them.
Also, these legal fees seem extremely inconsequential when the county is facing more serious matters — like a possible war.
Marea Kasten can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org