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Clinton Says the Wealthy ‘Are Not Paying Their Fair Share’

An excellent catch from Ben Smith at Politico -- today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a rare comment on the domestic economic situation: The

Paolo Reyna
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | May 28, 2010

An excellent catch from Ben Smith at Politico — today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a rare comment on the domestic economic situation:

“The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues [America currently does] — whether it’s individual, corporate or whatever [form of] taxation forms,” Clinton told an audience at the Brookings Institution, where she was discussing the Administration’s new National Security Strategy.

Clinton said the comment was her personal opinion alone. “I’m not speaking for the administration, so I’ll preface that with a very clear caveat,” she said.

Clinton went on to cite Brazil as a model. “Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere and guess what — they’re growing like crazy,” Clinton said. “And the rich are getting richer, but they’re pulling people out of poverty.”

Indeed: In Brazil, the rich are getting richer, but so are the poor. In the United States, for a decade now, the rich have gotten richer while the earnings of everyone else have stagnated.

Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.

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