Privilege Creates Its Blind Spots
As Barry Switzer, a former football coach at the University of Oklahoma, once put it, “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”
Over the last eight years, Mr. Bush was paid $27 million from giving speeches, serving on corporate boards and consulting for two banks at a combined salary of $2 million a year. Mr. Bush made $9.95 million from speeches alone during that period.
Mr. Bush’s remarks about urging people to work harder prompted instant criticism from at least one major rival. “Anyone who believes Americans aren’t working hard enough hasn’t met enough workers,” Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Twitter.
What is undeniable is that Mrs. Clinton and her husband, Bill, are even harder workers than Jeb Bush.
In 2014 alone, Mrs. Clinton delivered 51 paid speeches, netting more than $12 million. Mr. Clinton gave 53 talks last year, adding $13.5 million of income for the family. Between 2001 and 2013, Mr. Clinton gave 542 speeches around the world — more than half in foreign countries — and earned a staggering $104.9 million for his efforts.
As criticism of Mr. Bush’s remarks spread on Thursday, his campaign scrambled to provide further context. It’s not that all workers need to put in more hours, he responded on Twitter to Mrs. Clinton, but rather that those working part time or unable to find work need to work longer hours. (Or, more accurately, any hours at all.)