FOR STARTERS, the Clinton Foundation is not and never has been a charity. Bill and Hillary created it in 2001 as a vehicle to assist their continuing political ambitions, in particular Mrs. Clinton's run for the White House. Any good the foundation does is coincidental to its bigger role as a fund-raising network and a jobs program for Clinton political operatives.
(Editorial, "Who is Sidney Blumenthal?" wsj.com, May 20, 2015)
The foundation is the family business. The business model is to shake down businesses, foreign governments, and rich liberals who hope to buy influence, then to spend the money on conferences, travel, salaries for the aforementioned political operatives, and alleged charitable projects designed to channel money -- including money from taxpayers -- to Clinton insiders. All without paying a dime in federal income taxes.
The reason we need to say this is that too many well-meaning critics feel the need to say, in passing, that whatever its failings, the foundation -- of course -- does a lot of good work around the world.
Of course? What good work? Show me. Yes, a few dollars may have trickled to those in need, but so far I have heard of not one undertaking by the foundation that was unambiguously charitable in a sacrificial sense.
The real charity here is Mr. Clinton, Mrs. Clinton, and their daughter.
Here's a an early wager that President Barack Hussein Obama and his family will adopt the same business model. If the Clintons can live large on other people's money, why not us?
These are all people -- the Clintons and the Obamas -- who will never shut up and never go away and never stop making demands for attention and money.