Smear a bagel, not Chuck Hagel

By Bill Press

Tribune Media Services

OK, I want to admit right up front: I stole that headline. No, it’s not original with me. I stole it from the pro-Israel, pro-peace organization J Street. I stole it because it’s funny. And because it perfectly sums up the phony, trumped-up campaign against Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.

This is the worst smear campaign Washington has seen since — well, since the smear campaign against Susan Rice. That was only a month ago. And, interestingly, it was also led by the same two smear merchants, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have turned the Senate’s constitutional duty of “advice and consent” into a despicable display of character assassination.

Why anybody pays any attention to what McCain and Graham say about anything anymore beats me, but what they’re trying to do to Chuck Hagel best represents what’s wrong with Washington today. No doubt about it: If Ronald Reagan, or George Bush, or Mitt Romney had nominated Hagel as secretary of defense, Republicans would be out dancing in the streets, shouting: “He’s a conservative! He’s a Republican! He’s one of us! He’s a decorated war hero!”

But because President Obama nominated Hagel to be defense secretary, Republicans, led by McCain and Graham, are determined to shoot him down. Only in order to deny Obama another win.

There are three charges leveled against Hagel: he’s anti-Israel; he’s soft on Iran; and he’s anti-gay. All three are bogus. Let’s start with Israel. No, Hagel does not agree with Bibi Netanyahu on everything. But guess what? Neither did George Bush. Neither does Barack Obama. But that doesn’t make him anti-Israel. As senator, in fact, he voted for billions of dollars in military aid to Israel.

Hagel’s enemies base his alleged anti-Israel bias on the fact that he once used the phrase “Jewish lobby.” That was a mistake. There is no “Jewish” lobby in Washington, but there is a very powerful “Israeli lobby.” Just like there’s a powerful “Pakistani lobby,” and “oil lobby,” and “environmental lobby.” Besides, it should be pointed out that, back when he was secretary of defense, Dick Cheney advised soldiers not to talk about the “Jewish lobby” — yet nobody raised much of a fuss. The phrase is still often found in the pages of Haaretz, one of Israel’s leading daily papers.

Hagel’s also slammed for having declared, back in 2006: “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator. I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States…” Blunt, perhaps. But any senator who said the opposite, about any other country, would likely be accused of treason.

On Iran, Hagel’s attacked for being weak because he’s against starting a third war in the Middle East and once voted against unilateral American sanctions on Iran. Agree or disagree, that hardly disqualifies him from serving as defense secretary. As such, he would not be making foreign policy for the United States. And are Americans really itching for war with Iran?

In my judgment, the most serious — and surprising — criticism of Chuck Hagel is his opposition to Bill Clinton’s 1998 nomination of my longtime friend, James Hormel, as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, only because Hormel happened to be openly gay. A bad idea, Hagel pontificated, because “ambassadorial posts are sensitive. They are representing America. They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay — openly, aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel — to do an effective job.”

Even though he reflected the beliefs of most Midwestern Republican senators at the time, that was a dumb, ugly thing to say. And Hagel knows it. He’s apologized. He’s vowed to uphold the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and praised the contribution of LGBT members of the military. In other words, like many politicians, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Hagel’s come around on the issue of gay rights. It was Clinton, remember, who put in place both Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, the two most anti-gay measures of our time.

Forget his shrill, small-minded critics. Look at who he is. A decorated war hero. The first enlisted man to rise to the very top of the Pentagon. And the first Vietnam Vet. A fiscally-conservative Republican. He’s the perfect man for the job. Chuck Hagel will make a great secretary of defense.

© 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

17 Responses to Smear a bagel, not Chuck Hagel

  1. The people smearing Hagel are all listed here for the most intelligent things ever said:

    1.?If this were a dictatorship, it?d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I?m the dictator.? ~ George W. Bush
    2.?We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.? ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
    3.?When the President does it that means that it?s not illegal.? ~ Richard M. Nixon
    4.?Exercise freaks ? are the ones putting stress on the health care system.? ~ Rush Limbaugh
    5.?Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.? ~ Rush Limbaugh
    6.?Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?? (sic) ~ George W. Bush
    7.?Good Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.? ~ Jerry Falwell
    8.?As yesterday?s positive report card shows, childrens (sic) do learn when standards are high and results are measured.? ~ George W. Bush
    9.?Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.? ~ Jerry Falwell
    10.?Facts are stupid things.? ~ Ronald Reagan
    11.?How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen? because God said, ?My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.?? ~ Rev. John Hage
    12.?Our gays are more macho than their straights.? ~ Ann Coulter, commenting in 2005 on Jeff Gannon, the conservative plant in the White House press corps who turned out to be a male escort
    13.?This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.? ~ George W. Bush
    14.?Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.? ~ Ronald Reagan
    15.?[America has to import so many workers because] for the last 35 years we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our workforce.? ~ Mike Huckabee
    16.?I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.? ~ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
    17.?I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.? ~ Donald Rumsfeld
    18.?My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You?re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don?t think too much further than that. And so? what you?ve got to do is you?ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don?t know any better.? ~ Andre Bauer
    19. ?Well, I learned a lot?.I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You?d be surprised. They?re all individual countries.? ~ Ronald Reagan
    20.?We have a lot of work to do. It?s a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border.? ~ John McCain (the countries share no common border)
    21.?The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.? ~ Rush Limbaugh
    22.?Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you.? ~ Rep. Virginia Foxx
    23.?I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.? ~ George W. Bush
    24.What I don?t know is what the unexpected might be.? ~ John McCain
    25.I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman? ? Arnold Schwarzenegger
    26.?The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.? ~ Pat Robertson
    27.?President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.?~ Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, testifying before Congress
    28.?Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.? ~ Rick Perry
    29.?You can always follow me on Tweeter.? ~ Rick Perry
    30.?Don?t blame Wall Street, don?t blame the big banks, if you don?t have a job and you?re not rich, blame yourself!? ~ Herman Cain
    31.?From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.? ~ Rick Perry, on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010
    32.?I had other priorities in the sixties than military service.? ~ Dick Cheney on his five draft deferments
    33.?The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation?s history. I mean in this century?s history. But I didn?t live in this century.? ~ Vice President Dan Quayle
    34.?The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is. A manly man don?t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.? ~ Herman Cain
    35.?I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter.? ~ Michele Bachmann on the HPV vaccine. (It doesn?t cause mental retardation.)
    36.?These are not bad people. All they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big overgrown Negroes.? ~ President Eisenhower commenting on racial segregation after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
    37.?This president, I think, has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture?.I?m not saying he doesn?t like white people, I?m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.? ~ Glenn Beck
    38.?I?ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.? ~ George W.Bush
    39.?I feel the best way to ensure Americans? freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.? ~ Attorney General John Ashcroft
    40.?What a terrible thing to have lost one?s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.? ~ Vice President Dan Quayle
    41.?Michele Bachmann? I?m not going to say it. I?m not going to say it?. Tutti-frutti. I know I?m going to get in trouble!? ~ Herman Cain on the different flavors of ice cream to which he?d compare his primary competitors.
    42.?When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I?m just like, ?Oh shut up? I?m so sick of them because they?re always complaining.? ~ Glenn Beck
    43.?I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I?m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it?s an interesting coincidence.? ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
    44.?I love California; I practically grew up in Phoenix.? ~ Dan Quayle
    45.?He is purple ? the gay-pride color, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle ? the gay pride symbol.? ~ Jerry Falwell?s warning to parents that ?Tinky Winky of Teletubbies, may be gay
    46.?The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.? ~ Rep. Lamar Smith
    47.?Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn?t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.? ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
    48.?If Lincoln were alive today, he?d be turning over in his grave. ~ Gerald Ford (on Nixon and Watergate)
    49.?Isn?t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?? ~ Rick Santorum
    50.?I should tell my story. I?m also unemployed.? ~ Mitt Romney
    51.?I saw the young man over there with eggs Benedict, with hollandaise sauce. And I was going to suggest to you that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce in hubcaps. Because there?s no plates like chrome for the hollandaise.? ~ Mitt Romney
    52.?I?m ready for the ?gotcha? questions and they?re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I?m going to say, you know, I don?t know. Do you know?? ~ Herman Cain
    53.?They [China] have indicated that they?re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.? ~ Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, warning that China could develop nuclear weapons. (They developed them in 1964.)
    54.?If you?ve seen one city slum, you?ve seen them all.? ~ Spiro Agnew
    55.?Capital punishment is our way of demonstrating the sanctity of life.?? ~ Orrin Hatch
    56.?I went to a number of women?s groups and said: ?Can you help us find folks,? and they brought us whole binders full of women.? ~ Mitt Romney
    57.?We have a president, who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.? ~ Mitt Romney
    58.?We need a leader, not a reader.? ~ Herman Cain
    59.?How do you say ?delicious? in Cuban?? ~ Herman Cain
    60. ?A poet once said, ?Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it?s never easy when there?s so much on the line.?? ~ Herman Cain, using the theme song of the Pokemon movie in the closing statement of the first GOP debate in 2012

    Yeah, these are hilarious, I?ll admit. But what?s scary is that way too many people support and respect these idiots. Unbelievable!
    -tiffany willis-

  2. And what exactly did Richard Nixon, Jerry Falwell, Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower say to smear Hagel? Amazing that all of these Republicans are coming back from the dead to smear Hagel. Maybe Ted Kennedy will come back from the dead and commit another murder. Wait, would that would make him a zombie?

  3. Zombies?
    Speaking of zombies, why is the department of homeland security conducting training excercises on how to deal with a zombie invasion?
    And the good news of the day….walmart is planning to hire 100,000 veterans. They truly are the american patriots I always thot they were. Hiring people for $15,000/ year and can easily be accepted for welfare subsidies, and that already have some sort of healthcare. marvelous, thats just marvelous.
    Who will be the next fine american patriot to step forward to offer jobs for veterans? Maybe the non-union coal mines will be hiring.
    Maybe bain capital will hire them to go over to china to teach them to speak english so they can do our jobs better. A world of opportunities for returning veterans. ….of theee I sing.

  4. ‘Ted Kennedy was never convicted of murder.’-Only becuase ‘poppy’ Kennedy was a 1%er. If he had been a 99%er he would have.

    “The people smearing Hagel are all listed here for the most intelligent things ever said”
    Since many of ‘The people smearing Hagel’ ‘listed here’ by the poster are dead it’s on the poster to tell us what these dead people said to smear Hagel or we have no other option than to question the intellignece of the poster as he or she obviously can’t seperate fact from fiction.

    Since we are talking about Hagels nomination to SecDef and intelligence I guess it’s fair to ask about the intelligence of the people supporting him. I’m curious, will he be thte SecDef for the 50 states we actually have or the 57 states tha Obama thinks we have? If Guam ‘tips over’ on his watch will he be held accountable or will we blame mother nature or global warming?
    Just curious.

  5. So, then, Dwight D. was the only real republican in the bunch?
    And when did you get the chance to convict ted kennedy of murder?

    I am positive you could also smear hagel, after you find out from hannity why.

  6. 27.?President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.?~ Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, testifying before Congress

    how’d they do that?

  7. The subject of the original post was “The people smearing Hagel are all listed here for the most intelligent things ever said”. What did Nixon, Eisenhower, Falwell, and Ford say to smear Hagel? No evidence equals more lies from milosia aka emile, but that’s to be expected.

    Would manslaughter make you happier than murder? Can’t beleive you’re really going to defend a 1%er. Oh wait he’s a Dem that means you look the other way.

  8. Ted Kennedy did more for you than the rest of your krones.

    Reagan was right, “facts are stupid things”
    Humor is just humor. Its either funny or it not, no facts are needed. Laff or dont laff , but dont make a federal case out of it.
    They are not my lies, theyre just humor, from tiffany willis.
    whew!
    Its just as Raylan said, “If you bump into an a-hole in the morning, he’s an a-hole, but if youre bumping into a-holes all day then……..youre the a-hole.”

  9. More humor:
    “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” –Obama in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009
    “Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. ” –Obama in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008
    “I tried to walk a fine line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely, but now I recognize that I did not fully accomplish that goal.” Former President Bill Clinton
    “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”-Obama
    “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon-Obama
    In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” –on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people-Obama
    “I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president.” – Hillary Clinton, while First Lady, commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents

    “Just keep the cockpit door closed. You can put up a sign in Arab – this is, say, type-casting, but say ‘Try to hijack, go to jail.’ ” – Senator Fritz Hollings on preventing another 9/11 type terrorist attack

    -“Those who died in the earthquake, their lives will never be the same again.” – Barbara Boxer
    – “I believe that gays and lesbians deserve to have the same rights as homosexuals.” – Rev. Al Sharpton in 2002
    -“Outside of the killings, we have one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” – Marion Barry, mayor of Washington, D.C.
    -“A zebra does not change its spots.” – Al Gore, attacking President George Bush in 1992
    “I will stand up and struggle, as others have, to try to get that right balance between violence, and sex, … and things.” – John Kerry on ABC News
    “It’s a new day. Communism is dead. It’s even dead in Cuba. I hate to say it, it’s dead.” – Barbara Boxer, senator from California
    “I was embarrassed to wear it.” – Senator Diane Feinstein on wearing an American flag pin
    “I’m not a chauvinist, obviously…I believe in women’s rights for every woman but my own.” – Chicago Mayor Harold Washington

    “The police are not here to create disorder. They are here to preserve disorder.” – Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley during the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention
    “Breast cancer victims face a long waiting line before they could get a biopsy or, uh, or a uh, another kind of, what am I looking for, a sonogram or….” (people in the crowd shouted “Mammogram!”) – Al Gore in 2000
    ”I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” – John Kerry at a campaign rally in 2004
    “No, it wasn’t classic at all. I had one of those inarticulate moments late in the evening… and I didn’t say something very clearly.” – John Kerry in reference to his $87 billion statement made during a NOONTIME appearance

    “If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.” – Bill Clinton in an August 12, 1993 speech

    “Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids.” – Teresa Heinz-Kerry talking to volunteers packing donations for hurricane relief in the Caribbean
    “Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people… and betrayed their trust.”- The 12th Congressional District hopeful Bill Clinton during the Nixon Watergate investigations
    “I’m someone who has a deep, emotional attachment to Starsky and Hutch.” – President Bill Clinton at a meeting with TV executives
    I don’t own an SUV…. The Family has it, I don’t have it.” – John Kerry, whose family had a 1995 Suburban, a 1993 Land Rover Defender, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee, and a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time of that statement
    “And now, will y’all stand up and be recognized?” – Texas Democratic Congressman Gib Lewis to a group of people in wheelchairs
    “Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.” – Diane Feinstein, who carried a concealed weapon after claiming to be the target of a terrorist group
    “I tell you, that Michael Jackson is unbelievable! Isn’t he? He’s just unbelievable. Three plays in twenty seconds.” – Al Gore commenting on basketball star Michael Jordan
    “The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people” – Newly elected President Bill Clinton on MTV in 1993
    “You all look alike to me.” – Florida Representative Corrine Brown to Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega after calling him and other members of the Bush administration “racist” and “a bunch of white men”
    “The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.” – Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos speaking on Larry King Live
    “I haven’t committed a crime, what I have done is fail to comply with the law.” – New York City Mayor David Dinkins reacting to accusations that he didn’t pay his taxes
    “If the…if he…if is means is and never has been, that is not – that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement.” – President Bill Clinton stumbling on the definition of the word “is”
    “I resent insinuendoes.” – Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley
    “…and the party of a great man who should have been President, who would have been one of the greatest Presidents in history–Hubert Horatio Hornblower!” – Jimmy Carter intending to mention Hubert Humphrey at the 1980 DNC
    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.” – President Clinton in a 1998 speech at the Pentagon
    “The more killing and homicides you have, the more havoc it prevents.” – Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley
    “I can’t believe we are going to let a majority of the people decide what’s best for the state.” – Louisiana state representative John Travis
    “There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time; I’m going to use that word.” – Senator Robert Byrd during a discussion about race relations on Fox News Sunday
    “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” – Hillary Clinton
    “My husband may have his faults, but he has never lied to me.” – from page 465 of Hillary Clinton’s book “Living History

    “On behalf of all of you, I want to express my appreciation for this tremendously warm recession.” – Democratic National Committee chairman Ron Brown

    “An incomplete success.” – President Jimmy Carter in 1980 describing the disastrous attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran
    “President Bush will probably win the vote, somewhere between 45 and 47 votes against, and he’ll think that’s a victory.” – Joe Biden on the vote to confirm UN Ambassador John Bolton on ABC’s This Week
    “Probably she does look good compared to the mummy he’s been having sex with.” – Clinton White House press secretary Mike McCurry making an “off the record” comment to reporters in reference to Clinton’s line about a Inca mummy
    “I have said that I’m not running and I’m having a great time being pres — being a first-term senator” – Hillary Clinton addressing the National Press Club in July of 2001
    “An innocent bureaucratic snafu.” – President Clinton attempting to explain what 900 Republican FBI files were doing in the White House
    “We’ve got a very strong candidate. I’m trying to think of his name.” – Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd at an appearance on behlf of a South Carolina senate candidate

  10. Some of the great things Teddy did while looking out for us:
    Ted on wind power:
    -Ted was Pro Green energy (publicly)
    -Proposal to construct a wind farm 6 miles from his house (right in the middle of the families favorite yachting area)
    -Kennedy demands further studies, states environmental impact, fails to mention yachting.
    -Army Corps of Engineers conducts study and finds no environmental or wildlife impact and compelling economic benefits for the area.
    – Kennedy then went on a rampage calling for greater federal regulation of wind farms
    – Project backers are wary of last-minute political meddling. They cite attempts in Congress over the years to derail it, including efforts by Kennedy. “The opponents have proven to be very crafty and to embrace a scorched-earth approach to fighting this project,” said Sue Reid of the Conservation Law Foundation, a conservation group supporting Cape Wind.
    -Ted fights it till the end, Obama doesn’t approve it until Ted dies.
    -Guess that was just ‘ol Ted looking out for us.

    Kennedy and Oil:
    That’s right, Ted Kennedy and the Kennedy’s have profited in the tens of millions through the oil industry. Kennedy tries to keep this information secret and liberals writing about American oil companies regularly ignore the fact that he owned two oil companies. This comes as a shock since Kennedy is constantly trying to impose taxes on oil companies and attacks their integrity on their means of making money. In fact didn’t he proposed bills to increase taxes on the oil companies? Yes. But if you actually read the bill he sets clear and distinct standards for smaller companies and larger companies. Guess where he drew the line? That’s right, just above his company so that he could continue to make millions off oil without seeing any hits from his increased tax bill. Now the Kennedy’s including Ted Kennedy have a history setting up trust funds in Fiji and all kinds of crazy means to prevent themselves from paying taxes. I’d have to spend years of my life going over all their tax fraud. But something of note here that might give some a chuckle. In order to prevent paying taxes on their oil business they eventually came up with the brilliant idea to convert the company’s holdings into a “royalty trust.” Why change from corporate status to a royalty trust? Simple… corporations are forced to pay things like corporation taxes. So by changing the name, he essentially saved himself in taxes. They pay no income or corporate taxes, just a flat 15% on capital gains which is far less other oil companies.

    Tax evasion:
    When Joe Kennedy died he was worth roughly $500 million. Rather than pay the inheritance taxes that Ted Kennedy wanted to increase, they each set up a trust fund in Fiji so that it would be untouchable. All they had to pay was $134k in estate taxes. That’s basically .025 percent to inherit their fortunes. Pretty good deal huh? But wait, wasn’t this the senator who was the champion of attacking businesses and the rich from avoiding taxes? Wasn’t he the leader and champion of take from the rich, give to the poor?

  11. LOL! Too funny!

    You left out the part about the Kennedy Family being paid $1.00 for every bottle of Scotch coming into the country.

    here’s agood read for you, “Family of Secrets” – by – Russ Baker

  12. You know, back then they usta to things for the money, legal and otherwise, but, now they just concentrate it and steal it in the name of Good Business Practices.

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