Edwards Makes A Killing Talking About Poverty

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    You can't make this stuff up folks

    Pretty Boy Edwards has made a killing lecturing about poverty and how rotten things are in America

    He has made so much money talking about poverty he is buidling a 30,000 sq ft mansion.





    Talk Isn't Cheap

    Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards — who made his fortune as a trial lawyer before getting into politics — was paid $55,000 to speak to students at the University of California at Davis last year.

    The topic — "Poverty — the Great Moral Issue Facing America." His campaign tells FOX News the speech was part of a series at the school and was funded by sponsors and the sale of tickets — which went for as much as $45.

    Edwards' financial records show he pocketed $285,000 for speeches to nine colleges and universities last year, in addition to the nearly half million he made in consulting fees from a hedge fund where he worked, he said, to learn more about the financial market's effect on poverty.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,274815,00.html
     
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    What?

    No libs rushing to the defense of Pretty Boy?
     
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    and you guys try to paint democrats as enemies of capitalism. nothing could be further from the truth.


    I wonder how much Rudy makes for his speeches cashing in on his role on 9/11 over and over and over again.... why isn't RSR up in arms about that?

    I sure am not. I say that public speakers with a compelling message should charge whatever the market will allow.....no matter what party they belong to.
     
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    Is Rudy running around lecturing Amercia about poverty and how America is at fault for having so many people living in poverty?


    Here is a great video of Pretty Boy at his best

    http://www.youtube.com/p.swf?video_...Xu3Q/2.jpg&t=OEgsToPDskJyIVSF3Vz9nUyXUjZXLH5B
     
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    are you suggesting that only poor people have a right to talk about poverty?
     
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    No

    But if you constantly say how lousy America treats it's poor then you make millions talking about it - you need to be called on it

    Of course there is more on this

    I wonder how much energy this modest liberal mansion will use


    Edwards' nest is grist for critics
    Advocate for poor lives in $6 million mansion
    Rob Christensen, Staff Writer
    CHAPEL HILL - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who toured the country last fall talking about other people's homes, is now fielding questions about his own $6 million estate outside Chapel Hill.
    Edwards had hit the talk show circuit to plug his book "Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives," which describes the childhood homes of various more-or-less famous people, including his own modest mill village houses.

    But since he announced his second run for the presidency in December, Edwards has been more likely to be asked whether there is any contradiction between his 29,000-square-foot Orange County estate and his pledge to reduce poverty and help the working poor.

    The questions underscore how everything about a presidential candidate -- including lifestyle decisions -- becomes fair game in a political campaign.

    Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2004, was not available for comment last week. But he told CNN last month that he didn't think the house presented him with an image problem.

    "I came from a very different place," he said. "And I have been lucky enough to -- to have everything you could ever have in this country. And I feel a responsibility to help people help themselves. It's for you and the American people to judge whether they think that's real and authentic. I believe it is, but that's not my judgment to make."

    It is not unusual for presidential candidates to be men of wealth -- Franklin Roosevelt to John Kerry to George W. Bush. Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, noted that Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is rich, has been a major supporter of raising the minimum wage.

    "I think it is a greater testimony to Teddy, Sen. Kennedy, that he has taken on that cause that doesn't have an effect on his life," she said in a telephone interview Friday.

    The criticism of John Edwards' wealth is not new. He was attacked during his 2004 presidential campaign for living in a Georgetown mansion at the time he was stressing inequalities of "the two Americas."

    But his more intense emphasis on fighting poverty in his current campaign, which was announced from a hurricane-ravaged neighborhood in New Orleans, is likely to invite greater scrutiny.

    "It might well cause problems," said Andy Taylor, a political science professor at N.C. State University. "We have a crowded field for the Democratic nomination. Candidates' voting records, things they said on the stump and their lifestyle will be used. There will be Democrats who say, 'You clearly are not practicing what you preach here.' Some may see some inconsistency."

    The Edwards house has already become grist for his critics, who have called it a plantation or "Uncle John's Cabin."

    Conservative New York Post columnist Ian Bishop wrote that Edwards "is playing to the poorest people in America to propel his presidential bid while living in the lap of luxury on a North Carolina estate that makes the famed Kennedy compound look like a seaside cottage."

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    But if you constantly say how lousy America treats it's poor then you make millions talking about it - you need to be called on it
    why? why is speaking out about issues in forums that are willing to pay for good speakers something anyone needs to be "called on"..any more than Rudy shilling over and over and over again about his 9/11 moment?
     
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    Edwards is just another limo liberal - like Al Gore
     
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    only poor people can be liberal? what IS your point?

    You claim that capitalism is such a marvelous system but then whine when people use it.
     
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    This so typical of the left

    They rant about a problem and live their lives the exact opposite as to how they tell the rest of us to live
     

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