Letters to the Editor

Separating from Clinton Foundation will be difficult for Bill

There’s been a lot in the news lately concerning the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton’s defense of its goodness. Why shouldn’t he? This is his baby! Like daughter, Chelsea, he was there at the birth and she’s beautiful.

He defends the foundation by declaring, “The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing.” No doubt and the Clintons certainly knew too. The problem is a lack of transparency, with the outside world largely in the dark as to any unscrupulous dealings.

Clinton takes pride in the foundation “creating jobs” and “saving lives”. I don’t know much about the latter but the foundation went from 350 employees in 2013 to 2,000 in 2015. That’s a lot of additional family friends and acquaintances that have joined the original Clinton corps in the charity trenches. The beauty of a charity … it’s amoebic and can expand and contract as seen fit.

Should Hillary make it to the White House, Bill has pledged to disassociate himself from the foundation. That may be easier said than done. It’s hard to imagine Bill just sitting around over in his East Wing office. He’s far too big a personality to be contained in such a constrained space.

The dilemma is reminiscent of the lyrics from the “How you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm” song popularized during the first world war. “How ya gonna keep ‘em away from Broadway ... Jazzin around and paintin’ the town. … How ya gonna keep ‘em away from harm, that’s a mystery.”

Bill Malec, O’Fallon