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    To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000 - ABC News

    Former President George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for U.S. military veterans severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and former First Lady Laura Bushcollected $50,000 to appear a year earlier, officials of the Texas-based Helping a Hero charity confirmed to ABC News.The former President was also provided with a private jet to travel to Houston at a cost of $20,000, the officials said.
    The charity, which helps to provide specially-adapted homes for veterans who lost limbs and suffered other severe injuries in “the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said the total $170,000 expenditure was justified because the former President and First Lady offered discounted fees and helped raise record amounts in contributions at galas held in 2011 and 2012.
    not going to help jeb's presidential effort
    of course jeb is not helping himself, insisting we need to work longer hours

    and a look at jeb's current campaign:
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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000 - ABC News

    not going to help jeb's presidential effort
    of course jeb is not helping himself, insisting we need to work longer hours

    and a look at jeb's current campaign:
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    Sounds like a non-story to me. What was left out of your quote and buried deeper in the article:

    "According to the charity’s yearly reports to the IRS, it raised about $2,450,000, after expenses, from the 2012 gala where President Bush spoke. The following year, the gala netted the charity substantially less, about $1,000,000.

    Speaking and traveling fees for the former President were paid by the charity, but the amount was underwritten by a private donor, the charity lawyer said. "


    To summarize, a single private donor paid 100 grand for Bush to speak at a charity event, which helped to raise about 1.45 million dollars more than it probably would have otherwise. Sounds like everyone won. To borrow from baseball statistical terminology, Bush would have one hell of a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) stat when it comes to this particular charity event.

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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    I have no problem with former Presidents earning money from speaking. But there is something especially disgusting about earning money from speaking to an organization that helps soldiers wounded from wars YOU sent them to. Maybe there is more to this story but it sounds really, really bad.

    I certainly wouldn't hold this against Jeb, though.

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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneWanderer View Post
    Sounds like a non-story to me. What was left out of your quote and buried deeper in the article:

    "According to the charity’s yearly reports to the IRS, it raised about $2,450,000, after expenses, from the 2012 gala where President Bush spoke. The following year, the gala netted the charity substantially less, about $1,000,000.

    Speaking and traveling fees for the former President were paid by the charity, but the amount was underwritten by a private donor, the charity lawyer said. "


    To summarize, a single private donor paid 100 grand for Bush to speak at a charity event, which helped to raise about 1.45 million dollars more than it probably would have otherwise. Sounds like everyone won. To borrow from baseball statistical terminology, Bush would have one hell of a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) stat when it comes to this particular charity event.
    What's aslo being left out is that this is an answer ti Hillary charging speaking fees for charities and since they couldn't pin anything like on Jeb, they are going back to 2008 and running against W, despite the fact that he isn't a candidate.
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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerBob View Post
    I have no problem with former Presidents earning money from speaking. But there is something especially disgusting about earning money from speaking to an organization that helps soldiers wounded from wars YOU sent them to. Maybe there is more to this story but it sounds really, really bad.

    I certainly wouldn't hold this against Jeb, though.
    As a clarification, he wasn't paid to speak to the organization, he was paid to convince others to spend more money supporting the organization.

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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by faithful_servant View Post
    What's aslo being left out is that this is an answer ti Hillary charging speaking fees for charities and since they couldn't pin anything like on Jeb, they are going back to 2008 and running against W, despite the fact that he isn't a candidate.
    i see your point because it is not like there have been any stories out there about bill clinton to undermine hillary's run
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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    of course jeb is not helping himself, insisting we need to work longer hours
    I'm not a Jeb fan, but that's an not even a good partisan attack line - he was pretty obviously referring to underemployed workers stuck in part time jobs, not least thanks to the 29 hour restrictions put in place under Obamacare.


    "My aspiration for the country -- and I believe we can achieve it -- is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see," he told the newspaper. "Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That's the only way we're going to get out of this rut that we're in."

    The Democratic National Committee quickly jumped on the comments, e-mailing a clip of the exchange to reporters and calling them "easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle."

    Democrats and other groups sought to cast the remarks as echoes of gaffes made by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, that added to a perception that he was a wealthy executive out-of-touch with ordinary Americans.

    Not so fast, Bush told reporters as he clarified his comments after a town hall meeting at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall here.

    "If we’re going to grow the economy people need to stop being part-time workers, they need to be having access to greater opportunities to work," he told reporters

    He faulted the Obama administration and congressional Democrats for enacting a series of policies that have made it harder for businesses to create jobs and for Americans to work longer hours.

    "You can take it out of context all you want, but high-sustained growth means that people work 40 hours rather than 30 hours and that by our success, they have money, disposable income for their families to decide how they want to spend it rather than getting in line and being dependent on government," Bush said....
    How awful. He thinks people should make more money.
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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    i see your point because it is not like there have been any stories out there about bill clinton to undermine hillary's run
    was that sarcasm.jpg

    Jeb and W are brothers, not a husband and wife that are both legally connected to the issues that Bill is being questioned about. Show the legal connection between what W did (which BTW - I think was a case where he should have only charged traveling expenses) and Jeb. I can show the connection between Hillary and the Bill Clinton Foundation with great ease.
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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I'm not a Jeb fan, but that's an not even a good partisan attack line - he was pretty obviously referring to underemployed workers stuck in part time jobs, not least thanks to the 29 hour restrictions put in place under Obamacare.




    How awful. He thinks people should make more money.
    jeb:
    It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That's the only way we're going to get out of this rut that we're in.
    born into wealth and thinks we should work more hours and become more productive ... as if that formula is not what has further enriched the already rich. jeb, trickle down does not work

    and that "RUT" we are in is dubya's great recession

    but we see his brother is working more hours. speaking to a charity fundraising to help the veterans his unwarranted war injured - and accepting significant pay to show up and speak. we see the bush family values all too well with these incidents coming out
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    Re: To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

    Additional thought: the article makes me want to know who footed the 100 grand bill for Bush to speak so I can congratulate them. He or she turned $100,000 into $1,450,000 for that charity. That's one heck of a charitable investment.

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