When you build a business, then you can get rich on your own. But when you’re a professional parasite then the government makes you rich. And the higher up your friends in the government go, the richer they make you.
Massachusetts Democratic senate candidate Elizabeth Warren garnered a lucrative no-bid contract with the Clinton administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) one year after advising then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The Department paid Warren, a Harvard professor, $90,000 for serving as an expert witness over a five month period in 1999 and 2000, documents show.
But I’m sure that Elizabeth Warren, a real Harvard professor of the people, worked hard for that 90,000 over 5 months, sweating over cases and earning every penny of that money. Or not.
It is unclear what duties Warren performed for the DOJ, nor is it known what case she was working on.
The Department spent five months attempting to track down Warren’s records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. It came up empty.
Some people get rich building businesses. Other people get rich suing them. Still other people get rich testifying on behalf of the people suing them. Even Genghis Khan needed someone to wax his mustache and even Stalin needed a cigarette boy. If you can’t make it by doing things, you can always make it by telling people they didn’t build that.
Warren’s legal consulting and lucrative expert witness contracts have become an issue in the Massachusetts campaign. Bloomberg reported in 2010 that a group of trial lawyers pursuing a class action lawsuit against banks paid Warren $90,000 to serve as an “expert witness” while she was monitoring the $700 billion bank bailout for the Congressional Oversight Panel.
Conflicts of interest are for the little people.
And let’s face it, Elizabeth Warren’s famous speech reflects her own experience. She didn’t build anything. She didn’t make anything. She got rich from the government.