These days a whole lot of money is being spent in anticipation that not only will Hillary Rodham Clinton be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee but she ultimately will win the nation’s highest office.
In the process of going from “dead broke” (her words) to quite wealthy, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state has talked and written her way into an amazing number of pocketbooks, charging at times more than a quarter-million dollars per speech. It does appear a bit extravagant if not downright unseemly for a college or university these days to pay such amazing fees to hear a speech that is unlikely to give us much new political insight.
At least it does to a growing number of students hard pressed to pay for the constantly skyrocketing cost of higher education and facing years of debt because of the loans they needed to finance it. A number of them have launched protests, and even her campus fans seem to think that this may not be a good, defensible use of difficult-to-come-by college resources, especially by state institutions that always are looking for funds to stay up with competitive demands and steadily increasing faculty costs.