Hillary Clinton is highly allergic to transparency

OK, we all know that Hillary Clinton would be better off if email had never been invented.

What have we learned about Hillary through all this?

One, never hire her to be your IT person.

Two, her main forte is stonewalling. She declined the Office of the Inspector General’s request to be interviewed about her emails, giving us all the impression that if she didn’t do anything wrong and she had nothing to hide, why didn’t she cooperate with the inspector general?

Secrecy is her MO, her biggest calling card outside of her pantsuits.

Transparency is the operative word these days, even though it rarely happens.

The definition of transparency in government is promoting accountability and providing information to the citizens about what a political official is doing.

If you look up government transparency in the dictionary, you won’t find Hillary’s picture next to it.

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Trump’s veep creep

Donald Trump, who, as we all know, is Adam’s apple deep in discreet wisdom, never misses an opportunity to be a scholar for the ages and sages.

According to Ben Carson, who somehow was put in charge of assembling a short list of possible Trump running mates, the list includes Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and — gulp — Sarah Palin.

Are you kidding me?

Was the search committee looking on Mars for candidates?

Of course, outside of Christie, none of the others want the job and would rather sleep with a poisonous rattlesnake.

Personally, I think Trump should choose the ghost of Barry Goldwater as his running mate to court the far right.

And there’s no danger of Goldwater’s ghost putting his foot in his mouth on the campaign trail.

Surreal?

Hey, this is Donald Trump’s reality and we’re living in it.

Do the math! Shrinking income and a hardly shrinking violet add up to Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee

I don’t claim to be the best political pundit and prognosticator in the world, but I was absolutely certain I was absolutely correct when I lampooned Donald Trump for making a supposed quixotic presidential run — seeing him merely as a comic strip character addicted only to burnishing his celebrity.

I was absolutely wrong.

While his campaign has been one protracted selfie filled with insults and pronouncements that are looser in facts than worn-out athletic socks, he surgically tapped into the vein of discontented Americans while all the while pissing into the lobster bisque of the Republican establishment.

After all, there are a lot of people who are pissed off at Obama, Congress and anybody else connected to the status quo.

This anger likely has many causes, but one trigger has to be their income — or lack thereof.

The median household income, adjusted for inflation, was $55,191 when Trump declared his candidacy in June 2015. To put that number in context, the median household income was $57,371 in January 2000. Which means the buying power of the typical family had fallen 4% during the prior 15 years.

Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee because his incendiary populist campaign is built on a theme of America in decline.

A decline angry Americans are reminded of every time they see the cobwebs in their wallets and the shrinking numbers in their bank accounts.

Which is why they won’t be taking off their rage like an overcoat until Trump transforms their economic lives.

Granted, that is one magnum leap of faith.

And if Trump fails them, his supporters are going to be more pissed off than Julius Caesar when 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus stabbed him in the back along with multiple other body parts.