04:14 GMT14 June 2021
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    United States presidential candidates recently had to report on how they did their fundraising for the pre-election campaign. A major part of Hillary Clinton’s campaign fund came from the wealthy class of elite donors who seem to not care about any social benefits or the situation of the poor.

    Replying to the question of whether the US government should ensure that everyone who wants to work can find a job, only 19% of the wealthy answered affirmatively, compared with 68% of the general American public.

    “It’s almost as if the wealthy think government should do much less. As if the wealthy do not need the government to do anything for them,” Brad Friedman from radio Sputnik's BradCast said while discussing the current pre-election campaign in the United States.

    And it’s from these wealthy people that democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received a major part of her campaign funds. Clinton managed to raise 47.5 million dollars in the first three months of her official campaign, beating Jeb Bush and Bernie Sanders with 11.4 million and 15.2 million dollars, respectively.

    At the same time, only 16.8% of her total fund came from small donors. The rest came from those who could afford to donate the maximum amount of 2,600 dollars, a very tiny group of people in the United States.

    “We have this huge gap between what it is that candidates do, what it is that elected officials do and what it is that the people want. And what explains that difference? Well, probably money,” Friedman said.

    One can assume that if Clinton is elected as the next US President, she is likely to pursue a policy which corresponds to the interests of her supporters. And as a recent survey – not surprisingly — showed, representatives of the wealthy class do not care about anyone but themselves.

    Just 43% of the wealthy believe that the government must ensure that no one is without food, clothing or shelter, in contrast to 68% of US general public. Only 23% of the wealthy compared with 50% of ordinary Americans think that the government should provide a decent standard of living for the unemployed.

    Thus, wealthy Clinton supporters do not seem to be interested in any social benefits for poorer social groups.

    “Hell with everyone else,” this is an ideology they stick to, Friedman stated, adding that it is likely that such a stance can affect US domestic policy on a practical level.


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