Democratic Candidates Obscure Their Wealth
by Nedra Pickler
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - On the campaign trail, Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt is fond of talking about his humble upbringing as a son of a milkman. But his words belie his true wealth. According to the USDA, the US produces 17.5 billion gallons of milk each year. At three dollars a gallon, the Gephardt family stood to make millions. Gephardt never mentions the size of the US Dairy Industry in any of his stump speeches.
Similarly, North Carolina Senator John Edwards sometimes mentions his father Wallace, who worked in a mill. The Senator doesn't mention, however, that clothes, which can be made from the textiles at these mills, are expensive. A recent visit to Abercrombie & Fitch set this reporter back quite a bit of money -- money that might have gone right into the pockets of Mr. Edwards' father. On the campaign trail, Edwards never mentions how I look in my new A&F open neck top.
President Bush, on the other hand, led a series of failed oil companies and later owned a baseball team that has never won the World Series. He and his father both worked as Presidents, a job that pays considerably less than trial lawyers, doctors, former ambassadors and retired Generals.