In her speech at the annual University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation dinner on Monday, Hillary Clinton stressed the need for affordable higher education for students, but only after collecting a $225,000 check from the organizers.
"Higher education shouldn’t be a privilege for those able to afford it," she told her audience. "It should be an opportunity widely available for anybody with the talent, determination and ambition."
The former first lady encouraged businesses to cooperate with universities in a bid to lower staggering tuition fees, which run upwards of $30,000 for a year in the average American college. While the core message of her talk certainly was positive, she made no mention of the fact that her trip to Sin City set the host university back almost a quarter of a million – an exorbitant sum that could have covered the full cost of education for several students.
Also part of her demands for the brief speech was a motorcade to do her political chores in Vegas as well as stay at a presidential suite.
Clinton is expected to announce her campaign for the 2016 presidential election anytime now, and financing it will help make her race to the White House reality. However, she could have spared or at least given a discount to an educational institute for a few sentences of support – especially one like UNLV, which is struggling to make ends meet.