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Bernie Sanders among top one per cent of US earners

April 17, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Now that’s what I call a true socialist!

 

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16 Comments
  1. Broadlands permalink
    April 17, 2019 1:32 pm

    Bernie’s initials, BS, are appropriate with respect to his knowledge of climate and what to do about it.

    • Adrian E. permalink
      April 17, 2019 1:44 pm

      I agree, that is one of his weakest points.

  2. Adrian E. permalink
    April 17, 2019 1:43 pm

    What’s the problem with that? He has become famous and written a best-selling book.

    If he now suddenly advocated tax reductions for the rich, now that he is one of them, and had turned against tax-financed health care – yes, that would mean that he is not credible. But in fact, he still advocates policies that are in the interests of the majority and not in the interests of the richest 1%. With his personal increase in wealth, his policy positions also go against his personal financial interests. If that is significant, at all, it only increases his credibility.

    • The Man at the Back permalink
      April 17, 2019 5:35 pm

      Well Adrian, one can agree with much of what you say – BUT he advocates much (like not flying) for the masses while using private aircraft etc. Typical rich socialist behavior.

      I have no problem with anyone making loads of dosh – I never could myself, but very few (not all I agree) are hugely lacking in self-awareness about their own behavior. Bernie fits that category well.

      Like Trump, he is at least not part of the DC swamp really which is why he was shafted by them in 2016 and why, again like Trump, he is popular with many ordinary Americans.

      • The Man at the Back permalink
        April 17, 2019 5:58 pm

        “Many” rather than “very few” – proof reading is one of the many skills I don’t have. Why do always spot the error just as you click the Post Comment button?

    • dave permalink
      April 18, 2019 8:44 am

      “His policy positions also go against his own personal financial interests.”

      “Positions” are cheap.

      I prefer the honest cynicism of Artemus Ward. When talking about the US Civil War, he said:

      “I am strong for the Cause! I have already sent off my cousin; and I have several more, plus a mother-in-law, ready to fight for me!”

    • Tom O permalink
      April 18, 2019 7:31 pm

      “But in fact, he still advocates policies that are in the interests of the majority and not in the interests of the richest 1%”.

      Can’t agree with you – less. His positions and interests that he advocates for are not for the majority as they actually will punish the majority. His positions and interests are bounded by what will draw the most votes to him. They WILL be positive, so to speak, for the majority of his followers, but they will not be positive for the majority of American citizens, and certainly not the majority of American Tax payers.

      Don’t know what the current percentages are, but in 2010, the $450,000 and up paid 33% of the amount of personal income taxes collected by the IRS. 35% was paid by those with family incomes between $35,000 and $450K. The remaining 32% was paid by families making less than $35,000. Sounds to me like the poor carry the country nearly as much as the wealthy that keep trying to pretend they pay 90% of the taxes. When a man advocates for free medicine and all benefits for someone that is not legally in this country, that means that is just another load on the poor, too. If that is “fair” to you, then so be it, but I think he’s just another charlatan.

  3. John Palmer permalink
    April 17, 2019 1:43 pm

    In the immortal words of theUK Version of the Socialist Red Flag anthem…. “the working class was kiss my a**e, I’ve got the foreman’s job at last”.

    I have a pal who vehemently declares his ‘Socialism’. The other day he was asking us as to wether he should buy a new Porsche Macan or a Maserati 4WD – both a long way north of £60k. I really don’t think he saw the irony…. but we surely pointed it out to him!

  4. R2Dtoo permalink
    April 17, 2019 2:38 pm

    Bernie is just another do as I say not as I do candidate. Nothing is stopping him from living the lifestyle he advocates – he just doesn’t choose to do so. Another hypocrite.

  5. April 17, 2019 2:50 pm

    Yesterday, Rush played a clip of Bernie explaining to a group why it is OK for him to be a millionaire, but not OK for me to be one.

    Also he got a fancy house for supporting Hillary after she “defeated” him in the rigged primary. But it was better than Bernie having “thoughts” of “suicide” which often happens to those opposing the Clintons.

  6. April 17, 2019 7:11 pm

    Many of the democrats in the House of Representatives are far richer than their congressional pay would allow. Bernie, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi,… Kamala had the gall to propose high taxes above her millions level.

  7. April 17, 2019 7:15 pm

    Too many in the House of Representatives have incomes in the millions, far above what their congressional pay would allow. Bernie, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, …
    Kamala Even had the gall to propose a extremely high tax that was just above her millions in income.

  8. martinbrumby permalink
    April 17, 2019 11:14 pm

    Extraordinary.
    A millionaire .
    I would not have imagined him capable of running a whelk stall. Or selling ice-cold beer outside an Australian rugby match.

    • Kestrel27 permalink
      April 18, 2019 12:03 am

      Agreed, but why is it considered so easy to run a whelk stall? Anyone? Not sure I would be any good at it!

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        April 18, 2019 7:37 am

        You have to keep a close eye on those whelks or they will abscond.

  9. martin weiss permalink
    April 17, 2019 11:21 pm

    at least $250k of his wealth, assuming it is a joint wealth comes from his wife’s severance payout from Burlington College (which fell into bankruptcy about 2 years after the severance)

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