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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bernie Sanders: Capitalist Pig

When Bernie Sanders first came to Vermont, he bought a shack with a dirt floor with unemployment money. Last year, Bernie joined the company of Vermont’s 1% and bought his third home.

The money that Bernie used his way to break the $1 million mark and buy his way into the 1% came from the $27 donors he touted during his campaign. Other campaigns were funded by billionaires. But the folks paying for Bernie’s private Delta 767 with its menu of herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine were ordinary people who would never be allowed to fly on it.

Bernie could live large on their donations, but he couldn’t directly pocket their money. Not unless he figured out how to sell them something of his own. And that’s how Bernie joined the 1%.

Our Revolution, Bernie’s book, which was also the name of his new organization, sold for $27. According to Bernie, that was the average size of his donations. The actual number was $86, but truth and Bernie have always had only the loosest of relationships. And Bernie supporters were no longer giving $27 to subsidize a campaign, a cause, Bernie’s jet and his consultants, but his wallet and his summer home.

Bernie sold his supporters for $27 a head to a multinational corporation in exchange for $795,000. His book is named after Our Revolution, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that he set up to influence elections and which can accept unlimited amounts of money from donors without disclosing them.

According to Our Revolution’s former organizing director, it was set up that way to "take big checks from billionaires."

Bernie Sanders can’t legally be involved in running his own organization. But he can cash in on a book which has the same name as that organization. The distinctions are bound to be lost on his supporters just as they didn’t understand what it meant when Bernie didn’t cap the commissions of his consultants.

There’s nothing with making a lot of money. Unless you’re Bernie, in which case you make money by insisting that it’s deeply immoral for other people to be making money. Especially the evil 1 percent.

But that $1 million puts Bernie over the 1% in Vermont. Entry level for the 1% in Vermont is $299,259.

Bernie made three times more than the people he has been denouncing up and down the country. Many of those dreaded 1 percenters are professionals who, unlike Bernie, work for a living, and also unlike him, don’t own three homes or fly private chartered jets around the world to meet the Pope

Bernie made more than the $735,607 average 1% income in Vermont. He didn't just join the 1%. He joined the 0.5%. And he did it by monetizing his supporters. When he tells them that he’s fighting for the little guy, he neglects to mention that he means only one little guy named Bernie.

The average income in Burlington is $54,810. Bernie could buy and sell those little guys.

“The problem is that the great wealth and potential of this country rests with a handful of people,” Bernie ranted in ’71.

That’s still his theme all those years later. The 1% owned too much. Everyone else owned too little. But now he’s a member of that 1% which “takes home 13.8% of all the income in Vermont.” And he isn’t about to voluntarily redistribute any of it.

As Bernie told attendees at a United Way event back in his days as Burlington’s top dog, “I don’t believe in charities.”

The only charity Bernie believes in is his own “social welfare” organization that his book is named after.

According to Bernie, government should be giving poor people money. Not Bernie. But don’t expect Bernie to give the government money either. He and his wife, who is under FBI investigation over the destruction of Burlington College, paid a total of $27,653 in taxes on $205,271 in income for an effective tax rate of 13.5%.

Bernie is an expert on what people who aren’t him need and don’t need. “You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants," he bloviated during the campaign.

"How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can't have it all," he tweeted after the campaign.

But Bernie can have three homes. He can put his name on a book, give little to charity and pay little in taxes.

The Socialist politician keeps his finances as opaque as possible. His summer home purchase was hidden behind the Islands Family Trust. He released as little tax information as he could get away with and dodged filing FEC campaign disclosures. Behind the rhetoric about wealth redistribution is a greedy little man who is expert at extracting money from government jobs and political dupes.

“I never had any money my entire life,” he once claimed. That’s still the image he likes to cultivate.

It just happens to be a lie. Bernie is lazy and greedy. That’s a bad combination. And it’s the source of his resentment. Those furious speeches aren’t outrage, they’re entitlement.

Now Bernie is finally a member of the 1% he has made a career of denouncing. But as a good Socialist, he knows that the real question is who did the work.

"I come from the white working class," Bernie Sanders told CBS last year. But how can you be in the working class when you’ve never actually worked for a living?

Bernie was kicked out of a hippie commune for “sitting around and talking” about politics instead of working. He bought his dirt shack with unemployment money. And he doesn’t remember what job he was collecting unemployment for.

His only real paying work has been in politics. And the “work” part is still a misnomer.

Bernie’s rate of missed roll call votes was more than double the Senate average. He sponsored three pieces of legislation that actually became law. Two of them involved renaming post offices.

But Bernie did write a book. And he made a lot of money. You can’t take that away from him.

Or can you?

Outsider in the House, Bernie's old memoir, was "co-written" with Huck Gutman. Besides being Bernie's Chief of Staff, Gutman is an English professor. And likely did the actual writing.

The book was written in 1997. And when Bernie ran for president, the same old book was dusted off and renamed Outsider in the White House. That’s exactly what you expect from a guy who got kicked out of a hippie commune and whose legislative accomplishments mainly involved renaming post offices.

Bernie’s millennial fans were a little confused by all the rants about Gingrich and the Christian
Coalition.

But Outsider in the White House was at least somewhat honest about its authorship. Our Revolution, the tome that made Bernie a 1 percenter, lists no author. Like other politicians, you’re supposed to assume that Bernie wrote it in his own voice. Numerous reviews praise its authenticity.

Did Bernie break a lifetime’s habit and actually do some work? Or, like everything about him, is it a lie?

Our Revolution lists no co-author. But the website of Kevin Anderson & Associates, a ghostwriting firm, claims that copyediting on Bernie’s book was done by Thomas Cherwin. Cherwin is listed as a “Ghostwriter & Editor”. Did Bernie just happen to go to a ghostwriting firm for some editing or for some writing?

It doesn’t really matter. And we’ll never know for sure. But it would be fitting if Bernie joined the 1% only through someone else’s work.

Isn’t that the essence of Socialism?

17 comments:

D.D.Mao said...

Well if Bernie was the exception to the rule on leaning left it would be different but Vermont also boast Howard Dean, Patrick Leary, and Ben and Jerry.They have as their laws gay rights legislation, abolished the death penalty in 1965 and force non-union workers to pay union dues. They also have the highest corporate, individual and property tax in the nation. The state went 67% for President Obama in 2012 and 71% to re-elect Sen. Sanders. So Bernie Sanders is not any abnormality to the voters of Vermont......he is Vermont !

Anonymous said...

I remember a disgusting interview I saw w/Bernard on one of the major news networks. The interviewer/interrogator spent more than 5 minutes grilling Bernard about Israel with leading questions, finally Bernard said something to the effect of I'm not running for office in Israel.
Bernard's cozy capitalist lifestyle reminds me of Animal Farm where all animals were equal but some were more equal than others.

Infidel said...

Actually, it is important to have 23 deodorants, or whatever. Who knows a priori, what is best? Can't deduce it ahead of time, generally. Have to try it out, see how the public reacts, then try something new. Like Edison had thousands of failures before he got the light bulb to work.

Anonymous said...

Bernie is a government parasite. He has the brains to be cunning and cynical; avoid work and accountability. He exploits the naivete' of the young, stupid and lazy. Creating nothing of value, his life is a zero sum game. Claiming moral virtue, he disdains all, picking their pockets. Disgusting.

Charlie

Rich Kozlovich said...

Five stars for this piece!!!

Rich Kozlovich

rick said...

What a Socialist Pig!!!! they are all tainted, relying on other peoples money.

Anonymous said...

Not all vermonters just on the west side of the state and sanders is also a coward run off to canada and didnt return here intol 75 after vietnam war he also threstens veterens when they try yo get there vets benifits through

Judith said...

Thank you for exposing publicly the real Bernie Sanders. Now he and his wife have lawyered-up due to their dishonesty with a local bank to get money for her former college. As a former commercial mortgage banker I know how he pushed the envelope. It happened to me a lot! This is a truly dishonest person. Its the lying to all the young people that he would actually do something for them with a free education that really makes me sick - there is no money for that! Who exactly did he plan to threaten on that one? I got leaned on. Hope the mortgage banking officials get brave enough to tell the truth! Politicians are scary sometimes! They have so much power. This guys needs to go down! May Hashem forgive him.

Anonymous said...

What are your sources?

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Ahem. Which of the 23 deodorants is unprofitable? The profitable ones are those Bernie earns his living from, by percentage. My, my... how disgusting profit is!

Anonymous said...

What I find even more disgusting are the stupid Millenial sheep who supported and still support this nauseating excuse for a human. I won't call Bernie Sanders a man, because he clearly isn't one.

Unknown said...

This is such a BS article. A man writes a book, sells it, and that makes him a Capitalist Pig! LOL! What a fucking joke. It just goes to show how far you have to stretch to attack this man's integrity.

Anonymous said...

How often does this devil Bernie fly on my $27.00 dollar donation to see the pope? Are they conspiring?

MrGarabaldi said...

He learned from Hillary and Bill, those 2 grafters fleeced the political scene since the late 80's and Bill ran his presidency like an Arkansas 4th ward. Hillary continued her "Pay to play" especially while she was a senator and as Sec of State. Bernie learned from the masters. The sad thing is that if the DNC hasn't shafted him and coronated Hillary I honestly believed that Bernie might have beaten President Trump. I voted Trump, Hillary was a NoGo. Even if Bernie had gotten the Democrat nomination, I still would have voted for the GOP,

Anonymous said...

I don't know how your BS showed up on my page but to me you are a lying asshole and Keep your garbage to yourself and your followers . I sure as hell want nothing to do with you or your kind.

Clorinda said...

I see the left has somehow stumbled on Sultan Knish and are treating us to their characteristically juvenile, profane tantrums.

Nothing annoys these little snowflakes more than hearing the truth about themselves, their ideology, and their crooked representatives. Funny, because they never have any trouble hearing "the truth" about conservatives. Even if they have to invent it.

Thank you for supplying us with comic relief, guys.

Anonymous said...

I've been away for awhile, and getting caught up with Daniel's blog. 5 great posts in a row, all on target. Bernie is scum, his only usefulness is that 'someone' has to run on an extreme ideology, making the ultimate candidate seem moderate by comparison. (as if that's possible with Hillary) Anyway, words matter, and incorporating the phrase "Bernie MADE" in this story of corruption is in my opinion wrong. Bernie doesn't make anything, and in a sense it's an insult to every honest hard-working person out there. It's similar to the army of financial investors "making" millions from the application of all the cute little vehicles like derivatives and heaven knows what else that the average Joe is locked out of. It's all rigged, legal front-running. Unfortunately, math being what it is, the house of cards will blow up eventually, and the misery will be extensive. Wadd'ya think: should I buy bitcoin? ;-)

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