Financial disclosure forms show that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate who campaigned against the millionaires and billionaires is in fact one of them.
Last year marked the second year in a row that Sen. Bernie Sanders topped $1 million in earnings, according to Vermont Digger.
Sanders, on his campaign website, proclaimed that “wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time.”
The Vermont independent, who caucuses with the Democrats, made almost $1.06 million last year. Of that, $174,000 came from his Senate salary and $885,767 from advances and royalties for his book deal.
The figures were similar in 2016, when Sanders joined the 1 percent by earning $858,750 from his book deal on top of his Senate salary, CNBC reported.
Some said Sanders’ wealth shows he plays the capitalist game even as he proclaims himself to be a socialist.
The disclosure forms show that Sanders owns three homes, including one on an island in Lake Champlain he bought in 2016 for $575,000. Sanders also lists two mortgages, one on a property valued at between $100,001 and $250,000 in value, and the other between $250,001 and $500,000.
When many people today can barely pay rent and feed themselves due to the policies and laws that people like Mr. Sanders and his fellow politicians have worked into our nations laws is sad. These same people say they are on the side of the poor and downtrodden of our nation and they think that what is needed is to take from everyone and then give to everyone.
This has been done in the US and around the world at one time or another. There was a time that you went to work for a company, paid by the company, lived in company supplied housing, bought everything you needed at the company store, and you never was able to get out of the manufactured debt you where in. It is a way to control the masses.
If you believe that our capitalist system that we have in the US is so bad, I challenge you to pick a Marxist socialist country in this world today and move there for at least a year. Before you go, after you have paid for your tickets, passport, and visa to your new home, place everything that you have here in a one year trust with instructions that you cannot withdraw anything, I mean “anything” ie. money, advances, or property, for that one year period.
Once you arrive you will have to find a place and a job for that one year. You schooling will maybe allow you to game the system when you get there but they have laws and policies that may make you end up in jail or prison for thinking like a capitalist. You can look for work and if you know somebody or have a skill that is needed, you may get a job if all the paperwork is filled out correctly. You will have co-workers that may show up one day in a pay period and still get the same pay that you do for working the whole pay period. You will find that if you tried the same thing, you will probably get a beat down by your fellow co-workers with the boss supervising because you are an outsider. If you walk away from your job, you may have to wait awhile before you can get another job and you will have to find your food and lodging elsewhere. In this workers paradise, all the laws support the worker and you will never get fired because one of those laws is that if you are fired you are to get five years severance pay all at once. They would rather have your friends beat on you of find something that gets you placed in prison than give what little money, if it is worth much, to you.
After living and working in some of these places and actually talking to the locals, I have learned that with our many faults the United States is still one of the best countries to live in. My question to many that think that socialism is the way to go is ” What are you willing to give up to live this way?”. Would these college professors that embrace the ideals of socialism willing to talk about it if their only payment for their job is a room to live in and a basic ration to live on? In these countries alternative talk and ‘safe places’ is not encouraged.
Well Mr. Sanders, what are you willing to give up for your dream or is being a politication on capitalism working well for you?