Bernie Sanders and the ghost of Hillary Clinton Many Democratic voters want to make it up to him for his 2016 loss
passed. A mercy choice rarely ends well.
Predictably, though, this impulse to fight the last war may well lead the Democrats to nominate Mr. Sanders, a prospect that must delight President Trump. A race between an avowed socialist and an unabashed capitalist would put their two very different visions for the country into bold relief.
The guy who sang communism’s praises upon returning from his honeymoon in the Soviet Union versus the guy whose self-made global company considered building a monument of capitalism — a hotel — in the new says, “I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller.”
Translation: Sorry not sorry that I made major bank. He clearly learned from Mr. Trump to unapologetically embrace his wealth and not run from it, as Mitt Romney did in 2012.
“If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he added.
Translation: While we’re still in this vile capitalist system, we might as well exploit it. It’s funny how real money changes things. In an attempt to save socialist face, he reiterated his shopworn call for a “progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share in taxes.”
As if they don’t already, the top 1 percent pay approximately
According to current polling, Mr. Sanders is leading the sprawling Democratic field and commanding the fund-raising game, having raised $18.2 million so far.
43 percent of all federal income taxes.
Now that Mr. Sanders is in that evil 1 percent of earners, he should set the standard by writing a check to the U.S. Treasury above and beyond what’s required of him. If he thinks his earning group is undertaxed and not carrying its freight, nothing stops him from paying more. Come on, Bernie: Put your money where your mouth is. Now that you’re one of them, show them how paying one’s “fair share” is done.
He won’t, of course. In fact, at a recent Fox News townhall, Mr. Sanders rejected the suggestion he pay the higher tax rates he advocates: “I pay the taxes that I owe,” he said flatly.
The loudmouthed socialists always want you to pay more, but them? They never pay more to the government than what’s due. Even when they’re millionaires. Especially when they’re millionaires.
After all, they’ve got a revolution to carry out, and that requires money — to which Mr. Sanders (and Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama) can now attest.