Senator Bernie Sanders (Loonbag-VT) is 75 years old, so perhaps he can be forgiven for his forgetfulness these days. But on Thursday evening, he tweeted out this whopper:
How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can’t have it all.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 21, 2017
Sanders, of course, owns three houses: one in Burlington, Vermont; one in Washington, D.C.; and a third vacation home worth $600,000 on the beach on the Lake Champlain Islands. Here’s what Sanders’ wife, who reportedly wrecked a college in Vermont through excessive spending but received a $200,000 severance package, had to say about that vacation home:
We’ve been impressed with the North Hero community, eaten at the North Hero House and Shore Acres and have suggested them to friends who were looking for a beautiful place to stay or have dinner. St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte is my favorite church and it is nearby.
Sanders also paid just a 13.5 percent effective tax rate in 2014.
People find it odd that the greatest proponents of socialism seem to live in high style. The Castros are worth at least a billion dollars. Stalin lived the high life while his people starved in the Soviet Union. Hugo Chavez’s second-oldest daughter is worth in excess of $4 billion; Chavez’s family owns 17 estates in the country. Current socialist leader Nicolas Maduro is also in the money.
Socialism is fine for those at the bottom. It’s those at the top who really benefit, though, from just a few too many pudding cups. But they won’t be giving those up anytime soon.