Self-proclaimed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has joined the ranks of the One Percent he infamously waged war against during his presidential run in 2016.
It was recently reported Sanders made over $850,000 in book earnings and advances in 2017. Combined with his senator’s salary of $174,000, he certainly cleared $1 million in personal income, making it the second year in a row he has topped seven figures.
However, since his presidential run defeat, the senator has calculated what his earnings would have been had he made $15 an hour — the national minimum wage he has long advocated for — and given the rest away to causes such as healthcare and education.
Just kidding. Of course he didn’t. Instead, he bought himself a nice beach house in 2016. His third house.
Now to be clear, Sanders has every right to buy himself whatever he pleases with money he earns fairly.
But calling himself a champion against “wealth inequality” and a true representative of “the little guy”?
Seems a bit off.
Ironically, Sanders’ website says the following:
“Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little because much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. The issue of 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.”
Does that mean that Sanders is contributing to the “greatest political issue of our time?”
As Brazil’s star soccer player Neymar said on Friday, “Talk is cheap, even a parrot can do it, but do[ing] something… few people can do that!”
Maybe Bernie Sanders is unfamiliar with the expression “talk is cheap,” but there is another phrase he probably knows.
“If you can’t beat them, join them.”