Just a few days ago we talked about how Bernie Sanders hasn’t exactly been transparent about his tax returns lately (see Nothing to Hide? Jane Sanders LIES About Releasing Tax Returns…).
Here’s a quick refresher just in case you missed it: Bernie, king of all things taxes, was asked about releasing his full returns. He shrugged the onus off onto his wife. Because he has other things to worry about. Like YOUR taxes. But not before saying all of his tax info was already on display. That was a big fat lie. When Mrs. Sanders was asked about said tax returns, she also lied. So there was a whole bunch of lying… But no full tax returns.
Until now. I may not like the dude, but I will say that he delivered on his promise to share the return with us. But only after he lied about it first.
Sanders said that he would release his full 2014 tax return on Friday, and he kept his word despite a long trip to the Vatican. Sanders warned at the debate that because he doesn’t make much money, the tax returns are going to be very boring.
Let’s stop right here. He made at least $300k in 2014. That’s not exactly pocket change. Sure, that may be what Hillary earns in one weekend. But he is by no means poor or anywhere near poverty level.
Among the deductions on his 2014 return were:
- $22,946 on home mortgage interest
- $14,843 on real estate taxes
- $9,666 on state and local income taxes
- $8,000 in gifts to charity
- $350 in gifts to charity other than by cash or check
- $4,473 in unreimbursed job expenses, which according to tax law can include fees such as union dues and travel
This confirms what we’ve been saying for a while now. Bernie Sanders is big on charity… Just so long as it’s not coming from his own paycheck. (MATH: The Exact Price Tag of All Bernie Sanders Proposed “Free” Stuff) How selfless is Bernie? He’s about 2.8% selfless. So he’s about on par with Joe Biden.
Look, people are as free to give as much or as little to charity as they’d like. That’s not the issue here. The issue is the glaring hypocrisy of Sanders wanting to give everyone else’s money away for free stuff when he’s not exactly doing the same himself. Is Sanders giving his money to students for their tuition? No. Is he buying someone else’s medication? No. Does he want to get control of the treasury so he can give YOUR money to free college and healthcare?
There’s an expression for this: what’s good for the goose is keeping all of your money to yourself then trying to hide it by not releasing your returns until everyone demanded it. Or something. Which, again, would be your choice! IF YOU WEREN’T DEMANDING OTHERS DO IT.
For someone who loves to tell everyone else how to spend their money he sure doesn’t seem to follow his own advice. But he had his electricity shut off one time 30 years ago so he can relate to poor people, don’t worry. He’s just like you and me. But with way more power. And wealth. And security. And benefits.