You might have heard about Bernie Sanders having a buttload of greenbacks in his bank account. Which, on its own, goes against the Bern’s public stance on “millionaires and billionaires.” Well, Comrade Sanders just released his tax returns and his hypocrisy runs even deeper.
Get a load of this:
According to returns provided by his campaign, Sanders and wife Jane’s bottom line jumped from $240,622 in 2015, the year he launched his first White House bid, to $1,073,333 a year later, as the once obscure lawmaker became a political sensation on the left and a bestselling author with royalties pouring in.
Sanders reported a total 2018 family income of $566,421 — $382,920 of which came from writing and royalties. The documents showed he paid $137,573 in federal taxes in 2018 and owed $8,267 in taxes for the year. Sanders reported paying a 26% effective tax rate on his adjusted gross income. The couple reported donating $18,950 to charity.
Twenty-six percent. As in Bernie is claiming deductions. Hypocrisy: Confirmed.
There’s no law requiring Bernie to maximize his deductions. He could pay his taxes at the full rate. In fact, Bernard here could very well cut a check to the feds for 90% of his income. You know, like he wants for everyone else. Yet, as his returns show, the Bern will do everything he can to to hang on to his greenbacks.
Other millionaires are required to “spread their wealth.” Meanwhile, Bernie’s free to hoard his cash. Like a greedy capitalist piglet. It’s the classic “do as I say, not as I do” scenario. Only, with the hypocrisy dialed up to infinity.
Some might say this makes Bernie a bad socialist. Except this is exactly what socialists do. Under socialism, you and I are expected to feast on the carcasses of house pets. Meanwhile, our overlords get personal audiences with Salt Bae. Which is why we repeatedly rant against such a sucktastic system.
While we’re talking Bernie: