Bernie Sanders. He wants to give everyone else free crap. How? By raising taxes, obviously. Specifically your taxes. I’m going to make this simple: if you pay taxes now, you’ll pay more taxes to fund Bernie Sanders’ dream of turning the USA into a socialist state. But guess who’s been giving everyone the ole run around when it comes to talking their own tax returns? Ding, ding, ding!
People are rightfully curious about what the old man does with his money since he’s so keen to spend ours willy-nilly (see Man of the People? Bernie Sanders Caught Red Handed Funneling Campaign Funds…). When asked if he would release his full tax returns, not just summaries, he brushed off the question. With lies. Then said his wife deals with that stuff – not him. Of course she does. It’s always someone else who deals with the Sanders Tax Plan.
So someone wrangled Jane Sanders into talking about it… And she also lied, according to WaPo:
[S]he repeated a claim similar to her husband’s recent Four Pinocchio statement that the couple released their full tax returns over several years… We have not found any indication that the campaign has released any new tax returns since [the 2014 tax summary], or that the Sanderses released full tax returns “every election.”
Perhaps she is referring to the information filed in his financial disclosures, as required of members of Congress. But as the family’s keeper of tax records, she should know that’s not the same thing as a full tax return.
Transparency? Not being an epic hypocrite? Meh. Neither applies here.
WaPo goes on to bring up a valid point — it’s not as if candidates are legally obligated to release their tax returns in full. But Bernie is a man who claims to be “for the people” and demands everyone else follow his specific set of financial rules… that being, “SHARING YOUR TAX DOLLARS IS CARING!” So he should be jumping at the chance to prove his transparency. He should be jumping at the chance to prove how generous he is with his tax dollars.
After all, why would anyone seek to keep their returns out of the public eye? To maintain a false image, maybe. Sanders has professed to be hyper-invested in the poor… But if the way he gives to charity is anything like how he tips, it probably doesn’t scream “charitable.” But that’s just a guess.
He probably figured since Joe Biden could get away with giving a mere 2% to charity, why can’t he? Even Obama got by with donating even less than that for years. Being stingy is a leftist tradition. Unless we’re talking about spending other people’s money. But that can be problematic when half the country thinks you’re on par with the likes of Saint Nicholas. Does it count if you’re giving gifts that you stole from other people?
Lesson: leftists are stingy bastards. They only want to spend other people’s money, never their own. That’s why they keep their records super duper secret.