Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Stingy Socialist

I recently read the following:

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders started to make good Friday night on a pledge to release his full tax returns from recent years, sharing a 2014 federal filing that showed income of just more than $200,000 and . . . $8,350 in charitable contributions.

Now I’m no mathematician but it looks to me like Uncle Bernie gave a whopping 4% of his taxable income to charity.

Just as I suspected, Sanders is similar to stingy socialists everywhere. He wants to be much more generous with other people’s money than his own.

Perhaps you’re a Bernie supporter and you’re wondering, “Hey, Steeeve, how much money do YOU give to charity, huh?”

This is a very good question and it demonstrates the exact point I’m making about Sanders.

The underlying premise of such a question is basically this: If one doesn’t personally practice charity one shouldn’t judge others or presume to tell them how to be charitable.

Another way of stating the premise is: “Put your money where your mouth is.”

But this is precisely what Bernie doesn’t do. In my estimation he does not practice what he preaches.

I believe the same holds true for the overwhelming majority of those who subscribe to him. That is, a vote for Bernie is a vote for free stuff that others have to pay for. I’ve yet to hear a Sanders fan say, “I wanna vote for Bernie because I wanna pay more taxes—and I mean lots more.”

No. The rhetoric is always about getting, never giving. This is hardly the doing to others as you would have them do to you ethic of Jesus Christ. 

In other words, Bernie supporters want to “feel the Bern” but not the sting of socialism.

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