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Bernie Sanders-- a Bottom-up Millionaire

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Bernie is a millionaire So are 50% of people his age, according to David Pakman. (correction. The average worth of people 75 is about $850,000) And Bernie did it through sales of a $27 book, rather than by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the most powerful corporations, as Hillary did.

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The news is out. Bernie Sanders is a millionaire. There are plenty of detractors-- conservatives and their cousins-- hillbot former Hillary supporters. They're saying that he is no longer one of us and suggesting he is a hypocrite for attacking wealth inequality.

This a total crock and the kind of toxic garbage spewed by fake progressives, like Center For Amerian Progress, founded by former Hillary campaign manager, John Podesta. Ironically, it's not very different from what we'd expect from a Fox News contributor.

Fortunately, there are also people seeing Bernie's newfound wealth for what it is-- a justly deserved bottom-up reward for all the good he's done.

Considering that Bernie is the most popular politician in the world and that he had a very successful book, it would be difficult not to become a millionaire.

In fact, I love it that Bernie became a millionaire because, like his campaign, hundreds of thousands of people invested in buying his book-- which makes him a bottom-up millionaire. And it is no surprise that the retail price for the hardcover edition of the book was $27. My hope is that Bernie will set an example for how a bottom-up, for the people millionaire acts.

 

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Great article. I wonder how many Hillary supporters worry about how much her net worth is or the corruption and pay to play shes profited from, or speeches to Goldman Sachs and her use of her money to influence the election. Total unabashed hypocrites. They are as mindless in their criticisms of Bernie as the Trumpsters. I love this video where Nancy Pelosi is called out by a heckler while she is preaching about income inequality. Priceless... tu.be/AYbkocB3axA

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I didn't know he had written a book. Does he reveal exactly what happened to him at the Democratic Party convention? If so I'll be happy to buy it. If not I don't care what else he says. However, I'm not upset if he has made a million on the book.

Without a full credible explanation of his sudden unexplained withdrawal from candidacy I don't see why anyone would spend another hard-earned dollar to help him run again.

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BS has yet to say anything about Assange. I consider that far more important than his making a million dollars from a book--which is vastly more justified than earning it illegally or "legally" on the backs and sweat of others.

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Withdrawal from candidacy? He lost! You may not believe he lost fairly (nor do I) and you may be pissed he didn't renege on his original promise to support the eventual Democratic nominee and run as a Green or People's Party (thus becoming the scapegoat for everyone to hate for getting us Trump) but there is a perfectly credible explanation.

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It's truly amazing, albeit pathetic, how the scum rises when they are paid to respond in their propagandized attempts to discredit candidates or ideas. In this case, there is once again fear of Sanders' popularity and qualifications for becoming the next President that the demonizing has begun. He is even listed as running 2nd behind Biden when that a-hole hasn't even announced he is running. Watch for the DNC "fix" to be in again and don't be surprised to see them prop up Hillary in order for her to attempt once again to gain the throne she feels she is entitled to.

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Theory is: Biden is being talked about to take away Oxygen from the lesser known candidates (eg Tulsi Gabbard) to narrow down the field. Biden isn't really ever going to run.

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I loved AOC's comment that Biden doesn't animate her.

Biden won't run nor will HRC. Odds are they will try to anoint someone like Booker or Harris.

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My money is on Beto at the moment. But otherwise we agree.


Now, I was really upset by the David Sirota/Norman Solomon attack on Beto of several months ago. (Something about "Beto is not your friend".) It was premature and was only going to sow division amongst Democratic voters.


People have to discover the dirt more or less by themselves. Progressives can't win if they emulate the Daily KOS "group think".


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I call bullshit on your words "People have to discover the dirt more or less by themselves."


One of the roles of the media is getting facts out. Sirota didn't attack Beto. He released FACTS.


Daily Kos is merged at the hip to the neoliberal Democratic leadership, so the owner attacks Tulsi and hates that Bernie wins their straw polls. OEN has been fairly open to supporters of various candidates, though my personal preferences are Bernie, Marianne, Tulsi and Gravel.


It looks like Biden will declare his candidacy by the end of the month. I see him as the DNC's Hillary Clinton replacement-- and clear evidence that the DNC and democratic leadership want to keep their deck chairs on the Titanic, preferring holding on to their influence and power over actuall winning.

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I have to question your premise that the DNC would rather hold onto some status quo than win elections. More likely they really, cluelessly, believe the status quo is the path to victory. They surely realize the corporate largess will dry up if they keep losing. Why bother to bribe candidates with support if they're going to keep losing?

The best HRC replacement they have right now is Kirsten Gillibrand, only she's not polling so well. She was already anointed to be my junior senator, replacing Clinton when HRC became secretary of state. She shares Clinton's penchant for holding up her finger and checking the wind direction before making any statements. Originally, she was a congresswoman from a conservative district neighboring mine, but adapted nicely, chameleon-like, to a more neoliberal point of view. Her taking on sexual abuse in the military as an issue was surely the model for a character in "House of Cards".

I share your preference for Bernie and Tulsi. I think Marriane Williiams has less of a chance of ascending to the presidency than either a snowball in hell or Jill Stein. I have great respect for Mike Gravel but had no idea he is running.

Gabbard has far and away the best foreign policy proposals and credibility. Unfortunately I don't think the vast majority of voters pay much attention or care much about foreign policy. At this point I would gladly vote for any Democrat over Trump. Even Biden, though like AOC, I am not animated by him.

Another factor not being looked at because it seems so unlikely now is if a reasonable Republican, like Bill Weld, were to successfully primary Trump. Right now the GOP is overwhelmingly behind Trump, but I don't think much of it actually likes him. More a marriage of convenience. As the outrages mount, it could go like the Monty Python lumberjack skit, where the culture clash between the gay lumberjack and macho Mounties becomes more and more severe until eventually they stop singing along.

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I wonder how much of that $27 cover price goes to Amazon, where Bernie recently prevailed in his effort to screw working people out of jobs?

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"where Bernie recently prevailed in his effort to screw working people out of jobs?"

You kind of need to back that up don't you?

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I've already written on the subject, and it's been published here at OpEdNews. There's a link below in response to a comment asking for an explanation.


But the TL;DR on it is: When you push for a law requiring companies to pay in taxes what their employees collect in public assistance, you are telling those companies "don't hire anyone who's on public assistance, and if you already have employees on public assistance, fire them."

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I have no problem with efforts to prevent tax payers from subsidizing sub-standard wages.

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Wrong thinking.

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What particular effort are you referring to? Thx.

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Part 1:

I won't say that you don't have a point (read your article). But to counter,

1) the robots are coming no matter what, it isn't at all clear that the "Stop BEZOS" bill will hurry it along all that much.

2) As long as the Robots still haven't arrived, I would support the bill because WalMart et. al. have been ripping off America for way too long -- at this point we would have to start talking "Oligarchy" and the L-curve rather than just the BEZOS act, and this would lead to a "not too productive" exchange on the failure of Libertarianism.

3) I confess to having limited interaction with the type of person employed at WalMart and it would be very unfair to place them all in the same category, however, I have had enough experience with at least some of them and they have proven to be completely incompetent. (remember I said "some", I have also had interactions with WalMart employees who go "above and beyond" that just amaze me, which I'll try to address in the next point.) When I say "incompetent" I mean literally unable to just dig a hole for a concrete setting or unable to cash a check. I'm not trying to denigrate these folks but to acknowledge their existence and to ask, "How do we care for them." In fact, how do we even identify them, because in many cases they appeared to have their act together and it took quite a while to figure out they couldn't "hack it". Freakonomics (in a book or a podcast I heard/read, but which I cannot find) told the story of a homeless guy who was costing the government thousands. They found it much cheaper to put him into an apartment (he had his own bedroom but shared the apartment with one other guy) than to keep him on the streets. How would a libertarian address this question? It is my understanding that they'd recite the Reagan meme of "Welfare Queens driving Cadillacs and eating Lobster while on Food Stamps." It got Reagan (and Clinton) elected.

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4) I've retired to Hawaii so I am definitely one of the lucky ones. But there was a point in my life where I was facing homelessness, although it was several months, maybe a year, away. I can identify to the second the moment my "luck" changed. This leaves me being very sympathetic to those "Amazing" people at WalMart. What is it that is holding them back? Childcare? Elder Care? Lack of Education? Inability to accumulate "launching capital"? Healthcare? I think it is all of these things so I'll let you call me a Socialist because I support Medicare for all and Free College and the "Fight for $15" and the end of the "Forever Wars" and more government regulation and insisting that the Oligarchy pay their fair share and... name the "socialist program" and I probably support it. (Yet at the same time, I recognize that the sociopath Elon Musk is a great capitalist)

In the end, while you are probably right in the short term, I believe that your approach merely leads to a new form of serfdom.

I didn't vote for the corporatist in 2016, I won't vote for a corporatist in 2020. The real issues are not being identified, let alone being discussed (except by Tulsi Gabbard).

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You are talking about the 25,000 jobs Amazon promised to NYC. We don't know who would have been given those jobs. But I do know that Bernie and AOC saved citizens from providing welfare to Amazon in the form of long-term tax breaks. Interesting that you don't seem to have a problem with them.

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Gee a millionaire! Back in the '50s that was a lot of money but a million dollars doesn't go very far any longer.

American's need to study the L-Curve and work on comprehending its meaning.

Wealth is so concentrated in the hands of so few, and many of those few are sociopaths (which isn't always a "bad thing" -- Elon Musk for example).

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"Bernie is a millionaire So are 50% of people his age."

I tried to find a reference I'd believe more than David Packman. I kind of think he often just "makes stuff up". Anyone else want to try?

Thanks

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These days a lot of people are millionaires based largely on the value of their biggest assets, their homes.


I know people who are a damn sight from "rich" who have homes valued at $750k to $1 million, and not in an expensive area like San Francisco, either. Throw in a 401k or whatever, and lots of working professionals are "millionaires" -- on paper. That doesn't mean they can write a check for a million bucks and count on it not to bounce, of course.

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Yeah, and so?


That wasn't the Packman proclamation. I've done "really well" with Real Estate. A long, long time ago, I purchased a condo in "Salt Lake", Oahu and sold it 6 months later for twice the price. I really didn't intend to speculate, but I had to get away from my roommate. It was a totally Nutzso time for real estate in Hawaii. (As if there isn't always such a time here.)


Then there was the condo I bought where the retired couple was concerned they were going to be forced out. Well, yeah, it happened. I didn't intend for it to happen. I'm a jerk I guess. I did "carry" them for a couple of years though. Of course, turn about is "fair play" and when I needed to dump a property in Victorville, the real estate agents didn't show it and didn't show it until I was forced to sell it to them (or declare bankruptcy).


Then there is the house that the banks foreclosed on and allowed to rot until no one wanted it. We picked it up for a much reduced price and now it is worth at least 2x that price. (After some major renovation, of course)


I'm not sure what to say. Like Bernie at the Fox News town hall when the "moderators" tried to suggest that he should just give away the money he earned from his book... His response was perfect: stare at them with incredulity. The audience sure laughed.


I'll support changing the rules, but as long as the rules exist, I'm going to play by them.


Let's talk about Holland, MI for a second. There is this tiny home on about an acre in an area that no one wanted. The family moved into that place. Now 50+ years later it is blocking a major development. The predators are demanding "first rights of refusal" and making promises that only the most gullible would believe. They are even making up "verbal promises" from decades ago, as if "their word" is honest.


But all of this is totally beside the point. Kall used Packman as an authority to support the claim that 50% of the people over 60 are millionaires. I tried to look that up and I cannot find anything to support that claim. The "I know a guy" claim is just silly.

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Now that Bernie has joined the "millionaire club" (through book sales, outrageous!) his progressive policy positions on taxes, wages, college tuition, trade, and healthcare now make him a Traitor to his Class! Shame on you Senator Sanders. lol

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Well, to be fair, his "class" has always been "political careerist."

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You really are wrong by denying the right of a person to be politician without being a careerist.


Bernie is possibly "career politician" if we agree on the use of the term, does not make him a "careerist".

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So it doesn't bother them that Hillary's net worth is estimated around 45 million and Obama's is 40 million,Jared Polls is at 122 million, John Delaney 92 million, Mark Williams is 90 million, Richard Blumenthal is 70 million, Dianne Fienstein is 58 million, Scott Peters is 32 million, Don Beyer 31 million, Susan DelBene 28 million, Ro Khanna 27 million, Claire McCaskill 26 million, Joseph Kennedy III 18 million, Nancy Pelosi 16 million and on down the line... None of this is a problem but Bernie making a million dollars on a book is a problem. Hillary made 675,000 over half a million dollars speaking to Goldman Sachs and that's not a problem for them but Bernie is a problem for them. They are a big a hypocrites as the Republicans.

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Well, if you want to hold them accountable you might contact the author of this article on "Think Progress" and object to the headline:


Sanders claims requests for Trump's taxes put all Americans 'in jeopardy'


If you go to the article you should see immediately how misleading the headline is, yet it is the one CAP is "selling"

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It's always has seemed strange to me that so many people, of course usually those with right wing attitudes, think that having a decent standard of living implies that one is a "capitalist" and can't possibly be a "socialist". As far as I know, no one is forced to take a vow of poverty in order to become a socialist. We're not all Mother Teresa. Socialism has many definitions, and few of them equate to absolute egalitarianism.

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I currently advocate a worldwide radical egalitarianism that has no billionaires or millionaires. The highest earning income should be no more than 3 times the lowest. I believe social problems occur to the degree there is a disparity between the rich and poor. There should be a guaranteed basic income with free health care and free higher education for everyone. I believe we can create a society that rewards individuals for making the world better rather than for distinguishing themselves with private wealth.

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I like the idea but you should show how this is possible.

In the meantime I like a refreshing idea of principled and caring millionaire, Bernie.

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BFalcon, I'm glad you like the idea. Now if we can just get millions of people to like the idea, then we can create a more egalitarian society. I have never said it would be easy. Sometimes it takes several generations to bring about the changes that we need. In my articles, I have always tried to share my solutions and ideals and not just complain about various problems, which is what many writers do.

Equally empowering at least 7 national political parties under a system of proportional representation with direct democracy at municipal levels is essentially what I now advocate in order to maximize democracy. I believe if more people can agree on the ideal, that may be a big part of the solution. All we can do is the best we can until the day we die, and hopefully after that there will be others who continue the work that we value. Thanks for responding.


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I have to look at some of your ideas but I have said that people can feed the beast that is trying to eat them. We have to start a global revolution of anti materialism. The people with money only have money because we are buying their crap. I love apps like Letgo because people are sharing trading reusing things rather than running out and buying the newest, the dispoalsable etc. People should be asking if they really need that thing they are going to buy. Focus more on family and experiences. We have to ve more vocal about our desire to be anti war and pro helpiig humanity.

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