Spotlight on Bernie Sanders

by Jack

Is Sanders a loser, a phony, a fraud, who has never done much with his life except talk?   Many would say without hesitation yes, yes he is and quite obviously!  But, lets take a fair look at the facts and then you be the judge, ok?

Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

According to several reports, Sanders didn’t collect a steady paycheck before being elected to office as mayor of Burlington, Vt., in 1981.  

Despite a 50 year track record, Sanders has never really done much or been good at anything, except talking about socialism.  However, if you ignore facts and don’t know your history, you might find him a compelling speaker.  

Bernie inherited a little money from his Dad when he was a young man and this allowed him to purchase a small piece of land with a shack on it that had a dirt floor. He lived in this shack with his first wife for about two years and then she had enough and left. Presumably she wanted a floor, but he couldn’t afford one.

Bernie managed to find part-time work and together with his inheritance money, he attended the University of Chicago where he graduated in 1964. Prior to running for office, Sanders worked a series of odd jobs that include: an aide at a psychiatric hospital, a freelance writer, a preschool teacher and a carpenter. He was recognized as a really bad carpenter.   Ironically,  he went from being very poor to a multi-millionaire without fulltime employment in the private sector and living off the taxpayer’s money.

Sanders was and has always been a hardcore leftist activist. He ran for local office a few times before winning.  He then used the local experience to run for Congress and then the Senate, as an independent.  

For his whole time in high office Sanders sponsored just 7 pieces of low level legislation that passed.  (Sanders served as senator from Vermont since 2007 and as U.S. Representative for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007)

H.J.Res. 132 (102nd): To designate March 4, 1991, as “Vermont Bicentennial Day.”

H.R. 1353 (102nd): Entitled the “Taconic Mountains Protection Act of 1991.”

H.J.Res. 129 (104th): Granting the consent of Congress to the Vermont-New Hampshire Interstate Public Water Supply Compact.

H.R. 5245 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Marble Street in Fair Haven, Vermont, as the “Matthew Lyon Post Office Building.”

S. 893 (113th): Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013.

S. 2782 (113th): A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to improve the Federal charter for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

S. 885 (113th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the “Thaddeus Stevens Post Office.”

It has been reported that Sanders did run for political office while collecting unemployment benefits in 1974. I could find no evidence that he ever collected welfare.

Most recently Sanders drew fire for a book deal where he allegedly used campaign money to purchase 500,000 copies of a book that he wrote. Here’s the link From Forbes:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2019/04/12/how-bernie-sanders-the-socialist-senator-amassed-a-25-million-fortune/#42f0e94236bf

Also, here’s the link to FEC filings showing: Bernie spent $444,937.50 of his campaign dollars on his book “Our Revolution”.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Enough_Sanders_Spam/comments/bfsebt/bernie_spent_44493750_of_campaign_dollars_on_his/

Sanders’ book royalties included a $505,000 advance on his book “Where We Go From Here,” which was published in 2018, Newsweek reported.

This is why he has so much income even though this book sold only 26,000 copies.

The publisher figured that since his book “Our Revolution” was a bestseller, then his new book would be one also.   But “Our Revolution” was a bestseller only because he sold the books to himself, using money donated to his campaign.

Somehow all of this doesn’t seem quite kosher. But it does explain how Bernie got rich by running for president.

SUMMARY: By traditional evaluations Bernie Sanders is loser. He’s only a good talker that is enamored with failed socialism. His best ideas are just plagiarizer from Marx and Lenin.  He’s never really been anything except a far left ideologue, selling socialist snake oil to ill informed and gullible voters.   If he becomes the democratic nominee for president Trump will likely use Bernie’s lackluster track record to shred him into oblivion.

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24 Responses to Spotlight on Bernie Sanders

  1. Lone Star says:

    Always wondered who coined the phrase ……”Do as I say , not as I do”

    Once more, Ol’ Bern is a runnin’ ’em around the barn.

    • Post Scripts says:

      Sander’s chances of winning are of course slim to none, but the mere fact that this commie lovin, capitalist hatin pig was able to talk his way to the top of the ticket is alarming. What does that say about the voters of this country? The voters that support Bernie have generally been voting the least amount of time. They are underinformed, young adults and new American-Hispanics. However, the far left wing of Black voters support Bernie because it’s all about what America can do for them! This is how they have been raised in the dem camp. It’s about getting stuff without having to work for it (wealth transfer). This is corrupt institutional welfare created by dems. Dems have done this blacks for generations. The blacks have been exploited and duped by the democrats who have deliberately kept them down for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully this insidious practice of what dems have done and are doing to Black (and Hispanic) voters is becoming more clear. As these abused voters mature into informed and responsible voters the first thing they do is leave the DNC to vote GOP, independent, libertarian or some other form conservative base. To their credit this is despite the temptations the dems offer.

  2. Harold says:

    Comrade Bernie (are you feeling the Bern?)

    At the Democrat debate, Bernie Sanders said that he wanted the federal minimum wage raised to $15/hr.

    $15 x 40 hr week = $600
    $600 x 52 weeks per year = $31,200

    Bernie Sanders was asked how he would pay for free healthcare for all. His answer was a 52% federal tax on anybody making over $29,000 per year.

    52% of $31,200 = $16,224 in federal tax
    $31,200 – $16,224 = $14,976, or your net after paying federal tax.
    $14,976 / 52 weeks = $288 per week
    $288 / 40 hr week = $7.20/hr

    Of course, there are also excise taxes, state taxes, and other misc. taxes that we all pay so the take home post-tax would actually be smaller than that.

    • Post Scripts says:

      Yeah, good post Harold! The definition of a commie is someone who has nothing and wants to share it all with you.

      • Chris says:

        It is not a good post, Jack. It is a lie that has been fact-checked all over the Internet for the past week. How could you have missed that? Bernie did not suggest raising taxes to 52% on incomes over $29,000.

        https://www.factcheck.org/2020/02/sanders-didnt-call-for-52-tax-on-29000-incomes/

        You just called Bernie voters ignorant and uninformed right before falling for obvious fake news. Shouldn’t that make you concerned about where you and your commenters are getting your facts from?

        • Post Scripts says:

          Chris, comments are a class unto themselves and readers know comments are just comments, absent supporting data. I’m no more responsible for what people write in comments than I am for what you write. We are each responsible for our comments and if you disagree with someone, then let them know. But, that’s not my job.

          • Chris says:

            Then hold people responsible. When they lie, call them out for it—even if the lie is against someone you dislike. Don’t compliment them on the lie!

          • Post Scripts says:

            Chris I could have said something snarky, but instead I will let it go with this one thought, Why drive yourself crazy trying to impose perfection on others? Why not focus on issues of important to us all? It would be time better spent in my humble opinion.

          • Chris says:

            Asking that people not post fake news from peddlers like Charlie Kirk is not demanding “perfection.” And fake news is an issue that should be important to us all. I brought up a story I fell for the other day and took responsibility for it. I never even posted that story here. I do not see anyone else here take responsibility when they post fake news and this is far from the only time this has happened here.

  3. Harold says:

    Now the above post was just for fun, although it is traveling the net.

    So far Sanders has only suggested a tax increase, but not in the 52% range (at least not yet 🙂 and not for those making over 29,000. a year.

    And those increases don’t seem to affect the comfortable amount he has amassed for himself.

    • Chris says:

      Thank you for correcting the fake news you posted, but I’m not sure what you mean when you say it was “just for fun.” A lot of people fell for this lie and nothing about it indicates it’s satirical. How is spreading lies fun?

  4. RHT447 says:

    “Is Sanders a loser, a phony, a fraud, who has never done much with his life except talk? “–Yes

    Bernie is first, last, and always for Bernie. He believes in nothing–with the possible exception of his own BS. He would pound the podium in favor of last week’s stale cow manure if he thought there was something in it for him.

    “He’s never really been anything except a far left ideologue, selling socialist snake oil to ill informed and gullible voters.” Yes! He is a master snake oil salesman who uses his two favorite sins, greed and envy, to fan emotional flames of any other loser who will listen to him.

    I have no doubt that when he was in the Soviet Union, he was quickly spotted as a “useful idiot” to be cultivated and deployed. And yes, the fact that he garners enough votes to even be on the ticket is what is really scary.

    • Chris says:

      “He believes in nothing”

      “He’s a far-left ideologue”

      You realize these two claims are mutually exclusive, right?

      I am angry that you guys are making me defend Bernie, but when your arguments are this incredible I have to say something.

  5. Harold says:

    oops, should read “under $29000.00”

    Sanders is not only a threat to the Dem’s, (although I heard Pelosi said she could deal with it if Sanders won….. LOL) he is a threat to American values.

    As Jack has pointed out, the Dem’s have raised a crop of voters who fully believe they are entitled to what someone else has earned.

    This country wasn’t built by entitlement oriented people living off the backs of tax payers, but it surely could be destroyed by them.

  6. Peggy says:

    Looks like the Dem’s candidate for president won’t even be a Democrat. Says a lot about what a mess that party is in.

    A couple of years ago Bernie wanted a $15 min. wage and a closed border, now he wants an open border too. Can’t have both, but it will buy him more votes on a promise he has no way of keeping.

    • Chris says:

      Trump was a Democrat for most of his life and he became the Republican nominee for president with no government or military experience. What does that say about the Republican Party?

      • Post Scripts says:

        It is saying that voters in general are unhappy with professional politicians and they would sooner take a chance on an outsider than a bureaucrat for life.

      • Peggy says:

        Trump was a democrat before the party became full of progressives and now on the verge of electing a Marxist for president.

        Reagan was a democrat too and said he left because the party left him. Common occurrence these days.

        • J soden says:

          Well said, Peggy. And 100% correct!

        • Chris says:

          “these days”

          Reagan was a Democrat until 1962. Trump was a Democrat until 2009. Unless you consider a 47-year window “these days,” your argument is not even internally consistent.

          • Peggy says:

            “these days” I wasn’t referring to Trump. I was talking about the hundreds of thousands who have left the democrat party since 2016.

            ‘It Just Exploded’: #WalkAway Movement Grows as Former Democrats Leave Party:

            “Straka says the movement is growing rapidly by the day.

            “At this point, we have hundreds of thousands of people who have joined this movement and tens of thousands of video and written testimonials from people who just feel that the Democratic Party has become too extreme, has become too hateful, too divisive, and they don’t want it anymore,” he explained.

            Ahead of 2020, Straka says he and his team are getting out on the road.

            “We do the black Americans town hall, Hispanic Americans, Jewish Americans, LGBT Americans. We’re talking to groups that are typically voting Democrat in large blocks and saying, listen, you have a choice.”

            Straka says their goal is not to make all of these people Republicans but to encourage them to step back and consider why they vote the way they do. ”

            https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/october/it-just-exploded-walkaway-movement-grows-as-former-democrats-leave-party-nbsp

          • Peggy says:

            correction – “tens of thousands”

  7. Harold says:

    America indeed is an exceptional nation, but not just because of what it has achieved or accomplished. America is exceptional because it was founded on one of the most unique and revolutionary documents in human history, the Declaration of Independence. America is fundamentally dedicated to the principles of human liberty, grounded on the immortal words:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    And yet, Millennial in general are willing to support a socialists such as Sanders,

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