Elder Patriot| In a piece titled, Lifestyles of the rich and socialist: Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions, Adam Shaw laws out just how big of a hypocrite the Vermont senator actually is.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., entered the 2020 presidential race this week promising to transform America with a left-wing vision of economic and environmental justice. But the self-described democratic socialist’s high-end income, multiple houses and fondness for air travel have already opened him up to criticism that his lifestyle doesn’t always match the rhetoric.
Sanders wants you to believe he is a grassroots economic populist. In practice, he’s a rhetoric spewing millionaire with a different pitch. The result is the same – more power and money for him and less for you.
Bernie has lived the American dream for his entire life having barely any working experience before running for office. He has amassed significant wealth and his spending habits are far different from yours or mine.
The senator owns three houses. He bought the last one, a $575,000 four-bedroom lake-front home, in 2016 after selling out his supporters and allegedly accepting money to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Sanders also owns a row house in Washington D.C., as well as a house in Burlington, Vermont.
He owns three homes and yet he’s fostering class warfare:
How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can't have it all.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 21, 2017
Sanders income sets him above the average American family and their $60,000 median income. Sanders earnings exceeded $1,000,000 in both 2016 and 2017 according to reports.
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said of Sanders, “That’s why they are called limousine liberals.” … “You have enough money. You can imagine spending other people’s money as well.”
In October, he spent nearly $300,000 on air travel so he could speak to audiences in nine battleground states before the November midterms. This from a candidate who has endorsed a Green New Deal that seeks to dramatically reduce (if not eliminate entirely) air travel.
The same day his campaign paid the jet company, Sanders called climate change a “planetary crisis” in a tweet.
Climate change is a planetary crisis. Our task is clear. We must take on the fossil fuel industry that's largely responsible for global emissions and accelerate our transition toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources. https://t.co/661WsIZJYt
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 10, 2018
Then there’s Bernie’s wife, Jane who reportedly used her influential husband to secure a loan that she never repaid. She allegedly lied on the application.
Jane O’Meara Sanders allegedly used her position as the President of Burlington College to defraud the bank out of $6.5 million. Sound like a strategy straight out of Nicolas Maduro’s socialist playbook.
Speaking of Venezuela, in 2011 Sanders pointed to the South American country as being the dream economic system. At the time Venezuela, which had been the richest country in South America, was transitioning to socialism. From Sanders’ official U.S. Senate website:
“These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?”
Fast forward less than eight years later and we have this report from CNBC:
Political tensions in Venezuela are reaching boiling point, with the poverty-stricken nation in the midst of the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory.
Still, Bernie Sanders continues seducing Americans by promising free stuff. Venezuelans have learned that Socialism provides free stuff until it provides no stuff. The average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds due to food shortages, according to one report.