Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thou Shalt Not Steal Unless You Think It’s A Good Idea

Hide your wallets.  The quirky old avowed socialist and atheist Bernie Sanders spoke at Liberty University last Monday proselytizing his “vision” for America that includes a spending plan requiring an estimated $15T for a government-run (single payer), universal healthcare system.  Billions more would be spent on infrastructure, Social Security expansion and free tuition at public schoolstotaling $18T (matching our already obscene national debt).

Just seven years ago when The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer took office, total debt stood at $10.6 trillion, which means it now has increased by almost $8 trillion—roughly 70 percent—during his tenure as president.  Have we seen any results from the debt increase?  Why yes, yes we have.  His bundlers, like Solyndra, have been handsomely enriched. 

Getting back to Bernie, as he spoke to the Liberty students, he recalled Pope Francis’ remarks about the “idolatry of money” and the “need for financial reform along ethical lines…Money has to serve, not rule.”

Smitten by what he described as profound words from the Pontiff, Bernie went all biblical musing, “We are living in a nation and in a world, and the Bible speaks to this issue, in a nation and in a world which worships not love of brothers and sisters, not love of the poor and the sick, but worships the acquisition of money and great wealth.  I do not believe that is the country we should be living in.  Money and wealth should serve the people.  The people should not have to serve money and wealth.”

Sanders’ Policy Director, Warren Gunnels said, “The programs are so expensive because they would address an array of festering problems.  Sen. Sanders’ agenda does cost money.  If you look at the problems that are out there, it’s very reasonable.”

To pay for his plan, he will see to it that the government crushes you with stifling tax increases.  People who can afford to pay more will pay more, until they can't afford to pay more. People who pay less will see their world of services decrease until only basic services are available on demand. 

Hey Bernie, I’ve got a news flash for ya; conservatives give more money to charity than liberals.  Overall, the states in which people gave the highest percentage of their adjusted gross incomes were also states that voted for Romney, while states in which people gave the lowest percentage of their adjusted gross income went for Obama. The top 17 states for rate of giving all went for Romney.

According to a published report by The Washington Post, Bernie donated $8,350 to charity from the sale of a book whose contents were nothing more than a transcript of his nearly 9-hour filibuster on corporate greed and the decline of the middle class and an honorarium for an appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.  On his Vermont tax return, the ‘ol geezer donated a mind-numbing $150 divided between four causes:  at-risk children, endangered wildlife, military veterans and the environment.

U.S. Senators aren’t required to disclose their exact net worth, so the closest anyone can get to Bernie Sanders’ net worth is to dig through disclosure forms and do the math.

Figuring his lowest possible debt with his highest possible assets gives a net worth of as much as $769,002. Combining his average assets with average debts gives an average Bernie Sanders net worth of $528,014.

It was Margaret Thatcher who famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

“I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”Thomas Sowell

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