Do you care that Bernie Sanders is a millionaire? | The Tylt

Do you care that Bernie Sanders is a millionaire?

Bernie Sanders has released 10 years of tax returns as he continues his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination. According to the returns, Sanders, a Democratic Socialist who frequently rails against "millionaires and billionaires" in America, has recently found himself sharing that tax bracket. In 2016 and 2017, Sanders and his wife's income topped $1 million. Some say his wealth makes his stances hypocritical. Others say Sanders has worked for his money and should not be criticized. What do you think?

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The New York Times reports that some liberal groups were quick to criticize Sanders for his wealth.

The returns show that Mr. Sanders’s earnings shot up after his first presidential bid, when he built up a vast national following. He and his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, reported income that topped $1 million in 2016 and 2017, lifted by proceeds from his books.
...His income now puts him within the top 1 percent of taxpayers, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.
...More recently, Mr. Sanders has come under criticism for his expanding personal wealth. A post on the website ThinkProgress last week called Mr. Sanders’s millionaire status “very off-brand and embarrassing,” and a video suggested he had stopped referring to “millionaires” after he became one himself. The website is run by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the sister organization of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
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Sanders' supporters, including Ryan Cooper at "The Week," argue the candidate has not eschewed his personal values by garnering his wealth. Cooper writes that the reason so many candidates are scrutinized for their income is not due to the numerical value, but due to where the money is coming from. 

The only reason to worry about a candidate's income is insofar as it suggests they are either vulnerable to corruption, or have been corrupted. Sanders has made a lot of money, but he is certainly not on the take — and he will not hesitate to raise his own taxes if he gets a chance.
...What matters here is the method by which politicians and ex-politicians capitalize on that fame.
For instance, the usual buckraking speech tour of big Wall Street banks that ex-politicians routinely carry out is objectionable because of corruption. Do bankers really care about hearing some probably platitudinous 40-minute speech? No, they are paying for access to potential future senators and presidents, and to create the reward pathway of banker-friendly politicos getting plausibly-deniable bribes if they govern the way bankers want.
....And unlike President Trump, Sanders doesn't have some vast business empire. On the contrary, even with his book money he is still towards the bottom of the congressional net worth rankings, with wealth of about $1 million — a tiny fraction of Rep. Greg Gianforte's (R-Mont.) $136 million or Rep. Jared Polis' (D-Colo.) $122 million.
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Do you care that Bernie Sanders is a millionaire?
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A festive crown for the winner
#BernieIsAHypocrite