Bernie Sanders submitted his 2016 Financial Disclosure last week as is required by law. It should be noted that he missed the deadline to do so for the third time during his time as a Senator. It is now clear why. Bernie Sanders made over one million dollars last year. He stated that he made $1,052,000.
Using the well accepted forty hours, five-day work week that calculates to approximately $510 an hour.
Welcome to the 1%, Senator! In fact, Bernie made THREE TIMES what the average “1%er” made.
Now, I want to be clear: I do not begrudge his wealth. Not one bit. He earned every penny. He should embrace, celebrate and enjoy his wealth. But he won’t. This is a guy who has built his entire political career on selling Socialism and demonizing the “millionaires and billionaires” responsible for “income inequality.”
And now he’s one of them.
The favorite Senator of the “Resist,” Antifa Millennials doesn’t just fall into the category of the wealthy class, he also pays less federal taxes than folks in the working and middle classes like me. As a self-employed independent contractor, my payroll taxes alone are higher than the “Socialist” Senator paid in his TOTAL federal taxes. He paid a paltry 13.5% in federal taxes in 2014 due to being able to take advantage of the generous itemization of real estate interest charges on his multiple homes.
Well, sorry, Bernie, you don’t get to wax on and vilify the “one-percent” any longer when you make over a million dollars a year and pay less in federal taxes than some average Joe like me pulling down just 50K a year. You just don’t.
Accept, rejoice in, and appreciate your wealth or shut the hell up about other hard-working people’s riches.