Word has come out that Bernie Sanders, America’s favorite socialist has purchased a home. According to Vermont newspaper Seven Days, Sanders is the proud owner of a $600,000 lakefront property in North Hero.
Now why is this so important? This isn’t Sanders’ only home, it’s his third.
Sanders has homes in both Burlington and Washinton, D.C. According to Money Nation, Sanders net worth, as of August 2015, was $528, 014. This is hardly man in hardship. The average net worth of an American of Sanders’ age, 74, is around $155,000. Sanders, while poor compared to other members of Congress, is very well-off for an American of his age.
All this would not be so bad for an average person. If you have earned sufficient money to afford a third home, never mind a $600,000 beachfront property on Lake Champlain, you’ve succeeded as few ever will. And if Sanders were average, it would not matter whether this was his 1st, 3rd or 8th home.
But Sanders is not an average man.
Bernard Sanders has spent the last year making his name as tribune of the oppressed, the champion of the 99% and the anti-Ron Paul. Like Ron Paul, he garnered huge support from many of the youth for his staunch principles of socialist redistribution. His policy prescriptions included massive tax increases upon those making more than $200K a year, a $15 an hour living wage, and free college tuition. Sanders has spent months denouncing the wealthy, the billionaires and businessmen whom he believes control our politics.
While Sanders is not entirely wrong on this, it’s bizarre for a man who hates accumulated wealth in the hands of businessmen to spend so much upon his own home. Even Bernie seemed to feel that his purchase of the home was in tension with his his image as a “man of the people.” While in North Hero, he visited a local restaurant and ordered sandwich named after him, “Feel the Bun.” Its description reads: “It’s not fair that the Billionaire Class controls 99 percent of the bread. Here’s a sandwich for the rest of us … to keep us nourished until everything cool is free!”
Sanders is a classic example of politicians’ hatred for businessmen. Businessmen make money by providing value. Politicians like Sanders can only expropriate and distribute wealth according to their own notions of justice and fairness. Men like Sanders do not create value; they steal it. They denounce the wealth and power of others, but love wealth and power for themselves.
The Senator from Vermont is, maybe predictably, being lit on fire by people on Twitter. They hate that he supports Hillary and now owns a large house. One Twitter feed cleverly used the latest Olympic meme of Michael Phelps scowling to castigate Sanders. Some are even accusing him of using campaign donations to enrich himself, though there is no evidence for this charge. Others, however, are trying to defend the Senator by arguing that his stand wasn’t against wealth, but how wealth rules politics.
True to his socialist ideas, Sanders is acting like every other socialist politician and enriching himself. Like the Bolsheviks, who lived well while Russians starved, or the socialists of China who dined on duck while their countrymen died in the millions, Sanders is following in their footsteps and placing self-interest ahead of principle.
Perhaps we’ll find out how Sanders, whose net worth is among the lowest in the Congress, paid for such a house. Maybe he “felt the Bern” of $600,000 of lose change in his pocket? Wouldn’t that be ironic.