Politico Takes a Shot at Bernie

GURPS

INGSOC
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The Secret of Bernie’s Millions

Based on a deeper examination of his financial disclosures, tax returns, property records in Washington and Vermont, and scarcely leafed-through scraps of his financial papers housed at the University of Vermont, Sanders’ current financial portrait is not only some stroke-of-luck windfall, it’s also the product (with the help of his wife) of decades of planning. The upward trajectory from that jalopy of his to his relative riches now—as off-brand as it is for a man who once said he had “no great desire to be rich”—is the product of years of middle-class striving, replete with credit card debt, real estate upgrades and an array of investment funds and retirement accounts.

As an immigrant’s son who started close to the bottom and has ended up near to the top, Sanders has a narrative arc that would form the backbone of the campaign story of almost any other candidate. But it’s more complicated for him. There’s never been anybody like Sanders in the modern political history of this country—somebody who made a career out of haranguing millionaires … and who is now a millionaire himself. There is no set strategy for how to run for president as a democratic socialist with an expensive lakefront summer house. Americans generally don’t begrudge millionaires their millions—and, as Donald Trump has confirmed, the aura of wealth can serve as a useful means of self-promotion—but what to make of Sanders’ apparently conflicting narratives?

“He became the very thing he criticized others for becoming and at the same time didn’t fix any of the problems he’s been railing about that got him to this point,” Boston-based Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marshtold me.

“He almost at times sounds like he thinks it’s inherently evil to be well-off,” veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said in an interview.



https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/05/24/bernie-sanders-millionaires-226982
 

Yooper

Bag the stock, not the barrel
PREMO Member
There is no set strategy for how to run for president as a democratic socialist with an expensive lakefront summer house.“
Sure there is. Call it a dacha and say that it's being held (and used) in the name of the people of Vermont.

He almost at times sounds like he thinks it’s inherently evil to be well-off,” veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said in an interview.
Why is Mr. Shrum flummoxed? Bernie's no different than any of the other Dem announced candidates. In which case, Mr. Shrum probably won't be a Dem strategist much longer....

Unless, of course, Dems don't believe their own campaign rhetoric.

Nah, it's the former.

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Hijinx

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Bernie doesn't feel it is inherently evil to be well off. he only feels that it is inherently evil in others.
 
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