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Sanders 'Paid the Taxes I Owe,' Not Rate He Demands

Millionaire Bernie blasts the wealthy for not paying their "fair share."

Political Editors · Apr. 17, 2019

Nobody likes paying taxes, even the socialist and current front-running Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders appeared Monday on a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where host Bret Baier asked him why he personally filed taxes using the lower Republican tax rates that he had voted against. After all, Sanders regularly and repeatedly derides wealthy Americans for “not paying their fair share.” Sanders, the socialist that capitalism made a millionaire, clearly felt the burn of his hypocrisy being exposed. He responded smugly, “Pfft… Come on. … I am — I paid the taxes that I owe. … Why don’t you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?”

But that wasn’t the end of Sanders being challenged over his failure to live up to his own leftist “tax the wealthy” mantra. Baier’s cohost, Martha MacCallum, came back to the issue, asking Sanders if he would be willing to abide by his call for a 52% tax on the wealthy and voluntarily give it up to the government. Rejecting the notion, Sanders argued, “You can volunteer, too. … Martha, why don’t you give? You make more money than I do.” But MacCallum quickly countered, “I didn’t suggest a wealth tax.” And Baier astutely added, “And she’s not running for president.”

Like many politicians, Sanders talks a big game, while at the same time being unwilling to live by his own loudly proclaimed principles. This gross hypocrisy is especially true for proponents of big-government solutions — the snake-oil salesmen of the political world.

A final note: Sanders gave just 3% of his income to charity in 2017. Where Bernie really wants to be “generous” is with your money.

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