‘Champagne Socialism Pays Off’

‘Champagne socialism pays off as Sanders buy a third home’


“As his campaign for President gathered steam, Sen. Bernie Sanders went on ‘CNBC’ and challenged the business news network’s audience.

“You can’t just continue growth for the sake of growth in a world in which we are struggling with climate change and all kinds of environmental problems. All right?” he said. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country. I don’t think the media appreciates the kind of stress that ordinary Americans are working on.”

“What a surprise, then, to learn last week that the Bern and his wife, Jane, have determined that what they need is a third piece of residential real estate.

“To go with places they already own in Washington and their hometown of Burlington, Vermont, the Sanders family has purchased a vacation home on an island in Lake Champlain. Price: $575,000, nearly triple the average cost of a house in the Green Mountain State.

“Gotcha! cried a chorus of hypocrisy-spotters — including not only the Bern’s usual critics on the Right but also a few disappointed ‘democratic socialists’.

“No argument here: As a slogan for the political revolution, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need for lakefront property” doesn’t really cut it.

“To be sure, as limousine liberals go, the Sanders hardly represent a flagrant case. They’re far less wealthy than — to pick a well-heeled Lefty pretty much at random — Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker from California, whose reported fortune tops $74 million. Nor have they cashed in on their political careers with the zeal of a Bill or Hillary Clinton.

“If anyone profited from Sanders for President, it was the political consultants, who billed the campaign (and, by extension, its small-donor network) millions of dollars for TV commercials — which trashed millionaires and billionaires, and marketed the Bern like a brand of underarm spray.

“Bernie may be a dreamer, but Jane Sanders is an astute negotiator who exited her seven-year stint as President of tiny Burlington College with $200,000 severance in 2011, notwithstanding the declining enrollment and mounting debt that marked her tenure

“Theirs is…the garden-variety acquisitiveness of the upper middle class, fostered by government through deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes, both of which benefited the Sanderses, according to their 2014 income tax return (the only one they’ve released).


“If even people as dedicated to equality and ‘social justice’ {Socialism} as Bernie and Jane Sanders – and with as much to lose by appearing not to be – can succumb to material desire, that suggests it’s a hard-wired aspect of human nature, not a uniquely capitalist evil.

Accordingly, it’s a myth to imply, as Sanders so often does, that the engine of capitalism is corporate greed – as opposed to the widespread, and perfectly natural, human desire for more, better, different.

“Capitalism channels those impulses to productive ends. The result has been immense economic growth, the fruits of which have helped the United States to clean up its environment and feed its children, contrary to Sanders’s outburst on CNBC.

“Still, he prefers socialism, which, even in a “democratic” variant, posits that there are appropriate targets for both production and distribution, and that government can enact them.

“As history shows, this notion has its pluses and its minuses, but surely one of the latter is the difficulty of objectively differentiating between acceptable greed and the other kind.

One person’s hope for a place in the islands could be another person’s “worship of money”, to borrow a phrase from Sanders’s declaration of democratic socialist principles in November. It’s intrinsically perilous to endow government officials, even elected ones, with discretion over such questions.

“Here’s a thought for Sanders to ponder, as he settles into his Adirondack chair. There’s plenty to dislike about the status quo in the United States. But it did guarantee him a right to the share of resources he considered affordable and justified, no matter whose high-minded principles that might contradict even his own.”

–‘Champagne socialism pays off for the Bern as Sanders buy a third home’,
Charles Lane, Bloomberg View, August 18, 2016



“…we love capitalism here. We believe people should be able to purchase whatever it is they want with their own money. A castle, a shack, a new BMW, or a lake house. Okay? Okay.

“Problem here is Bernie Sanders is the same guy who has denounced free market capitalism whenever he could, while asking for donations from his fawning socialist pawns. Socialist pawns who hate people who have things like multiple homes. Funding he used to continue fighting the “rich one percent.” That guy, that same hero of the free-college-for-all, just plunked down a cool $600k. For his third opulent home. Irony, thy name is Sanders…

“Also, if you voted for Bernie Sanders thinking he was a soft, warm, caring little socialist love bunny, do yourself a favor. Walk into the bathroom. Stare at yourself in the mirror. Repeat these words:

“I am a gullible, thoughtless, cotten-headed ninnymuggin. Next time I’ll use critical thinking skills, not feelings, to choose a candidate.”

“Then slap yourself. Once for each cheek. It’ll help reinforce math skills (in Algebra, do unto one side as you do unto the other, after all). Plus equality. Pro-tip? Maybe do a little research into this capitalism thing, since even your hero Sanders seems down for it. When it’s his own money…”

–‘Bernie Ends His Socialist Campaign… By Buying Expensive Third House!’
AUGUST 10 2016



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One Response to “‘Champagne Socialism Pays Off’”

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