Self avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, who is somehow running for president, has said some pretty strange things in his day.
He has called for a 100% tax of all income over $1 million.
He doesn’t understand the idea of collateral.
He thinks that most women fantasize about being gang raped.
He also finds really obscure things to be unacceptable.
His supporters, mostly millennials, don’t really care about that stuff.
Instead, they love to hear him go on tirades about “important issues” like climate change and Citizens United and he never fails to deliver on that.
He has managed to convince people that he is a political outsider even though he has been in Washington for over 20 years.
Bernie also talks a lot about fighting corruption, going up against the establishment, and representing the little guy.
Basically he claims he isn’t your typical politician.
Well, as it turns out, he is.
From Free Beacon:
Bernie Sanders and his wife have on numerous occasions steered money from organizations under their control to friends and family members, public records show.
The payments benefitted the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, his stepdaughter, and the son of a former colleague in city government whom Sanders has described as a close friend.
Following 16 years as a member of the House, Sanders was elected to the Senate in 2006. His political campaigns were an early vehicle for payments to his family members.
According to Jane O’Meara Sanders, the senator’s wife, Sanders’ House campaigns paid her more than $90,000 for consulting and ad placement services from 2002 to 2004. She pocketed about $30,000 of that money.
Her daughter Carina Driscoll, Sanders’ stepdaughter, also drew a salary from the campaign. She was paid more than $65,000 between 2000 and 2004, according to her mother.
After working for the campaign, the senator’s wife would come under scrutiny for expenditures at Burlington College, where she was hired as president in 2004. While she led the school, it paid six-figure sums to her daughter and the son of a family friend.
From 2009 through 2011, when O’Meara Sanders stepped down as president of the school, it paid the resort about $68,000, according to annual tax filings. The payments stopped the year after she left the position.
Her departure was a source of controversy. She reportedly overstated pledged contributions to the school in order to secure a loan from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. The diocese lost between $1.5 million and $2 million on the deal, according to local reports.
By that time, the school had paid huge sums to the Vermont Woodworking School, which is run by Driscoll. The college eventually paid the school more than $500,000 for classes at its Fairfax, Vt., campus, about 30 miles from Burlington.
So there you have it.
You are kidding yourself if you think Bernie survived as a politician for three decades without falling victim to the same nepotism and corruption that every other politician falls for.
If you believe in Bernie’s intellectually bankrupt economic policies that have been proven wrong time and time again over the last couple centuries then that’s your right.
But don’t for one second think that Bernie isn’t a typical Washington insider.
You will be thoroughly disappointed.