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In BernieWorld, keeping more of your money is theft

Your income doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to “The People”


Senator Bernie Sanders (I-North Korea) lives in a very weird world.

You see, in the normal world, most people understand that income belongs to people who earn it. So, when the government cuts taxes, you are merely getting to keep what is your property.

But not in BernieWorld. In that alternate reality, tax cuts are, well, I’ll let Senator Sanders explain:

Last night, trillions of dollars were stolen from the American people.

Well, I have news for @SenateMajLdr and @SpeakerRyan: You are not going to get away with it. #TaxScamBill.

In BernieWorld, income actually belongs to The People. And too much of that income must never go to the wrong—i.e., rich—people. If some politicians do give rich people more income, well, they are stealing from The People.

In the normal world, most people understand that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) are making a policy choice to cut taxes, something they have the power to do under the Constitution.

But in BernieWorld, they are criminals who deserve to be handcuffed and frog-marched.

In the normal world, most people realize that tax cuts make sense because income is best left with the people who earn it.

But in BernieWorld, it takes philosopher-kings like, well, Senator Sanders, to decide how best to distribute income to The People.

Finally, in the normal world, there is a joke that goes, what is the difference between a politician who raises your taxes and a thief who snatches your wallet? The thief doesn’t expect you to thank him for it.

Most people find it rather funny.

Except those in BernieWorld.

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David Hogberg

David Hogberg is a writer living in Maryland. He is author of the book, "Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians."