Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) did an interview on CBS on Friday and he told some huge whoppers on which he didn’t get challenged.
First the CBS host asked him about socialism, saying he, the reporter, knew that there was a difference between Democratic socialism and socialism. Yeah, there is, Democratic socialism is when you’re trying to make a bad idea sound better in order to be able to sell it, that’s the difference.
But the host asked Sanders why he held onto the label, socialist, when it seemed to give people the ability to bash him?
That’s when Sanders told one huge whopper.
.@BernieSanders on whether his “socialism” label will hurt in a general election:
“We’re living right now under Donald Trump in a socialist society. The only difference is, does the government work for working people or does it work for billionaires?" pic.twitter.com/gs6Gi7WWIi
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 14, 2020
“Let me just tell you something, in my view, to a significant degree, we’re living right now under Donald Trump in a socialist society. The only difference is, does the government work for working people or does it work for billionaires? Donald Trump before he became president, was in real estate. He received $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies from the government. Socialism for the rich. The fossil fuel industry receives tens of billions of dollars per year in subsidies and tax breaks. Socialism for the rich.”
The reporter continued to press if the label was confusing people, to which Sanders said that he won the popular vote in Iowa and the primary in New Hampshire. “Working people understand that we have got to finically stand up to the corporate elite. And that we have to have a mass political movement of working people and low income people and young people to do that. I’m not worried about labels.”
This is often the argument socialists make to smooth over anxiety of socialism, suggesting we’re there already along the path. No, tax breaks aren’t socialism, you actually have to work and make money to earn the tax breaks. That’s not owning/controlling the means of production, more the definition of socialism and redistributing wealth.
Indeed, it’s perhaps the least socialist time in memory under President Donald Trump, where the economy had been largely freed to work to help raise all boats.
But Sanders’ minions will believe this kind of bilge, because many don’t have the understanding of life or history to know they’re being sold a bill of goods. They don’t know in large part the evils of socialism because they’ve been sold a story about it in college, how it’s just about caring more about people than those evil Republicans or basic Democrats.