An entertainer worth a few hundred million dollars inadvertently offers a teachable moment while singing the praises of Bernie Sanders:
Someone could call me a liberal, and I’d say, “Thank you.” Someone could call me a socialist, and I’d say, “I wish I was a socialist.” I should get a shirt that says, “Tax me! Tax the fuck out of me!” … That in the richest and the most powerful country in the world we can’t house our own people and we can’t take care of people who have fallen through the cracks and that we don’t have a safety net to look after each other is fucking astounding.
The Treasury Department accepts unconditional “Gifts to the U.S. Government”. Anyone who wants to pay more in taxes may do so.
For someone who enjoys a net worth orders of magnitude greater than that of the median American household to 1) laud the idea of increasing the individual tax burden, 2) refuse to voluntarily increase his own tax burden, and 3) then voice support for using the power of the state to force people at gunpoint who make far less money than he does to do what he refuses to freely do on his own is one hell of a shameless two step.
Parenthetically, that this dated post appears to come out of left field is a consequence of my having forgotten to post it after drafting it four years ago.