Is Bernie Sanders the good guy that some folks think that he is? Mr. Thiessen suggsts that you stop and think about this.

Bernie Sanders runs up against socialist reality

BY MARC A. THIESSEN Washington Post Writers Group


Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proudly announced this year that his presidential campaign would be the first in history to have a unionized workforce. Well, he just became the first presidential candidate in history to face a labor revolt from his unionized workforce.

According to The Washington Post, the Sanders campaign workers union, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400, complained that field organizers are “making poverty wages” and that “many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially.” Because field organizers are working 60 hours a week, according to the union, their annual salary of $36,000 works out to $13 an hour – well below the $15-an-hour federal minimum wage Sanders has called for.

It gets worse. When the Sanders campaign offered to raise salaries to that level, the union rejected the offer. Why? Because, The Post reports, “the raise would have elevated field staff to a pay level responsible for paying more of their own healthcare costs.” It turns out that Sanders pays only 85% of health-care premiums for campaign staff making more than $36,000 – despite campaigning on a promise of free health care for all with “no premiums, no deductibles, no co-payments, no out-of-pocket expenses.”

So, what was Sanders’ solution? First, he cut the hours of his field staffers from 60 to about 43 a week – which meant the campaign could say it was paying $15 an hour without actually increasing field organizers’ pay. Then on Monday, his campaign finally gave in and agreed to raise salaries to $42,000, preserve full health premium coverage and limit workers’ hours to 50 per week.

During the dispute, Sanders’s campaign defended its policies, declaring, “We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns.” Well, McDonald’s offers wages competitive with other fast-food chains, but that has not been good enough for Sanders. He has marched with McDonald’s workers, and attended Walmart shareholder meetings, to demand they be more generous with their workforces.

Now the union has forced Sanders to capitulate on wages and health care. But why stop there? If union organizers really want to hold Sanders to his own standards, then a $15 minimum wage and premium-free health care should be only the beginning.

Sanders has promised to cover the cost of prescription drugs and make sure “no one in America pays over $200 a year for the medicine they need.” He has promised to pay for “universal child care and pre-kindergarten.” He has promised free college, because “you are not truly free when the vast majority of good-paying jobs require a degree that requires taking out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt to obtain.” He has promised to “free generations of Americans from the outrageous burden of student loans by canceling all existing student debt.”

Is he setting an example by providing all these benefits to workers on his campaign? Of course not.

Because if he did, his campaign would quickly run out of cash. Ah, but there’s the rub. As former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher famously put it, “the trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

A political campaign literally runs on other people’s money. It is bare-bones operation, in which staffers choose to work ridiculous hours for low pay, and rely on donations from supporters to get the candidate’s message out. In Sanders’s case, the majority of his donations come from small donors — ordinary Americans who are sacrificing their hard-earned money to help get him elected, not to fund social welfare for political operatives.

We should all be grateful to the UFCW Local 400 for pulling more Sanders campaign money off the airwaves and into the pockets of Sanders’ field workers, while limiting the hours they can work to spread his socialist message. They’ve done the country a great service.

  1. On July 29, 2019 at 4:05 pm,
    b says:

    I hope people vote for Tulsi.

    She wont get in tho, she is too anti war.

    Be nice if she won the 50 million law suit.

  2. On July 29, 2019 at 7:25 pm,
    cfs says:

    The problem with socialism is that it depends on control.
    Control is power, and too many socialists in power are corrupt or corrupted.

  3. On July 29, 2019 at 7:54 pm,
    cfs says:

    2 more days to the start of release of Declassified Documents.
    August is going to be a revealing month.

    • On July 29, 2019 at 8:12 pm,
      cfs says:

      Baltimore received $1.8 BILLION from Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

      How much do you think Cumming’s wife got paid in a sinecure position managing an office?

  4. On July 29, 2019 at 8:09 pm,
    cfs says:
  5. On July 30, 2019 at 8:43 am,
    Ebolan says:

    Boys! Interesting Schiff. He even takes questions and someone asked him if he was wearing pants! And he said no! (Wearing a swimsuit.) Did you boys ever read his father’s books?

    • On July 30, 2019 at 8:44 am,
      Ebolan says:

      Inflation vs deflation vs both…

      • On July 30, 2019 at 8:45 am,
        Ebolan says:

        Good old Boskin Commission…what a bunch of crooks…designed to rob you blind…what gooberment does best.

    • On July 30, 2019 at 9:39 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      Didn’t read his father’s book,…..but, I understand he hated the IRS…..

      • On July 30, 2019 at 10:57 am,
        Ebolan says:

        The IRS killed him.

        • On July 31, 2019 at 6:06 am,
          OOTB Jerry says:

          Yes, I remember reading or seeing the tape……..concerning when he was in the hospital…

          • On July 31, 2019 at 8:07 am,
            Ebolan says:

            They chained him to the bed.

          • On July 31, 2019 at 8:08 am,
            Ebolan says:

            While he was dying of lung cancer…your tax dollars at work.

  6. On July 31, 2019 at 3:36 pm,
    james says:

    Still looking TV ! ALL diss is controled demolion of western world ! To put us in a Internet electronic Money concetration cape ! You DEAD !