Red badge of idiocy
Yesterday I posted portions of Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Party of America’s platform, in which the lunacy of his ideas are made clear, but I’m still thinking about it, particularly their demand that total income for individuals be capped at 10X the national average: that would be $300,000 (Minimum is $15 an hour, 30-hour workweek but paid at 40, so 2,000 hrs. X $15 = $30,000).
The preamble to the party states:
THE SOCIALIST PARTY strives to establish a radical democracy that places people’s lives under their own control – a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society… where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies, cooperatives, or other collective groups.; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; … [emphasis added]
That’s all very nice, if Venezuela or Cuba is your cup of tea, and many in Hollywood give lip service to the notion that it is, but wouldn’t it gall them just a wee bit if all their income above $300,000 were confiscated and redistributed to those people who, say, choose not to work?
Sanders supporter Will Ferell made $96 million in 2015. Imagine the good use to which the country can put an extra $95,700,000! Danny DeVito, who earned $46 million in 2013, supports Barry, as does Jackson Brown “The Highest Paid Musician in the World”, according to Peoples, who last year pulled in $96 million, tied with his friend Will. Here’s a list of “Artists for Bernie” – assuming folks like David Crosby haven’t stuffed all their wealth up their noses, there’s a tidy sum to be seized out west.
So can Bernie really balance his books by taking all these individuals’ money? Nah, they only have billions, he’ll need trillions, but wouldn’t it be fun to listen while they burn?
And I’d love to hear Jackson Brown’s reaction when a democratic people’s committee tells him what songs to write and perform.
UPDATE: I should have known. I was wondering where that $300,000 salary cap came from; I mean, how’d they decide on that specific figure and not, say, $235,000, or $427,312.012? Then I looked up Harvard’s professors’ pay, and bingo! Average salary, $274,005. Guess they wanted to leave themselves a little room in case they wanted to buy another Prius.