Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show recently discussed..
Bernie Sanders says he hates the influence of money in politics. But recent stories from two major media outlets paint a different story.
Forbes.com notes that “Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has promised voters a lot of free stuff if he is elected president. He has proposals to make public colleges free for all students, raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour, and nationalize health insurance by putting everyone on Medicare. Of course, free government handouts are not free, and Sen. Sanders provides details of an enormous array of taxes that he will raise in order to pay for all this ‘free” stuff.” Of course, the “rich” will be the ones paying for these (and other) “free” programs. However, there is another danger that Price discusses in this commentary. That is Sanders using government money to buy votes.
Let’s face it though, this kind of “vote buying” is not unique to Sanders. Although he has done it on a much larger scale than any serious candidate for the White House in history. Another, even darker example of influence peddling, which was demonstrated by the candidate was covered by the New York Times, which recently wrote:
“Last April, just as the 2020 presidential campaign was getting underway, Senator Bernie Sanders trumpeted a breakthrough in his campaign’s quest for black voters’ support in South Carolina.
“Mr. Sanders was honored to have been endorsed for the Democratic nomination by seven black members of the South Carolina legislature, he announced in a tweet.
“One of the lawmakers, records show, owned a company that was already being paid by the Sanders campaign. Another would soon be added to the payroll as a vendor.
“By the end of 2019, consulting companies operated by the two lawmakers, Representative Wendell Gilliard of Charleston and Representative Terry Alexander of Florence, had collected a combined total of almost $150,000 from Mr. Sanders’s presidential effort, according to federal campaign records.”
Sanders says he hates the influence of money on politics, yet he is guilty of some of the most nefarious aspects of it.
Kevin Price is Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business show, a multi-award winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of several books. He has written for major national media (including Huffington Post) and has been a frequent guest on major media (including Fox Business). Learn more about him at PriceofBusiness.com.
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