Sanders Dodges, Will Not Disavow Prior Comment on Capping Wages | Eastern North Carolina Now

Publisher's note: This informational nugget was sent to me by Ben Shapiro, who represents the Daily Wire, and since this is one of the most topical news events, it should be published on BCN.

The author of this post is Frank Camp.

    On Sunday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper.

    During the segment, Tapper asked Sanders about a 1974 comment in which the senator reportedly advocated for a wage cap.

  • TAPPER: Our investigative Kfile team found that early in your political career, way back in 1974, you said that it should be illegal to earn more money than someone could spend in his or her lifetime. You proposed a maximum wage cap on the highest earners.
  • SANDERS: What year was that?
  • TAPPER: It was 45 years ago.
  • SANDERS: Jake, in all due respect, [that was] seven years before I was [elected]. Did you go back to my third-grade essay when I was in P.S. 197 about what I said?
  • TAPPER: You were a grown man in your 30s.
  • SANDERS: Yeah, but that was 50 years ago. Let's talk about my mayor's record where I was a transformative mayor, re-elected three times. You know, we can go back to things that I said in the 70s. I don't think it's productive. I've been a senator for 14 years, a congressman for 16 years - but here's the bottom line. This is what I do believe. When you have three people who own more wealth than the bottom half of America; when half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck; when 500,000 Americans are sleeping out in the street, yes, the rich have gotta pay, and the large corporations have gotta pay their fair share of taxes. We will raise taxes vary substantially on billionaires. No apologies for that.
  • TAPPER: But you do not favor a wage cap as you once proposed? That's the only question.
  • SANDERS: 50 years ago, mmm. Look, what I just said is when you have massive levels of income and wealth inequality - by the way, in the last three years under Trump, the billionaire class has seen a hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars increase in their wealth. The average American worker has seen less than a 1% increase in real wages last year. All right, that's the issue that we've got to deal with right now. We need an economy that works for working people, not just for the billionaire class, which is what we have under Trump's economy.

    Just as Sanders did during a town hall with CNN's Chris Cuomo in April 2019, he refused to recant his former statement, and instead, pivoted the conversation to the alleged solutions for which he is currently advocating as a Democratic presidential candidate.

    Despite Tapper giving Sanders multiple chances to recant his prior statement pertaining to wage caps, the senator didn't take the opportunity.

    In the April 2019 town hall, the following eerily similar exchange took place:

  • CUOMO: You used to argue that you should have government control of the means of capitalism, energy companies, factories, banks -
  • SANDERS: When did I say that?
  • CUOMO: In the 70s.
  • SANDERS: Okay, right.
  • CUOMO: No, but hold on.
  • SANDERS: What did you say in the 70s?
  • CUOMO: Ga ga goo goo. What I'm saying is that you've changed.
  • SANDERS: Wait a minute. First [thought], he hears me criticizing media all the time and he gets nervous about it.
  • CUOMO: One of many things that makes me nervous.
  • SANDERS: I was a mayor of a city for eight years. Did I nationalized any of the industry in the city of Burlington, Vermont? I don't think so. Congressman for 16 years.
  • Look, I said what I said, and that is, I want to live in a nation in which all people in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world can have a decent standard of living. I'm not talking about everybody owning a big, fancy house or Cadillac or anything like that, but I think we can do what other nations in the world are already doing. The ideas that I'm advocating for you tonight, you know, they're not so radical. Health care as a right exists in virtually every other major country on Earth. Does anyone here know how much it costs to go to college in Germany? It's free.
  • I once was giving a speech, Chris, and I said that in Finland, college is free, and some guy jumped up, and said, "I'm from Finland. You're wrong. It's not free." ... He said they pay us to go to college. So, these ideas about guaranteeing economic rights to working people rather than seeing in New Hampshire and in Vermont, and all over this country, people working two or three jobs, for $8 or $9 an hour, living under great stress, not having time for their kids, marriages dissolving as a result. Yeah, that's what I believe. I believe in a nation in which we guarantee fundamental economic rights, basic necessities of life to all of our people.

    As The Daily Wire noted when reporting on the April 2019 town hall, Sanders has proposed several policies that would nationalize certain industries, or portions of industries, and rack up staggering costs, which would be paid for by the American taxpayer.

    Those policies include Medicare for All, which would cost an estimated $32 trillion over ten years, a Green New Deal, which could cost approximately $16.3 trillion, according to the Sanders campaign, student loan forgiveness, which would cost an estimated $1.6 trillion, and free tuition, which would cost at least $48 billion annually, according to Sanders' own website.

    Sanders even believes in public ownership of utilities.

    Despite a messy Iowa caucus, Sanders can claim a win, having come in a stunningly close second place with 26.1% and 12 delegates compared with rival Pete Buttigieg's 26.2% and 14 delegates.

    In New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Tuesday, Sanders leads Buttigieg 26.1% to 21.3%, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.
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