While Bernie is not my first choice for 2020, I won’t sit back at this typically unfair cheap shot. If you disagree with the rules of the game, you speak out and try to change them, but until the change is made you play by the rules as they are.
Let’s say you’re an old school baseball traditionalist who hates the designated hitter rule. You campaign to repeal the American League designated hitter rule. Then you get a job managing in the American League. Would you make your hitter pitch? No. You play by the rules as they are. And it is not hypocritical to play the game by the rules as they are while campaigning to change them, not just for yourself, but for everyone in the game.
Same thing applies for Warren Buffett, the most successful investment capitalist of all time (demonized by CONservatives for having the NERVE to want to open up opportunity for everyone else) points out that the system needs to be reformed because his investment income (capital gains) is taxed at a lower rate than his secretary’s employee income.
Sure, Buffett could voluntarily pay more as an individual, but that isn’t the point. He wants SYSTEMIC reform that applies to everyone. Same for millionaire Bernie.
Does Steve Kelley not understand this or is he just jealous that Bernie made the system work better than he did. Class envy is such an ugly thing.