Yes, I know that he already had said that he was running for the presidential nomination but in the strange way that American elections are run and dragged out for so long, it makes sense to get the most publicity by first saying you are interested in running, then setting up exploratory committees, then letting it be known that you are definitely running, and then formally kicking off the campaign. In Sander’s case, that last step will be taken today at 5:00 pm in his home town of Burlington, Vermont, where he was first elected to office as mayor.
As part of the run-up to today’s announcement, he was interviewed on CNBC and he sounded his familiar themes, saying that it is wrong that “Ninety-nine percent of all new income generated today goes to the top 1 percent” and that the “Top one-tenth of 1 percent owns as much as wealth as the bottom 90 percent.”
He says that what we need is an increase in the marginal tax rates. The interviewer says asks him to comment on the statements by some people in the corporate world and Wall Street that his progressive Democratic agenda is similar to Hitler’s Germany hunting down the Jews. Sanders’ response?
It’s sick. And I think these people are so greedy, they’re so out of touch with reality, that they can come up and say that. They think they own the world.
What a disgusting remark. I’m sorry to have to tell them, they live in the United States, they benefit from the United States, we have kids who are hungry in this country. We have people who are working two, three, four jobs, who can’t send their kids to college. You know what? Sorry, you’re all going to have to pay your fair share of taxes. If my memory is correct, when radical socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the highest marginal tax rate was something like 90 percent.