Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bernie's "Money Out of Politics" Scam In A Nutshell

By Chris Rossini
Bernie Sanders rails about "getting money out of politics" and, unfortunately, so many people have swallowed it hook, line and sinker. 

Let's take a look at what Bernie supposedly dislikes:
  • Corporations spot an opportunity to use government force to their advantage, and at the expense of everyone else. Government can possibly grant them that big contract or monopoly privilege.
  • Corporations would like to influence the outcome of governmentforce being used in their favor.
  • In order to influence the outcome, corporations give lots of money to politicians.
The answer to this problem is to reduce the powers of government. A government that wields extraordinary powers attracts bribes in the same way that a pot of honey attracts a sleuth of bears. Reduce the size of government, and the bribery must wane.

Sanders, of course, has no interest in reducing the size of government. He wants to expand it further! Not only will expanding the size of government increase the amount of bribery (as it must) but Bernie is swindling his supporters into believing that he's going to decrease the amount of bribery in government!

Talk about snake-oil!

Let's look at the facts on the ground:
  • Bernie Sanders has raised tens of millions of dollars for his "money out of politics" campaign. Just since New Hampshire, he's raised $7.1 million, and he used his speech at the end of the election to fundraise!
  • Bernie supporters spot an opportunity to use government force to their advantage, and at the expense of everyone else. Bernie will supposedly shower them with FREE healthcare, FREE college, FREE, FREE, FREE. It's like an infomercial.
  • Bernie supporters would like to influence the outcome of government force being used in their favor.
  • In order to influence the outcome, Bernie supporters give lots of money to Bernie Sanders.
Tens of millions of dollars to "get money out of politics".

Sanders is a true American politician.
The above originally appeared the The Ron Paul Liberty Report.


  1. In fairness to "corporations", you have to factor in THE VAST MAJORITY of corporate spending, at least by the little guys. That is DEFENSIVE spending to try and get those useless turds in Congress to call off their attack dogs in the bureaucracy. This mostly through trade associations. In other words, cough it up for the extortionists.

    1. Support Sanders? OyVey!

      Just as I've feared- Hillary Clinton will lose to Bernie and face Trump in November. Without some serious shenanigans by the DNC and GOP (moves that are already destroying each party from within) that is the scenario.

      Libertarians are terrified of Trump. He is the exact type of strongman authoritarian that ends up in history with one name- think Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Mussolini. Or FDR.

      In a challenge between Sanders and Trump, concessions for "special interests" must be made by both candidates. There is one significant and powerfully cohesive "special interest" bloc will listen to one man, implicitly trusting his word that these concessions will be explicitly incorporated into that candidate's campaign platform, and that "special interest" voting bloc can be counted on to let their fellow campaign champions know that the ONLY reason they are working for him is to advance these specific goals.

      If Ron Paul could get Sanders to pledge to do these 4 things-

      1- withdraw all US troops from foreign bases and shut them down. All of them. All CIA, NSA, mercenaries, etc. Let China, Russia, and the EU control their spheres, and trade peacefully with all.

      2- order the Justice Department to dismantle the NSA, CIA and DHS. Any constitutional activities they currently undertake would become part of the DOJ, and open to review. No more black sites, mass spying, renditions and "off the books" coups. Ending all government aid to all foreign countries would be nice.

      3- end all corporate welfare. If you make more than $1M/yr from government projects then no tax breaks, no "no-bid contracts", no subsidies, no more corporate welfare. Pure research, where any findings are public domain, would be exempt.

      4- appoint Andrew Napolitano to the Supreme Court and Ron Paul Treasury Secretary.

      The first 3 could pay for a generous domestic welfare system, while the 4th would protect civil liberties and sound money.

      It is a dangerous gambit- he might actually win, but I think his idealism plus these 4 platform promises would be superior for Liberty (especially if HRC is not the nominee for the Dems) compared to the proto-fascist neocon bullshit Trump is spewing.

      Trump scares me more than Sanders, although Sanders is more dangerous ideologically.

    2. Trump is a strongman but he's no war monger, he doesn't scare me as much as Sanders. Anyway, Sanders is unelectable, being a jew, so no need to entertain that hypothetical.