Bernie Sanders: The perfect socialist

Bernie Sanders

Let’s see: Money flows in small amounts from all across the country to a centralized bureaucracy which takes it, spends the bulk of it on propaganda to make people think things are going well, pays a small coterie of advisers very handsomely, pays everyone else far less, and winds up laying off about half of the peons because reality wasn’t as good as the propaganda.

Yep, sounds like the track record of socialist regimes to me. From the Washington Post:

“The small-dollar fundraising juggernaut that has kept Bernie Sanders’s insurgent White House bid afloat far longer than anticipated has generated another unexpected impact: a financial windfall for his team of Washington consultants.

“By the end of March, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont had spent nearly $166 million on his campaign — more than any other 2016 presidential contender, including rival Hillary Clinton. More than $91 million went to a small group of ad makers and media buyers who produced a swarm of commercials and placed them on television, radio and online, according to a Washington Post analysis of Federal Election Commission reports.

“While the vast majority of that money was passed along to television stations and websites to pay for the advertising, millions in fees were kept by the companies, The Post calculated. While it is impossible to determine precisely how much the top consultants have earned, FEC filings indicate the top three media firms have reaped payments of seven figures.

“Sanders’s money blitz, fueled by a $27 average donation that he repeatedly touts, has improbably made the anti-billionaire populist the biggest spender so far in the election cycle. The campaign’s wealth has been a surprising boon for vendors across the county who signed on to his long-shot bid. …

“And the commissions may continue to pile up, even though Sanders’s chances of securing the Democratic nomination have been all but extinguished. After he lost four out of the five states that held primaries Tuesday, his campaign began laying off 225 staffers around the country. But Sanders is still actively seeking donations, and has said repeatedly that he plans to press on through the California primary in early June, an effort that could include more expensive advertising. ‘So long as we have a path toward victory, no matter how narrow it may be, we’ll pursue it,’ the senator told The Post on Wednesday.”

Take heart, Sanders donors. The dachas these campaign consultants rent to rest and recharge this summer — while you watch Hillary’s acceptance speech, live from Philadelphia! — wouldn’t be nearly as nice if you hadn’t scrimped and sent in a few bucks here and there.

Oh, and please send whatever you can — $50, $25, even $5 — so Sanders can take the fight against the one-percenters all the way! Otherwise, there may be even more holidays for even more workers … and no campaign events after dark.

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FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Spot on, Kyle!

Voter fraud.

schnirt 

MarkVV
MarkVV

The cited article from Washington Post is a neat example how some journalists in an effort to get “a scoop” ignore the minimum of fairness and rationality. What would have Matea Goldand Anu Narayanswamy wanted Sen. Sanders and his staff to do? Spend their time trying to make the campaign on the cheap?  What should they have done with the contributions,  rather than pay “a small group of admakers and media buyers who produced a swarm of commercials and placed them on television, radio and online? “ Make leaflets and posters and pin them on telephone poles?

Fairness cannot be expected from Kyle, so his quoting the article comes as no surprise. However, even for him the ignorance and perversion of Sen. Sanders’ democratic socialism shown in the first paragraph is well below the minimum of decency.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Another perfect example of socialism hype vs reality, if Venezuela and Cuba weren't enough examples.  The folks who fall for this economic fantasy think that all will suffer equally for the good of all mankind. 


The proponents don't realize or maybe they do and just don't want to mention,that the"all" are just the powerless regular folk; the ruling class lives like royalty.  Bernie has been living in a lifestyle he previously only dreamed of and that is probably why he doesn't drop out of the race.  I tend to think the proponents of socialism know how the system truly works and just have such an elitist self inflated sense of their worth, they assume they will be a member of the paternalistic ruling class and will enjoy the royal lifestyle. 

Pickle7
Pickle7

@RafeHollister And on the other side you have Kansas and Louisiana.  I think most people can agree that a nice middle ground produces the best results.


HILLARY 2016!!!!

JKToole
JKToole

@RafeHollister Have you been to Venezuela? I can't speak to Cuba, but in Venezuela socialism is a direct result of faux democracy with a heaping dose of crony capitalism.

History is your friend. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister Why are you so eager to display your ignorance? Confusing the regimes of Cuba or Venezuela with the democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders and the Scandinavian countries make you look like a country bumpkin who never learned anything about world other than right-wing slogans.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV @RafeHollister You, Bernie, and many others make the mistake of thinking that socialism has never worked before, because the folks who tried it just weren't as smart as you are.  


It has never worked for long any place it has been tried.  It eventually wrecks the economy and the country either converts back to some form of capitalism or elects some strong man to maintain the status quo (mainly the perks the ruling class enjoys) with force.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @MarkVV You continue displaying your ignorance. Democratic socialism that Sanders advocates works very well in several European countries. They have not elected any "strong man" like some people in the major capitalist country want to do now, and certainly the system has not wrecked their economy. Why don't you learn something?

GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

Socialism is just another destructive religion.

ODDOWL-1
ODDOWL-1

Bernie Sanders has raised more campaign money than any other candidate in the race yet he whine about citizen united...  Its time for Sanders to bow out gracefully so Secretary Clinton can focus on the general...

JKToole
JKToole

@ODDOWL-1 How much influence does one person buy with a $27 contribution? Do you think, perhaps, that changes with a $270,000 or $2.7 million anonymous contribution?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Wow, somebody sure resents a beautifully run campaign that exceeded everyone's expectations, and is poised to have a political impact that goes well beyond this election in November.

Pretty petty stuff here, Kyle. 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Hillary has already started to pivot away from the socialist garbage she felt compelled to spout as she shoved Lil' Bernie aside.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Lil_Barry_Bailout

Of course Kyle's pettiness could never compare to LBB's. So there's that.

I get it, though. It has got to really stink to know that one side has a couple of pretty well-oiled campaigns that are poised to succeed in uniting their party's members and sympathizers, when it's become such a freakshow in GOPville.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Yes, because what this country really needs is a well/oiled political campaign.

What the country needs is to be taken back from economic retards and international pantywaists like Obsama and Hillary.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@xxxzzz Those two are "loose" women, they go with 

whomever is buying the drinks.  They have danced with Cruz, Obama, and left hints at maybe dancing with Hillary.  Hard to put much stock in anything they say. 

SouthernHope5
SouthernHope5

This reminds me of the old Car Talk shows where they'd have the puzzlers and ask people to "send in your answer on a $20  bill." 


:)


Here's the thing I admire about Sanders (and I do NOT believe he would be a good president): He's 70-years-old and he has never stopped fighting and never stopped believing.  When all the rest of us walked away from our ideals, he's the one who never lost his fire. 

Scott Kramer
Scott Kramer

Did he lay off staffers bc he didn't want to pay the $15 an hour wage as he was going into California?

JusticeForAll11
JusticeForAll11

As my mother used to say, "Mind your own business."  It is none of your business what Bernie spends his donations on.  His supporters don't mind, myself one of them, and neither should you.  And to my ears, you sound ignorant and ill-informed.  Or maybe you are jealous that you are not one of those seven-figure consultants. 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

It sure would be nice if liberal fascist Dems had the same "none of your business" attitude toward the everyday lives of Real Americans.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

Sooo.... how do these events differ in any way from other failed presidential bids?  Because he raised more money than they did?


Oh, and I see you're doing the retarded Venezuela comparison.  The Hill-billies will love you for that, so you've got that going for you, which is nice.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Don't get all butt hurt. This is just one of those light-hearted pieces Kyle does from time to time.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Was it Bernie getting shoved aside by the corrupt, unimaginative old hag Hillary that did it?

RobDawg
RobDawg

And the point of this post is what?


Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

To point out that socialist Sanders has become that which he hates, a greedy SOB who will throw people out of a job after he's used them for all they're worth?

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

We knew the Sanders donors were getting hosed when their hero gave Hillary a pass on treason. Never a serious candidate. He only won as much as he did because Hillary is so weak and despised.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

If you follow Sanders (or Hillary) on Twitter you have been treated to months worth of proof that Democrats are economically retarded, if not deliberately determined to sabotage our economy.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Bernie has been shocked that his promise of " Free " everything has not been able to overcome the Clinton machine. Sanders was naive to think he ever had a chance for the nomination, the Clintons view him as nothing more than a small wart and at the Convention, he will be allowed a few minutes at the podium then ushered  backstage and told to get lost the limelight will be reserved for Hillary and Bill backed by their wealthy 1% friends while the pantie sniffers really believe her line of " Fighting for us " means them, but then Liberals are all naive 

JKToole
JKToole

Sanders has drawn the largest crowds this campaign season - despite a near corporate media blackout.

You write two snarky paragraphs, bookended between 5 paragraphs cut, pasted (and italicized) from The Washington Post.

And how much do you get paid?

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@JKToole "You write two snarky paragraphs, bookended between 5 paragraphs cut, pasted (and italicized) from The Washington Post.

"And how much do you get paid?"

It must have been so difficult for you to save up that comment for the weeks and weeks it's been since I wrote a post like this one.

JKToole
JKToole

@Kyle_WingfieldTwo Democratic candidates versus how many GOP candidates? Look at the earned media numbers cumulatively.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@JKToole I'm not sure why that makes sense, but OK: Those two candidates, who represent 12% of all candidates, got 26% of the free media. Sanders, 1 of 17 candidates, got 1/13th of the free media.

Seems to me he's over-exposed.

JKToole
JKToole

@Kyle_Wingfield " ... save up that comment?" Don't flatter yourself, sweetheart. I was drawn by the insincerity of headline. Coming up with the comment was hardly difficult at all. It was the first thing that came to mind upon reading.

JKToole
JKToole

@Kyle_WingfieldMeasure the $ amounts of earned media for GOP candidates versus that for Democratic candidates. It isn't the Democratic candidates that are overexposed.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@JKToole Thanks for ignoring the point, which was that I hardly ever do something like this, and yet that was your response.

I look forward to your more substantive responses to my more substantive posts.

JKToole
JKToole

@Kyle_Wingfield I didn't ignore the point, and you know it. Your point (in response to me) was, and I quote:

"It must have been so difficult for you to save up that comment for the weeks and weeks it's been since I wrote a post like this one."

I've addressed your "claims" in this hack job.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@JKToole "the weeks and weeks it's been since I wrote a post like this one"

I'm sorry I wasn't more clear. Let me put it this way.

I write full-fledged posts with my own research pretty much every day, sometimes more often. I don't recall seeing your responses to those, just some snarky carping about how much I get paid on the one post in a month-plus that I didn't do all that.

So, to answer your original question: How much do I get paid? Not enough to deal with this. Bye.

Belle Hooker
Belle Hooker

Commissions for media placement is standard practice for advertising agencies. There is nothing unusual or wasteful about it, this is simply the way this compensation is determined. I have worked in advertising for 35 years, and have been impressed by the advertising content and placement of the Sanders campaign. The Sanders campaign is the only one that uses ad placement in weekly newspapers in local areas. These papers usually have a loyal readership, but most planners do not go to the trouble to make these buys. Sander's team is good, and all his donors can rest assured that the money spent in advertising was a good value. Several of Sanders television ads have been featured in Advertising Age with excellent reviews.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@Belle Hooker "all his donors can rest assured that the money spent in advertising was a good value"

Unless you like things such as, you know, winning.

WhyorWhyNot
WhyorWhyNot

@Kyle_Wingfield @Belle Hooker And I guess all the owners and coaches for the Falcons should be accused of fraud because those season holders buy those tickets with the expectation of winning. The donors don't donate based on a guarantee to win, but on a commitment to try to win. 

Dao Long
Dao Long

Sounds more like a kickstarter crowdfunded project to me.

You know, that thing that capitalists do when they don't have rich friends from Harvard to invest in their startup.