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Blaming the billionaires

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

An angry New York Times column by Anand Giridharadas — a committed Sanders-nista — expresses the envious rage that drives Senator Bernie’s campaign.

The author says the most important question for candidates is whether — at the end of their presidency — they’d want to see more billionaires and millionaires, or whether they’d try to reduce the number of people with conspicuous wealth, even eliminating rich families altogether.

Sanders and his cult-like followers never acknowledge there are only two ways to trim the presence of prosperous Americans. One way, slowing economic growth, would kill mobility and hurt the working class and the poor most painfully. The other way — seizing wealth directly from those who earned it — would harm profitable enterprises and individuals without doing a scrap of good for anyone else.

The goal of cutting down the number of American success stories is at war with prosperity, progress and the American dream itself.

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