Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will join filmmaker Michael Moore Monday to take their anti-capitalism message on the road at an online wealth inequality town hall.
The first two gamed the system for their own professional and financial gain; the last made a career of telling the world that capitalism is evil, while reaping its rewards. All are millionaires.
Sanders tweeted a video promotion of the event last week, calling its subject matter “one of the defining issues of our time.” Whether it is or isn’t, are these the ones who should take the pulpit to do the preaching?
It was enough for The Weekly Standard's Jim Swift to ask (with tongue planted firmly in cheek), “is this a wealth seminar”?
Well, no, but it should be. Take Warren for example.
The Boston Globe reported that in the two-year period of 2010-2011, she earned in excess of $700,000 in teaching and outside work, including $43,938 in consulting fees for Travelers Insurance on cases involving asbestos victims.
"She is firmly entrenched in the same ‘1 percent’ she rails against, and she is more than happy to make tens of thousands of dollars defending powerful insurance companies against middle-class victims," said Jim Barnett, a spokesman for then-Sen. Scott Brown, whose campaign labeled her "an elitist hypocrite."
"Despite her claims, you don’t need to be a Harvard professor to know that insurance companies don’t hire big-time lawyers because of their interest in protecting the little guy."
But overshadowing her compensation is the means she apparently used to give herself a leg up to achieve her one-percent status — by claiming to have a Native American ancestry.
Prior to her stint at Harvard Law, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania law school, where she was listed as a member of a minority group.
Although Warren continues to claim a Native American lineage, she’s repeatedly refused to resolve the issue through a DNA test, and insists that, “Nobody is going to take that part of me away.”
As a result, even The Berkshire Eagle, which is left-leaning, asked her to submit to a DNA examination in order to “settle the question of her heritage for all time.”
She continues to refuse. Sanders is another matter.
Although the Vermont Independent, who self-identifies as a socialist, rails against income and wealth inequality, he apparently didn’t reject a reported $1 million income in 2016.
And while Sanders often blasts billionaires, asking, “How many cars do they need?” he and his wife Jane’s accumulation of wealth includes three residences, the latest being a $600,000 beachfront vacation home.
But the actual management of wealth appears to elude them. Jane Sanders reportedly may have committed loan fraud while she served as president of Burlington College. She later resigned under a cloud of suspicion.
Yet the senators are both small fry when placed alongside Moore.
He enjoys bashing capitalism with films such as “Roger and Me” and “Capitalism: A Love Story,” while extolling the virtues of socialized medicine in “Sicko.” Those films, which he loosely describes as documentaries, made him wealthy beyond his talents.
When he and his wife of 21 years filed for divorce nearly five years ago, they reported a net worth of $50 million.
Last year Moore declared that although he refuses “to live in a country where Donald Trump is president,” he nonetheless said that “I’m not leaving.”
Maybe he realized that Canada’s socialized medicine program isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Or maybe he read the latest reports from Venezuela. Formerly the wealthiest country in South America, it’s recently been described as “Like a natural disaster had hit.”
Whatever the reason, the Washington Examiner’s Philip Wegmann brought up the incongruity of Monday’s event when he observed, “Three millionaires to talk income inequality.”
Stated differently, all three — Warren, Sanders and Moore — are evocative of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” where “Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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