Monday, March 05, 2018

The Bernie Sanders Dynasty

Forget the Clintons and the Bushes, there’s a new political dynasty: the Sanderses.

Bernie may have been born a few months before Pearl Harbor, but the socialist proponent of the estate tax is trying to leave an untaxable inheritance to his next of kin. The inheritance of political power.

It never fails. Give a socialist power, and he becomes a monarchist and founds his own dynasty.

Levi Sanders, Bernie's son, is running for Congress in New Hampshire on his dad's old inherited platform of free health care and free college. While Bernie claims to be an independent, Levi has been consulting with him about his run.

Levi doesn't actually live in the district, but Hillary Clinton didn't really live in New York until she decided to run for the Senate. What matters is that like Hillary, the Sanders scion has the right last name.

And Bernie’s stepdaughter is running for his old job as mayor of Burlington.

Carina Driscoll, the daughter of Bernie’s wife, Jane Sanders, will run as an independent. It’s an ironic designation considering that running for your stepdad’s old job is about as independent as Jeb Bush and Chelsea Clinton. Her office is two doors down from her mom’s Sanders Institute operation.

Our Revolution, Bernie’s dark money fake social welfare organization, has endorsed her and sent out a fundraising email for her. People for Bernie also endorsed Carina. Her brother, who runs the Sanders Institute, used his Twitter account to promote her campaign. She’s even reusing her stepdad’s slogan.

Bernie’s stepdaughter declares, “It is time to bring the people back to the table.” As long as they’re part of the Sanders clan.

Carina promises to “foster the best schools” and cites her experience running “the Vermont Woodworking School”. That’s bad news for Burlington schools just as it was for Burlington College.

Burlington College was raided by the Sanders clan. Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, is under FBI investigation for allegedly lying about the school’s finances on a bank loan application. The debt broke the college, which had to shut down under the crushing burden of the loan, while Jane walked away with $200K.

Some call it “federal loan fraud”, but, socialists call it wealth redistribution. Bernie and Jane have hired Rep. “Cold Cash” Jefferson’s lawyer while hoping he keeps her from following Cold Cash to a cold cell.

Carina did pretty well during her mother’s mismanagement of Burlington College. The Vermont Woodworking School got $500K from Burlington College. It was among the college’s most expensive programs with a budget over 10% that of Burlington. That’s some rather pricey woodworking.

Why did a struggling college need to spend all that money on a woodworking school?

“This was a sweetheart deal for Carina Driscoll, Jane Sanders’ daughter,” Carol Moore, Burlington's final president, said. She accused Carina's school of “gouging the college.”

Will the wonders of crony socialism never cease?

Bernie had paid his wife, $80,000 for “consulting and ad placement” in his congressional campaign. What’s her expertise in ad placement? Jane was a community organizer with a degree in social work who married Bernie and honeymooned with him in the USSR.

The degree was from Goddard College, a “holistic” alternative school where students design their own curriculum. Sixteen years later, Sanders was its new provost. What qualified her for the job? The Burlington Free Press stated that she had, "progressive credentials . . . above question."

Carina’s progressive credentials are also above question. That’s why she got $65,000 from the campaign.

Mother and daughter had teamed up for a series of ad buying firms, including, Sanders & Driscoll, Leadership Strategies, which listed two of Jane’s kids, and handled ads for her husband’s campaign.

These days, Jane Sanders has branched out into founding the Sanders Institute whose mission is to “revitalize democracy by actively engaging individuals.”

As long as those individuals are members of the Sanders family.

The executive director of the Sanders Institute is Dave Driscoll, Carina’s brother, and Jane’s son. Before that, Dave had been working at Burton Snowboards.

When Mayor Bill de Blasio, the progressive icon also under FBI investigation, whose donors have pleaded guilty to trying to bribe him, was sworn in by Bernie, observers noted that the socialist senator was wearing a $689 down jacket. That’s a pricey piece of gear for the leftist who once ranted that, “You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.” But Bernie needs a $689 jacket and a $600K summer home.

And the jacket was a Burton parka. Burton’s CEO sent its employees to the anti-Trump “Women’s March” and two dozen of them volunteered for Bernie’s campaign. Burton’s bosses are among Vermont’s most prominent political donors. And the beneficiaries include Bernie.

During the 2016 race, $82 million dollars poured through Old Towne Media, a mysterious company run by two of Jane’s old pals, that got most of its business from Bernie. And the Bernie campaign put no caps on commissions. So the sky was the limit. The more Bernie campaigned, the more money they made.

Throughout all this, Bernie avoided disclosing his personal finances by filing for two extensions and then refusing to actually make the information public. Since then he’s come into a $600K summer home.

"Wall Street and the billionaire class has rigged the rules to redistribute wealth and income to the wealthiest and most powerful people," Bernie's site still declares.

Bernie knows all about rigging the rules. And now the Sanders dynasty can inherit his power.

The old leftist critique is that the wealthy hoard money, power and privilege, and then pass it on their kids. The most vocal critic of wealth is the newly minted socialist 1 percenter whose stepdaughter seeks to inherit his old job and whose son wants to run for Congress. And the Bernie machine has the connections to make it all happen while demanding a higher death tax on the 1 percent.

But don’t blame Bernie. He’s doing what all the lefties do.

When Bill Clinton first ran, Dem voters thought they were voting for a fresh new voice who would challenge establishment politics, not create a political dynasty. It took a generation to get rid of them. By then they had stolen everything from the White House furniture to the nation’s uranium. And the Clintons are pikers compared to the Kennedys who 65 years later inflicted Rep. Joe Kennedy III on us.

At this rate, it’ll outlast some English royal dynasties.

And a generation from now, descendants of the Sanders clan and stepclan will be clogging up public offices and wetting their beaks across Vermont. That’s how the Bernie “Revolution” will end.

The left claims that it’s on the right side of history. But it never actually goes anywhere. Instead it plays out the doomed cycle of Animal Farm’s bitterly satirical rendering of Soviet history. And when all is said and done, no one can tell the socialist pigs from the crony capitalist pigs. Just ask the Sanders porkers.

There’s an old Soviet anecdote about Brezhnev, the Soviet boss, showing off his wealth to his family.

“But Lyonya," his concerned mother asked, "what will you do if the Communists return to power?”

Bernie Sanders is now a 1 percenter with three homes and a political dynasty. His campaign plane was a mostly empty 767 serving lobster sliders, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine.

But what will he do if the socialists come to power?

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Anonymous said...

Why are these people being indicted? I think we know the answer to that question.

D.D.Mao said...

And the point of all this is what? You talk as if Bernie Sanders is the only politician who "rigged the rules" or "avoided to disclose his personal finances". I can think of one of our prominent current politicians who is guilty of the same thing and not a peep is being uttered. In fact a family member of his is being looked into for using his fathers office for family gains. But to the right bombastic hyperbole and alarmism is now the norm and they seem to gravitate to National Enquirer for their intellectual Conservative needs instead of National Review. Since Hillary is retired they need a new doll to stick their pins into and since no one else is available on the left Bernie will do for the time being. When will we start hearing "this is the most important election in our history" and "the country will go socialist if Bernie is elected"? This apocalyptic thinking is what paralyzes politics and makes the people turn a blind eye to the tiki torch rally in Charlottesville "nice people".

We are faced with dozens of more pressing problems daily than being concerned about a politicians $689 jacket. We are faced with draining a swamp that is filled with politicians who are mountebanks and have become the occupied army of Washington in both parties. With a Congress that willingly over the years abdicated powers to the Executive and Legislative branch. Unless in this mish marsh you are suggesting Sen. Sanders socialist agenda is backed by Russia the Sanders family "clogging up public office in Vermont" can end that way for all I care. But lets stop dwelling on the irrelevant and being distracted by shiny objects.

Leonard Jones said...

My reading of American history convinced me that people like
Sanders (the cranky old coot) will never have a "dynasty.")
John and John Quincy Adams never qualified for that title.
The so called Kennedy dynasty died died on a bridge at

George Bush 41 and his son cannot claim the title. What
changed was B.J. Clinton maintaining control of the DNC post
presidency, and you can bet money that the Kenyan communist
is still pulling strings with the current leader of the party.

Trump's victory is a result of American voters rejection of
the endemic corruption of the Demo☭rat party. Trump is
systematically flushing out the rats in the executive branch.
He is killing the deep state operatives placed in power during
the Clinton and Obambam administrations.

He is making moves against sanctuary cities and states. In
my home state (California,) sanctuary cities are opposed by
72 percent of voters. The Demo☭rat party is in shambles.
they have more debt than than cash assets, and both are in
the low tens of millions of dollars. Since the Demo☭rats
get 80 percent of their contributions from big money donors,
this begs the question: Where did all the wealthy donors
go in the last year or two?

My guess is that lunatic fringe (now known as barking moonbats)
pushed their insanity to the point that corporate donors bailed.
Since the Demo☭rat has zero chance of fundraising outside of
coastal liberal bastions, they are in a death spiral. If you
object to Islamic terrorists, criminal illegal aliens, or male
transvestites sharing a bathroom, you have a "phobia?"

I am going to grab a beer and a bowl of popcorn to watch this
years midterm elections. It is going to be a bloodbath for the
Demo☭rat party. Even California will be in play by 2020! If
Bernie Sanders runs in 2020, he is going to get his ass stomped
like a Narc at a biker rally.

Anonymous said...

I thought the $600,000 vacation home was a gift for not going away quietly after Hillary shafted the Sanders campaign.

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