Doing the work

Although it was reported a while ago:

Bernie Sanders was asked to leave a hippie commune in 1971 for “sitting around and talking” about politics instead of working,

And one wonders why the parties of the left love Bernie Sanders and his policies.  No work or effort required.  Welfare, universal income, transfer payments.  Why work when you can complain while living off the toil of others.

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21 Responses to Doing the work

  1. stackja

    BS gets paid now for talking BS.

  2. RobK

    Im not surprised to read that in Sanders CV. Most people grow out of such meanderings. I guess a few make a career of it. Not unlike Marx himself in some ways.

  3. Trump was kicked out of every American bank for being a lying con artist.

  4. Billie

    Bernie was looking for the B ark

    btw… is heee a troll infestation?

  5. Bear Necessities

    In Australia we have the ABC.

  6. Slim Cognito

    Trump was kicked out of every American bank for being a lying con artist.

    …yet ended up being President. Bernie is still doing what he always has.

  7. Helen

    I’m a realist about communes; they don’t work (I’ve been researching some early Australian ones) but this seems like a bit of a beat-up. Sanders sat around talking, distracting others? Then we learn that he was there for only three days, and that was the allowed time for visitors to stay? Big deal.
    I would think that the commune had many, many visitors, after all in the early 70s lots of people who wanted to join or start communes would have visited existing ones. The visitors would be idealistic (especially if they had never actually lived on a commune) and prone to go on about their political ideals. No doubt many of these were politely asked to move on as well. It probably was a pain to those who lived there permanently, and had to work to keep it going, to be a hippie tourist attraction, presumably the reason for the 3-day limit. The only reason we now hear about this happening to Sanders is because he’s famous having stood for president and so is a convenient punching bag.

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    At some time in his life sanders must have got off his ass and committed some act that enabled hilarity and the central committee of the decromats to threaten exposure if he opposed the party candidate hilarity . The speed with which he withdrew after all the communists got behind him , indicates how serious the offence was , jail time I suppose , his silence during the campaign was evidence he was ordered to keep quiet. Or else _

  9. struth

    Or else _

    Nooooooo …. really,………………….. communists and assorted lefties wouldn’t act like that now, would they Monty?
    There’s no history of it is there?

    You’re not only on the wrong side, you are on the evil side, Monty.
    There is no excuse.

  10. Shy Ted

    Even hippies have standards. Not the American left though.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    I saw this one a few days ago:

    Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Wants Universal Basic Income

    (Bloomberg) — In his 20s, Chris Hughes co-founded Facebook Inc., helped elect a U.S. president, and made almost half-a-billion dollars. Then he turned 30 and, as he freely admits, his lucky streak came to an abrupt, high-profile end after a disastrous attempt to turn around the New Republic magazine.

    Hughes, 34, now devotes his time to evangelizing for higher taxes on the rich, such as himself. He’s proposing that the government give a guaranteed income of $500 a month to every working American earning less than $50,000 a year, at a total cost of $290 billion a year.

    You can see why he picked the very lefty New Republic to rescue. And you can see why that failed. These people have no idea whatsoever. Already with the welfare levels we have there’s a large cohort of people who are prepared to live on a low income, supplement it with a little entrepreneurial agriculture maybe, and go surfing every day. Or have their eyes glued 24/7 to Spacechook on their phones.

    And why would the rich stay to have their pockets picked? Already there’re indications of a mass migration from the Left Coast to Texas in response to Trump removing federal tax deductibility of state income tax. Poor bubs! They now can’t freeload on the rest of the US.

    Maybe Mr Hughes and Mr Sanders can sit around together and talk politics all day after they’re committed to a mental institution, if one still exists.

  12. C.L.

    FMD. Too lazy for a hippie commune.
    Ahahahahahaha.

  13. Iampeter

    Monty, Trump and Bernie aren’t that different.

    Here are examples of both progressive and conservative media discussing this very point. You can google plenty more examples if you’re honestly interested which speaks volumes about how obvious it is since even the utterly hopeless mainstream media has picked up on it.

    Basically if you like Bernie then there’s no reason not to like Trump.

    And ofcourse if you like Trump there’s no reason not to like Bernie…

  14. Rafe Champion

    Yes you couldn’t make it up.
    Beyond parody!
    Nice to see there is still life in Australia at this time of day. 9 am in Budapest, a stunning mild sunny day dawns over the Blue Danube. Not very blue at present due to recent rain.

  15. Rafe Champion

    Slight difference from Bernie, Trumpie has built a multi billion dollar empire of functioning organisations and declared an end to the war on coal and over-regulation. And a few other things.

  16. Percy Porcelain

    Maybe Mr Hughes and Mr Sanders can sit around together and talk politics all day after they’re committed to a mental institution, if one still exists.

    Along with Jerry Brown.

  17. RobK

    You are speaking in riddles Peter.

  18. Iampeter

    Slight difference from Bernie, Trumpie has built a multi billion dollar empire of functioning organisations

    Well maybe. What’s known about his finances doesn’t really look like any other multi-billion success story and I’m in the camp that thinks he’s just a trust fund baby who probably would be even richer if he kept more of his daddy’s money in a high interest saving account instead of playing at business.
    He certainly doesn’t strike me as a competent business leader with his peevish, childish, thin skinned and all round amateurish behaviour. No, I think he is just playing a business man on TV and too many people have been taken in by this schtick. Including him.

    declared an end to the war on coal and over-regulation. And a few other things.

    If you really believe that then I’m a Nigerian prince who is about to come into his inheritence and if you could just lend me some tens of thousands of dollars until my 21st birthday, etc, etc.

    Seriously though, Trump is running a far-left, anti-trade, anti-immigrant, trillion dollar infrastructure plan spending, incoherent foreign policy and with many roles still not filled, all round incompetent administration that is actually investigating him for a made up crime of “collusion”, while actual crooks are doing the TV show circuit promoting their books.

    It’s basically another Obama term but not as coherent and far, far more incompetent.

    Sorry Rafe, I know you want the tide to be turning and so do I but the fact is: it ain’t happening and the way things are, it’s not going to be happening even in our childrens lifetimes. Wishful thinking about the fiddling-around-the-margins this shit-show of an administration might do is … well … just wishful thinking.

  19. nerblnob

    Trump might have been richer by just playing with the inheritance money, or he might not have.

    Investing in and running businesses generally has a more beneficial net effect and takes more balls.

    I’ve no doubt Trump was corrupt – from what I know of NYC real estate you can’t make it there otherwise.

    That would go double or triple for say, Obama’s Chicago party machine.

  20. Rohan

    I’m in the camp that thinks he’s just a trust fund baby who probably would be even richer if he kept more of his daddy’s money in a high interest saving account instead of playing at business.

    But he didnt play it safe. He had a crack and wont die wondering. Sometimes that failed. He learnt from those failures.

    Seriously though, Trump is running a far-left, anti-trade, anti-immigrant, trillion dollar infrastructure plan spending, incoherent foreign policy and with many roles still not filled, all round incompetent administration that is actually investigating him for a made up crime of “collusion”, while actual crooks are doing the TV show circuit promoting their books.

    You’re just upset that this 6’4” orange skinned billionare with bad hair is now president. You, like all other Never Trumpers and the left, have repeatedly failed to pick the patern of how he operates. All the random tweets, avoidence and attacks on the MSM are mere distraction monkeys. You all go off in a foaming lather at how ridiculous he is. Meanwhile, he and his team get to work and have more or less achieved everything Trump promised at the election. And they do that unhindered because your heads are exploding en mass.

    And now the Never Trumpers and left are doubling down on the claims hes a criminal because the swamp draining end game is comming to fruition. Its the greatest counter espionage operation ive seen.

  21. tombell

    Why work when you can complain while living off the toil of others.

    Why work when you can pontificate while living off the toil of others? Describes the political/elitist class generally does it not?

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