Bernie Sanders on Mitt’s 47 percent remark: Hard working people don’t need to be lectured by millionaires

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Awesome) appeared on the Ed Show Tuesday night to discuss Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s controversial statements made while speaking at a luncheon filled with millionaires.

Mother Jones published several secret videos which display Mitt Romney’s disdain for the non-elites. As cocktail glasses clinked in the background, Romney deemed 47% of America to be populated with moochers of the government.

Ed asks Sanders if Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark was accurate and there is no better politician to ask. Sanders has always been a consistent warrior for the middle class.


Sanders said, “What really galls me is, we’ve got millions of people in this country who come from families like my own – working class families – people who have worked hard their entire lives, working 50-60 hours per week and now they’re on Medicare — now they’re on Social Security and they’re being lectured that they have got to take personal responsibility and care for their lives. Being lectured by him. This speaks of an extraordinary arrogance on the part of Romney and his ruling class friends.”

Continuing on Sanders added, “As if people on Medicare and Social Security are inferior human beings who need guidance — who are not smart enough to take personal responsibility for their lives and care for their lives. What does it tell us about his attitude toward the vast majority of people?”

“People in this country work harder than people in any other industrialized country on Earth. They don’t need to be lectured by millionaires and billionaires about the work ethic that the fulfill.”

To be sure, folks who have worked a lifetime, do not need a room full of elites deeming them to be unworthy. Those divisive comments made by Romney while in his comfort zone, are even keeping Republicans at bay — distancing themselves over his disdain for half of our country.

To have this Republican candidate as president of our great country is to have our nation treated as if it’s a business and Romney is the CEO. The problematic area in this thought is that the people do not work for the President. The President works for the people — all of the people.

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  • Hypocrite

    btw, Bernie is a millionaire himself. Did he think that he was going to pull the wool over our eyes. SMH

    • Benjamin Peacock

      Bernie might be a millionaire, but he is right. Plus I don’t ever remember seeing Bernie lecture hard working people about not working hard enough and not taking care of their lives becuase they don’t MAKE enough to pay “income tax”. Yet it’s funny because most of those people do pay things like payroll taxes and such.

    • Gaoxiang Chen

      uh Bill Gates is a billionaire and he still cares about the less unfortunate by doanting almost his entire wealth to finding cures for aids, cancer, etc. What are you getting at? That all rich people have to act like assholes?

      • James Riddell

        Gates is one man, and his philanthropy is well-known. It’s a pity that other people in his position don’t feel as he does. Or maybe he just feels guilty that his huge piles of cash were made by devising an operating system which has given Microsoft a ludicrously unfair monopoly?

    • Derek Schweitzer

      This is a dumb thing to say.

  • Allen Mason

    If Romney thinks people that don’t pay taxes will not vote for him. Then I guess he won’t be voting for himself. Total Scumbag! He hates the middle class, and poor. He thinks he is above you, and always will. I would rather vote for Satan himself then this douche bag.

  • James Riddell

    Does this 47% “mooching from the government” include bankers?