If Bernie Sanders has proven one thing throughout the course of his career, it’s that his grasp on the concept of basic budgeting is pretty weak. During the 2016 campaign, the Senator from Vermont gave Hillary Clinton all she could handle during primary season, thanks mostly to his promises to spend infinite amounts of money on pretty much anything you could think of.
In Bernie’s world, people deserve to be given everything for free. Ironically enough, that attitude extends beyond his view of government spending, as the self-described “democratic-socialist” has yet to pay back close to $500,000 to city governments that provided him with security across the country.
From the Daily Wire:
Bernie Sanders, whose socialist agenda has no problem stealing Peter to pay Paul (or in his case, stealing from those with money to give to those who don’t), the same man who represents himself as the champion of the downtrodden, appears to be just fine not paying back the cities he visited in the 2016 campaign for the security services they provided him.
Across the nation, in the states of Arizona, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin, the Sanders campaign still owes a disputed $450,000 to various cities. Those figures include over $117,000 to the Santa Monica, California police department; $67,000 to the Irvine, California police department; over $44,000 to the Tucson, Arizona police department; over $33,000 to the Spokane, Washington police department; over $28,000 to the city of Vallejo, California; over $28,000 to the National City, California police department; over $25,000 to Upper Providence Township in Pennsylvania; over $23,000 to the Cloverdale, California police department, and over $22,000 to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office in Fairfield, California.
This, despite that fact that the Sanders campaign account still has close to $5 million in available funds.
To make matters worse, both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have settled their debts:
Bernie Sanders' campaign still owes (a disputed) $450k to cities where he campaigned. Clinton and Trump, OTOH, have settled all 2016 debts pic.twitter.com/Z5ClnE6BuG
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 12, 2017
— Rob Pyers (@rpyers) September 11, 2017
Despite this, Sanders is planning to visit the state of California again this month:
Undaunted by the money he may well owe to the cities of California, Sanders is visiting the state in September; Sanders will speak at the tri-annual convention of the California Nurses Association-National Nurses Organizing Committee on September 22 in San Francisco. That will come roughly a week after he introduces his Medicare-for-all legislation.
Maybe California’s cities should decline to provide him with security until he finally pays them back.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]