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BURLINGTON, VT — Delivering a speech on income inequality yesterday, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (Workers Party, Vermont) called on US billionaires to self-deport. “We’re not going to round them up” said Sanders. “The answer is self-deportation, which is people deciding they can do better by going elsewhere due to a draconian tax code.”
Sanders’ presidential rival Hillary Clinton sharply criticized the proposal, calling self-deportation “unworkable.” Ms. Clinton went on to ridicule the notion that the authorities are going to “round up the 537 billionaires living in America’s shadows and put them in electric cars and private planes bound for a friendlier tax environment. Where are these people expected to go?” asked Ms. Clinton rhetorically, “Switzerland?” Ms. Clinton then painted a chaotic refugee crisis in which undocumented billionaires and their families are forced to traverse the uncharted private airfields and ski resorts of Zurich, Vail, and St. Tropez.
Clinton, who has struggled to reconcile her hardline stance against billionaires with campaign efforts to woo billionaires, said she wants to find a way to give permanent status to wealthy young adults who earned their fortune through no fault of their own. “Those kids who earned their billions on Wall Street or Facebook I think should have a pathway to remain permanently in the US.”
Senator Sanders doubled-down on his comments by stating that anything less than all-out deportation would amount to “amnesty on the installment plan.”
America’s working poor were not available for comment.Published in