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Mark Levin Reacts to Bernie Sanders: Answer to Wealth Inequality Is Less Government, More Liberty

Ilona Schumicky Michael Morris
By Ilona Schumicky and Michael Morris | June 13, 2019 | 4:01 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Wednesday, host Mark Levin reacted on Bernie Sanders speech on wealth inequality at George Washington University on June 12, Levin saying the answer to wealth inequality is less government, more liberty.

“The answer to what he’s suggesting is: less government and more liberty – less government and more liberty,” stated Mark Levin. “What he doesn’t say, if he really believes in that canard, is that at no time have we had more government in the United States than we have now. At no time have we had more spending, more debt than we’ve had now. At no time have we had bigger bureaucracy than we have now, more regulations than we have now. He doesn’t point that out. So, obviously, from his perspective it’s not working, is it? It’s not working. So his answer is: it’s not working, so let’s do more of it. So let’s do more of it.”

Mark Levin’s remarks stem from a speech that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) gave on June 12, 2019 at George Washington University in which he called for a “21st Century Bill of Rights” and suggested that wealth inequality is worse in America today than it’s been since the 1920s.

Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, from Mark Levin’s show on Wednesday:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.): “Now when we talk about oligarchy, let us be clear about what we mean. Right now in the United States of America, three families control more wealth than the bottom half of our country, some a 160 million of Americans.”

Mark Levin: “Alright so I’ve undress that. Go ahead.

Sen. Sanders: “The top one percent own more wealth than the bottom 92 percent.”

Levin: “Which is an absurd statement. Since you may own wealth quote, unquote, control wealth quote, unquote, but wealth permeates throughout the economy. I do not care how rich you are, your wealth is in different place. It’s not in your mattress. It’s not in a shoebox. It is in stocks, bonds, real estate, gold, commodities, capital investment, material investment, all kinds of stuff that creates and resonates throughout the economy all kinds of good paying jobs. Go ahead.”

Sen. Sanders: “49 percent of all new income generated today, goes to the top one percent.

Levin: “I don’t know what that means. Neither does he. I have no idea what that does mean. Go ahead.

Sen. Sanders: “In fact, income and wealth inequality today is greater in the United States than in any time since the 1920s.”

Levin: “And what does that mean? ‘Well, the richest people are richer than ever and the poorest people are poorer than ever.’ That’s not true. The poorest people are not poorer than ever. You see, this is good for Marxist propaganda, but it is meaningless. If the people the lower end on the rung of the ladder are doing far, far better than the people at the lower end of the rung of the ladder in the 1920s, with a massive welfare state, whether it’s healthcare or food stamps, whether it’s social security and disability, you name it – massive.

“And so, to say the gap is worse than ever, he’s trying to create the imagery that you have, basically people living in the gutter and then people living, you know, spectacularly well. Now, by the way, that does happen all over the world, especially in democratic-socialist regimes, because you can’t grow your way out of these situations. You can’t create your way out of situations. You can’t develop your way out of situations. And so, you have to keep relying on the government – more and more and more. And the government becomes more and more restrictive, more and more controlling, more and more iron-fisted.

“The answer to what he’s suggesting is: less government and more liberty – less government and more liberty. What he doesn’t say, if he really believes in that canard, is that at no time have we had more government in the United States than we have now. At no time have we had more spending, more debt than we’ve had now. At no time have we had bigger bureaucracy than we have now, more regulations than we have now. He doesn’t point that out. So, obviously, from his perspective it’s not working, is it? It’s not working. So his answer is: it’s not working, so let’s do more of it. So let’s do more of it.”

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