Telsa CEO Elon Musk to Bernie Sanders: “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.”
In his latest back-and-forth with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked against Sanders’ demands that the rich “pay their fair share.”Musk tweeted to Sanders on Sunday morning, “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.”
Sanders said on Twitter Saturday that “we must insist that the extraordinarily affluent pay their fair share, period,” prompting the post. Musk has a net worth of $294 billion. Musk and Sanders have had past Twitter spats on taxes, most recently in March, when Sanders said Musk should “focus on Earth” rather than space flight and work out “a progressive tax system.”
“We are living in a time in American history when two men, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, hold more wealth than the country’s poorest 40%. Greed and inequality at that level are not just unethical, but also unsustainable. It can’t go on forever, “On March 18, Sanders tweeted.
Musk, who also owns the aerospace firm SpaceX, subsequently tweeted that he was spending his fortune to help mankind explore space. “I am gathering resources to assist in making life multiplanetary and extending the light of consciousness to the stars,” Musk tweeted on March 21.
Last month, Senate Democrats proposed taxing billionaires’ stocks and other tradable assets to help pay for President Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic policy program.
Sanders, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren, has been a vocal advocate for increased taxes on the wealthy. In March, they suggested a 3% total annual wealth tax on wealth surpassing $1 billion, as well as a 2% annual wealth tax on households and trusts with net worth of $50 million to $1 billion.
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