Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Think Any American Is Worthy of Earning a Billion Dollars ― Some 2020 Dems Agree

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Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke said that he doesn’t think “anyone deserves” to have a billion dollars and several of his peers 2020 Democratic presidential primary agreed.

The New York Times asked 21 of the 23 Democrats — not including frontrunner Joe Biden — if they thought “anyone deserve[s] to have a billion dollars.”

O’Rourke said that he didn’t think anyone was worthy of earning a billion dollars.

“I don’t know that anyone deserves to have a billion dollars. I think we have a concentration of wealth and power and privilege in this country that we haven’t seen since the last gilded age. That concentration of wealth and power works counter to our democracy. […] It’s very important that we break down that concentration and ensure that we have a greater level of equality in the United States.”

O’Rourke wasn’t alone in thinking that Americans shouldn’t have a billion dollars. Several other 2020 Democrats joined in his thinking.

Watch O’Rourke and 2020 other Democrats answer the question:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) agreed with O’Rourke, saying, “I think no, no one deserves to have a billion dollars.”

Other Democrats became squeamish when it came to the word “deserve.” Both Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) and Governor Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) couldn’t say if they believed billionaires deserved their wealth.

“I don’t know how to call it ‘deserve.’ ‘Deserve’ is in the eye of the beholder,” said Inslee. Buttigieg noted, “I’m not sure anybody cosmically or morally deserves to have a billion dollars, but I don’t hold it against them.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she only believes that Americans deserve a billion dollars if the United States reaches a point where everyone has their free health care, college degrees, and other desires covered.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn’t comment on whether or not billionaires deserve their wealth, but he did note that he was going to start making them pay “their fair share of taxes.”

“My guess is when you have that, you’re not going to have too many billionaires left,” Sanders added.

Other Democrats followed Sanders’ logic, noting that there can be billionaires, but they should be paying much more in taxes.

“You can have billionaires, but they should be giving back,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

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Since these political hacks like Beto and Biden never earned anything, being a politician is like being on welfare, sit on your butts never accomplished anything keep taking the handouts.

Patti Harrison
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This man is truly an idiotic simpleton who thinks that he is truly a great man about town! Democrats are the most evil racist low class, low life, uneducated unethical people ever to walk Gods green earth!!! Can’t wait to hear what this fake Mexican has to say tomorrow!!!

Otis
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O’Dork isn’t worth 50¢ but has earned a place in The Wacko Hall of Fame.

Thomas Cole
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Ah millionaires, always complaining about the billionaires. You do have to kind feel sorry for him, only being able to afford a couple of houses. He feels he is a great public servant, practically slave wages $174,000, I think we shoud all show him how we feel about him by voting for Donald J Trump

John
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Beto saying that if you are an American you can not be among the uber wealthy. That is UnAmericana!

James
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There are lots of people that don’t “deserve” it, whether it’s a million or a billion, Hollywood is full of them. But if what you do with your hands and your brain causes you to earn it then who’s to say you can’t have it…

Chrissy
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“Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Think Any American Is Worthy of Earning a Billion Dollars ― Some 2020 Dems Agree”. Those that aren’t billionaires…lol

Chrissy
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How did Jay-Z and Beyoncé take this news?

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