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Bernie Sanders Lays off Hundreds

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 27, 2016

bernie-sandersApril 26 was a bad day for Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.  During that day Sanders lost for primary elections, including the one in Pennsylvania with its huge number of delegates.  The next day, according to the New York Times, Sanders announced significant layoffs in his staff stating that the layoffs will include “hundreds of staff members”.  In explaining the rationale behind the layoffs, Sanders said:

We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around the country.  We don’t need people right now in Connecticut.  That election is over.  We don’t need them in Maryland.  So what we are going to do is allocate our resources to the 14 contests that remain, and that means that we are going to be cutting back on staff.”

Bernie Sanders’ decision is rational and reasonable.  He has excess human resources for what is required to get his job completed.  Therefore, in order to cut cost, Sanders is laying people off.  Still, there is a bit of irony in this capitalist move by a lifelong socialist.  Sanders is using his prerogative as an employer to cut costs irrespective of the effect it is having on those he is laying off.  A choice Sanders could have instead made, given that it is now impossible for him to get the nomination, would have been to completely stop his campaign and divide the remaining campaign funds amongst all the workers that would be laid off.  It seems that for even for some self-avowed socialists, socialism only goes so far.

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