I would ask if Ayn Rand paid social security. If she did, did she double-dip? If so, then yeah, it was hypocritical. However, before you insist that alternet couldn't possibly be deceptive in their musings, how about another perspective? https://ari.aynrand.org/issues/government-and-business/individual-rights/The-Myth-about-Ayn-Rand-and-Social-Security
That was directed at Nanuq. My apologies. There is significant overlap with libertarians and Bernie when it comes to social issues, so I would agree that there is a lot of common ground from which to work. He has even voted to remove funding from PP in a couple of votes. However, he runs all over the map with respect to "federally funding" entitlement programs. That is normally where he and libertarians part ways.
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll513.xml http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/12/11/qa-ron-paul-explains-why-he-cant-vote-for-his-own-fed-audit/ http://shadowproof.com/2010/05/06/ron-paul-says-bernie-sanders-sold-out-sided-with-chris-dodd-to-gut-audit-the-fed/ https://votesmart.org/bill/15638/41957/27110/cybersecurity-act-of-2012#.VhcPxnpViko https://votesmart.org/bill/10477/28014/27110/2009-2010-department-of-homeland-security-appropriations-authorizations#.VhcP73pViko https://votesmart.org/bill/6037/17107/27110/intelligence-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2008#.VhcQF3pViko https://votesmart.org/bill/4583/14537/27110/department-of-homeland-security-appropriations#.VhcQSHpViko https://votesmart.org/bill/3328/8512/27110/department-of-homeland-security-appropriations-act-2007#.VhcQWXpViko https://votesmart.org/bill/3328/8016/27110/department-of-homeland-security-appropriation-act-2007#.VhcQYXpViko Seems to me that this is a record of voting against bills that overtly impose restrictions on civil liberties while going back to vote for the support of the institutions responsible for carrying them out. But who doesn't love a good speech, right?
I view much of this like the WaterGate scandal. The act itself was not such a big deal. It was the cover-up that was insanely criminal. Nanuq is correct about justice not being blind. That said, if Bernie Madoff can get the clink, I would think fully half of DC would qualify under those extreme standards. This defense of HC with quips like "Well everyone else was doing it!" is juvenile at best. If a Republican did this and was being hung an effigy it would be just. As it is, everyone is all about protecting their respective blue and red lines. Try expecting better of your representatives for once. As an aside: in my opinion, it is the Obama administration that actually wanted the data on that server. I think Valarie Jarret would have a field day with all kinds of damning information that has nothing to do with Benghazi. With that information in hand, Obama could force Hillary out of the race while getting her to endorse Joe Biden. Politically, it is amusing to see Chicago vs DC politics on full display as it is no secret that the Obamas and Clintons don't like each other.
Does it not bother anyone that if Hillary had any other last name that she'd have been in prison by now? People wonder how ruling classes get away with living a life that the rest of us wouldn't be able to attempt.... this is exactly it