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Bernie Sanders says Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson’s trips to space are signs it is time to ‘tax the billionaires’

Bernie Sanders tweeted on 11 July that it’s time to tax the billionaires.

“Here on Earth, in the richest country on the planet, half our people live paycheck to paycheck, people are struggling to feed themselves, struggling to see a doctor — but hey, the richest guys in the world are off in outer space! Yes. It’s time to tax the billionaires,” Bernie Sanders said on Twitter. Earlier this year, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., responded to one of Musk’s tweets about a “multiplanetary” future, calling for him to “focus on Earth.”

“Space travel is an exciting idea, but right now we need to focus on Earth and create a progressive tax system so that children don’t go hungry, people are not homeless and all Americans have healthcare,” Sanders wrote. “The level of inequality in America is obscene and a threat to our democracy.” Branson made the flight into space aboard the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity spacecraft in the first trip with passengers of his space tourism company.

With the gaze of more than 500 people who were witnessing the moment, Branson, 71, took off along with five members of the crew. After ascending enough, the VSS Unity detached itself from the main ship, the double-fuselage VMS Eve carrier, ignited its rockets and shot upward at high speed. exceeding 80 kilometers of altitude.

Back at the cosmodrome, Branson celebrated landing after his historic 90-minute flight, becoming the first person to take off in his own spacecraft. The objective of the flight was to evaluate and improve the various experiences Virgin Galactic has promised to its future customers, such as weightlessness, views of Earth and comfort in the cabin.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: YAHOO FINANCE

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