Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk recently had a brief disagreement on Twitter. The former candidate for the US presidential election opened hostilities on Thursday by deeming “immoral” and “untenable” the “level of inequality and greed” observed at this time in the United States. He pointed to the fact that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk were between them richer than the bottom 40% of the country’s population.
We are in a moment in American history where two guys — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — own more wealth than the bottom 40% of people in this country. That level of greed and inequality is not only immoral. It is unsustainable.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 18, 2021
The founder of SpaceX and director of Tesla did not hesitate to respond to Bernie Sanders three days later. “I am accumulating the resources destined to make possible a multiplanetary life and to extend the light of human consciousness to the stars”, thus in turn wrote Elon Musk on the social network. The lively exchange did not end there, however, since the Democrat commented on this publication.
Bernie Sanders called the level of inequality in his country “obscene” and “a threat to our democracy”. “Space travel is an interesting idea,” he admitted. The 79-year-old politician nevertheless recalled that it was more important to “focus on the Earth and create a progressive tax system so that children no longer go hungry, that people have a home and that every American enjoys it. health insurance ”.
The Futurism website indicated that the annual budget allocated by the United States to NASA for space exploration amounted to 22 billion dollars (about 18.5 billion euros). The country’s operating budget is 5,000 billion dollars, or 4,200 billion euros.