Bernie Sanders tells Elon Musk to focus on Earth

Massive wealth disparity

Elon Musk says he’s hoarding wealth for a good cause — but it’s not good enough for US Sen. Bernie Sanders. The left-wing lawmaker targeted the billionaire Tesla CEO after Musk claimed he would use his giant fortune to support life on other planets. Sanders — a Vermont independent who’s a powerful gadfly on the Democratic Party’s left flank — first went after Musk last week by pointing out the massive wealth disparity that he and fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos exemplify.

“We are in a moment in American history where two guys — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — own more wealth than the bottom 40 [percent] of people in this country,” Sanders tweeted on Thursday. Musk offered his own defense in response to the article on Twitter, saying his fortune will go toward his spacefaring ambitions. His rocket-building company, SpaceX, wants to land humans on Mars by 2026.

Bernie Sanders calls out Jeff Bezos for blocking Amazon workers union drive

“Jeff, you are worth 182 billion”

Jeff Bezos has turned down a request from Bernie Sanders for the Amazon chief to appear at a Senate hearing on income inequality in the US, as Amazon workers in Alabama participate in a closely watched vote to determine whether they will join the first-ever labour union in the company’s history.

More than 5,800 workers at the company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are voting through March to decide their membership in the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Amazon has sought to curb the union efforts by discouraging workers with a text message campaign, in-person meetings and an anti-union website.

The progressive senator from Vermont and chair of the Senate’s Finance Committee has called out Mr Bezos for his company’s objections to the union effort. “Jeff, you’re worth $182 billion – that’s a lot of money,” the senator told MSNBC on 14 March. “What is your problem with allowing workers in Alabama to organize for better wages and better working conditions? You can afford to pay them more.”