A self-described member of the 1 percent shocked the Reddit community on Wednesday with an explanation of why he was voting for the presidential candidate who has made higher taxes for the wealthy a tenet of his campaign.
In a wildly popular Reddit post, a user named thunderd11 announced: "I'm a member of the 1% and I'm voting for Bernie Sanders."
The user who described himself as a "white male in my 30s" said that he grew up "fairly poor," and then started a successful consulting firm after nearly a decade in the military, earning him "membership in the 1% by pretty much any definition of the phrase."
He argued that Sanders' plan to return to the 90 percent top income tax rates of the early 1950s was the right way to address income inequality.
"After all the write offs, business expenses, mortgage interest deductions etc... My Taxable Income is less than half of my Gross Income," the 1 percenter noted. "Add in my capital gains earnings at their super low tax rate even though my gross income is well over the top tax bracket my effective tax rate is usually around 17-18% every year and could actually be quite a bit lower if I put actual effort into (legal) tax avoidance strategies."
"This gives me a slightly lower effective tax rate than my housekeeper."