Ben and Jerry’s founders talk up Sanders tax plan

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The founders of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, who are supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential race, said they don’t think wealthy people and big corporations are paying enough taxes.

“I think there’s a tremendous amount of loopholes that allow for people to shelter that income in offshore tax havens and allow them to not pay taxes on estates of over $4 million,“ Ben Cohen said Monday in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business.

{mosads}“And plus, you have all these really profitable corporations that end up paying zero tax,” Jerry Greenfield added. “And that’s not fair. That’s not what everybody wants.”

Cohen was wearing a “Bernie” pin during the interview, while Greenfield was wearing a Bernie shirt.

Cohen touted Sanders’s plan to impose Social Security taxes on income above $250,000.

“Once you scrap that cap and have everybody pay their fair share, Social Security is in really good shape,” he said.

Cohen also said that higher tax rates on profits wouldn’t prevent entrepreneurs from starting new businesses.

The Ben and Jerry’s founders also defended Sanders’s support for Democratic socialism.

“What it means is that government will work for all the people and not just for the few at the top and for the corporations, Greenfield said. “And were going to pay for it by having everybody pay for their fair share.”

The ice cream businessmen have created a flavor called “Bernie’s Yearning,” which is mint ice cream below a solid layer of chocolate.

The chocolate disc represents “all of the wealth since the end of the recession that’s gone up to the top 1 percent, and underneath is [the] rest of us,” Cohen said. “And the way you eat it is you whack it up into a bunch of little pieces and move it around.”

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