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Thomas Gallatin / May 31, 2019

Bernie’s Socialist Taxes — His Supporters Love It

NBC poll finds the majority of Sanders’s supporters to be low-information voters.

Yes, Bernie Sanders admits, paying for his “universal” health care plan would require raising taxes … on everyone. “It would cost you and ordinary Americans a lot less than you are currently spending on average,” Sanders recently told a crowd of supporters, but then added, “What it will probably end up looking like is a payroll tax on employers, an increase in income tax in a progressive way for ordinary people … with a significant deductible for low-income people who pay nothing for it.”

However, beyond blithely noting this increase in taxes, Sanders has thus far refused to put forth any significant details on a plan that economists have estimated would cost a colossal $32 trillion over a decade. And, as The Daily Wire notes, “Even if Sanders were able to raise $10 trillion without economic consequence, at least $17 trillion of the program’s cost would remain unfunded, leading to either further tax increases or major cuts in service.” So, Sanders’s socialist dream would in reality be every taxpayer’s nightmare.

Unfortunately, Sanders’s low-information voters don’t seem to see the folly in his socialist pipe dream. A recent NBC poll found that Sanders’s supporters showed a lack of political awareness when compared to supporters of other candidates. This prompted NBC’s Chuck Todd to assert, “The less you are paying attention, the more likely you are a Bernie Sanders supporter.” Ouch.

As we have noted previously, the growing support among Americans for socialism has more to do with personality, party loyalty, and opposition to Donald Trump than it does with any honest understanding of socialism. And Sanders’s supporters appear to epitomize this observation. They gravitate to his antagonism of the status quo while failing to understand the real-life ramifications of his policy proposals. Like so many “useful idiots” before them, Bernie’s Brigades have fallen for socialism’s utopian vision and show little inclination to learn from history.

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