The results of a recent poll reveal once again the classic truism: socialism is a great idea until you run out of other people’s money. In this case, the socialistic Bernie Sanders supporters tell you up front: they want universal health care and free college, but they’re not willing to pay for it. Big shock, huh?
The poll, conducted by the liberal website vox.com, asked two questions: “Are you willing to pay more taxes for his proposals, like nationalized health care and free public college tuition?” and, “How much more?” The results were probably shocking to the liberals themselves because they fancy themselves inherently good and charitable people. What is socialism, after all, but “charity” and philanthropy in action? The poll results say otherwise:
About 66 percent of Sanders supporters said they wouldn’t be willing to pay more than an additional $1,000 [per year] in taxes for universal health care.
An uptick to a mere $2k/year and that figure jumps nearly to 80 percent.
Why this is so important is compounded by the facts of what Sanders’s proposals will actually cost. The article explains:
What Sanders supporters are willing to pay isn’t enough for his health care plan
In 2015, the average person on an employer-sponsored health plan paid a little more than $1,000 annually in premiums. . . .
In other words, even Sanders supporters are saying they don’t want to pay as much to the federal government for health care as they are paying right now in the private sector.
But Sanders’s plan to pay for universal health care coverage would increase taxes on most voters by more than $1,000. He wants to:
- Add a 2.2 percentage point surcharge on individual incomes. This means marginal tax rates go up for everyone. (After a standard deduction, about a quarter of households won’t have to pay this surcharge.)
- Add a new 6.2 percent tax on earnings, which employers pay — but will bepassed on to workers over time in the form of lower wages, according to the Tax Policy Center’s Roberton Williams.
But it gets worse. These estimates are actually quite modest in Sanders’s favor: “Some analysts believe Sanders’s plan will cost twice as much as his campaign estimates.”
The article doesn’t draw enough conclusions about all this, but it is clear on a couple things:
But the majority of Sanders supporters in our poll (much less all voters) aren’t willing to pay enough to actually support those nationalized services.
This isn’t a question of whether Sanders’s ideas are valid. This is a question of how voters are thinking about Sanders’s revolution, which is a radical increase in the scope of what government is responsible for, versus the private sector.
When even liberals are realizing that socialism can’t pay for itself, you know there’s a problem with the system.
What you need to understand, however, is that this obvious problem is far more legion than just paying for proposed universal health care and free college. It’s endemic in every service government takes over and provides. It is in education, health care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc., etc.
It is for such simple economic reasons that we have massive government deficits and national debts, as well as continual monetary inflation. The system is based on covetousness and theft: people wanting “free” services for themselves for which they have no intention or means of paying. So the money is taxed, borrowed, and printed at the expense of other workers and savers, present and future.
Workers who don’t agree with the corrupt system lose because they are taxed for other people’s benefit. Savers especially lose because their hard work, sacrifice, and thrift are rewarded with savings that are devalued over time by inflation. In the long run, some people’s short-term gains are other people’s losses.
And the truth is, it’s not just Sanders. Clinton supporters polled very similarly, and conservatives would poll with similar numbers if you target their pet socialisms as well.
It’s time to break the socialist delusions in which so many are blindly, and in some cases simply ignorantly, complicit. A good place for Christians to start is God versus Socialism.