How do you get a Bernie Sanders supporter to change his mind?
If your first answer was “get them jobs,” you’re not so far off.
Part of the appeal of Bernie is that he’s a Santa Claus candidate, an old man bearings gifts with no strings attached. Sure, his supporters are aware that his promises have to be paid for by taxes, but those will be paid for by someone else, like those “millionaires and billionaires” we hear to much about.
Or so they think.
The truth is, you simply can’t tax the rich enough to pay for every program Bernie promises. The fact is, to make good on his promises, just about everyone — including Sanders supporters — will have to pay significantly more taxes.
According to Vox’s Presidential Candidate tax calculator, a single person with no dependents earning $50,000 a year would pay an additional $5,400. By the way, if that single person earning $50,000 a year had a child, their tax burden would rise $6,700. That should be great for the single moms.
So how much are they willing to fork up? According to Vox:
When we polled voters, we found most Sanders supporters aren’t willing to pay more than an additional $1,000 in taxes for his biggest proposals. That’s well short of how much more the average taxpayer would pay under his tax plan.
About 66 percent of Sanders supporters said they wouldn’t be willing to pay more than an additional $1,000 in taxes for universal health care. This includes the 8 percent of Sanders supporters who aren’t willing to pay anything at all.
Sanders supporters are far and away the most likely to want free public college tuition. Still, 14 percent said they don’t want to pay additional taxes for it — and another half said they would only pay up to $1,000 a year.
Then there was this:
When we asked what percentage of their income they would pay, rather than a dollar figure, voters seem to be a bit more generous. While half of Sanders supporters said they aren’t willing to pay or that they’re only willing to pay less than 5 percent of their income, a quarter said they would pay between 5 and 10 percent.
So unless the majority of Sanders supporters are earning less than $10,000-$20,000 a year, economics isn’t their worst subject — math is.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]