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Bernie Sanders: How much of Seth MacFarlane’s wealth will you take?

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane recently introduced Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders at a speech in Los Angeles and here is an excerpt of what he said: “Doesn’t it seem that things have swung so far in one direction with the top 1% of the country controlling more wealth than the other 99% combined, just a little bit of Democratic-socialism is maybe not the worst thing.”

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Bernie Sanders democratic socialism plan is multifaceted and includes, as the Wall Street Journal estimates, some $18 trillion in expenditures over the next 10 years to include a single payer health care plan, tuition free college for all and increasing social security benefits to name a few.

How does Sen Sanders propose to pay for such an expensive social scheme? Mostly from confiscating the wealth of those terrible top 1% of people (although the numbers don’t add up and that number would likely change to the top 5 or 10 percent or higher—really no one knows including Sanders. Anyone with an ounce of economic integrity knows there is no way he could pay for it this way.

In an interview with a friendly Bill Maher who asked, “The tax revenue that we would get just from taxing the people who I think your fans think you’re talking about, the people who own a yacht, does not come close to covering what you want to pay for.”

Sanders in turn replied, “Not true. Not true. What I’m saying is there have been articles out there that have been really unfair and wrong. For example, what they are suggesting is that if we move to a Medicare-for-all single-payer program, which guarantees healthcare to all people, it would cost a lot of money. That’s true. But what they forget to tell you is it would be much more cost-effective than this dysfunctional system we have right now, which is the most expensive per capita on earth.”

What kind of wealth must one have to be considered in the top 1%? According to a post by the public policy organization, Demos in 2013, you would need to hold over seven million dollars to be one of the top one percent wealthiest Americans in 2013.

On Nov. 6, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be hosting a forum of the three remaining Democratic contenders. I would like Ms Maddow to ask Sen Sanders the following specific question and demand a specific answer: How much of Seth MacFarlane’s wealth would you confiscate for your utopian plans?

According to recent data, Seth MacFarlane has an estimated net worth of $194 million. His combined earnings in the past two years is $90 million and the estimated value of his Family Guy empire is $1 billion.

Specifically, Senator Sanders, how much of Seth MacFarlane’s wealth will you steal? How about the other 100 well paid celebs who are endorsing you? How about Hillary Clinton’s wealth?

Maybe a little bit of Democratic socialism is pretty bad. Let’s feel the Bern.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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  6. pat smith says:

    Your language betrays your prejudice. The point is not to “steal” a rich person’s wealth, but, rather to insist that any successful person here in the USA contribute to the social safety net in direct proportion to how much of the public infrastructure they took advantage of in order to accumulate their wealth. Wake up.

  7. Timothy says:

    Please take ALL of MacFarlane’s money. maybe that will force him to come up with something that’s actually funny, instead of pandering to the adolescent-minded. And Bill Maher needs to “get over himself”.He’s a lousy pundit

  8. Tirion says:

    $15 of the $18 trillion is for healthcare. Take a look at your paycheck. If you are like the majority of people, a big chuck is taken out for insurance. Now ask your employer what the match is, add this to your total. Now multiply that time 12, or 24 or 26 depending on how many paychecks you receive each year. Now, add in your deductibles and any other medical expenses you have. My guess is that for most people this is more than $10,000 per person, probably $25,000 for a family plan. Unless you are making over $100,000, you are already paying a 10-25% tax, you are just paying it into Blue Cross/Blue Shield or United Healthcare, or one of the other insurance companies. Now, add in the percentage paid for Medicare (1.45% individual + 1.45% employer) and the percentage, not sure what it is, of taxes spend on Medicaid, VA healthcare, or other government health plans.

    According to the National Institute for Health Care Management, in 2010, private health care premiums totaled $850B, which was only 1/3 of the total health care spending. Thus, in 2010, the total health care spending was $2.55T.

    Now, take the $15 trillion over 10 years. That is $1.5T/year. There are 300 million people in the country. If only 1/2 of them have to pay into the system (reducing for children and elderly, etc). This will be $10,000 per person. However, this will cover EVERYONE – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, retired military, employed, unemployed, SELF-EMPLOYED, etc.

    Unless someone can show me how spending $1.5T per year to cover everyone in the country is more expensive and unaffordable than spending at least $2.5T and not covering many citizens, please stop making this absurd argument.

    • Ray says:

      “However, this will cover EVERYONE – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, retired military, employed, unemployed, SELF-EMPLOYED, etc.” Like Bernie, you leave out the ridiculous cost of the government running the healthcare.

      Obamacare alone cost US over 10,000 more IRS workers to run their portion of the plan – the tracking.

      Where do all of the Blue Cross and Humana workers go? Will they be federal jobs now?

      Moreover, why would I want Bernie’s government plan? What if I prefer to pay Blue Cross or Cigna because they are BETTER, FASTER and in the end the BEST fit for my family.

      We already have universal coverage plans with Medicaid and Medicare. Change the rules to make it more accessible, get rid of Obamacare and all of the added costs, cut the rules preventing me from getting insurance from some other state, end the rule limiting my Health Spending Account and focus on penalizing the fraud – do all of that and watch the prices go down.

  9. Dandy says:

    “Bernie Sanders democratic socialism plan is multifaceted and includes, as the Wall Street Journal estimates, some $18 trillion in expenditures over the next 10 years”

    This statement is a lie, here is why.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gerald-friedman/the-wall-street-journal-k_b_8143062.html

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