In a recent social media post on the national debt, actor Kevin Sorbo, best known for his roles in “God’s Not Dead,” “Soul Surfer,” and his earlier TV series hit shows “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Andromeda,” called out those advocating for socialist policies, saying, with $22 trillion in U.S. national debt, giving people free stuff “doesn’t add up.”
“And without getting into specifics, we now have presidential candidates advocating for socialist policies that we could not possibly pay for[,] let alone sustain,” wrote Kevin Sorbo on his Facebook page. “Basically, they want to give more people free stuff and pay them even if they are not only unable but also ‘unwilling’ to work.
“The only problem is that when you do the math, it doesn’t add up,” Sorbo wrote later in his post.
Kevin Sorbo’s remarks came after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Green New Deal proposal, with several Democratic Party presidential candidates and potential candidates lobbying varying degrees of support for the proposal, including, according to Fox News: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke and others. Sorbo linked to usdebtclock.org as a source for the statistics on the national debt, deficits, population and unfunded liabilities.
“Last week, the national debt reached $ 22 trillion,” wrote Sorbo in his social media post. “But the federal unfunded liabilities (particularly those associated with Social Security and Medicare) are even more catastrophic for future taxpayers and economic growth. Those are currently estimated at approximately $ 127 trilion or $ 1.1 [m]illion for every U.S. taxpayer.” (Editor’s note: At the time of the writing of this piece, usdebtclock.org showed US Unfunded Liabilities (GAAP) at an estimated $123T or $1M per taxpayer.)
“Honestly, I don’t think anyone on the planet can even wrap their minds around a figure this large,” opined Sorbo. “It’s inconceivable.” You can “[p]ick any statistic you want[,] and it’s horrifying.”
Getting into the specifics on the data from usdebtclock.org, Sorbo went on, “Personal debt stands at roughly $19.5 Trillion, mortgage debt at $15.5 Trillion. We have an estimated population of 328 million people of which only 122 million are paying taxes. What are the other 200 million doing? Granted many millions are children, but not all 200 million!”
Noting a quote attributed to Robert Frost, that “[t]he world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them,’ Sorbo concluded, “The only problem is that when you do the math, it doesn’t add up.”