His plan to pay for all of his new spending can be found here. It is a sweeping and rather startling plan that in one fell swoop would place an enormous amount of the economy directly under the control of the surly and entitled bureaucrats that make up the Federal workforce. To place this in perspective, the current Federal budget is around 4 1/2 trillion per year, about a trillion of that spending is funded by new debt. Comrade Bernie is proposing new spending to the tune of...
Fifty trillion. So for you gender studies majors out that, $50 trillion over ten years is about $5 trillion per year, or more than we are currently spending combined in the Federal budget per year. As an important caveat, I am taking the most generous price tag here. As anyone with any powers of observation already knows, the estimated cost of a government program is always significantly lower than what it will actually cost. A great example of this was the "Big Dig" highway project in Boston that moved much of the main traffic routes in Boston into tunnels. The project was supposed to cost $2.8 billion. In the end the price-tag was generously estimated at $14.6 billion and the real cost including interest is north of $20 billion. It took way longer and cost exponentially more than the government claimed. There is every reason to think that Bernie's plan, if implemented as promised, would do the same basic thing: under-perform on promises and drastically cost more than suggested. However, I am going to stick with the numbers as provided because those are bad enough.
So here is a breakdown of the Bernie plan and how he will pay for it. It is after the break and it is a long post so be forewarned. Also, I am not proofreading this so there will certainly be spelling and grammar errors.