Disney CEO to Bernie: “How Many Jobs Have You Created?”

DEM 2016 Debate

In a recent campaign stop, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders slammed Disney for their business model, claiming that the entertainment conglomerate pays its workers unduly low wages that cause them to have poor living conditions.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, traveling throughout Southern California, Sanders touted the following about Disney:

Bernie Sanders, darting across Southern California on Tuesday, used Disney, a company renowned for evoking happiness, to rail against a decidedly bleak topic: economic inequality.

The Vermont senator accused the Fortune 500 business of underpaying its employees.

“Anybody make a living wage working for Disney?” Sanders asked hundreds of supporters packed into a ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is directly across a busy thoroughfare from Disneyland, billed as the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

“It’s an example of what we’re talking about when we talk about a rigged economy,” said Sanders, eliciting boos from the supporters. “Disney pays its workers wages that are so low that many of them are forced to live in motels because they cannot afford a decent place to live.”

A rigged economy, ehh? Well, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger didn’t take too kindly to that, and bluntly retorted Sanders by asking one simple question:

“How many jobs have you created?”

“What have you contributed to the US economy?”

TheBlaze reports that,

In a private Facebook post obtained by The Wrap, Disney CEO Bob Iger wrote, “To Bernie Sanders: We created 11,000 new jobs at Disneyland in the past decade, and our company has created 18,000 in the US in the last five years.”

A spokesperson for Disney told TheWrap in a statement that Sanders “clearly doesn’t have his facts right”:

The Disneyland Resort generates more than $5.7 billion annually for the local economy, and as the area’s largest employer has added more than 11,000 jobs over the last decade, a 65% increase. These numbers don’t take into account our $1 billion expansion to add a Star Wars-themed land, which will create thousands of additional jobs across multiple sectors.

Smacked down! Are you feeling a Berning Sensation Mr. Sanders? If you are, it’s because your old socialist fallacies were destroyed by reality!

Bernie’s socialism does not provide jobs to the workers at Disney, the free market did; the ingenuity of the executives and managers at Disney provides all sorts of jobs to people across the country, and it provides an entertainment venue that millions of people enjoy every year.

What’s your problem Bernie? Don’t you like Disney? I’m sure that the thousands of workers there are grateful to have a job at least, which many of them would likely lose under your economic policies.

See, some jobs are just not worth $15 an hour Bernie; sorry, not sorry. That’s just the way that economics works.

You can’t repeal the law of supply and demand. No matter what the government does to increase wages or decrease prices, the results will always be disastrous because those actions never conform to sound economic policy.

If Bernie got his way, Disney, along with countless other businesses, wouldn’t be able to do as much because of the increased cost of business. Which means more unemployment, and real issues with poverty; all courtesy of Bernie and his ilk’s outdated ideas.



Seth Connell

About Seth Connell

Seth Connell is a graduate of Regent University with a B.A. in the Study of Government and a minor in History. He is an avid defender of the Bill of Rights, personal liberty, Austrian economics, privacy, responsibility, and truth. He lives in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia.