Here you can find quick responses to some of the most common myths about Bernie that are circulating out there.
Short New York Pitch
Bernie needs 60 votes in congress. But Hillary only needs 60 votes! Would republicans go any easier on Clinton than Bernie or Obama? In negotiations, you ask for a lot. Don’t start from the weakest position and then compromise more.
Bernie has experience working within the system to get practical stuff done despite a hostile congress. You may already know the remarkable history of the Amendment King, who passed more amendments than any legislator in our era through constant work and bipartisan coalitions. 36 years in elected office, longest serving independent in the history of the Senate, and ranking chairman on 6 committees.
Bernie can accomplish a ton in the executive branch. If the presidency was as weak as his detractors imply, why fight so hard for it? Why are billions of dollars dedicated to the election?
The most important executive issues are uniquely suited to him: Climate and environment, liberal judicial nominations, excessive government surveillance, opposing corporate trade deals like the TPP, and using the presidency to advocate and inspire. These issues need the strongest advocate we can elect.
Bernie is as electable as Hillary. Yes, she will win a few conservatives in red states that Bernie won’t. But Bernie will simultaneously pick up votes she won’t—in crucial states, from people angry at Washington. Polls consistently say either candidate would dominate republicans.
Of course you know of the midterm turnout problems for the democratic party. Bernie can bring desperately needed enthusiasm and independent support to help other Democrats.
Bernie would get money out of politics. He has promised to appoint only judges who will end Citizens United and legalized bribery. According to a study, “the preferences of Americans have a near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” Donations predict what policies are implemented, despite politicians’ claims they are not influenced by big money.
Bernie’s Goals Are Achievable
The democratic nomination is not a contest between ideals and pragmatism. Bernie has both.
If the presidency was as weak as his detractors imply, why do they fight so hard for it? Why are billions of dollars dedicated to the election?
There is a LOT he can do through the executive branch, and the most important executive issues in America are uniquely suited to him: Climate and environment, liberal judicial nominations, excessive government surveillance, opposing corporate trade deals like the TPP, and using the presidency to advocate and inspire. These issues need the strongest advocate we can elect. This may be our final chance to rein in climate change, invasion of privacy, and lobbyist trade deals which turn lobbyist desires into a matter of international treaty.
He Has Experience Getting Them Through Congress
Bernie and Hillary have at least equal probability to get legislation through congress.
It’s ridiculous to suggest republicans would go any easier on Clinton than Bernie or Obama. The narrative flies in the face of negotiation strategy. If you want to negotiate, you ask for a lot. You do not start from the weakest position and THEN compromise more.
Bernie has remarkable experience working within the system to get practical, progressive legislation through a hostile congress. The “Amendment King” was among the most productive, effective members of congress despite serving in republican majorities.
Detractors lazily stereotype Bernie as a no-compromise idealist. That narrative is completely false. Bernie Sanders used relentless action, bipartisan coalitions, and smart strategy to pass the most amendments of any congressperson in his era, and they were exclusively progressive legislation.
Can he actually get EVERYTHING he proposes?
Of course not. No president can get EVERY initiative enacted. This expectation is a double standard no candidate in history has ever met.
Bernie isn’t “promising” anything. He’s setting goals for his presidency, which is what a presidential candidate should do. In his endorsement of Bernie, Senator Jeff Merkley said: “They are a campaign vision. You can call them a promise to fight for the direction we need to go. By laying out that vision, the likelihood of taking steps in that direction becomes much more significant.” America desperately needs these issues in the foreground.
His Positions Are Realistic
Why do those who claim that policies that work around the world are impossible also claim they are being realistic? The most unrealistic claim in America is the idea that the systems we have in place right now are sustainable.
Of course his agenda is realistic – that’s why it’s the model followed by nearly every developed country on Earth. Medicare for all is far more efficient than our insurance industry. Any climate scientist could tell you Bernie has the most realistic perspective on climate change.
A system where the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer can’t even work for the rich for that long. A business can’t be successful if no one can afford to buy anything.
How Bernie Pays For His Ideas
Bernie has included a plan to pay for every spending program he has introduced.
His plans actually save money. Quick infographic
His Tax Plan May Save You Money
Don’t believe the myths. Bernie’s tax brackets are similar to current law until the $2 million bracket.
Bernie will require corporations to pay their fair share. Big corporations frequently do not pay taxes and even get rebates, receiving a profit by exploiting American taxpayers. We support them and pay for their infrastructure too. Some of these corporate welfare recipients then outsource those jobs the government invested in them to produce.
Most of the disinformation about tax is centered on Bernie’s Medicare For All plan. It would eliminate our current private insurance system, the most inefficient in the world, and introduce a 2.2% tax and a 6% payroll tax, drastically reducing the expense of insurance for most individuals AND employers. To see how it would work, and learn if you save money, check out this tax calculator: http://sandershealthcare.com/
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