“Yeah, but…” rebuttals for Bernie Sanders
When people say “he doesn’t have enough political experience!”
Response: Bernie Sanders has served as a politician for the past 34 years. He first elected as the Mayor of Burlington in 1981, which he served for 8 years. He was then elected into the House of Representatives in 1990. He served as a representative for 16 years before assuming the position as United States Senator in 2007.
Not only does Bernie have enough political experience to hold the position of President, he has the unique experience of serving at different levels of government – local, state and federal.
When people say “He has not accomplished anything!”
Response: Bernie is known as the “Amendment King” for passing more amendments that any other member of Congress. Here are a few examples of his amendments that have passed:
- Passed an amendment which increased funding for community health centers by $100 million (H.Amdt.404 to H.R.3338)
- Passed an amendment that would prohibit the imports of goods made from child labor (H.Amdt.238 to H.R.2590)
- Passed an amendment which requires at least 30% of the hot water demand in newer federal building be provided though solar water heaters.
- Passed an amendment requiring the Comptroller General to put together comprehensive reporting on financial assistance for child care available to parents in the armed forces (S.Amdt.1658 to S.1390).
Bernie genuinely cares about people and is willing to do whatever it takes to help him. He was the first member of Congress to drive women across the border to buy prescription drugs at a lower cost. He also bought shares of IBM so he could get into the annual meeting and participate in a vote to reverse the company’s pension plan change. Even more close to home, he picketed with our workers during their strikes against FairPoint and Verizon – an act he’s done for union workers numerous times all across the country and all throughout his life.
When people say “He won’t be able to work with Republicans!”
Response: Bernie worked with John McCain (R-AZ) to overhaul the Veterans Administration
- McCain: “And I found him to be honorable and good as his word. And his word was good. So I found it a very satisfactory and sometimes, shall I say, colorful experience.”
When people say “He isn’t electable!”
Response: There is a myth going around that Bernie is unelectable and will never win the general election, but that is not true. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Clinton leads the race with 44% support compared to 42% support for Bernie. Last nationwide poll had Clinton leading Bernie 61-30, which illustrates his growing popularity. Additionally, in head to head match ups, Bernie leads Trump by 10 points, leads Cruz by 4 points and ties with Marco Rubio, while Hillary tops Trump by 4 points, ties with Cruz and trails Rubio and trails Rubio by 7 points.
When people say “No one is going to vote for a Socialist!”
Response: Bernie considers himself a Democratic Socialist – which puts him in the company of other well-known Democratic Socialists like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, and others.
He wants the government to ensure the economy is set up to enable as many people as possible; he wants to focus on social programs that will help more Americans get ahead.
Here is a definition that Bernie Sanders himself has given about what Democratic Socialism means:”The government has got to play a very important role in making sure that as a right of citizenship all of our people have healthcare; that as a right, all of our kids, regardless of income, have quality childcare, are able to go to college without going deeply into debt; that it means we do not allow large corporations and moneyed interests to destroy our environment; that we create a government in which it is not dominated by big money interest.”
When people say, “He’s too old!”
Response: Yes, Bernie would be the oldest president elected into office, BUT he is in great health! In a doctor note, his doctor states “you are in overall good health and active in your professional work and recreational lifestyle without limitation.”
When people say, “There is no way to pay for all his proposals”
Response: His website features a detailed outline on how he would pay for his proposals: https://berniesanders.com/issues/how-bernie-pays-for-his-proposals/
Here a few examples of how he would pay for his policy proposals:
- College for All, would be paid by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators that would generate about $300 billion in revenue.
- Expanding Social Security , would be paid for by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000 so that the wealthy pay the same percentage of income as working people
- Paid Family and Medical Leave, would be paid for with a payroll tax that would total $1.61 a week for the typical American worker