I feel sick. Like I drunk the Kool aid yet again. You know I'm a bernie supporter. He says things that I believe in, things that make sense. Cut to video where you can see his stance never wavered. He's a man of the people! But. What I failed to do is my research. The relief I felt from hearing a politician, a politician running for president, saying reasonable things, thing I agree with. It led me to a false sense of security. Intelligent people around me agree, so I have even less reason to doubt. Hillary does herself great disservice by, well, everything she says during the debates. It seemed obvious, bernie is the best candidate. So why is hillary winning? Pessimism allowed me to write it off as the people not knowing what's in their own best interest. But maybe it's that bernie won't actually do shit if he's elected.
Here's a piece I just read this morning: https://medium.com/@robinalperstein/on-becoming-anti-bernie-ee87943ae699#.9zdjs44n7
I recommend reading the whole long thing, but I'll put in a few excerpts here. Even if you dispute some of the positive claims about hillary, let's just focus on facts about bernie. Facts no one around me seems to have noticed.
"... the estimates were based on the assumption that the U.S. economy would have an average growth at a 5% rate over his term... Reagan had achieved 4% twice in eight years, and Bill Clinton, five times, but 4% growth four years running? Never happened — and that was in better economic environments... Sanders was able to find a single economist to weigh in positively on his plan, but that analysis was ripped to shreds by most others, who showed that Sanders’ plan doesn’t add up on its own terms (estimates are something like a $1–2 trillion shortfall even at the 5% growth assumption). "
Before when anyone criticized his economic plan I dismissed the claim because I read and saw things like this: http://www.portside.org/2016-02-26/sanders-economic-plan-controversy
But onto the next part:
"...Sanders only got three bills through Congress (two of which were for naming post offices) ... so I looked at the legislation he introduced during his senate career. It turns out that, every year, year after year, he introduced the same legislation to make a point, and no one else ever seems to have signed on to it... while he has deep convictions about the ills of income inequality (which I wholeheartedly share), seems to be constitutionally incapable or unwilling to undertake the difficult task of actually coming up with workable, meaningful legislation"
So, let's look at that. If you listened to the health care summits (they were hard to listen to), you'll remember Obama had a hell of a time getting even the shittiest version of universal health care started. But even as president you can't just pass legislation, you have to get is passed by majority. So, I know bernie has "introduced legislation" on very important issues, but if they don't get passed what good are they? I feel for Bernie because I, too, would be pretty unwilling to compromise my morals. But I'm not a politician. And as I can now see, bernie doesn't really have moral high ground either.
"Attacking Hillary Clinton for supporting the 1994 crime bill that her husband signed when she was First Lady is intellectually dishonest. This is so on several grounds. First, his attacks omit that he himself voted for that bill; ... And when confronted about his dishonest and hypocritical approach to discussing the crime bill and his own support for it, he lied. He claimed that he supported it in part because it included an assault weapons ban. This is false. He voted in favor of an earlier version of the bill, which did not include that assault weapons ban... Sanders accepted $10,000 from a Hillary superPAC in 2006 when he was running for re-election... Sanders has over $23 million in unsourced, potentially illegal campaign contributions that he has been unable to explain. He’s received three separate letters from the FEC questioning thousands contributions including identifying thousands in excess of $2,700 (the individual limit), and he had $10,465,912 in aggregated $35 donations all made on a single day from a single zip code in DC that cannot be explained (that would mean 299,026 donations were made on one day from that zip code, when DC’s entire population is about 660,000)... Sanders supporters think Clinton is in the pocket of “big oil” — never mind that she’s received a total of about $308,000 from individuals in the oil and gas industry, compared to Sanders’ approximately $54,000, both drops in the bucket of their campaign totals... Sanders is also hypocritical because he attacks Clinton for not being transparent, but has failed to disclose his tax returns... Clinton has produced her returns going back about a decade and every major presidential candidate produces their tax returns. (Sanders has only now, after much pressure and ridicule, released the full return for 2014 — but only for 2014.)... His active role in pushing to get VT’s radioactive waste dumped in a poor Latino community in TX (Sierra Blanca) ... is ignored by his supporters and omitted by his campaign. And he worked hard to bring home the bacon for VT in the form a $1.35 billion war machine known as the F-35, which is the walking definition of waste in defense contracting."
We all know no politician, over the course of an entire career, is going to be without mistake. But bernie really likes to paint hillary like a picture of everything that is wrong in our system, and himself as the only voice of reason. It's very convincing, very easy to relate to if you are liberal like me. But it's not even true.
There's more in this article (go read it!) It changes nothing of my actions. I already voted for Bernie in the Louisiana primary (Clinton won), and as I already posted in here I was already planning on voting for Bernie or hillary in the final election (because the lesser of two evils is less fucking evil). But hopefully some of you bernie or busters might research more about all the candidates and vote, or not vote, based on the facts rather than gut feeling. Sometimes it's wrong.