Tr🍩ll Smear #4-A: “Bernie only passed Amendments and no real bills.”
This is a follow on or come-back smear that ignores the oligarchic reality of Congress and the bills that are passed there.
First, someone who makes this argument has little knowledge of (1) how Congress works, and (2) for whom it works.
First, let’s look at how congress actually works, and what kinds of bills are passed. A recent Princeton study found that the political priorities and goals of ordinary Americans have NO impact on what Congress does, and what bills they pass.
Princeton Study Confirms 'US Is An Oligarchy'
"...policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then…
The only direct correlation they found was that the ruling elite regularly had their policy priorities reflected in legislation, and that the extent to which those preferences were reflected in laws was directly proportional to how rich they were.
What does this mean?
This means that the bills that get passed through Congress are designed to benefit the very wealthy and the Corporations. They are NOT written to benefit average citizens.
So anyone who is “successful” at getting bills through Congress should immediately be suspect. Because the Princeton and other studies prove that such “success” is only in doing the bidding of wealthy donors and the Corporate Elite. Unlike Bernie Sanders, they are NOT doing what will help the 99% of Americans.
How does Bernie do it?
Bernie has been called the Amendment King because he is very adept at writing progressive legislation that actually helps working people, and then tacking that legislation onto a bill as it goes through Congress.
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Alternet also published a piece that analyzed Bernie’s success in getting things accomplished for working people amid the bills passed to benefit the top 1%.
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From the above article:
Amendments in the House of Representatives are often seen as secondary vehicles to legislation that individual members sponsor, but they are an important way to move resources and build bipartisan coalitions to change the direction of the law. Despite the fact that the most right-wing Republicans in a generation controlled the House of Representatives between 1994 and 2006, the member who passed the most amendments during that time was not a right-winger like Bob Barr or John Boehner. The amendment king was, instead, Bernie Sanders.
So there you have it.
- Amendments are critically important to gettin g progressiove legislation through a Congress that is bty design set up to cater only to the priorities of the rich and powerful, and
- Bernie is the Amendment King.