While shooting down rumors that he might stop caucusing with Senate Democrats if Republicans take over the Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also made a great argument for why no one who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire should vote Republican.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders explained why he will continue to caucus with the Democrats,
I intend to caucus with that party that will most likely support a major federal jobs program putting millions of Americans back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure; supports overturning the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision; supports raising the minimum wage to a living wage; supports pay equity for women workers; supports a single-payer national health care program; ends our disastrous trade policies; addresses the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality; and is prepared to aggressively address the international crisis of global warming.
“I could be wrong,” Sanders added, “but my guess is that will not be the Republican Party.”
Sen. Sanders’ explanation for why he won’t be leaving the Democratic caucus also works as a great shorthand list of reasons why to not vote Republican.
If you a voter who is interested in a party with a plan for creating jobs besides giving your money to rich people and hoping that they use it to create jobs, the Republican Party isn’t your choice.
If you want to drive on a bridge without wondering if it will collapse before you get to the other side, the Republican Party isn’t the choice for you. Do you think millionaires and billionaires should be able to buy the government? If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t vote Republican. If you think that a woman should be paid as much as a man, the Republican Party isn’t the place for you. Concerned about income inequality? The Republican Party is pursuing policies that will give more to the rich at the expense of everyone else. If you think that anyone who doubts climate science is insane, you really don’t want to consider voting Republican.
All of the reasons why Bernie Sanders is staying with the Democratic Senate caucus are also reasons why voting Republican is a bad idea. The country has seen the Republican plan for America over the past four years, and it isn’t pretty.
Sen. Sanders knows that the Republican Party is not a viable choice for him, but millions of Americans need to understand that voting Republican isn’t a good choice for them either.