For the life of me, I cannot figure out why Republicans keep voting against their interests. Time has told us that today’s Republican voter will cast their ballot for the person who does not represent their true needs or even their true desires. Of the 100 poorest counties in the country, 95 of them are in red-states. Of the states with the highest uninsured rate, red-states top the list. So why do Republicans keep electing anti-welfare, anti-healthcare candidates? Your guess is as good as mine.
A recent poll from CBS/New York Times sheds light, yet again, on the fact that Republicans are more “liberal” than they think. They’re so liberal, in fact ,that they tend to agree with socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Yes, you read that right. Today’s Republican voters unknowingly agree with Bernie Sanders on a multitude of campaign finance reform issues. While Republicans like Reince Priebus and Mitch McConnell say unlimited money in our elections is the American way, their base of supporters wholeheartedly disagree:
◾80% of Republicans believe money has too much influence in our politics and electoral system
◾54% believed that most of the time candidates directly help those who gave money to them
◾55% of Republicans feel the wealthy have more influence in the election process because of current campaign finance laws
◾81% of Republicans felt that the campaign finance system needs fundamental changes (45%) or a complete rebuild (36%)
◾71% want to limit the amount that individuals can give to campaigns
◾73% felt that super PAC spending should be limited by law
◾76% thought that superPACs should be required to disclose their donors
Wow…I guess the party of Mitch McConnell and Reince Priebus are full of First Amendment-hating socialists. While corporate media conglomerates try to paint Sanders as an unpopular kook who has no chance of winning, he actually becomes more popular as more people figure out who he is. And with 80% of Republicans agreeing with him on one of his most fundamental positions, Sanders shouldn’t be underestimated.