Democrat vs Republican

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This comparison examines the differences between the policies and political positions of the Democratic and Republican parties on major issues such as taxes, the role of government, entitlements (Social Security, Medicare), gun control, immigration, healthcare, abortion and gay rights. These two parties dominate America's political landscape but differ greatly in their philosophies and ideals.

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Philosophy Liberal, left-leaning. Conservative, right-leaning.
Economic Ideas Favor minimum wages and progressive taxation i.e. higher tax rates for higher income brackets. Believe taxes shouldn't be increased for anyone (including the wealthy) and that wages should be set by the free market.
Stand on Military issues Decreased spending Increased spending
Stand on gay marriage Support (some Democrats disagree) Oppose (some Republicans disagree)
Stand on abortion Should not be made illegal; support Roe v. Wade (some Democrats disagree) Should not be legal; oppose Roe v. Wade (some Republicans disagree)
Stand on Death penalty While support for the death penalty is strong among Democrats, opponents of the death penalty are a substantial fraction of the Democratic base. A large majority of Republicans support the death penalty.
Social and human ideas Based on community and social responsibility Based on individual rights and justice
Traditionally strong in states California, Massachusetts Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas
Symbol Donkey Elephant
Color Blue Red
Founded in 1824 1854
Website www.democrats.org www.gop.com
Senate Leader Harry Reid Mitch McConnell
Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz Reince Priebus
Famous Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard Nixon

Contents: Democrat vs Republican

Origin of the Democratic and Republican parties

The Democratic Party traces its origins to the Anti federalist factions before America’s independence from British rule. These factions were organized into the Democrat – Republican party by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792.

The Republican party is the younger of the two parties. Founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the Republican Party rose to prominence with the election of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president.

History

Since the division of the Republican Party in the election of 1912, the Democratic party has consistently positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party in economic as well as social matters. The economically left-leaning activist philosophy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which has strongly influenced American liberalism, has shaped much of the party's economic agenda since 1932. Roosevelt's New Deal coalition usually controlled the national government until 1964.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, it rose to prominence with the election of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president. The party presided over the American Civil War and Reconstruction and was harried by internal factions and scandals towards the end of the 19th century. Today, the Republican Party supports a pro-business platform, with further foundations in economic libertarianism and a brand of social conservatism increasingly based on the viewpoints of the Religious Right.

Differences in Philosophy

While there may be several differences in opinion between individual Democrats and Republicans on certain issues, what follows is a generalization of their stand on several of these issues. A Democrat is typically known as a supporter of a broader range of social services in America than those advocated by Republicans. Republican philosophy is based on a limited influence of government and a dominant foreign policy.

Republicans are considered on the "right" end of the political spectrum while Democrats are on the "left." The far right generally is pro-religion, anti-bureaucracy, pro-military, pro-business and pro-personal responsibility.

Republicans, are usually considered conservative (fiscally as well as socially), maybe a little pious, pro-business and against the bureaucracy often associated with big government. They see big governments as wasteful and an obstacle to getting things done. Their approach is Darwinian in that the strong shall survive, cream rises to the top, etc.

To the far left of the spectrum are the extreme liberal, or the most extreme democrats. Democrats are considered more liberal. Democrats tend to favor an active role for government in society and believe that such involvement – be it environmental regulations against polluting or anti-discrimination laws – can improve the quality of people’s lives and help achieve the larger goals of opportunity and equality. On the other hand, Republicans tend to favor a limited role for government in society and believe that such reliance on the private sector (businesses and individuals) – be it avoiding unnecessary environmental regulations or heavy-handed anti-discrimination laws – can improve economic productivity and help achieve the larger goals of freedom and self-reliance

Individual and Community

While the Republican policy aims more towards Individual responsibility and they believe in individual rights and justice, the Democrats are more for community responsibility and community and social justice.

Democratic vs Republican stand on controversial issues

The Democrats and Republicans have varying ideas on many issues, some of which are listed below. These are broadly generalized opinions; it must be noted that there are many politicians in each party who have different and more nuanced positions on these issues.

Military

Republicans: Prefer increasing military spending and have a more hard line stance against countries like Iran, with a higher tendency to deploy the military option.

Democrats: Prefer lower increases in military spending and are comparatively more reluctant to using military force against countries like Iran, Syria and Libya.

Gun control Laws

Democrats favor more gun control laws e.g. oppose the right to carry concealed weapons in public places. Republicans oppose gun control laws and are strong supporters of the Second Amendment as well as the right to carry concealed weapons.

Abortion

Democrats: It is the woman’s right to decide this and hence it is legal.
Republicans: It shouldn’t be made legal and Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Some Republicans go so far as to oppose the contraception mandate i.e. requiring employer-paid health insurance plans to cover contraception.

A related point of divergence is embryonic stem cell research - Democrats support it while Republicans do not.

Gay rights

Democrats tend to favor equal rights for gay and lesbian couples e.g. the right to get married and adopt children. Republicans believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman so they do not support gay marriage or allowing them to adopt children.

Death Penalty

Opponents of the death penalty form a much higher fraction of the Democratic Party when compared to the GOP.

Taxes

Democrats support progressive taxes i.e. they want high-income individuals to pay taxes at a higher rate. They support higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for public programs. Republicans support tax cuts for everyone (rich and poor alike). They consider higher tax rates on the rich a form of class warfare.

Minimum Wage

Democrats favor increase in the minimum wage to help workers. Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage because it hurts businesses.

Role of Government

One of the fundamental differences between Democratic and Republican party ideals is around the role of government. Republicans favor a small government — both in terms of the number of people employed by the government and in terms of the roles and responsibilities of government in society. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a government agency that many Republican presidential candidates love to deride as an example of "useless" government agencies that they would shut down.

Another example is the food stamps program. Republicans in Congress are demanding cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP), while Democrats want to expand this program. Democrats argue that with unemployment rate high in the economy, many families need the assistance provided by the program. Republicans argue that there is a lot of fraud in the program that is wasting taxpayer dollars. They also want to institute clauses that force beneficiaries of the program to take more personal responsibility through measures such as mandatory drug testing, and looking for a job.[1]

Civil Rights

Abraham Lincoln belonged to the Republican Party, so the roots of the party are in individual freedom and the abolition of slavery. Indeed, 82% of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the bill while only 69% of Democrats did. The Southern wing of the Democratic party was vehemently opposed to civil rights legislation.

However, after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there was a sort of role reversal. Todd Purdum, author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come, a book about the legislative maneuvering behind the passage of the Civil Rights Act, says this in an interview with NPR:

SIEGEL: How much of the Republican Party in Congress supported the civil rights bill as it still was? And how many voted for cloture to break the filibuster?

PURDUM: Well, the final vote in the Senate for the bill was 73 to 27, with 27 out of 33 Republican votes. So in proportional terms, the Republicans supported this bill much more than the Democrats did in both houses.

SIEGEL: A few weeks after Lyndon Johnson signed that bill into law, as we heard at the beginning, the Republicans go and they nominate Barry Goldwater for president, a Republican who had voted against civil rights. And their legacy is jettisoned at that moment.

PURDUM: In some important way that was the beginning of changing the Republican Party from the party of Lincoln into the party of white backlash which is, frankly, reputation that in the South particularly endures to this day, and has hurt the Republican Party as a national brand in presidential elections.

Logos of the Democratic and Republican parties

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Red states and Blue states list

Due to the TV coverage during some of the presidential elections in the past, the color Red has become associated with the Republicans (as in Red states – the states where the Republican presidential nominee wins) and Blue is associated with the Democrats.

The Democratic Party, once dominant in the Southeastern United States, is now strongest in the Northeast (Mid-Atlantic and New England), Great Lakes Region, as well as along the Pacific Coast (especially Coastal California), including Hawaii. The Democrats are also strongest in major cities. Recently, Democratic candidates have been faring better in some southern states, such as Virginia, Arkansas, and Florida, and in the Rocky Mountain states, especially Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Since 1980, geographically the Republican "base" ("red states") is strongest in the South and West, and weakest in the Northeast and the Pacific Coast. The Republican Party's strongest focus of political influence lies in the Great Plains states, particularly Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, and in the western states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah.

Famous Republican vs Democratic Presidents

Republicans have controlled the White House for 28 of the last 43 years since Richard Nixon became president. Famous Democrat Presidents have been Franklin Roosevelt, who pioneered the New Deal in America and stood for 4 terms, John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Office, Bill Clinton, and Nobel Peace Prize winners Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

Famous Republican Presidents include Teddy Roosevelt, known for the Panama Canal, Ronald Reagan, credited for ending the Cold War with Gorbachev, and the two Bush family Presidents of recent times. Republican President Richard Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal.

Control of the White House

This graphic shows which party controlled the White House since 1901. You can find the list of Presidents on Wikipedia.

U.S. Presidents by political party since 1901

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August 29, 2013, 2:58am

I'm weird. I'm a straight, Christian, white, male, in with high middle-class income. That being said, I am mostly a Democrat. Many of you people are being extremely narrow-minded and un-sympathetic.

Pro-gay marriage-- People should be able to marry whoever they love, as long as that person loves them too.

Pro-choice-- I would NEVER get an abortion myself, however if someone cannot support a baby, they should have that ability

Mixed gun control-- I think that if the person is mentally stable, responsible, and mature enough, they should be able to own any non-automatic firearm. A test to prove these traits should be issued.

The welfare system should be revised but not abolished. There shouldn't be a possibility to abuse it.

Raised taxes for the Wealthy-- No one should be able to tax-dodge. Many of the wealthy do this, and it's not good. It's unfair to the people that pay taxes. Maybe
8-10% for the poor, 10-12% for the middle class, 12-15% for the rich, 15-20% for the super rich or something like that.

Reduced defense budget to focus on more important issues

I believe in social equality, and equal economic opportunity. I believe in individuality, self-expression, creativity, empathy, acceptance, and equal rights

A poor, gay, black, Muslim, woman should have the same opportunity as a rich, straight, white, christian man!!!!!!

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July 21, 2013, 6:26am

I am a strong believer in God, but also a strong believer in equality. I think people have the right to own a gun, as long as they are safe to (proven with a background check). Half my family members are Republican and the other half are Democrates. I really think I am more democratic, considering I feel I agree with more of what they believe. I do not wish to start fights, but God made us all, and he does not make mistakes. We are all here for a purpose, and I wish to see something out of that purpose. I hope everyone who starts yelling out what party they are, how amazing that party is, and how horrible the other party is has a clear understanding of both sides. You need a good background on this kind of history before making a very important decision such as politics. I am going to state right now that this is a 13 year old Mexican-American girl speaking, I do not want any horrible replies about that. I may be young, I may not be your typical stereotype, but I have strong beliefs. I do not believe what people tell me to believe, but what I believe is all me. I am not a parrot, I think for myself. I hope people make the right decision, whatever it is.

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July 19, 2013, 12:02am

Some of this doesn't entirely make sense - it gives the impression that Democrats and Republicans represent the left and right poles of the political spectrum, for instance, while the modern Democratic party is more centre-left than leftist. (Compare the progressiveness of the tax rates in the 1950s with those of the 2010s, for instance. Or compare Obamacare with the Gingrich, Dole, and Romney health plans.) Most modern Republican politicians stop short of Ayn Rand's extreme-right economics, and very few modern Democrats advocate raising taxes on the
rich to the level they were in the 1960s or 1950s.

The notion that higher taxes on the rich are always class warfare is an extreme right position - not shared universally in the Republican party.

Lumping contraception in as a subcategory of abortion doesn't make sense - while abortion can be considered a form of contraception, anyone who knows anything about human biology knows that contraception is not a form of abortion.

The characterisation of Republicans as favouring limited government intervention
is inaccurate. Drug prohibition, the surveillance net, contraceptive restrictions, abortion laws, and anti-homosexuality legislation all extend government into people's private lives. While a few Republicans do think the government should scale back its power, this is not a majority belief among Republican legislators.

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May 10, 2013, 8:02pm

Debty is Bushes fault? ya right. Obama TRIPLED it in 2 years!
how? ya right. you say.... Google "Obama Stimulus"

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January 14, 2013, 10:47pm

At my school we did an election between Obama and Romney, and I thought it was interesting because all the people who voted for Romney were straight A students and all the people that voted for Obama had C's, D's, and F's.

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November 18, 2012, 10:01pm

I am republican all the way baby! Obama is ruining our country! Wonder what all his supporters will have to say in 4 years when things are even worse than now? Of course they'll keep blaming Bush. Lord help the president that has to clean up Obama's mess! My poor children's futures are not looking to good with this fool running our country :(. Watched Obama 2016 and it just confirms that he DOES NOT support this country!

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October 22, 2012, 8:35pm

No second term obamas had his chance.

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September 24, 2012, 9:41pm

If Obama wins were all screwed.

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November 9, 2010, 5:53pm

Hey I know why democrat's symbol is a donkey : its republicans politely telling democrat's what they are ASS'S!!! I am going to give you democrat's a piece of my mind, you are the most cruel cold hearted people alive, YOU SUPPORT THE KILLING OF NOT ONLY PEOPLE, BUT INNOCENT BABIES!!!!! I don't care if you don't beleive in God but you would kill a BABY???? And gay marriage is just wrong..........

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March 29, 2010, 6:13am

ACTUALLY. thomas Jefferson was an anti-federalist, which is what the REPUBLICAN PARTY stands for. before you start saying incorrect things about the presidents, you should at least learn your history.
democrats suck and want to destroy the country, like obama
republicans care for the country, they want tomake out country better and LOWER our taxes and GET RID OF WELFARE, which is something that democrats put in so dumbasses can get money for having more and more kids.

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March 23, 2010, 12:39pm

democrats suck

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December 29, 2013, 4:18pm

If you value your personal freedom & Constitutional Rights you will vote Republican...
Every Democratic controlled state over taxes and over regulates it's citizens and slowly strips them of their freedoms...
Still watch them close.. Blomberg ran as a republican but he's as democratic as they come..
Take NY.. NJ & MD for example..
Hell.. MD taxes you for rain.. lol
Look it up...

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December 24, 2013, 1:02am

the republican party was created to abolish slavery[abe lincoln].
after that was done, they fought for civil rights, which they accomplished
back then if you were black, you were republican, why would you vote for those who enslaved you, the confederates aka southern democrats
then in the early 1900s woodrow wilson came into power and got rid of the civil rights and blacks in the government. the kkk, a radical branch of the democrats, killed republicans[mostly black, some white]
then in the 60s the civil rights movement came back with martin luther[republican] that was accomplished
72 percent of republicans in congress voted for civil rights
only 35 percent of democrats voted for it.
john f kennedy only voted for it because there was pressure on him
why do black people vote for democrats, they were the racist pro slavery party
republicans offered freedom for all races
its because the democrats tricked and forced[kkk] them into voting for them,
and later generations stayed with it

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December 18, 2013, 2:34am

The Stimulus Package should not have been put into effect. If a company can't survive, then it should not survive. It's like not putting down an injured dog.

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November 5, 2013, 11:02pm

Thank you! This site really helped me choose which side I should stick too.
Plan as day...
easy choice...
Im a Republican...

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October 3, 2013, 6:13am

"If voting made a difference, they wouldn't let us do it." - Mark Twain

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August 28, 2013, 2:52pm

I am a very, very staunch republican yet I am open to new ideas and proposals and do support gay marriage completely. I am a republican because certain issues that the democrats favor just seem inhumane and unjustly such as abortion and the death penalty. The republican party prides itself over the fact that we were once a great, undefeatable country and we would do anything and everything it takes to restore the greatness of the nation.

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July 1, 2013, 6:17pm

This entry was obviously written by a democrat. All the examples for democrat are positive but republican examples are mostly negative. Someone was very clever to write this

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April 28, 2013, 6:16pm

For those of you who believe that debt isn't Obama's fault and that it was there when he was voted in, you are half right. The debt was already there but at a fraction of what it is today. Obama also has done nothing to help reduce the debt limit and he has no plans to!

Even the Democrats who want all guns outlawed are escorted by armed guards!

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March 8, 2013, 3:43am

The fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats the view on government and social right. Republicans believe in making the government smaller and letting everyone depend on themselves, while Democrats believe in a bigger government where citizens rely on the government to take care of them. Both sides have their pros and cons but for some reason, republicans tend to be happier than democrats. http://www.aolnews.com/2010/10/31/study-republicans-happier-than-democrats/

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January 16, 2013, 2:30am

I was brought up in a democratic home, I vote republican!! I am so tired of this government destroying our country.. Overriding the rights we have. I can not take the fact that they want to take our guns (leaving us defenseless). If this administration wants gun control, I say, start from the top up. They should be no security for anyone. Not any government official, nor there family, no movie stars, nor there family.. They should be as defenseless as we are. My family is my life, I should be able to defend them!!!
The spending in this country Is out of control. Take some of the money that is being waste and put it back in the hands of the America people. we are being faced with higher gas prices , food prices going out of control. We just cut back on other things to buy the things we need.. if government officials want vacations, pay for them yourself!! We don't take vacations.
I could go on, but you get the picture.

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January 15, 2013, 3:50pm

Basically you should have to pass a test to vote. Nothing really hard. Basic stuff. How many Senators does your state have? Um, 2. Roughly how much is the national debt? 16 .4 trillion and climbing fast. Who is the Vice President? Joe Biden. Nothing tricky. But just enough to show that you have a clue. I mean should total clueless idiots be able to influence elections?

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November 15, 2012, 3:33pm

You do realize in the constatution we have the right to over throw the government if they try taking away our rights. But people are to lazy to try. they give the government all the power and then complain like children

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November 10, 2012, 12:54am

Ahhhhhhh stupid mainstream liberals!!!

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November 9, 2012, 5:21pm

I Think anyone working in the White House and its affiliates on payroll, should be paid according to their performance. Example (If you suck at being president... your pay should suck). I'd bet things would look a lot different if my example was put in place.

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November 6, 2012, 4:38pm

Sadly they are both out for themselves. If having to pick between the two, I have no choice but to vote for Romney. America cannot afford another 4 years of Obama. I can barely afford the gas for my car now and inflation as a whole has spiraled out of control under his watch. I cannot think of one good thing Obama has done in 4 years and no he did not capture any terrorists, our military did and they would have been just as successful regardless of who is sitting in the White House.

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November 2, 2012, 6:14pm

NEITHER ROMNEY OR OBAMA ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT

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October 31, 2012, 11:41pm

Vote Romney! Vote Obama if you want the debt to keep increasing! And by the way two comments below said liberals want everything to be free not controlled. How come all liberals want to control gun laws? How come they want to take your money and give it to someone that sits on their ass all day? Yeah they sure don't controll anyone!

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October 29, 2012, 5:52pm

abortion IS murder because the babies are in the process of forming therefore its murder

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October 18, 2012, 5:25pm

Lets not forget the lobbyists. Get rid of them, and congressman and politicians wouldn't know what to do with themselves

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October 18, 2012, 5:17am

So those of you who support abortion, do you also believe that its okay for a woman to kill her own children? I am a woman and I agree that a woman should not be forced to be a mother, but I dont see the necessity in killing the unborn child. It is healthier for the mother to have the baby and give it up for adoption so it could have a chance, but dont kill it. When slavery was still around, the only people who supported it were not slaves. Now, the only people who support abortion are those who were born...

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October 17, 2012, 6:36pm

I am a women making less than $40,000. I am a republican. I work hard to make my money just like everyone should... unles medically disabled or age. Obama is just feeding into the poor, I thought this was an qual country? I am also apro marriage, pro guns, pro religion and pro country. PRO ROMNEY!

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October 16, 2012, 9:44pm

I'm a republican and I'm pro life, pro guns, pro god and PRO COUNTRY!!!

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October 5, 2012, 9:33pm

Keep calm and vote Mitt!!!!!!

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October 4, 2012, 5:35am

Hands down the best candidate should be voted into office putting asside democrat or republican views. President Obama clearly stated that if he does not succeed in fullfilling what he came to do, that he would not run for re election. The national deficit was not cut in half like he said he WILL do, all of our troops are NOT home, therefore.....
And also, if one is mexican and "does not care" who runs our country that we live in, then maybe one should move back to their native land and not be on the picket fence about claiming USA as your home and yet instead of being AMERICAN, which is a big mix of cultures, your are "mexican"

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October 4, 2012, 1:37am

God Obama is an idiot.

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October 3, 2012, 3:57pm

One Word: Communism

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September 27, 2012, 9:46pm

I like how bill Clinton spoke at the democratic national convention. He was the only president ever to be impeached and he gave speech that people were glad to hear. Don't you think it's kinda ironic that he's there? obviously democrats will vote for anyone that is a democrat.

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September 27, 2012, 5:16pm

Being informed and aware of your surroundings, Obama isn't a Democrat but a Socialist. And a Socialist is just a step away from Communist. Ask yourself whether you need the government to make personal decisions for you on a daily basis or not.

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September 21, 2012, 2:22pm

My family makes $40,000 a year, I support gay marriage, my IQ is 140+, and I vote republican. Our country cannot AFFORD another 4 years of this. My democrat friends are even voting Romney, because Obama wants to make this country weak. Mitt Romney isn't perfect, but he understands how to turn a profit, and it is for this reason we will improve with him in the oval office.

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September 21, 2012, 2:09am

Democrats are so stupid. One of the comments said that liberals practice Christain beliefs more than republicans do. Wow your just stupid. Liberals believe in abortion and homosexuality, so please tell me how liberals are SO CHRISTIAN. By the way, the only reason republicans are so rich is because they don't blow their money like democrats do. All Obama does is spend spend and spend. All California does is spend spend and spend. Republicans are smart with their money plain and simple. For example, look at ronald regan, he inherited a mess just like obama did and still fixed it but, did Obama do it? HELL NO! He actually made more debt than all presidents combined. Bottom line is this... Don't spend the money you don't have!

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September 20, 2012, 4:08pm

I favor Republicans and I'm not even christian! So no, Republicans don't rely on religion.

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September 20, 2012, 11:39am

I am republican, and I am not wealthy nor have extra cash sitting around. I don't use credit cards to help stay out of debt yet I pay on a mortgage and a car. I go to college on my dime when I can get a class here and there and work full time. I do not want what I do earn after taxes to get taxed more to go to someone else's pocket because I simply earn more than them. I didn't run off to college and take a student loan or take a break after graduating high school years ago. I have started at the bottom, making minimum wage. As time went on, I gained experience in my job field. As I gained more experience in my job field, I became more valuable to employers. As I became more valuable to my employers, I began to earn higher wages. I feel I have earned where I am at, and I am still going further. I feel I took a legit path to becoming financially secure. Why should I have to surrender a portion of what I earn to someone that says it should be entitled to them as well? Everyone starts somewhere, and most of the time it's from the bottom.

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September 4, 2012, 5:02am

Its always annoying to see young people on here in their texting slang talk about how republicans suck and that they'll always be democrat cause they work so hard but still mooch off the government like I really want to be paying for you and your kids while instead of trying to get off government help youre sitting in your butt on the internet writing comments like you do. Theres something wrong with a society that encourages people to be lazy likr democrats do. Government assistance should be monitored better when in fact most of these people on welfare assistance are either living at home, driving fancy cars, on drugs, or you can see them at the store buying luxury items thry dont need. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for letting it get so bad.

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September 3, 2012, 5:03pm

I can tell you have no idea what socialism is. Vote for Obama to see that socialism is much more than the "control" of roads and parks! You think we're socialist now, just wait and watch if the worlds worst president gets re-elected.

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June 19, 2012, 12:31am

The reason y republicans are so wealthy is because the save their money unlike democrats who like to spend spend and spend more. That is y Obama is diging such a deep hole. I am part of the lower middle class and I sure don't want the government taking my money and giving it to people who sit on their ass all day. for example, the gov taxed us abusively just so that all homeless and on WellCare could have cellular device. That to me is just putting us in more debt. In conclusion, we would b so much in debt if we didnt blow money Obama does and the state of California does.

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June 11, 2012, 1:53am

Anybody who wants to vote should read the History of this country and the constitution Nobody should be allowed to vote unless they have a clear understanding how the founding fathers did for the sake of this country. They fight for this country for generations to come but yet politicians just perverted the laws for personal reason to gain power. Brainwashing, lies and deceit and taxpayer's money to get there. They're only charitable on somebody else's money and they promise that to their stupid ignorant voters who don't have any slight idea what's going on.

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May 29, 2012, 5:45pm

I am so confused as to why all of these working poor people, comment in favor of the wealthy, call themselves conservatives and republicans, and complain about public assistance. You are all receiving public assistance!!! Do you really believe you are going to raise children, enjoy your life, and save enough for retirement on 10 dollars an hour??? Can somebody really work that much harder than everyone else to deserve BILLIONS of dollars?? While everyone is actually busting their asses just to go further into debt?? I don't think so!!! The problem is real simple, there are x amount of dollars in this country, and more and more of them are going to the wealthiest. So they print more, and this brings to cost of everything up, ever increasing the burden of the middle class (aka working poor). 50 - 60 years ago when things were good for average people there was no such thing as a "billionaire". It is not the poor receiving assistance that is the problem, it is the greedy!!

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March 18, 2012, 8:20am

In reading this I can't comment on truth or false of democrats but on republicans I can.

I would change Abortion from "Should not be legal" to "Is a state by state issue."

Embryonic stem cell research I would change to "Republicans do not support federally funded stem-cell research."

also if this is a "traditionally" based set of observations... Military needs rewriting. "a higher tendency to deploy the military option" is accurate for the Bush administrations. But we do have ww1, ww2, korea and vietnam under Democrats.

the only other observation is it mentioned Nixon's watergate but simply said Clinton instead of mentioning his impeachment for monicagate.

otherwise not bad.

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February 10, 2012, 4:52am

I'm going to start my own political party...... The Realist Party.

Stand on death penalty: You want to curb crime? Public executions will do it!

Stand on abortion: Abortion should not be used as a form of birth control or because your not ready to be a parent. Some exceptions to this, such as rape.

Stand on Military issues: We need to stop putting our noses in every countries business. That's why everyone hates America now! Pull our troops back to The Sates and protect our own borders. Every citizen should have to serve at least one year of (paid) military service, community service or equivalent.

Stand on gay marriage: Support. Gays should have the right to be as miserable as the rest of us.

Stand on gun control: Every household should have at least one. That would detour crime.

Economic Ideas: Favor minimum wages and progressive taxation. All political offices should be minimum wage jobs.

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August 10, 2009, 10:37am

Thomas Jefferson was one of the founders of the Democratic-Republican Party, which later became the Democratic Party.

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October 27, 2008, 9:12pm

Thomas Jefferson is not a famous democratic president. The democratic party was not even founded back then. He was a member of the first republican party which is not connected to th present republican party,

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April 8, 2014, 2:28am

A) I strongly agree and disagree with both parties Ideology.
B) I believe that because of how polarized American politics is today, people can't agree on anything even if both sides like the idea.
C) George Washington warned against political parties.
D) Political parties cause divisions in American people even during our revolution.
E) Abraham Lincoln said that "a House divided cannot stand." The Civil was fought over the political issue of slavery.
F) The political parties evolve and change over time.
G ) Every time a new issue comes up the parties fight over the side that will gain them votes, because their current ideologies don't contain anything related to the issue
H) Examples include: Slavery, Civil Rights, The Populist Party, the Progressive Party/Bull Moose, etc...
I) The parties today may be classified as conservative or liberal, but America really invented these classifications, and really both party are just a collection of standpoints bouncing around the whole spectrum of ideology, ethics, and logic.

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April 5, 2014, 12:01pm

Very clear you want to be slave vote Democrat
Freedom vote Republican
I will NEVER BE AGREE 100% but I like and love fredom I running away from a country very democratic like so I chose To be a REPUBLICAN also depends on the candidate. But hate to depend from the government things always end like my country where I came from Honduras one of the most poor and dangerous country thanks to a democratic ideas.
I vote Republican.

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March 23, 2014, 1:28am

The republican party of Lincoln was a progressive party that disappeared by the 1880s. It was composed of NE abolitionists who opposed slavery on moral grounds, and poor white laborers who opposed slavery because they saw slave labor as an economic threat. The party that formed after it was an entirely different party. They retained the "republican" name, but their agenda was a corporate/plutocratic one. You're providing the history of a name, when you should be providing a history of a platform, or set of core values. Names are arbitrary and meaningless. Values are the defining characteristic of a party and the coherent thread you trace back through time.

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March 22, 2014, 3:15am

To start with I love USA there's no place like it land of the free will it use to be! Now the government wants to stick there nose in everyone's business we need law to keep some people in line gun control is not the way it would only hurt the people that obey the laws. the criminals would still have this guns that where banned and the people that obey the laws couldn't protect there's selfs every one know you can't get help from the police there are to busy pulling people over for speeding. if the police stayed closer to bank, convenient stores, schools, government buildings, exc. maybe they could catch the law breakers before the use a gun to rob or shot up a school exc. and we wouldn't need gun control. I use to be a democrat but I'm changing sides I'm not for gun control or gay marriages.
Thank you for reading my rant and GOD bless USA !!!!!!

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March 10, 2014, 4:38pm

Good

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March 8, 2014, 7:29pm

Mostly true for citizen Democrats, but not for Democratic Party politicians. Judge by their actions, not professed beliefs. Today the 2 parties are a distraction. They are both parties of and for the industrial-military-banking complex.

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February 2, 2014, 7:20am

I think I'm against tyranny or deeds of evils just as the Founders of the country believed in. I think slavery is wrong but I think the US should made restitutions to the South and former slave owners. I believed in basic human rights and basic equality. I don't think forcing social works is considered equality or rights. I think S.S. and Medicare should be minimize and made available as an option, that is if you believe in it you can increase contributions. I think minimum wage could be more flexible, bc they are forcing it and that will cause inflation!

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January 29, 2014, 4:06am

Wow. Poor grammar, spelling, and overall rhetorical messes throughout these posts. What we need is a test of basic communication skills before one can post comments here. Yikes.

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January 21, 2014, 3:47pm

This came from a recent Pew Survey 60% of Democrats and 52% of Repubs have benefited from a major entitlement program at some point in their life. Identifying conservatives 52% and 53% of liberals have used entitlement programs. Moderates 53%. These programs are Social Security , Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and unemployment food stamps! 19% white women and 11% White men use food stamps. The breakdown goes on! I thought this was enough to show everyone, every race, every man, every woman, every work class,e tc has used these benefits. If there is no need for it, why has so many of us benefited by them????

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January 5, 2014, 7:22am

Nicely put. Thanks.

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December 16, 2013, 1:32am

So democrats oppose the death penalty because punishing someone for doing something terrible is unjust, but it is ok to kill innocent children that did nothing wrong? Just doesnt seem right.

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November 19, 2013, 6:14am

From what I've observed over the past few decades I've realized neither really stands for the people anymore. Both have high spending plans whether it be military or social programs. What happened to Democrats looking out for "the people" and what happened to Republicans saying "small government! self sufficiency!"

its truly depressing to see both parties polarize so sharply, alienating those who might be in between. left with nobody to vote for since 3rd party candidates are often ignored.

I'd like to say I'm Libertarian, but its moreso that they're the group with most support who cares about individual rights and responsibility and less spending. I don't entirely agree with the party on abolishing all regulation(which wouldn't happen even if they won) but it seems they're the only sensible ones left who really respect "the people" by letting them run their own lives vs being told how to run it.

Its a real shame its come to this, really.

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November 6, 2013, 3:04am

Think I'm just going to join the 60-70% who don't vote for any political parties. Both have views which i feel strongly upon, this goes back to "United We Stand, Divided We Fall". The US government if they can't agree on ANYTHING, will fall

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November 5, 2013, 7:48pm

Wow..never ending!

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October 25, 2013, 9:41am

The best comments are short & snappy, and hopefully bridge towards a thoughtful discussion. Think poetry. If you write more that a few lines, you'd better be really interesting- otherwise, you are boring and people are skiping your posts! Do you really think your specific opinion is so valid? Try to find things in common and quit looking to disagree.

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October 21, 2013, 10:55pm

I need more information!!!

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September 30, 2013, 2:35am

Wow! I really feel like I lost brain cells reading these ridiculous comments. Can we at least stay on topic with the article??

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May 23, 2013, 2:39am

First I'd like to point out that A. Much of Obama's spending was in a stimulus package that helped the economy and B.It's hard to get things done when Congress can get nothing done do to conflicting majorities.

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May 11, 2013, 5:11pm

The people of our country are the ones destroying our country. Not the Goverment. You see it everytime you turn on the TV. Yeah let's promote teen pregnancy and put shows like Secret Life of an American Teenager or 16 and Pregnant, etc. And yeah let's have people who abuse pain meds get on Medicaid and welfare while they drive around in the nice cars and have IPhones. And yeah, let's not give the death sentence to people that really do deserve it and just let them sit in prison with 3 meals a day and have a work out space and what not. And let's keep letting child molestors and murderers get out on parole for "good behavior". Yeah this is one f*cked up country. How about pointing the fingers at yourselves instead of the government. Without government, the people of this country would be way more f*cked up than it already is.

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April 6, 2013, 1:17pm

Why Democrats and Republicans?Why not United People Of America?Why elections?Why so much expenditure,bitterness,rivalry,hatred,and all that?You are fighting among yourselves and giving an opportunity to your competitors/enemies stronger.Therefore,I suggest no democrats,no republicans,only United Americans.No second term for any politician.Only one term,give your best to the country,its citizens,put in your best.Sit together,sort out differences,discuss.Be sincere,honest,patriotic,let everything you do be transperant.If need be,change the Constitution!Change is possible.

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February 27, 2013, 6:14pm

Abortion should be legal, what if people dont want to have a kid or kids and it ends up happening shouldnt the public be able to decide that.

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February 19, 2013, 9:13am

good site

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January 25, 2013, 8:58am

Quit blaming the President. ( whoever it may be this time or next, or previously) The problems are the fault of the people WE voted on to represent us. Republican or Democrat. Who cares? When we ALL start acting like AMERICANS, maybe just maybe we will see some "change".

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January 2, 2013, 5:18am

The Basics:
What is ObamaCare?
It's the short name for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a controversial act which proposes a significant updates to the U.S. healthcare system.
In its current form, ObamaCare requires insurance companies to cover all applicants and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or gender.
It is a 15 part plan which will be rolled out in stages. 8 stages are complete as of mid-2012, and 7 stages will complete over the next eight years.

Healthcare for all sounds great! But I know you can't get something for nothing. How's the program paid for?
A penalty will be required from a small portion of the population.
[See the Social Section below for more details.]

Penalty is sort of a harsh word. Later, we should look into calling it something else. Who all is in that small portion of the population?
The small portion of the population which will pay the penalty consists of all US citizens who pay their taxes legally.
[See the Economics Section below for more details.]

Wait....what? Why am I being taxed for this?
Put simply, tax payers are the only option. If this is a law, it's federally mandated. If it's federally mandated, the government is required to pay.
The only source of money coming into to the US government is taxes derived from US citizens with jobs.
The logical answer therefore is to have the country's hard working, law abiding tax payers pay for this program which may primarily end up helping non-US citizens and the those who do not work.
[See the Social Section below for more details.]

This doesn't sound right or fair. But I don't know much about it, since I haven't done the research. So, what do my neighbors think?
Polls over the last two decades show Americans don't want Obamacare (FYI - it's been in many forms, with many names over the years)
Recent polls from 2012 show that 61% of Americans are opposed to the Government requiring all US residents to own health insurance.
[See the Social Section below for more details.]

So I don't like it, and the Jones don't like it? How did it become law? Did I vote for this on accident? Was it hidden somewhere on the ballot?
You did not vote on this at all. The government is mandating this of you. You weren't part of the decision making party.
[See the Social Section below for more details.]

The government is creating a law to tell me what to buy? Has the government ever done this before?
No, never.
[See the Political Section below for more details.]

How can the government make me buy something I don't want to buy now?
While technically they cannot, in this instance a legal loophole is being exploited after reclassifying the penalty as a tax.
[See the Political Section below for more details.]

So because of a legal loop hole and some political word games, my taxes will be increased to buy health care for illegal aliens and the jobless?
Yes. Even though Obama has stated many times that this is not a tax. In a satirical and ironic twist, Obama himself is contradicting the legal loophole being used.

So, making me pay a penalty is illegal, but by calling it a tax, that Obama himself says isn't a tax, this entire plan suddenly becomes legal?
No, this act cannot be called a tax legally, as it does not conform with any US tax code. US tax law is extensive because it is very specific, and no tax law has the scope to allow what's being done here.
Exceeds the Scope of the Commerce Clause
ObamaCare imposes a financial penalty on those that fail to purchase health insurance.
The Constitution does not grant Congress independent power to tax for the general welfare
The Constitution allow Congress to use taxation as a means to regulate activity, unless that regulation is authorized by the Constitution
This "tax" does not satisfy any of the three types of Constitutionally valid tax types: income, excise, or direct
The penalty is not assessed on income so it is not a valid income tax.
The penalty is not assessed uniformly and is triggered by economic inactivity so it is not a valid excise tax.
ObamaCare fails to apportion the tax among the states by population, and therefore is not a valid direct tax.
Ironically, the US Supreme Court review of ObamaCare stated this same fact.
Even if everyone suddenly agreed it could be considered a tax (which it can't), the approval of the bill would be a violation of the US legal code, and at the same time create conflict with existing US law.
Bill's creation does not meet all legal requirements which all tax law creation must abide by
The Constitution's "Origination" clause provides that "all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives"
Since hypothetically ObamaCare would impose a tax, it would fall under this provision's set of requirements.
100% of all legal tax law creations and revisions have been first raised in the House of Representatives, as required by law.
ObamaCare was introduced in the upper chamber by Senate by Harry Reid, not the House of Representatives as required for tax law.
Constitutionally speaking, this cannot be both tax law and considered to have been created legally. Meaning of course it's either a penalty or it was created illegally.
Threatens the Notion of Limited Government
The government has never before required its citizens to buy something, tax or otherwise.
Imperils Religious Liberty
Forces religious institutions and individuals who have conflicting beliefs to purchase services which violate their faith.
Rewrites Contract Law
The individual mandate makes purchase of health insurance compulsory.
For centuries, a US contract is valid only if all parties voluntarily and mutually assent to its terms.
If you do not mutually assent to the terms of ObamaCare, you will be penalized for not paying the original penalty.

And this is all Obama's fault?
No, not "all".
Obama did not create Obamacare, therefore he cannot be blamed for everything.
He did however leverage his position as POTUS to push ObamaCare forward with no legal precedence, and outside United States law.
While Obama has the largest portion of the fault, he doesn't have all of it.

I think I got it - not legal as a penalty, not legal as a tax. I'm at a loss for words. Is there anything else I should know?
Yes, there is. And this is even more important than the controversy surrounding whether it's a legal bill or not. Strategically speaking, the 3 larger issue at hand are:
Elimination of freedom of choice for US citizens
Self-imposed governmental power expansion
Requiring hardworking folks to pay for the others.
The strategic effects of the 3 wars being waged under the covers is in the micro-transactions, bringing us ever-closer to a Utopian variant or Democratic variant of Socialism
Historically, any form of Socialism serves as a temporary placeholder on a migration from Capitalism to Communism.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopian_socialism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_socialism
The US was founded on choice. Removing America's choice is tantamount to killing America's culture.

Detailed Economic Impact Analysis
Will the financial impact be large?
Florida spends over a quarter of its budget on Medicaid today. That will expand by at least 50% under Obamacare as some 1.3 million new people enroll.
Those benefits, and the burden of setting up the new exchanges, will cost Florida $149 million in 2014 and $1.05 billion annually by 2018
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704896104575140063408610580.html
A report by the Congressional Budget Office projected ObamaCare will require more than $1.7 trillion in gross federal spending over the period 2012-2022.
Net spending of more than $1.2 trillion for the insurance portion of the bill.
http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43080
http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43104

But there are savings to Medicare right? Doesn't Obamacare pay for itself?
A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that by 2019, Obamacare will cost $40 billion more annually, than just Medicare alone.
http://heartland.org/sites/all/modules/custom/heartland_migration/files/pdfs/27696.pdf

Detailed Social Impact Analysis
Isn't being uninsured related to being unemployeed? Shouldn't we be addressing the root issue here instead of a symptom?
It is not just related, it is directly linked at a correlation rate almost exactly 100%.
http://www.kff.org/uninsured/upload/7850.pdf
http://www.kff.org/uninsured/upload/Brief-Policy-Analysis.pdf
Fix unemployment, and you fix uninsured.
http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/LadyLiberty1885/TheArticles/Job-Gains-By-Presidential-Tenure-Large.jpg
http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa402/LadyLiberty1885/TheArticles/Job-Gains-By-Presidential-Tenure-Large.jpg
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES0000000001?output_view=net_1mth
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/100226-annual-report-middle-class.pdf

Who is projected to benefit from ObamaCare?
Illegal immigrants - estimated 11.2 - 21.6 million
http://www.ciab.com/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2189
Already occuring:
http://www.examiner.com/article/illegal-alien-relax-you-re-covered
http://www.alipac.us/f12/undocumented-latinos-praise-obamacare-260333/
US Citizens - estimated 35 million
http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/library/chart-graph/number-uninsured-under-ppaca
Unemployeed
Citizens not enrolled in Medicaid despite being eligible.
Citizens not otherwise covered and opting to pay the annual penalty instead of purchasing insurance - mostly younger and single Americans.
Citizens whose insurance coverage would cost more than 8% of household income and are exempt from paying the annual penalty.
Citizens who live in states that opt out of the Medicaid expansion and who qualify for neither existing Medicaid coverage nor subsidized coverage through the states' new insurance exchanges.
So, 25% - 33% of those covered are illegal immagrants
And 66% - 75% of those covered are unemployeed or won't pay in to a healthcare system today

The majority of general public does not want federally mandated health care
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/24/us-usa-campaign-healthcare-idUSBRE85N01M20120624
56% of Americans overall were against the law
61% opposed requiring all U.S. residents to own health insurance
Additional Public Polls
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/as-health-care-laws-trial-approaches-two-thirds-say-ditch-individual-mandate/
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/06/09/healthcare.pdf

Voters have put into place blocks on individual mandates
In 2010, voters in 3 (maybe more) states enacted ballot measures to block the individual mandate. In effect, they laid the foundation for future legal challenges.
Oklahoma approved an opt-out ballot initiative by a 2-to-1 margin.
Proposition 106 in Arizona gained 55 percent of the vote.
Missouri voters approved a similar measure, Proposition C, with 71 percent support on a primary ballot in August.
Ohio joined this group in 2011 after the issue appeared on the ballot in Ohio.
67% of registered voters opposed when asked "if they agree with a mandate that they obtain coverage or face fines". 29% did support.
Subsequent reports showed 66% of voters rejected the mandate.

Detailed Political Impact Analysis
Is it consitutional for the government to make me buy something?
No, it's not. Fining individuals for failing to buy insurance is not within the scope of Congress's taxing powers.

http://www.cbo.gov/publication/15010
http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/ftpdocs/48xx/doc4816/doc38.pdf
During another health care debate in 1994, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report describing an individual mandate as "an unprecedented form of federal action."
The agency also wrote, "The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States."
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1680392&http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CBgQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpapers.ssrn.com%2Fsol3%2FDelivery.cfm%2FSSRN_ID1680392_code238438.pdf%3Fabstractid%3D1680392%26mirid%3D1&rct=j&q=commandeering%20the%20People%3A%20Why%20the%20Individual%20Health%20Insurance%20Mandate%20is%20Unconstitutional&ei=02_TTPLEJIO8sQO3mbX7BQ&usg=AFQjCNE1CnMtC6sLUzQQYMYSniZHCm2qhQ
Randy Barnett of Georgetown University Law Center argues that the mandate is unconstitutional under the doctrine of the Commerce and Necessary and Proper Clauses, and that enforcing it is equivalent to "commandeering the people."

Why doesn't someone do something?
Many group, organizations, and even states are battling the legislature now.
28 states have filed individual lawsuits with the federal goverment. 26 of those states also filed jointly.
Research this for more info: National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius

Who else is fighting for US Citizens?
The Wall Street Journal
"If the insurance mandate stands, then why can't Congress insist that Americans buy GM cars, or that obese Americans eat their vegetables or pay a fat tax penalty?"
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704896104575140063408610580.html
Many more. I'm sleepy. :-)

How is this legal at all?
In 2010, in order to make the tax-payer penalty legal, the transaction was re-classified as a tax on commerce.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/28/explaining-the-supreme-court-ruling-on-obamacare.html
In 2012, the Supreme Courtr agreed that if classified as a tax, then ObamaCare would be legal.
In a hypocritical finding, the Supreme Court also agreed that ObamaCare could be considered or protected under the commerce clause.
So if not commerce, how is it considered a tax?? Since that point was not specifically challenged, it was not delivered as a final ruling
Ironically, it was recorded in the report's findings that 5 of the 9 justices would have immediately ruled Obamacare not a tax it had been required.
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf

So Obama called it a tax all along?
No. Obama and his administration have emphatically reiterated that this is not a tax. They've gone into great detail to make sure everyone knew this was not a tax.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/obama-in-2009-its-not-a-tax/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/jul/5/obama-camp-mandate-penalty-not-tax/

Sources of U.S. income tax laws
United States income tax law comes from 9 sources, grouped into 3 seperate teirs for manageability.

Where conflicts exist between various sources of tax authority, an authority in Tier 1 outweighs an authority in Tier 2 or 3. Similarly, an authority in Tier 2 outweighs an authority in Tier 3.

Where conflicts exist between two authorities in the same tier, the "last-in-time rule" is applied. As the name implies, the "last-in-time rule" states that the authority that was issued later in time is controlling.

Tier 1
United States Constitution
Internal Revenue Code (IRC) (legislative authority, written by the United States Congress through legislation)
Treasury regulations
Federal court opinions (judicial authority, written by courts as interpretation of legislation)
Treaties (executive authority, written in conjunction with other countries)
Tier 2
Agency interpretative regulations (executive authority, written by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury), including:
Final, Temporary and Proposed Regulations promulgated under IRC § 7805;
Treasury Notices and Announcements;
Public Administrative Rulings (IRS Revenue Rulings, which provide informal guidance on specific questions and are binding on all taxpayers)
Tier 3
Legislative History
Private Administrative Rulings (private parties may approach the IRS directly and ask for a Private Letter Ruling on a specific issue - these rulings are binding only on the requesting taxpayer).

Accurate and provocative summary by Donald Trump
Let me get this straight.....

We're going to be "GIFTED" with a health care paln we are FORCED TO PURCHASE and FINED if we don't,
which purportedly covers a least TEN MILLION MORE PEOPLE,
without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16,000 NEW IRS AGENTS,
written by a committe whose chairman says he DOESN'T UNDERSTAND IT,
PASSED by a Congress THAT DIDN'T READ IT but EXEMPTED themselves from it,
and was signed by a President who SMOKES,
with FUNDING administered by a treasury chief who DIDN'T PAY HIS TAXES,
for which we will be TAXED FOR FOUR YEARS BEFORE ANY BENEFITS TAKE EFFECT,
by a government which has ALREADY BANKRUPTED SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is OBESE,
and FINANCED by a country that's BROKE!!!

IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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December 30, 2012, 8:58pm

My state Illinois is pretty much a democratic states. Stricter gun laws, abortion is legal, death penalty is illegal, democratic politicians.

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December 10, 2012, 4:51pm

Obama deserves another chance. He came into his presidency with a terrible economy and he has helped improve it very much so over the years. I agree with the Democratic views. Liberal. Gays should have rights. You love who you love. The military is spending a lot of excess money on unnecessary things. Some of you people need to open your eyes and see how Obama is helping us. Romney couldn't make up his mind about anything, that is why he didn't win the election.

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November 14, 2012, 7:00pm

Alot of these comments are ignorant. Ya'll should be thankful its anonymous.

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November 9, 2012, 5:37am

There's an error in the first paragraph in "Famous Presidents" it should refer to democrat, not to republican

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November 6, 2012, 8:07pm

To all, whatever party you vote for, you got to know that it's all an hoax! The decision is already made by the Elite groups!! This voting poll is just a charade, a game this Elite group has come up with in order for the people to think they are in control, but no average citizen has any say as we are merely a pawn in their game called 'Mind Control'You may think this i am just another extremist, but whatever party You voted for in the past, ask yourselves, "As my life changed at all?" I dare say your lives would have changed in the negative more than the positive! It is not this elected canditates that make the laws, they are also pawns in their game, they are held on a string and being dictate to just as we are!! When i say the Elite group i mean the Rothschild family (not jewish but german bloodline and the name means Red shield, the founders of salvation army, always collecting money for the needy, yet the needy keep needing, surprise surprise!), Rockefellers, Kinsingers etc. They are who are deciding the outcome of the elections anywhere in the world as they own the big Banks. If you think you have a say in this election, then you are very dillusional!! Do yourselves a favour, read "The protocols of Zion" and maybe then you might understand the rules of the Game...

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November 6, 2012, 7:21pm

im for sure pro life pro guns and pro sanity so lets not fight and choose the smart coice romneys the way

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November 6, 2012, 4:44pm

Everyone needs to re-elect Obama. I haven't worked in years and under his watch I am going to get even better health care than I have now. Why work? Just kick back and enjoy the free house, free cable TV, free health care, free groceries. Life is good. Republicans keep working hard so I dont lose my entitlements.. Yes you owe me so support Obama. I would hate to have to go back to work and support myself and my family.

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November 5, 2012, 3:59pm

seriously people you can't expect Obama to fix al the damage caused in a few short years, no one can. Give it time. People will never be happy with who won. They will always be wrong a few months after being elected. Grow up.

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October 31, 2012, 10:22pm

Obama 2012
Regardless of your partisinship

This election is critical, you must vote for Obama !

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October 31, 2012, 10:20pm

Romney is an empty out of touch suit who will say anything to get your vote. Lie after lie. He had a terrible record as governer while his state was 47th in job growth. All the republicans can do is point fingers at Obama for the mess republicans got us in to begin with.

Against all odds Obama has still done great things for our country. He has led with integrity and always done what was right for everybody. I believe he will be remembered as one of our greatest presidents in history after his second term.

Even with a republican house that admitted their priority was to make Obama fail, he still has not failed. Do you really want to go back to 2008 and worse? Republicans played politics at our expense for the last four years and yet still Obama has managed to get some great things done.

Obama 2012 !

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October 31, 2012, 10:15pm

If you are planning to vote this year based on partisinship or traditional core values please consider that modern political parties are no longer applicable to the original values or beliefs in which they were founded on.

In contrast, they tend to exploit the core values within the political spectrum to the extreme which then counteracts the original concept.

Something to think about:

Modern Liberals support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and a right to life, liberty, and property.

Liberalism means freedom. Conservatism means control.

The modern GOP goes against individual liberty, democracy, prosperity, and civilization. Whether conservatism is imposed by the extremist or is practiced in different forms in various parts of the world: Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, South East Asia, or in the United States, conservatism is a destructive political and social-economic system of inequality and prejudice that is often founded on deception and intimidation.

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October 26, 2012, 7:22pm

Stopping the cells from gathering? What if they're already gathered? What if they've gone from cells to a fetus? Saying that a fetus is just a gathering of 'cells' is wrong. Scientifically, all you are is a 'gathering of cells,' and, therefore, by your logic, you're not a human being with the right to live.
A fetus is NOT a bunch of tissue. A fetus CAN feel pain and distress. A fetus CAN sense when something isn't right -- heart rates rise, limbs flail, attempts to escape from the danger -- all have been documented on ultrasound of a live abortion.

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October 20, 2012, 9:40pm

No- one position asks people accepts responsibility for their actions. The other doesn't.

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October 15, 2012, 1:26pm

I do not favor the death penalty and am strongly for Equal Rights. Obama 2012

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October 11, 2012, 9:57pm

I've got one work for you: SPELLING. Work on that, and let others decide what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.

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October 11, 2012, 5:07pm

I have one work for any woman who thinks she is being "empowered" to choose whether a baby lives or dies. It's DECEIVED.

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October 9, 2012, 1:03pm

Obama, Romney...either way, we're screwed.

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October 8, 2012, 6:35am

I personally believe that the choice to keep a child should be the mother's, due to situational conditions, such as monetary support, social issues, and health. I believe that everyone has the right to marry a person of your choice, whether or not you are of the same gender.
Onto discussion of the political parties and their candidates. the GOP (Republican Party) has a general view that the rich should be taxed less, mostly to pad their pockets. the GOP also tends to focus on non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels, while the Democratic Party tends to support the integration of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and tidal power. The Democratic Party also has a tendency towards individual choice, whether in marriage or a woman's right to choose. The GOP is drawn to the position that states that their personal & religious beliefs should be enforced in the USA. America was founded on the concept of religious tolerance and diversity, from Lutheran to Judaism, Orthodox to Quakers, not on the concept of religious uniformity. Such personal beliefs commonly include but are not limited to: no contraception, no abortion (right to life), and the overall integration of church and state.

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October 5, 2012, 10:23pm

As an independant voter I have voted democratic twice and republican once in the past three elections. I have looked at President Obama over the past four years and seriously with what he was given to work with, how can anyone say he isnt trying? Its also not fair to blame republicans for the state the country is in either. It was everyone spending and no regulation. I am in favor of giving the president another four years to LAY a FOUNDATION to get the country back on track. Do people really think that the president, the HOR, or the senate will actually solve this in 8 years?! Get over yourselves. Mitt Romney will not get my vote simply because he has been fact checked waaayy too many times for my tastes and the toungue in cheek comment about 47% of the country was the nail in the coffin. Justify that comment any way you want, but it was prejudiced no matter how you look at it. And the last thing America needs is a prejudiced president who apparently is only concerned for the wealthy and cant be bothered with the anyone else.

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October 5, 2012, 3:14pm

u no f obama he needs to get out of office he is making this "free" country a dictatorship. LETS GO ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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October 5, 2012, 6:30am

http://youtu.be/nWh-G3MFkSA

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October 4, 2012, 9:10pm

OBAMMMMMAAAA!!!!!!

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October 4, 2012, 5:59am

Obama was born in 1961, parents divorced in 1964, and went to live with his grandparents in 1971. Boom. HAVE A COMEBACK FOR THAT ONE SINGLE MOM THAT THINKS REPUBLICANS ARE RICH AND SELFISH

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September 22, 2012, 10:29pm

I cannot believe how many silly comments there are from both sides! The descriptions of the parties were overly general and somewhat to the left. I do not know of a single Republican who believes that felons or the mentally ill should be able to buy guns. And most Republicans DO believe in progressive taxes. We just do not believe in confiscatory tax rates. If you tax the super rich at 80%, they will just go to another country. In that case how many of you are going to give millions to charity or invest millions in start-up firms? My guess is none of you. To my lady who said works hard, I'm sure it is true, but since 47% of people pay NO federal income tax, does she really pay federal taxes? Thirty years ago, when minimum wage was $2.10 per hour, I actually PAID taxes! There was no EIC, etc. I think even low income people should pay something, even if it's $1 week in federal tax. We have all contributed to the huge debt. We should all pay some tax (unless severely disabled, etc.). By the way, Romney wants to get rid of a lot of those tax loopholes for the rich.

One additional thing, I find it ironic that the brainwashed left claims Bush was so terrible, yet even with two wars, he contributed less to the national debt on average than Obama has and had less than 5% unemployment for most of those 8 years. And people forget HE inherited the Tyco/Enron/AOL false economy of cooked books and corporate theft from President Clinton. Hell, Clinton even sent his cabinet secretary to India to lobby on behalf of Enron! Bet you didn't hear that in Clinton's convention speech! Bush had the three strikes of the Internet collapse, the accounting scandal and 9/11, yet the economy was rocking pretty quickly after his first year. Stop blaming and read a little!

One thing I do know for sure, if Romney does win the election, the left-wing press will crucify him, even if he fixes things. Can you imagine if President Bush had spoken during the singing of the British national anthem, gave DVDs to the Queen, supported the Arab spring only to see it backfire, have Hugo Chavez as a big fan, disrespected Israel, had his Treasury secretary screw up his taxes by using Turbotax, have one of his big supporters (I think Van Jones) claim 9/11 was an inside job, had his preacher curse America, his mentor be a terrorist, claim to want open government, but push through Healthcare reform with a tricky parliamentary maneuver and hire many $100k/year 'Czars' who do not need congressional approval? Obama did all those things. I do not hear ABC, John Stewart, etc. calling him an idiot, but Bush would have been destroyed by the press (oh yea...he was anyway..lol). Even if Bush had done one thing Obama did, like give $500 million to his friends at Solindra only to see the taxpayers lose all their money, Bush would have had all kinds of investigations, with Chuck Schumer claiming it was criminal.

So all sides should try to look at it objectively and read a little more about current events instead of just voting party lines. No politician is perfect so you have to read between the lines halfway between the liberal press and the conservative companies. Thanks.

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September 18, 2012, 7:07am

The republican party is just like the popular rich kids in school. They'll call on you when they need you but they will never invite you to their party's. However you all represent the nerds in their school, soo desperately trying to gain their approval and fight for them so that they can continue to thrive while you continue to shine their shoes.

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September 13, 2012, 10:36pm

Wow. After reading the comments on this board I am VERY afraid for the collective intellect of this country. The oversimplification of "free" market capitalism vs "socialism" (can one quarter of you all even DEFINE these terms without recourse to wikipedia?); the conflation of government spending with government dependency; the false equivalency between Republican-ideology and economic growth, and Democratic-ideology and "socialism." I am appalled at the lack of sophistication employed when differentiating between the two parties (e.g. John McCain would define himself as a laissez fair on econ policy--rep--but more socially liberal--dem. And even THAT is oversimplifying things. Check out his voting record.). Alas, people forget who was in power in the eight years precipitating the greatest economic calamity of the last 70 years. May God help this country.

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September 5, 2012, 7:13pm

"Theres something wrong with a society that encourages people to be lazy likr democrats do." Really? Well, there is something even more wrong with society when Republicans are on welfare but call other people lazy while collecting welfare checks and paying for groceries with food stamps. That's the ultimate when it comes to strange things in our society.

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August 30, 2012, 3:08am

Why must you fit into the red or the blue box? Why must people label themselves this way? It only helps to narrow your point of view and turn you against your fellow American.

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August 23, 2012, 1:52am

Stupid democrats~

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August 9, 2012, 4:08pm

I just love how ppl can sit there and say u shouldn't have kids if u can't afford them. I'm sorry ppl aren't rich like u just because they have kids like me and work like me and receive help from the government like me does Not mean that I can't be an example or raise my child or children like u can. I'm a single mom working and getting financial aid to help me reach my goals in life so I can give my child more then what I had growing up. I'm a democrat and always will be. They say a republican opposes raising taxes on whom ever or what kind of check or salary they bring home. Hypocrit I think what the fuck did bush do? Raise taxes on working class and the poor and made them struggle even more cuz he felt the need to take on his daddy's war with Iraq. Selfishness is all I see with republicans. Call me out all u want but I bet I come back with a comeback. There are ppl that do sit around on their butts wasting our money so they can eat and live for free, but that's a small percent. I pay taxes just like everyone else so my taxes just like yours are going toward my school. Republicans = rich. And that's all they worry about is themselves and how much money they can get. If u really look at the current rep presidents they all come from money unlike Obama who came from a single mom and had to work to get where he's at. He's thinking about the long run not right now cuz quite frankly I don't care how much taxes I have to pay or how much my school costs go up I'll do anything and pay for anything right now so my son can not have to worry about some jackass that only cares about money when he gets old enough to pay taxes and sort everything. Teachers do need to get paid more they work hard just like our police officers half of them live off assistance because bush likes to waste trillions of dollars on useless things like the war with Iraq. Too many soldiers lost their lives over there and to me do u actually think money and oil is more important than a human life???????????????????

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July 11, 2012, 10:08pm

I honestly believe that political parties are ridiculous. You should vote for the PERSON who you think will do the best job in office, not for the party. Even George Washington was against political parties. Probably because he realized that they would split the nation in half, cause arguments, and cause people to vote for a person based on their party, which could later have major consequences.

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July 11, 2012, 6:21pm

I am a Moderate for the following reasons:

1) I strongly agree and disagree with both parties Idealogy.
2) I believe that because of how polarized American politics is today, people can't agree on anything even if both sides like the idea.
2.a) George Washington warned against political parties.
2.b) Political parties cause divisions in American people even during our revolution.
2.c) Abraham Lincoln said that "a House divided cannot stand." The Civil was fought over the political issue of slavery.
3) The political parties evolve and change over time.
3.a) Every time a new issue comes up the parties fight over the side that will gain them votes, because their current idealogies don't contain anything related to the issue
3.b) Examples include: Slavery, Civil Rights, The Populist Party, the Progressive Party/Bull Moose, etc...
3.c) The parties today may be classified as conservative or liberal, but America really invented these classifications, and really both party are just a collection of standpoints bouncing around the whole spectrum of idealogy, ethics, and logic.

Yopu should vote for who you think is best regardless of political party or individual standpoints. Most republicans whould admit that F.D.R. and Kennedy did good and most Democrats would admit that Teddy and Reagan did good.

The Political Spectrum Looks like this:

Socialism & Communism Democrat Moderate Republican Fasicism
Extreme Liberalism Liberal Moderate Conservative Extrem consevative

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June 12, 2012, 5:43am

Republicans make the most sense. Y should I pay more taxes for those who sit on their ass all day. If u want to help them u pay not me. Every man should have the right to hold a gun for his own safety. Abortion should be illegal because it's basically killing a human except for rape. Gay marriage should not b allowed because it was first man and women not man and man. Democrats wer orginally for slavery and now all of a sudden they call republicans racist. Teachers want more pay but look we all get taxed more and more so suck it up besides all my teachers have very nice classrooms. And no one should have to pay for teens to go to college, get a job while your going. No emigrants should have the right to belonge here- they have to earn it, they are taking our jobs. DEMOCRATS ARE IDIOTS!

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May 19, 2012, 10:42pm

" I think that political parties are stupid. You should vote for a PERSON to be in office not a POLITICAL PARTY
205.213.111.52 on 2010-10-26 18:54:01 "

^^ Bump. :-) Did you know George Washington was against a party system? Hmm... makes you think.

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May 15, 2012, 10:46pm

Today I am with heavy heart! Our state is holding a closed primary! I am a Democrat and through the new rules\laws I must have a party affiliation! This becomes public information! I live in an area that is very heavy with active tea party members, where I work, up her management are Republicans and strong tea party activist! If I register as a Democrat I feel I am going to lose my job! I feel very compelled to register as a Republican and then vote Democrat! it's not that I strongly disagree with the publicans but I do feel the tea party is a new name for Ku Klux Klan!

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March 24, 2012, 8:49am

I believe no one should have any more rights than the next. No one should be treated differently unless you break the law. Lawbreakers should have no "pursuit of happiness" until there sentence is completed. Why should punishment make someone feel okay?
Gays just want to be able to get married like everyone else. If this is an abomination, then marriage between 1 man and 1 woman SHOULD be upheld.. but it isn't so let them get "married" since it's now just a word and a title. Adultery should be considered fraud then. I know people who are gay and they have fake marriages. Still it's all fake anyhow. Both parties want laws against things which they don't believe in. I stand in the middle. I disagree with both parties. FREEDOM? Land of the "FREE" home of the "BRAVE"?

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March 7, 2012, 8:44pm

independent

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February 29, 2012, 12:16pm

Very good comparison of the two main parties. It was objective, concise, and specific. It avoided "weasel words", bias, and unsubstantiated hysteria...much to the chagrin of people on each side of the aisle, I'm certain.

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February 26, 2012, 3:49am

Say you agree with most ideas from a party but not all, do you think you should consider yourself idependant or not.

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February 26, 2012, 2:52am

What about being an independent? I like some of the views from both parties but I prefer believing in what I feel is right and fair rather than belonging to a party that tells me what to believe in.

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February 20, 2012, 9:26pm

I've always thought it contradictory to be against government assistance but for military spending (Republicans) and for big government at home but against big government on defense spending (Democrats). I realize it's more complicated than that but just seems a bit odd.

Bill

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February 18, 2012, 10:07pm

You should not have included Abe Lincoln on the Rebublican side, as during the 1800s, they were more liberal, aside from their view on free enterprise

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February 18, 2012, 5:27pm

A huge country like America, with all the different walks of life you so happily parade around, controlled by one political party? How horribly real and worrying.

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February 7, 2012, 8:23am

People like to attack Welfare, make them the big bad guys but there are a number of agencies that waste far more than they do and the money is being wasted by some very well off people in those agencies.
To say "well if you can't take care of yourself then tuff" is saying that we all have the same potential to succeed. That is simply not the case. People are not cloned so some simply have more ability than others. Should a person who can't take care of themselves be eliminated? What if they are mentally handicapped? Well they can't cut it by themselves so do we...: What? What do we do with them?
What percentage of people who need temporary help are really scamming the system? This is a serious question I'd like to know. It seems like powerful people in corporation and government scam on a huge level compared to Welfare people. But I don't hear as much complaining about them.
What about a flat tax? I've heard about that and nothing comes of it. Would it be a good or bad thing to do?
I found this from 2009:
Two drafting errors in the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act resulted in a $2 billion taxpayer cost.[39]
The Transportation Department will subsidize up to $2,000 per flight for direct flights between Washington, D.C., and the small hometown of Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Over half of all farm subsidies go to commercial farms, which report average household incomes of $200,000
That list went on for a long time. Also for those who like to throw out the word socialism, if you really are against a collective effort to better the country then we would have to close our schools and libraries as they are socialist ideas in action.
As with all good ideas, humans can screw them up. I think it's good to give and help others. I do not want to be ripped off by scammers. Many studies have been done on why people who can't take care of their family financially yet have numerous children just don't stop having children. It seem so obvious. But the reason seems not to have much to do with finances. You will need to read up on your own about this.
I'm am repulsed with our government and the attitude that it's about them and their party as opposed to them representing we the people. I do think Obama has more integrity than many and inherited a terrible mess from Bush and now is being blamed for whatever you can think of. Bush was awful as was his dad and all the minion that are running now for office. You cut one head off of the Hydra and another one takes it's place.
Clean house, only the rich can run, do away with commercials, just have a series of honest debates, no help to the candidates from sources elsewhere, just let them prove their stuff. Maybe get rid of parties and just have people running? Maybe not. Or have a president from one party and a Vice P from the other and state that they most be connected and work together as one.
And please, hate mongers and religious fanatics, just go away.

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February 1, 2012, 6:05pm

I do not understand why people call the middle class the "working class" how did the 1% get to where they are and please don't tell me it was handed to them. That's what our government is doing. Handing people things they didn't earn. If the top 1% is more wealthy and more powerful obviously they are doing something right. Let's face it who doesn't want to have money and power? When it comes to peace, how do you think people obtain it? Not on hopes and wishes. Stop blaming parties on both sides, with out government or business what is America? We as the people need to stop adding on to the problem of what is right or wrong. We need to learn from our country as well as others to help the world move not argue over power and control. Isnt that what America was set out to be? To get rid of being under control of another. Stop taking from people what isn't yours. This goes for both parties. Why is it that the top 1% needs to give what they have just as the government does. What is the gain you earn when you are handed things. That's like saying the 1% were given their fortune well isn't that was the government is doing? What if the government gave the 1% as much benefit to the 99%? Would that be fair? You have to earn what is yours. What is given to you has no personal value and that people is the reason this Country is loosing respect. What are you going to cherish and project more; a doller you find on the street or 100 pennies you collect?

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January 30, 2012, 1:41pm

I'm an independent that is proud not to be tied down to these stereotypes, because let's face it, these parties values are as flimsy as the money they rely on. Both parties are guilty of selling out to new special interest money, both of the parties have changed in the past sixty years to the point that this chart would be completely false.
And the last commenter is playing into that stereotype, yes more Republicans are richer, but my grandparents are high up with some well known Republicans and they were both born to parents outside American society and have had to work tooth and nail to earn every penny. But if you like wealth you shouldn't be a Democrat anyways, they support social programs, which isn't a bad thing, giving your money to those who can't take care of themselves or have seven children and a minimum wage job.
Research before you blindly believe. :)

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January 28, 2012, 11:02am

I am a Democrat and proud to be one. The thing is, if you don't have money to start out with you simply CAN'T be a Republican. If you start out poor the thing is, the Republicans' basic idea is the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Almost every Republican I've ever met has started out with a silver spoon in their mouth. Read some of these stories about how people from Europe come over here and become rich and love giving to the poor because they were like that once. I know that if I had 100 million dollars I wouldn't even care giving away 50 mil every year to support poor people. The only thing I don't like about democrats is military spending. If there was a party that had like every ideal as a Democrat with increased military spending and maybe a little ( I stress that word) ease on gun control laws, that is the party that I would definitely be on. Its funny how Republicans like Donald Trump say stand on your own two feet people, when he borrowed 300 million dollars from his dad to start his empire. Come on people we all know if your rich your Republican, if your poor your Democrat, and the only straddlers are military people who want more military spending for their coountry or whatever, its pretty simple.

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January 20, 2012, 10:46pm

If only they could both emerge and become an Demorepublic. With both party ideas together things in America would go smoother..

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January 20, 2012, 8:08pm

that is mean

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January 12, 2012, 7:59pm

The best part about nearly all the comments is they are simply regurgitated crap that someone hears from a biased media source. Very few people have actual facts or cited sources.

Very few critics are using racial factor as a determination as to whether President Obama is successful. Its his character and the way he does things that people simply dont like. I could care less what color you are, hell I'd vote for Gumby if he ran for president and stood for 'most' of what I stood for.

Majority isnt always right. Any idiot with an index finger over 18 can go select a button at a voting booth simply because someone is of color, promises change, or any other random bs you hear. But I GARUNTEE you 99% of you that voted for your president of choice, couldnt tell the difference between most of the Presidential nominees beliefs.

Its been said before and it needs to be echo'd time and time again. We are a nation of one. We will have differences, but we have to come to common grounds and compromises or we'll further divide our parties. It only gets worse if we dont change our ways (and Im not talking about bs Presidential speech "changes"). The biggest difference will not be whether or not we get a Dem or Rep in office, its going to be getting someone in who will actually represent the people fairly with everyone in mind from the bottom to the top.

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December 28, 2011, 3:32am

Both sides are right, and both sides are wrong. On each subject, I could easily find documentation on abuses on both extremes. Rather than choosing a side and digging in, it's about time we started to work together for the common good and stop this bickering. Seems we have forgotten what this country is all about. The rights and privileged of all being protected and shared is the answer. Why should a "Republican" be forced to abide by the principals and laws created by only "Democrats"? Conversely, why the “Democrats” should be forced to abide by the principals and laws created by the "Republicans". While I could comment on specifics, I can see that it would only spark another argument. Can’t you see that we are so divided that nothing good comes from our governing representatives. It's high time that we should look into each other’s eyes and say, let's call a truce. And I am tired of the childish name calling and imitations for those who don't agree with YOU should leave this country. This country belongs to us all. Now if we can't live by the constitution it's amendments, the I say gets rid of it and make a new one. This country barely survived the Civil War and from the sound of it, you all are ready to do that again! Enough! I am a 100% disabled veteran. On my second enlistment, I was medically discharged for what I went through while trying to protect all of our rights, not just one side or the other. Even though, I could have pulled money from the VA system from the beginning, I passed on it and did my best for about 25 years until I could take care of myself no more on my own and I paid my taxes then went to the poles and voted my opinion on each subject and elected official individually, not by just voting my party, which, by the way I don't have. I would not be inclined to join either of your parties. Just look at what it's done for you. Politicians never tell you the truth, that's called politics. Only when I my injuries finally got to me, did I take from this country any compensation for my injuries. Now some of you call me a "leach" on society. Yet many of you cheat on your taxes, dodge service to your country, and other wrongs then demand that it all run according to you specific beliefs. Shame on you all. I often wish I had not survived my service experience so I would not have to witness the behavior and division I see. I would rather be gone forever that to know it was for nothing. Shame on you all. Regardless of your view, you should respect the rights of those who do not agree with you. Every Republican is not a Fascists and every Democrat is not a Socialist. Name calling like that went out in the 3rd grade! Now stop it!! I challenge each and every one of you to take a step to the middle. Then, take another one. While it would be naive of me to think there will never be arguments and opposing viewpoints, I do believe we could do better that this! Only one percent of this nation is a veteran, yet we few did not banc to gather and say to the rest of you, that you had to do it our way.
If you knew what a private in the military makes for the possibility of losing his life so you can fight over who made more or less money than you and who had to pay for what another citizen needs. You try to legislate morality or at least your view of it. It can't be done and remain the America we claim it is. It was supposed to be about freedom, but I don't feed free anymore. Maybe by comparison to some of the places I've been but not free, just the illusion of freedom. And we argue and point fingers and say to those on the other side, it's your fault for the problems this country faces. The constitution was a document created for us to live by. If we can't do that, the burn it and start over. It was not written by GOD! It is not sacred! It was a written by a few men with an idea. If you want to see what is wrong with this country it's greed, greed for money, greed for power, greed for being lazy. Or you’re afraid that someone else paid less to help your fellow citizen along than you, and then claim your religious beliefs. No, we arent’s suppose to live of someone else if we are able in body and mind. Neither can you claim to be a Christian but refuse to help the poor, the aged and the infirmed. You can claim to be a hypocrite though. There is not a scrap of humility among you. Well, I paid a lot of taxes and gave this country of my mind and body, so I refuse to think YOU paid for anything I get now. Well, if you all will excuse me, I need so go deal with my pain and try to live another day in peace. That's just getting harder to do anymore. But don’t worry; I’ll be dying early so it won’t cost you too much more. Now it you don't like what I said here, you're welcome to get the hell out of MY country! (LOL JUST KIDDING ABOUT THAT LAST PART!)

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December 20, 2011, 4:44am

Thank You it seems the facts are all there.

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December 19, 2011, 4:57pm

Rich people should not have to pay higher taxes then poor people. Everyone should have to work for their money. Rich people are rich for a reason, they work hard for their money. I will admit there are many wealthy people born into their wealth and don't know the value of a dollar. What about the people who work from the ground up building their own businesses not support their own families? They should get taxed more for working their butt off trying to give their family what they need and deserve? Sorry...I don't think so. How about the people abusing the welfare and food stamps systems. People working under the table and still getting their social security. The truth of the matter is people are lazy and they don't want to have to work for their money. People go on welfare to feed and take care of their children right? Well maybe these "parents" should have thought twice about getting pregnant and bringing a helpless child into an unstable environment. I swear people should have to take a parenting class before bringing innocent children into the world. It's really ashame what america has become. Using and abusing the system, resenting the rich because they are successful. It sickens me how these people are.

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December 8, 2011, 6:12pm

Ok, so, how about another party, one that believes all should pay their fair share, like, instead of raising taxes on the wealthy....why not extend the deductions, ride-offs they enjoy to all? Or eliminate them for all?? Public programs are necessary, working class (funny we don't call management working class??) are often subject to layoff, and with most of our jobs going overseas, it can be difficult to find work....
and why are all those supporting for less regulation on business (more jobs overseas, less EPA...etc) are the same screaming buy American??
As for death penalty, we need to be more compassionate there, any doubts should be reviewed and scrutinized, as we know, law enforcement isn't always honest, many examples can be listed there, from police abusing their position, to being caught shoplifting, they are human...but, if there one caught with their pant's down and no doubts, it should be carried out, not drawn out .
Gun control is needed, and all should learn about firearms in school, start young, maybe a short class teaching safety and how to use a gun, that might cut down on accidental shootings, personally, I think should be more sensible, the laws should be eased down a few notches, we have the RIGHT to bear arms, and we need to remember that it is a right, and responsible ownership is not a privilege.
Abortion?? Common sense.....if someone chooses it, their right, and what kind of parents would they be anyway??? Rather than protest abortion, if one really believes it wrong, then they should offer to adopt rather than force their belief on all. Personal freedom and responsibility.....
Gay people should share the same rule as straight couples, they should be required to get married in order to enjoy access to medical insurance and other benefits.
A strong military is needed to keep us, I use this term loosely...free....and it is a great boost to the economy, cities near bases are supported by the it, when they are closed, so do the business's that are near, more military, more jobs to support the military, in turn, supporting the community. And why not add the Peace Corps as part of it too. Our veterans should be treated with the utmost respect, those that are comfortable need to remember that veterans sacrificed much for that....unless someone was in the military, very few can understand the sacrifices made, not just by the G.I. but also by their family.
On illegal immigration we should offer military service as an option to gain citizenship, short and sweet...
we need to understand in order for society to be responsible, the individual needs to be responsible, laws should be equal and applicable to all, and those who lead us, whether socially, officially, or economically should be given maximum sentencing because they set an example for the rest of us due to being in the public eye, our youth look up to these people, as do we, like it or not. Strong moral leadership is needed.
We can be a strong moral, and compassionate country.

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December 7, 2011, 10:52pm

both parties have their rights and wrongs. but it is up to the people (us) to disagree or agree on whether to do it or not. and to all those who thinks that Pres.Obama is not worth it as president, you're all wrong about that. he is the right president and the one who most of you (us) choose. that is raises if you only think that white people is fit in the white house and make stupid decisions too. everyone has the right and the power to take control, its just that most of the young idiots out there are trying to compete in everything and not just think before they do such things or say stupid sayings. someone below my comment said that everything was ruin before Obama got in.. that is a right and most true statement. its been messed up and Obama is trying his BEST for a new change just like every other Presidents job. all the Presidents in the USA are ALL trying to do the right thing, no matter what color skin you have. we are all one and should know your right from left. DON'T JUDGE BEFORE YOU GET IN THEIR SHOES AND YOU'LL FIND OUT THAT THEIR JOB IS NOT AS EASY AS YOU THINK IT IS. lets set an example and try to support you freaken leaders no matter who it is. IF YOU'RE NOT A SUPPORTER THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND SEE IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT! "WE ARE ONE" ...PEACE ;) *from samoa*

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December 2, 2011, 3:35pm

Heres the Republican moto:
Cut every social service and stop creating government jobs, while giving more and more tax breaks to the wealthy and rich and spending wastful amounts of money on the military.

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November 27, 2011, 12:45am

The illusion that those who collect unemployment pay for it is a fallacy...independent business owners pay for it- they match every bit of taxes paid in by the individual plus they are required to pay for insurance to cover this expense. Every time an individual collects unemployment benefits, it is billed against the business that they worked for and the cost of insurance is then increased- our payroll taxes for each employee exceed what the employee pays in- and then we pay for the Workmans Compensation coverage, commercial liability insurance is very high...it goes on and on , but unless one tries to run a legitimate private business and sees the payroll taxes incurred by the middle class business owner they will never realize the unfairness of Legal Plunder and why the economy is contracting because of the unfair taxation of the backbone of America...bye bye Miss American Pie. The money is all gone and as Margaret Thatcher said, "The problem with Socialism is they run out of other people's money." Time has come for a huge reality check and that means the Government needs to mind its own business and leave US alone!

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November 23, 2011, 3:41pm

.....Remember and consider...

......When Republicans speak out for "Individual Freedoms" they are really speaking up for selfishness.
.............................Look at what they are for and what they are against..................
.......Lower MY taxes......
.......Spend all the money you want on MY defense.......
.......Deregulate so I can do what I want......
.......Keep the foreigners out.....The country is MINE..."Love it or leave it"

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November 16, 2011, 4:19am

Well I will be voting this upcoming election and I'm African american so why does everyone automatically assum I'm gonna vote for President Obama Im gonna go by what each candidate brings to the table and choose which one will more benefit me. So all the ignorant people who think all black is gonna vote for President Obama, need to get a life And for the ignorant person that said go back to Africa you need to be hung because it's people like you that don't realize the pain and struggle Africans went through and still go through because there money and people were "stolen" back then ( some of their country's are still suffering) and two how can you say go back where you came from when technically no one originated here except the native and mexicans and isn't America/cans suppose to accept everyone that's what I thought that little script on the bottom of the statue of liberty said "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.I lift my lamp beside the golden door." oh and to add insult to injury President Obama didnt ruin this country He was voted into a ruined country and had to fix it within 4 year with and everyone waiting on him to screw up because of his skin color and since he's not succeeding successfully everyone is upset, I don't know maybe we need a european American person to screw things up it ok for them to mess up but we get one African american that messes up so we get World war III. (this wasn't intentionally meant to turn into a black and white thing I said that because all our past presidents were white.)

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November 16, 2011, 1:50am

To the 17 year old Democrat, who thinks the military is "well too funded", and to all those out there that think we get paid to much.
A) TRY LIVING ON E-1 PAY!
B) I'VE SEEN IN THE HIGHER RANKS HAVE TO LIVE ON FOOD STAMPS!!!
C) You honestly think we get paid to much, is because you have ABSOLUTELY NO patriotism, or desire to serve your country, and might as well leave. If you don't want this country, then feel free to leave. I'm sure somewhere else, like a communist country will make you feel so much happier.

Not everyone does it for the money. People join because they want to serve their country, in hopes that if they live long enough retire, that their country will re-pay them for their service as they carry on that service to the grave, and even THAT looks like it is going to be taken away from us.

You want my tax dollars to go to college kid? If I had a say, no way. If you want so badly to go to college and not pay for it, you can join the military, and then you might deserve to speak about it.

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November 15, 2011, 9:25pm

To that 17 year old democratic. Who says reduce the military budget by 15% because he wants to get financial aid to go to college. If it wasn't for the military you would not have that option. How bout you serve the military for 3 years and get the gi bill and go to college. Boy you need to show us troops respect, and stop bitching on the money we spend to help keep us alive in combat...bullets and ieds hurt, they kill, and it cost money to produce items that give us a better chance of surviving those so we can come home and see our family, and listen to you cry about college

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November 10, 2011, 3:06pm

174.130.40.146 on 2011-10-24 16:56:33< to you that wants a car and is 17 the amount of money they take out of your check will never buy you a car so instead of blaming it on the taxes taken out blame it on how YOU spend your money. I understand part of America is becoming lazy and want someone else to make them rich or do the work for them, I know some people that is on welfare does not need welfare and is able to work. Its not the people on welfare it is the people signing them up for the welfare that has made it a MESS!!!!!!!!!

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November 9, 2011, 11:39pm

We have completely lost sight of what entitlement is. I have read that if I pay social security while I work, I should get it back when I retire. Guess what? That was never the idea of social security. Your paycheck (if you get one) says SSI. Social Security Insurance. Insurance for what do you say? I case you lived to be older than the normal life expectancy and ran out of retirement nestegg. Social Security was given to somebody when they turned 65 because that was the life expectancy when it was established. So it was designed to be taken out of your paycheck and you would never see it again unless you lived long. Now, take that money that Uncle Sam takes out of your paycheck every month and put it into a 401k. Your retirement will be much better than SSI, I guarantee you.
Welfare is buying votes, that is all it is. But once you start a freebie, you cannot take it away.
Taxes are not a method of leveling the playing field. They are another wa y to buy votes. Think about it long and hard and tell me why it is fair to have a rich man give away half of his money but a poor man cannot. And dont level the playing field, it may work in a college classroom but it does not work in life. If I go to school for 8 years to become a doctor, I deserve to be paid more. But liberals want to balance it out so that the doctor makes the same as the crossing guard. Sounds good on paper, but why would I spend 8 years in college if all I have to do is drop out of high school and make the same. Communism fell because man figured out that a doctor does not want to make the same as a crossing guard. If they are paid the same, I have no incentive to do more than a crack whore on welfare. Capitalism creates incentive to do more because there is a reward for hard work. Your dog figured that out.
Lower taxes across the board and get rid of some of the useless departments in our federal governent. Should we keep the department of education? Nope. Can you honestly tell me that kids are smarter today than a generation ago. How about the Office of National Drug Control? Yea.... that really has done a lot of good, so see ya. Department of Energy? What do they really do other than come up with another regulation that cannot be met?
Conservatives like a strong military because getting our ass kicked is not something we really like to do. If you like to get your ass kicked every generation, learn to speak French and go visit Paris the next time germany decides the frogs are getting too pushy. We are a world power and the rest of the world should get over it and join in. If the US was not the superpower, who do we want to be a superpower? China, North Korea, Russia, Iran? I will keep my 12 aircraft carriers and you can go learn to speak Cantonese.

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November 7, 2011, 12:12am

Everyone who receives unemployment has paid into it already, often for decades, it is an insurance policy.

There cannot be a pure capitolist society, nor a pure socialist one. The challange is to find the right mix.

Sevices such as Education, Health Care, sewer, water, electricity, Insurance- car, house, life, etc should be nonprofit and not part of stock market. People working in these services can still charge any amount the market will support, but there should be no profit taking off the top. End the millions in CEO pay.

Cap spending on elections, and end direct lobbying to canidates. Place term limits on all elected offices period.

No school district should have more than 2000 students. Large city districts should be broken up, still public but with fewer students each would be more response to the locale.

Taxes have to be progressive, as proven by world history- as a mechanism to keep a balance between the money classes. Rates should automatically adjust whenever the gap between rich, middle, and lower classes moves outside most effective balance.

We made a pledge as a country to have social security for all the veterans and the families they built, after the sacrifices of WWll. Now some want break that pledge. Why should anyone offer future sacrifice if the people don't honor committments.
I have more thoughts but I've said enough.

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October 29, 2011, 5:52am

The main problem with the taxes today isn't that they are too high or too low, but it is because the taxes for the richest individuals are effectively zero because of corporate loopholes. Multinational corporations have us in a catch-22, in which if we raise taxes or raise minimum wage, they will simply move most production elsewhere (WalMart), and if we lower these, the debt gets even higher and workers would get paid less (so much for trickle-down economics). Social programs are also problematic, and I am personally pissed about people commenting that most democrats are on welfare being lazy asses and bumming off the U.S., which they claim is why we should only lower government aid for those programs. It is true that some do this, but there are those that genuinely need help. Not every democrat is a detriment to society. I am a 17 year old democrat, and I don't get these benefits. I just want to go to college, with financial help from the government due to living from paycheck to paycheck for my entire life, and I simply want to become and engineer and make a better life for myself and my family. I believe that yes, social programs need to be reformed, but we all need to have taxes incorporated into the mix. First, we would get rid of many of the loopholes, which should raise tax revenue quite a bit. Then, we lower funding toward welfare and other social programs by about 10%, and military funding by about 15% (the main culprits for debt). This would definitely aid in lowering the deficit. Finally, we should make big corporations and Wall Street FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE! I know that sounds like a big, evil phrase, but they are a large part of the problem.

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October 27, 2011, 2:38pm

Republicans are not mean or selfish. We just believe that we need to get rid of this feeling of entitlement that is so pervasive across our country.People need to learn to take care of themselves and stop expecting the government(the hardworking taxpayers) to take care of them. It's okay to help those who are incapable of doing it for themselves. However, those who are unwilling to take care of themselves should be left to fend for themselves. So many people expect the government to take care of them from cradle to grave. We should have limits in this country on how long you can stay on the public dole. I know people who were brought yup on welfare and they actually believe it is a viable option for them to raise their families. Get rid of this nanny state crap and grow up. Stand on your own two feet for crying out loud!

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October 27, 2011, 4:27am

This article deals with the apparent differences between the parties but doesn't really address the fundamental differences between the parties. Study the names Democrats are in favor of Democracy as a form of government. In other words the people rule. Republicans support a Republic form of government where the LAW rules. The US is a REPUBLIC not a democracy. Basicly WE THE PEOPLE vote for the LAWS we want to govern us. And no mob will overrule the law unless a majority vote to change the law.

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October 27, 2011, 3:21am

How about this idea for getting a start on lowering our deficit. Cut all government outlay by 10%. Cut all entitlements by 10%, including Social Security(yes that would include myself, as I am retired), Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps-EVERYTHING! Every department of government would be cut 10%, including cutting the pay of all government workers by 10% from Obama all the way down to the most menial clerk in the smallest office in the most remote office of the Federal government. No one should be spared because until every single person has a stake in the game nothing is going to get done that really makes any difference. Cut all foreign aid by at least 10% and cut off those nations entirely who aren't really our allies. I'd be willing to bet that after 10 years of that we would have made a big dent in our national debt.

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October 27, 2011, 3:07am

I am so sick of hearing women argue for abortion on the pretense that "It's my body, my decision". For every mother of a child there is also a father. Abortion should only be for extreme cases. ie, incest and rape. It should not be used as a form of birth control. Under normal circumstances, no woman should be able to abort a baby without the father signing off on it. If the excuse then becomes, "I don't know who the father is, then shame on you! Keep your pants on if you don't want to have a baby!

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October 27, 2011, 2:57am

Unlike many Conservatives, I don't think Obama is stupid. I just think he is a Socialist, which, when you come right down to it, is worse than being stupid. There is nothing good about Socialism. It stifles competition and productivity. If anyone needs any evidence of the terrible effects of Socialism on a society just take a look at Europe. Wake up America, or we'll all be going down the same road that Greece is travelling right now. We need to return to our basic roots of individual resposibility and personal liberties before it is too late. I didn't go to war to defend freedom just to sit idly by and watch ours dissolve right before my very eyes here at home.

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October 26, 2011, 4:12pm

Obama hasant rlly ruined our country he is just making some mistakes he truly is one of the most loyal presidents. He may have many dowsides but you never want to look at the downsides.

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October 26, 2011, 4:02pm

Obama is an idiot he's ruining america the only reason he became president is because all the blacks voted for him its so stupid he should go back to africa or wherever he came from.

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October 24, 2011, 8:01pm

Good lord. Even the comments saying -that- the comments are ignorant, are themselves - ignorant. This is exactly why our system fails so badly. Americans blindly support things they have no idea about.

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October 24, 2011, 4:56pm

I am 17 and a conservative. The economy today sucks, plain as that. People who are on welfare sit there and take from the Government as much as they can, meaning that THAT money comes out of MY pocket. I just started working and trust me, it is difficult having to save my money when all I want to do is go out get a car, and get nice things. People need to realize that the world and economy today isn't all hunky-doorie. People need to get their heads out of their asses and face the facts. Obama isn't right for this country. He has spent the government's money like it is candy and he can't get enough of it, and NOW he has the audacity to sit there and say WE need to watch OUR spending. Pshh, I am sorry to say it, but Obama, you need to get a grip and realize that the reason why the country is the way it is today, is because of your decisions and mistakes.

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October 20, 2011, 10:40pm

These comments are hilarious. Honestly, I'm a conservative, I'm 19, and I grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita. I'm not greedy, and my favorite president was Franklin Roosevelt. He should have had 5 terms, and as well, Clinton. I bet when all you democrats get your welfare checks and food stamps you don't complain, because WE are the ones working hard to give it to you for free. Most people plaster democrats because they do not do anything, most of the people on welfare don't look for jobs, just have more kids, and mooch off of the United States. And honestly, I think that is wrong. Especially for the people working hard and trying to get some where in life. I grew up Long Beach, I know what it's like to live in a bad neighborhood. My mom is also a single mom, so for anyone to say that a Republican is greedy, however she is a democrat, but to assume EVERY republican is greedy, is just ridiculous.

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October 19, 2011, 8:18pm

Croney Capitalisim is what has brought this country down to this point. Politicians taking and making money rule over the people. The large economic gaps between the classes of people by giving percentage raises verses giving a straight raises across the board for all employees and managers. This has been happening since 1960 and has created this greed monster. Both sides are guilty, but what do we do to fix this problem. First, stop politicians from being able to take or recieve any money above one hundred dollars from any person company or any enity. Make all contributions visiable to the world. Second, stop all corporations from the percentage raise standards. This will fix the American culture.

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October 17, 2011, 7:00pm

I think all who hold an elected office should be tried for treason and found guilty then the pushiment should take place because all have failed this country. I do not believe this country will ever be what it once was, its to late to recover.

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October 16, 2011, 11:16pm

Rich or poor,democrat or republican,man or women,gay or straight we are humans(HUMANITY).Gun control! My mom and I was attacked Feb 2nd 1996,I was stabbed twice and my mom was hospitalizedas well as myself,if my mom did not have a gun I wouldn't be writing this! I shot 1 of my four attackers twice,if you were in my shoes and believe in gun control I promise you would have begged for my help or a gun carrying cop.guns are not the problem being that the people that tried to kill me were using Knives! We need to stop arguing over opinions! I've been poor most of my life but would give a cup of super or whatever to help a neighbor and likewise!it didn't matter what party you stood for! Most of you have lived sheltered lives,put yourselves in someone else's shoes! I could go on and on.care for and help each other period!

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October 13, 2011, 7:48pm

All democrats are liberal minded, consequently, I would never vote for one. There are many kinds of Republicans, they stretch from far left to far right. I'd like to see a lot more true hard core constitutionalists in there. The welfare state MUST die. Government spending and "Make Work Projects" need a tough love hand. They want to fix the economy and get our country back on track? Well, just give us our tax money back...we'll spend it, which will increase production and jobs, end of problem! If you feel so strongly that people just need a hand up, then I suggest you write them a check, don't make me have to pay for an institution that is failed from the beginning. The scariest thing about the GOP right now is that no Republican is willing to stand up to the military industrial complex and say enough is enough!. War on Terror? If there was REALLY a war on terror our Southern border would be patrolled by troops, Muslims ad illegals rounded up and deported back to wherever they came.

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October 7, 2011, 2:51pm

As you can read both hardcore dem's and repub's suck.
Both are responsible for 14 trillion in debt. Both spew tons of promises while campaigning - then do nothing or the opposite when elected. Both practice croney Capitalisim(pay to play) and give huge amounts of tax dollars to their respective darling corporations and programs. Some are: Rebub's - Banks, regulations, haliburton, defence contractors, military, oil/gas, education, some agriculture, etc. Dem's - Healthcare, EPA, education, Banks, Unions, Green jobs, regulators and regulations, social programs, some agriculture, etc. BOTH enjoy the power and the elite status as lawmakers.

The biggest difference now is the dem's embrace a european style, socalist democracy - Very regulated big government with high taxes a Cradle to grave entitlements

IMHO America wasn't founded on this model of gov. It sifles creativity and self reliance which America is famous for. I support voting the professional politicians out and limit debt

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September 29, 2011, 2:53am

Of all the things to comment on 24.89.175.210, you honestly think that is the most important? What about people constantly loosing their jobs? People using, and/or abusing welfare benefits? Healthcare being socialized and taking a wet chunk out of Americans paycheck every month, not to mention the ridiculous taxes on top of that. There are more important things that need to be addressed before tackling something like abortion. That bridge can be crossed when gotten to. Do I have a standpoint on it, yes. I think after the first trimester, an abortion is no longer applicable, as murder would be, UNLESS the mother's life is in immediate danger. This is what is wrong with our country. People think little things, like abortions, gay rights, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, and driving a prius, because people are deluded into thinking its better for our environment, are way more important than keeping our gov't true to the people, and money in our pockets to survive. Good job.

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September 25, 2011, 7:42am

Please do no speak for me, a woman and do not tell me what is best for my gender, in the name of Christianity. This is America, the home of the "free" and the "brave", except when it comes to women. Have any of the Christian "right" looked around lately and even counted the number of practicing religions in this country? Who died and left them in charge of telling me what I can do with my body?
The poor should not be allowed to end an unplanned pregnancy or have inexpensive assess to birth control , because it is immoral? Please.......!!!open your eyes to the proven fact, that wealhy women will always have their discreet abortions, simply because they have the money
There is no doubt in my mind, that if white men (the majority of the Christian right) could get pregnant, we would see a whole different attitude towards Roe VS Wade

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September 18, 2011, 6:53pm

"ML - Cont'd (4)": With not enough time or space to go into detail, I will finish with this. There is a lot of things wrong with our nation this day, people and gov't. "If you want something done right, do it yourself" The more we blame others for issues, the less gets done, and the more focus becomes on who is right or wrong. I say we [gov't] start off with a more clean slate, run some numbers, and get the problems fixed instead of dancing around it, and expecting someone else to take care of it. We as a society need to grow and mature, and become more wise in our decisions when we walk out our front door, and in the decisions we let our gov't make for us. The term patriotism seems to have shifted in the opposite direction, from "What can we do for our country, in turn, for ourselves", to "what should my country be doing for me". It's a two way street, and someone, or something has to give before anything gets done. It should start with every living American today.

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September 18, 2011, 6:31pm

"ML - Cont'd (3)":...however, we seem to be paying for them now. Mistakes happen, and I'm not saying that 43 was flawless in every decision he made, because there were some very detrimental ones, that have compounded with the decisions made before him. In this day and age, people have also lost the ability to take responsibility for their actions. People figure, "Well it wasn't my fault, it was 'Y' or 'Z'", which leaves them with the illusion that they are entitled to retribution. False. People have lost the ability to care for themselves, and require someone else to help them along. It all stems from the advancement of technology. We as a being are not becoming wise enough to handle this rate of advancement. It is as though we depend on it to carry out our daily tasks. Ask yourself, "could I live without some of the things I have that I think I need? (cell phone, HDTV, computer, iPod etc.)"...to be continued...

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September 18, 2011, 6:19pm

"ML - Cont'd": Therefore; there would be no IRS to come take your money away, and it would be absolutely FLAT. No, richer paying more/less, or poorer paying more/less. If you buy something, you contribute "X" to the federal gov't on top of your state sales tax. It would do away with those who are paid under the table not contributing. There are many things that our gov't does this day that contradicts itself. There is really no side that is right or wrong, but a persons perspective on a group of people. Take our last President (43) for example. Everyone has judged him as "the worst president this country has seen", when in fact, that is not true. People as a whole are blinded by what they perceive to be a good thing, such as the actions taken by the one before him (42). People as a whole, of all generations have lost the ability to look many years ahead for the actions they take today, as well, with our leadership. People think the things 42 did were amazing. To be cont'd..

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September 18, 2011, 6:11pm

"ML": I am against gun laws. The more you restrict gun laws, the more you take a manner of self defense out of the honest persons hands. I am also against gay marriage, given it is a sacred union between a man and a woman, not two of the same sex. I am against government hands in the private sector all together. I am also very against outsourcing, and I know that seems very contradictory. The more jobs a corporation outsources to another country, the fewer jobs Americans have, and the more money out of my pocket goes into welfare, and unemployment. If there were some way to provide incentive for HQ's based in America to bring jobs back, I would say go for it, instead of regulation, lets say, a lower tax to the corporation itself on the goods it makes. I haven't had the chance to run the numbers, however, I feel as though, a "Federal Sales Tax" on goods one buys with their income would be more fitting than a "Federal Income Tax". Will have to continue on next post...

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September 17, 2011, 10:17am

The wealthy should indeed pay more because the people who aren't wealthy can't afford to help as much as someone with more money can. We don't support the death penalty too much because what if you are an innocent person found to be guilty by mistake? And abortion should be legal because what if these people are victims of incest? Or rape? Or are young and made a mistake and can't support a child, or carry the child to term? We are Americans and we deserve to choose what we desire. That's our right as an American citizen, freedom, that's what our men are fighting for. Not so we can control everyone, and tell them how to live, what to think, what to say, and what to believe.

Note: Gay marriage should be allowed also because it is of out nature to be attracted to a sex. You can't help what gender you like. It's like loving someone, you can't make yourself love someone, it just.... it just happens I guess..

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September 14, 2011, 4:33pm

Really guys? Stop the name calling in your comments, it doesn't prove your point any further, it makes you seem like an angry child. Both parties are flawed and contradictory, but the Republicans contradict themselves a lot more than the Democrats. I've never heard of a pro-life Christian gun-toting executioner, who doesn’t want to help others. But if you add up the Republican parties beliefs, that’s the type of person you'd get. The Democrats aren't off the hook either, the more government involvement in a country the more communist like it seems, nobody wants the government to tell them how to do everything, or dabble in their money. But let’s be honest, if you lost your job, you'd love that unemployment check. It's not always easy to make it without a little push..

Despite their flaws, the Democrats only want to make a strong bond between the government and the governed, and a non-discriminate and stable U.S. The Republicans don't want to be pushovers? Or gay? Or Mexican?

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September 8, 2011, 11:00pm

I’m a Democrat but let me tell you about a “right minded” Republican. “Teddy” Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a man who was born rich and thought for himself. A “Trust Buster”, a “Conservationist”, a “Square Deal” for the average guy, politician, “Nobel Prize” winner, “Medal of Honor” winner,” got more wages and higher pay for the mine workers” politician, “Meat Inspection Act”, activist, “Pure Food Act” activist, etc.,. Republicans, if you can find another Republican like “Teddy”, who can govern like a Democrat, then you can say something for yourselves. In the meantime ask yourself “What have the Republicans done for me/us?”. Republicans, get behind us (Democrats). We built the infrastructure of the greatest economy in the world. Help us get back our industry. Turn the dial away from the oxycodone and hydrocodone user to someone who gives you the straight facts. Think for yourself like “Teddy” and get something accomplished

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September 5, 2011, 1:29pm

There are so many comments on here that I agree and disagree with. They all equal to how I feel about both parties..Democrat Vs Republican = Both are lacking communication and understanding skills. But I especially like the comments saying that people need to go back to school before commenting. The insults to their grammar and asking if they even read what they say before posting it was really funny too. Because up until I read that comment; every comment was non-critical and showed intellect > until a Republican spake! And there are people just repeating what OTHER people have told them what the parties stand for. You cannot believe everything your parent's tell you LOL...Read, Watch, Listen, Live and Learn!

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September 4, 2011, 12:27am

Very interesting to see how the general public feels about politics and the parties that they like & dislike. I was sadden how people feel everyone that is having some bad luck is lazy & doesn't want to work. Amazed about how much people know or think they know about welfare. What I really enjoyed were some of the comments on the contradictions of party beliefs. Christians that don't lend a helping hand, Christians that are for death penalty. Goes to show you that it isn't so simple to pick & choose beliefs. Both of our parties have choosen to be irresponsibly with the taxpayers money and have created a huge deficit, so I am not for the Republican as somehow this money has to be paid and someone has to start paying it. Raise taxes for Pete's sake. Until you need help you never know how your opinion will change so there should be social nets to help, so I'm for the Democrats on this one. It's complicated but our leaders today are not leading. The economy is in crisis as the people are

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August 31, 2011, 1:42am

After viewing the comments right below me I must ask: Did the parties change names again?

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August 30, 2011, 3:17am

I dont really care about political disputes, but from what i have read and heard, is that democrats are people who only think about what them and their country needs right here right now. Democrats and Republicans both have their pros and cons. But in the long run, Republican is best for the country. It would solve many issues, like immigration and it would balance everything out. But democrats would keep dumbing the schools down and bringing immigrants from everywhere. Oh whats that? you dont know english? aww, we have to bring the english class down by like 3 grade levels and make everyone stupid. Democratic is a good idea for the time being, like say the next 50 years. but for the long run, we need to be republicans. Thats just my opinion. and dont correct me on my grammer. its the internet, i dont have to spell correctly.

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August 21, 2011, 8:58am

Yes, I know I misspelled waste before some liberal calls me illiterate. They enjoy looking for simple mistakes to discredit a person.

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August 21, 2011, 8:51am

Republicans are pro America! Democrats are a bunch of loud mouth complainers. I get so tired of hearing all the liberal BS. Democrats pervert words and think if they raise their voice loud enough they can win an argument. Support our troops, protect our borders and vote Republican. Democrats are a bunch of clowns and put on a funny show. I have shed blood for my country going on 12 years now and proud of it. I hate to see it all go to wast for a undeserving administration that pisses on the Constitution. What happened to the strong men and women of America? Seems as if we turned it over to a bunch of gay weak nerds without green cards!!!!

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August 19, 2011, 5:27am

I consider myself a democrat, but don't believe in gun control. States with more gun control tend to have higher crime rates than states with less. I reside in the state of California and carry a gun wherever I go legally. No I am not in law enforcement. I don't fault others who think that I should not be carrying a gun, but at the same time will they be there to save my life or any of my loved ones if we should become a victim of a violent crime? I think these are the people who will be asking me to protect them if danger happens to surface its ugly head. Most people are sheep, which is OK, but then there are those like me called a "sheepdog". The sheep don't necessarily care for the sheepdog because he is at times obnoxious and is also a bit "different". However, when the wolves come, the sheep are thankful that the sheepdog is there to protect them. Semper Fi.

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August 19, 2011, 12:41am

calm down omg

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August 9, 2011, 2:02am

To continue my previous post and make my point... The chances of me, a caucasion male, becoming wealthy are slim to none. Why? Because I cannot get ahead of each paycheck. I can bet you I know how to manage money better than 90% of Americans and even with an excellent credit score, I cannot pay for school, food, and rent without struggling. I am a musician as well (no it's not my source of income) and I also need a car to do lug gear around, but since I don't have parents or money, I can't get a car, which means I can't get a job too far from home, which means I also cannot play gigs, which means I will struggle until a miracle happens, whether I meet important people, or end up in the right place at the right time. If you don't have money in America in 2011, you will starve, suffer, and stress yourself unhealthy. The upper class should absolutely pay more taxes, as many of the poor cannot even afford that! Also, upper class (Reps) are who own the businesses paying us dirt.

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August 9, 2011, 1:55am

I am very glad to see many excellent points being made on such a subject. However, I still see the comments from those whom have trouble LISTENING and reading material from credible sources. I am 25 now, but lost my mother suddenly when I was 16. I had amazing, drug free parents, but when my mother died, my dad turned to drugs with a new woman he had met. He lost his job, lost our house, and my car was stolen by a crackhead. I was 16 and out on my own. Luckily a friend's family took me in for 8 months during high school while I saved up for an apartment. Try calling that not working your butt off. Our generation has to work much harder than the previous generation. I have had at least one job all the way from 15yrs old to now at 25. All of which pay hardly enough to live and succeed on. I have zero family support and am almost graduating college, but can hardly afford to keep paying for it.

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August 4, 2011, 1:05pm

Nice liberal article.

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August 2, 2011, 2:35pm

If everyone was taxed 10%, the wealthy are already paying more. A person earning $10,000 would contribute $1,000 and a person earning $1 million would pay $100,000. Why should the rich pay any more in tax?

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July 29, 2011, 4:42am

The truth is that both parties benefit both the rich and the poor. The democrat point of view is that the rich are able to pay higher taxes and should do so. The Republicans argue that taxes shouldn't increase because you earn more money. Fundamentally, Republicans are right. Why should you have to pay more because you work hard and have brought yourself up to a high level. I believe we should tax the millionaires, fairly high, but not the 100-500,000 dollar earners. I also believe that the minimum wage should be reduced severely. Why? Because it is better to HAVE a job that pays 5 dollars an hour that not have a job at all. Small business cannot afford to pay 8+ dollars an hour for unskilled labor. I also believe that we should reduce immigration, so that more american citizens will have jobs not, unskilled immigrants. But the foundation on which everyone will benefit is education. When the standard of living increases for everyone, our country will be great once more.

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July 18, 2011, 11:19pm

This is what I've learned in 54 years. I think we all have conservative and liberal beliefs but, we are a divided nation and we shouldn't be. I'd like to think I am independent vs liberal or conservative but, I guess I'd be lying because, ever since I was a little boy, I've always leaned to the left. Reason being; I believe we all are supposed to be humans and equal. If the right was as religious as they claim they are, they'd be a little more socialistic, than they are. What if you were down on your luck or just needed someone to care about your future and your children's future etc., who'd watch out for them? You can't trust big business to watch out for the elderly, the weak, the less fortunate. We probably should keep more of our money, troops, and military right here in our own country and start policing the borders.

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July 16, 2011, 12:30pm

BRING HOME OUR TROOPS!!!! Lets start thinking about our selves and take care of this country instead of others for right now!! I'm not trying to be heartless but if you looked in the mirror lately we are in a deep..deep...deep SHIT hole that keeps sinking! Stop pointing fingers and both parties need to roll up there sleeves and start to agree on some things.

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July 5, 2011, 4:29pm

If this is the only difference between Republicans and Democrats. Then I am not in any way able to understand how it is possible to be pro-republic. Every comparison shown on this page has the positive connotation with the democrats and the negative with the republicans. According to this page who in their right mind would be a republican. It sounds more like a totalitarian texas than anything else. If tax is the only problem republicans have with the democratic policy then I will admit that those people are indeed selfish nutjobs. I mean don't you earn enough money already?! What IS the difference between a D&G belt or not?! Is it a shame to not be able to eat out twice a week?! I would also not agree with those who imply that guns should be allowed. Who needs a gun? You are indeed afraid of life if you need one, and should rather escape to a country much safer. Violence is not self-defense. If there is any other reason why the republic opinion is preferable then I would love to know

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June 12, 2011, 9:52pm

I just really don't understand why we can't have a party that is simply for more personal liberties. Why is that so hard? Why is it that each party has to choose WHICH rights to take away from people? It seems like the democrats are concerned with which rights to "allow" people to have and the republicans are concerned with which rights they can get away with taking away from people.

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June 2, 2011, 4:27am

** The leadership of both parties agree with the drug war the way it fills US prisons with 50% of its inmates, most of which originally were not predisposed to violent crime.

** The leadership of both parties agree with staying in the United Nations and allowing it to dictate US involvement in foreign wars, irrespective of Congress's Constitutional purview.

** The leadership of both parties seeks to preserve the bankrupt entitlement system which is a ponzi scheme that milks the fruits of the labor of todays generation that will never adequately be returned, or possibly not returned at all before that system collapses.

Considering these areas of agreement, the petty differences enumerated on that "Democrat vs Republican" page, are paltry, and just serve as distractions keeping the people from looking at what has really led to their loss of liberty and diminishing standard of living.

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June 2, 2011, 4:26am

Enumeration of Agreements between the Democrats and Republicans:

** The leadership of both parties agree on world empire with ~800 military bases in ~140 of the world's 195 sovereign nations.

** The leadership of both parties agree with maintaining a central banking system (Federal Reserve) that issues fiat currency out of thin air.

** The leadership of both parties both agree with levying an income tax that is structured as if the government owns the fruits of citizens' labor (to pay the interest charged by the Fed to print money out of thin air), and allows them to keep a varying graduated percentage (as is consistent with a plank of the Communist Manifesto).

** The leadership of both parties agree with the status quo of a strong central top-down government, where the federal government violates the 9th and 10th amendments and dictates to the states laws and mandates that violate the sovereignty of the states.

....continued, next comment

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June 1, 2011, 5:16am

Some of you really need to go back to school and learn how to spell before you start trying to argue about how this country should be run. We can go back and forth about which party sucks and blah blah blah, but where is it going to get us? Either way, no matter who is in charge of this country, someone will get their feelings hurt and feel like they have been screwed. I don't agree completely with either party, and I'm not going to whine like a baby because I don't agree with everything our government does. Everyone has their own opinions, and I really wish that people could voice those opinions without getting bashed by someone who doesn't share their point of view. If you really have THAT much of a problem with what goes on in this country then GET THE HELL OUT!

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May 12, 2011, 7:36pm

I cant believe the comments I'm reading..how are any of you even graduating schools with the grammar and lack of education to complete sentances?
Bashing either side simply because you watch Hannity or you watch Stewart is not right.
How about getting information on each candidate for yourself, making the decisions FOR YOURSELF, and then deciding which is right.
How can someone say you cant own a gun? How can someone say you can be gay or have abortions, yet claim to be christian? Are you people even reading what you write, or do you just blab out what your comedian news people say? People vote Democrat/Liberal because they cater to the poor, minority, and lazy Americans. If you actually KNEW what each side stood for, you would stop and realize a common sense approach is to vote for the middle of the road, best of both worlds. Stop being so ignorant and listening to someone because they're simply better at bashing the other candidate!! Majority is not always right, remember that.

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May 4, 2011, 5:04pm

I think that democrats are wrong on some things, such as decreasing military spending. I attend a lower class school in Milwaukee and mainly ALL of the kids at my school has famiy or is apart of a family on welfare. I beleive, not only because i was brought up that way, but that the democrats is who i would choose to vote for every single time they run. The republicans are selfish. Yes, they do work hard for what they have and continue to work hard to get more. However, i'm sure if it was one of their family members who needs what welfare offers, they would have a whole diffrent view on it. Republicans are heartless, and selfish and they only care about one thing. MONEY. As far as heath care, no, i don't think people should pay for other people's health care. I think that health care should be free. For everybody. As far my view on republicans. They suck.

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May 1, 2011, 10:01am

From Jan 20 2009 till the end of 2010, the democrats had control over:
1. The White House
2. The US House
3. The US Senate

During this time, why didn't they:
1. Make abortion legal
2. Decrease military spending
3. Enact more gun control laws
4. Make gay marriage legal
5. Remove the death penalty
6. Increase taxes on the rich
7. Increase minimum wage

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April 30, 2011, 7:10am

Correction on the Republican position on abortion: though many (most vocal) “republicans” desire to make abortion illegal, the majority and official position of the GOP has been to limit and restrict abortion to cases of legitimate medical need (i.e.: life of mother is in jeopardy) or in the case of rape or incest. This position preserves the social conscience of our culture that an unborn child/fetus has inherent value, while protecting the right of a woman to self-preservation. To present the Republic position as wanting to make all abortions illegal is a poor caricature that smacks of liberal rhetoric.

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April 28, 2011, 2:38pm

I am a die hard democrat....Republicans waste money and are takers, look at the famous republican presidents...compared to the famous democrat presidents they did nothing, bill clinton has been the best president since ive been alive in my opinion. republicans have always been greedy and selfish. Republicans are just like people that drive chevrolet products, stupid ass radicals
Democrat+Ford= A better world!!!!!!

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April 26, 2011, 7:05am

Hmmm... maybe the lady with the iphone who paid her grocery bill with the food stamp card borrowed it from the same person she borrowed that nice car she loaded up with her groceries. It is possible but improbable.

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April 18, 2011, 10:07pm

The Democratic Party seems to always want the handouts in life. I feel like the Republicans have to do a lot of the work and give it away to people on welfare. I'm not trying to disrespect anyone who might be affiliated with welfare or food stamps, however I attended somewhat of a lower income public school and most of the children that also attend my school who are on welfare have parents that are perfectly capable of working and choose not to. White collared employees work hard for their educations, so when they are asked to give it away to people sitting around all day getting their nails done with their handout from the government I think it's perfectly reasonable to get upset to have to pay for them.

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April 13, 2011, 12:43am

I would not vote for Donald Trump for all the tea in China!!! What, you think I want the rich man (most of which think they have more rights than any other) to run this country and continue to destroy the middle class??? If they would tax the rich man instead of putting the burden on those who can barely afford to live now, and if they would tax the huge corporations like GE (as it should be...fair is fair), if they would cut out all the tax incentives and breaks they give to corporations that decide to take their businesses overseas because of their greed then this country would not have such a huge deficit!!! There are millions of Americans sick of these practices!! Our government is not supposed to be run by the highest bidder, it is supposed to be by and for the people of this great Country. Now I understand why it is said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Greed is a grievous thing!!

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April 12, 2011, 4:13pm

in regard to 76.92.214.30 on 2011-03-23 23:58:05's coments on how the people that are middle class dont earn their way is a load of bullshit. just because we weren't validictorian like your dad doesnt mean that we dont earn what we get. we went to school, got an education, and worked or way to where we are. how much money we have doesn't put us higher or lower on the asshole meter. but your comments on us sellin drugs to make all of our money was just rude and uncalled for.

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April 12, 2011, 4:13pm

Thought i always was favor the Republican party, This definately encourages my vote!! I'm a freshmen, And im running for "state governor" of North Dakota. Republican Party!! :) Thanks for the info!

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April 8, 2011, 10:56pm

I remain confused on the issue of how Republicans believe on self-sufficiency and keeping big government out of my business. Yet, they are the ones who continue to attempt rediculous controls over how I live my life, who I live it with and the decisions I make about my own body. No gays, certainly no gay marriage, no abortion and they are even against family planning/birth control. I say keep Republican government out of my house, out of my bed and out of my Dr.'s office.
Virginia, Phoenix

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April 8, 2011, 9:50pm

The Republican leadership likes to portary itself as Christian.

My question: What is so Christian about favoring the rich over the poor ?

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April 8, 2011, 5:09pm

I'm sorry but the ones to blame her for all this mess is the Republicans. We are wasting money that doesnt need to be wasted on. For example, Republicans want to spend more money on the wars right now, but thats just leaving us in more debt! Stop spending loads of troops to Iraq, when obviously we can beat them. They have nothing againt our military. Democrats want to decrease the spend which is a fantastic idea. That would make a big HELP from getting us out of debt. Now with taxes, Democrats are also right. There is plenty of family's out there trying to make ends meat when they CANT even pay there taxes. How do republicans expect us to succeed when we barely have money in our pockets even if we're saving? Come on republicians, you people seriously make me want to vomit to death ! All you people is think about yourself, and your money. Rupublicians get out of here, and do us a BIG favor, please! Can you guys guess from who this is coming from? A 16 year old

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April 8, 2011, 12:51am

Whoa lot of hate floating between the two big parties. There's to much left or right. Where the happy medium. How iss taxing people thata make more than me stealing and giving to the poor. I guess making money is what we were born to do. Money is bullshit and everyone is stuffing their face with it. Get a grip world.

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April 7, 2011, 5:24am

republicans are just crazy!!

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April 5, 2011, 2:32pm

i am 100% republican. although i do have 1 or 2 slight disagreeance on some republican beliefs. BUT, i see democrats everyday saying how much they hate the republicans because of our ads on radio, television, etc. im here to say that democrats do the exact same thing. i mean really? bashing republicansfor our attacking ads, being biassed, and hypocritical?? come on guys, sure republican are all of the above but guess what? so are the democrats! democrats have attacking ads, democrats are biassed, and democrats are very hypocritical wether you know it or not. stop bashing the republican party. we cant help it that we are basically running this country right now aside from the president being democrat. this country was founded on republican views and beliefs and in my opinion should stay that way. dont get me wrong, i love the democracy system, i just think that republicans are far more intelligent when it comes to running a government, or anything else for that matter. screw the donky's

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March 24, 2011, 11:43am

BISMILLAH - in the name of ALLAH(GOD)

what the society needs is a government which is at the service of the public, not makes the public serve itself, govt wanting public to serve itself and ones it likes, is always the case whether democrat or republican, both parties receive high contributions from big corporations, do you think when they r making decisions and passing bills, they would be considering the interest of public first or these businesses. Think, that a pharmaceutical company is allowed to have political contribution, would it not, when it's favorite govt is formed, influence the govt to legalize something that would profit its owners but may covertly hurt the health of public.

This is why u need a govt which has a fear of accountability of everything it does. Additionally since human beings make a law n then 10 yrs later find out, it was a mistake to make that law, human beings shudn't be making laws, it shud be coming from ONE WHO has comprehensive knowledge of hum

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March 23, 2011, 11:58pm

Honestly I'm a libertarian so i agree with both parties. ya my dad is strong buisnessman that ultimatly believes in conservatism, but i disagree with him on some things. both parties have their flaws. Democrats are def right on social issues gay marriage should be a allowed, but i the republicans are right regarding money. look i'm sorry to say this to the middle-class people. the reason my dad is rich is because he worked his butt off. valid victorian of his class and graduated from college. Money should be earned and not just be given to the people that don't deserve it. if the middle-class or poor want money they need to work for it and not whine about it. as u can tell i lean towards conservatism, but i live a pretty good life and i don't want some poor idiot doing drugs taking away money from the rich that they deserved.

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March 21, 2011, 12:13am

I'm a 15 year old Canadian boy, and even I can see that the Republican party has some major problems. I'm neutral in this political spectrum thing, I support some of the ideas of both major political parties in Canada. Yet I refuse to show any support our Conservative party because they remind me of the republicans. All the vicious attack ads and information-twisting that many republicans engage in is so revolting to me that I can't stand to support any political party on the right, even if I agree with their policies. The cruel and underhanded tactics of the Republican news networks is so disgusting (example: the story of Shirley Sherrod) that, if I were an American, I cannot see myself ever voting for them. Their lies might work in coercing Americans, but in the rest of the world, the Republicans give all Conservative parties a bad name. So if the international community is ever to respect the Republican party, the latter have some serious anger issues to take care of.

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March 20, 2011, 5:16pm

I strongly think that homosexsual marriage should be made legal, as the democrats - everybody should have the rights to marry the one they love no matter who it is.

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March 2, 2011, 11:07pm

Sorry for the double post, but I agree with every other Democratic belief. This is the same person who posted the last comment.
-F.S.

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March 2, 2011, 11:05pm

Imagine all of the people who wouldn't be around if abortion was used more. I am against it; I believe that you should put a child up for adoption. It is murder. I am a Democrat, but I disagree completely with abortion.

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February 20, 2011, 7:11am

All this talk about separate parties are completely ridiculous. One side is neiter corrupt nor right, but it is the intentions of the person representing each party that needs to be taken into account while posting all this smack talk. A side may collectively contain more moral value, or common sense, but the real views come from the people on the podium declaring THEIR thoughts, not the party's. Also, the words written in speeches for a persons campain, not the party's campaign. When this country reflects on its history, let the indivoual person be inspected, not what party they are a member of,

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February 18, 2011, 10:28pm

Some of the people on here, i genuinely believe, have a mental handicap. They poorly represent their political parties. However, if OUR political leaders, the ones WE elected, would listen to us (whether Democrat or Repubublican) our country would be a lot stronger place and one that it was originally intended for: A government for the people, of the people, and by the people.

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February 1, 2011, 4:16am

-cont. american just to clarify.....live in a nice newly built home very nice mini mansion like, all drive their own relatively new cars have money, heat in the winter, nice clothes, own businesses, and somehow they ALL are on welfare and ALL seem to have link cards. what the hell is this? i dont know if picking a side here will really remedie any of these things that seem to be happenning that no one else tends to notice. But it infuriates me i say we fix our country as a whole first stop rewarding foreigners, and yes have a more thourough qualification process for people who apply for govt assistance, because clearly someone somewhere has their head up their aces big time. I say focusing on the abortion topic and welfare topic is just a smoke screen to distract from bigger issues, its all i ever hear anyone debate about...why not start really paying attention to whats going on perhaps if we werent helping out well off foreigners in our country we'd have more money for bigger issues.

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February 1, 2011, 4:10am

i have a proposal....first of all pertaining to the comment posted by... "by 24.53.155.51 on 2010-11-19 01:33:14" perfect example of what disgusts me ..here we sit with tons of people in our country on welfare, homeless, orphaned children, etc. "the disadvantaged" so clearly we have plenty of people here whp need help, so bush donates money to other countries? big effing whooptie doo what the hell ever happened to taking care of our own people? we shouldnt be giving a dime to other countries who cant take care of themselves when we clearly have our own issues at hand to be dealt with and our own disadvantaged people suffering. But yet we find time and resources to help other countries? i dont think so. and as for he welfare issue...i am a white female living in a nice upper middle class naighborhood from a family of extremely less well off parents. we have no moeny and are struggling and were not on welfare and somehow cant qualify yet my indian as from india the country not native

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January 22, 2011, 8:29am

Women can choose what they want to do with their reproductive organs/fetus. No late-term abortions though, that is wrong. It is obvious that gay marriage should not exist, marriage is a religious union between a man and woman. Gays can have their own seperate union. It is in the constitution that we have the right to bear arms, so duh, we don't need to have the government "control" our guns. Gun control should only apply to criminals. As for military spending, none of you people would HAVE a country without our military, if you don't support our military, then please leave this country.Personally, I believe every US citizen should be required to serve as in Germany. I am a 17 year old straight female 5'1, 103 lbs, pretty, and have already enlisted, I leave for basic training in 5 months. Taxes should be minimal. Welfare should have more strict qualifications. No handouts for lazy people, you know who you are. Im all for helping people who really need it, so DO NOT call me heartless.

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January 19, 2011, 2:43pm

I like what 67.142.168.27 had to say. I'm republican and share views what democrats want also. I've seen someone else state there needs to be a middle and agree. I've read what many have said, no one has talked about how many of our laws and taxed bits are not applied to the people writing the laws. They often exempt themselves from them. I wouldn't continue hating on each other, but look at the people these laws aren't applied to. It's not only the people writing the laws, but the ones who live here illegaly, or make BIG money with out taxes. There are ways around taxes, so taxing the ritch wont solve anything but make them use other means to avoid being taxed. I don't think anyone's lazy and it would be great if we could worry less about what businesses are doing and insted create more jobs. So yes, less taxes = more money to spend on land that's avaiable. Time to build, or use buildings to service our citizens. What if it does cost too much money to start a business anymore?

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January 11, 2011, 9:45pm

For the record, I consider myself an Independent. I agree with some of the views on both sides; for example, I'm pro-choice/gay marriage, but I also support gun rights/death penalty. I just can't help but express my absolute disgust with some of the comments here directed towards Democrats (specifically posts 70.173.137.151, 204.155.16.95, and 68.165.238.238. To the people that made comments 174.31.115.10 and 69.119.16.211, please go back to second grade and stay there. You are an embarrassment to any level-headed Republican and our society in general for that matter. It's perfectly fine and healthy to get heated about something you're passionate about, but only if you actually know what it is. It always seems to be about "paying lazy people" or "killing babies"? Perhaps do your research because there are other facts and issues to consider before you declare yourselves Republican. Please consider the past, present, AND future of our country and please stop being selfish and ignorant.

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January 11, 2011, 7:54pm

Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for the mess we are in. No one president created the economic disaster we are in. What all congressmen and presidents should do is be forced to study the reasons why our forfathers wrote the constitution. There is a reason for everything that was written in it. Ammending the constitution has done nothing but subverted all our rights. if we keep going the way we are going, this country will end up a dictatorship. Dictatorships, if you have studied world history, leads to socialism which leads to communism which turns into suppression of all people. Not one escapes it. Look at China and all it's policies. Then look at what our governent is doing. It seems that we are heading in that direction. Let us not forget! The Constitution Of The United States was written by the people and for the people for all time. This is why we must fight for the right to protect our constitution. Again I say, both are wrong.

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January 11, 2011, 7:34pm

Is it possible that 95% of these people who are democratic or republican, and run for office, are just swayed by the "view" of that parties principles? If so, I think that pretty much goes for anyone who can try to argue one side to another.

We need a government and I would not argue this one way or another. If the issue is on how much they should get involved, is it really a political party arguement? We have a president that is in office. The president's job is to do what is right for the M.... F..... USA. If doing what is right means having meetings with people in office to discuss what is best for our country, and not the individual, then where's the problem. Everyone is going to have a stanc e on every issue that comes up so no one is right or wrong. I think it's time to not focus on each stance but manage that way our country runs to support each person living in it. You may now bring up the issue of illegals in the counrty, but I cant comment as I ran out of space..

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January 9, 2011, 5:17pm

Democrats may sometimes refer to Republicans as selfish, but if you look at communication during elections, it's the Republicans that send out millions of Democrat bashing messages, not the reverse. If Republicans would look up fact too, they'd realize that 90% of what they are sending out is totally false. Just take the time to look!

On another note, Bush created the mess we're in and what a mess EVERYTHING IS NOW. He encouraged bad behavior in banking and the market. Oh, and oil? We'll we all know he's all about oil. God forbid we use less; it'll impact his wallet.

No one, not a Democrat or Republican, is going to fix this mess overnight. You may not like what Obama is doing, but at least he's trying. If a Republican gets in office, I guarantee, we won't see magic either. It's literally going to take years to reverse where we are now.

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January 9, 2011, 3:48pm

I can not believe that any American can seriously believeMuch Cimmoure that you health system even with the changes is fair and reasonable. As an asthmatic I am afraid to holiday in your country because of that.

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January 4, 2011, 3:57am

I think it's rude for the democrats to call the Republicans selfish. I'm not trying to offend anyone, but if it wasn't for the Republicans paying taxes, some people who actually need help, wouldn't get it. It's not greedy to get upset because your hard earned money is being taxed away to some people who can be working, but choose not too. If you worked for your money and succes, you deserve it. And news flash not only rich people are Republicans. I know a man who worked so hard to support his family, receiving a minimum wage, eligible for welfare, but would not accept it because, quote "I don't need some one else's money to support my family." That man is my grandfather. (Who no longer has kids under age) That just shows how some of the people who deserve it, don't always accept it. Then there's those who just want a hand out. I think if taxes were only 10% that would be fair, because that is enough to maintain things & help people, without taking to much of peoples hard earned money.

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December 29, 2010, 6:22pm

WHY CANT WE JUST HAVE TWO PRESIDENTS ....... THEN WE GET THE BEST OF BOTH SIDES LMAO

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December 20, 2010, 12:43am

What's great about this whole comment stream is that you people are incapable of digging deeper from within your limited sandbox of concerns. For instance: I can appreciate people on the "right" not wanting their tax dollars to go toward "lazies" and further promotion of their lazy ways. People on the "left" desire the same. Of course, you do see that not all recipients of social welfare stem from similar backgrounds, right? Their are white, black, brown, yellow, and red people (among others) who hail from diverse backgrounds and vantage points - some of whom constantly prove themselves capable of squandering such social welfare monies, while others take said monies with productive intent and act on this perceived potential. Maybe, if we all believe so strongly in personal responsibility, we should consider remedying the unnatural selection afforded by such practices as familial inheritance of property. Let's see if the cream truly continues to rise from the same bloodline...idiots.

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December 8, 2010, 4:57am

the economy since all the factories will produce jobs for the American people. As for the government itself STOP SPENDING MONEY UNNECESSARILY! Yes, they have to pay allot of bills but why would you add unnecessary bills that the country CAN NOT afford? Yes, I'm talking about healthcare. I agree that anybody should have some kind of healthcare coverage and that health insurance companies are out of control but everything has its time and space. Universal Healthcare is something that we cannot afford at the moment but yet the government insist in forcing it to the American people.

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December 8, 2010, 4:50am

This whole argument is stupid. What people in the U.S. needs to do is stop blaming one side or the other and start doing something for the country. We should resolve our differences and make this country a better country not worse. As for taxes I cannot agree with either side simple because it just doesn't makes sense at all. The Democrats try tax the wealthy so that they can give it to the poor, basically promoting people to be poor and stay poor. The Republicans want to tax less, have any of the Republicans had even bother checking the national debt? We own trillions of dollars, and their solution is to tax less? So how they going to pay the debts? Now I'm not saying that they should tax more the solution is quite simple. All they need to do is produce money to pay the debt right? All they have to do its give incentives for those factories that produce good in the U.S. to be exported to other countries. In other words simple make goods to sell in others countries. This also can help

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December 2, 2010, 9:24pm

The idiocy I find here amazes me. I'm recently out of a job due to no fault of my own, but to any republican supporter here, I'm lazy and just trying to steal money from them, even though i'm out for hours every single day collecting and returning applications. You say it's not hard to find another job, but I'm sure you don't know what it is to have to work for things because you probably had everything handed to you. It amazes me how close-minded people can be. I don't fully support either party, but rather agree with a previous commenter about how there should be government involvement equal to personal responsibility. As for the abortion thing, it's extremely situational. Should someone have their pregnancy aborted just to maintain the convenience of their life? No. If a girl is raped or the pregnancy is causing life threatening issues, absolutely. You can't just say "No, because it's wrong". The only thing that's wrong is your inability to see past your own perception

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December 2, 2010, 7:33am

Im embarrassed for alot of you....not that this specific opinion matters.
The only thing that makes me proud about nearly all of these comments....is the fact that we all care enough to want to be heard. keep up the good work jack aces.

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November 24, 2010, 4:31pm

Come on now, Democrats. Republicans are not calling you all lazy! It's understandable that not all less fortunate people give up and take the governments help. it's those who refuse to work and settle to live on the money the hard working have to pay for their lazy asses. those who take the money to help them get back on track so they can support themselves, i applaud you, yes we should help you. but it's a matter of qualification. who deserves it and who doesn't. there is a bold line between the two.

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November 24, 2010, 3:27am

...wow that just ended the whole argument.

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November 23, 2010, 7:14pm

Both republicans and democrats are wrong, gay marriage is a religous thing so idk why this gay marriage thing is still going and if gay marriage does exist they should name it something else, and abortion should be legal because america is known for being a free country so that goes for abortion should be legal even though we hate it and what if the woman giving birth can possably dieor maybe she's been raped, so none are better

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November 22, 2010, 9:19pm

i think democrats are wrong they shouldnt legalize gay marriage
republicans are right abortions shouldnt be legal it shoud be illegal if abortion is legal girls cn go u know do stuff and not care cuz if they get pregnant they cn get an abortion.

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November 19, 2010, 1:33am

For those of you idiots on this website calling repblicans "heartless", you need a serious reality check. most of you morons wouldn't have enough sense to actually do your research before you start running your small minded liberal mouthes. Presidant Bush generiously donated more money to poverty stricken nations then any other Presidant in the history of the country. If the numbers are right, there are more republican backed charities out there them there are democrat backed charities. Many times, I can remember the republicans have pourd a lot of money into helpng the "poor" just as the democratic party has. You see, the republican party believes there should be a safetey net for the less fortunate, but that doesn't mean hard working Americans who have families to support should be taxed heavily so they have to pay for OTHER peoples families.

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November 17, 2010, 11:07pm

I get the feeling that these are bunch of kids calling eachother names. It is unfair to label all Republicans as unfriendly to the poor. It is also untrue that all democrats want to do is take from the rich and give to the poor. Mudslinging is not a mature approach to problem solving. You can be so 'anti' the other side that they never stop to examine the basis of their own conviction, and develop a productive stance toward a solution.

The bottom line is that we all can learn a lot from eachother. We should all be grateful for some of the contributions made by Democrats, like the FLSA in, under FDR, helping prevent child labor, and establishing a minimum wage. As a republican, I wonder on the wisdom of lax gun control laws, with murder rates so high. I am also ashamed of the heartlessness of Republicans for those not so well off. Sure, we can group all people into big categories and the ones in the other category them they are stupid, but that helps no one.

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November 13, 2010, 9:51pm

For the person who made the 2nd comment about people not working...You don't know shit! Most people would work if they could, however everyone is dealt different circumstances in life! Not everyone has a college education handed to them on a silver platter! Also, Republicans don't even believe in a minimum wage! What happens when you work more than 40 hours a week, get paid crap and still can't afford to live? You get to sit out in the street and get berated by republicans telling you to get a job? I worked my way through college and make pretty good money, but I am not afraid to share it with someone who may not have had the same opportunities in life. Democrats don't want to give handouts. They want to even the playing field so everyone has a chance to be happy!

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November 5, 2010, 4:01pm

Sounds like Democrates are still in favor of slavary, only now they inslave the working for those who do not work. What the hell happiens when everyone stops working to get the free shit the government is handing out? Where is the FREE money going to come from then?

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November 4, 2010, 4:14am

What the whole USA needs to understand is that everyone wants control & $ ...we have all lost something as a country and that is knowing who really is in control here and that is GOD!!!! Obviously as a country we aren't working together to help one another....as for the military spending I served for six yrs. a female who left home at eighteen to serve her country! The military needs all the help it can get but the govt. needs to be smart and all come together. I will tell you everyone in the US wants freedom and things made easy for them, well freedom is not free, trust me just go overseas and see the things they go through and you all would not complain! As for unemployment and no jobs, well all of these things happening in the economy have reason and purpose...people need to turn to god and let him be the one in control! It's not gona be Congress, the President, Democrat, Republicans its all up to God we need to put it all in his hands bc he is the one who has the greatest power!

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November 3, 2010, 7:43am

I'm not a member of either party, but reading comments by Republicans has me disgusted. You people need to read a SOCIOLOGY text book, if you think for a minute that what type of job you have or what kind of money you make is MERELY a CHOICE or LAZINESS(!?) & not LARGELY influenced, if not dictated entirely, by your current society! MERELY HARD WORK gets you ahead? Not true! I KNOW what it's like to have fought for a degree & despite EXHAUSTIVE HOURS ON END searching, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, STILL not find work! & doing the same when my husband was laid off with no work for 10 MONTHS and we lost our home! No choice but to get food stamps to eat & feed our children! GUESS WHAT REPUBLICANS, we are NOT LAZY, & OUR TAXES PAID FOR THOSE PROGRAMS ALSO!!! Damn your small minds if you think it's so BLACK AND WHITE! Get EDUCATED before you assign your sorry remarks to the general "democratic" population, and them - trying to help people like my family!! Republican Christians?? That's an OXYMORON!!!

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November 3, 2010, 1:22am

The soul reason I am a democrat is because I don't want to be associated with whining successful republicans. Selfish! selfish! SELFISH!!! It makes me sick reading about people making good money crying about being taxed higher to help the poor. It is also just plain ignorant to assume that people are poor because they are lazy and don't want to work. And if only it was so EASY just to go out and get a "better paying job", if you only knew how inaccurate and hateful you sound. I am a WORKING single mother who struggles to pay the bills and would not be able to feed myself and my son without food stamps, all the while working on a degree. I know many others who are in similar situations who all WORK! And sometimes TWO or THREE JOBS! I know once I achieve my degree things will be better, but in the mean time, I would like to continue to eat.

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November 2, 2010, 6:14pm

I don't completely agree with either party. Both seem to go overboard on what they stand for. Min wage should go up right along with prices on everything else, your still not any better off. But i also think every one should have to work that is of legal working age and able. Too many people set on their butts and expect the rest of us to support them, that is why they want to increase taxes on the rich. I don't neccesarrily think anyone should pay a bigger % of their income than anyone else. I think the problem is more that some people are overpaid and some are underpaid and some are just lazy. I am a single working mother, for the last ten years, and sometimes I have had to work two jobs just to make it. At first, I got foodstamps and medical and was very thankful for it, but I still worked. I didn't sit at home and expect any handouts, but i did get help. I worked hard, went back to school and got a better paying job. I don't have money for luxuries, but I support my family 100%.

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November 2, 2010, 4:44am

Hello. I am a New Zealander and just wanted a good definition of a Democrat and of a Republican. This site is great, thanks.
Interesting that in NZ our left-leaning party ( Labour ) has red as its colour and our conservative right-leaning party, National, is blue.
Somewhere in the middle for both our countries must be a Purple Party, with the best of both sides: social compassion mixed with personal responsibility, international involvement mixed with domestic progress.
regards. Mike Baker

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October 28, 2010, 4:42am

The color assignment of Red for Republicans and Blue for Democrats is very recent and shouldn't be assumed as fact. Actually, for many years the colors associated with the parties were the opposite or were deliberately alternated by the media each major election. I guess it's easier to standardize a color these days to make it clearer for the simple-minded to understand.

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October 26, 2010, 6:54pm

I think that political parties are stupid. You should vote for a PERSON to be in office not a POLITICAL PARTY

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October 9, 2010, 2:43am

America will see Democrats and Republicans differences are the most stupids and simples when a party like Lefty Chavez shows up in USA. I really hope you guys never get to deal with this... meanwhile enjoy liberty

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October 7, 2010, 4:38am

Stupidity is King.
Lie, cheat, steal, who cares, all are selfish & careless who can not relate to anyone elses situation.
All talk, no sacrifice, patriotism is dead while claims abound.
Democrats are idealistic, Republicans are realistic, if I were down on my luck I would rather run into
a Democrat who will help. A Republican will look down on me, their negative minds will tell them I'm
at fault for my situation and I'm trying to take advantage of them.
Democrats have conciences, believe in social & personal responsibility.
Republicans claim divine religious intervention will decide fate, spew out B.S to influence.
If I were a greedy businessman taking advantage of my employees, I would be a Republican.
Republicans=Whigs Democrats=Progessives Conservative/Liveral=B.S titles
? who would give tax breaks to the rich. ? who would give taxbreaks to the working poor.
? who claims family values. ? who practices family values.
WHICH PARTY REPRESENTS YOU

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September 29, 2010, 10:21pm

Even the sound of the names, already tell you whose good and bad.
Republican, it sounds good and free
Democrats, sound like idiots and sounds like bad guys.
Come on, I think we all can agree that Democrats suck? Yes, yes?
They want everyone to be equal and fair and all that bullshit! It really is bullshit! Only the hard workers should be able to survive. Democrats think its okay if you don't have a job and that they'll just take it from the taxes of HARD WORKERS! while the LAZY people sit on their asses and get free money from hard workers! its BULLSHIT!

While the republicans say, only hard workers and people who actually EARN their money should keep their money and not raise taxes. If you don't have a job, FIND ONE! its not impossible, it may be time consuming and take a while, but ITS NOT IMPOSSIBLE!
Democrats are such jackasses, raising taxes on the wealthy and giving it to the poor! BOO HOO! its not the wealthy people's fault that the poor people are poor!

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September 28, 2010, 10:34am

It's funny how the Republicans are first to cry "WAAAH,YOUR TAKING ALL MY MONEY" at the idea of democrat "handouts for the poor". HAHAHA what a myth. How about BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUTS to the fattest republicans in the world on Wall Street to save greedy corporations from themselves. Or funding pointless wars to line the pockets a of a few corporations. Doesn't it make sense to create a a smart labor force by creating programs for those disadvantaged, by no fault of their own? A smart society is a competitive one. I am sure China loves the greedy republicans selfish ideology as they think only of themselves "the earnest and just". This mentality will surely allow China to outstep the US in every way!!!! Stop thinking about your future bank account and consider the country you are creating for your children and future generations.

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September 25, 2010, 2:15pm

Looking at the larger picture, politics has become a matter of control. Everyone is looking out merely for themselves. Political differences between the parties are used to sway the masses. Control of the media is now the primary factor in deciding which party has the most popular support. Half truths, untruths and out of context material flow from our media. The purported beliefs of each party are used as selling factors but are merely a means to achieving power. It takes money to control the media. The super rich and the large Corporations have the money and thus ultimately control the media and our politics. The internet has helped to return some of this control to the general population but is so filled with dis-information that it has in effect neutralized itself. Logic needs to prevail and the best of both parties needs to be combined to form a middle of the road party that can bring this country back on track. Our self perpetuating ruination of this country needs to be stopped

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September 19, 2010, 6:40am

What is interesting to me also is when I watch videos of interviews with democrats (see Jan Hefeld sp?) He uses the Socratic Method of interviewing. Democrats being self proclaimed intellectuals should flock to this logic based (see philosophy 101) interview style, but instead almost every time they become enraged and shout out obscenities. The democrats seem to often refer to civilized society, this in turn brings up higher language skills and therefore you would thing that baser language or street language (the f word etc) would be to their disdain; but on the contrary if you watch his videos, when they are faced with simple questions they evade them for fear that it is a "trap" and at the end of the interview resort to calling the interviewer an a hole or saying f you etc. Why? See philosophy 101 in any argument you start with agreeing on a premise and go from there. They wont agree to the first premise, I believe, because they know their thinking is flawed and they don't want to go

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September 19, 2010, 6:32am

What is freedom? I am not an economist nor a philosopher. What I do know is this: because of the burdens of taxation on the profit end and minimum wage on the expense end, my business is severely limited. Soon if the social programs and governmental spending continues I believe we will achieve 50% taxation. The middle class claim the democrats are for them. How do the businesses produce work with no profit motive? There is no carrot? I myself have begun to think it is better to fire my whole staff and work solo so maybe I can keep a little to take home. Are there commune(istic) governments that have fluorished while maintaining freedom to the people? China? (forced sterilization, missing people at the governments hands) Russia? Would you produce and work hard if everything you made I came and took it and gave it to someone else forcefully? I just can't believe there are so many out there that are think something good is going to come out of the democratic way.

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September 6, 2010, 2:17pm

Reading this, I believe there should be a middle party. My opinions: abortion should stay legal, not because of women' rights (what about the right to life?) but because there are already too many people, cut the population where you can. Rehabilitate criminals and shorten sentences. The point is not to punish, but to help. For those who can't be helped, death penalty should be there for the most dangerous cases. Legalize all drugs, prostitution, and gambling. People need to stop being busybodies and stop trying to control other people. Religion should be kept out of government and out of education. Marriage is not sacred, it is invented by man, let man marry whoever he chooses. We need to downsize government. Government should fear the people, not people fear the government. Downsize the military, protect the borders. If immigrants can get in so easy, so could potential enemies of our state. And stay out of world politics. We are not America, we are the United States.

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September 4, 2010, 1:43pm

I am a definitely a Conservative. I believe in limited government, free markets, a very strong national defense. I believe the role of the government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. But most of all, I believe in personal responsiblity.

— 65.✗.✗.44
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August 28, 2010, 5:57pm

I must say, some of us lack the education to treat others' views with respect. We are so needing to put forth our views that we often forget that we were put on Earth to work together. Yes, everyone's views are important but it does not mean that they are factual but can be mere opinions. I'll be honest, I do not understand how Republican view can claim it is pro religion yet agree on the death penalty or not share the wealth...contradictory to what the bible says since they claim to be followers of it. I also do not understand how Democratic views think that not expecting personal responsibility is a positive thing for society. I think the problem is that we have 2 extreme parties and not a neutral one that is strongly represented in government. The goal of this country should be to compromise. I do believe we need to focus on the character of our country instead of who is losing a few cents in order to fill a need for more material things.

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August 3, 2010, 5:26pm

The problem is that both parties are full of it..show me the party that offers liberty. No person has the right to control any other person be in the manner of cival rights or economic freedom. The government has done a good job of giving us no choice at all. The only reason any government should exist is to protect natural laws..i.e.-don't kill, don't steal, some of you speak of things like gay marriage (republicans). Well marriage is a contract between two people and if we had a just government it would protect that contract..if a church doesn't like it well its their right not to like it and thats it. Also no country that claims to be free would steal someones money and give it to who the politcain sees fit (democrats). The world has sharp edges and liberty comes with the price tag of failure. No matter how noble a cause health care, welfare, schooling, whatever you can't claim to be a free country if you steal from people..aka taxes to fund "your goodwill projects". LIBERTY!!

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July 28, 2010, 5:02pm

To all you democrats on this board...YOU'RE WELCOME. I'll keep working my butt off to make good money and give you all free food, housing, heathcare, etc. so you can sit around like the losers you are. Liberals just don't get it. Increasing taxes on people who actually pay them (the so-called "rich") is PENALIZING success. Tell me, how does that make any sense? Just becasue I make good money, why should I have to give you some of it. If you're unhappy with your income, get a better job. If you can't find one, go back to school and learn a new skill - Lord knows there's already plenty of MY money out there to subsidize your education. The so-called "tax cuts" enacted by obama are NOT TAX CUTS, they are called HANDOUTS. People who DON'T PAY TAXES can't get a "tax cut". We hard workers were already paying your way in this country and now you want us to pay even more? Give me a break!!

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July 24, 2010, 5:52am

Neither side really wants "big government." Democrats think government should have more control over the economy, Republicans believe government should have more control over your personal life and rights. I don't find either side to be more individualistic than the other. Personally I'd be more afraid of a government that takes away individual freedom like the right to criticize government or to marry whoever you please than a government that has more control over money. In my opinion, the United States came a lot closer to totalitarianism when George Bush passed the Patriot Act and when Senator Joe McCarthy went on a witch hunt against people he suspected as communists then when Obama increased taxes and increased spending.

Most of the time it comes down to how you were raised, if I were born in Texas instead of California I would probably think differently.

— 75.✗.✗.205
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July 4, 2010, 4:48am

You know, I was a Democrat for a long time because that's what my parents are...friends and pretty much everyone else I knew. The problem is, once I realized that I believe that Capitalism is what makes this country great... and I also realized that I don't believe in taking from the rich and giving to the poor. While socialized medicine sounds super on the surface, in actuality it's a nightmare... lower quality of care, massive tax increases... It was tough for me to admit that I was a republican... at least fiscally. I am pro-choice and all for gay rights, but in practically every other way I am a Republican. I think it's time that people begin to take responsibility for their health and financial futures. Get a job that provides health insurance... Save for retirement. Stop depending on the government and your fellow tax payers take care of you. Take care of yourself. It is not the wealthy person's responsibility to provide for the poor. The wealthy should not be taxed higher.

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July 3, 2010, 4:38am

not gonna lie...this site rlly makes it seem like both parties suckk

— 69.✗.✗.7
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June 26, 2010, 2:18am

I must say, much of what I am hearing truly angers me. I believe that we "WORK," for what we get in life. If we put a cap on that, what motivation do we have to excel. As an educator in today's world, I believe that there is not an easy answer for curing "poverty," but I do not support throwing more money at it in an effort to cure it. I have to balance my checkbook, and spend within my means, and I believe the rest of us should do the same. Stop charging, stop blaming, and take responsibility for yourself. We are in this mess of an economy because the majority of people spend before they make. Stop having children you cannot afford, and be responsible, for god's sake, the rest of us are sick of taking responsibility. If you want more money, work for it. This is America!!!

— 71.✗.✗.192
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June 25, 2010, 3:57pm

I'm a Democrat. I believe they are much more supportive of a strong middle class, which keeps our economy strong. I believe Democrats fight for working America. I believe that young men and women should be able to go to pursue an education no matter what economical situation they are in. I believe in separation of church and state and I definitely believe we take a cleaning up the environment more seriously. I am a supporter of universal health care. Most of all, I believe in equality for all, but I am against gay marriage. I do think Democrats don't take immigration too seriously. America is a free land. LEGAL immigrants have the right and dream to come over. But Democrats who believe illegal immigrants have rights are wrong. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, look into your party and don't be afraid to disagree. I believe we are too divided and we need to work together to make things better. God Bless the United States of America.

— 75.✗.✗.97
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June 9, 2010, 5:19am

COMMENT BELOW COMES FIRST

Why should we force our government on another society. George Bush as an Idiot pay for it, increased troops and even tapped into EMERGENCY FUNDS to pay for the crap. beter ways to spend the money. You dont tamper with the security of others nations, believing that your nation will be secure. Good thing Obama is pulling troops out of there. Christ in schools is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Though I am a Christian, I belief due to freedom of religion (guaranteed by the 1st Amendment) Christ should not be force upon children and teens, who could be atheist, buddhist, hindu, confucian, tao, etc. I have NEVER me a Republican with reasonable logic in my life. Democrats also are against discrimination, which is obviously wrong. The word liberal means standing for progress and EQUALITY. as in the Declaration of Independence, all men are created equal. "Democratic"is just a form of the word "Democracy" . NOTE: in my 2 comments, I've only addressed a handful of the issues. y

— 74.✗.✗.147
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June 9, 2010, 5:03am

Democrats are the only ones that make sense. Restricting abortion is telling every women in America "You should NOT have the right to your own body!" And a fetus ISN'T a human life. And if Republicans are so worried about murdering people, why do they support the death penalty? That downright murder! Marriage is sanctioned between a man and a women, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't have the right to do it. Republicans don't care for the environment of this beautiful planet in which we live. You can say you "care about it" all you want but when you neglect it, it shows what you truly feel. You wouldn't say to a beautiful women "I care about you, but you don't need food or shelter". Why give tax cuts to the RICH with to money to pay taxes. The Iraq War is the DOWNRIGHT STUPIDEST thing USA has ever been involved i!! Its simply none of our business, Saddam H. did not have WMDs. hosexecution was pointless. You realize we overthrew an entire gov. just because our own beliefs.........

— 74.✗.✗.147
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May 29, 2010, 7:03pm

Democrats are for gay marriage- hahahahahahaha! If that were true, gay marriage would be legal, period.

— 76.✗.✗.44
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May 4, 2010, 10:19pm

At this point, both parties sort of suck.

— 72.✗.✗.107
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April 1, 2010, 2:07am

Democrats are liberal and Republicans are conservative, but that has not always been the case

Liberals: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Clinton, Obama

Conservatives: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Herbert Hoover, Reagan, Bush

If it were not for liberals, we would not be a country, liberals are people who like to progress and conservatives like to stay still or go backwards.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the switch between parties happened around the 1930's or 1940's, when minorities started voting for FDR

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October 1, 2009, 6:43am

Thomas Jefferson was affiliated with the republican party of his day, which is now known as THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Know your politics before you comment... that is all.

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March 3, 2010, 2:50pm

republicans suckkkkk

— 206.✗.✗.96
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January 2, 2014, 1:29pm

I just want to say something about gay marriage, just for everyone to think about. If a girl marries another girl, you can say that it is not "what God wanted it to be". So many people believe those 2 girls will go to hell. So they do not want gay marriage to be legalised. But, day that that whole "you go to hell if you're gay" thing is true and those girls go to hell, it is bad for them, but you don't go to hell, because you did not marry someone of your own gender. Why care and worry about those girls, it is not your fault and you don't get punished for it. So why worry about it?

— 95.✗.✗.46
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November 15, 2013, 2:33pm

Every political party is full of shit
The military is full of shit
Patriotism is full of shit

We are human beings going against other human beings for a piece of fucking paper with a number on it .
You are all a bunch of Brain washed sheep

— 50.✗.✗.61
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November 5, 2012, 3:41pm

so true and so sad look at mitt romney, im not concered about the very rich or the very poor

— 208.✗.✗.62
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November 1, 2012, 6:10am

When are people going to stop nit picking over abortion AND ONLY ABORTION. The country is more than a country who either is pro choice or pro life.... If you vote for just one reason like gun control, gay marriage, abortion... etc. Than you are far too narrow minded. If you vote for one thing than what about the countless other reasons that same one important vote hurts in so many other ways... your vote needs to represent the country as a whole and not on one issue you think you need to control. Worry about the country!!! It your vote on abortion will also put millions out of the job and homeless isit really worth it? Vote for the country!!! Not yourself!!!

— 108.✗.✗.36
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October 26, 2012, 3:13pm

When someone gets an abortion... its not killing the baby... Its stopping cells from gathering... The baby is not yet formed, so there is no killing happening by anyone

— 24.✗.✗.2
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October 19, 2012, 6:28pm

Conservatives/ Republicans are pro life and want to abolish abortions, but ironically are FOR the death penalty ?

And Liberals/ Democrats are for abortion rights, but ironically against the death penalty?

I guess both are Hypocrits!

— 70.✗.✗.43
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October 15, 2012, 2:56pm

I dont think those extremely conservative Republican have the ability to be non-partisan. Their conservative ideas are more biased and prejudiced from my own perspective and I dont believe those Republican politicians care as much about the people they serve as they do their own financial and political gain. I prefer someone who is tolerant of individual rights and is more empathetic for those in need! And from what I can see from some of these remarks and comments, there are many more OBAMA supporters than the news media would like you to believe.

— 70.✗.✗.43
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October 15, 2012, 12:43am

The reality is you get the same legislation from both parties - that's the package of laws that favor the money and the the TOP. You can't pass imperialist wars, the Bush Tax cuts, free trade and globalism, corporate welfare, elimination of the inheritance tax, low dividend taxes, low capital gains taxes, National Defense Authorization Act, the Patriot Act, etc etc with just Republicans. People are led to believe that this fake fight they put up (and their incessant lies about compromises and obstructionism) is more than a show. It's not.

— 173.✗.✗.135
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October 13, 2012, 6:37am

Well I'm voting for Obama, a democrat, I believe in gay and lesbian rights and decrease in military spending and increasing the minimum wage.

— 199.✗.✗.136
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October 12, 2012, 5:02pm

I have watched both Conventions while DVRing and rewatching speakers as needed. I have watched programs interviewing the actual candidates and have kept an open mind. I dont consider myself to be affiliated with any particular party and have taken all the information gathered to form my own personal opinion. I dont pay attention to any of the TV ads/commercials supporting or affiliated with the candidates, I dont believe them to be accurate.

Over the course of several months, it is apparent to me that Mitt Romney has slowly moved left from his right-side conservative beliefs. I dont believe he has actually changed his mind. I think he gathered only so many supporters with his original ideas and then realized it wasnt enough to win an election. So in order to gain those swing voters that cant make up their mind, he has changed his mind, Yes flip flopped, in an attempt to capture more votes.

The acceptance I once gave him intially, is now gone. I dont trust him to be upfront with the citizens, and he has helped me make up my mind. I most definitely will be voting for BARACK OBAMA for his second term, and if those republicans will get out of his way, we can finally get this economy back where it should be!

— 70.✗.✗.43
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September 27, 2012, 9:00pm

I'm mexican and i dont care. Thank you.

— 99.✗.✗.52
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September 27, 2012, 3:52am

Ah, going off of the whole religious thing...

I find it funny that many Christians criticize us for believing in theories such as the big bang theory, saying that we're insane to think that the universe we live in today just created itself out of nowhere. Well, my question is, how is our idea any different than your idea of God? If you're so educated about your god, then how did he come to exist? Did he somehow create himself, essentially being created from absolutely nothing?

The fact is, we will never know. So stop criticizing so much and thinking that atheists are crazy, because they're not. Or if they are to you, then you're also crazy.

Anywho, I consider myself a republican, although there are some issues that I disagree with such as the control of abortion, which I believe is totally up to the woman, with of course the doctor's insight on the matter. Besides, if the mother didn't want the baby, don't you think there's a high chance of abuse and neglect to follow if it's born?

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September 19, 2012, 6:03pm

Republicans are idiots. Their representatives are the most simple minded and out of touch with the average person as anyone could get. Myth Romney is the perfect example. Republicans depend on religioin and lies to lure idiots into voting for them. Plain and simple, REPUBLICANS ARE IDIOTS!!!!

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September 18, 2012, 6:53am

When I think of lazy people that collect welfare and benefit from socialist programs I think of a majority of the white trash tea baggers driving their large gas guzzeling trucks with a confederate flag flying in the air and young mothers constantly pushing out inbred children. Constantly hearing all of these comments about soo called stereotypical liberals make me sick and yes I said it after stereotyping you soo called conservatives. The Democratic party represents more of Christian beliefs than conservatives. Jesus laid down his life for all of us but if he were a republican he would have ran and said every man for himself! And why does it matter what a gay man does, marries or not? How does it effect you? Because it destroys the sanctity of marriage? Then we should prosecute those that commit adultery and/or have sex outside of marriage. And then there would be no point in abortion because everyone having sex will be married and it will be legal. By the way... when will you all see a part of that trickle down effect from the 1%'s that you are soo concerned about and what they spend on taxes?

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August 30, 2012, 3:10am

And for all of those calling Democrats Socialists or even Communists, perhaps you need to understand where free education comes from, or social security, or the maintenance on parks and roadways, or medicare/medicaid, etc. You don't have to be a Socialist to like socialist programs.

— 108.✗.✗.13
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June 13, 2012, 4:35pm

RE: First of all I highly doubt you're part of the 1 percents of this country, whose taxes should be raised. They are the one who are sitting on their asses and sucking up all of the money in the economy. Currency is like manure, it does no good unless you spread it around. At this point the only way to spread it around is raising the taxes on those who have it all. If they don't like it, then they can cut their profits, hire more people, and pay livable wages. As far as abortion and gay marriage go, if you don't agree with it, then don't do it!!! It's that simple. TALK ABOUT BIG GOVERNMENT!!! Mind your own business and vote for your economic interest!! REPUBLICANS who aren't millionaires are morons!!

— 98.✗.✗.93
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June 9, 2012, 6:43pm

Well, im from Brazil and Im trying to learn more about your politics and it's so confusing because this is totally from where I live. I read a comment that you need to vote in a single party in the us. Here we have lots of parties, among 10 or even more then we vote for the candidates that there are many of them and we have many parties in our government.

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May 31, 2012, 1:05pm

I am not rich nor am I middle class- I am in-between poor & Middle class. I can say I’m making it. I have a job I pay my taxes. I have taken out loans I have paid interest. I have credit cards buy my groceries, personal items, I belong to the 99% who keep it going while the 1% sit back relax and keep growing. If I have a choice to vote for a President who looks out for 99% of our country or a President who only looks out for only 1% and that doesn’t care for 99% of it. I will sure the hell Vote for Obama..

— 216.✗.✗.254
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November 3, 2010, 6:35am

People do not realize that the republican party only supports the top 5 percent of the american economy, and the democratic party believes in fair tax rates for each person. Just because you have a bmw and a audi out front does not mean you are the top 5 percent of the american economy, the Republic party stands for tax cuts for major corporations and business and wealthy families because it their firm belief that giving money to the upper class will result in money being passed down to the middle class. That is not true during the bush presidency he gave back tax breaks to the top 6 percent and 80 percents of that money went to savings, not the economy.

— 173.✗.✗.62
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October 20, 2010, 1:02pm

Personally, we think that ALL parties suck butt.
:)

— 152.✗.✗.7
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October 31, 2012, 4:56am

Romney = Disaster
Obama = Continued progress

— 99.✗.✗.36
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May 3, 2011, 12:27pm

Some republicans (that are religious) say that only god can start and disrupt life, (meaning that no man should take anothers life) but Republicans are pro Death penalty which disrupt life. Republicans are hypocrites, and if marriage are sacred (often also said that marriage is between a man and a women) then just forbid divorce.

— 62.✗.✗.27
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