Democrat vs. Republican

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Republican

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 Minimum wages and progressive taxation, i.e., higher tax rates for higher income brackets. Born out of anti-federalist ideals but evolved over time to favor more government regulation. Believe taxes shouldn't be increased for anyone (including the wealthy) and that wages should be set by the free market.
Social and human ideas Based on community and social responsibility Based on individual rights and justice
Stance on Military issues Decreased spending Increased spending
Stance on Gay Marriage Support (some Democrats disagree) Oppose (some Republicans disagree)
Stance 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)
Stance 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.
Stance on Taxes Progressive (high income earners should be taxed at a higher rate). Generally not opposed to raising taxes to fund government. Tend to favor a "flat tax" (same tax rate regardless of income). Generally opposed to raising taxes.
Stance on Government Regulation Government regulations are needed to protect consumers. Government regulations hinder free market capitalism and job growth.
Healthcare Policy Support universal healthcare; strong support of government involvement in healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid. Generally support Obamacare. Private companies can provide healthcare services more efficiently than government-run programs. Oppose Obamacare provisions like (1) requirement for individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine, (2) required coverage of contraceptives.
Traditionally strong in states California, Massachusetts, New York 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 (FDR), 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

edit Origin of the Democratic and Republican parties

The Democratic Party traces its origins to the anti-federalist factions around the time of 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.

edit 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.

edit 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

edit Individual and Community

Republican philosophy leans more towards individual freedoms, rights and responsibilities. In contrast, Democrats attach greater importance to equality and social/community responsibility.

edit 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.

edit 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.

edit 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 (the right to bear arms) as well as the right to carry concealed weapons.

edit Abortion

Democrats support abortion rights and keeping elective abortions legal. Republicans believe abortions should not be legal and that 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.

edit 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.

edit Death Penalty

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

edit 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.

edit Minimum Wage

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

edit 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]

edit 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 Civil Rights Act of 1964 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, 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.

Republicans believe that Purdum's point of view is misleading because Goldwater supported previous attempts at passing a Civil Rights act, and desegregation, but did not like the 1964 Act because he felt it infringed on States' rights.

In any case, the present dynamic is that minorities like African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. However, there are prominent African American Republicans like Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele and Alan West, as well as Hispanics like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Alberto Gonzales and Brian Sandoval.

edit Voter ID laws

Civil liberties groups like the ACLU criticize the GOP for pushing for voter ID laws — Republicans believe these laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud while Democrats claim that voter fraud is virtually non-existent and that these laws disenfranchise black and Hispanic voters who tend to be poorer and unable to obtain ID cards.

edit Logos of the Democratic and Republican parties

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Democratic Party logo
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edit 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.

edit 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 presided over the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis, and was assassinated in Office; Bill Clinton, who was impeached by the House of Representatives; and Nobel Peace Prize winners Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

Famous Republican Presidents include Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery; 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.

edit 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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Anonymous comments (40)

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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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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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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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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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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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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February 19, 2013, 9:13am

good site

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 2, 2012, 6:14pm

NEITHER ROMNEY OR OBAMA ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT

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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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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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October 21, 2013, 10:55pm

I need more information!!!

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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 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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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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March 7, 2012, 8:44pm

independent

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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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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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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 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.

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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 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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