Differences Between Democrats, GOP Vast Since Civil War

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    Apr 14, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    NYT: Any Democrat would, if elected, seek to maintain the basic U.S. social insurance programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — in essentially their current form, while also preserving and extending the Affordable Care Act. Any Republican would seek to destroy Obamacare, make deep cuts in Medicaid, and probably try to convert Medicare into a voucher system.

    Any Democrat would retain the tax hikes on high-income Americans that went into effect in 2013, and possibly seek more. Any Republican would try to cut taxes on the wealthy — House Republicans plan to vote next week to repeal the estate tax — while slashing programs that aid low-income families.

    Any Democrat would try to preserve the 2010 financial reform, which has recently been looking much more effective than critics suggested. Any Republican would seek to roll it back, eliminating both consumer protection and the extra regulation applied to large, “systemically important” financial institutions.

    How did the parties get this far apart? Political scientists suggest that it has a lot to do with income inequality. As the wealthy grow richer compared with everyone else, their policy preferences have moved to the right — and they have pulled the Republican Party ever further in their direction. Meanwhile, the influence of big money on Democrats has at least eroded a bit, now that Wall Street, furious over regulations and modest tax hikes, has deserted the party en masse. The result is a level of political polarization not seen since the Civil War.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/opinion/it-takes-a-party.html?ref=opinion
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    Apr 15, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: Any Democrat would, if elected, seek to maintain the basic U.S. social insurance programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — in essentially their current form, while also preserving and extending the Affordable Care Act. Any Republican would seek to destroy Obamacare, make deep cuts in Medicaid, and probably try to convert Medicare into a voucher system.

    Any Democrat would retain the tax hikes on high-income Americans that went into effect in 2013, and possibly seek more. Any Republican would try to cut taxes on the wealthy — House Republicans plan to vote next week to repeal the estate tax — while slashing programs that aid low-income families.

    Any Democrat would try to preserve the 2010 financial reform, which has recently been looking much more effective than critics suggested. Any Republican would seek to roll it back, eliminating both consumer protection and the extra regulation applied to large, “systemically important” financial institutions.

    How did the parties get this far apart? Political scientists suggest that it has a lot to do with income inequality. As the wealthy grow richer compared with everyone else, their policy preferences have moved to the right — and they have pulled the Republican Party ever further in their direction. Meanwhile, the influence of big money on Democrats has at least eroded a bit, now that Wall Street, furious over regulations and modest tax hikes, has deserted the party en masse. The result is a level of political polarization not seen since the Civil War.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/opinion/it-takes-a-party.html?ref=opinion


    ROFL.

    FACT: Who cut 716 Billion from Medicare by passing Obamacare: DEMOCRATS.

    The Real Party of the Rich: Democrats Have More Top Donors, Millionaires in Congress....

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/116056-wall-street-bankers-top-donors-agree-democrat-party-new-party-rich/
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    Apr 15, 2015 12:50 AM GMT
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    mx5guynj said

    ROFL.

    FACT: Who cut 716 Billion from Medicare by passing Obamacare: DEMOCRATS.

    The Real Party of the Rich: Democrats Have More Top Donors, Millionaires in Congress....

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/116056-wall-street-bankers-top-donors-agree-democrat-party-new-party-rich/


    Your post is irrelevant to "the Woodsmen" as it does not cite The New York Times.



    His post also lacks context for its "facts".
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    Apr 15, 2015 4:33 AM GMT
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    The Real Party of the Rich: Democrats Have More Top Donors, Millionaires in Congress....

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/116056-wall-street-bankers-top-donors-agree-democrat-party-new-party-rich/


    It may no longer be true that Democrats have more millionaires in Congress. In any case, in 2013, the average wealth of Republican members of Congress surpassed the average wealth of Democratic members of Congress, not that most members on either side of the aisle are exactly suffering.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2015/01/one-member-of-congress-18-american-households-lawmakers-personal-finances-far-from-average/

    In the end, however, how much money individual Congress members of each party have is pretty irrelevant. What matters are the positions taken by the members of each party and the general philosophies of each party.