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Comparisons Democrat and Republican Parties

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[td1] View [/td1][td2] Liberal [/td2][td3] Conservative [/td3]

[td1] Economic Ideas [/td1]

[td2] 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. [/td2]

[td3] Believe taxes shouldn’t be increased for anyone (including the wealthy) and that wages should be set by the free market. [/td3]

[td1] Social and human ideas [/td1]

[td2] Based on community and social responsibility. [/td2]

[td3] Based on individual rights and justice. [/td3]

[td1] Stance on Military issues [/td1]

[td2] Decreased spending. [/td2]

[td3] Increased spending. [/td3]

[td1] Stance on Gay Marriage [/td1]

[td2] Support (some Democrats disagree). [/td2]

[td3] Oppose (some Republicans disagree). [/td3]

[td1] Stance on Abortion [/td1]

[td2] Should not be made illegal; support Roe vs Wade (some Democrats disagree). [/td2]

[td3] Should not be legal; oppose Roe v. Wade (some Republicans disagree). [/td3]

[td1] Stance on Death Penalty [/td1]

[td2] While support for the death penalty is strong among Democrats, opponents of the death penalty are a substantial fraction of the Democratic base. [/td2]

[td3] A large majority of Republicans support the death penalty. [/td3]

[td1] Stance on Taxes [/td1]

[td2] Progressive (high income earners should be taxed at a higher rate). Generally not opposed to raising taxes to fund government. [/td2]

[td3] Tend to favor a “flat tax” (same tax rate regardless of income). Generally opposed to raising taxes. [/td3]

[td1] Stance on Government Regulation [/td1]

[td2] Government regulations are needed to protect consumers. [/td2]

[td3] Government regulations hinder free market capitalism and job growth. [/td3]

[td1] Healthcare Policy [/td1]

[td2] Support universal healthcare; strong support of government involvement in healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid Generally support Obamacare. [/td2]

[td3] 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. [/td3]

[td1] Traditionally strong in states [/td1]

[td2] California, Massachusetts, New York. [/td2]

[td3] Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas. [/td3]

[td1] Symbol [/td1]

[td2] Donkey[/td2]

[td3] Elephant [/td3]

[td1] Color [/td1]

[td2] Blue[/td2]

[td3] Red [/td3]

[td1] Founded in [/td1]

[td2] 1824[/td2]

[td3] 1854 [/td3]

[td1] Website [/td1]

[td2] www.democrats.org[/td2]

[td3] www.gop.com[/td3]

[td1] Senate Leader [/td1]

[td2] Harry Reid[/td2]

[td3] Mitch M. McConnell[/td3]

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