Originally Posted by JMS
- role of the government
- the problems we face as a nation today
- the root cause of those problems
- the solutions to those problems
- the consequences of their polices
What do they agree on? The Republicans are saying we are in a debt crisis and don't focus on the deficit which they created.. The Democrats believe we are in a deficit crisis, while the national debt is sustainable if the deficit could be handled.
Republicans believe the solution to our debt crisis is to slash federal revenues to allow the private industry to become more productive. Democrats point to decades of use of this ideology noting it is a formula for increased deficits, debt, and fiscal irresponsibility.
The Republicans want to increase the defense budget to keep America strong and our friends secure. The Democrats note the United States already outspends the next 18 greatest nations combined in defense spending (most of those 18 being strong US allies, all have permanent most favored trading status with the US). . Believing significant savings could be hand from modestly trimming the defense budget which nearly tripled while the Republicans were in the white house from 2000-2008. ( over and above war spending). Bush senor trimmed defense spending by 10% a year for four straight years.... Most Dems believe the defense budget could take a one time 10% cut without affecting national security posture.
The Republicans don't want to invest in infrastructure rather advocating cutting back across the board on discretionary spending to deal with what they deem an unsustainable debt crisis. The Democrats want to increase infrastructure spending noting that while private investment dollars are sidelined due to the poor economy; infrastructure spending is a great way to spark the economy and get value to the tax payer while supporting our fragile GDP.
The Republicans believe in absence of all historical record that the government can't do anything right. The Democrats believe the government has played and continues to play an important role in many phases of the economy and both domestic and international policy making.
The Republicans claim, rather self servingly after loosing the White House that the debt is the greatest challenge facing the nation. The Democrats believe, as the Republicans believed when they were in the White House that the weak economy is the more pressing concern.
Democrats believe in informing themselves as to the issue by reading respected newspapers, journals, and magazines... Republicans believe such sources are not reliable and rather depend on Fox News and word of mouth or blog entries to inform them of what's occurring in the world and nation.
Republicans believe Democrats are liberals... And Liberal is at the same time synonymous with weakness, hates America, appeasing, un-American, and communist; which is how they describe our president. I think most democrats would see themselves as centrists even moderate conservatives which is where Obama falls. but they realize all five of our greatest presidents liberals or more left leaning than liberal... ( Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, T.Roosevelt, FD Roosevelt). Liberal being synonymous with socialist which is the moderate left leaning position, while conservative is the moderate right leaning position on the political spectrum.