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15 Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

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Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.

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What Is the Difference Between a Republican and a Democrat?

These are just my observations from a lifetime of watching Democratic and Republican politicians.

1. Views on Corporate Power

  • Republicans fear that the government has too much control over corporations.
  • Democrats fear that corporations have too much control over our government.

2. Helping Poor People

3. Corporate Responsibility

  • Republicans believe large corporations will always do what is best for the American people if the government will just stay out of the way.
  • Democrats believe large corporations would gladly disembowel you and sell your organs to the highest bidder if the government wasn't there to stop them.

4. The Right to Decent Health Care

  • Republicans believe health care is just another commodity to be bought or sold. If you can't afford it, then that's your problem.
  • Democrats believe everyone should be entitled to the health care they need, regardless of their ability to pay

5. Government Spending

  • Republicans believe too much of our money goes to teachers who make $30,000 a year.
  • Democrats believe too much of our money goes to crooked corporate executives who take government subsidies and pay themselves $80-million-dollar salaries.

6. Different Ideas of Patriotism

  • Republicans believe that helping American people during a recession or a time of crisis is comparable to communism and frown on bailouts for the working class.
  • Democrats believe anything that helps the American people during a recession or a time of crisis will help the country as a whole.

7. Environmental Protections

  • Republicans believe that setting standards for clean air and water is burdensome over-regulation.
  • Democrats believe that we need to set high standards and regulations for clean air and drinking water.

8. Economic Recovery

  • Republicans believe that Congress should do nothing to create jobs (and then blame the Democrats for slow job creation).
  • Democrats believe the president and Congress need to work together to create jobs during a weak economy.

9. Corporate Responsibility

  • Republicans believe that making corporations clean up their pollution is burdensome over-regulation.
  • Democrats believe that corporate polluters should be made to pay for the cleanup of their pollution.

10. Health Care

  • Republicans believe our healthcare system should exist mainly for the purpose of maximizing profits.
  • Democrats believe our healthcare system should exist solely for the purpose of making people healthy.

11. Who Does Congress Work For?

  • Republicans believe corporations should be viewed and treated just like people.
  • Democrats believe Congress should be of the people, by the people, and for the people only (and not corporations).

12. Influence Over Congress

  • Republicans worry that the middle class has too much influence over Congress due to their voting and paying taxes.
  • Democrats worry that corporations have too much influence over Congress due to their lobbying and huge campaign contributions.

13. Corporate Abuse

  • Republicans believe we need to protect powerful corporations from lawsuits by Americans who have been abused and victimized by those corporations.
  • Democrats believe we need to protect victims of corporate negligence and abuse by allowing Americans to file lawsuits against powerful corporations.

14. Taxes

  • Republicans believe that the rich and corporations should not be taxed at all as long as they keep giving millions in campaign contributions to politicians.
  • Democrats believe that the rich should be pay more taxes than the poor and middle class.

15. Money and Politics

  • Republicans believe that unlimited political spending is the American way of life.
  • Democrats believe that allowing unlimited amounts of money in politics produces corruption and destroys the American way of life.

Further Reading

What Do Republicans Believe? 15 Things a Republican Stands For

21 Truths That Prove Republicans Have Been Wrong About Everything

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 jeff61b

Comments

Dean Traylor from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story) on September 13, 2020:

Bias: when the news/article doesnt affirm to your ideological beliefs, it's called bias. Now you know.

Johnny on September 07, 2020:

You are just stating ur own opinions. Your ignorant for that

Miguel on July 17, 2020:

You're very biased. I do not trust your judgment.

Dean Traylor from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story) on October 06, 2018:

Hey Jeff, just to add to your comment: the so-called three million votes was based on a single tweet from one person who never gave any evidence to support his claim.

Jeff61b on October 04, 2018:

Brad -

"And those 3 million people were in CA. Trump got 4 million votes in CA while Hillary got 7 million. And with over 20 million illegal aliens(latest study) in the country and in CA there is no Voter ID law so we don't know how many voters were legal."

The laws of California do not allow illegal aliens to vote. The number of illegals who voted was about zero. Trump lost the election by 3 million votes and you're grasping for some excuse.

Brad on October 03, 2018:

Jeff

"1. Corporate Power

Republicans fear that the government has too much control over corporations.

B:

What the Republican don't want is a large, obese, and lethargic central government. The larger the federal government the less is left for the states under the 10th amendment.

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Democrats fear that corporations have too much control over our government.

B:

If they have this fear is because they want to take over and nationalize the health industry. Both parties are run by the corporations because of the millions of dollars they give for their campaign. Again, Hillary Clinton didn't get her $1.2 billion campaign fund from the little people. Nor did she get the billions in the Clinton foundation from the little people.

It took both parties to allow the corporations, and the banks to be too big to handle.

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2. During Hard Economic Times...

Democrats believe it benefits all of us to help the weakest and the poorest among us first.

B:

Neither the democrats nor the republicans helped the victims of the 2008 economic meltdown. While both GW Bush and Obama and their congresses bailed out the same corporations that caused the economy to tank and generated the victims,

But no one helped the victims. These victims lost their homes because they had bad loans from the banks, they lost their jobs because the banks and corporations tanked the economy. There were 46 million people getting food from the government, and millions were getting unemployment benefits.

But getting food with food stamps still requires money. And these people lost their jobs, and the unemployment didn't pay for much. The banks got bailed out and they had government money but they wouldn't even loan it to other banks. The top management at many of the bailed out companies gave themselves 7 figure bonuses. Why, because they were key people of the company, and what is their key, they drove their company into bankruptcy.

Neither party did anything about it.

When the unemployment ran out, millions of people still didn't have jobs, and then they were dropped from the unemployment figures. So that made it look like things were getting better, but not for the good had happened.

In 2008, millions in the private sector lost everything, and millions more had no jobs, no way to pay, and they weren't helped by the government. The people that were losing their homes tried short sales, but the banks that held their loans didn't help them. These were the same banks that gave them these bad loans.

The people that didn't lose anything from the economic meltdown, were the millions of federal workers. They didn't lose their jobs, they didn't lose money in their retirement plan, they didn't lose their health benefits. They didn't lose anything.

FERS is their retirement plan, and they retirement is a privately managed Defined Benefit Retirement. That means that if they lose any money in their retirement plan, the US taxpayers will contribute to bring it up to their Defined amount, including COLA.

That is one of many problems from having a large, obese and ineffective central government.

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Republicans believe we must help the wealthiest and most powerful first and hope the wealth trickles down to everyone else"

Brad on October 03, 2018:

Jeff

"Nice try, but a majority of voters, by a 3 million vote margin, voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump."

B:

And 160 million people didn't vote in the election. What is your point?

And those 3 million people were in CA. Trump got 4 million votes in CA while Hillary got 7 million. And with over 20 million illegal aliens(latest study) in the country and in CA there is no Voter ID law so we don't know how many voters were legal.

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Corporations are not people. Democrats want corporations to be profitable, but not at the expense of the American people.

B:

You need to keep up on the law, corporations are getting more human status this century. What is the expense of the American People, where are they working, and with president Trump the unemployment rate is the lowest among all walks of life. So much for your "expense"

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Republican politicians are literally selling out to the highest bidder. They don't care about the average people. They care about the very rich and powerful people and corporations who keep them in power."

B:

Really then why are the average people getting tax breaks thanks to president Trump. Are you saying that the Democrats are not supported by the very rich people, and the very rich corporations like Amazon, Google, Apple etc.

You need a new line.

Sorry but you didn't really have any good responses.

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jeff61b (author) on October 03, 2018:

Brad –

Nice try, but a majority of voters, by a 3 million vote margin, voted for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump.

Corporations are not people. Democrats want corporations to be profitable, but not at the expense of the American people.

Republican politicians are literally selling out to the highest bidder. They don't care about the average people. They care about the very rich and powerful people and corporations who keep them in power.

Brad on October 02, 2018:

Jeff

None of your comparisons are not even close to being valid.

"1. Who Should Congress Work For?

Democrats believe Congress should be of the people, by the people and for the people.

Republicans believe corporations are the people."

B:

The people voted for president Trump, but the democrats don't acknowledge Trump voters as people. Resisting the president and the republicans doesn't help the people, and it hurts the country.

The republicans believe in a small central government while the democrats believe in raising taxes to support an even larger government.

The rich are not just republicans, the rich also include democrats. Look at all the money the democrats raise for the election campaigns. They didn't get over a billion dollars for Hillary Clinton's campaign from poor people.

As far as corporations and the rich. Without corporations where would the people work? The unequal distribution of wealth in this country is the result of both parties in congress. The source of that unequal distribution comes from the Internal Revenue Code that only benefits the rich, as only they can take advantage of the tax avoidance, deductions, deferments and other advantage.

This is just one example of your comparisons. The others are equally flawed.

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Howard Schneider from Parsippany, New Jersey on May 15, 2018:

I absolutely agree Nursepamm. The Republicans are now Trumpicans. The Democrats want to protect the less fortunate and not enrich and protect the wealthy.

nursepamm on May 15, 2018:

This is true... I'm ashamed of the Republican party.

And no, Democrats do NOT want to give away everything for free.

Andrew on November 06, 2016:

There are quite a few grains of truth in here... It's a shame, but one of the characteristic of republicans - they always blame others and call a lot of BS on things, even if they stare right at them.

drjawn on September 13, 2015:

a grain or two of truth, but nearly all bull sh*t about the Dems; even Chris Komer goes too easy. Suckers may believe this shite, I don't buy it

jeff61b (author) on November 04, 2014:

ThePatrioteer -

Who the corporate donors give to often depends on who is in power. If Democrats are in control they give to Democrats. When Republicans are in control they give more to Republicans.

But the lists you are referring to do not include individual billionaires like Sheldon Adelson or the Koch Brothers who, over a span of a few years, spend hundreds of millions on Republican candidates.

Chris Komer on October 28, 2014:

Why is there so much humor in tragedy?

I have no answer but Jeff, you are on the right track here. I appreciate and applaud your efforts.

ThePatrioteer on October 26, 2014:

Yeah, and if you look at the top 20 donors 14 give primarily to Democrats, and all but one are related to a union or business.

Texasbeta on August 21, 2011:

A phenomenal list that though funny, is DEAD ON.

Howard Schneider from Parsippany, New Jersey on August 20, 2011:

Great Hub Jeff. The Democrats legislate for the people while the Republicans legislate for Corporate America who funds them. Plain and simple.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 19, 2011:

Hi Jeff...as a just-right-of-center member of the democratic party...yup...this matches my mental list. Excellent job! Voted Up and funny.