4Republicans are conservative favor traditional institutions and the status quofavor laissez-faire systemdefinefavor a limited role for government in society and believe that people should help themselves, not rely on the governmentfavor lower taxesbelieve in the trickle-down theory
5Democrats are liberal favor change in society oppose government intervention into one’s private and social lifesupport regulations on economic activity and businessesfavor an active role for government in societybelieve that involvement – be it environmental regulations against polluting or anti-discrimination laws- can improve the quality of our liveswilling to increase taxes to support programs
6Abortion Democrat: Republican: Abortion is a woman’s right and should be legalRepublican:Abortion should be illegal and restricted by government
9Flag Burning Democrat: Republican: Flag burning is political speech and is protected by the ConstitutionRepublican:Protect the flag from burning by a constitutional amendment
10Gun Control Democrats: Republicans: Favor/Gun control is neededRepublicans:Oppose/Gun control is unconstitutionalCNN - State by State Look at Gun Laws in the U.S.
11Natural Environment Democrats: Republicans: Strong regulations are needed to protect the environmentRepublicans:Strong environmental laws harm the economy
12Race Relations Democrats: Republicans: Affirmative Action Timeline Strong anti-discrimination laws are neededfavor affirmative actionRepublicans:People and businesses might discriminate, but believe the market will eventually correct the wrong.Many oppose affirmative actionAffirmative Action Timeline
13Minimum Wage Democrats: Republicans: Favor/Increase the minimum wage to help workersRepublicans:Oppose/Do not raise the minimum wage because it is an artificial number which will increase inflation.
14Healthcare Democrats: Republicans: Government should require universal access to healthcareRepublicans:Private insurers are preferable to government controlled system
15Taxes Democrats: Republicans: Increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for public programsRepublicans:Cutting taxes for everyone helps the economySingle Tax Rates Single Income Tax Rates
17Military Democrats: Republicans: Cut military spending; cut veteran’s benefits; They SAY they will act in concert with other nations and/or with support from NATO and the UN, but not always the case.Republicans:Increase military spending; increase veteran’s benefits; don’t be constrained by other nations or by NATO and the UN; although they have used them in the past.
18Death Penalty Democrats: Republicans: Oppose/It is not a deterrent and innocent people are in jeopardyRepublicans:Favor/The death penalty is necessary and effective
23Prayer in School Democrats: Republicans: Oppose/Violation of the separation between church and stateRepublicans:Favor/It is a religious right and our Christian heritage
24What about other issues? Where are there differences? Executive Privilege:“The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch and not go through Congress at all, and that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States of America,” Sen. Obama said on March 31, 2008, in Lancaster, Pa.“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” Pres. Obama, January 23, 2014.