Democrat vs. Republican, Viva la Difference!

Compared are the significant differences between the Republican and Democratic agendas. It is important for citizens to get past the rhetoric.

The pundits, both liberal and conservative, have given Romney a landslide win relating to the recent debate. I watched that debate and I guess if noisy and aggressive be the judge, I would give it to Romney. As for Obama he functioned in his usual button down fashion and maybe he was a little too cool. Rhetoric aside, I see two major differences in the candidates.

Romney suggests protecting the rich to help the poor, “Trickle Down” economics.  It is a tired old mantra and has never worked. Obama feels the burden should be shared; the “All in the Same Boat” or we are a “community” approach. The cost of such sharing is a lightning rod issue for the well-heeled. There are too many in need and inadequate resources for resolution within the current social welfare model.

The Romney approach has been the cornerstone of every Republican administration since F.D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. Some call it the “big lie.” And as any fascist, or communist will tell you, if you repeat something enough and throw God (fascists), family values, slogans, and Country into the mix, people will believe it. The objective is simple; protect super-rich wealth at all costs. An early
battle started with efforts to return to the gold standard and I would not be surprised to see that surface again should Romney win. Such a move would stop monetary inflation in its tracks and protect wealthy family inheritances.  As the Obama camp understands, it would also dry up dollars and crush wages.

Printing money devalues accumulated wealth. The rich fight to the death to increase the value of the dollar.   Our current system in place allows a more equitable distribution of those dollars.  Obama would like to expand this equitable distribution.  There is a need for more dollars.

Another Republican “deception” is the value of privatization and market place economics.  True it works when selling cars but it has no place in the model for American Health Care or a large number of government services. Private sector health care does not work, triggers double digit health cost inflation, and leaves 49 Million uninsured and that number is growing.  The privatization of government services has cost money, promoted inefficiencies, and moved government dollars to political friends (both parties).

The third “subterfuge” suggests tax breaks for the rich will trigger job growth. That has never happened and will never happen. Jobs are only created in the private sector when they are needed. Higher profits translate to higher salaries, bonuses, and dividends.

The final “ploy” is that government can’t do anything right. Slashing Government employment is good for the country and will end wasteful spending. Democratic
administrations have understood that private sector and government should work
together to address the reduction of unemployment and build the consumer base.  The scorched earth policy for civil service is pure Republican. The Republicans like obedience not discussion related to their agenda.  Florida offers an excellent opportunity to witness 12 years of Republican administrations and their impact on the government work force.

The Republican agenda is there for all to see.  Protect the wealthy, crush unions, deregulate, minimize labor costs, induce fear and maximize profits for a very small percentage of corporate executives and stock holders. The exorbitant salaries and bonuses are common knowledge.  Democrats promote unions, constitutional rights, and grow the consumer class through private sector and government jobs.

When you pull that R or D lever, know what you are getting.

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Eric Stewart October 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The problem is we are not a representative democracy. R or D doesn't represent America anymore they only represent the ownership class that owns the vast majority of wealth in America. Oligarchy, its a big club and your not in it! What we need is more third party options. Investigate the Green Party and have them in the debates. This is not a R or D country its a Purple country. We all share common values and principals that are not being expressed by the Republicrats or the Demoblicans. We the People need a better representation of the diversity that is this country not a duopoly.
Samuel Clemens October 08, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Wow, talk about residing in fantasyland. Eric gets it. We have a two party dictatorship in this country, but people like you, Marc, seem to have a case of Stockholm Syndrome. What mathematics system are you using to believe inflating the currency is goooood?? Let's say we are playing a game of Monopoly.........if the banker decides to add the funds from another Monopoly game, what do you think it will do to the prices of the current game? Will Baltic Avenue remain a mere $60? No freaking way. There's now more money to go around so more money can be spent on everything. Considering the money supply was doubled, Baltic Avenue and every other item will drastically increase. Perhaps Ben Bernanke decides to add the currency from a few other games...............inflating the money supply even more. What will Baltic Avenue cost then? It's definitely not remaining $60............it's price will shoot through the roof due to the devalued currency. Is the newly inflated Baltic Avenue truly worth more? No, the dollar is simply worth less. Take a look around......prices on nearly every item we purchase has doubled and you are calling for more inflationary measures? THE INFLATION TAX IS THE WORST TAX OF ALL. Are you really that clueless? No need to answer, you have already shown it by buying into the rhetoric of the Propaganda Machine. Seriously, Marc, exit the Left/Right Paradigm.....NONE of these people care for us. The R's and the D's both suck.
Samuel Clemens October 08, 2012 at 02:35 PM
http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/photo/013/e00/013e009e-f1eb-4021-8884-b13e7f477588 The Federal Reserve and their funny money, inflationary measures have DESTROYED our purchasing power.........................but the worst hasn't even begun, The world trades oil with the Dollar.......basically a country must exchange their currency to purchase oil with dollars. China and Russia are no longer do this. India is also starting to move away from it as well. Also, countries/central banks around the world back their currency with the dollar...........well these banks are slowly trading in their dollars for Gold........REAL currency. As the world moves away from the dollar, we are going to see prices SKYROCKET.......but hey, Marc thinks this is something good......maybe we can all go to him for some loans when we cannot afford the $10.00 gallon gas and $20 loaf of bread. The R's and the D's and especially the PRIVATE CARTEL known as the Federal Reserve.............these people are destroying our way of life. Wake up and quit defending these people who could care less about you and I.
Mark S. Hankins October 09, 2012 at 06:04 PM
"By a continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens...and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some.... The process engages all of the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose." --John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) From "Economic Consequences of the Peace" 1920 ... the left's patron saint of economics said that inflation hurts the poor more than it does the rich. Who are you going to believe, him or your lying eyes? Remember, the rich own productive assets ... they can simply raise their prices. It's all just numbers to them. The poor feel the brunt.
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I agree we need to get beyond a two party system. Too often the same folks are doling out dollars to both parties and successfully pursueing their agenda no matter who is elected. Due to lobbying influence our system has become terribly corrupted. More and more citizens are opting to register non-affliated like myself hoping to see a successful third party come to fruition. Unfortunately successful politics has become more about money than ideas. I appreciate you comment.
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 12, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I appreciate your comment. My regards to Tom Sawyer. I always get concerned by writers who disguise their true identity. I have no stolkholm syndrome whatever the "H" that is. I can tell you this though the dollar is strong as is the market. The S&P is up 17% this year. That is quite a leap. I continue to bet on America and my dividends keep rolling in. Let me know who you are and I will show you more respect.
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 12, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Mark: My favorite lawyer. I refuse to argue Keynesian dogma but if you follow the money markets, the dollar is holding its own and commodities are rather flat. The S&P is up 16.8% and gold has not as predicted hit $5000.00 an ounce. In fact it has been hit pretty hard of late. Many who listened to the right wing Gold pundits have lost quite a bit of money having backed off of $3000+ an ounce. I won't touch Gold or Silver. It is easy to get caught the wrong way. Rather than listen to the right wing pundits, do a little research on your own. That's what I do. I don't believe any of them - right or left. Whatever mistakes I make are mine alone. Anyway I stand 100% behind my comments - 99%. Enjoy. Marc
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Correction, Gold has backed off just under $2000 an ounce
Samuel Clemens October 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Tom Sawyer? You speaking of RUSH? Must be because I do know what you are advocating for isn't good for the working man. Have you been living on a yacht, or do you not shop for anything? The majority of the country could care less what the markets are doing when the inflation tax is destroying their purchasing power. If you can take my monopoly example and apply it to the real world, those "booming stocks" are inflated Baltic Avenues. The $$$ figures you see are going to be higher than yesteryears, just as a 12 pack of Coke is up a large percentage over last year. It's all relative. The stock that was $30 in 2005 that's now $55 hasn't increased its value at all, it's simple math.........the dollar is devalued so it takes more to purchase anything. Plus, the Federal Reserve has been propping up the markets with their Quantitative Easing funny money......there is no real gains there, it's all a fraud. The market is being flooded with funny money created out of thin air. By the way, did you get excited when criminal Ben Bernanke announced open-ended, unlimited QE? Go speak of your dividends to those barely making it and see what kind of response you illicit. It's as laughable as Romney believing the average American cares about a lower Capital Gains tax.............the majority of the people do not have gains, nor dividends.....but they all shop and they all deal with the reality I am attempting to get you to recognize.
Samuel Clemens October 12, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Seriously, do you spend your entire life using generalizations? Right wing pundits? Were all those Pharaohs listening to them? The Romans? Perhaps George Soros has been listening as well? I know he loves the Right wing. How about all the central banks around the world trading in their Federal Reserve notes for Gold as the world moves away from the dollar?? They also listening to the pundits in this country? Gold and Silver have been currency for..........who knows how long. You do not trust history, but you will trust pieces of paper with no inherent value? Gold hit pretty hard? What do the actual numbers from the past 10 years reveal? www.kitco.com/scripts/hist_charts/yearly_graphs.plx Compare the rise with the money supply you are advocating to increase(best chart I could find) www.data360.org/dsg.aspx?Data_Set_Group_Id=2052 Do you realize how many people lost thou$and$$$$$$$$$$$$ from the financial crisis? Those hard earned savings.......gone......but those who knew history and placed their trust in something real, they didn't lose anything and actually benefited because Gold/Silver are storehouses for wealth.
Samuel Clemens October 12, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Want to add, I must say, I am blown away by your lack of sources for your generalizations. I'm shocked this drivel was allowed to be posted. You cannot just state opinion as fact. Where is the basis for what you have written here? So much of what you have stated can be said about the Left as well. The Bipartisanship is destroying the country.....not the craaaazy right wingers or laaaaazy left wingers. Even though I wholeheartedly disagree with many of your stances, Marc, I pray you do a little more research into what I am telling you. The money you have invested in the market isn't truly yours. Are you aware of Corzine and his actions at MF Global? How about him speaking of starting a hedge fund? You really want these guys handling the fruits of your labor? Have you heard of a bank holiday? Couldn't happen in this country, right? Wonder what Joe Biden had to say on the matter and who him and Obama called upon for financial advice? www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm3VMrKqJSA How about Jamie Diamond? Trust him with your finances? Wonder what Obama thinks of him? www.youtube.com/watch?v=iagFxsSxgKM Corzine and Diamond help orchestrate the theft of billion$$$$.........with no prosecutions.....and these are two men praised by the President and Vice-President and you expect us to trust the Left and the market? THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
As is usually the case with conservatives they don't address specific issues just hurl insults. What I did not mention was the attack on a women's right to choose which could bring us back the days of back alley abortions. I did not mention the deliberate attempt to intermingle church and state with tax dollars shifted to religious based charter schools with little accountability. That brings us to the undermining of pure science, disdain for mathematics, and the growing efforts to place creationism in our schools. One Senator called science the anti-christ. Finally the anti-intellectual movement of right wing conservatives which fascists and communists pursue as Mao did with the chinese revolution. If you want to repond, take my issues one at a time and argue them with thoughtful comment or don't bother. Thank you for your comments. In case you weren't aware Tom Sawyer was a major character in Mark Twains literary collection. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens, the name you are using. I could be wrong - maybe that is your name. MJY
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Correction. U.S. Representative R-Paul Broun called evolution, a lie from the pit of hell. He further claimed the earth was 9000 years old along with other amazing comments. He did not call science the Anti-Christ. This congressman sits on the House Science, Space and Technology committee. I am not making this up.
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Hmmm, seems to me, you do not want to address anything. Practically every single thing you have stated is opinion.........and it's not even yours. Rhetoric and talking points is all you are spouting. Heck, I didn't even mention anything about my "leaning" in life, cause I don't reside in the Left/Right fantasyland...........so I guess you can decide to place me in what ever category you choose, but rest assured, I would never subscribe to either party, I am for the actual people......unlike Robomney who must bow to those pulling the strings. Again, where is the proof of your assertions? Show me where it's only the R's doing what you say................just because people on the TV state something as fact doesn't mean it jives with reality. What you have written is nothing more than background noise from MSNBC programs. They want you and others to believe the dogma, and like good little sheep, most get in line to baalieve what they are told. Nearly everything you referenced: A. Govt shouldn't be involved at all. B. If Govt is involved, it should be on the State level.
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Curious, other than Fed vs/ State, what's the difference between Obamacare and Romneycare? Heck, Obama has stated it was the model for his plan. Where's the difference? Even though you claim Romney will do something against his nature(gold), both believe in Keynesian debt. They can claim what they will, but both have no interest in curtailing the spending.....but then again, you believe there's a need to continue the destruction of the dollar, so I'm guess the spending doesn't matter....but still, Where's the Difference? You seem to claim the D' care about the health of the people? Do you realize how corrupt and criminal the FDA is? Our food supply is beyond unsafe. Pharmaceutical drugs are wrecking people's lives. They suppress things that actually protect and heal and you want us to believe.....as both Romney and Obama do......that the Govt should be more involved in health care too?? Mr "I don't drink alcohol or do drugs" Romney has no interest in dealing with this cartel and neither does Obama.
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Do you know who Obama appointed as his Food Safety Czar and what he represents? Monsanto is widely known as one of the most evil companies in the world. Monsanto controls the FDA, heck they have their own Supreme Court Justice. Obama appoints for them and there's claims to Romney having ties to them. Where's the Difference? By the way, the very fact there are Czars in the Federal Govt says it all. And if you take a look at history, the previous amount of Czars in each administration were a few.....unitl Bush Jr. came into office. He practically had as many in his administration as all previous Presidents combined. Obama has continued with the tyrannical nature of appointments.......outside of Congress. God forbid any of these crooks actually follow the law. Once elected, Romney will be no different. He's tyrannical in his nature just as Obama. Obama makes Proclamations without Congress and Romney claims he will do the same. Where's the difference? How about the involvement of American forces in so many countries around the world? Obama hasn't stopped the killing of innocent men, woman and children in other countries.........Romney is right there with him. Heck, both no longer believe in the Rule of Law. Romney stated he would have signed the NDAA just as Obama did on New Year's Eve. Both are FOR foreign invasions AND against the rights of citizens and foreigners. Where's the Difference?
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I had to laugh when I read Obama's interview in Cosmopolitan, he claims Marriage is a State's rights issue. "We don't want to trample on States rights," yet he is sending in the Feds to shut down legally operated dispensaries in the States. Romney is wholeheartedly against States rights on this issue as well. Where's the Difference? Both have backed the looting of American taxpayers to bailout their buddies? Both believe in crony Capitalism. Where's the Difference? Both are funded by Goldman Sachs and Wall Street. Where's the Difference? Both spent much time living outside this country they claim to love. Where's the difference? Both believe Ben Bernanke is doing fantastic job and deserves reappointment. Where's the difference? Even though Romney attempts to get US to believe otherwise, it's not difficult to see both believe Govt is the answer. Sure, Romney is aware the people build businesses, but he would never allow the true freedom of the free markets to reign. My God, if everything done at Bain was free market, my understanding is extremely flawed. Both believe they know more than the rest of us. Where's the Difference? Obama has carried on many of the same policies as Bush Jr and Romney's cabinet is filled with former members of the Bush administration. It's one big revolving door in DC. Where's the Difference?
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I want to speak of things actually affecting every single person.......not what they want you to focus on. The very reason insurance costs are so freaking high is due to the involvement of the Govt. Remember, they only want to help us, right? www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmHTte8jRLk Thank you Mr. Nixon. The Govt intervention destroyed the care in this country. I think the results speak for themselves. How about the dumbing down of the American student via the Department of Education? We used to have some of the brightest children in the world, now we barely rank in the top 50 in many areas. How has the Federal Govts involvement enhanced education? Speaking of students, how about the next bubble to burst, the student loan bubble? The subsidizing of grants and loans has again lead to the ever increasing cost and it will assuredly lead to another financial disaster, but don't worry, the D's are out to help us little guys. It's great knowing we the people are responsible for all the insanity........pay no attention to the reality of college being nothing more than a instrument of debt. The majority who attend college do not use their degrees for anything other than a very expensive piece of paper, but hey, at least they get to pay back those rich guys only the R's care about.
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Why is Govt subsidizing this when it enslaves so many people for so many years? Like health care, get the Govt out of it and costs have to come down. The free market can work, but the thing is, we haven't had a free market in this country for over a century. Govt is involved in every single aspect of our lives and you are calling for more? Why? "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." I'm curious about all those D's who care about the little people.....why aren't they doing anything about raids like those at Rawesome Foods in CA or all the dairy farmers across the country? They care about us po folk, unlike the R's, right? Where's all the D's when it comes to protecting the people from this fraud? www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bodine/post_3573_b_1652688.html
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:51 AM
How about the stolen billion$ I referenced above? Where's the D's when those evil wealthy people steal from the common folk?? Jamie Diamond and Jon Corzine are Obama buddies and they have stolen billion$ and they get a pat on the back. The D's are for the little guy right? Why aren't they doing anything different than the R's with these criminals?? How about the utter destruction of our Civil Liberties with the utmost Bi-Partisan support? Go take a look at the Bills to curtail our ability to live freely and it's plain to see where the R's and D's allegiances lie. Ultimately, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:53 AM
You speak of scorched........earth and the Sci-Space-Tech Committee. Any idea who Obama appointed to run these people as Science Czar? Ever read quotes from John Holdren? "Indeed, it has been concluded that COMPULSORY POPULATION-CONTROL LAWS, even including LAWS REQUIRING COMPULSORY ABORTION, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society. " Compulsory=required by law. A scorched earth is beautiful art in Holdren's eyes. He's spoken of adding sterilants to the water. He wants to lower the population and wants to create a "Planetary Regime" to enforce it. I could care less what another believes regarding the age of the Earth, it doesn't affect US........but nutjobs like Holder are hellbent on having their ideas implemented and they will affect US. It doesn't take much to envision forced abortions becoming the norm under a Govt funded Healthcare System. Heck, take a few minutes to research Margaret Sanger the creator of Planned Parenthood.......Eugenics at it's finest and pure brilliance to guys like Holdren. The Planetary Regime got me thinking about another like you who advocates the printing of money to help out the elite as it destroys the common man. Would you be on board for this type of stimulus? www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhMAV9VLvHA Boy those left wing crazies, what are we going to do with them?
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:55 AM
How about that Mao? Wonder what a person who's yielded much influence over American politics thought of him: "Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history" David Rockefeller How about another Rockefeller quote, he's so insightful. "Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 05:58 AM
My point in citing Rockefeller..........to reinforce the truth.........none of these people care about us. The majority of the R's and the D's are only interested in keeping power. We no longer have statesmen, we have a bunch of politicians only interested in keeping power. Gus if for Us! Give me a break. Marco Rubio....don't get me started. Bill Nelson for us, really? Don't think so.....they only care about themselves and their corporate masters. The people do have the power, as evident by the outrage over Internet censorship.......but the event that showed the power of the citizenry sadly showed just where the people's allegiance lies. I had to laugh when I read Obama's interview in Cosmopolitan, he claims Marriage is a State's rights issue. "We don't want to trample on States rights," yet he is sending in the Feds to shut down legally operated dispensaries in the States. Romney is wholeheartedly against States rights on this issue as well. Where's the Difference?
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Both have backed the looting of American taxpayers to bailout their buddies? Both believe in crony Capitalism. Where's the Difference? Both are funded by Goldman Sachs and Wall Street. Where's the Difference? Both spent much time living outside this country they claim to love. Where's the difference? Both believe Ben Bernanke is doing fantastic job and deserves reappointment. Where's the difference? Even though Romney attempts to get US to believe otherwise, it's not difficult to see both believe Govt is the answer. Sure, Romney is aware the people build businesses, but he would never allow the true freedom of the free markets to reign. My God, if everything done at Bain was free market, my understanding is extremely flawed. Both believe they know more than the rest of us. Where's the Difference? Obama has carried on many of the same policies as Bush Jr and Romney's cabinet is filled with former members of the Bush administration. It's one big revolving door in DC. Where's the Difference?
Samuel Clemens October 15, 2012 at 06:09 AM
It's either "FORWARD......over the cliff" or "BELIEVE IN AMERICA.......that doesn't include you and I" Unfortunately, if I do participated, I'll have to settle with: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3QRSIXgns If he doesn't codify the truth, then then I am the one who is actually residing in fantasyland. Practically the only truth I see is you referencing "my" name, but "What's in a name anyways? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet" I sincerely pray for all of us the Federal Reserve note doesn't go the way of the Continental dollar, but as many are well aware, their is an impending financial implosion coming that will make a few years ago seem like the good ole days. The "dollar" won't be worth the paper it's printed on.
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH October 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Wow - thanks for your comments. If nothing else I stirred passions. There are many areas of agreement. Politics D&R have become corrupted-bottom line. I would suggest you aviod attacking me personally ie "everything you stated is opinion.etc. " What else is the blog supposed to do. You know nothing about me - don't assume who I am or what my knowledge base is. Just deal with your interpretation of the facts and what you have read or concluded. I do the same. Dale Carnegie said - "No matter how right you think you are, you could be wrong. I live by that and it goes for everybody. No need to bully just state the facts as you see them. I'l take your points in some more posts. They're a little overwhelming at the moment. WHat did stike me are the areas of agreement but from different perspectives. Cool down, I hear you.


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