7 (one week) to go: Lists of Things Democrats and Republicans Have Done: The Same, My Ass!

It doesn’t get much simpler than this:

A list of things Democrats have done:

  • Social Security. They have also twice taken the Social Security Trust Fund out of the general budget.
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • The Affordable Care Act
  • The EPA and significant environmental regulation
  • Regulated stock markets and banned trade fraud
  • Bank regulation designed to prevent collapses
  • Bank Deposit insurance, paid for by banks
  • Passed legislation requiring banks to pay back bailout money.
  • The GI Bill
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Took student loans away from the banks.
  • The Occupational Safety & Health Act
  • Trade regulation that makes sure domestic and imported products are safe.
  • Regular food inspections for foodborne illness and monitoring of safe processing practices
  • The CDC and disease monitoring
  • Banned certain types of military-style weapons
  • Proposed a law requiring universal background checks on gun purchases
  • The minimum wage
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Food Stamps
  • Welfare for the poor.
  • School lunch programs
  • Raised tax rates on the rich to pay for things, and tax breaks had to fuel economic growth.
  • Balanced the budget
  • Raised the debt ceiling whenever necessary to keep the government functioning, and always paid the bills.

A list of things Republicans have done or tried to do:

  • Have repeatedly tried to kill Social Security and have repeatedly pushed the Trust Fund into the general budget, so that they could attempt to hide some of the deficits they created.
  • Cut taxes to the bone for those with the most money, while raising taxes for everyone else.
  • Tried to replace Medicare with a voucher program.
  • Repeatedly cut Medicaid.
  • State Republicans refused to take Medicaid money to expand health coverage.
  • Voted 55 times (so far) to kill the Affordable Care Act, with no plan to replace it. Zero votes for the ACA in the first place.
  • Repeatedly killed environmental regulations, in favor of unfettered fossil fuel development.
  • Put us behind the rest of the world by killing federally funded solar, wind and geothermal programs.
  • Passed Gramm-Leach-Bliley, which repealed Glass-Steagall and created a completely unregulated market for mortgage securities that almost caused another Great Depression.
  • Passed regulations that caused the Great Depression.
  • Approved a bank bailout plan with no requirements for payback.
  • Have repeatedly cut funds for student financial aid, creating an over-reliance on federally -guaranteed student loans, which amounted to a windfall for banks.
  • Increased student loan interest rather than raise taxes on the rich.
  • Have repeatedly cut funding for OSHA enforcement.
  • Have repeatedly cut funding for the FTC, making domestic and imported products less safe.
  • Have repeatedly cut funding for food inspection programs, causing the number of foodborne illnesses to spike in recent years.
  • Severely cut funding for the CDC and disease monitoring, leading to an Ebola outbreak and no vaccine to stem it.
  • Let the ban on military-style weapons expire.
  • Refused to even consider a universal background check law for gun purchases.
  • Refuse to even consider raising the minimum wage, which has fallen well behind inflation. Numerous Republicans have even suggested eliminating it altogether.
  • Cut off Unemployment Insurance (which workers pay for) for millions, during recovery from a recession they caused..
  • Cut funding for Food Stamps (SNAP) during an economic recovery.
  • Have repeatedly cut funding for welfare for the poor, even during a recovery from a recession.
  • Have repeatedly cut funding for school lunch programs.
  • Were handed a balanced budget, and between cutting taxes to the bone for the rich and spending massive amounts of money on two wars off-the-books, exploded it again.
  • Increased the debt from $900 billion in 1981 to $17 trillion this year through reckless spending and massive revenue cuts.
  • Shut down the government twice.
  • 144 of them voted to default on the national debt.

Seriously, look at the record. And some people will still contend that both parties are largely the same. That’s just nuts.

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