Our guide to figure out where your political party stands on the issues
OK, you may affiliate with one particular political party, but be honest — are you really aware of where the party stands on all the issues? Or for that matter, where the opposition stands? Check out our handy table below for a list of your political party platforms.
|Issue||Republican Party||Democratic Party||Libertarian Party|
|Social Security||Social security should be privatized (not to be confused with private savings accounts, but rather, private investments).||Social security should remain a government sponsored insurance plan for retirees.||Believe in an “opt out” policy in which one can choose to privately invest (they believe this to be the better option) or go with a government sponsored social security plan.|
|Jobs||Pro small business. Supports giving small businesses tax incentives so that more jobs can be created.|| Encourage businesses to keep jobs here and not outsource
them overseas. Supports unions and advocates for the rights
of low income workers.
|Free market should dictate the job market.|
|Economy||Supports free market competition and entrepreneurship, corporate deregulation and cutting entitlement spending.||Increase taxes to cut deficit. Believes large deficit negatively affects government services and that low deficits stimulate the economy.||100% Free Market.|
|Security/Defense||Believe in a proactive military and defense. Supports building weapons and technology that serve to protect our nation. Believe that peace is achieved through strong defense. Increase defense and research budget.|| Believe in a limited missile defense. Oppose nuclear buildup
in the U.S. Believe that peace is achieved through worldwide
|Believe in reducing nuclear arms in the U.S. Military should be used to protect people’s livery and property only.|
|Legal/Tort Reform|| Supports tort reform and limiting victims compensation,
especially for frivolous lawsuits.
|Oppose tort reform and oppose limiting liability of doctors and/or businesses.||Generally does not support tort reform.|
|Tax Reform||Supports tax cuts, low interest rates and the repeal of the death tax penalty in effort to stimulate the economy.||Generally supports raising taxes on the wealthy, lowering taxes for the middle class.||Stridently opposes all government imposed taxes and employer withdrawal of employees money for tax purposes.|
|Immigration||Generally supports closed or tight borders and tracking system for foreign travelers.||Support illegal alien’s ability and right to become citizens and giving them more protections under the law.||Support open borders.|
|Faith||Religion strongly associated with Republican party. Advocate free exercise of religion.||Strict adherence between the separation between church and state. Promote secular issues and a more secular nation.||Strong belief in separation of church and state and by contrast, Libertarians hold a strong belief in freedom of religion.|
|Education||Promote school choice/vouchers and homeschooling. Supports voluntary student supported prayer in school. Opposes gender and race quotes in colleges.||Oppose vouchers. Increase NCLB federal funding. Enact new taxes to decrease class size and hire new teachers.||End government financial support of public schools, believe that all public schools should be privatized with tax credit for tuition.|
|Abortion||Generally pro-life with emphasis on promoting alternatives to abortion.||Generally pro-choice owning the mantra, “Safe, legal, rare.”|| Adamantly pro-choice but oppose any government financial
aid to subsidize abortions.
|Energy||Oppose Kyoto treaty. Support tax incentives for energy production.||Wish to find environmentally friendly energy sources and solutions. Oppose increased drilling, especially in the U.S.||Supports deregulation and believes all government energy resources should be turned over to private ownership. Opposes government conservation of energy.|
|Heathcare|| Keep healthcare private. Would like to impose caps on malpractice
suits. Supports reformed medicare to give seniors more choices.
|Supports more federally funded healthcare programs.||Strongly supports a complete separation of healthcare and state. Supports the deregulation of the healthcare industry.|
|Foreign Policy||Spread Democracy. Supports UN reform. Wants to stop WMD proliferation countries. Believe that nations who support terrorist are just as bad as the terrorist themselves.||Strongly supports worldwide coalitions and multi-national
programs. Supports aid for disadvantaged countries. Supports
|End all foreign aid because it’s the same as welfare for nations. Believes that aid perpetuates independence on your government.|
|Campaign Finance Reform||Generally support soft money contributions from individuals but supports limiting it from corporations. Also supports full disclosure.||Favor more regulation with spending limits on individuals and corporations.||No restrictions on contributions form any legal resident. Believe that politicians holding an office should not be able to run for another seat until term is over.|
|Environment|| Supports privatizing federal land. Believe in cap and trade
market based air pollution reductions and that the market
should regulate itself.
|Generally puts the interest of the environment over business. Wants to maintain federal land under government control.||Believes that land and animals should be sold to private organizations or ranchers and taken out of the hands of the government because private citizens will care for it better.|
|Guns||Limited gun control.||Strict gun control.||No control whatsoever.|
|Gay Rights||Oppose gay marriage. Supports constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.||Generally supports gay marriage although Democrats remain largely divided on the issue, as some only support civil unions.||Pro private choice and equality including marriage.|