Differences Between the Republican National Party and the Democratic National Party

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Differences Between the Republican National Party and the Democratic National Party

Since the beginning of American politics, we have lived in a two party political system. These two parties play a very important role in our government, they are a source of ideas for public policy, and they legally oppose each other, forcing compromises of ideas that are beneficial to the people of the United States of America. Though these two parties generally always oppose each other on the issues, some people believe that there are not significant differences between the Democratic National Party and the Republican National Party. When the domestic economic issues of the 1996 and 1992 presidential elections are examined, the Republican National
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Additionally, in the 1992 Republican national platform, the Republicans called for a removal of the marriage penalty in the current tax code, and a $500 increase in the personal income tax exemption (“Party Stresses Family Values, Decentralized Authority” 2564). The Republican platform also called for families to be allowed to use their IRA's for first time home purchases, medical emergencies, and paying for a college education. (“Party Stresses Family Values, Decentralized Authority” 2564).

In 1992, education was another issue which Democrats and Republicans differed on. Bill Clinton called for “...an aggressive program of school reform” (“Second Presidential Debate, 1992”). The Republicans, on the other hand, called for a choice between public, private, and religious school to be given to parent. They would do this with the G.I. Bill for children, giving middle to low income households $1000 to choose the private, public, or religious school of their choice (“Second Presidential Debate, 1992”).

Four years later, in the 1996 presidential election, differences on domestic issues surfaced again. The Democratic Party called for a balanced budget by the year 2002, and proposed a method of balancing the budget that would secure Medicare, Medicaid, and protect Social Security (“Draft Democratic National Platform” 42). Presidential candidate
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