Saturday, December 03, 2005

DNC vs. RNC: Issues

Since I usually point out differences I thought this time it might be nice to identify similarities. This morning I looked at both the Democratic National Committee’s web site and the Republican National Committee’s web site. Both groups have published a list of issues (the DNC uses the term “agenda”). I was amazed at the similar goals that are desired by both parties in many areas including national security, the economy, education, and social security. The table below illustrates those similarities and compares them side by side. If both sides agree so much on where we want to go, why can’t we have civilized debates about how to accomplish those goals instead of the angry attacks, politicizing, grandstanding, etc.?

Democratic National Committee

Republican National Committee

Security-Keeping America Safe at Home; Strength Overseas; Honoring Our Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

Democrats are unwavering in our commitment to keep our nation safe.

… we led the fight to create the Department of Homeland Security

Democrats support fair immigration reform that keeps our borders secure.

Democrats believe that strong international alliances are the cornerstone of our foreign policy.

We will also continue to stand up for the families of those who serve our country, …

Democrats believe we must support our troops by modernizing our military to that it better meets the threats of the 21st century.

Safety and Security

Immigration Reform

President Bush is committed to keeping the nation strong and secure

President Bush proposed and Congress approved a single, unified Department of Homeland Security

… the administration plans to reform our Nation's immigration laws to create a system that is fairer, more consistent, and more compassionate.

President Bush is committed to … strengthening the NATO alliance

President Bush is committed to … supporting military families and veterans.

President Bush signed into law landmark legislation that better prepares our defense establishment to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Opportunity-A Strong Economy

We are committed to expanding economic opportunity to all Americans and creating the new jobs of the future.

The Democratic Party believes in balanced budgets and paying down our national debt …

Jobs & Economy

President Bush will not be satisfied until … we turn our economic recovery into lasting prosperity that reaches every corner of America.

To accomplish this, the President has proposed: Restraining spending by the Federal Government


Democrats know that the key to expanding opportunity is to provide every child with a world-class education. We want to meet our responsibilities to America's children by ensuring that our schools have the resources they need to help our kids meet high standards.


President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) so that testing, accountability, and high standards will join with record new funding to help ensure educational excellence for every child.

Opportunity-Retirement Security

Our commitment to protecting the promise of Social Security is absolute. … We are open to any and all ideas that ensure that the current and future generations of retirees receive the benefits they were promised …

Social Security

President Bush is committed to ensuring the promise of Social Security is kept for current seniors and those nearing retirement, and that we fix the Social Security system for our children and grandchildren.

Of course there were differences, with the RNC making points about legal reform, faith-based efforts, tax reform, and nominations. The DNC agenda addresses election reform, environmental protection, health care, civil rights, and honest government (I wonder if the latter was listed on the DNC’s web site when Clinton was president).

If you want to check things out for yourself, here are the links:

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