Our representatives spend most of their time raising money and are now slaves to their corporate masters. The two party system is broken and it won't be easy to fix, because so many politicians have been corrupted by corporate money. The Republicans have jumped on the corporate bandwagon and have abandoned the middle class. Some of the Democrats have done the same thing, but many have not. Here's a synopsis of the differences between the two parties:
- Socially Progressive (pro-choice, support gay rights, etc.)
- Support a safety net for the poor and elderly (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security)
- Support prudent regulations to keep the polluters, Wall Street, health insurers from taking advantage of people and the environment.
- Actually care about governing, want a strong middle class and do a better job of managing the economy and the deficit.
- Care about the quality of public education.
- Want transparency in political donations and advertising.
- Socially Conservative (anti-choice, anti-gay, etc.)
- Anti-government (want to eliminate the safety net for the poor and elderly)
- Want to privatize Medicare (for the benefit of their corporate donors)
- Want to privatize Social Security (for the benefit of their Wall Street donors)
- Want to slash public education and privatize schools.
- Don't want to cut defense spending (for the benefit of their military industry donors)
- One solution for everything: deregulation and tax-cuts for corporations and the rich.
- Claim to care about the deficit, but their tax cuts and wars and deregulation is what got us into this mess.
- Don't really care about governing, because their anti-government.
- Don't support transparency in political donations and advertising, so they can continue to rake in large corporate donations.