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rufus dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:05 AM
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Republican vs Democratic contributions over the past 100 years
Test run of a thought I had, what would be the contributions, by party, to the United States over the past 100 years.

I have a list in my head of Democratic contributions, put on your bipartisan hat and come up with Republican contributions.

BTW Democratic contributions:

New Deal
Civil Rights
Equal Rights
Social Security
Medicare
Healthcare Reform
Economic Growth under Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson,Carter, Clinton




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Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:17 AM
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1. The introduction of the ERA, but that was the old Republican Party. n/t
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damonm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:24 AM
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2. Also Old GOP, but...
NASA
Interstate Highway System
EPA
Clean Air Act of 1970
Opening relations W/ China
Dept. of Energy (under Ford? or is that Carter?)
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rufus dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:28 AM
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3. Wouldn't NASA be attributed to Kennedy?
I will have to go look.

Interstate Highway, EPA, Clean Air... very socialistic weren't they?

Good list btw.
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damonm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:42 AM
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5. Actually, no.
NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, replacing its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The agency became operational on October 1, 1958.
(From wikipedia, NASA entry)
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MarshalltheIrish Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:46 AM
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6. It was Carter
He added the Department of Energy, as well as Education.

As for Republican accomplishments, I'd add first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court (Reagan) and the Americans With Disabilities Act and Clean Air Act (liberal but signed by Bush Sr.). Another Democratic one would be the Camp David Accords (Carter).
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damonm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 01:05 PM
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14. Very well - I stand corrected.
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 01:38 AM
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4. Nixon gave us OSHA and the idea of a living wage.
But wait, those are liberal ideas.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:03 AM
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7. Reagan's role in helping to end the cold war cant be ignored....
... while not a domestic issue, the effect it had on the country is obvious.
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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 02:00 PM
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16. What role?

Following Nixon's Detente with the Soviets and two US presidential terms embracing it afterwards, Reagan did everything in his power to restore the Iron Curtain. But he failed miserably. Poland was already in virtual revolt before he was sworn into office. Western businesses were flocking into the old Warsaw Pact region with American businesses clamoring to join them.

Ultimately, it came down to a fight between PepsiCo and Reagan. The former were given permission by the Soviets to introduce market-based business into the Soviet Union, while Reagan blocked their move in the US and international courts for several years. Ultimately, the Reagan administration lost, PepsiCo opened up the famous Pizza Hut on Red Square, and communism collapsed while the Republicans looked on in frustration.

Had Reagan gotten the Western world to follow his lead, then the Cold War would still be going strong. Reagan not only had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with ending the Cold War, he actually prolonged it.

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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:27 AM
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8. Nixon
Created the EPA
Signed the Clean Air Act
Foreign Relations with Russia and China
Equal Employment Opportunity Act
Title IX

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WonderGrunion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:47 AM
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9. Republicans successfully started the Civil War
and have been trying to tear the country apart ever since.

(Yes, I know this a little intellectually dishonest as the Republicans were on the right side of history with the Civil War, but the second part of the statement is very accurate)
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 08:12 AM
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10. Republicans also started the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, without paying for them,
Edited on Sun Apr-18-10 08:14 AM by old mark
neglected the destruction in the gulf after hurricaine Katrina, cut government inspection and regulation of the meatpacking/processing industry, cut regulation of the financial and banking sectors, and more recently opposed extension of unemployment benefits to those out of work due to the financial collapse the GOP caused.

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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 02:05 PM
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17. It is also incorrect in that the Civil War was started at Ft Sumter.
Edited on Mon Apr-19-10 02:05 PM by ieoeja
South Carolina launched a military attack while Lincoln was still looking for a way to hold the country together peacefully.


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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 02:10 PM
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11. kr
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mikekohr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 10:28 PM
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12. Economic Record/Comparison of Democrats versus Republicans Over last 60 years
THE PARTY WITH THE BEST RECORD OF SERVING REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC VALUES IS THE DEMOCRATS, AND IT ISN'T EVEN CLOSE!"
-Michael Kingsley-


FEDERAL SPENDING: since 1960 Republicans increased Federal Spending by 71% more than have Democrats
FEDERAL DEBT: since 1960 Republicans have increased the National debt by 100% more per year than have Democrats
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: since 1921, adjusted for inflation, Democrats outproduce Republicans by 43% . Starting in 1940 the Democratic advantage is 23% better.
REAL PER CAPITA INCOME: since 1960 Democrats have outperformed Republicans by 30%. (This is perhaps the most important economic statistic of all).
INFLATION: since 1960, Democrats outperform Republicans 3.13% to 3.89%.
UNEMPLOYMENT: since 1960 it decreases in an average Democratic year by 0.3% to 5.33%, and increases in average Republican year by 1.1% to 6.38%.
JOB CREATION: from 1945 to 2003, Democrats produced 174,200 jobs per month, Republicans have only produced 60,600 per month. Every time a Democrat succeeds a Republican, job creation soars. Every time a Republican succeeds a Democrat job creation plummets. NO EXCEPTIONS!
DOW JONES AVERAGE: since 1921 the DOW has increased by 52% more under Democratic administrations.
THE BOND MARKET: since 1940 the value of 10 year Treasury bonds rose 1.2% under Democrats and fell 0.5% under Republicans.

SOURCES-Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Policy Institute, "Christian Science Monitor," "The Los Angles Times" -Michael Kingsley-


by mike kohr 3/7/2006


RESULTS MATTER, VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

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http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 11:06 PM
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13. Poppy: The Americans With Disabillities Act.
My life would be much worse without it.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 01:22 PM
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15. One good thing happened under Bush II, The Sociopath Years:
The Do Not Call list.
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