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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-12 03:01 PM
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Does the two-Party system help or hurt our country ??
It seems to me that the two-Party system has evolved to the point where it is nothing more than a way to divide people into camps, without regard to what is best for our country. It doesn't matter if one Party is right and one Party is wrong, the gridlock makes it impossible to accomplish anything for the people, no matter how much it is needed.

The majority of this nation would probably support Social Security and Medicare for our seniors. Also, they would probably support a reasonable and rational defense budget. And they would support helping our young people with their education. Just as they would support raising taxes and spending money on keeping our roads, bridges, and infrastructure in good shape.

But there are a lot of expenditures that they would not support with a wide consensus. These are areas for debate and cuts, if necessary.

However, it has now reached a point of partisan politics where it is difficult to get money for any type of program, including Social Security and Medicare. One Party is against all forms of taxes, no matter what they might be needed for. And they have the political power to gridlock the system and to create hardship for all of America. This is our present two-Party system.

Unless something is done, we are on the road to ruin. Somewhere, somehow, someone has to compromise.

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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 03:18 AM
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1. other viable political parties would be nice...
also, the "something" that must be done is each of us getting everyone to vote who we know well, who doesn't vote. There are friends on my list (all my siblings vote Democratic, thankfully) who would vote for progressive candidates, but they just didn't care in 2010. We see where that got the House of Reps! Voting should be a week long event, or at least not on a work day (or declared a national holiday), but the GOP is pushing efforts to make voting harder, and shortening early voting days around the country. They must be stopped so that this horrible gridlock comes to an end, because you're right, they have power to stop change from occurring, and must be voted out because they do not want the 99% to succeed in forcing the 1% to be more accountable and catered to.



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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 04:06 AM
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2. Many things hurt our country, including the fact that the two major Partes
Edited on Wed Apr-25-12 04:07 AM by No Elephants
conspire to make things almost impossible for third parties.

The reality that both of our two major Parties are anti-democracy is very sad.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 01:32 PM
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3. It has clearly long hurt this country.
And in an era where the GOP has moved to the extreme right and the Dem Party has occupied the "center," rather the center of conservatism, it is unconscionable.
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