What Have The Democrats Done For The Working Person In America?

There’s some needless name-calling in what follows but the laundry list of indisputably valuable reforms and programs offered, all of which are creditable to the Democrats, is really staggering:

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  • Alex Hardman

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    Civil Rights bill
    Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981
    Americans with Disabilities Act
    No Child Left Behind
    Medicare Act of 2003
    Bush Tax cuts

    This list was provided by a conservative friend in defence of Republicans. Several are easily dismantled, either being bad for the country as a whole or failures. But some are pretty hard to dismiss (Medicare, Civil Rights, Emancipation). Any thoughts on those, or should we simply concede that they have done some good, just not a significant amount (although they have contributed to some significant things).

    • Daniel Fincke

      Sure thing. Civil rights though was bipartisan except for the solid South of Democrats who are today’s Republicans. Might as well say the same thing for the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Alex Hardman

    To be clear, I am anything but a conservative. I would personally consider myself a Libertarian Socialist, or perhaps a Communist, but neither is likely in my lifetime here in America, so Progressive/Liberal will have to do.

  • The Vicar

    Also, the Medicare Act of 2003 was mainly a way to prevent real reform by providing a surrogate which guaranteed profits for the insurance industry. Ask anyone who has to deal with “the donut” whether they think that act was the best they could do.

    (Bonus points: ask any person who has had to walk an elderly, sick relative who is in a lot of pain through understanding “the donut” and choosing between the various options provided whether they think that act was motivated by humanitarian concerns.)


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