October 16, 2014 by skokielib
You might be feeling a little down about the state of politics in the US. The gridlock, political bickering, and overbearing control corporations and the rich have on this country are probably rightfully causing frustration and perhaps despair. But before you decide voting just doesn’t matter, please consider these facts that I’ll present in a series over the coming days:
The Social Safety Net
This is a simple difference. Republicans oppose the social safety net and Democrats see it as a vital lifeline.
Social Security? Republicans want to privatize it. Allowing business to profit from it and adding risk to future generation’s ability to have a secure retirement. Democrats created Social Security and want to keep it as is.
Medicare? Republicans want to “reinvent” it. Democrats want to continue to provide the elderly the healthcare that has literally been a lifesaver for generations of Americans.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps? Republicans want to make massive cuts. They want to drug test recipients. They argue that SNAP recipients are there because they are lazy. While SNAP benefits do go to unemployed, the biggest recipients of “Food Stamps” are the working poor (remember the previous entry about earning a living wage?). Democrats see SNAP as a crucial life line that allows the working poor, elderly, and children have a chance at good nutrition.
When it comes to a Social Safety Net, the difference between Republicans and Democrats is huge. Republicans want to cut the taxes (of the rich) and pay for it by cutting benefits to those most in need. Democrats want to keep these programs alive and healthy. Your Vote Matters!