Contrasts

One of my political pet peeves is when people say there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. That is about as far from political reality as you can get. Today I’ll list just a few illustrations from my adulthood.


Democrat Jimmy Carter was basically an ineffective president but in one area he was ahead of his time. He had solar panels installed on the White House. His successor, Republican Ronald Reagan had them taken down. Time has proven Carter was correct and forward thinking while Reagan was wrong.

This example reminds me of a story Barack Obama told on the campaign trail. He played on the first letters of both parties and likened them to an automatic transmission. Democrats were “D” for drive or moving ahead; Republicans were “R” for reverse or moving backwards. Perhaps a bit cute, but accurate.

One of the lasting legacies of the Republican George W. Bush administration was the Great Recession. Democrat Barack Obama led a recovery that resulted in a great economy until Republican Donald Trump’s incompetent management of the pandemic nearly destroyed it.

The first piece of legislation Democrat Barack Obama signed into law was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The first piece of legislation Republican Donald Trump signed was a bill making it possible for the legally declared incompetent to get a gun. You connect those dots.

Infrastructure week became a punchline under Republican Donald Trump. Under his successor Democrat Joe Biden Republican members of Congress are showing up at ribbon cutting ceremonies for projects they voted against the funding for but Biden managed to get passed. The difference between rhetoric and results supplemented by a dose of hypocrisy.

Under Republican Donald Trump the Fed had to keep bringing interest rates down until they were near zero. Under Democrat Joe Biden the Fed has been raising rate to slow down the economy.

However, Trump can tell lies more eloquently than Biden can tell the truth; if you don’t count speaking in incomplete sentences that is.

Turning to foreign terrorism for a bit; Democrat Barack Obama approved the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Democrat Joe Biden approved the mission that killed his successor Ayman al-Zawahiri. Republican Donald Trump approved the missile strike that messed up the landscaping at an airport.

I’ll conclude today with a new suggested ballot warning: WARNING: You have the right to remain stupid, however a Republican vote(s) may be fatal to you, your loved ones and possibly America.

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