" No significant difference
between
Democrats and Republicans? "

There may not be enough,
but there's still plenty !

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"Vote-Smart" is the premier, non-partison organization in a America dedicated to collecting and disseminating objective data to enable voters in America to be as informed of possible in their voting.  In order to best answer the question as to how similar or dissimilar the Democratic and Republican parties are, I know of no better source of information than the reports for every major special interest group listed at www.Vote-Smart.Org. That great, impartial organization brings together, side by side, all kinds of group's individual ratings of the Congressmembers of the two parties.  The whole purpose of these groups is to know the two parties inside and out, to try to influence the votes of their congress members, and to keep score as to which congress members their own groups members should be told to reward and supported and which which need to be opposed and punished.
        Now, if I were a wealthy organization, I would be able to update all of theinformation on this page evey year or so. But since I am simply a single retired person with no funds and no staff, all I can offer the reader is work that I did a decade or so, with the assurance that over the past decade or so little has changed when it comes to what each of the two major parties represent.

Job Growth Rates
under recent presidents:
President % Growth
in # years
BEST records :
Johnson (D) 3.8% in 5
Carter (D) 3.1% in 4
Clinton (D) 2.4% in 8
Kennedy (D) 2.3% in 3
WORST records :
Nixon (R) 2.3% in 5
Reagan (R) 2.1% in 8
Bush-I (R) 0.6% in 4
Bush-II (R) 0.1% in 8
( Bureau of Labor Statistics )

Of particular interest is whether the average ratings for the parties fall above or below fifty percent for each group – that is, whether the party votes with the wishes of a given special interest group more often than not or whether the party votes against that group's wishes more often than it does with them.
        After combining these ratings in this way, the question then becomes whether any difference can be seen in the way the two parties vote.  Do the numbers reveal any useful information about the parties' voting patterns?  Is there a reason for those disillusioned with the political process to hope?
        And the answer? A profound, emphatic, resounding, definite: YES!
        Yes, there is a huge chasm between the way most of the members of the two major parties vote on many issues.  Vote-Smart.org lists 107 different ratings.  Of these, fully 93 found the parties stratified on either side of the fifty percent mark, one supporting a particular interest, and the other opposed to that same interest.
        Furthermore, not only did an overwhelming majority of groups find the parties to be on opposite sides of their issues, but the difference between their positions is normally huge.  The average spread between the ratings that any group assigned to the parties was 55 percentage points.  The parties do not simply differ slightly on the issues – they often differ like night and day.
        What's most instructive are the particular groups that found the parties to be voting with their wishes.  Looking at those groups, together with their self-described missions produces a composite view of the positions of the parties.
        I have not updated the figures on this page since the year 2002, but there hasn't been any need to do so because the purpose of this page is to highlight the contrast between the two parties, and if anything that contrast has only grown in the period since this study was made.
        The most glaring disparity between the parties is regarding organized labor.  Sixteen different labor unions provide ratings of Congressmembers' voting, and all 16 – every last one – found that the Democratic Party voted in favor of the interests of the working men and women that they represent, while the Republican Party voted against those interests.  In fact, the most common rating individual Democrats in Congress received from labor unions was a perfect 100 percent – voting with that union every time.  In stark contrast, the most common rating any individual Republican received was a perfect zero, never voting with that union even once.  For example, of the 261 Democrats in Congress that the United Food and Commercial Workers union rated in 2001, 206 received a perfect 100 percent rating.  In contrast, of the 269 Republicans in Congress the UFCW rated in 2001, 232 received an unqualified zero.  It's as if the Republican Party has declared outright warfare on working people in this country.
        "But what about business?" might come the rejoinder.  When that general charge has been expressed more narrowly, it translates to: "The Democrats and the Republicans are just two branches of the Business Party."  The facts show how totally untrue that charge is, and coming at this matter from opposite points of view, business and labor both say the same thing, i.e. that Republicans favor business interests, while Democrats favor workers interests.
        Five different special interest groups are listed as representing business on Vote-Smart.org, and all five found the Republicans to vote with their interests while the Democrats vote against them.
        As demonstrated by their voting records, Democrats are viewed by working people, women, seniors, African-Americans, Hispanics and consumers as the advocates for just and equitable working conditions, for civil rights, for protecting the environment, for reproductive freedom, for gun control, for education, for public health, and for humanitarian social policy.
        And the Republicans?  The Republicans are viewed by big business opponents of taxes on business, or those who benefit most from business and opponents of government services to any entity other than businesses, as services require taxation to pay for them.  Perhaps they can best be defined by what they're against, rather than what they're for: they are against all those groups and all those social aims that the Democrats serve.  However much they might protest this characterization, their voting record speaks for itself.

It is the business of all of the groups below to know
which political party best serve the interests of their own members,
and to guide them as to which candidates to support and which to oppose.
And these experts all agree on one thing :

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Special Interest Groups
which see Democrats as their friends :
        The following are groups that rated the Democrats as voting in favor of their interests much more often than the Republicans, along with the year(s) which the ratings cover.
Special Interest Groups
which see Republicansas their friends ::
        The following are groups that rated the Republicans as voting in favor of their interests much more often than the Democrats, along with the year(s) which the ratings cover.
American Federation of Government Employees, 2001
(labor) [ www.AFGE.org ]
93 % for Dems. vs. 8 % for Repubs.

American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations, 2001
(labor) [ www.AFLCIO.org ]
93 % for Dems. vs. 16 % for Repubs.

American Federation of State, County, &
Municipal Employees, 2001 (labor) [ www.AFSCME.org ]
89 % for Dems. vs. 3 % for Repubs.

American Federation of Teachers, 2001
(labor) [ www.AFT.org ]
93 % for Dems. vs. 11 % for Repubs.

American Postal Workers Union, 2001
(labor) [ www.APWU.org ]
92 % for Dems. vs. 8 % for Repubs.

Communications Workers of America, 2000
(labor) [ www.CWA-union.org ]
88 % for Dems. vs. 10 % for Repubs.

International Association of Machinists &
Aerospace Workers, 2001 (labor) [ www.IAMAW.org ]
92 % for Dems. vs. 18 % for Repubs.

International Association of Fire Fighters,
1999-2000 (labor) [ www.IAFF.org ]
93 % for Dems. vs. 24 % for Repubs.

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers,
2001 (labor) [ www.boilermakers.org ]
97 % for Dems. vs. 40 % for Repubs.

International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers, 2001 (labor) [ www.IBEW.org ]
88 % for Dems. vs. 32 % for Repubs.

Service Employees International Union,
2001 (labor) [ www.SEIU.org ]
87 % for Dems. vs. 23 % for Repubs.

Transportation Communications Union,
2001 (labor) [ www.TCunion.org ]
97% for Dems. vs. 41% for Repubs.

The Teamsters, 2000 (labor) [ www.teamsters.org ]
77% for Dems. vs. 9 % for Repubs.

United Auto Workers, 2001
(labor) [ www.UAW.org ]
85 % for Dems. vs. 13 % for Repubs.

United Electrical, Radio &
Machine Workers, 2001 (labor)
[ www.ranknfile-UE.org ]
78 % for Dems. vs. 7 %.

United Food & Commercial Workers,
2001 (labor) [ www.UFCW.org ]
91 % for Dems. vs. 4 % for Repubs.

American Association of University Women,
2001 (women) [ www.AAUW.org ]
95 % for Dems. vs. 10 % for Repubs.

National Organization for Women, 1998
(women) [ www.NOW.org ]
77 % for Dems. vs. 11 % for Repubs.

Alliance for Retired Americans, 2001
(seniors) [ www.RetiredAmericans..org ]
88 % for Dems. vs. 1 % for Repubs.

National Association of Retired Federal
Employees, 1999-2000
(seniors) [ www.NARFE.org ]
97 % for Dems. vs. 27 % for Repubs.

National Committee to Preserve
Social Security & Medicare, 1999-2000
(seniors) [ www.NCPSSM.org ]
93 % for Dems. vs. 31 % for Repubs.

National Council of Senior Citizens, 2000
(seniors) [ www.NCSCinc.org ]
91 % for Dems. vs. 8 % for Repubs.

American Civil Liberties Union, 2001
(civil liberties) [ www.ACLU.org ]
72 % for Dems. vs. 14 % for Repubs.

Human Rights Campaign, 2001
(civil rights, civil liberties) [ www.HRC.org ]
87 % for Dems. vs. 14 % for Repubs.

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights,
1999-2000 (civil rights, civil liberties)
[ www.CivilRights.org ]
89 % for Dems. vs. 27 % for Repubs.

National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People, 2001 (civil rights,
civil liberties) [ www.NAACP.org ]
85 % for Dems. vs. 24 % for Repubs.

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, 2000 (civil rights, civil liberties)
[ www.UnidosForAmerica.org/NHLA.html ]
90 % for Dems. vs. 29 % for Repubs.

American Lands Alliance, 2000
(environment) [ www.AmericanLands.org ]
74% for Dems. vs. 11 % for Repubs.

Comprehensive US Sustainable Population,
1999-2000 (environment)
[ www.UScongress-enviroscore.org ]
64% for Dems. vs. 24% for Repubs.

League of Conservation Voters, 2001
(environment) [ www.LCV.org ]
81% for Dems. vs. 15% for Repubs.

National Parks Conservation Association,
1999-2000 (environment) [ NPCA.org/flash.html ]
84% for Dems. vs. 48% for Repubs.

US Public Interest Research Group, 2001
(environment, consumers) [ www.PIRG.org ]
75% for Dems. vs. 16% for Repubs.

Consumer Federation of America, 2000
(consumers) [ www.ConsumerFed.org ]
83% for Dems. vs. 40% for Repubs.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
1987-1999 (gun issues) [ www.BradyCampaign.org ]
80% for Dems. vs. 21% for Repubs.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, 1999-2000
(gun issues) [ www.GunFree.org ]
56% for Dems. vs. 42% for Repubs.

Handgun Control, Inc., 1993-1994
(gun issues)
79% for Dems. vs. 23% for Repubs.

Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of
Errants, 1999-2000 (crime) [ www.CUREnational.org ]
62% for Dems. vs. 27% for Repubs.

National Abortion and Reproductive Rights
Action League, 2001
(abortion, family planning)
[ www.NARAL.org ]
80% for Dems. vs. 10% for Repubs.

Planned Parenthood, 2001
(abortion, family planning)
[ www.PlannedParenthood.org ]
82% for Dems. vs. 12% for Repubs.

AIDS Action Council, 2001
(health) [ www.AIDSaction.org ]
93% for Dems. vs. 42% for Repubs.

American Public Health Association, 2001
(health) [ www.APHA.org ]
90% for Dems. vs. 9% for Repubs.

Children's Defense Fund, 2000
(family, children) [ www.ChildrensDefense.org ]
88% for Dems. vs. 44% for Repubs.

National Education Association, 2001
(education) [ www.NEA.org ]
95% for Dems. vs. 30% for Repubs.

US Student Association, 1995-1996
(education) [ www.USstudents.org ]
78% for Dems. vs. 9% for Repubs.

Bread for the World, 2000
(social policy) [ www.bread.org ]
96% for Dems. vs. 18% for Repubs.

Friends Committee on National Legislation,
2001 (social policy) [ www.FCNL.org ]
71% for Dems. vs. 16% for Repubs.

National Association of Social Workers,
1999-2000 (social policy) [ www.SocialWorkers.org ]
86% for Dems. vs. 16% for Repubs.

NETWORK, a national Catholic
social justice lobby, 2000 (social policy) [ www.NETWORKlobby.org ]
74% for Dems. vs. 18% for Repubs.

Zero Population Growth, 2001
(social policy) [ www.ZPG.org ]
83% for Dems. vs. 17% for Repubs.

Americans for Democratic Action, 2001
(liberal) [ www.ADaction.org ]
87 % for Dems. vs. 9 % for Repubs.

Public Citizen's Congress Watch, 2001
(liberal) [ www.citizen.org ]
85% for Dems. vs. 7% for Repubs.

National Committee for an Effective
Congress, 2001 (liberal) [ www.NCEC.org ]
85% for Dems. vs. 4% for Repubs.

Humane Society, 2000
(animal issues) [ www.HSUS.org ]
70% for Dems. vs. 31% for Repubs.

National Farmers Organization, 1991-1992
(farm) [ www.NFO.org ]
68% for Dems. vs. 37% for Repubs.

Campaign for UN Reform, 2000-2001
(foreign policy) [ www.CUNR.org ]
83% for Dems. vs. 28% for Repubs.

Council for a Livable World, 1999-2000
(defense, foreign policy) [ www.CLW.org ]
54% for Dems. vs. 17% for Repubs.

Associated Builders and Contractors,
2000 (business) [ www.ABC.org ]
10 % for Dems. vs. 93 % for Repubs.

Business-Industry PAC, 2001
(business) [ www.BIPAC.org ]
16 % for Dems. vs. 89 % for Repubs.

National Federation of Independent
Business, 2001 (business) [ www.NFIB.com ]
21 % for Dems. vs. 96 % for Repubs.

Small Business Survival Committee,
2000 (business) [ www.SBSC.org ]
15 % for Dems. vs. 86 % for Repubs.

US Chamber of Commerce, 2000
(business) [ www.USchamber.com ]
49 % for Dems. vs. 81 % for Repubs.

Americans for Tax Reform, 2001
(taxes) [ www.ATR.org ]
13 % for Dems. vs. 91% for Repubs.

Citizens Against Government Waste,
2000 (taxes) [ www.CAGN.org ]
16 % for Dems. vs. 75 % for Repubs.

Competitive Enterprise Institute – budget,
1994 (taxes) [ www.CEI.org ]
12 % for Dems. vs. 78 % for Repubs.

Competitive Enterprise Institute –
deregulation, 1994 (taxes) [ www.CEI.org ]
30 % for Dems. vs. 85 % for Repubs.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
- spending, 1994 (taxes) [ www.CEI.org ]
13 % for Dems. vs. 66 % for Repubs.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
- taxes, 1994 (taxes, spending)
[ www.CEI.org ]
14 % for Dems. vs. 95 % for Repubs.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
- totals, 1994 (economic policy) [ www.CEI.org ]
15 % for Dems. vs. 72 % for Repubs.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
- environment, 1994 (environment)
[ www.CEI.org ]
17 % for Dems. vs. 74 % for Repubs.

National Tax Limitation Committee,
1999-2000 (taxes, spending)
17 % for Dems. vs. 78 % for Repubs.

National Taxpayers Union, 2001
(taxes, spending) [ www.NTU NTU.org ]
15 % for Dems. vs. 67 % for Repubs.

Liberty Lobby, 1999 (populist)
31 % for Dems. vs. 60 % for Repubs.
[Note: This group is miscategorized. Their aims – lower taxes, less government spending, "protective" immigration laws – are more in keeping with conservatism than populism.]

League of Private Property Voters, 2001
(property) [ www.LandRight.org ]
16 % for Dems. vs. 78 % for Repubs.

Gun Owners of America, 2001
(gun issues) [ www.GunOwners.org ]
12 % for Dems. vs. 54 % for Repubs.

National Rifle Association, 1993-1994
(gun issues) [ www.NRA.org ]
19 % for Dems. vs. 81 % for Repubs.

Center for Security Policy, 1997
(defense, foreign policy)
[ www.security-policy.org/latest.html ]
28 % for Dems. vs. 81 % for Repubs.

National Right to Life Committee, 1999
-2000 (abortion, family planning) [ www.NRLC.org ]
19 % for Dems. vs. 88 % for Repubs.

American Conservative Union, 2001
(conservative) [ www.conservative conservative.org ]
17 % for Dems. vs. 84 % for Repubs.

John Birch Society, 2001
(conservative) [ www.JBS.org ]
18 % for Dems. vs. 69 % for Repubs.

Republican Liberty Caucus, 2000
(conservative) [ www.RLC.org ]
28 % for Dems. vs. 69 % for Repubs.

Republican Liberty Caucus –
social policy, 1999 (social policy)
[ www.RepublicanLibertyCaucus.com ]
25 % for Dems. vs. 67 % for Repubs.

Christian Coalition, 1999-2000
(Christian family issues) [ www.CC.org ]
18% for Dems. vs. 87% for Repubs.

Family Research Council, 2001
(conservative religious) [ www.FRC.org ]
17 % for Dems. vs. 72 % for Repubs.

Concerned Women For America, 2000
(women) [ www.CWFA.org ]
34% for Dems. vs. 84% for Repubs. [Note: This group is deceptively named, being more accurately titled the "Conservative Women of America" as their aims are more organized around conservatism than focused on the particular interests of women. ]

The 60 Plus Association, 1999-2000
(seniors) [ www.60plus 60plus.org ]
29% for Dems. vs. 89% for Repubs.

United Seniors Association, 2000
(seniors) [ www.UnitedSeniors UnitedSeniors.org ]
25% for Dems. vs. 93% for Repubs.

[Note: These last two groups are also more accurately described as conservative groups rather than groups serving the particular interests of seniors. Insofar as their aims address the interests of seniors, they advocate against government programs to assist seniors and in favor of privatization – Enron-style retirement plans, for instance.]
(Considering all these misleading interest group names, perhaps another conclusion to be drawn from this study is that Republican special interest groups often attempt to confuse the public and cloud the issues by presenting themselves with populist-sounding names to disguise their pro-corporatist anti-populist agendas.)

The chart below was created by Ray Dubuque to show how the whole spectrum of the Liberal vs. Conservative ideology was reflected in the voting behavior of the members of the U.S. Senate during the year 2009.
        Although the dates and names change from election to election, the voting patterns of the two parties don't change significantly.
        By viewing the records of these legislators through the eyes of the very liberal Americans for Democratic Action on one side, and the very conservative American Conservative Union on the other, it's hard to question the accuracy of the results. The scale goes from 1, the most liberal at the top (with the highest #'s at the top of the ADA column) down to 34, the most conservative at the bottom (with the highest #'s at the bottm of the ACU column).

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U.S. Senate Rankings for 2009
Party Senator State A.D.A. A.C.U
1 Dem. Barbara Boxer CA 100 % 0 %
1 Dem. Dianne Feinstein CA 100 % 0 %
1 Dem. Carl Levin MI 100 % 0 %
1 Dem. Debbie Stabenow MI 100 % 0 %
1 Dem. Sherrod Brown OH 100 % 0 %
1 Dem. Tom Harkin IA 100 % 0 %
2 Dem. Jeff Binghamton NM 100 % 4 %
2 Dem. Ron Wyden OR 100 % 4 %
2 Dem. Jeff Merkley OR 100 % 4 %
2 Dem. Bill Nelson FL 100 % 4 %
3 Dem. Jeanne Shaheen NH 100 % 8 %
3 Dem. Tom Udall NM 100 % 8 %
3 Dem. Herb Kohl WI 100 % 8 %
4 Dem. Amy Klobuchar MN 100 % 12 %
4 Dem. Mark Begich AK 100 % 12 %
4 Ind. Bernie Sanders VT 100 % 12 %
5 Dem. Jim Webb VA 100 % 20 %
6 Dem. John Kerry MA 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Chris Dodd CT 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Daniel Akaka HI 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Daniel Inouye HI 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Barbara Mikulski MD 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Jack Reed RI 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Frank Lautenberg NJ 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Patty Murray WA 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Charles Schumer NY 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Richard Burr IL 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Tom Cardin MD 95 % 0 %
6 Dem. Sheldon Whitehouse RI 95 % 0 %
? Dem. Kennedy/Kirk MA NR 0 %
? Dem. Dick Durbin IL NR 0 %
? Dem. Al Franken MN NR 0 %
7 Dem. Maria Cantwell WA 95 % 8 %
7 Dem. Michael Bennett CO 95 % 8 %
7 Dem. Pat Leahey VT 95 % 8 %
7 Dem. Tim Johnson SD 95 % 8 %
7 Dem. Harry Reid NV 95 % 8 %
8 Dem. Kent Conrad ND 95 % 13 %
9 Dem. Kaye Hagan NC 95 % 16 %
10 Ind. Joe Lieberman CT 95 % 20 %
11 Dem. Russ Feingold WI 95 % 24 %
11 Dem. Blanche Lincoln AK 95 % 24 %
11 Dem. Mark Warner VA 95 % 24 %
12 Dem. Claire McCaskill MO 95 % 28 %
13 Dem. Kirsten Gillibrand NY 90 % 0 %
13 Dem. Robert Menendez NJ 90 % 0 %
14 Dem. Tom Carper DE 90 % 4 %
14 Dem. Edward Kaufman DE 90 % 4 %
14 Dem. David Pryor AR 90 % 8 %
15 Dem. Bob Casey PA 90 % 12 %
15 Dem. Jon Tester MT 90 % 16 %
16 Dem. Mary Landrieu LA 90 % 46 %
17 Dem. John D Rockefeller WV 85 % 0 %
18 Dem. Byron Dorgan ND 85 % 12 %
19 Dem. Max Baucus MT 85 % 20 %
20 Dem. Evan Bayh IN 80 % 40 %
21 Dem. Allan Specter PA 70 % 20 %
22 Dem. Ben Nelson NB 70 % 44 %
23 GOP Susan Collins ME 65 % 48 %
23 GOP Olympia Snowe ME 65 % 48 %
24 Dem. Robert Byrd WV 60 % 21 %
25 GOP Richard Lugar IN 35 % 68 %
25 GOP Lisa Murkowski AK 35 % 68 %
25 GOP George Voinovich OH 35 % 71 %
25 GOP Lamar Alexander TN 25 % 68 %
26 GOP Tim Hutchison TX 25 % 96 %
? GOP George Lemieux FL NR 86 %
27 GOP Orrin Hatch UT 20 % 88 %
27 GOP Charles Grassley IA 20 % 96 %
28 GOP Kit Bond MO 15 % 76 %
28 GOP Lindsey Graham SC 15 % 88 %
28 GOP Roger Wicker MS 15 % 88 %
29 GOP Mike Johanns NB 15 % 95 %
29 GOP John McCain AZ 15 % 96 %
30 GOP Judd Gregg NH 10 % 81 %
30 GOP Bob Bennett UT 10 % 84 %
30 GOP Thad Cochran MS 10 % 84 %
30 GOP Bob Corker TN 10 % 84 %
30 GOP Richard Shelby AL 10 % 88 %
30 GOP Mike Crappo ID 10 % 92 %
30 GOP Saxby Chambliss GA 10 % 92 %
31 GOP James E Risch ID 10 % 96 %
31 GOP Mitch McConnell KY 10 % 96 %
31 GOP Richard Burr NC 10 % 100 %
31 GOP John Thune SD 10 % 100 %
31 GOP David Vitter LA 10 % 100 %
31 GOP Mike Enzi WY 10 % 100 %
32 GOP Sam Brownback KS 5 % 92 %
32 GOP Jon Kyl AZ 5 % 92 %
32 GOP Johnny Isaacson GA 5 % 96 %
32 GOP Jeff Sessions AL 5 % 96 %
33 GOP James Inhofe OK 5 % 100 %
33 GOP John Barrasso WY 5 % 100 %
33 GOP John Cornyn TX 5 % 100 %
33 GOP Tom Coburn OK 5 % 100 %
33 GOP John Ensign NV 5 % 100 %
33 GOP Jim Demint SC 5 % 100 %
34 GOP Pat Roberts KS 0 % 96 %
34 GOP Jim Bunning KY 0 % 96 %
"NR" = "No rating", i.e. insufficient number of votes to establish a record.

For those interested in the same type of picture for the U.S. Senate in 2002,
check out USsenatorialrankings.html.

Regarding the contrast between the two parties, where religion
is concerned, compare and contrast the following
:
Jesus facing left
JesusNoDemocrat,org
Ayn Rand
JesusChristvsAynRand.html
,
Jesus facing right
JesusNoRepublican,org
        Rather than actually following the very liberal teaching of the Gospels of Jesus of Nazareth, most of today's leading Republicans.much prefer Libertarian atheist Ayn Rand's "Gospel of Selfishness", as you can see by clicking on the middle picture/link above.
        The first site (on the left) shows – without actually claiming the credit that it deserves for doing so – how much the Democratic Party has been acting on the teaching of Jesus and the great prophets of the bible.
        The "JesusNoRepublican" site, on the other hand, shows that the Republicans have no grounds to pose as the more moral or religious party, except in the manner of the religious hypocrites, who killed Jesus of Nazareth when he exposed that very hypocrisy.
        In contrast to these pages of mine, which strive to fair even to those with whom I disagree, check out what Right-wingers view as "An honest examination of Democrats vs Republicans" at www.toberight.com/2011/05/democrats-vs-republicans/   This stufff is hilarious !
What do the opposites "Liberal" and "Conservative" really mean ?

        If you were required to spell out the precise meaning of those terms, could you do it? Most people use these terms with only a vague idea of what they mean by them. I've given this matter a great deal of thought over many years and I believe that I have clearly defined precisely what these terms mean, when they are applied properly on the many pages of "Liberal" vs. "Conservative". I believe you'll find your own thinking much clearer after exploring this site.

How do Veteran Groups evaluate
Republican vs. Democratic Legislators?

        Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans. They have members in all 50 states and no one has done more than them to advocate for the men and women serving our country in the front lines of our current war.
        Disabled American Veterans has a very similar site. They appear to have used fewer votes to do their evaluations, and the results, though not identical, are similar. While the IAVA use letter grades from A down to F, the DAV use scores ranging from a high of 100% to a low of 20%.
        The charts below were designed by me, Ray Dubuque, from information provided by their web sites to make it easier to see the contrast between Republican and Democratic politicians. I urge you to go to the original sites, http://IAVAaction.org and Disabled American Veterans legislative research, so as to see and appreciate the tremendous amount of work that went into documenting the legislative records of every last member of the current Congress (as of 2006). I challenge anyone who disagrees with their findings to point to anything comparable to back up his or her conflicting opinions.

State
Republican Senators :
AL:Shelby = D  40%Sessions = F  40%
AK:Stevens =   D  40%Murkowski =   D  40%
AZ:McCain =   D 20%Kyl =   D- 60%
CO:Allard =   D 60% 
FL: Martinez =   D 60% 
GA:Chambliss =   D- 60%Isakson =   F 60%
ID:Craig =   D- 20%Crapo =   D 20%
IN:Lugar =   D+ 60% 
IA:Grassley =   D  40% 
KS:Brownback =   D  40%Roberts =   D 60%
KY:McConnell =   D 60%Bunning =   D-  40%
LA: Vitter =   F 40% 
ME:Snowe =   C 80%Collins =   C- 60%
MN: Coleman =   D  40% 
MS:Cochran =   D  40%Lott =   D 60%
MO:Bond =   D  40%Talent =   D+ 60%
MT: Burns =   D+ 60% 
NE:Hagel =   D+ 60% 
NV:Ensign =   D- 40% 
NH:Gregg =   D  40%Sununu =   D  40%
NM:Domenici =   D  40% 
NC:Dole =   D- 60%Burr =   F 60%
OH:DeWine =   D+ 60%Voinovich =   D 60%
OK:Inhofe =   D- 40%Coburn =   F  40%
OR: Smith =   C 50% 
PA:Specter =   C 60%Santorum =   D-  40%
RI: Chafee =   C 80% 
SC:Graham =   D- 40%DeMint =   F 60%
SD: Thune =   D+ 60% 
TN:Frist =   D 60%Alexander =   D 40%
TX:Hutchison =   D+ 60%Cornyn =   D- 60%
UT:Hatch =   D 50%Bennett =   D  40%
VA:Warner =   D+ 60%Allen =   D+ 60%
WY:Thomas =   D  40%Enzi =   D-  40%
State
Democratic Senators :
AR:Lincoln =   B+  80% Pryor =   B   100%
CA:Feinstein =   B+  80% Boxer =   B+  80%
CO:Salazar =   B   80% 
CT:Dodd =   A-  80% Lieberman =   B+  80%
DE:Biden =   B+  75% Carper =   B+  80%
FL:Nelson =   A-  100% 
HI:Inouye =   B   80% Akaka =   B+  80%
IL:Durbin =   A-  80% Obama =   B+  80%
IN:Bayh =   B+  80% 
IA:Harkin =   B   80% 
LA:Landrieu =   B+  80% 
MD:Sarbanes =   B+  80% Mikulski =   A-  80%
MA:Kennedy =   B+  80% Kerry =   B   75%
MI:Levin =   B+  80% Stabenow =   A-  100%
MN:Dayton =   A-  80% 
MT:Baucus =   B   80% 
NE:Nelson =   B-  60% 
NV:Reid =   A-  80% 
NJ:Lautenberg =   B+  80% Menendez =   B   80%
NM:Bingaman =   B+  80% 
NY:Schumer =   B+  80% Clinton =   A-  80%
ND:Conrad =   B+  80% Dorgan =   A-  80%
OR:Wyden =   B+  80% 
RI:Reed =   A-  80% 
SD:Johnson =   B+  100% 
VT:Leahy =   B+  80% Jeffords (I) =   B+  80%
WA:Murray =   A-  80% Cantwell =   A-  80%
WV:Byrd =   B   80%Rockefeller = B+ 100%
WI:Kohl =   A-  80% Feingold =   B   80%
        As anyone can see, the lowest grade any Democratic Senator got (from the IAVA) was a "B-" and the highest grade any Republican got was a "C".
        (And the Republicans who earned those C's were the handful of more "liberal" G.O.P. Senators, who are not considered "true Republicans" by the more orthodox party loyalists.)

What a difference the supposedly religious and "non-partisan"
"Christian Coalition" sees between the political parties:

Christian Coalition scorecard

When people think of political corruption, they are probably aware of a number of scandals involving Democrats, but ask them to point to significant scandals involving contemporary liberal Democrats, as opposed to scandals dating back to the "good old days", when the Democratic Party was under the control of fat cat and/or Southern conservatives.  They won't be able to come up with anything near the corruption that has been rampant through most of the history of the Republican Party, as I lay bare at JesusNoRepublican.Org/about/gopcorruption.html. This page is so good that for years it has been one of the very top pages listed by Google in response to searches for "Republican corruption", and the like. I challenge Republicans and/or conservatives on that page to come up with a comparable list of corrupt Democrats and the results so far have been laughable.

        These are the scores given a few years ago to the Leaders of the two political parties by five major organizations representing opposing interests :
ASC = American Security Council ( Military interests )
COC = Chamber of Commerce ( Business interests )
COPE = Committee On Political Education ( Labor interests )
CFA = Consumer Federation of America ( Consumer interests )
LCV = League of Conservation Voters ( Environmental interests )
Group Ratings
(from 1997:)
ASC COC COPE CFA LCV
Sen. Lott (GOP) 100 100 5 0 0
Sen. Nickles (GOP) 100 91 0 0 8
Rep. Hastert (GOP) 100 91 0 20 11
Rep. Armey (GOP) 100 100 0 0 9
Rep. Delay (GOP) 100 100 0 0 9
Rep. Archer (GOP) 100 91 0 0 17
Sen. Daschle (Dem) 20 20 63 90 77
Sen. Reid (Dem) 30 18 100 90 85
Rep. Gephardt (Dem) 40 9 89 100 67
Rep. Frost (Dem) 70 36 67 90 52
Rep. Bonier (Dem) 20 9 100 100 78
        Where do Republicans get the gall to pose as more patriotic than Democrats ?  They have a habit of choosing as their leaders "ChickenHawks" – who send others to die in the wars they vote for, while they find excuses to stay home !

        "Other than telling us how to live, think, marry, pray, vote, invest, educate our children and, now, die, I think the Republicans have done a fine job of getting government out of our personal lives."  -  { author unknown }

More wealth and jobs
created by Democratic administrations
        From Harding In 1921 to Bush in 2003, Democrats held White House for 40 years, and Republicans for 42.5 years, during which time,
1. Democrats created 75,820,000 net new jobs and Republicans 36,440,000.
2. Per Year Average : Democrats = 1,825,200 vs. Republicans = 856,400.
3. There was either a depression or a recession during the administrations of 6 of the 9 Republican presidents .
4. The DOW grew by 52% more under Democrats, and
5. The GDP grew by 26.4% more under Democrats.

Democrat President Bill Clinton versus
Republican President Ron Reagan

1. 24% more jobs under Clinton
2. 64% greater GDP under Clinton
3. 500% higher growth in the DOW under Clinton
4. Clinton increased national spending by 28%,
        while Reagan increased it by 80%
5. Clinton increased national debt by 28% ,
        while Reagan increased it by 187%
6. Clinton produced a huge surplus,
        while Reagan increased deficits by 112%
        Sources :
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.Gov)
            – Economic Policy Institute (EPI.org)
  • Global & World Almanacs from 1980 to 2003
  • www.the-hamster.com chart taken from NY Times
  • National Archives History on Presidents. www.nara.gov
    Contact : Clarence@LiberalsLikeChrist.Org
  •         "the unemployment rate on the last day of the Truman, Johnson and Clinton administrations, respectively. 2.5%, 3.5% 4.5%. Under Clinton's presidency, unemployment dropped below 5 percent for the first time in 27 years. Yes, I know about Jimmy Carter, he left with 7.5%, the same percentage he came in with. Now look at unemployment on the last day of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, and BushI adminstrations. 25%, 6.5%, 7.5%, 5.5%, 7.5%. For Hoover, thats twenty five not two point five. Only Reagan left office with lower unemployment than he inherited, and his finishing unemployment rate pales beside that of Democratic administrations. Pitiful isn't it?"   [http://www.conceptualguerilla.com/showthread.php?id=71&pos=0&len=10]
            For many more very interesting and informative graphs (many of them exclusive to this site) contrasting the records of the two major parties, see LiberalsLikeChrist.Org/graphs.html.

    See also http://JesusNoRepublican.Org/GOPcorruption.
            It's hilarious to see Republicans trying to claim that their party was the more liberal party at the time of the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Bill of 1964.  See the the truth in contrast to their smokescreen at LiberalsLikeChrist.Org/civilrights.html


            Although the positions of the Roman Catholic Church on abortion and gay rights get the most attention, overall, the Democrats in Congress have been favoring Catholic Church positions much more often than have Republicans, as is shown in these tables : Congress & the Catholic Church

            Until 2005 there was another whole site dedicated to the differences between the Democratic & Republican Parties. It was especially good at contrasting the parties on specific issues. Although the web site is now "asleep", it is not dead, because of an internet archiving service, which is at least making it available as it was last updated in 2004 :
    www.damnedbigdifference.org/issues. (it takes a while to load, but it's worth the wait.)


    For much more on these matters, see
    the contrast between the parties regarding worker rights
    the contrast between the parties regarding "family values".

    For an especially biblical perspective, see
    the parable of "the Stolen Inheritance"

    Presidential Vacationing compared
    % of time on vacation:

  • Truman = 7.0 %
  • Carter = 5.0 %
  • Clinton = 5.0 %
  • % of time on vacation:
  • Eisenhower = 7.0 %
  • Reagan = 11.5 %
  • Bush Sr. = 37.0 %
  • Bush Jr. = 21.0 %
  • [ excerpts from the sources below : ]
            Of recent presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton spent the most time working and the least time on vacation. Carter took only 79 days off during 4 years in office, which averages less than three weeks a year.
            Clinton spent 152 days on holiday over his 8 year term 2920 days).
            Harry Truman spent 175 days in Key West, Fla., over seven years.
    Sources :
    (as of August, 2005:) http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/print?id=1070529
    http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20031001.html
    http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0827-20.htm
    & (as of 2003:) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/08/21/politics/main34415.shtml .

    Why should either party try to be more moral than the other if they are going to be painted as "just as immoral" as the other no matter what they do?!?
            The problem isn't that "both parties do it", i.e. corruption, it's that most of the public (not to mention the media) is too damned lazy to study and think before they spout off such nonsense.
           To give you an illustration, when Dukakis was running against George W. H. Bush, Dukakis told the truth (that the country was in such a financial mess that as President he would have no choice but to raise taxes. Bush lied and promised "No New Taxes". 40 states then voted for the liar, and had to wait four years to elect a Democrat named Bill Clinton who would do a fantastic job of getting the economy straightened out by - among other things - raising taxes on the super rich - not the middle class or the poor - .
            And lying voters keep saying that they don't like corruption and dishonesty !!!


    For about a couple of weeks in July, 2004 we posted a chart purporting to show among other things that the 25 states with the lowest IQ (which usually correlated with lowest average income as well), voted for Bush, with the lone exception of New Mexico, which Gore won by just a few votes.
            However, as soon as we discovered that it was a hoax, which had fooled the prestigious "Economist" magazine as well as ourselves because it seemed so plausible, we removed it, because we don't want any unreliable or erroneous material weakening our case against Bush and conservative Republicans in general.  For the sake of curiosity, those who may want to know what we are talking about can find it at State_IQ_Income.html.

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