2016 Political Party Platform Comparison

“We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”

• Oppose public funding for abortion services by organizations like Planned Parenthood.
• Call on Congress to ban sex-selection abortions and abortions based on disabilities.

“Every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.”
• Oppose federal and state laws that restrict access to abortion.
• Oppose the Helms Amendment that bars American assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.

“Wherever tax rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, they must be lowered.”
• Simplify federal tax code.
• Any value added tax (VAT) or national sales tax must include repeal of federal income tax.
• Reduce corporate tax rates.

“We believe the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations must pay their fair share of taxes.”
• Eliminate tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
• End tax deferrals for companies who keep profits overseas.
• Impose a financial transactions tax to curb speculation and high-frequency trading.
• Provide tax relief for middle-class families.
• Repeal the excise tax on high-cost health insurance and find revenue to offset it.

“We need better negotiated trade agreements that put America first.”
• Oppose Chinese currency manipulation.
• Oppose exclusion of U.S. products from Chinese government purchases.
• Oppose subsidies for Chinese companies to thwart American imports.

“While we believe that openness to the world economy is an important source of American leadership and dynamism, we will oppose trade agreements that do not support good American jobs, raise wages, and improve our national security.”
• Oppose currency manipulation from trade partners and unfair and illegal subsidies.
• Trade deals must include enforceable environmental and labor standards.

“No financial institution is too big to fail.”
• Oppose Dodd-Frank law and intends to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an overreaching autonomous agency.
• Reject central planning of our financial sector.
• Propose reinstating Glass-Steagall (prohibited commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investments).

“No bank can be too big to fail and no executive too powerful to jail.”
• Support Dodd-Frank and will protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
• Propose an updated and modernized version of Glass-Steagall.

“Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.”

“Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage … we should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over time and index it.”

“We must impose firm caps on future debt, accelerate the repayment of the trillions we now owe in order to reaffirm our principles of responsible and limited government, and remove the burdens we are placing on future generations.”
• Support constitutional balanced budget amendment.

“We believe that by making those at the top and the largest corporations pay their fair share we can pay for ambitious progressive investments that create good-paying jobs and offer security to working families without adding to the debt.”

“In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
• Support constitutional amendment or SCOTUS decision returning the issue of marriage to the states.

“Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized that LGBT people — like other Americans — have the right to marry the person they love.”
• Push for sex discrimination law to cover LGBT Americans.
• Will fight legislation that attempts to restrict access to public spaces.

“We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

“We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.”

“Climate change is far from this nation’s most pressing national security issue. This is the triumph of extremism over common sense, and Congress must stop it.”
• “Reaffirms the moral obligation to be good stewards of the God-given natural beauty and resources of our country.”
• Propose to shift responsibility for environmental regulation from the federal bureaucracy to the states and to transform the EPA into an independent bipartisan commission.
• Oppose carbon taxes and Clean Power Plan (carbon dioxide restrictions).

“Climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures.”
• Committed to 50% of our energy from clean energy sources within a decade.
• Will support President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

“We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a natural inalienable right that predates the Constitution and is secured by the Second Amendment.”
• Supports firearm reciprocity legislation between the states.
• Opposes magazine capacity restrictions or bans on sales of “AR” style semiautomatic rifles.

“We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe.”
• Expanded background checks.
• Open up gun manufacturers to lawsuits for crimes committed with firearms they produce.
• Restrict “AR” style rifles and high capacity magazines.
• Will fund Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research on gun violence as a public health issue.

“Our immigration system must protect American working families and their wages, for citizens and legal immigrants alike, in a way that will improve the economy.”
• Support English as the nation’s official language.
• Intend to build a wall along our southern border and protect all ports of entry.
• Oppose amnesty for immigrants present without legal status.
• Immigrants who cannot be carefully admitted should not be admitted to the country regardless of refugee or asylum-seeker status.

“Democrats believe we need to urgently fix our broken immigration system—which tears families apart and keeps workers in the shadows—and create a path to citizenship for law-abiding families who are here, making a better life for their families and contributing to their communities and our country.”
• Repeal 3-year, 10-year, and permanent bars to admission for immigration violations.
• Path to citizenship for immigrants currently in the country illegally.
• Defend President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

“We support legislation to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote and secure photo ID when voting.”
• Urge elected representatives to ensure that citizenship, rather than mere residency, be made the basis for apportionment of elected offices.

“We will bring our democracy into the 21st century by expanding early voting and vote-by-mail, implementing universal automatic voter registration and same day voter registration, ending partisan and racial gerrymandering, and making Election Day a national holiday.”
• Restore full protections of the Voting Rights Act struck down by SCOTUS as unconstitutional.

“We propose instead the dynamic compassion of work requirements in a growing economy, where opportunity takes the place of a hand-out, where true self-esteem can grow from the satisfaction of a job well done.”

“The Democratic Party believes that supporting workers through higher wages, workplace protections, policies to balance work and family, and other investments will help rebuild the middle class for the 21st century.”

“Federal programs to assist farmers in managing risk must be as cost-effective as they are functional, offering tools that can improve producers’ ability to operate when times are tough while remaining affordable to the taxpayers.”
• Restrain EPA control of waters of the United States.
• Reform federal dairy pricing policies.

“Democrats will increase funding to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers, with particular attention given to promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. We will encourage programs to protect and enhance family farms.”
• Support EPA’s efforts to protect farm workers from pesticides and herbicides.

“We denounce bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, and religious intolerance.”
• Reject racial preferences, quotas and set-asides as evidence of discrimination.

“Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society.”
• Support removing the Confederate battle flag from public properties.
• Seek to close the racial wealth gap.
• End racial profiling by law enforcement.

“The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack of national leadership. In many jurisdictions, marijuana is virtually legalized despite its illegality under federal law.”
• Congress should consider the impact of increasing drug use on public health and safety.

“Because of conflicting federal and state laws concerning marijuana, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule 1″ federal controlled substances and to appropriately regulate it, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization.”
• States should be allowed to decide marijuana policies themselves.

“Our party is proud to stand with Israel now and always.”
• Oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

“We will always support Israel’s right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge, and oppose any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. “

“We know the policies and methods that have actually made a difference in student advancement: Choice in education; building on the basics; STEM subjects and phonics; career and technical education; ending social promotions; merit pay for good teachers; classroom discipline; parental involvement; and strong leadership by principals, superintendents, and locally elected school boards.”
• Support repeal of Common Core.
• Would replace family planning programs with “sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior.”

“Democrats know the federal government must play a critical role in making sure every child has access to a world-class education.”
• Support universal preschool and after school programs.
• Support enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized tests without penalty for either the student or their school.
•Advocate for labor and public assistance laws that ensure poor parents can spend time with their children.
• Committed to high-quality public school options and expanding them for low-income youth.

“We need new systems of learning to compete with traditional four-year schools: Technical institutions, online universities, life-long learning, and work- based learning in the private sector. “
• Federal government shouldn’t originate student loans.
• Accreditation should be decoupled from public financing.

“Every student should be able to go to college debt-free, and working families should not have to pay any tuition to go to public colleges and universities.”
• Will restore ability for borrowers with student loans to discharge their debts in bankruptcy.
• Intend to crack down on for-profit schools that take federal financial aid and don’t prepare students for work.

“[The Affordable Care Act] must be removed and replaced with an approach based on genuine competition, patient choice, excellent care, wellness, and timely access to treatment.”
• Block grants for Medicaid to the states.
• Preserve coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions.
• Allow customers to purchase health insurance across state lines.
• Repeal McCarran-Ferguson Act that protects insurance companies from anti-trust litigation.
• Give terminal patients a right to try investigational medicines not yet approved by the FDA.

“Democrats have been fighting to secure universal health care for the American people for generations, and we are proud to be the party that passed Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.”
• View healthcare as a right not a privilege.
• Oppose block granting programs like Medicaid and SNAP to the states.
• Crack down on price gouging by drug companies and cap amount Americans have to pay out-of-pocket every month for prescription drugs.
• Push for states to require health insurance coverage for autism services in private insurance plans.

“We need a Reagan-era force that can fight and win two-and one half wars ranging from counterterrorism to deterring major power aggressors.”
• Will fight to destroy terrorist organizations at home and abroad.
• Support special scrutiny to those foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from terror-sponsoring countries or from regions associated with Islamic terrorism.

“We must defeat ISIS, al Qaeda, and their affiliates, and prevent other groups from emerging in their place. Democrats will continue to lead a broad coalition of allies and partners to destroy ISIS’ stronghold in Iraq and Syria.”
• Will seek an updated Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that is more precise about our efforts to defeat ISIS and that does not involve large-scale combat deployment of American troops.
• Oppose vilification of Muslims as U.S. fights terrorism.

“We will consistently support internet policies that allow people and private enterprise to thrive, without providing new and expanded government powers to tax and regulate so that the Internet does not become the vehicle for a dramatic expansion of government power.”
• Support efforts to weed out Internet predators and push back on harmful impacts of pornography.
• Applaud social networking sites that bar sex offenders.
• Weaken control over the Internet by regimes that engage in cyber crimes.

“Democrats support a free and open Internet at home and abroad, and will oppose any effort by Republicans to roll back the historic net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission enacted last year.”
• Connect every household in America to high-speed Internet.
• Insist on free and open Internet in trade agreements.

Source: Shades Mountain Baptist Church