How Do Two Political Parties Solve the Same Problem?

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Socioeconomic difficulties has had something of an emphasis in legislation so far this year, with Congress looking into unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase. There has also been discussions of a $9 billion cut in food stamps as part of the new farm bill. Obviously, middle and lower class Americans are dependent on Congressional action for financial and economic policy that can change their chances of success for the better.

Bookings, an organization with a focus on public policy research, examined how both Democrats and Republicans compared on issues surrounding social mobility. The basic conclusion that Economic Studies Fellow, Richard V. Reeves, who penned the post, reached, was that “Democrats see government promoting mobility” while “Republicans see government killing mobility.”

In other words, Democrats believe in combating poverty and joblessness with government involvement, aid, and policy changes. Republicans, on the other hand, believe that, “Government is the obstacle to opportunity, burdening individuals and companies with too much tax and regulation — and encouraging welfare dependency — rather than promoting independence.”

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