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What Have The Democrats Ever Done For Us?

Back in 1979, a movie titled “Life of Brian” was released. In that movie there is a scene where a number of people were sitting around complaining about Pilate and have demanded that he dismantle the “entire apparatus of the Roman Imperialist State.” One of them then says “They’ve taken everything we had (but) …what have they given us in return?”

Someone then answers “The aqueduct.” Then someone else answers “And the sanitation” Someone else answers “And the road.” And another “Irrigation.” It then goes on with answers “Education”, “wine”, “Public baths”, and then “…peace”.

So that’s my segue to the question “What have the Democrats ever done for us?” The partial answer is the list to the right:

The responses in the movie to that question were met with somewhat glib "All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?" That's kind of the response from many people who see this list and seem to ask "bBut what have the Democrats done lately?" Nearly every protection that we hold dear, especially those of us nearing or in retirement, the clean air we breathe, the clean water we drink (apologies to Flint, MI!), the protections we enjoy from bank bankruptcies, consumer protection against unsavory businesses, all these are Democratic initiatives!

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This Is What The Democrats Done For Us
  • The GI Bill 1944
  • Endangered Species Act 1973
  • Environmental Laws
  • The Space Program
  • The Peace Corps
  • Americorps 1965
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Women's right to control their reproductive future
  • Allowing citizens to view their own credit records
  • The Internet
  • Balancing the federal budget
  • The Brady Bill (5-day wait on handgun purchases for background checks)
  • Lobbying Disclosure Act
  • "Motor-Voter" Act
  • The Voting Rights Act
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/WIC
  • Social Security
  • Peace between Israel and Egypt
  • Peace between Israel and Jordan
  • The Department of Education
  • The Department of Energy
  • The Department of Transportation
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Labor Laws
  • The Marshall Plan
  • Winning World War II
  • Food Safety Laws
  • Workplace Safety Laws
  • The Tennessee Valley Project
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Women's Right to Vote
  • Universal Public Education
  • National Weather Service
  • Product Labeling Laws
  • Truth in Advertising Laws
  • Morrill Land Grant Act
  • Rural Electrification
  • Public Universities
  • Bank Deposit Insurance (FDIC)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Public Broadcasting
  • Supporting the establishment of Israel
  • The United Nations
  • NATO