American Two-party System
Republican Party (GOP) - history
Federalists – strong central govt., wealthy,  Hamilton
Whig Party – minority party until Civil War
Lincoln 1860-modern GOP, control for the next 75 years

Today’s Republican Party
Conservative philosophy
Reagan Revolution 1980’s
Tax cuts
“Smaller govt.”
Increase defense spending
Supply-side economics
G.W. Bush follows the same policy

Democrat Party
Founded by Jefferson-controlled govt. early 1800’s
Regained control under FDR in the 1930’s Depression
Workingman’s party
Support suffered during Vietnam War

Today’s Democratic Party
Govt. has responsibility to help the people.
Social programs-social security, medicare, medicaide, etc.
Strong minority support
“Blue collar” party
Clinton-new Democrat, moderate
Currently struggling w/goals