LP.org: How Do Libertarians, Republicans, and Democrats Differ?

Here’s how typical Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans will vote if elected to federal office — regardless of what they say they’ll do:

Libertarians Democrats Republicans
Federal spending Dramatically reduce government spending now. Balance the budget now. No more debt. More, more, more spending! Balance the budget when hell freezes over. Trillions more debt. More, more, more spending! Balance the budget when hell freezes over. Trillions more debt.
Taxes End the income tax. Abolish the IRS. Never raise taxes. Raise the income tax. Keep raising FICA, alternative minimum tax. Raise other taxes. Keep the income tax high. Keep raising FICA, alternative minimum tax. Raise other taxes.
Government spying Only with valid warrant. Welcome home Edward Snowden. Keep mass surveillance. Banish and slander Edward Snowden. Keep mass surveillance. Banish and slander Edward Snowden.
Medical insurance mandates Repeal Obamacare. Rescind regulations. Dramatically lower cost of health care. Keep Obamacare. Increase regulations. Drive up cost of health care. Replace Obamacare with similar regulations. Drive up cost of health care.
Politicians killing American citizens without trial Strictly forbid. Keep option to kill. Keep option to kill.
Militarization of police Remove military equipment from domestic police forces. Keep armored trucks, M-16 rifles, and grenade launchers in your town. Keep armored trucks, M-16 rifles, and grenade launchers in your town.
Middle East conflicts Peace and diplomacy. Allow free trade. Bring troops home NOW. Bombs away! Cut off food and medicine. Put U.S. service men and women in harm’s way. Bombs away! Cut off food and medicine. Put U.S. service men and women in harm’s way.
Racial profiling Treat all citizens equally under the law. Keep racist policies that target minorities. Keep racist policies that target minorities.
War on Drugs End it! Release non-violent prisoners. Allow medical cannabis. Cling to failed prohibition. Keep non-violent prisoners locked up. Deny medical treatment. Cling to failed prohibition. Keep non-violent prisoners locked up. Deny medical treatment.
U.S. military presence in more than 130 other countries Stop meddling! Bring troops home to their families. Keep meddling abroad. Separate troops from their families. Keep meddling abroad. Separate troops from their families.
Military spending Reduce spending dramatically. Defense, not offense. Increase spending. Feed the military-industrial complex. Increase spending. Feed the military-industrial complex.
Monetary policy Secure Americans’ financial assets. Stabilize prices. Market sets interest rates. Allow Bitcoin and other currencies. Print money with abandon. Devalue the dollar. Diminish American assets. Force prices up. Politicians set interest rates. Prohibit alternative currencies. Print money with abandon. Devalue the dollar. Diminish American assets. Force prices up. Politicians set interest rates. Prohibit alternative currencies.
Marriage equality Support and vote for it. Waffle, delay. Waffle, oppose.
Guns Repeal anti–self defense laws. Pass new laws that disarm innocent Americans. Enforce laws that disarm innocent Americans.
Wage price-fixing (“minimum wage”) Repeal wage controls to give the poorest a chance. Impose price controls and kill jobs for the poor. Impose price controls and kill jobs for the poor.
Education Return control to parents, teachers, local communities. Enable high-quality, diversified education. Allow property taxes to drop. Centrally plan education. One size fits all. Sustain high dropout rates and illiteracy. Drive up property taxes. Centrally plan education. One size fits all. Sustain high dropout rates and illiteracy. Drive up property taxes.
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