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How Issues Are Affected By the Political Spectrum On April 30 1789 the United States of America elected our first president to lead our country Then every four years thereafter another president is elected When election time comes around most Americans do not know anything about the issues involved andor do not even know who is running The two current candidates this year are Al Gore the Democrat and George Bush the Republican Three main issues that both parties deal with are Social Security Tax Reform and Education Depending on each candidates political platform they can be placed approximately on the political spectrum Knowing where a candidate stands on the political spectrum you can assume how he would feel on certain issues Social Security is a huge issue this year because many citizens are concerned that they are paying the social security tax but with the current plan the money will run out by the time they get old enough to use it Al Gore plans on taking social security and putting it aside and adding the interest gained to it which in his words I will keep it in a lockbox The interest savings I would put right back into it That extends the life for 55 years Issues2000com Gores plan relates to the liberal side of the political spectrum Normally most liberals believe in more government involvement and less big corporations He is saying that the social security tax will go into a lockbox and no money will be taken out of it leaving it all to the government Today liberals view government as protecting individuals from being abused by a variety of governmental and nongovernmental forces such as market vagaries business decisions and discriminatory practices Burns 243 This leads into why George Bush is a conservative He plans on taking social security and putting it into the hands of our citizens and allowing them to invest their money in stocks
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