"Left vs. Right" Compare and Contrast

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When we reach the voting age, some of us don't know which way to cast our vote, which party we like, which best supports what we believe in, or which party best outlines and stands for our way of life. Both the Conservatives and the Liberals want to improve healthcare, while taking opposite sides on gay and lesbian rights. In choosing a political party, both sides need to be taken into account. The left or the right may suite any one person, but it all boils down to our personal morals and convictions.

Healthcare is supported by both sides. However, Conservatives and Liberals have different approaches. Conservatives feel that all Americans should have access to affordable, quality health care. Their current plan reduces the rising cost of healthcare -but rather than shifting costs to taxpayers, or forcing Americans into an inflexible, one size fits all system, they have already established new, tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSA) which allow Americans to own and control their own health care.

Liberals and their presidential candidate, John Kerry, have a plan for health care as well. Their plan will lower family premiums by up to $1,000 a year, lower the cost of prescription drugs to provide relief to seniors, and use targeted tax cuts to extend affordable, high-quality coverage to up to 95 percent of Americans. Keep in mind, however, that their healthcare plan also extends to illegal aliens and those refusing to work. However, a major difference between the two parties on this subject is that Conservatives let the public know of their plan. Liberals have established a long tradition of not saying their plan, but rather, stating what the effects will be.

Conservatives and Liberals have a very different view on gay and lesbian "rights" (depending on who says it). Conservatives feel...