Is America better off than 30 yrs ago when the Reaganomics experiment started?

The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. And already, we're seeing pretty stark differences between this week's DNC and last week's RNC. One week after Republicans unveiled the most radical major party platform in American modern history - Democrats have put forward their own political platform. Some of the planks include: a full embrace of marriage equality and a woman's right to choose, comprehensive immigration reform, the right for unions to collectively bargain, support for Obamacare, protection of Medicare as we know it, increased funding for the arts, and cutting off tax breaks or job outsourcers like Bain Capital. You might remember the Republican platform included things like a ban on pornography - a ban on marriage equality - and a ban on gays openly serving in the military. While there are too few differences between Republican and Democrats when it comes to the big issues facing the nation like war, free trade, and the corporate takeover of our democracy, there are still huge differences between the two parties as reflected in each platform. Differences that will affect millions of Americans. While Democrats want to keep moving the nation forward - extending civil rights and economic opportunity to more and more Americans - Republicans want to drag us all backward to the era of the Robber Barons.