The two competing political philosophies in the United States are progressivism and conservatism. Democrats will tell you that the progressive way is best for most people, and Republicans will tell you the conservative way is best. Who is right?
We can get a clue as to the answer by looking at two neighboring states. Both had economies that were similar, but in 2010 took very different paths. Minnesota elected a Democratic governor who initiated progressive policies, while Wisconsin elected a Republican governor who initiated conservative policies. Which turned out better?
David Cooper, a researcher at the Economic Policy Institute, has done a study of the two states. The entire study is well worth reading, but here is the summary of that study, showing what he found: