“The party of Lincoln” is probably the Democrats.
So when the GOP says things like “Happy birthday to a great Republican,” it’s worth noting a few Lincoln-era Republican policies that today’s GOP would have railed against:
Federal Income Tax
In 1862, Lincoln signed into law the Pacific Railroad Acts, which provided federal funding for the western expansion of the railroad. Modern Republicans, on the other hand, fought to a privatize a planned high-speed Amtrak line and last year stalled congressional efforts to fund our nation’s highways.
Funding For Public Education
In 1862, Lincoln signed a law giving states land grants which they could sell and use the money to fund old colleges or build new ones. Meanwhile, today’sRepublicans have voted to cut crucial funding for higher education and blocked efforts to make college more affordable — such as President Barack Obama’s plan to make community colleges free.
Expansion Of Presidential Powers
The Republicans of today often accuse Obama of abusing his presidential power. Using executive action, Obama has green-lit gun control and immigration reforms, as well as implemented paid sick leave for federal employees and a mandateprotecting LGBT workers. Guess who else increased the power of the executive branch and ran an increasingly activist federal government? Yep, that’s right: Lincoln. In fact, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center calls Lincoln “the most activist President in history.”