A Reminder of Policies You’re Voting For Because You Hate The Other Candidate

 

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I get it, you hate Crooked Hillary Email Clinton and loathe the Orange Carnival-Barker Con-Man, Donald Trump.

You don’t love the choices, but they’re your only choices.

Rather than add to the year-long debate of who’s the bigger crook, liar, criminal or danger to our country – let’s pretend to care for a moment about the actual policies you’re actually voting for when you fill in the bubble next to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (assuming either would get anything done with a hyper-partisan Congress):

DOMESTIC POLICIES

Immigration

The Immigration conversation usually centers on how to keep or kick people out, but it should also focus on helping those who want to become American but are stuck “undocumented” for a variety of reasons.

This is Trump’s signature issue, but his thinking boils down to all undocumented immigrants are “illegal” and should be removed because they’re mostly rapists and murders (“although some, I assume are good people”). To fix this problem, Trump will build a wall, make Mexico pay for it (although they 100% won’t), and create deportation forces to remove all undocumented Mexicans from our country, including American-born children of undocumented immigrants. Trump also promises to keep us safe by banning any (Muslim) refugees escaping war-torn Islamic countries because “they hate us.”

Clinton will likely continue the Obama administrations immigration actions, which surprisingly deported more people than 2.5 million people – more than any previous administration. Clinton prefers to give undocumented immigrants a chance to become tax-paying citizens rather than break families apart. Clinton also promises to let in refugees from war torn middle east countries after they pass through rigorous UN and US screening.

Jobs

Presidents shouldn’t really get credit for creating jobs outside of Federal infrastructure and labor projects — but they sure do talk about it a lot.

Clinton will continue whatever Obama’s done for 8 years that led to a record 76 months of job growth. Clinton promises to push for minimum wage increases – some say this could hurt job growth in short term, but others say more money in the market will spur greater growth. Clinton also promises to help women get equal pay as men, and proposes to expand Federal funding into alternate forms of energy to create a flourishing new industry of jobs.

Trump will bring back so many jobs it will make our heads spin, but hasn’t really offered a plan to accomplish the head spinning. Trump promises to  tear up trade deals like NAFTA, although that would likely hurt jobs as American companies would lose the business of trading with other NAFTA nations. Trump promises to keep coal jobs alive, but that should be tough as America works away from coal and towards sustainable clean energy. Trump also promises to kick out all the immigrants so real Americans can get back jobs they lost, like picking fields, manual labor and housekeeping.

Outside of proposals, this is one area where we can look to Trump’s actual experience. Trump made billions through hyuge job-creating real estate projects, but hasn’t stated any real plans for public works projects he’d support as President. Trump’s businesses routinely kept costs down by shipping thousands of jobs overseas for cheap labor, hiring cheap illegals here at home, and screwing contractors out of hard earned money while daring them to sue him or take a lesser payment for their work. Not exactly a career spent looking out for the American worker, and would be foolish to expect this to change.

Income Inequality

There’s little Presidents can do to alleviate income inequality, other than raising wages and using taxpayer dollars to pay for entitlement programs to ease the financial burden for most Americans – in essence re-tilting the board to redistribute money from the 1% to the 99%.

For better or worse, Clinton promises to do all of that, including raising the minimum wage, fixing Obamacare, increasing funding to provide more opportunities to education, fighting for equal pay for women, and fighting for family leave. She hopes to pay for all of this by raising taxes ONLY on those making over $250,000. Although she talks tough about going after Big Business and Big Finance for decades of policies that redistributed wealth upwards from the poor to the rich, don’t count on much action given her coziness (aka taking donations) from those industries.

Trump thinks income inequality is perfectly American, wants to slash taxes for anyone making 6 figures, and gut corporate taxes. His “bring the jobs back” plan will get rid of the minimum wage so job-creating employers can pay bottom dollar to American job-seekers rather than foreign workers. All his ideas reward the employer over the employee and while this please investors, would undeniably exacerbate income inequality.

Guns

Right now there are more guns in America than Americans. Most Americans recognize the dangers and seek simple fixes (like the 88% who support stronger background checks) that make us safer without infringing on our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

Trump proudly boasts his A+ NRA rating, and wants more guns in the hands of as many people as possible. Trump preaches incessantly that the only way for people not to die from guns is to have guns on their person at all times.

Contrary to Trump’s claims that Hillary wants to ban the 2nd Amendment and take away all your guns, Clinton merely seeks to strengthen background checks and ban people on the terrorist watch list(s).

Race Relations

Racial tensions feel like they’re at a recent high, and the next president has to gingerly walk a line that respects all races in this country – after all, they will represent EVERYONE, not just the people who look and pray like them.

Trump is “the least racist person you’ve ever met,” but when asked about race issues he only talks about crime and murder in the inner city. Trump’s big fix to ease race relations is increased police presence and expansion of stop & frisks – even though stop & frisk in NY was found unconstitutional for blatant over-application against African-Americans and Hispanics. After all, “what do you have to lose?” Trump also thinks all Mexicans are bad hombres incapable of weighing his policies without prejudice, and will push to keep an entire religion of people out of our country because “they hate us.”

Clinton will repeatedly remind people that she’s not Trump.

Climate Change

Regardless of your personal feelings on the issue, over 97% of the world’s scientists agree that humans are contributing to undeniable changes in climate.

Trump, for his part, knows climate change is a hoax created/perpetrated by the Chinese to hurt US businesses, and will tear up any treaties like the Paris Accords that hold the US to any climate responsibilities. Keeping corporate profits high is more important to America than requiring “expensive” practices/procedures that would not harm our environment. As a plus, Trump recently promised to slash $100 billion in Federal funding to climate change policies.

Clinton will continue Obama’s push to fight and/or adapt to climate change, and honor our commitments across the globe – whether or not the measures can actually reverse or stall drastic change anything is anyone’s guess.

Healthcare

The current uninsured rate of 9.2% for 2015 is the lowest for America in over 50 years. More people are covered, but many Americans are still feeling the harm of increased premiums.

Trump loudly screams that he’ll “repeal and replace Obamacare” but hasn’t mentioned what the “replace” part will be yet. His plan is to kick tens of millions of people off insurance rolls, including the poor and those with preexisting conditions (like myself), because Obamacare is un-American.

After staking her political future on health care reform during her husband’s administration – and failing – Clinton will likely forgo risking new-found political capital on any big health care system changes. She’ll probably ignore calls from progressive followers (aka Team Sanders) for single-payer healthcare, but will push for tweaks and further subsidies to offset Affordable Care Act premium hikes.

Campaign Finance Reform

Most Americans agree that the wealthy too greatly influence campaigns by spending insane amounts of money. Not only does this limit the conversation only to viewpoints shared by those with money to burn, but also leads to corrupt, puppet candidates.

Although Trump pretends to not accept money (he does) and Clinton promises to push for overturning Citizens United (she won’t) – don’t think for one second that either of these candidates will do jack crap to limit their ability to fund-raise and outspend the opposition.

Infrastructure

American infrastructure is crumbling as many new projects (like high-speed rail) have been thwarted by those who don’t think the Haves should pay for transportation projects that help the Have-Nots.

Clinton promises to push for bolstering infrastructure programs as intensive labor projects would create tons of actual jobs. She’s promised to increase Federal efforts to help areas like Flint, MI, repair their crumbling water systems.

Trump calls for investments in infrastructure projects, but no one knows how he’ll accomplish this as slashing taxes obviously leads to less spending money. On the other hand, Trump does plan to let private corporations take over road building and charge tolls to make money, because even roads should be a way for corporations to turn profit.

CIVIL RIGHTS

Civil Rights should never be under attack in this country, but alas, one candidate routinely proposes curtailing some of our most valued freedoms.

Freedom of Press

Trump promises to make it easier to sue horrible journalists who say bad things about him or stupid people who question his policies or claims. A mainstay of the Trump campaign is to demean and seek revenge against members of the mainstream media, so we’re sure to see this continue during a Trump administration.

Clinton will follow Obama’s steady course, act like an adult and respect the freedom of the press – except when it’s in email form.

Freedom of Religion

Trump supports freedom of religion, so long as its Christianity. Jews are ok, so long as they’re not the ones controlling the banks who control the world. Muslims are a definite no-go, and Trump promises to shut down some mosques and religious centers or just increase mosque surveillance because “they’re up to something.” Of course, let’s not forget Trump’s proposed religious tests for entry into the country.

Naturally, Clinton hasn’t spoken about restricting freedom of religion, because its protected in the Constitution, and all – but promises to to nominate Judges that will protect the freedom of everyone to practice their respective religions.

Police Relations/Due Process

A citizenry’s relationship with its Police is probably one of the greatest indicators of its happiness, and right now people are furious that Police seem to be killing a great deal of unarmed Americans — aka taking away right to life and liberty without due process. This certainly requires a nuanced conversation weighing civil rights against legitimate safety concerns for our officers, however, Police are agents of the state and capital punishment should only be doled out by Due Process – not on a whim by an officer on the scene acting as judge/jury/executioner.

Trump supports the Police’s right to kill and/or abuse Americans whenever they’re scared, and knows that Black Lives Matter are just unemployed, criminal thugs out to take down hard-working cops. Trump proposes to fix this by increasing Police presence in “inner cities,” lessening protections against illegal search and seizure, and allowing Police stop and arrest more minorities — all infringements upon due process to allegedly better police relations and save lives. Sure, this makes sense only to Trump, but boy does DJT love him some Law and Order.

Clinton certainly supports the police, but also recognizes the legitimate gripes of systematic miscarriages of justice and mistreatment of minorities. She promotes increased cooperation between Police and their communities, and reforming policies to ensure greater oversight.

FOREIGN POLICY

ISIS/Terrorism

Trump has a grand plan to defeat ISIS, but won’t tell anybody because that would tip ISIS off. He promises to say “Radical Islamic Terror” (pronounced “Terrah”) and that will probably fix almost everything. Trump knows “more about ISIS than the generals do,” and “will be so good at the military, your head will spin,” so there’s that. Trump also promises to kill family members of alleged terrorists and “bomb the shit out of them” which, I guess will make them like us more and stop wanting to kill us.

Based on her years as Secretary of State, Clinton will continue the process of American intervention in the shit-show that is the middle east. Clinton will continue to arm rebels who we’ll later fight, and support government whose practices we find repulsive in an effort to stop terror. She will also continue Obama’s horrendously unconstitutional practice of droning the hell out of terrorist leadership in other countries until fresh America-haters with new life-grudges pop up to fill the void.

Foreign Relations

Trump promises to make sure all of our allies “pay their fair share” or we’ll stop protecting them (Like a good Don does). He’s pro-Russia, praises Putin’s strength in Crimea and Syria, and marvels at how Putin and oligarchs used their power to become some of the richest people in the world. Trump sees China as the big bad (non-Islam) enemy, and blames CHIIIIINA for the hoax of global warming, devaluating currency, and killing American jobs with cheap labor (that he uses for his own companies). Trump also owes the Bank of China a lot of money – but I’m sure that’ll never affect any decision making. Expect a Trump administration to support Russia and fight China at every turn. We certainly can’t ignore Trump’s push to threaten and alienate Mexico, one of our largest trade partners.

Clinton will continue to play cat and mouse with Russia just like Obama, for better or worse. Clinton has voiced displeasure with Obama’s TPP, which aims to unite the US with Asian countries to stand against China, but will likely “forget” about those complaints once she’s in office. Other than that, Clinton will continue to foster relationships she started as Secretary of State and will uphold agreements and alliances with allies.

 

4 Comments

  1. Well done Ryno!! U always do your research and I like that. Look forward to the post game coverage!!

    • Thanks, Bundy! I know this wasn’t any of our preferred choice of candidates.

  2. Great breakdown! Thank you for this informative article. Can’t wait to see what you write post election!

    • Thanks, Natalie. I hope I’m smiling while writing that post-election piece!