Trump vs. Hillary

Trump: The outsider

Donald Trump’s campaign is one like we’ve never seen before. I’m not afraid to say it; I do not think he is the best candidate we have ever seen.

Does he act Presidential? No. Is he a great public speaker? No. He isn’t polished and he isn’t a politician but this is why people are so attracted to him; he’s more relatable and is able to speak his mind by explicitly stating the real problems of the nation.

Trump is a businessman, owning a company worth billions of dollars that employs thousands of people. He is not a Washington insider, so he views politics like the rest of us. Trump wants to lower both the individual and corporate tax rates. This tax plan will allow individuals to keep and spend more of what they earn. For businesses this means they will keep more of their profits to employ more people and grow their businesses. This plan is also designed to incentivize businesses to repatriate over $2 trillion of US corporate profits held overseas by reducing corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 15 percent. That money will help the US government balance the budget and add to US GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Trump wants to strengthen the national defense by rebuilding our military, making it the largest and strongest agent for good in the world. His plan to crack down cyber warfare is important for the everyday citizen because many of their accounts are vulnerable to foreign hackers.

Immigration, as many know, has played a large part in Trump’s campaign. On the candidate’s website, he shows how his plan is meant to keep immigration levels within historical norms. This means increasing or decreasing the number of immigrants per year from each country to match what it has been in the past. His plan would select immigrants based on their likelihood of success and create a system where immigrants can legally come here making sure both immigrants and US citizens remain safe. However, I strongly believe the nation should choose people for jobs, schools, etc. purely based on who is most qualified. All people living in the country should paid taxes though; it’s only fair to taxing- paying citizens.

Trump is the best candidate in this election because he is a break from the norm: he’s not a politician, Washington insider or polished, and that’s what makes him relatable.

Hill Yes

This election season, no sentiment frustrates me more than this:

“Both candidates are terrible. Why should I care who wins?”

Because I feel no conflict whatsoever about supporting Hillary Clinton for president. Far from being the lesser of two evils, Clinton is eminently qualified—and what’s more, she’s put forward a strong slate of policies, the execution of which actual thought has clearly been put into.

While her economic plan (to boost taxes on top earners, strengthen regulations on Wall Street and put more money towards infrastructure) isn’t ashy, it’s effective. I know this because it’s largely the same policy that President Barack Obama has employed with such success to combat the recession; middle class incomes rose 5.2 percent in 2015 thanks to the same policies Clinton promises to continue.

It’s true that manufacturing jobs are still hurting, but remember that a rising tide lifts all boats. America’s economy staying on the upswing will ultimately work to the bene t of all, and it’s only through Clinton’s policies that this can take place.

As for her immigration policy, it manages to accomplish what so few people seem able to do nowadays: find a middle ground. While she is broadly against illegal immigration, Clinton also recognizes that law-abiding undocumented immigrants contribute $12 billion in taxes each year, according to Politifact, and that detention/deportation of these people isn’t tough or sensible—it’s just xenophobic.

Similarly, she’s taken the admirable step of embracing America’s Muslim communities, even as public pressure mounts to denounce them all as terrorists. ISIS attracts recruits by telling them that the West loathes all Muslims, and that there’s no place in the U.S. for them; Clinton has tried to counter that narrative, by emphasizing America’s diversity and continued acceptance of Muslim immigrants. To do otherwise is to play right into ISIS’s hands.

Is Hillary Clinton perfect? Of course not. But if you examine her policies, what you’ll find is a solid bench of tried-and-true ideas for what will most bene t America—ideas with actual evidence in support of their efficacy. That’s why, when she and Trump finally face off, I’ll be proud to say that I’m not just against him.

I'm with her.

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