COLORADO SPRINGS, October 9, 2016 – America is in a nearly impossible situation. At a time when our health system is collapsing, the economy is stuck in a 10-year funk and the world is “heading to Hell in a handbasket” we have no good choice for leadership.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have vastly different views on the major issues as well as a litany of character flaws. So who do we choose?
In our Democratic society, it is the majority of American citizens, represented by the Electoral College, that elects the president. The elected person will have the views supported by the majority of the people.
Before the election, though, is it difficult to tell exactly what the majority wants.
Clinton’s views on health-care would be to expand the current system and make necessary, undefined, modifications. On the economy, she would raise taxes on high-income earners, and the middle class, while increasing spending for social programs and infrastructure investment.
She would also raise the minimum wage and legislate to eliminate salary gender bias. In foreign affairs, she would increase global diplomacy efforts while not adding any American ground troops to any conflict.
Trump’s view is to repeal the Affordable Care Act altogether and replace it with a more market-oriented system. On the economy, he would reduce taxes for all Americans, reduce regulations, reduce government spending but increase infrastructure investment. He would also renegotiate trade deals.
He would take a more aggressive position in world events and will defer to his generals for the best course of aggressive action.
The question the election will answer is, “Which candidate reflects the wants of the majority of the people?
Our views are at least somewhat influenced by the character of the candidate. If the character flaws are great, the influence can be great. It may be enough to swing the election in one direction or the other.
Regarding Trump, his character flaws seem to be great. His lack of experience as a politician, leading to an inability to pivot to plausible deniability with any charge, those character flaws are magnified. Then throw in his ego building nationally televised show, and we end up with a person who makes many American’s cringe almost every time he speaks.
His last statements about how he treated women in 2005, may be indefensible, but it was just a statement born of hubris.
The only thing he could say, after a heartfelt apology and explanation regarding why those positions no longer represent him, is to say that this kind of language likely ran through the minds of every male at one point in their lives.
For most of us, it occurred when we were about 15. After that, we learned the importance of equality and respect for women.
For some, especially those who have had significant ego enhancing achievements, those boyish thoughts pop into their heads later in life. This would not be a defense or an excuse, just an explanation for what can only be described as a 70’s era rock star stupidity.
He needs to convince American’s that his time on the political trail, meeting America has changed his heart, and mind and that the 59 year old brat has evolved into a faithful, honest man ready to work for America.
Regarding Clinton she bold faced lied to the American people on numerous occasions, compromised national security and then orchestrated an elaborate cover-up that has permanently stained the justice department and the FBI.
Some of her latest revelations about her honesty with her supporters should be indefensible.
The best she could do is to admit saying the things the transcripts and emails claim. Then she must be honest with her supporters and tell them exactly what her positions are and the true relationships she has with various groups including Wall Street, special interests and foreign governments.
She needs to come clean about what her presidency means for Americans – a future that is going to cost much more than America has the ability to pay for.
Taking an objective look of what the majority may want, while noting that about three-quarters of Americans believe the country is going in the wrong direction, we need policies that will move the country forward. To do that economic growth should be the number one priority.
Once we achieve significant growth it will be much easier to solve all of our health-care, economic, social and foreign affairs problems.
Raising taxes, as Clinton proposes, on anyone will slow economic growth. Regardless of what Democrats may spin, raising the minimum wage tends to slow economic growth. Increasing government spending, at this point in time, may add some growth, but will add to our future problems.
Salary gender bias will soon disappear. Current college enrollments and past trends show that about 60% of college students are female. Soon they will be a more dominant force in almost all labor markets and the salary will naturally adjust.
On healthcare, the system is a bust. Normally, the president would negotiate with Congress to find a solution. Since the ACA was passed without a single vote from the party that now controls Congress, compromise is impossible.
Besides, while it is true up to 20 million Americans may now be insured, hundreds of millions of Americans are unjustly paying for it while the quality of care is suffering.
As difficult as it is, I believe that the majority of the people currently favor the Republican view.