I want everyone to pretend just for a moment that we live in a world where character doesn't matter. No tapes from 2005 exist. Bill Clinton doesn't exist. Congress doesn't exist. Republicans don't exist. Democrats don't exist. Emails don't exist. The past doesn't exist. What only exists are policies.
Policies that could possibly shape the next four years for better or worse.
The policies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Let's remove character and emotion from the equation just for the moment. All of these policies are drawn from each candidate's website for reference.
These are by no means all of their positions on various issues, but I did try to hit some of the more important ones. Please look these over, and make an accurate judgment on who would be a better candidate. For further reading I have linked to a number of sources that expand on a lot of the issues. Often times in the middle of all this mud-sling, people forget about the actual candidates and their positions.
1). Climate Change
- There is currently no section on Donald Trump's website that is devoted to his positions on the environment or climate change. The closest related section would be the energy section he has listed under policies.
- He advocates for undoing various regulations that Obama has put into place like his CO2 plan.
- He is in favor of increasing America's level of coal, natural gas, shale, and oil production to new levels.
- He has talked about pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal and for the disbanding of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- He has on his twitter made the claim that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
- He hasn't taken a solid position on renewable energies such as wind, solar, and nuclear energy.
- Hillary's website does have a section devoted to her policies concerning the environment and climate change.
- Hillary has called for half a billion solar panels to be installed by the end of her first term.
- Hillary advocates for reducing energy waste in American homes, schools, hospitals, and office buildings.
- She also endeavors to reduce American oil consumption by one-third through more efficient cars and cleaner energy sources.
- Donald Trump's website contains two sections under positions labeled "the economy" and "tax plan".
- Trump has talked about enacting his "Penny Plan", which would reduce non-defense, non-safety net spending by one percent of the previous year’s total each year.
- He advocated for pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as renegotiating or pulling out of similar open trade deals including NAFTA.
- Trump also advocates for cutting taxes all across the board in favor of growth. He would focus most of his tax cuts on the rich, but middle-income families would receive some tax cuts as well.
- Hillary has a number of different subsections under the section called "Economy and Jobs" under the policies menu. I'll try and hit the most important points.
- Hillary's tax plan focuses on mainly increasing taxes on the wealthiest 1% and various large corporations, with the goal of creating revenue for her various policies. Some middle-income families would receive small tax cuts as well.
- Hillary advocates for corporations that enact profit-sharing policies in the way they do business. She would encourage them to share part of the profits with the workers, who help participate in making profit.
- Hillary also pledges to invest in American infrastructure within her first 100 days in office.
- She also promises to fight for equal pay and paid sick leave.
3). Foreign Policy
- Donald Trump does have a section under positions on his website called "Foreign Policy and Defeating ISIS."
- Donald Trump talks about working with our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East in the fight against ISIS. He wants to pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expand intelligence sharing, and cyber warfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting.
- Donald Trump's goal is to defeat the ideology of radical Islamic terrorism just as we won the Cold War. He would do this in a number of ways including establishing a Commission on Radical Islam to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization.
- He would also advocate for suspending, on a temporary basis, immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism, and he would establish new screening procedures and enforce our immigration laws to keep terrorists out of the United States.
- There is a section on Hillary Clinton's website called "Combating Terrorism and Keeping the Homeland Safe."
- She pledges to intensify the coalition air campaign against ISIS fighters, leaders, and infrastructure as well as step up support for local Arab and Kurdish forces on the ground and coalition efforts to protect civilians.
- She says she will support first responders, law enforcement, and intelligence officers with the right tools, resources, intelligence, and training to prevent attacks on the homeland before they happen.
- Hillary Clinton has advocated for keeping assault weapons and other tools of terror out of terrorists’ hands by allowing the FBI to stop gun sales to suspected terrorists, enacting comprehensive background checks, and keeping military-style assault weapons off our streets
- Donald Trump does have a section on education under policies on his website.
- He wants to immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars. He reasons if the states collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty.
- Donald Trump wants to establish the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty. He would give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter laws, encouraging them to participate.
- Donald Trump would work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars.
- Hillary Clinton also has a section of her website that details her education plan under "Education".
- Hillary has proposed a number of ways to make education affordable as well as provide debt relief for those under the brunt of student debt. Her goal is by 2021, families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities. And from the beginning, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to go to an in-state four-year public college or university without paying tuition.
- She says that states will have to step up and invest in higher education, and colleges and universities will be held accountable for the success of their students and for controlling tuition costs.
- Hillary plans to take immediate executive action to offer a three-month moratorium on student loan payments to all federal loan borrowers.
- She also wants to create more opportunities for Americans to participate in national service. She will significantly expand AmeriCorps to allow hundreds of thousands of more Americans to serve their communities through organizations such as City Year, YouthBuild, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and other community organizations. To achieve this, Hillary will grow AmeriCorps to 250,000 members annually, fulfilling the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. And she will create a National Service Reserve to enable millions of Americans across the country to engage in part-time volunteer service to their communities, taking on the most pressing challenges identified by state and local leaders and earning recognition for their contributions.