Peter Blane


Politics

Posted in Uncategorized by wusspett on October 6, 2016

I’m doing it.  I’m surrounded by it, and I cannot help but imitate the behaviors of the society around me.  I am being forced to reconcile the feelings of the masses for myself, for, after all, we are making a decision that effects us all (in the USA anyway).

I should specify that when I say “it”, I mean researching – to the best of my ability – the political stances of the current presidential candidates to see how many of their stances align to my interests.  Now that I’ve clarified my intent, I am also curious how much research the average voter does.  My current hypothesis is that the amount of research is insignificant, given my cynicism towards the general populous.  I won’t resolve that in this post, nor will I research it.  I will say that, given the typical low voter turnout compared to the total USA population, it is in our best interest to know as much as possible since we are essentially voting on others’ behaves.  If my hypothesis is correct, and I’ll say again that I’m not going to look into it now, our situation is dire.

Now, on with the fun.  I’d say of the 2 candidates (there are more, but I’ll stick to 2), I dislike Donald Trump (or Drumpf) the most.  So, let’s start with DJ:

Character

  • Really likes name-calling and acting like a child
    • Just some stuff he said on Twitter as examples – this does not include TV
  • He doesn’t seem to understand much about respect, truth, or the law in the USA
  • DJ has had 4,000+ lawsuits filed against him or his companies in the last 30 years (about 133 per year!) which is unprecedented for a presidential candidate.
    • “Trump has been involved in more legal skirmishes than all five of the others [top 5 real estate business executives] — combined.”
  • Does not seem like an honorable businessman
    • It seems there is no shortage of examples
  • The Republicans that don’t like him
    • This timeline is also helpful (I find this division in the Republican party strange compared to other elections)
  • If it’s not lying he’s doing, he’s just misinformed most of the time

Policy

  • Taxes: “The plan would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over its first decade before accounting for added interest costs or considering macroeconomic feedback effects. The plan would improve incentives to work, save, and invest. However, unless it is accompanied by very large spending cuts, it could increase the national debt by nearly 80 percent of gross domestic product by 2036, offsetting some or all of the incentive effects of the tax cuts.”
  • Social Security: “I would leave it up to the people.” – DJ
  • Medicare: DJ’s solution is not to cut medicare or medicaid, but just grow the economy
  • Foreign Policy: DJ just generally seems aggressive

OK.  Now that he’s out of the way, on to Mrs. Clinton.

Character

  • People don’t think she’s trustworthy
    • Her overall image is the lowest it’s been
  • Her email scandal has done anything but help her: “That’s the Clinton we all know and love, hate, or feel deeply ambivalent about: She put her interest in secrecy above any interest in transparency, pushed the boundaries of open-records law, and unilaterally determined that the risk to national security was negligible. One might say that she put her interests ahead of the public’s interest in transparency”
  • The other thing is Benghazi
    • At least 10 different agencies, Senate and House committees that have opened inquires in the Benghazi attack. They include the State Department, FBI, a select Senate committee on intelligence and a standing House committee on intelligence.

Policy

  • Taxes: “would increase revenue by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. Nearly all of the tax increases would fall on the top 1 percent; the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers would see little or no change in their taxes. Marginal tax rates would increase, reducing incentives to work, save, and invest, and the tax code would become more complex. The analysis does not address a forthcoming proposal to cut taxes for low- and middle-income families.”
  • Social Security: while not explicitly stated, it seems Clinton’s answer would be to raise taxes to deliver on her promises for Social Security
  • Medicare: has 4 main points
    • Lower prescription costs
    • Reform payment models
    • Limit insurance’s ability to increase premiums
    • Allow more people in the program

As for me personally, I used this site to do some quick comparing and contrasting.  It helps identify things you’re interested in, and you can then dive further into the interwebs finding more about each topic.  For instance, Clinton is generally more in favor of prioritizing green energy, while Trump isn’t.  To me, it’s important to develop green energy.  Another thing is, neither candidate talks directly about the national debt, yet you’ve probably seen the commercials (couldn’t find it!) saying that the national debt will soon be one of the largest federal programs by 2020.  I hope this post helped in some way.  It helped me!

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