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THE CAMPAIGN ISSUES – WHERE EACH CANDIDATE STANDS (Part TWO)

This is the second article I am authoring in connection with where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton side on issues relating to how we, as American citizens, should choose to govern ourselves as a nation. Many thanks to the website, diffen.com for the following information.

Taxation

Donald Trump: Trumps proposed new federal income tax brackets are as follows:  0% for individuals making less than $25K and couples making less than $50K. Then 10%, 20%, 25%. Eliminate AMT, lower corporate tax rate to 15%.

Hillary Clinton: Increase taxes on high-income earners. New tax bracket of 43.6% for incomes greater than $5mm.

The Economy

Donald Trump: Declare China a currency manipulator. A one-time repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at 10% tax rate, followed by an end to the deferral of taxes on corporate income earned abroad.

Hillary Clinton: Higher minimum wage. Encourage corporate profit-sharing via a tax credit for two years.

Minimum Wage

Donald Trump: This past summer, he called for a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour, departing from his past positions and his own party.

Hillary Clinton: Proposes to increase the minimum wage to $12 nationwide.

The Environment

Donald Trump: Cut the EPA, leaving it smaller and less powerful. Never called global warming a hoax, but said he would re-negotiate America’s role and obligations under the U.N. global climate accord. Initially, Trump said he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline immediately. He has now said that he would reject the pipeline unless TransCanada Corp. gave the U.S. a big chunk of the profits, or even ownership rights.

Hillary Clinton: More stringent regulation on environmental issues like fracking and drinking water. Supports a mandatory cap-and trade system to reduce carbon emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Has called for more regulations on fracking, but not outright bans. Expressed doubts on drilling for oil in the Arctic, but not calling for stopping. With respect to Keystone XL pipeline, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said she had no position. However, her position now is that she doesn’t think we need to have a pipeline bringing in very dirty oil, and exploiting the tar sands in Western Canada, across our border.

Gun Rights – The Second Amendment

Donald J. Trump: Supports Second Amendment rights, opposes new gun control laws; instead, enforce the laws that now exist. He also supports fixing out broken mental health system. Defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners, allow military personnel to carry weapons on military bases and recruitment centers.

Hillary Clinton: Supports a stricter assault weapons ban, and background checks being required for a greater number of gun sales. Wants more legislation for gun safety.

Marijuana Legalization

Donald Trump: Has said that marijuana for medicinal purposes is okay, though he has criticized those states who have legalized marijuana. Decades ago, he also claimed that the DEA is a joke and all drugs should be legalized to take the profit away from drug dealers.

Hillary Clinton: Wants to reclassify marijuana to be a less restricted drug than it currently is, but do not legalize it. Medical marijuana should be available, but only in extreme conditions.

While the above only serves as a brief over-view, I encourage you to do some research of your own to determine where you align with each candidate on the campaign issues.

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OPINION ON DONALD TRUMP’S LOCKER ROOM TALK

By now we all know that the liberals, in cahoots with the main stream/liberal media have released a tape dating back to 2005 where Donald Trump was heard while talking to another man, saying lewd things about how he treated women. Even though he had just married Melania, he was boasting that because of his celebrity status, he could have any woman he wanted.

Fast forward to today when he is running for President of the United States. Since then Mr. Trump has indicated that he has become a Christian, that he doesn’t drink, and that he is now pro-life after being pro-choice.

In 2005, Donald Trump engaged in “locker room talk.” Most men have at one time or another, probably multiple times. While some were probably being truthful regarding their escapades, others may be stretching the truth a bit in order to one-up their male counterparts.

Donald Trump is one of the nation’s most successful businessmen. He’s wealthy beyond anything most of us can imagine. Folks who are in his position are usually egotistical and prone to bad behavior, just because they can get away with it. I’m sure Mr. Trump has been all of the above and more. However, he has indicated that he’s invited Christ into his life and is a Christian. Moreover, several well-known evangelists have come forward and given testimony about Donald. All have inferred that he is a new Christian.

Donald Trump has apologized for his 2005 comments. Is he sincere? That’s between him and God. Would he make those same comments today? I would say no. Will I, an independent woman, still vote for him? Yes, I will vote for Donald Trump.

When looking up the word, “liberal,” in a dictionary, several meanings are listed. Among those meanings the following are included: (1) Of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties; (2) favoring  or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression; (3) free from prejudice, bigotry; tolerant; (4) open-minded or tolerant, especially free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.

Tolerance, mentioned above in connection with liberalism, is supposed to be a trait of all liberals. To me this means open-mindedness, giving credence and respect to all thoughts and opinions. About to “bust a stitch, yet?” Liberals when it pertains to politics and how we should govern ourselves are anything but the above. While I could write a lengthy article on the disingenuousness of liberals, and plan to do that soon, I’m going to illustrate only one example here.

Liberals are all over Donald Trump, calling him out over his 2005 remarks. Plus, they are all over any of us who are voting for him. In fact, liberals are calling us names and accusing us of being morally corrupt. What else is new? Donald Trump apologized for his 2005 comments, but are the supposedly open-minded, tolerant liberals going to accept his apology and give him the benefit of the doubt that he would not make comments like those today? Of course not.

The “open-minded, tolerant” left has always accepted former President Bill Clinton’s actions of infidelity, indicating that it shouldn’t matter because of his job he was doing when he was President of the United States was so great. Candidate Hillary Clinton lies, everyone knows she lies. Many of those who have worked for her have indicated that she has the “mouth of a sailor.” Many folks have died who dared to cross the Clintons in any way shape, form, or fashion. She put the security of the American people at risk by her actions of allowing emails to be sent and received through private, unsecured servers. Her dereliction of duty led to the killing of four Americans in Benghazi. The liberals won’t discuss the foregoing, except to say that nothing has been proven.

Open-mindedness and tolerance works both ways. Well, perhaps not when it comes to liberals.

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THE CAMPAIGN ISSUES – WHERE EACH CANDIDATE STANDS (Part One)

I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that this presidential election campaign has been the most contentious in the history of the United States. In addition to being contentious, the campaign features candidates who are simply not well liked by the American voters. Because we live in an imperfect world, some mud-slinging is going to take place. Most people expect it and if the truth be known, most people enjoy a little bit of it. However, with this election cycle, it appears that most folks are sick of the contentiousness, but the press keeps on reporting on it, often times ignoring the actual issues.

This leads me to author this article outlining where candidates actually stand on the issues. The United States of America is in bad shape. The policies of Barak Obama and the Democrats have all but destroyed this country as we know it. The economy, while growing ever so slightly, is nothing short of anemic. During Obama’s first two years in office, The Affordable Care Act was rammed down our throats using every legislative trick in the book, including threats and intimidation. The Middle East is a mess due to Obama’s foreign policy; plus, our relations are strained with our only ally in the Middle East, Israel. Relations are also strained with our other allies across the globe. In addition to the above, Islamic terrorist attacks are taking place in the United States and the current administration, continues to refuse to address the problem head-on, and considers the problem the result of gun violence.

If elected to the presidency, Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton plans to continue in the steps of the Obama administration in leading the country. Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has different ideas, acknowledging the country is in bad shape and needs a new direction.

The following will serve to compare and contrast the differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the issues most important to the American people.

Obamacare

Donald Trump: Obamacare should be repealed Health insurance should be allowed to be sold across state lines. Premiums should be tax deductible. Allow Health Savings Accounts for individuals. Block grants to states for Medicaid instead of cost sharing.

Hillary Clinton: Expand Obamacare with three free sick visits before the deductible kicks in. Tax credits for premiums and out of pocket expenses over 8.5% and 5% respectively. Expand Medicaid through 100% matching funds to states for three years and more funding for enrollment programs.

Immigration

Donald Trump: Build a wall on the Mexican border and get Mexico to pay for it. Allow legal Immigration. Triple the number of ICE officers, deport all criminal aliens, defund sanctuary cities, end birthright citizenship, and increase the prevailing wage for H1-B visas.

Hillary Clinton: Supports the Dream Act and a path to legalization for illegal immigrants which includes learning English and paying fines. Toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants. She voted for a fence along the Mexican border and supports Obama’s executive action.

Abortion

Donald Trump: At one time was pro-choice, but now is pro-life. He is favor of outlawing abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of mother. Is supportive of non-abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood.

Hillary Clinton: Is a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and does not oppose restrictions on late pregnancy abortions. Feels that judges should protect women’s rights. Was rated 100% by NARAL. Vehemently opposes defunding of Planned Parenthood.

This concludes part one of the series on where Donald Trump and Hillary stand on the issues. Over the next few days, I will continue the report on how these two presidential candidates differ. The website, diffen.com provided the information for this article. Thank you diffen.

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