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Donald Trump: Obamacare should be repealed Health insurance should be allowed to be sold across state lines.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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