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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