posted on: Thursday November 3, 2016
by Carolyn Walsh ’17 and Taylor Godfrey ’19
Opinion Co-Editor and Asst. Opinion Editor
On Nov. 8, Americans will be making what is arguably the most important political decision in our nation’s history: who will we elect as our next president? Will it be Donald Trump, a narcissistic, racist, misogynistic, authoritarian demagogue with virtually zero understanding or knowledge of how our government operates? Or will it be Hillary Clinton, one of the best qualified and most intelligent candidates to ever run for president and who, throughout her experience as senator of New York and Secretary of State, worked to improve the lives of everyday Americans and negotiate for American interests abroad? In an election with such high stakes, the choice could not be more clear: Hillary Clinton is unequivocally the best option for President of the United States.
On policy, Clinton has laid out a strategy that will help make our country more equal, more prosperous, and more just. Clinton’s tax plan involves a small increase on taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations, so as to ensure those with the most are paying their fair share to society. Moreover, her plan would include providing tax relief for working families and cutting taxes for small businesses.
Overall, according to the Tax Policy Center, Clinton’s proposal will add about $1.1 trillion in revenue to the economy, collected over 10 years. Contrast this to Trump’s tax plan, which will include tax cuts to the wealthy, like himself, at the expense of lower and middle-class income families. In fact, the Tax Foundation estimates that Trump’s tax plan would disproportionately bump the incomes of the top 10 percent, even more than the Bush tax cuts. Oh, and let’s not forget, according to Trump’s 1995 tax documents, he almost certainly manipulated the system to avoid paying income taxes for nearly 20 years. On top of that, he refuses to release his tax returns (even though every major presidential nominee in recent history, including Clinton, has and there is absolutely nothing preventing him from doing so). Yeah, he definitely seems like the most honest and competent guy to be forming the country’s tax policy.
One of the most polarizing policy questions that separates the two candidates is the topic of gun control. Trump, with the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, does not want any ban on gun sales. However, this is just not practical for everyday life. Clinton does not support a complete ban of any guns, but she does support common sense regulation, including background checks and closing the gun show loophole, that allows for the private sale and purchase of guns without the necessary government criminal and mental health checks. Clinton also does not support the sale of assault rifles. And really, there is no plausible reason for an average citizen to possess military-grade weapons in everyday life.
Immigration is another area in which Clinton offers a clear and reasonable plan. She supports comprehensive immigration reform, which includes a pathway to full citizenship and ending restrictions that keep families apart. Trump, on the other hand, wants to build a wall and deport “millions” of illegal immigrants, as if those are actually feasible goals and the U.S. is some kind of draconian dictatorship.
One of the most important things about being president is representing the United States and upholding our democratic institutions. A president must be calm and collected, ready to face any crisis with patience and a clear head. Clinton has proven in three debates that she can remain calm and presentable in the face of anger and insults. She has proven that she has what it takes to navigate delicate situations. Meanwhile, Trump was the one losing his temper and hurling insults. His inability to collect himself does not recommend him to be the face of this country. Even more so, he shows blatant contempt for democracy: by suggesting he would imprison his opponent and refusing to clearly answer if he will accept the legitimate results of the election if he loses. These are frightening and dangerous qualities.
So, again, the choice is simple: Hillary Clinton is the only candidate fit to be President of the United States.