It’s a known fact amongst voters and non-voters, the majority of democrats and republicans running for public offices, including that of commander-in-chief, rarely agree on key issues affecting U.S. citizens; especially, once he/she takes office. For that reason, you might want to do a little history research to determine if what your candidate is saying, while campaigning for election 2016 reflects his/her true nature, because a person’s commitment to his/her own issues and self – seldom changes.
Major issues topping election 2016 campaign debates include climate change, the economy, gun control, health care, immigration, same-sex marriage equality and taxes. This article provides a nutshell breakdown regarding positions taken by candidates Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Although discovery channels, local and national news stations have reported on climate change for years, we’ve been slow to abandon mega uses of coal, oil and gas when performing daily activities. As a result, the extra expulsion of carbon monoxide into our atmosphere has caused early environmental warming and visible seasonal changes. President Obama’s trip to Anchorage, Alaska in August 2015, created a greater political and public interest in finding ways to reverse climate change now, rather than later. What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Carson, Clinton and Sanders – favor devising plans to address climate change now. The first step is to develop innovate methods to perform normal activities without causing further damage to the climate, which could be done by using clean renewable energy, solar systems, nuclear and wind power. The activation of these types of energy sources will decrease and eventually eliminate America’s reliance on environmental hazards.
On the other hand, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio and Trump- oppose the insinuation that climate change is a real issue, and the result of too much carbon monoxide in our environment due to daily human activities. But, if climate change is real – its best not to react to media alerts because the global changes often, and interference might destroy our economy. Therefore, these candidates plan to expand production of energy, oil, cool, natural gas, ethanol and electricity resources. The best place to start is the approval and construction of the Keystone EL Pipeline.
America’s economic growth, like a snail have tried to recover for the last five years with little success. Once election 2016 candidates hit t, he campaign trail, optimism amongst citizens gained momentum as they flocked to town hall meetings and public spaces to hear what candidates had to say about jobs, wages and overtime pay rules; congressional spending cuts, tax reform, reduction of college expenses/loan debts. The justice system, racial injustice and plans to reduce national debt. What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Carson, Clinton, Kasich, Rubio and Sanders – favor improving the economy by increasing employee wages, tax reform which allows the middle class to keep more of their earnings; decrease tax burdens for small businesses to encourage more hiring, create programs to assist college students, address unfair justice system issues, update and enforce discrimination laws, and reduce national debt to zero.
On the other hand, Cruz’s plan to restore the economy is to shrink the federal government by eliminating the Internal Revenue Service; Department of Education; Department of Energy; Department of Commerce and Department of Housing and Urban Development. As well as, reduce the size of agencies, bureaus, commissions and special interest entities. Further, Trump’s key focus is decreasing the national debt and being the greatest job-producing president in American history.
Gun control advocates have pushed for stringent gun regulations for years, but law-abiding gun owners and the National Rifle Association opposed these efforts, because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution have protected the rights of the people to keep and bear arms for 225 years. Though, law-abiding gun owners acknowledge, American families have dealt with horrendous losses due to gun violence initialed by persons with mental and/or anger problems. But, these problems weren’t caused by law-abiding, responsible gun owners. So why should the rights of gun-owners be targeted? What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Carson, Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio, Sanders and Trump – all candidates’ favor the Second Amendment and these rights are very clear. On the other hand, candidates believe current laws regarding the sale, purchase, security and ownership of guns aren’t being enforced by gun dealers (i.e. commercial, pawn shops and gun-owners, who elect to sell or transfer guns to others). Further, law-abiding gun owners have gone through extensive background checks, acquired a license to purchase and transport firearms, had a waiting-clearing period prior to picking up newly purchased guns. Some gun owners, have cleared additional background checks in order to carry concealed weapons. The problem is not law-abiding gun owners, its unregistered gun owners and criminals.
The push for a national health insurance system that covered all Americans begin in 1912 with President Roosevelt without success. The same was true during the era of President Truman and Kennedy. However, President Johnson finally enacted Medicare, a federal health care insurance program in 1965 for people aged 65 and over, and for the disabled. Tell these population of U.S. citizens, you’re rescinding their Medicare health coverage and see what happens!
Adding to that thought, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was passed in the Senate on Dec. 24, 2009; passed in the House on March 21, 2010, and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Also, the act was upheld in the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. As with Medicare, research indicated many Americans not eligible for Medicare, never had health care insurance coverage until Nov. 2014, which was the initial start of Obamacare enrollment. What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Clinton and Sanders – favor ObamaCare recognizing many U.S. citizens, originally didn’t have any health care insurance coverage is finally covered. However, cracking down on pharmaceutical industries to curtail the rising price of prescriptions, and ensuring women health issues are addressed tops Clinton’s list of major issues needing immediate attention. In addition, Sanders would like to see the ObamaCare bill expanded to a single-payer Medicare program for all, similar to Europe’s program.
In the meantime Carson, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio and Trump – opposs ObamaCare vow to immediately repeal this health care coverage as soon as they take office; realizing current covered Americans will lose health insurance coverage and there’s no replacement for these citizens.
Americans agree changes need to be made in order to protect the homeland and citizens from potential internal and external dangers. Based on this determination, current political officers and now election 2016 presidential candidates have discussed methods to stringently secure the U.S. border once and for all. These methods range from building a new border wall with one door in the center as the only entranceway for foreigners to immigration reform. As well as, keeping families together, deportation, amnesty, sanctuary policy, the H-1B foreign worker program, issuance of specific time periods for immigrates already in the U.S. to become legal, or else be permanently deported. What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Carson, Clinton, Kasich, Rubio and Sanders – favor the majority of topics shown above at some level, but most agree the entire immigration system need to be revamped in accordance with present occurrences in the U.S. and other countries.
Meantime, Cruz and Trump – oppose immigration reform, amnesty, sanctuary, the H-1B program and delaying deportation. Further, these two candidates vow to repeal current laws and programs. As well as, immediately deport all illegal immigrates.
Same-sex marriage equality
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples desire the same marriage equalities permitted straight couples (i.e. love, rite of passage and celebration of commitment). As well as, entitlement to benefits acquired due to marriage. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage equality legal nationwide. Although, marriage is legal nationwide for the LGBT population, 50 to 70 percent of these citizens are still subjected to discrimination on a regular basis due to gender identity and sexual orientation. What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Clinton, Kasich and Sanders – favor LGBT marriage equality and pledge to implement laws to minimize and/or prevent discrimination for these couples. As well as, for individuals and LGBT families.
While Carson, Cruz, Rubio and Trump – oppose marriage equality for LGBT Americans. Their belief is, the unity of marriage is between one man and one woman. Although, Carson oppose LGBT marriage – he believes the same rights that come with being married should be granted to LGBT couples.
Occasionally, the government and contractors will survey U.S. citizens to determine their position on a variety of topics, one being taxes which is always front and center. The Tax Foundation, a national tax policy research organization that publish surveys to educate taxpayers and the media. As well as, solicit citizen support to encourage policy makers to improve U.S. tax systems based on survey results gathered by entities such as Harris Interactive, whose 2007 and 2009 surveys indicated U.S. citizen’s attitudes towards taxes remain the same;the tax process is burdensome and unfair.
As usual, topics for discussion on the campaign trail is lowering taxes for the middle class, simplify tax codes, decrease tax rates and brackets, reform tax deductions and ensure rich citizens pay taxes based on earnings as other tax payers. What is your candidate’s position on this key issue?
Carson, Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio, Sanders and Trump – favor the above and have plans to reform the current tax system using a variety of methods. But, Trump stayed clear of suggesting tax deductions and income shelters awarded the rich be repeal or reformed.
Every U.S. citizen will agree, this 2016 presidential election is one for history books. It mimics a tennis match, or mud fight. At this point, a candidate from either party can become president. Once this election is over. If the candidate you elect based on his/her position regarding key issues, fails to represent you as promised-what’s your recourse?