By Ariel Sosa – Collegiate Staff
There’s a lot of tension out there with this presidential election, no doubt about it. With the massive media coverage on this election, it’s all anyone is talking about anymore. Whether it’s on social media or in person, this election is a biggie for many reasons. For one, there’s equal hate on both candidates. Never before has there been two of the most hated people together racing for the presidency.
Why is there so much hate? Well, both candidates carry heavy baggage. From Trump’s racist, misogynistic, sexual and insulting comments, to Clinton’s email debacle and her security choices in the Benghazi attacks. Watching the presidential debates has really opened America’s eyes as to who they want as president. Regardless of Clinton winning all three debates, there are people still gung ho for Trump, making this a tight race.
So what will happen if Trump or Clinton wins? What are the advantages and disadvantages for both? That really depends if your ideology is more liberal or conservative, but here’s the general breakdown.
Trump is focusing on cutting taxes, eliminating regulation and ending trade deals. Hillary on the other hand wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, increase spending on job training and lower taxes on companies that hire more Americans. With Clinton’s plan of increasing taxes on the wealthy (individuals who make more than $250,000 a year), it will increase the government’s income, making it possible for things like affordable or free college. With the extra money, the government can use it to further invest in things they couldn’t afford before. However, with Trump’s plan, tax cuts have been proven to be a form of economic stimulus that can create jobs, encourage investments, and improve the quality of living by letting people keep more of their own money.
Another hot topic that came up was trade. How do we want to do trading with other countries, and how much do want to raise or cut tariffs? Well, Clinton helped create NAFTA which lowered tariffs with our biggest traders like Mexico and China, in hopes of it creating about 200,000 more jobs in the U.S and making trade with other countries easier and less likely to start a trade war. On the polar opposite of the spectrum, Donald wants to eliminate NAFTA and raise tariffs in hopes of creating even more jobs here in the U.S. Some may say that the agreement moved jobs over to Mexico, which is exactly what Trump wants to stop. By raising tariffs, Trump aims to have Americans buy more products made in our own country to enhance our economic state. However, raising the tariffs may encourage Mexico to place an import tax on US goods as well, making it hard for US companies to sell their goods abroad, which may lead into a trade war.
Lastly but certainly not least, immigration. Both candidates feel very strongly and stand firm to their views with this topic. We all know about Trump’s “Huge Wall” idea separating Mexico and America (to keep out the “drug dealers” and “rapists”), and also, Clinton’s plan on making citizenship easier for the undocumented. Trump wants to enable a mass deportation of all illegals, which is approximately 15 million people. Ultimately, the results of the deportation can most likely raise our economic status. Which is in essence, Trump’s initial goal for the country.
A better economy means more jobs, and more money flow within the country. However, proposing Mexico to pay for the $5 to $10 billion wall doesn’t sound too realistic according to experts. Also, with mass deportation, families are going to be separated and the overall cost of security and special forces to find the undocumented are incredibly high. In the long run, experts say it would be ineffective.
Clinton on the other hand, wants to still increase border control but at the same time have “a comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship”. She has also stated that she is for deportation of illegals only if they cause a threat to our country. Harmless families with children are able to stay and become citizens. At one point, Clinton stated she wants to eliminate the fees required for citizenship to make it easier for those families who are struggling. She also wants to expand outreach efforts for those people who seek U.S. citizenship, in part by mitigating language and economic barriers that make it difficult for undocumented immigrants to navigate the process.
But with so many people becoming citizens, how does that affect our economy? Experts say that having more people here would increase the usage of government services such as EBT and Medicaid which can lead to another $29 billion dollars needed from the government. Other political experts say the main reason illegal immigrants create a large deficit is not their heavy use of social services but their lack of education, which results in low-paying jobs and small income-tax contributions.
This election is historical. Whoever becomes president is going to have an enormous effect on the country, and hopefully a good one, too. It is crucial that we all evaluate our options before we choose our next President of the United States of America on Nov. 8.