Finale of America’s presidential race


AUSTIN KRIEGER | krieg004@rangers.uwp.edu

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the first presidential debate

Without question, this presidential election has been one of the most interesting in recent history. The candidates of the two main parties are Hillary Clinton (Dem.) and Donald Trump (Rep.). Trump won his nomination, but not with the support of his fellow party nominees.

There are also other party candidates as well. Third party candidates include: Gary Johnson, Libertarian party; Jill Stein, Green party; Darrell Castle, Constitution party; and finally David McMullin, Independent party.

Creating a thriving economy

One of the main points being addressed by candidates is our economy and how to keep America a place to thrive in. Trump aims to create a tax break on business in hopes that large corporations will cease to leave the US looking for cheaper labor and cheaper taxes. The Donald Trump campaign website states the vision is to “reform policies with a pro-growth tax plan.”

As for Clinton, her plan is to increase taxes on rich corporations to reduce taxes for the middle class. Clinton’s website claims that she will “rewrite the rules so that more companies share profits with employees—and fewer ship profits and jobs overseas.”  

Education

Education is also a key issue in this election. Clinton’s aim is to eliminate debt for higher education as a whole. Her platforms center around working class families and citizens by attempting to remove more financial adversity in their lives. Clinton’s website claims that families making $125,000 or less a year by 2021 will pay no in-state tuition to any college or university. It is also promised that at the beginning of Clinton’s presidency, she will remove tuition for in-state college and universities for families earning $85,000 or less a year.

Trump’s plan is vaguely stated on his website, but he plans to work with Congress and universities to make sure there is a “good faith effort” being placed towards reducing the cost of college education. This somewhat broad idea is laid out on Trump’s site in these words:

“Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish.”

Energy and environment

Both candidates are proposing an energy revolution of some kind or another.  

Clinton is reaching for a revolution of clean renewable energy; she plans to install over a half a billion solar panels across America during her first term. Clinton’s plan is to “put the country on a path to cut emissions more than 80 percent by 2050.”

Trump is relying on America’s available fuels to stop our dependency on foreign imports for fuel of any kind. Trump’s website states that he will propel America into this independence by “unleash[ing] America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves.”

Make your voice heard

As you can see, these two candidates are on opposing spectrums of ideas and stances and it shows in their encounters. Your voice matters in this election.

Register to vote and find where you can vote online at myvote.wi.gov or at your local town hall or municipal building. Registration stands will be present on campus closer to the election.

Do not forget that if you have already registered for the primaries or a previous election this year, you are already registered to vote for the coming presidential election!

Voting is on November 8th and will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at any local town hall or municipal building. If you have any other questions about where or how to vote as a student, you can visit http://www.wisconsin.edu/voting.  

Voting is an important right for all US citizens. No matter your opinion on the candidates or the election, it is important to get out there and make your voice heard.

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