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Who Should You Vote for? Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

October 20, 2016

As the election rushes upon us a lot of folks are asking themselves this question.  In spite of all the smoke and distractions, the answer may be easier to make than you think.  First, let’s clear away all the chaff and political talk.  Let’s set aside what this election is not about.  It’s not about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump; it is about America, and it’s about what impact their policies will have on you.

And, let’s not get distracted by side shows.  It’s not about Bill Clinton’s affairs, his abuse of women, or even his alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick.  It’s not about some locker room talk that happened more than a decade ago, or about a now discredited claim that Donald Trump acted inappropriately toward a woman on an airplane more than three decades ago.  These are just distractions that have nothing whatsoever to do with this election.

This election is about one thing and one thing only.  If you are happy with what has happened over the past eight years and you want more of it, you should vote for Hillary Clinton.  In other words, if you believe America is headed in the right direction, you should vote for Hillary.  If you believe America is headed in the wrong direction, you should vote for Donald Trump.

But, what about Trump?  Will he bring America the kind of change you want?  That brings us to where the candidates stand on the different policies and the track record of the two candidates.

Let’s go first to public record where each candidate stands on just five critical policy issues.  That keeps it simple, and these issues define the two candidates as to whether they will continue the current direction of the nation, or correct course.

Issue

Clinton

Trump

Jobs, Taxes, & Wages

Plan calls for a 10 year $10 trillion tax increase that will reduce wages and cut economic output—The Hill, 1/26/16

“Plan would lower wages and cost more than 300,000 jobs.”—nonpartisan Tax Foundation

“[Plan] would cut taxes by $11.98 trillion over the next decade.  The plan would also lead to… 6.5 percent higher wages, and 5.3 million more full-time equivalent jobs.”—nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

Border Security

Opposes construction of a border security fence on the U.S. border with Mexico—Investors Business Daily 3/9/16

Supports construction of a security wall on the U.S. border with Mexico—L.A. Times 5/12/16

U.S. Supreme Court

Will appoint justices in the mold of its current four liberal members led by Ruth Bader Ginsberg.—Wall Street Journal 5/25/16

Provided a list of eleven possible nominees vetted by the Federalist Society, all with the constitutional outlook of the late Antonin Scalia—Washington Post 5-18-16

Terrorist Infiltration of Syrian Immigration

Supports “a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees”—Breitbart 6/15/16.  “Hillary spurns the idea that any group of newcomers could pose a danger.”—New York Post 12/17/15

Called “for a temporary halt” to all Muslim immigration until the problem of terrorist infiltration can be solved—National Review 12-8-15

VP Choice and Close Advisors (note: who a candidate chooses as his running mate is the best indicator of who he or she will surround himself or herself with as president)

“…[Tim] Kaine has a more liberal record than Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist.”  His Senate voting record is also “...to the left of then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama …[and] then New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.”—Daily Caller 10/13/16

“As governor, [Mike] Pence has lowered taxes, reduced regulations, and expanded school choice.”—The Federalist 7/18/16 Those supporting Donald Trump include Franklin Graham, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich

Finally, let’s look at past performance and character of each candidate.  It’s not what you say that really counts, but the record of your life gives the best picture of you.

For more than 30 years, Hillary Clinton has been a Washington, D.C. insider.  In fact, her entire life has been consumed with politics.  For a short period after graduating from Yale law school, she was on the Senate Watergate committee, but was dismissed for unethical behavior.  She was first lady of Arkansas when Bill served as governor of that state.  During that time she also worked for the Rose Law Firm and it was then that she and Bill got involved in the Whitewater scandal that ended up with several participants in prison.  She also made a fortuitous investment of $1,000 that miraculously turned into $100,000 within one year.  When Bill ran for president, Hillary was in charge of the “bimbo attack team” that endeavored to discredit women who said they had slept with or been sexually assaulted by her husband.  In the White House as First Lady, Hillary became the focus of the “travelgate” scandal and later “discovered” a long missing file of the Rose Law Firm sitting on a piece of furniture in the White House.  Hillary was known by the Secret Service members protecting her as having a volatile personality.  In one episode she threw a heavy glass ash tray at Bill because she was so angry with him. Upon leaving the White House, Hillary ran successfully for U.S. Senator from New York, a state in which she had never lived.  In the Senate she had a very unexceptional record, but supported all the typical liberal causes.  When Barack Obama was elected president he tapped then Senator Clinton to serve as his Secretary of State.  As Secretary of State, Hillary was responsible for America’s foreign policy.  Through a series of mistakes and miscalculations she angered allies like Israel, supported the wrong side in Libya, gave a “reset button” to Russia, and generally set the world afire.  Her appeasement policies resulted in the rise of ISIS and the treaty that she crafted for Iran has put that terrorist nation on the path to a nuclear weapon and the missiles to deliver those weapons to nations around the globe.  Also, during her time as Secretary of State she operated a private e-mail server that was used to illegally transmit classified documents.  Such mishandling of classified documents has put others in prison.  In 2012, she rejected hundreds of requests for security from our ambassador in Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.  When Stevens and others in our diplomatic team were attacked in Benghazi by terrorists, she lied that the attack was caused by a video.  In fact, when the bodies of the men who were killed by the terrorists were returned, Hillary lied directly to the face of their parents and wives that it was not a terrorist attack, although she knew that it was within 12 hours of when it started.  It also bears noting that when Benghazi was attacked for more than twelve hours, Hillary could not make a decision.  Because of her inaction, the Ambassador and others died.  After leaving the post of Secretary of State, Hillary and Bill set about to make money, lots of it.  In effect, they sold access to Hillary as a future president in return for hundred million dollar contributions to the Clinton Family Foundation, an entity that spent less than 14% of all funds raised on charity endeavors and $7.8 million on travel for she, Bill and their entourage, living in luxurious hotels and flying on private airplanes.  But, that was not sufficient.  According to CNN, “Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign…”  The Washington Times states that Hillary Clinton is today worth $52.7 million, not one penny of it earned by creating something, inventing something, or building something.  It all came to her and to Bill because they sell access to power.

Donald Trump is a braggart and has a big ego, there’s no doubt about that.  He has had three wives with children by all three of them.  When it comes to business he has been a great success.  He has filed for bankruptcy when business ventures did not succeed.  That happens to virtually every successful businessman, and many argue that a businessman learns more from his failures than he does from his successes.  Donald Trump doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and has never used drugs.  He was a very good athlete in high school, where he was captain of the baseball team.  He graduated near the top of his class at Wharton School of Business.  Donald Trump takes great pride in his children who are perhaps the best testimony to his success as a father, without taking any credit away from the mother.  By all accounts, he is very involved in the lives of his children.  Donald Trump has created a company with high level executives from every race and ethnic background.  He has met with and worked with foreign business and political leaders and he has a reputation for integrity.  Donald Trump is justifiably proud of his track record of bringing in projects ahead of schedule and under budget, and his buildings are known for their high quality workmanship.  He is known to be as comfortable talking with plumbers, electricians, and carpenters, as he is with corporate executives.  He is also admired and supported by fellow billionaires T. Boone Pickens, Carl Icahn, Sheldon Adelson, Peter Thiel and others for his wise business judgement and cool, disciplined manner in a crisis.  As every businessman knows, you must make the right decisions under extreme pressure in order to succeed and this is particularly true of multi-billion dollar international corporations like the Trump Organization.  Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Ben Carson, and thousands of pastors and other Christian leaders who know Donald Trump and have full confidence and trust in his ability and character to lead the United States of America as president.

Now you know the positions of the candidates on the issues.  You know their shortcomings and their strengths.  You can decide for yourself which one of these “less than ideal” candidates would make a better president of the United States.