University of Haifa International School Student Blog
As a first time voter this election was pretty hard for me to decide which candidate is best fit to be the next president of the United States. As an International Relations student I paid attention to what both candidates had to say on the issues of education, national security, and immigration.
I had hoped that the debates between the two candidates would help me make my decision, but it only got me more confused as both candidates never really talked about their positions. So I decided to go to each candidate’s website and read up on the issues myself. I know some people might think that a candidate will write anything on their website to get you to vote for them, but for me comparing each issue side by side really helped me make a decision. I hope that based on the facts written below you are able to make a decision as well. I also request you to do further research on issues you find important.
Let’s start off with Trump:
On the first issue of Education Trump wants to add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars. He wants to give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter laws, encouraging them to participate. He wants to establish the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty. He will ask the states to collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty. He will work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars. Lastly he ensures 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.
Trump’s position on national security is to work with Congress to fully repeal the defense sequester and submit a new budget to rebuild our depleted military. He wants to increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers, which the Army Chief of Staff says he needs to execute current missions. He wants to rebuild the U.S. Navy toward a goal of 350 ships, as the bipartisan National Defense Panel has recommended. Provide the U.S. Air Force with the 1,200 fighter aircraft they need. As well as grow the U.S. Marine Corps to 36 battalions. He will invest in a serious missile defense system to meet growing threats by modernizing our Navy’s cruisers and procuring additional, modern destroyers to counter the ballistic missile threat from Iran and North Korea. Also he will emphasize cyber warfare and require a comprehensive review from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all relevant federal agencies to identify our cyber vulnerabilities and to protect all vital infrastructure and to create a state-of-the-art cyber defense and offense. Lastly he will pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs.
Here is Trump’s most talked about issue on immigration. He will prioritize the jobs, wages and security of the American people. Next establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first. Protect the economic well-being of the lawful immigrants already living here by curbing uncontrolled foreign worker admissions. Select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in the U.S. and their ability to be financially self-sufficient. Vet applicants to ensure they support America’s values, institutions and people, and temporarily suspend immigration from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting cannot presently be ensured. Enforce the immigration laws of the United States and restore the Constitutional rule of law upon which America’s prosperity and security depend. Donald Trump also has his ten point plan to put America first that you all should check out on his website.
Now let’s go to Clinton and see her viewpoints on the same three issues.
On education, Clinton believes that every child deserves the chance to live up to his or her god given potential. She will make pre-school universal for every 4 year old in America. She will significantly increase child care investments so that no family in America has to pay more than 10 percent of its income to afford high-quality child care. Also increase access to high-quality child care on college campuses by serving an additional 250,000 children. She wants to tackle the problem of making college debt free and taking on student debt. Every student should have the option to graduate from a public college or university in their state without taking on any student debt. To reduce the burden for future borrowers, Clinton will significantly cut interest rates so the government never profits from college student loans. She wants to end sexual assault on campus and fight for a better system to make sure that universities handle the matter correctly.
Her positon on national security is to end gun violence by expanding background checks and by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill by supporting laws that stop domestic abusers from buying and owning guns. Another issue she wants to tackle is to take out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria. She want to work with our allies to dismantle global terror networks and lastly harden our defenses at home. She wants every American to fight the fight and not wait on the sidelines. As part of military and defense Provide budgetary certainty to facilitate reforms and enable long-term planning. She will invest in innovation and capabilities that will allow us to prepare for and fight 21st-century threats. As well as create a defense budget that reflects good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Lastly to take care of our veterans and their families.
Her last position on immigration is completely different than Trump’s. She will work to fix our broken immigration system and stay true to our fundamental American values: that we are a nation of immigrants, and we treat those who come to our country with dignity and respect—and that we embrace immigrants, not denigrate them. Clinton will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship within her first 100 days in office. It will treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog, uphold the rule of law, protect our borders and national security, and bring millions of hardworking people into the formal economy. She will end the three- and 10-year bars. Defend President Obama’s executive actions—known as DACA and DAPA—against partisan attacks. Do everything possible under the law to protect families. Enforce immigration laws humanely. Lastly end family detention and close private immigration detention centers, expand access to affordable health care to all families, promote naturalization, and support immigrant integration.
These are the just some of the points that I thought would be helpful to share. You can find more points for both candidates on their websites. I know both sides have their own personal problems either with classified emails or sexual assault scandals…but that doesn’t take into account on what their positions on critical issues are. All the points listed above are taken directly from their website as I am completely unbiased on this matter. If you can I urge you to go vote by this Tuesday at the polls and choose who you believe can help our country for the better. Let’s see what the next president does in the first 100 days in office!