Election 2016: Time to decide

Hannah Anglin, Editor in chief

Fast forward to January 2017, the newest president is taking office.  Depending on who this is, the next four years will be vastly different.  With a new president entering the White House, what’s really at stake?

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s plans for the White House are completely different, the experience that qualifies them to be president is as well.  Clinton is a Yale Law School graduate who has served as a Senator for New York as well as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.  Trump, however, is a billionaire known for his reality TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” His lack of political experience is part of the appeal for many people who are tired of the typical “politicians.”

“Right now our country need a businessman, not a politician. America is in $19 trillion in debt. Donald Trump knows where money comes from and how to make more of it,” sophomore Logan Marshall said.  “Also, I think people should vote for the nominee that does not need the job. Trump has enough money, he simply loves this country.”

One of the defining issues of this election is immigration. Trump’s plan takes a more aggressive approach, calling for the deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants.  Another part of his plan is to build a wall along our southern border to prevent more immigrants from entering the United States, while making Mexico pay for it.

Clinton, however, wants to focus on helping undocumented immigrants gain citizenship by making the naturalization process easier, and help immigrants assimilate into American life.  To achieve this, Clinton plans to decrease naturalization costs and expand education and outreach to make the process of gaining citizenship more attainable for more people.

“Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan looks progressive when compared to Donald Trump’s, but it’s not really progressive,” college counselor Seth Rose said.  “If she continues to follow President Obama’s deportation plan, she will put undocumented immigrants and their families under duress and fear.”

The issue of gun control has become increasingly prominent with recent shootings, such as San Bernardino, California and the Orlando night club.

Trump doesn’t believe that the background checks to buy guns should be expanded because he believes that most people going through the system to buy guns are law-abiding citizens. When it comes to mental health issues and gun control, Trump plans to reform and expand the mental health care system to keep guns away from people who would use them violently.

While Clinton also wants to expand the mental health care system, she wants to focus on closing loopholes that allow guns to get into the wrong hands.  She is a huge supporter of background checks when it comes to people purchasing guns.  As First Lady, she supported the Brady Bill, and today she plans to push for more background checks on all gun sales.

“I appreciate that Clinton stands for the Second Amendment, but I think it’s important that she wants to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” senior Katie Gruninger said.

When it comes to taxes, Trump supports the House Republican Plan, which changes the current seven bracket system with a three bracket system, which increases taxes as incomes increase.  He also advocates cutting the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, while also cutting off loopholes in the tax.

“I would like Donald Trump to win [the election] because I think he is a stand up guy that is willing to take a couple risks to get the job done that our country hasn’t been able to do for the last eight years,” sophomore Josh Houston said.  “Also, I think he would be a prime person to propel this country’s economy forward and strengthen ties with Russia.  He was endorsed by Vladimir Putin and I think if Donald Trump is elected it would be for the better.” Cont. on pg 13 – Election