When it came to the election, many heard about the scandals, read the tweets, saw the pictures, listened to the opinions, etc. But what does the future president, Donald Trump, actually represent? What policies is he going to implement and what are his stances on issues? In other words, what might you expect from the new president? The answers to these questions are attempted below. All information is from Donald Trump’s website unless stated otherwise.
Trump hopes to reduce taxes, particularly for those in the middle class. He wants to reduce the business tax rate to 15 percent (it is currently at 35 percent) and eliminate estate tax. Trump would also like to lower the cost of childcare by letting families take out the average cost of childcare from their taxes, including stay-at-home parents. According to Scott Horsley, the White House Correspondent for NPR, “The biggest beneficiaries of Trump’s tax cuts are the wealthy. The top 1 percent of earners see their after-tax income rise by between 10.2 percent and 19 percent. Overall savings would be less than 1 percent.” To read more about Trump’s tax plan, go to https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/tax-plan/
Trump has a 10 Point Plan to Put America First. The first point on this plan is to “begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall.” Other points include taking illegal immigrants out of the country and putting all immigration laws into actions while terminating President Obama’s amnesty to illegal immigrants. To see the full 10 point plan, go to https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/immigration/
Repealing and replacing Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts has been a prominent policy Trump would like to implement in his time in the White House. “The basic Trump plan…would allow tax deductions for the full amount of health insurance premiums; it would convert Medicaid [a health care program which assists low-income families and funded primarily by the federal government] into a block grant program, and it would allow insurers to sell policies across state lines,” said Joe Neel, NPR Science Desk Editor, and Correspondent. Susan Davis, who covers Congress for NPR, said in an NPR Politics Podcast, “For the past five years, the Republican party…has been very much united on repealing President Obama’s Healthcare Law…There was never a realistic legislative path for that to happen because they were always dealing with split government or a Democrat in the House. There now exists a narrow but real legislative path for Republicans to do this. It is going to be an interesting test of their power to see if they really go through with it, after promising to do it and how they would remake our healthcare system if they do it.”
Foreign Policy and Defeating ISIS
Trump would like to temporarily suspend immigration from “some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” Trump would also like to create Commission on Radical Islam in order to identify and explain to the United States citizens what the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam are. In regards to defeating ISIS, Trump wants to work aggressively with the United States military and international allies, including America’s Arab allies in the Middle East, to fight against ISIS by cutting off ISIS’s funding, propaganda, recruitment, and their cyber-warfare. Essentially, Trump would like to cut off ISIS’s resources as soon as possible.
Constitution and Second Amendment
With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and Trump will be making a nomination for who will fill Justice Scalia’s position. He has put together a list of more than 20 candidates for the Supreme Court, which can be viewed here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-adds-to-list-of-potential-supreme-court-justice-picks.
Trump has emphasized he will be choosing someone who has similar views and principles as Justice Scalia. “Supreme Court nominations are hugely, hugely significant. Depending on who he nominates, this is someone who could be on the court for generations-30, 40, 50 years if you pick someone younger.” (Davis, NPR Politics Podcast)
Trump believes the Second Amendment of our Constitution “shall not be infringed upon.” He wants to defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners by making the national right to carry legal in all 50 states, “fix[ing] the system we have and make it work as intended”, and he firmly believes “the government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.”
Donald Trump said at his victory party at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan:
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans…For those who have chosen not to support me in the past…I am reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
Donald Trump issued a 100-day plan for his first few months in the White House. To read more about this plan, check out NPR’s article at http://www.npr.org/2016/11/09/501451368/here-is-what-donald-trump-wants-to-do-in-his-first-100-days. If you are interested in keeping up with the politics in the next couple of months, consider downloading/subscribing the NPR Politics Podcast. It is objective, entertaining and keeps listeners up to date with what’s going on in the political world.
The question on many people’s minds may be, what’s going to happen? Who knows what is to come in the next weeks, months and years. In this time it is important to remember ourselves, our values and to continue to be the change we would like to see in the world, no matter who the head of the United States is.
“We at St. Kate’s will still continue to be who we are regardless of who the president is. St. Kate’s has been here for more than 100 years, and we’re not going anywhere. If we really believe in our mission to be inclusive, woman-centered, and justice-seeking, it’s more important than ever that we lead by example,” said Elizabeth Otto, Communications Studies professor.