December 9, 2016

Guest Commentary: Why I support Donald Trump for president

Written by guest columnist Alexandrea Martin 

Donald Trump. A disgrace to the human race and politics to some, and to others he’s the new backbone of America: a hero at that.

To me, Donald Trump is the most intelligent decision for presidency that we have here in the United States. Some people call me insane, a racist, a bigot. Regardless, Donald Trump actually has the best policies for our country. Here are a few of the changes he will make, according to his website, donaldjtrump.com.

The main reason I love Trump is his tax policy. Here’s how he plans to change taxation in America.

1.) Tax relief for middle class Americans: let people keep more money in their pockets

2.) Grow the economy by discouraging corporate inversions (companies that have headquarters overseas).

Statistically, the middle-class carries most of the weight of the federal taxing. If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax with Trump as president.

Secondly, we as Americans are NOT the global power we used to be. In political and trade discussions, China outbids us and embarrasses us. Mexico is also exploiting America.

Mexico has abused the American government for an easy way to ship out crime and receive tax credits for illegal immigrants. They have even published pamphlets on how to illegally immigrate to the U.S. American taxpayers have been asked to pick up billions in healthcare, housing, education, and welfare costs. The New York Times published an article on it in 2005. It’s been a thing for a while.

Statistically, all American employment rates are down, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is partially due to the cheap labor and payment of illegals that are hired to work. Why pay someone who is legal when you can pay an illegal immigrant half as much, in cash, with no taxes? Mexico should pay for a border to repay Americans for the damage they have done.

Now, let’s discuss the people who help fight for our country – veterans.

The way the Veteran’s Association is run now is an absolute joke and a disgrace for those who have served.

Over 300,000 veterans have died waiting for care. Wait times were actually 50 percent higher than last year, according to CNN politics. Trump plans to help the veterans get the help and care they need whenever they need it. Trump plans to:

1.) Increase funding for PTSD, brain injury and suicide prevention services

2.) Increase funding for job training/placement services

3.) Better support for women veterans

Personally, I am also tired of my healthcare costs being outrageous. I believe everyone should have access to adequate healthcare, but not the way we handle it now.

A free market healthcare is the best way to receive the best priced healthcare for everyone. Competition in insurance costs will allow prices to go down. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that everyone can have it.

Requiring price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations is necessary. Congress needs to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Allowing consumers access to safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.

Lastly, let’s talk about China.

China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2000.  Since then, Americans have witnessed the closure of more than 50,000 factories and the loss of millions of jobs according to Bloomberg.

America opened its markets to China but China has not reciprocated. How is it fair China manufactures most of our goods, yet we have limited place in their market? Trump plans to hold China accountable and not share intelligence unless we are allowed access to their market and they keep their contract. China has cheated the U.S. with the violation of its WTO contract, it is time someone held them accountable.

Attending a liberal arts school is a double edged sword. I love Webster, but being an independent is not easy. It’s assumed that I’m racist and hate poor people because I support Trump and his policies.

I think a shortcoming here is that liberal ideology is not counterbalanced. We have wonderful, creative and intelligent people here. But just hearing one side of the argument and being surrounded by those like-minded in your own beliefs is not helping you grow. I think I have benefited the most by coming here and seeing how others think.

You cannot silence and shut down a viewpoint just because you do not agree with it. Ignoring anyone because you already have predisposed ideas about them is not very open-minded. I listen to opposing ideology all day; maybe it is time others do the same. That can help our politics come closer to what the Founding Fathers wanted: not division, but compromise.

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