So, I have heard many of my friends from either side of the isle comment over who won the debate (of which I saw no elements of a debate at least like any that I have ever participated in) on last Monday Sept. 26th. I have heard the comments about;
Whether it was rigged or not?
Did Lester Holt show bias in his questions?
Donald Trump acted just like they thought he would. (childish and throwing a tantrum.)
Was Donald Trump on cocaine? (sniff!)
Were there secret signals sent back and forth from Hillary Clinton to Lester Holt? (Scratching to the left of nose or chin!)
So a little disclaimer about what I am about to post, personally I am astounded that these are the two top candidates that have been chosen to represent the two largest political parties here in the United States. There are things that I in my personal values may agree or disagree with along both party lines as well as other third parties that were not included in this debate. But I am only going to represent the facts here and let others judge for themselves and I feel that facts stand alone and anyone can take them with a grain of salt or at least give them a decent review. So the main facts that we can look at is the question volume and content, so I am placing the content of the questions that Lester Holt presented to both Hillary Clinton represented in Blue and Donald Trump represented in Red. So here they are separated, to show the amount and content to each Presidential Candidate. Pardon my quixotic nature as I put the lady first.
Questions to Hillary Clinton:
Questions to Donald Trump:
I will start out by saying I neither endorse nor support either candidate but if you look at the pure content and volume of questions it is quite easy to see that there were more questions posed to Trump verses Clinton and as far as their content it is quite obvious to see it is a little one sided questioning with requirements of validation more specifically challenging Trump. For this I would blame the moderator Lester Holt I felt that he did a very lackluster job on treating the two fairly with both of their numerous scandals and controversies he seemed to pretty much attack one while handling the other with "kid gloves". I am aware that Holt is a registered Republican yet I find this to be of no value as I know people that are registered Democrat and vote Republican and vice versa. What has happened to our news media? They no longer report the news but rather opinion and I for one am tired of it. In my opinion they should let all top 21 third party (see homepage) candidates (those that are listed on at least 20 states or more.) debate or even host a third party candidate debate in lieu of not allowing them to participate in the main debate.
Yet I digress! so back to a little on the debates so a quick look at the questions. They started out as a fairly good question about how to put Americans back to work and taxes. I noticed that Lester made only mention about taxing increases and cuts for the wealthy but no mention of the middle class by Holt, So I decided to look at both candidates websites for more insight because in the end we know that the tax burden falls mostly on it's citizens and not it's corporations, (Individuals paid 1.6 Trillion in income taxes and 1.1 Trillion in Social insurance taxes for a total of 2.7 trillion paid out by american workers compared to 344 Billion paid by corporations in 2015. Federal Budget 2015)
Clinton's view on taxes are available on her website here and here (there are other sublinks on these pages to specifics) on closing tax loop holes for corporations, while I agree with making sure that we close these loop holes that allow corporations to file and claim nearly next to nothing in tax responsibility, I was only able to find this short piece on the individuals and families.
" Provide tax relief to working families from the rising costs they face.
For too many years, middle-class families have been squeezed by rising costs for everything from child care to health care to affording college. Hillary will offer relief from these rising costs, including tax relief for Americans facing excessive out-of-pocket health care costs and for those caring for an ill or elderly family member."
In her defense she does go in to long detail about laws that need to be changed for corporations, but would these changes and raises affect or possibly put people out of jobs? She also proposes that people making more than $ 1 million a year pay a required 30% tax on income but that does not state net or gross. Most of her tax reform seems to talk about the wealthy and is spread out over many pages on the website, which can be a bit overwhelming when you are looking for specifics.
Trump's view on taxes are available on his website here, pretty much all of it fits on one page and his individual and joint or family tax structures are pretty simple, he actually out does Hillary and raises taxes on those make $225,000.00 or more to 33% and 1/2 of that for single filers. He will increase standard deductions and place a cap on itemized deductions. here are his brackets for taxes:
Individual Income Tax
The Trump Plan will collapse the current seven tax brackets to three brackets. The rates and breakpoints are as shown below. The tax brackets are similar to those in the House GOP tax blueprint.
Brackets & Rates for Married-Joint filers:
Less than $75,000: 12%
More than $75,000 but less than $225,000: 25%
More than $225,000: 33%
*Brackets for single filers are ½ of these amounts
The Trump Plan will retain the existing capital gains rate structure (maximum rate of 20 percent) with tax brackets shown above. Carried interest will be taxed as ordinary income.
Now back to more on the debate, Lester Holt pushed Trump on his tax returns as he should to show transparency. The only objections I think that Trump would face is that while being under audit, if he has made even one little mistake a comma out of place or anything it is almost certain he will be hounded in the media for it. However when it came to Clinton's emails he treated as a trivial matter and even asked her if she wanted to respond to that. Personally I think as Holt suggested they should release both at the same time and let the melee ensue!
Lastly Holt actually referred to Trump's support of the Iraq war in 2002 (Stern Clip at 1:40) (Trump says,"Yeh, I guess so. We should have done it right the first time.") with no mention of Clinton's Senate vote to support the Iraq War and said how is that any different as Trump at first disagreed with the statement and then stated "I was a business man" i.e. a private citizen. As a matter of fact it is a whole lot different, Clinton had privy to numerous security reports that Trump or private citizens such as you are I do not have privilege to. In Clinton's defense she has said since then it was a mistake that she voted for the War in Iraq.
In Closing I will encourage all to "hold on folks" it's going to be a wild ride over the next four years, I for one will be praying fervently for our nation and whoever gets into the White House. As far as for any pointers I would have to give this one to Trump during the next debate take a cue from Hillary Clinton, when you are accused of something and not for sure if you said or did it, instead of blurting an " I didn't do it or say it." calmly turn toward the camera and respond, " I don't recall." Because spontaneous memory lapse is better than being proved a liar, and I guess it's worked pretty well for her.
Good Night and God bless! enjoy the VP debate tonight!
Very nicely written article! I agree with you on several points. A little background on myself, first of all....I was raised in RABID Republican household. "Obama", "climate change", and "tax increase" were words best not uttered around my family. As I grew up and spent time with people of all walks of life, it became very apparent to me that I had been raised to look at the world in a very obscure light. My opinions and ideology changed in ways I never imagined possible. That being said, I've got to agree with you that neither of these candidates are suitable for such a high office. I look at Trump and Clinton like this: Clinton is a typical politician. She will promise everything and deliver on very little of it. Nothing new here, world keeps on spinning. On the other hand, Trump is a DANGEROUS person. I'm confident that if he's elected, his poor judgment and hair-trigger will result in awful, awful things for America and other countries. I understand people's many frustrations with the Obama administration and Clinton will perpetuate it. But Trump is another beast all together. That's my two cents. I'll continue to look for the silver lining in this one. Thanks again for a great review!!
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