By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
October 23, 2016
Facts, not opinions, may help undecided
The debates are over. Thank God. It’s two weeks and two days
until the election.
When the process began 18 months ago, American voters both
Republican and Democrat, made it clear they have had enough of political
corruption. Americans want change. They want a non-establishment President. At
least that’s what they say.
Two groups of people are trained in debate: politicians and
If you want a non-establishment President, you do not want a
politician or a lawyer because most politicians are also lawyers, and most
lawyers are taught to be politicians whether they run for office or not.
Donald Trump is neither. It’s why he’s so popular with those
who understand the value of capitalism and the evils of socialism. He
especially understands the lawlessness of crony-capitalism (which has replaced
real capitalism in America).
Since the above statements are factual, why are people
critical of Trump’s debate performance? He is not a trained debater... he
hasn’t been taught to avoid direct answers to direct questions. Saying you want
a non-establishment candidate who is a trained debater is like saying “I want
roast beef for dinner but it must come from a chicken.”
The fact that this hugely successful businessman has
defeated 15 debate-trained primary candidates and has held his own and even won
against a woman who has been debating for 30 years or more attests to Trump’s
intelligence and his ability to learn a totally new lifestyle quickly and well.
This is my final article before the election and I hope the
following information will be helpful to voters. These are the issues and
candidate positions as I understand them to be:
• If you believe it’s okay for a baby to
be aborted up until the moment of birth, Hillary agrees; Donald Trump
disagrees. There have been 53 million abortions in America since the Roe v.
Wade Supreme Court decision making abortion legal. Abortion is not being used
as a woman’s choice; it’s being used as birth control. “Choice” occurs when a
woman decides whether or not to remove her panties. It is beyond that moment
of “choice” pregnancy occurs.
Though Trump personally opposes
abortion, he wants individual states to decide whether abortion is legal. He will appoint to
the Supreme Court Justices who will help him achieve this objective.
Those who say “the health of the mother” justifies late-term
abortion ignore medical reports stating the health of the mother never
justifies late-term abortion because doctors say a caesarian section can be
performed to save the mother. They ignore the fact that “health of the mother”
has come to mean if, after nine months of pregnancy the idea of having the baby
depresses the mother, it places her mental health in danger and she qualifies
for a late-term abortion.
• If you want open borders– anyone can enter
the U.S. (and Canada) from Mexico and Canada – Hillary agrees; Donald Trump
will build a wall and strongly disagrees. As Hillary said in a Wall Street
speech, she wants the entire Western Hemisphere to have open borders. It could
allow up to 600 million immigrants to enter the United States.
Donald Trump says borders define a
nation – and he is correct. To be accepted by the rest of the world as a nation, a
“nation” must have four things in place: 1) a defined territory (borders), 2) a
defined population, 3) military strength sufficient to defend the territory and
the people, and it must 4) control of a system of finance that supports the
people and the military. If any of those four things are missing, a mass of
land with people living on it may call itself a nation but by the international
definition of “nation” it is not. This creates all kinds of Treaty and trade
problems, by the way.
• If you want a strong military, Donald Trump agrees. He would increase
the size and strength of the military which the Obama Administration has
weakened to World War II levels. Trump is a conservative who doesn’t want
military involvement all around the world and wants payment from nations we
agree to defend. It is neo-conservatism (the Bush cabal) that supports invasion
accompanied by nation building.
Hillary Clinton opposes strengthening
the military and would continue existing Obama
administration military policies. I believe a nation is more likely to be
attacked when its ability to defend itself is weak, rather than strong. History
says we are safer with a strong military.
• If you want
Supreme Court Justices appointed (the next President will likely appoint
three or four) who support abortion, the federal takeover of education, who
will make gun ownership more difficult (if not impossible), who support
legislating from the bench and do not support the power of the three branches
of American government (legislative, executive and judicial), Hillary is your
candidate. Those who support the Constitution which gives the power of
legislating to the Congress, not the Supremes and other courts, Donald Trump
agrees with you.
Trump believes in the Constitution as
written by the founding fathers, not as written by Supreme Court
Justices who want it to reflect their personal “living” opinions. He is
endorsed by the NRA and other gun owner groups. He is also endorsed by the
Border Patrol, ICE, and many law enforcement groups.
• If you want
illegal immigration to continue and if you want to give amnesty to illegal aliens who
sneak into American unlawfully, Hillary agrees with you. She wants to let in
anyone and everyone. She intends to increase the number of Middle East aliens
Obama has allowed in by 550%. She is on record as supporting open borders
throughout the Western Hemisphere (remember the North American Union?).
Donald Trump disagrees strongly. He does not support
amnesty and would first eliminate sanctuary cities and known illegal alien
criminals and then deal with the 20 million illegals who he believes take jobs
from American citizens – as did Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Hoover who
sent millions of illegals home to protect American jobs. He also believes it is
unfair to those trying to enter America legally by delaying their lawful entry
because of so many illegals.
Trump believes the billions of dollars of Medicare funds
spent annually on illegal aliens who are not citizens diminishes the level of
care available to America’s retired citizens and threatens the future of both
Social Security and Medicare. He is concerned about the thousands of
children who enter America with no adult protection and just disappear. He is
right to be concerned. More than 3 million children a year are sold into some
form of slavery worldwide. Hillary says she wants to protect children but
invites them to enter illegally with no adult protection... an open invitation
to child traffickers.
• If you want
to pay higher taxes, Hillary will help. Hillary suggests that affluent people do not
pay their fair share of taxes. Statistics say that 5% of affluent Americans pay
70% of income taxes. Hillary says all of her costly new programs can be paid by
increasing taxes on the very affluent. I have run those numbers and it is not
true... big time untrue. Her programs will require a tax increase for the
Trump’s plan lowers taxes on all
individuals as well as corporations. He supports the Reagan theory which
very effectively lowered taxes and increased employment (and when employment is
increased, the tax base increases because new jobs are created and income taxes
that come from the new jobs increase income tax payments to Treasury).
Trump is right about the trillions of dollars that are kept
offshore because of America’s high tax rates. If one looks only at the federal
income tax rate, it doesn’t make America look like one of the highest taxed
nations in the world, as Trump says it is. However, when you add city and state
taxes, sales taxes, fees, etc., we definitely are one of the most highly taxed
nations in the world.
One of the less discussed facts related to this topic is how
people with money (who Hillary wants to over-tax) are the ones who create jobs.
Very few poor people, few in the middle class, own growing and thriving
businesses that employ people -- and 70% of America's jobs comes from
It takes people with access to cash flow to create jobs and
Hillary Clinton’s stand on this subject is dangerous. Sweden found out the hard
way what happens when you over-tax the rich. They leave the country and take
their money with them. Her plans will cost more jobs and generate less funding
for the Treasury Department – which she relies on to pay for “shovel ready
infrastructure jobs” she wants to create and to pay for with tax dollars.
• If you support education programs like Common Core and No
Child Left Behind, Hillary agrees with you. She believes government should be
actively involved in running the public school system and does not believe in
school choice or charter schools.
Donald Trump will get rid of Common
Core, favors school choice, and believes states and local school boards should
choose all subjects taught to their children. The public school
system has become largely unionized and appears to serve union bosses with
political agendas rather than the educational needs of students. They are
strong Hillary supporters.
• To generate
taxes for the Treasury, jobs must be created in the private, not the public,
sector. Public sector jobs cost tax dollars; private
sector jobs provide tax dollars. Hillary Clinton has never created jobs in the private
sector. She has created public sector jobs which forces an increase in taxes to
pay for them.
Donald Trump has created thousands of
private sector jobs. It is true that as an astute businessman he has utilized
programs and methods made available by government (which Mrs. Clinton has
served for many years and has made no effort to change) that are not popular
with the American people... for example, using alien labor when he built a
casino. Some people view this as hypocrisy... using Hispanic/Latino labor, some
of whom are legal, some of whom are not, to personally profit but saying he
wants to send illegals home.
Anyone in business knows it is the responsibility of a CEO
to do what the law allows to make a profit for his company. The key words are
“the law allows.” Trump wants Latinos to become legal and pay into the tax
system, including the Social Security system... which most do not do today. If
they get amnesty, they will have access to Social Security and Medicare and it is a
threat to the entire Social Security and Medicare systems.
• If you love
Obamacare and resultant medical treatment, Hillary is with you all of the way!
Actually, Obamacare is a rewrite of Hillarycare. President Bill Clinton put
Hillary in charge of creating a national healthcare program in 1992. Hillary
will expand Obamacare and move quickly towards a national government healthcare
plan similar to the one in Canada... where seriously ill patients who can
afford it come to the U.S. for treatment.
Donald Trump prefers to eliminate
Obamacare and find a free market solution. He
wants to remove barriers that prevent competition – mostly regulations passed
by establishment politicians – and he believes competition will bring health
care costs down (as it has in the past) and increase quality of care.
Market-driven healthcare also removes the concern of government-run euthanasia
becoming a part of the American system of healthcare.
TRADE AND TREATIES: If you like NAFTA and our resultant $800 billion trade deficit
with treaty partners, Hillary is with you! If you like the millions of
manufacturing jobs lost because of the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA – then CAFTA and soon the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty [TPP] which
will suck more jobs from our already-ailing economy), Hillary agrees.
Mrs. Clinton had no intention of
renegotiating existing trade treaties and, until she needed
to solidify a relationship with Bernie Saunders supporters, she thought the TPP
was the gold standard of trade agreements. To appease Saunders supporters she
now says it may need some adjustments. There is no doubt that our trade
treaties have cost America much of its manufacturing base and jobs.
Donald Trump wants to
renegotiate existing trade agreements and treaties. He has a clear, business-based (rather than political) view of
trade, its impact on business growth and jobs, as well as trade deficits and
how they impact the overall economy and our foreign policy. And he understands
negotiation better than just about anyone.
The cost to taxpayers of the Obama
administration’s foreign policy has been high, indeed. It’s not just the very costly mistakes made by Obama and Clinton
in the Middle East. Only this week Philippine
President Duterte said in a Beijing speech, “I announce
my separation from the United States.” This is a direct result of Obama/Clinton
failed foreign policies. This is very serious stuff!
Though Duterte updated his announcement, it is clear we are not respected or appreciated by a nation that is critical to our well-being in that part of the world.
The cost to taxpayers from lost jobs, and a sick GDP (gross
domestic product – economic growth) have also been heavy – resulting in an
estimated 1% GDP for 2016 (an average weak GDP might be 3%... China’s GDP is
Such is the tyranny of socialism.
Finally, terrorism. I have only one thing to say on this issue. If you cannot name and
clearly define your enemy you will never defeat your enemy. Donald Trump agrees
with that concept. Hillary Clinton does not and will continue the Obama
policies which have caused such havoc in the Middle East. Her policies and
behavior re Benghazi are good examples of her failures.
When I look at the above issues, it is difficult for me to
understand how anyone can vote for Hillary Clinton... but we are a diverse
nation. My comments support facts, not my personal opinions.
Some of us, it appears, want to become part of George
Herbert Walker Bush’s New World Order and give up America’s sovereignty. Some
of us have become so dependent upon government we do not want anyone to get rid
of political corruption because it might eliminate access to welfare, extended
unemployment benefits and freebies like cell phones.
The truth is, when people put selfish desires ahead of the
good of their nation, they do indeed deserve the government they get. The rest
of us get drug along for the ride.
Think positive thoughts about a Trump victory because
positives attract positives. “They” like keeping you in a state of fear and
anxiety because such negatives attract more negatives and supports their
ruinous plots for internationalizing our nation.
Truth will prevail... eventually. It has already begun...
largely because Donald Trump brought so many things to our attention that those
polished, debate-trained politicians have been hiding from us so they can
continue their corrupt practices.
There’s only one way you can stop it: With your vote.