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A millennia’s voice: Hillary Clinton for President

A woman with over 30 years of experience, and a man who’s known to the world as a reality television star. Take your pick for the next commander-in-chief.

Back in April of last year, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her second run for the presidency. A shy two months later, Donald J. Trump announced his presidential bid.  

No one really expected him to make it this far, just like no one expected him to run after his 2012 failure.

With just two weeks away from one of the most anticipated presidential elections, Clinton for president of the United States is the choice.

Clinton is determined to see the middle class prosper. She supports the “Fight for 15,” a campaign that pushes for higher minimum wages in individual states and cities. She notes that rural areas may not be able to handle this significant increase.

Her plan also involves a “debt-free” tuition at four-year public colleges and universities. The tuition will be calculated based on family income. Loan repayment and interest rates would also be determined by income.

Trump’s economic plans are seen as a slippery slope.

A member of the higher income club, Trump would cut the top income tax bracket to 33 percent from the current 39.6. The wealthy would benefit most from his overall tax proposals, with the top one percent of income earners receiving, on average, a tax cut of $214,690 in 2017, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Clinton would keep taxes the same for most Americans but add an additional bracket for the rich. The income from that would be used to pay for programs like her “debt-free” tuition.

Her campaign is calling the higher taxes on the wealthy, the top 4 percent who earn more than $5 million. She effectively creates a new top bracket of 43.6 percent. And those earning more than $1 million a year would be subject to a minimum 30 percent tax rate. About 92 percent of her tax increases would fall on the top one percent.

Throughout the campaign, Trump has stood by his slogan of “Make America Great Again.” His plans won’t make America great now or in the future. He wants to go back to the times where many were ostracized.

“I want to send the message. … America is already is great. But we are great because we are good, and we will respect each other,” Clinton said.

Immigration has been one of the most controversial topics for both candidates during their campaign cycle. Trump has emphasized on building his wall along the U.S./Mexico border and having Mexico pay for it, along with wanting to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants. In the last presidential debate when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump about his losing immigration policy and reform, he responded with labeling Latinos as “bad hombres.” His first hour in office, he would get rid of “those people.”

Secretary Clinton has stood by her plans to continue Obama’s path on the Dream Act, emphasizing that the “dreamers” should have a clear path to citizenship and be fully integrated; promising to make it happen within her first 100 days in office, according to her campaign website.

Clinton’s immigration policy include allowing all individuals (citizens or not) to access health insurance by buying into Obamacare if they so choose. She said in a town hall back in March they should have the option to purchase health insurance under the provisions of Obamacare if they can afford to. Currently, the Affordable Care Act does not allow undocumented individuals the right to do so.

Trump has also singled out Muslim Americans for ridicule. He would make Muslims face discriminatory immigration hurdles. He said, that majority of the Syrian refugees coming in are “radical Islamic terrorist.”

Clinton has said she does not condone his measures of safety, but states she would only deport “violent criminals, terrorists, and anyone who threatens our safety.”

She has a record for public service as First Lady of Arkansas and the United States, New York senator, and secretary of state. Trump has a record number of debts, unpaid taxes, and sexual assault allegations–as well as a litany of racist and misogynistic statements .

His derogatory comments towards women, childlike temperament, and insulting actions towards the disabled makes him incompetent to hold office.

Since the release of the decade-old tape of his “locker-room talk” with former Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush, has resulted in multitude of allegations against Trump. His antics have no place in the White House.

Clinton is the most qualified and best  suited candidate. She has fought for women’s rights, stands for the LGBT community and listens to the voices that need to be heard. The United States needs to prepare to cast its vote on Nov. 8 for the first female president.

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