First, let’s get the big question out of the way. Why do I say “Reasons to Vote Against…”? Simple. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump qualify as almost nobody’s ideal candidate. There is near universal agreement that both parties chose candidates that do their image no favors. But, it is, what it is, and we must now choose one of these two to be our next President. So the purpose of this post is just to lay out probable consequences of that choice.
What a vote for Clinton will likely mean (this list is based not on what Hillary says but on her past actions and associations):
- The status quo – she has been part of the Establishment for more than 30 years. It is in her best interest to keep things as they are – why would she change a system that has made her and her family worth hundreds of millions of dollars?
- Continued or even increased obscurity of government actions – Hillary’s history is one of hiding from public view anything that she thinks could work against her. A vote for Hillary is a vote for the antithesis of “transparency” in government. There was a reason why she illegally destroyed 30,000 emails and it wasn’t because she wanted transparency in government.
- Abuse of Government power (the Bully Pulpit) to increase the wealth and power of the Clinton Foundation as a way of funneling wealth to Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton. It has been called Pay-to-Play. When Bill was President, you could sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom if you donated enough to the Democrats. When Hillary was Secretary of State, she arranged for access to high government officials in return for large donations to the Clinton Foundation.
- Continued erosion of the American dream. The more that Democrats control government and use government giveaways to buy votes, the more of your hard-earned money will go to government programs. This equates to fewer opportunities for people who want to work. If you need examples, look to any city that has been run by Democrats for the past 25 years, like Detroit (since ’62), Chicago (since ’31), Philadelphia (since ’52), etc. This is Hillary’s background and would be her future path.
- More government paperwork for day to day activities. Do you want to open a bank account, buy or sell a house, enter into a contract to repair your car? Each of these things and a multitude of others will become more regulated, more complex, and will be accompanied by more extensive paperwork. The establishment has found that if you can be kept busy, you won’t have time to look carefully at what it is doing to you. Just consider your federal income taxes. In 1966 (50 years ago) the instruction to fill out your form 1040 to accompany your payment of federal taxes was 20 pages long and most people filed taxes without the need of a CPA. Today, the 1040 instructions run 105 pages and only one third of taxpayers do their own. This increased complexity and paperwork is a true tax on all of us. It is a time tax. You are being deprived of your right to spend your time as you choose.
- More bureaucratic overreach as Mrs. Clinton would use government agencies to bend things to her will. Think about the IRS audits of conservative groups at a rate 3-4 times as great as the number of audits of “progressive” groups. This is the sort of activity used by the current administration and admired by Clinton. We will see more of this.
- Further control over business activities. This is in the form of things like Obamacare that mandate costly programs for private enterprise that reduce the efficiency of U.S. companies.
- Higher taxes, especially on businesses. This in turn will cause businesses to reduce staff to pay the higher tax load. That means losses of jobs. Most businesses are either Subchapter S, LLC or sole proprietor businesses. That means that their profits, the profits needed to reinvest in the business, are considered income for the business owner. Higher taxes on these business owners will mean less investment in businesses and therefore fewer jobs. Mrs. Clinton’s complete lack of understanding of this is a huge danger to our economy. If I were more cynical, I would say she completely understands this and wants to punish business and create more unemployed people whom she can control through federal giveaway programs.
- Supreme Court Justices who believe the Constitution is a living document and should be warped to the views of the current leaders of the country. If you think there is too much political correctness now, just wait until the Supreme Court has a 25 year run as a reliable Liberal rubber stamp for policies like those of Clinton and Obama.
- Further racial divide. Mr. Obama has presided over the biggest increase in racial strife that we have ever seen. Now, Mrs. Clinton would add a war between the sexes. Again, it’s divide and conquer. The more people she will be able to keep busy with animosity toward others, the eiser it is to hide what you are doing to them.
- Further corrosion of our culture and our morals. She is very clear that she has no respect for the sanctity of life. She would increase government programs to help people abort babies not save them. She, much like the Obamas have done, would continue to glamorize sex and the demeaning of women in our music, our film, art.
- She would work steadily, as has Mr. Obama, to undermine our national sovereignty and move us to a “global” economy and government. She wants to break down borders. She wants to have free trade but will not enforce violations. She will make and support trade agreements that give all advantage to others. If you doubt this or any of the above, just look at Mr. Obama’s record and and ask yourself where she disagrees with Mr. Obama.
- This is just a small list. It is too depressing to write more.
What a vote for Trump will likely mean (this list is based on what Mr. Trump has said, and his past actions):
- Wall Street Will Be Scared for two or three months until they remember that a President can only do as much damage as the Congress and the Courts will let him. Our government is one than changes slowly and almost requires that all three elements (Justice, Congress, Executive) be in agreement.
- The Establishment Will Be Scared. Change is the enemy of the Establishment. The rich and powerful have learned to live within the current rules which they have molded to their advantage. They like things the way they are because they have prospered and had their way. Many of the changes Mr. Trump has outlined would threaten their ability to keep their advantage and their power. If there are fewer funds to give to constituents, that hurts incumbents. If there are fewer barriers to entry into business or politics, that is a competitive thread to those now in power.
- Foreign Powers will be scared, especially those who have been working the USA to help feather their own nests. They don’t want to have to pay for any more of their defense than they do now. They don’t want to give up subsidies, aid, or our good will. They fear if demanded to pay their share of things like the U.N., they will lose good will and the money that props up their social programs. They would also not be sure what the USA was going to do in trade or military actions months in advance like they do now.
- There will be voter ID required. Mr. Trump would move to reduce fraud in our voter roles and our actual voting by requiring identification in order to register to vote or to vote – just like it is required to rent a car, open a bank account, cross a border into another country. This is not an act of racial discrimination but an act of common sense.
- There will be less government control of our lives. For example, Obamacare will be radically changed. We will stop subsidizing prescription drugs for the rest of the world (we pay more for the drugs than any other country even though most are developed and made here). The tax code will begin to be simplified.
- The Court will be more conservative than if Hillary is elected. It will respect the Constitution.
- Political Correctness will begin to abate and the Racial divide will slowly be reduced as people have work and faith in the future.
- The economy will improve. Making the use of tax dollars more effective and more oriented toward infrastructure will create more jobs rather than encourage people not to work. Decreasing taxes means more money is left for people to use as they wish rather than giving it to the politicians and bureaucrats to spend as they wish.
- Government will be more transparent. No longer will unemployment of 16% be reported (as it is now) as 5%. No longer will the IRS be used as a tool to suppress the other party.
- We will again have a border that will allow us to maintain our sovereignty. Part of the effort to reduce terrorism and drug imports requires borders. The current administration has proven and a Clinton administration promises to continue to underfund border control.
I have missed a lot of things, but, this all boils down to the following:
If you vote for Mrs. Clinton you will get more of what you have had for the past 8 years. If you vote for Mr. Trump it will be somewhat different.
We have no way to prove that Mrs. Clinton will do what she has done in the past but that is more likely than it is that she will do what she promises in her campaign. We have no way to be sure that Mr. Trump will accomplish what he promises in his campaign, but based on his past actions, he will value life more than Mrs. Clinton has and he will negotiate better than she has. He will not allow the USA to be used by most of the rest of the world, as it has been for the past many years under weak leadership.