WOOT! The California Primaries are finally here tomorrow, and I’m super stoked to be casting my vote for Hillary Clinton! So far, I have a record of only voting for winners, and I’m hoping to continue the trend. People are continuously surprised to learn of my optimistic support of HRC… often, those people are either republicans (whom I respect) or people who have only formed their political opinions based on a year of following social politics (I respect those guys too).
I won’t spend too much time picking apart the other candidates, because this blog would quickly become indigestible. I will say briefly, of Trump; his campaign self-validates on an unverified worth he is unwilling to corroborate by unprecedentedly refusing to release his tax forms. He cites invalid reasoning as an excuse, but this would not even be an issue for me if it weren’t for the fact that this man is unwilling to authenticate his claim to qualification. Some reports state that of the $10 billion he claims to be worth, only about $150 million is liquid capital. Of course there are many other reasons not to support him that have been quite plainly visible and his supporters should have the information they need to determine whether they can, despite those reasons, support his values.
Of Bernie, I will also speak briefly. There are also many reasons why I would NEVER under present circumstances be willing to vote for him. With the aim of capitalizing on the average reader’s attention span; I will speak more concisely. I believe that Bernie is a man of great values and intention. Unfortunately, his idealism is not equally paired with the type of pragmatism necessary for progress. Bernie claims to be a Washington outsider, but he has more congressional experience than most of our former Presidents. After 25 years in office, he has accomplished so little that in most other industries his resume would be considered lackluster. Of the 352 bills he has proposed, only 3 have passed, two of which were renaming post offices. His supporters tote that he is the “amendment king” which really translates to: “the Senator you allow to add redundant and superfluous language to your bill that really makes no change of real consequence because you need him to vote yes to get it through.” Bernie attacks Hillary for wanting to make progressive changes in increments, but any good leader understands that sometimes the best changes happen as a result of evolution, not revolution. Since a great deal of my friends are Bernie supporters, I’ll provide a bullet list of various reasons he won’t be getting my vote:
- His plans to raise minimum wage don’t factor proportional cost of living by region which could destabilize many local economies.
- His plans to raise minimum wage are nullified when you factor in his across the board tax increases and new taxes such as a tax on carbon which disproportionately affects the poor.
- His desire to make college free (which is doable, look at HRC’s plan) hasn’t materialized a plan that is economically viable.
- His plan to tax wall street speculation (which I love) will discourage speculation (obviously) which is an issue seeing as how he he plans on using said revenue as an expenditure for financing free college.
- He wants to force states to pay for 1/3rd of his free college plan and there are no checks in place to account for the fact that enrollment will increase and tuition will soar (HRC has a great plan).
- He is running on a platform for breaking up the big banks, but could not explain how he would do so when asked by the New York Daily News.
- He has no meaningful experience working with foreign policies, allies, treaties, negotiations.
- He doesn’t have a track record of coalescing with other Republicans or Democrats to pass his own bills.
- His supporters argue, that he polls better against Trump; however, since he has never been the presumed nominee, republicans and Hillary know it would be a waste to attack him since they both need his supporters. He has gone practically unscathed in this primary without having to prove his political viability or answer for his sparse record.
- Some of the most progressive economists, many of which who actually prefer Bernie’s platform, have said that his economics just don’t make sense. They predict, he’d add between $18-21 trillion to the debt during his presidency.
Ok, now to my reasoning for enthusiastically supporting HRC for president! As I have so repetitiously exclaimed before, my reasoning could take several hours of writing, so I’ll try to keep things concise. While earning her JD at Yale Law School, Hillary spent her summers working for the children’s defense fund and fighting for migrant rights. During her tenure as First Lady she headed the task force responsible for devising the Security Health Act (HIllaryCare). She was literally one of the first to meaningfully advocate for accessible healthcare for all. When the GOP blocked the measure, she worked tirelessly to convince the Republican Speaker of the house and his peers to pass CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), providing 8 million children with accessible healthcare. As an unelected official, this was by all standards a major feat. When determining her qualifications for president, her accomplishments are unparalleled. In Obama words, she is the most qualified candidate to ever run for president who hasn’t already been president. Here are a few of my favorite HRC accomplishments:
- She went undercover to expose systemic racism in Alabama’s education system when she found out certain schools were refusing minorities to keep their schools segregated.
- Fought to end the incarceration of minors in adult prisons in South Carolina as a young lawyer at the Children’s Defense Fund.
- She fought to make sure 9/11 first responders got the health care they needed after Republican’s refused to foot the bill; which included raising billions in private funds.
- She co-sponsored and introduced bills in NYC to raise the minimum wage in a manner that reconciled inflation, gentrification, and the state’s economics.
- She fought to expand access to student loans and Pell Grants, so more students could go to college, regardless of their background or circumstances.
- She brokered a cease fire between Israel and Hamas.
- She built a global coalition to negotiate the toughest sanctions ever enacted against Iran, laying the groundwork for the Iran nuclear deal.
- She renewed the United States’ relationships with Asian and Pacific nations, including Japan, South Korea, and Australia—a major diplomatic achievement.
- She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.
- The Clinton Foundation, founded by her and her husband, has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program.
- She proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.
Welp, there you have it. Vote responsibly and know that regardless of who you vote for, it is YOUR vote. Don’t allow anyone to bully you into a decision you do not want to make. Happy voting!
(originally posted 6/6/16)