Several things below are thoughts that have weighed heavily on my mind throughout this election. I'm a writer and writing helps me get things off my mind so (hopefully) I can sleep better at night. I probably should have vented this before people voted, but some of this information I found out more details after the results of the election.
I have listened and read both sides. From what I understand, the people who voted for Trump want to take the corruption out of politics, and the thought of voting for Hillary is just perpetuating what they want to fix. It probably will take a tough person to eliminate that corruption. Maybe it even takes a bully. But, I have a hard time swallowing all the other baggage that comes with him.
I strive to understand both sides of the argument and see the positive in situations and people. I have a very difficult time respecting someone who doesn’t show respect for others. I also have a difficult time respecting someone who refuses to listen to both sides of an argument. But, for this post, I’m trying to look past that for a moment. I'm trying to look past every negative thing he has said to everyone and focus on the policies. Just because I’m setting that aside, please don’t think I approve, ignore or dismiss his behavior. Just because I might think Hitler was a decent artist, doesn’t mean I approve of the other atrocious, vile acts that he had committed. I just want to focus on some of the policies Trump is setting out to do that don’t make sense to me and deeply concern me.
I read through the list on NPR of the things he wants to do in his first 100 days
Let’s start with this one…“cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama”
First of all, that sounds like spite. Running a presidency on revenge is not something that will make America great. Who else is on his hit list? Hillary? Those women who had the courage to say they didn’t like the way they were treated? The media for parroting what he said and did? Being in the most powerful position in the country and wanting revenge on people is not a healthy combination.
But, what does that policy even mean? I Googled legislation passed and went to the White House website where there were 1200+ signed pieces of legislation under Obama. Which ones in particular does he intend to undo?
My fear is that, out of spite, he is going to reverse some of the things that I think Obama did to help make America great (which, to me, America is already a great place. Not perfect, but still great). How is undoing progress great?
One of the things he wants to do is repeal and replace national healthcare with HSA. In my experience, HSAs will only cover so much, where insurance covers a greater portion of outrageous medical costs. HSAs only set aside the amount of money you think you will spend in one year towards medical expenses. Insurance helps cover the amounts you don’t know are coming. The accidents and illnesses that people don’t foresee and can’t afford. That’s why the companies I’ve worked for offer both various forms of insurance (medical, dental, vision care) and an HSA (to cover the cost of things like perscriptions or forseen procedures, like a root canal). Taking away insurance just puts people back in the position of covering major illnesses and accidents out of their own pocket. So, the rich will be fine. The poor and middle class who don’t have a job that offers insurance will incur tremendous medical debt. Won’t that be great?“cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure”
This one really scares me, because it doesn’t effect only America, but the planet we live on. Scientists have been warning us and warning us of the dangers of climate change and we are heading to the point of no return. And, many politicians, the people we put in charge and are there to represent and protect us, aren’t listening.
Besides ignoring climate change and doing what he believes is right, this is something else that scares me. If we have a president who thinks something as important as climate change is a myth, who won’t even listen to advisors with scientific data, and who appoints another skeptic in the position of someone to do something about it, then what other advisors is this president not going to listen to? What other conspiracies is he going to believe in and act upon? And, if we have a president who doesn’t listen and follow the advice of others, what makes you think he will listen to what the citizens want?
Looking at his other items, I don’t see how you can have both clean water and a clean environment when you also support polluting the Earth with coal, oil, and fracking for natural gas. Which, I also notices “clean water” was at the bottom of the list. That just shows you his priorities. How does support of polluting America make it great?“Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice.”
I’ll be brief on this one. I don’t understand this at all. I thought I already live in a community where people already can choose to relocate their kids to different schools or choose to homeschool them. I see it all the time.As for some of his other policies...
He talks about protecting jobs. In some cases, protecting a job is counter productive to innovation. Automation is what whittles away jobs. Also, I don’t see him addressing other ways of protecting jobs, like reducing outsourcing or preventing layoffs. In my line of work, which is computer science, my job has been impacted by all three: automation, outsourcing, and layoffs.
As a QA Engineer, some companies find it more cost effective to send software testing jobs to India and China. Also, more companies are focused on migrating to test automation over manual testing. On the one hand, my salary is expensive compares to what they could pay for someone in another country to do the same job. But, if I didn’t learn to develop automated tests, I’d either be out of a job or have a hard time finding one. In my case, as with other people who have lost jobs, it is either adapt or die.
If you want to reduce the number of jobless people, why not reduce the number of companies that outsource or have layoffs just to make their numbers look better? On the one side, the companies cause a flood of people looking for new work. On the other side, you have a lack of personnel filling in for an already spread-too-thin workforce. To me, layoffs are counter productive. Why not give companies an incentive to relocate, or outsource, workers to another company instead of laying them off and paying severance, plus unemployment insurance?Finally, building a wall…
First, I think it is ironic that in my lifetime I have seen one Republican tear down a wall and another one want to put one up.
Living near the southern border, I get it. I’ve seen the warning signs in southern California. I’ve heard the horror stories of Americans getting kidnapped and held for ransom or killed by “El Hombres”. And, I’ve heard stories of people leaving their Mexican home behind in search for a better life.
And, that last one is another reason why I think America is great, because people outside our country believe(d) the US is(was) the Land of Opportunity. Instead of putting up a wall, why not reach out to Mexico and understand why people are leaving? Mexico is a beautiful and interesting country. Why would people leave it behind and head for where they think the grass is greener? Do you know what would make America greater? Working with countries which have (or had) citizens that want to flee to the Land of Opportunity and figure out how to bring similar opportunities to their countries. And, the countries that don’t take care of their own, work on finding a place where they can be taken care of.
So, for those who voted for Trump, did you stop and consider the big picture of what you want, what he wants, and what the opposition wants and he will impact the greatness of America? Think about it.