US Election: Super Tuesday favors not-so-super candidates

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Well, it’s looking like the majority of voters will be left to pick between one of two people they very much dislike this November.

Despite hopeful surges from either side, it is beginning to look more and more like the presidential election will come down to a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. After big wins on ‘Super Tuesday’ March 15, both candidates racked up delegates, bringing each of them closer to the nomination of their respective parties.

Given a scenario in which these two are our candidates, our country will have some thinking to do. For the past eight or so months, the media has run just about EVERY POSSIBLE STORY on Donald Trump; keeping us updated on every new piece of outrageous and offensive rhetoric, informing us about the various levels of success of his business ventures, interviewing his supporters in an effort to try to understand how this is happening, telling us about every new set of poll numbers and primary victory. I think we can all agree it has been endless.

But now that Donald Trump will most likely be the Republican nominee for president of the United States, we need to start talking seriously, and begin discussing one topic which has largely been neglected in the barrage of media coverage: policy. Sure, we all know about the “policy positions” of building a wall and banning Muslims, but if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, the media coverage surrounding him needs to be treated as such.

Let’s take a look at two of Donald Trump’s serious policy proposals: healthcare and taxes. Now this may be a hell of a lot more boring than making comparisons between the Donald and Adolf Hitler, but hear me out, because this is important.

In regards to healthcare, Trump described his plan by saying, “Everyone’s gotta be covered… [and] the government’s gonna pay for it.” This may seem to be diverging from traditional Republican ideology towards a more liberal one, but the fact is, if we take a look at the policies outlined on, they are both vague and inconsistent with the aforementioned statements, in many ways moving towards a situation in which even less people would be covered. Vox’s Ezra Klein writes, “Trump’s plan is a sketch at best; there’s no coherent vision driving the document or connective tissue between the various ideas. It’s like he stole another candidate’s early notes toward a health care plan.”

In terms of taxes, I think only one number needs to be stated. Research from the Tax Policy Center found that, “the plan would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over its first decade before accounting for added interest costs or considering macroeconomic feedback effects.” The current U.S. national budget is $3.8 trillion. You can come to your own conclusions from there.

Even when he is TRYING to be serious, the fact is that Donald Trump is a pathological liar. His policy positions are inconsistent, incoherent, and extremely vague, and if he wants to be taken seriously in the context of a general election, he needs to undertake a massive rethink in how he goes about trying to change our nation.

But hey, on the subject of liars, let’s take a look at our friend from the other side, Hillary Clinton (“BENGHAZI!!!” yells the nearest Republican). A simple Google search of ‘Hillary Clinton Lies’ yields 46,400,000 results. Are most of these results from heavily biased conservative sites? Probably. But the problem persists. Clinton is known for her vague answers on questions for which she does not have a focus-group-tested answer, and Pulitzer Prize winning fact-check site Politifact lists 22 statements from Clinton’s campaigning as “completely false.” A recent YouGov poll asked Americans whether or not they think Hillary Clinton is honest: 56% said no, and only 27% said yes, making her the least trustworthy of all presidential candidates in the poll.

Just as with Trump, if Clinton wants to win votes in a general election, she needs to work with the American people to regain trust and focus on her morality and decision making rather than ensuring she is the most experienced candidate over and over again. Experience does not top trustworthiness.

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US Election: Super Tuesday favors not-so-super candidates