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What I Wish Hillary Had Said To Trump

When he threatened to put her in jail if elected:  “You know, Donald, you sound like a dictator now and not like someone who should be the leader of the greatest nation in the free world.”

When he went off on his tangents and failed to answer questions posed to him:  “I’m sorry (to the moderator or the audience member) but did he answer your question?”  or  “It doesn’t appear that Donald answered the question.  I’d like to if you don’t mind.”

When he went so low as to bring those women to the debate and made accusations against Bill Clinton: “This election is between you and me, Donald, not you and my husband.  So I’m going to take Michelle Obama’s advice (which she did bring up) and get back to answering questions that are actually important to this audience and to those who are watching at home. ”

When asked about being a president for all the people:  “I believe that here is where Donald and I differ the most.   Donald has been constantly telling his supporters that the nation’s economy is in a bad place, that unemployment is high, that crime is rampant.  The truth is, based on verifiable facts, that over the last 8 years, unemployment has gone steadily down, violent crime – nationally – is down although I know it may not seem that way because of the recent uptick in gun incidents that have been in the news.  Inflation is stabilized.  More people than ever have health insurance.  But there is still room for improvement.  We need to move forward, not stand around blaming everyone and everything.

Taxes –  my tax plan is designed to give the most benefit to those who are considered middle and low income who comprise most of the people in this nation, while making the very wealthy pay their fair share.  With sufficient tax revenue, we can assure that money will be available for social programs, for emergency aid, for education, for infrastructure needs, and so forth.  But just changing aspects of the tax code is only part of what’s required to maintain a healthy economy.  There needs to be available jobs so that people can work.

Contrary to what Donald says, not all loss of jobs is due to outsourcing, which he does himself, or illegal immigrants.  Many jobs are disappearing because the economy is ever-changing.   For example, by committing to move towards a more green economy, jobs in coal mining will be affected.  This is not something new.  We used to have milkmen deliver milk to our doors – that disappeared when it became more economically feasible for companies to market their product at supermarkets.   The book publishing industry is moving away from print to digital.  Many jobs have been lost to automation.  It is inevitable that as technology advances, certain jobs will be affected.  We should not waste precious time trying to go backwards or complaining about who or what is to blame.  We need to focus on moving forward.

For those who are in fields where jobs are being phased out because of automation or climate change or outsourcing,  we need to help them with the transition – provide education that will allow them to compete in the new industries that are emerging or to move to another career or, if they are near retirement age, to retire a few years early without penalty.  Businesses can be incentivized to assist with this education and transition since the fate of their workers should be their concern.  The main thing is that we don’t leave these workers behind.

We also need to work on creating harmony in our cities.  Violence impacts individuals and families directly but it also has an effect on the economy.  You cannot make your communities economically prosperous if people in your communities don’t feel or aren’t safe.  And companies will avoid investing in communities that are considered “unsafe” or won’t allow them to prosper.

We need to assure, also, that those who have spent their lives working will be able to count on receiving their Social Security.  Increasing jobs increases what’s paid in to Social Security.  Adjusting the Social Security cap upwards will also increase the amount of the Social Security benefits available.   Right now, no one pays Social Security on income over $118,500.  That has to change.

A President’s job is to try to pass policies that will be beneficial for everyone – not just for the people who supported the candidate when the candidate was running for office.  It must be that way because the health of the entire nation depends on the collective health of the individual states.  However, that means that people must also care about the policies of those who run their local government and those who they elect to office in Congress.  Whether that is a Republican or a Democrat, it must be someone who is willing to work for the benefit of the nation as a whole and not only for special interest groups.  That will sometimes require compromise but that is required when you have a two-party or three-party system.  Otherwise, you’re operating in a dictatorship.

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Calling out the media

Now that most people get their news online, it has become imperative that writers get readers to click on their stories.  So all we see on the homepage of our search engines are sensationalized headlines designed to entice people to click on stories.  Yet, many of those stories are misleading and not newsworthy.  .

Take a recent story that appeared in The Hill.  The headline read:  “Leaked memo shows Clinton was provided questions ahead of interview.”  There was absolutely nothing relevant about this story which concerned a television interview of Hillary Clinton by Steve Harvey, a comedian who hosts a variety talk show.   The story claimed that Hillary Clinton was given the questions ahead of the interview.  However, many talk shows (which are NOT news shows) conduct pre-interviews with their guests and provide them with information as to what topics will be covered.  So this particular story had no news value.  The ONLY reason that it was written was to imply another scandal so that people would click on the story.  It’s as though the reporter of this story wanted to imply that Clinton was favored by the media or perhaps that she received the Presidential debate questions ahead of time or that there was something shady about this practice or all of the foregoing.  And the fact that this very unimportant story was picked up and published by several online sites only demonstrates the pathetic  willingness of the media to chase innuendos instead of actually reporting news

Journalism is supposed to be the objective reporting of newsworthy events.  There shouldn’t exist “right leaning” or “left leaning” online news sites or publications.   If reporting is leaning either way, it’s not news, it’s an opinion.  But this is what happens when people like Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. are allowed to control over 100 media sites and publications (including Fox News, which really should be renamed Fox Entertainment, and the Wall Street Journal, which used to be a respectable publication).

To be fair, not all journalists are guilty of sensationalism or biased reporting.  But those who have tried to report facts seem to be completely disconnected from their target audience.  They don’t write to the reader; many write as though they are trying to impress someone with their writing skills and vocabulary.  They use words like misogynist and flummoxing.  Do they really think that the ordinary reader understands such words?   People won’t bother reading a story that’s too difficult to read and therefore will never get the message of that story.  Perhaps that’s why so many people are tuning in to watch political satirists and comedians like John Oliver and Trevor Noah.  These people, in between their jokes and idiotic gifs, actually do convey facts obtained from extensive research and they are able to do it in ways that the ordinary person can understand.  The best example of this, so far, is John Oliver’s broadcast on September 25, 2016 which examined the negative claims against both Clinton and Trump and reached a conclusion in a way that viewers could understand.  And yes, it was hilarious.

Perhaps we would all be better off if for every piece of bad news that the media reported, they would also publish a story about some of the good people in our country who are doing good things.  Perhaps then we who read the “news” wouldn’t feel so hopeless and as though the entire world has gone crazy.