Sunday, August 9, 2015

Donald Trump: "On the Issues"

Donald Trump says he wants to “Make America Great Again”. Using the resources of On the Issues website, here is his stance on the following issues:
ABORTION
  • Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest, or health. (2015)
  • I am now pro-life; after years of being pro-choice (2011)
  • Favors abortion rights but respects opposition (1999)


BUDGET & ECONOMY
  • If debt reaches $24T, that's the point of no return. (2015)
  • Prepare for upcoming crash, bigger than 1929. (2000)
  • Rent control only benefits a privileged minority. (1987)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth to erase national debt. (1999)

CIVIL RIGHTS
  • Same-sex marriage is a state issue. (2015)
  • No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits. (2011)
  • Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays. (2000) … sides with Democrats on hate crime laws, which can be abused.

CORPORATIONS
  • Participated in development boom of Jersey City in 2002 (2012)
  • 0% corporate tax would create millions of jobs (2011)
  • Fight crony capitalism with a level playing field. (2011)
  • Wealthy move assets around globally based on tax incentives. (2011)
[Conflict of interest since he has become a billionaire through business transactions home and abroad. Supported Hillary Clinton due to business transactions. Personal associate to Bill Clinton.]

CRIME
  • Capital punishment isn't uncivilized; murderers living is. (2000)
  • Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray. (2000)
  • Hold judges accountable; don't reduce sentences. (2000)
  • Tough anti-crime policies; not criminals' rights. (2000)

DRUGS
  • Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education. (2011)
  • Claims to never drink, smoke or use illegal drugs. (2011)
  • Fired USA crown winner due to drug use. (2006)
  • Never touched drugs, nor alcohol, tobacco, or coffee. (2000)

EDUCATION
  • Common Core is a disaster. (2015)
  • Cut the Department of Education way, way down. (2015)
  • Founded Trump University to teach the art of deal-making. (2015)
  • Teach citizenship; stop “dumbing down”. (2000)
  • End “creative spelling”, “estimating”, and “empowerment”. (2000)
  • Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls. (2000)
  • School choice will improve public schools. (2000)

ENERGY & OIL
  • Climate change is a hoax. (2015)
  • No Cap-and-Tax” oil is this country's lifeblood. (2011)
  • Enough natural gas in Marcellus Shale for 110-year supply. (2011)
  • Libya: No oil, no support; no exceptions. (2011)
  • It's incredible how slowly we're drilling for oil. (2011)

ENVIRONMENT
  • Good development enhances the environment. (2008)

FAMILIES & CHILDREN
  • Stress importance of a strong family and culture of life. (2015)

FOREIGN POLICY
  • More sanctions on Iran; more support of Israel. (2015)
  • China is our enemy; they're bilking us for billions. (2011)
  • When you love America, you protect it with no apologies. (2011)
  • Support Russia, but with strings attached. (2000)
  • China: lack of human rights prevents consumer development. (2000)

FREE TRADE
  • China and Japan are beating us; I can beat China. (2015) … Trump has extensive business dealings with China.
  • 35% import tax on Mexican border. (2015)
  • 20% tax on all imported goods. (2011)
  • Fair trade instead of embarrassing deal with South Korea. (2011)
  • Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing. (2011)
  • Embrace globalization and international markets. (2008)
  • Renegotiate tougher and fairer trade agreements. (2000)
  • President should be nation's trade representative. (1999)
  • World views US trade officials as 'saps'. (1999)

GOVERNMENT REFORM
  • Two-term limit on NYC mayor is a terrible idea. (2010)
  • Government scrutiny is greatest threat to American Dream. (2000)
  • Ban soft money; but allow unlimited personal contributions. (2000)
  • Government should do public works and safety and little else. (2000)
  • Rebuilt Wollman Rink in 4 months; city failed for 6 years. (1987)

GUN CONTROL
  • A very strong person on the Second Amendment. (2015)
  • I am against gun control. (2011)
  • Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns. (2000)
  • Approved assault weapon ban, waiting period and background check. (2000) … contradicted his declared stance on Second Amendment.

HEALTH CARE
  • ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed and replaced. (2015)
  • Don't cut Medicare; grow economy to keep benefits. (2015)
  • ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless. (2015)
  • Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone. (2015)
  • Increase insurance competition across state lines. (2011)
  • We must have universal health care. (2000) … contradicts all points above.

HOMELAND SECURITY
  • Our nuclear arsenal doesn't work; it's 30-years-old. (2015)
  • Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists. (2015)
  • American interests come first; no apologies. (2011)
  • All freedoms flow from national security. (2011)
  • 3% of GNP for military is too low. (2000)
  • Missile defense is inappropriate; focus on terrorism. (2000)
  • Prepare for bio-terrorism attack. (2000)

IMMIGRATION
  • OpEd: businesses & Republicans condemn anti-Mexico terms. (2015)
  • Half of the undocumented residents in America are criminals. (2015) … [all of them since crossing our border uninvited is a felony. ]
  • Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists. (2015)
  • Build great wall on southern border; have Mexico pay for it. (2015)
  • We need strong borders; we need a wall. (2015)
  • Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission. (2013)
  • 351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing $1.1 billion. (2011)
  • Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment. (2011)
  • Invite foreigners graduating from college to stay in United Sates. (2011)
  • Triple-layered fence and predator drones on Mexican border. (2011)
  • Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult. (2000)
  • Limit new immigration; focus on people already here. (1999)

JOBS
  • Real unemployment rate is 20%; don't believe 5.6%. (2015)
  • Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas. (2011)
  • Unions fight for pay; managers fight for less; consumers win. (2000) … [contradictory to his anti-union claim recently.
  • Foreign companies are taking jobs from US. (1999)

PRINCIPLES & VALUES
  • Attended military academy & Wharton Business School. (2015)
  • Stoked Tea Party suspicions about Obama's legitimacy. (2012)
  • No more mourning in America' we'll be mourning FOR America. (2011)
  • 5-point plan to return America to her former greatness. (2011)
  • Bad students (like Obama) should not go to Harvard. (2011)
  • Never give up; look at the solution, not the problem. (2008)
  • Good management requires hiring good people. (2004)
  • Lessons: stay focused on big picture. (2004)
  • Surround yourself with people you can trust. (2004)
  • Burned by press too often to be available any more. (1990)
  • Rules for surviving the perils of success. (1990)
  • Appealing to middle Americans leery of political elite. (1999)

SOCIAL SECURITY
  • Social Security isn't an entitlement; it's honoring a deal. (2011)
  • Disability Racket: $25B in fraudulent disability filings. (2011)
  • Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund. (2000)
  • Let people invest into their own retirement funds. (2000)
  • No government investment of retirement funds. (2000)

TAX REFORM
  • One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt. (2015) … [will not curb congressional and executive branch spending]
  • 4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death and corporate tax. (2011)
  • Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts. (2011)
  • Repeal inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax. (2000)
  • Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes. (2000)
  • Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much. (2000)
  • Personally avoids sales tax, but knows may people like it. (1999)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt. (1999)
  • Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years. (1999)

TECHNOLOGY
  • Rebuild our infrastructure on time & on budget. (2015)
  • China threatens US with cyber warfare & industrial espionage. (2011)

WAR & PEACE
  • Boots on the ground to fight ISIS. (2015)
  • I said “don't hit Iraq” because it destabilized Middle East. (2015)
  • Hit ISIS hard and fast. (2015)
  • Take $1.5T in oil from Iraq to pay for US victims. (2013)
  • Iraq should pick up tab for their own liberation. (2011)
  • Stop Iran's nuclear programs by any means necessary. (2011)
  • John McCain's actions in Vietnam were not “heroic”. (2000)
  • Use force to stop North Korean nuke development. (2000)
  • Support Israel, our unsinkable Mideast aircraft carrier. (2000)
  • No humanitarian intervention; only to direct threats. (2000)

WEALTH & POVERTY
  • I don't like firing people; work makes people better. (2011)
  • Food stamps should be temporary; not a decade on the dole. (2011)
  • Apply welfare-to-work to 76 other welfare programs. (2011)
Megyn Kelly asked legitimate questions to Donald Trump on the FOX debate program because of his 180-degree change on certain issues and his recent support of Hillary Clinton and close association with Bill Clinton, to include the scandal-ridden Clinton Foundation. Too many Americans have taken it to be an offense, instead of an opportunity to look closer into Trump's record and associations. Trump has taken credit that is not true. We already have an egotistical maniac in the White House; beware that voters who look more into celebrity status rather than serious issues on the table and campaign diatribe. 


 Disturbing is that he speaks out against China, but his business dealings shows he has made money from China. This serious conflict of interests of a man who has a myriad of Trump enterprises in various businesses, voters should be reluctant. It is true that he saying what Americans want to hear, but infamous dictators have done the same thing, preying upon the people's desperation and believing false hopes and professed changes that America has suffered under the Obama administration. Be wary of the stage magician. There is plenty of time to carefully research and examine what is important: character, consistency, integrity, and a record/bio that matches campaign diatribe.



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