OF A POST TO COME promised to compare the governing approaches of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with respect to two issues.
- The growth of the power of government.
- The protection of our rights.
The Growth Of The Power Of Government
Why is it a problem when government is powerful? Government exists to protect our rights. Yet the power we give our government makes government itself a threat to our rights. Therefore, we must choose between giving the government just enough power and giving it too much.
- To give our government the resources it needs to defend our rights, we must give our leaders the authority to tax us and spend our money. Nevertheless, the more we allow our government to tax and spend, the more we work for government instead of ourselves. At some point, we risk slavery.
- Some decisions which effect a people must be made jointly. Thus, government must sometimes make decisions we would otherwise make for ourselves. So it is that in a nation of free men and women, we have laws that restrict us from harming each other (traffic laws, for example). In a nation of slaves, however, the laws just list a few trivial decisions that the leaders permit the people to make for themselves.
Here is a table that summarizes where the candidates stand. Not certain the information is correct? Then check their web sites. I have only provided links where their positions are not available on their own websites.
|ISSUE||Donald Trump||Hillary Clinton|
|Taxing and Spending||Favors tax simplification and reduction||Favors increased taxation and spending (inferred from lengthy list of proposals)|
|Healthcare||Private market solution||Doubling down on Obamacare|
|School Choice||For School Choice. Will end Common Core||Against School Choice. Favors Common Core.|
|Immigration||Favors extreme vetting||Open borders/put new immigrants on the dole|
|Government Regulations||Committed to reducing regulations||Defends the current regulatory regime|
|Free Trade||Opponent of the big trade bills||Helped to craft TPP|
To be continued: The Protection Of Our Rights