Ethics & Religion
November 3, 2016
My Vote for President
By Mike McManus
In July I wrote two columns: "An Indictment of Donald Trump;" and a week
later, "An Indictment of Hillary Clinton." Both candidates are
distrusted. Today only 40% of respondents in an NBC-Wall Street Journal
poll view Clinton favorably, and a mere 29% felt positively about Trump.
I slammed Trump after the third debate for refusing to agree to accept
the outcome of the election if he loses. "I will keep you in suspense,"
he said. He also denied that he had assaulted women, when he was caught
on tape bragging that he had done so. Eleven women have come forward
saying they were groped or forcibly kissed by him. He calls them
More alarming, he said in the second debate that if he wins, he will put
Hillary Clinton in jail, after appointing a special prosecutor to make
it legal. When his crowds shout "Lock her up," he responds, "Lock her up
The United States is not Russia where Putin jails his opponents. Gerald
Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, who could have been prosecuted for
Watergate crimes. He spared the nation that turmoil, but in doing so,
Ford lost his race for the Presidency.
Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate. As Secretary of State she used
her position to grant interviews to leaders willing to donate to the
Clinton Foundation. Overnight the Foundation became worth $2 billion.
She and Bill Clinton have been paid excessive sums for speeches. They
earned $28 million in 2014 and $10.6 million in 2015. However, she did
pay nearly a third of that sum in taxes, $3.24 million.
By contrast, Trump has refused to release his tax returns - the first
Presidential candidate not to do so in decades. The New York Times
reported that in 1995 he claimed a loss of $916 million - enough to
perhaps avoid paying any federal taxes for 18 years! Trump shrugged and
said Hillary should have closed those loopholes when she was a U.S.
Both candidates have been criticized by the nonpartisan Committee for a
Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) for not making any proposals to reduce
America's deficit and debt. Clinton said in the last debate she would
"not add a penny to the debt." She claims her proposals, such as free
tuition at public colleges would be paid for by higher taxes on the
rich. However, CRFB estimated her proposals would add $200 billion to
America's $19 trillion debt.
By contrast, Trump massive tax cuts, most of which would benefit the
rich - "would cause the deficit to explode" by a staggering $5.3
trillion, charges CRFB.
Social Security is running a $150 billion annual deficit, and if not
reformed by Congress, will result in a 23% cut in Social Security
payments to all recipients in 2033. Yet neither candidate proposed any
answers. Indeed, Clinton wants to increase Social Security payments.
The biggest difference in the candidates is in their character and
personality. Trump is downright dangerous. He has threatened to curb
freedom of the press and suggested that gun rights advocates might take
the law into their own hands if Clinton won.
Trump as "been cited for lying about more things more times in more ways
on most days than any presidential aspirant in history" charged
columnist Thomas Friedman. Remember he claimed thousands of Muslims in
New Jersey cheered the destruction of the World Trade Center? None did
He denigrates the physically handicapped, Muslims, Mexicans and offers
simplistic solutions to make "America great again." How about his 45%
tariff on Chinese goods coming here? That could spark a trade war and a
He knows nothing about how government actually works and is uninterested
in learning. By contrast, Clinton is extremely knowledgeable about a
wide range of governmental issues, and advocates reasonable proposals,
such as a raise in the minimum wage.
She lied about her use of a private email system and whether there were
classified emails on it. FBI Director James Comey declared in July that
110 of 30,000 emails contained classified information. He called her
practice "extremely careless," but said there was "no clear evidence she
intended to violate laws." Therefore, no criminal charges were filed.
However, Comey recently announced that thousands of emails had been
found on a computer owned by Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of
Huma Abedin, Clinton's closest aide, forcing him to reopen the case.
I can't vote for either Clinton or Trump, and will write in Paul Ryan.
He did propose how to cut $2 trillion from the debt. After Trump's
groping incident, Ryan said he would no longer defend him. He has
courage, and should run for President in 2020.
Copyright (c) 2016 Michel J. McManus,
President of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist. For previous
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