There will be three candidates on the ballot in all 50 states, even though the mainstream media and polling organizations only promote two. Donald Trump and Joe Biden are seen in a vicious battle and are seen to have very different platforms. While they do not allow Jo Jorgensen to be seen at all. So, what happens when you break through the endless political commercials and strip things down to the reality of all three on the issues.
We will start with the top issues of concern for most voters, according to recent polling – Healthcare and Economic.
Economics: Keynsian and Austrian economics is something a few learn about in college, but it rarely talked about in everyday conversation. Trump and Biden both promote and work to instill Keynsian economics in America during their tenures, while Jorgensen is promoting Austrian economics in her platform. Keynsian economics is named after John Maynard Keynes and suggests the government should ignore pure capitalism by coming in to prop up business and markets during depressions and recessions. It can also involve price controls, artificially keeping interest rates low, as well as controlling the supply of goods. Austrian economics rely on supply and demand to determine interest rates and pricing, which is what Jorgensen advocates. While capitalism is often bashed by those advocating for a more socialist agenda, it is capitalism which has lifted more people out of poverty than any other form of commerce.
Healthcare: Trump and Biden have both advocated for price controls and more government involvement in healthcare. While Trump has tried to dismantle the flawed Obamacare system, he continues to advocate for keeping much of it in place. Biden would do more to increase government’s involvement into healthcare, which is more aggressive than Trump; however, not by much. Regardless of the rhetoric, Biden has been all over the place with his votes on healthcare and Trump is ready with a pen when it comes to strong government control, as is Biden. Jorgensen in her own words, “Republican and Democratic policies over the past fifty years are the reason health care has become so expensive. Their latest proposals to ‘fix’ health care will further micromanage your doctors and restrict your access to care while failing to solve the underlying problem. They differ only on whether this should be done by private insurance companies or government bureaucrats. This is the exact opposite of what needs to be done. We can reduce the cost of health care 75% by allowing real price competition, and by substantially reducing government and insurance company paperwork. This will make health care affordable for most Americans, while also reducing the cost of legacy programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA.”
Taxes and Government Spending: Jorgensen states, “Taxes are never voluntary – they are always paid under threat of punishment. If you fail to pay what government says you owe, you can be fined, have your wages garnished, assets seized, even go to prison. Voting for more government spending inevitably leads to higher taxes to pay for it – now, or in the future. As President, I will work tirelessly to slash federal spending, make government much, much smaller, and let you keep what you earn.” Meanwhile, Joe Biden admits taxes are going up for not only the rich but also the middle class if we elect him., Biden is proposing over $4 trillion in additional government spending. As for Trump, he has proven himself wanting to increase government spending regardless of the deficit it may create or the trillions he adds to the national debt. While Trump’s 2017 tax cut would have worked well, it would have had to been passed alongside a reduction in government spending.
Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Reform: Biden has promoted and voted for increasing incarceration rates while deteriorating the civil rights of young black men. But now that he is running for president he wants voters to forget his record and believe him and his website which states, “Today, too many people are incarcerated in the United States – and too many of them are black and brown. To build safe and healthy communities, we need to rethink who we’re sending to jail, how we treat those in jail, and how we help them get the health care, education, jobs, and housing they need to successfully rejoin society after they serve their time.” Trump has done some good for criminal justice reform with his First Step Act. Trump has said, “Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption.” Jorgensen has not been in public office; however, has been a longtime and consistent voice for civils rights and criminal justice reform. She says, “I am appalled that the United States ranks number one in the world for having the highest percentage of people imprisoned. I am also appalled that the federal government permits police to seize a person’s assets without first convicting them of a crime, and then keep most of the assets seized. This is literally highway robbery. As President, I will use my Constitutional authority to end federal civil asset forfeiture prior to conviction, and pardon persons convicted of non-violent victimless crimes. I will also work with Congress to end the failed War on Drugs and other victimless crime laws.”
BUILD A WALL
For as much as Democrats have demonized Donald Trump’s “Build A Wall” effort, it was Biden, Pelosi, Schumer and nearly all Democrats who voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act. Biden was a major supporter of building a wall or fence to keep out illegal aliens and drugs in 2006, just like Trump did in 2016. Even throughout the Obama-Biden administration, they continued to rail against illegal immigration, putting in controversial policies which Democrats incorrectly blame Trump. “Kids in cages” is a common outcry of Democrats, but it was the Obama-Biden that put them in place and the administration deported millions of illegal immigrants, separating parents from their children. So, actions speak louder than words, so Biden and Trump are the same with illegal immigrants. Where is Jorgensen on the issues? During a Q & A on the issue, she states illegal immigrants should be deported if convicted of a serious crime, we should not “build the wall,” working illegal immigrants should be granted temporary amnesty as they work toward legal status, and she feels temporary work visas for highly skilled immigrant workers should be increased.
Joe Biden – www.joebiden.com
Jo Jorgensen – www.jo20.com
Donald Trump – www.donaldjtrump.com