On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Americans will cast the final ballots in who they would like to lead the country as their president over the next four years. Only three candidates will be on the ballot in all 50 states: Joe Biden, Jo Jorgensen, and Donald Trump. So who should you vote for in the 2020 election and who is most in line with your values? We try to answer those questions on where each of the three candidates stand on the major issues facing Americans today. We will tell you their pitch on four issues below: the economy, health care, coronavirus/SARS-CoV-2, and violent crime.
The Economy & Jobs
Joe Biden: In this time of crisis, Joe Biden has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to build back better an economy that works for everyone.
Jo Jorgensen: Generations of Republican and Democrat politicians have failed the people of America. Together they’ve given us:
- Over $26 trillion in debt, trillion-dollar deficits, plus trillions more in unfunded liabilities
- Non-Stop Involvement in expensive and deadly foreign war
- Skyrocketing health care costs
- The highest imprisonment rate in the world; even higher among racial minorities and the poor
- A broken retirement system unable to pay promised benefits
- Tariffs that are destroying markets for American farmers and raising consumer prices
- Energy policies driven by special interests
Big government mandates and programs created these problems. To solve them, we need to make government smaller—much, much smaller.
Donald Trump: Trump’s plan is to
- Create 10 Million New Jobs in 10 Months
- Create 1 Million New Small Businesses
- Cut Taxes to Boost Take-Home Pay and Keep Jobs in America
- Enact Fair Trade Deals that Protect American Jobs
- “Made in America” Tax Credits
- Expand Opportunity Zones
- Continue Deregulatory Agenda for Energy Independence
Joe Biden: Joe Biden has a plan to build on the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more choice, reducing health care costs, and making our health care system less complex to navigate.
Jo Jorgensen: The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other high-income country, yet has the lowest life expectancy. It is clear that the current system is not working.
For decades, politicians in Washington, D.C. have insisted that it’s the fault of the free market, and that, therefore, we need to go to a single-payer system.
I have some news for them: we haven’t had anything close to a free market in nearly a century. The alternative to our current, big-government failure isn’t an even bigger government failure which would leave behind the very patients who are already suffering the most.
Those who are dealing with serious ailments would be further victimized in a nationalized system such as the proposed “Medicare for All.” The youngest, healthiest, and most privileged may be able to either afford to wait a few months for a check-up or procedure, or simply pay the higher costs for premium access. But those with the hardest illnesses to treat and the least disposable income are too often left behind.
Donald Trump: Trump’s plan is to
- Cut Prescription Drug Prices
- Put Patients and Doctors Back in Charge of our Healthcare System
- Lower Healthcare Insurance Premiums
- End Surprise Billing
- Cover All Pre-Existing Conditions
- Protect Social Security and Medicare
- Protect Our Veterans and Provide World-Class Healthcare and Services
Joe Biden: Whatever the state of the COVID pandemic on the day Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office, they claim their administration will listen to science, ensure public health decisions are informed by public health professionals, and restore trust, transparency, common purpose, and accountability to our government.
Jo Jorgensen: The American people have risen to the occasion: Essential workers have delivered necessary goods and services, and neighbors have looked after one another to make sure they remain safe.
Unfortunately, the federal government cannot say the same. In what has too often been the rule rather than the exception, Washington bureaucrats and politicians have shown gross negligence and ineptitude, lengthened the pandemic.
This became most evident when it came to testing. From the time that coronavirus was first discovered, it was of utmost importance that we be able to identify those who had been exposed.
One American did just that. In January, as part of the Seattle Flu Study, Dr. Helen Chu had collected nasal swabs from those experiencing flu-like symptoms.
But the CDC told Dr. Chu they could not test the samples unless the FDA approved her test. The FDA refused to approve Dr. Chu’s test because her lab “was not certified as a clinical laboratory under regulations established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a process that could take months.”
Donald Trump: Trump is looking to eradicate COVID-19 by
- Develop a Vaccine by The End Of 2020
- Return to Normal in 2021
- Make All Critical Medicines and Supplies for Healthcare Workers in The United States
- Refill Stockpiles and Prepare for Future Pandemics
Violent Crime/Criminal Justice Reform:
Joe Biden: Based on his past record and Kamala Harris’ past record, they will probably lock up young black men for selling marijuana. Harris nor Biden are interested in federal legalization of marijuana or any drug now illegal and have vowed to continue the failed War on Drugs, thereby continuing the violence in our communities, especially with guns.
Jo Jorgensen: We cannot claim to be “the land of the free” when we lead the world in incarcerations. We have 5% of the world’s population, but house 20% of its prisoners. Between those incarcerated, and those under parole or probation, 7 million people in the US are under some kind of control by the correction industry. That’s one out of fifty Americans!
One of the biggest factors that led to a quadrupling of our prison population since 1980 is the racist and destructive War on Drugs.
Although states incarcerate most people in prison in the US, major reforms can start at the federal level, and it is the president’s job to lead the way. Fewer than 5% of federal prisoners’ most serious convictions were violent offenses. Meanwhile, drug offenses are the primary conviction for half of the federal prison population. Immigration and weapons offenses account for another 25 percent.
In particular, mandatory minimums have taken discretion out of the hands of judges and instead forced mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters to be put in jail for 10, 20 years, even for life for a supposed crime that has no victim.
Donald Trump: Trump, as Biden, will not legalize marijuana or other drugs currently illegal; however, he has taken the first steps to reform the criminal justice system which will be a positive. That said, without ending the failed War on Drugs, there will be continued violence in our neighborhoods, whereas if that war ended, we would see billion dollar industries come out from the shadows and contribute to society, rather than costing it, in both dollars and blood.