What I liked about each presidential candidate (including a few of the ones who dropped out)
I don’t completely agree with any of the potential candidates running for president, but I listed a few things I liked from them below. Please note that these aren’t all the positions I liked, just some that I arbitrarily listed down here, candidates may also share overlapping positions. Also please note that the list is in random order.
TRUMP: Supported the College Transparency Act which was introduced by Elizabeth Warren and Bill Cassidy. The administration created this awesome website: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/ that allows people going to college to check their school and their major to see how much debt they would be going into and how much the average salary from a specific degree from that specific school is. Its incredibly useful for potential college students and needs to be expanded on further.
WELD: Wants to abolish the the US Department of Education, transferring decision-making authority to states and parents. Now I personally think this is a bad idea, but its very libertarian and I like it because 25 years of this will provide some fascinating data for analysis. In a way, it will also increase the value of college degrees (since I’m assuming less people will go to college) so I support this idea for selfish reasons.
YANG: One of the few candidates pushing for private data ownership. This is a huge deal that more people should discuss. Your online activities are the closest, next best thing private corporations and the government can retrieve that are a direct reflection of your innermost thoughts and beliefs. The way you talk online, the things you sign up for, the videos you watch are all quantifiable and retrievable and at least to me, allows corporations and governments to view, manipulate, and control your thoughts and actions.
SANDERS: Wants to expand the rights of Americans with disabilities. Wants to establish a National Office of Disability Coordination to ensure accessibility of public resources by people with disabilities, which frankly, is still a huge issue. Wants to allow people with disabilities at least a minimum wage on-par with people without disabilities. It is ridiculous to me how its legal to pay people with disabilities below minimum wage. There are a huge variety of disabilities out there, and people can’t just assume having a disability makes a person way less productive than someone without.
WARREN: Fully supports ocean-based agriculture. Looking to fund research on regenerative ocean-farming. Wants to provide training and support for young fisherman looking to break into the industry. Wants to fund climate resilience strategies for US fisheries. Very unlibertarian plan but I like it nonetheless.
GABBARD: Wants to pardon Snowden and clear US charges against Assange. Some may say this is her last ditch effort to grab headlines, but she has been quite consistent on this. This would be a win for whistle-blowers and government accountability, especially in a time when loyal and highly commended civil servants are being targeted and attacked.
BUTTIGIEG: Supports health interventions for rural communities. It has been an enduring view that your ZIP-Code is a strong determinant of your future income and health. There is a significant gap between health of urban communities and rural communities. There just isn’t enough health workers based in rural areas (imo because of low pay, nothing to do, less opportunity for professional growth and networking). Buttigieg aims to address this by encouraging immigrant doctors to move to rural areas and through his proposed Community Health Corp, an expanded version of the volunteer Americorps and Peace Corps.
HARRIS: Wanted to address increasing rates of maternal mortality.
BIDEN: Supports expanding on the violence against women act. Is a huge issue since around 25% of women experience domestic abuse. Wants to provide financial and law assistance to women leaving their abusers. Arguments against this that I’ve seen on reddit include: “But what about men?”, and “Women in other countries have it worse, women in the US shouldn’t complain they have it easy“, and “This is going to screw over men because people trust women over men“, which is somewhat debatable.
KLOBUCHAR: Supports nuclear power.
HORNBERGER: Don’t know much about him. His website doesn’t have many solid platforms he supports. He has a book that addresses some of his beliefs but I didn’t want to buy it. Seems like a nice guy.
Vermin Supreme: There is one every race. Its tradition.
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