If being able to sell a bill of goods with a smile, lie with finesse and deceive with confidence is the gauge used to win a presidential debates then Hillary Clinton won hands down.
If, however, it is about substantive issues, sound economic policies and common sense we may want to take another look.
Let’s be honest, Donald Trump didn’t come off as “presidential.”
Trump is Trump as they say. He is not a polished politician like Hillary, but that is the very reason he is so popular with voters. Americans are fed up with self-serving, power hungry, polished politicians who promise the moon and delivery nothing but misery.
People flock to Trump either out of affirmation or desperation. Many people are looking to Trump as the answer to relieve them of the stranglehold government policies and regulations have put on their businesses, their lives and their families. His policies and positions make sense even if he sometimes doesn’t. Many see his straightforward outspokenness as a sign of strength that he can take on the mammoth government machine and win. On the other hand, Hillary’s polished composure, carefully packaged soundbites and sugar-coated promises just look like business as usual.
But what about Hillary’s policies? They’re all about creating jobs, supporting small businesses and helping families right? Hillary’s village does sound good, it even looks good on paper, but what does it look like in practice? Hillary listed seven of her pet projects right out of the gate in Monday night’s debate. It’s the standard list: minimum wage, equal pay for women, paid family leave, profit-sharing, affordable childcare, make the economy “fairer” and the ever-popular debt-free college. Let’s take a look at what all this really means.
1. A Fair Economy
Hillary says she wants to “make the economy fairer.” Notice the word “make” in that statement. If there was one word to describe government it would be force. Hillary’s plan is to use the government to force you into a fair economy. That is a very important concept to understand. Because of the 16th amendment (ratified in 1913) which instituted federal income tax, the president of the United States now has the power to bribe, blackmail and steal as a means to force Americans into submission. Our own money is being used as a weapon against us and if we refuse to give it to them, they put us in prison for not paying our taxes. This brings us to the other six items on the list, which Hillary proudly proclaimed would be paid for by the “wealthy” (aka, everyone who earns a paycheck and pays taxes).
Hillary wants to force us to pay more money to the government to pay for healthcare, childcare, preschool, college debt and whatever else she comes up with. Of course this is all while dealing our economy a crushing blow with the institution of forced minimum wage and a litany of other programs—all under the guise of helping families. But do they really help families? Let’s explore these policies further.
2. Minimum Wage
There is a great video out on Prager University where a young girl talks about how she learned more working at McDonald’s than she learned at college. Nobody works at McDonald’s to get rich, but those who work at these jobs receive valuable experience and can grow to be rich. Minimum wage jobs were never meant to sustain a family. They are a means to achieving goals, a pathway to something better. When the government sets a minimum wage it sets a maximum standard. Everyone gets paid the same no matter how well they do the job. Businesses want to reward hard work with more pay but if businesses continue to be forced to raise the minimum amount they pay their employees they won’t be able to reward hard work with higher wages. It is a simple principle of sound business. If the business costs more to operate you have to make up the difference somewhere such as laying-off workers or raising prices—all of which negatively impact families.
3. Forced Regulations on Businesses
Several of Hillary’s benevolent policies fit in this category—paid family leave, earned sick days, profit-sharing, etc. While all these things sound great, and I enthusiastically support companies who can and do implement them, it is NOT the role of government to force businesses to do it, nor to force us to pay for it. That is why our Founding Families created the Constitution—to limit government—so we could prosper.
4. Affordable Childcare and Debt-free College
If your neighbor came to you and told you to write a check to their child’s daycare center because they can’t afford to pay it how would you feel about that? How about if your mother decides to take a chunk of your paycheck every month to cover your brother’s college tuition? Nothing is free. Someone has to pay for it. That means you! Enough said.
5. Equal Pay for Women
This one is absolutely exasperating because, one, it belittles women, and two, it is a manufactured lie. Let’s say a man and a woman start out at the same job. After a couple years the woman leaves to raise her children. 15 years later she returns to the same job. Should she be paid the same amount as the man who never left? If the roles were reversed would you have a problem with it? Principles are principles no matter what race, gender or color you are. Hillary doesn’t want equal pay, she wants special privileges. If she doesn’t get elected it’s not because she is a woman, it is because she has bad ideas and people don’t like them.
So there you have it. In Hillary’s village she decides who gets paid what, how much you work, where you work, how long you work, and whether you work at all. She hands out government-funded college, daycare, health insurance, etc.—and you get the bill. If you don’t pay it, you go to jail. More businesses move to other countries because they can’t afford to cover the cost of the village—at the prices struggling families are willing to pay anyway, and the economy tanks.
In her opening statement at the debate Hillary said, “The central question in this election is really what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we’ll build together.”
I couldn’t agree more.