The 2020 Presidential Election: A Breakdown By Kenna Dudley

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American flag reminding you to vote! Courtesy of Sydney Weaver

American flag reminding you to vote!
Courtesy of Sydney Weaver

The 2020 presidential election: the white elephant in every room, the topic that puts stomachs into knots, the election that the entire world is watching; this year in politics is intense, to say the least.

Politics are typically a taboo topic, this much is well known. But any year that includes a pandemic, allegations of sexual crimes, and the vacancy of a Supreme Court chair, the tension rises. What are the major issues of the 2020 election and where do the candidates stand on most major issues?

According to The Pew Research Center, Americans feel a strong distrust for the government. Only 20% of Americans felt confident that their leaders in Washington would “do the right thing.” What do they believe their leaders are specifically failing on? Over one-third of those polled felt that the government is “doing a very bad job” managing the U.S immigration system. Two-thirds of those polled felt as though there were few resources available to help people escape poverty, and over half were concerned about public health. What did those polled have to say in a positive light about the leaders of this nation? Seventy-two percent of those polled responded positively to the way America is being protected from terrorism, and 63% said that they felt the government responds well to natural disasters. Over 50% of those polled agreed that the government was making good attempts at rebuilding the economy.

What are the candidates’ views concerning these important issues? According to Joe Biden’s website, he plans to “modernize America’s immigration system, welcome immigrants in our communities, [and] reassert America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees.”
He also plans to “implement effective border screening.” In addition, he denounces Trump’s plan to build a wall, stating that this would impose a major economic burden on American taxpayers.

According to The Trump website, these have been the “promises kept” regarding immigration in America since his appointment as president; The Trump Administration rescinded the unlawful Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, declared a national emergency allowing him to access specialized powers to enforce security on the border, and has made a total of 269,419 arrests of immigrants.

Biden’s plans for empowering citizens out of poverty include: mobilizing American manufacturing and innovation while also prioritizing an equitable, clean energy future. He also plans to implement caregiving and education programs, specifically to assist working parents and especially working women. Biden also plans to “mobilize across the board to advance racial equity in America.” Trump claims that in his term he has “Provided tax relief for 82% of middle-class families, doubled the Child Tax Credit proving an additional $1,000 per child in tax relief for working parents, and cut taxes for small businesses by 20%, providing $415 billion in tax relief for small business owners.”

Finally, the last major issue concerning Americans is public health. Biden states in “The Biden Plan to Combat Coronavirus” that his plan includes restoring trust, credibility, and common purpose, putting an effective national emergency response, eliminating cost barriers for the prevention of and care for COVID-19, pursuing decisive economic measures to help hard-hit workers, families, and small businesses and to stabilize the American economy. According to Trump’s website: “The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will distribute $10 billion in the second round of high impact COVID-19 area funding to hospitals. The Department of Homeland Security announced an extension of its partnership with national pharmacy and grocery retail chains to continue to provide access to COVID-19 testing. The Trump administration announced a $1.6 billion agreement with Novavax Inc. to demonstrate commercial-scale manufacturing of the company’s COVID-19 investigational vaccine.”

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