Trump’s Policies

Straight from the mouth of the President-elect

By Alex Strang

Education

President-elect Donald Trump wants to localize primary school curriculum and end the common core curriculum. “I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level,” Trump said. “We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education.” He wants to give everyone the opportunity to go to the school of their choice by redirecting education spending. In addition, he wants to make college more affordable and expand technical and vocational training.

Economy

Trump wants to renegotiate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He also wants to reduce taxes on businesses and the wealthy. It will, in theory, lead to more money for investing and hiring to grow both business and the economy. “That’s going to be a job creator we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan,” Trump said of his policy. He wants to allow states to raise the minimum wage as they see fit.

Immigration

Trump plans to suspend immigration from regions associated with terrorism where vetting cannot always be effective. “We’re going to bring people in, but we’re going to bring people in legally,” Trump said. This includes preventing Syrian immigrants from entering the country. He wants to enforce the country’s immigration laws (much more than President Obama did, he said) and deport illegal immigrants. He wants to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Defense

Stopping Islamic terrorist groups is a priority for Trump. He wants to defeat ISIS, potentially in a joint military effort with Russia. He wants to put American interests before any other country: “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” he said. He will push NATO allies to pay their fair share so the U.S. does not have to spend more on defense for other nations.

Health Care

Trump has vowed to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In a recent interview, Trump stated, “We’re going to repeal and replace it.” The plan is to replace it with Health Savings Accounts which, according to Trump, “will be great healthcare for much less money.”  He wants to make insurance available to purchase across state lines and give more flexibility to states for localized Medicaid programs.

Climate Change

Trump has stated that he doesn’t think climate change is real: “I believe in clean air, immaculate air, but I don’t believe in climate change.” Trump wants to get rid of Obama’s EPA mandates. He also plans to cancel the Paris climate agreement which aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, Trump is a supporter of private businesses making the transition into environmentally friendly power sources to make the air, water, and environment clean.

Previewing a Trump Presidency

President-elect Donald Trump’s policies lack attention towards one of the most important issues: the environment

By Megan Sarns

In the words of Hillary Clinton, “…whoever wins this election, the outcome will be historic. We’ll either have the first female president or the first president who started a Twitter war with Cher.”

As of November 8, 2016, America voted to elect the latter.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you know Trump has, to put it kindly, some pretty radical ideas for how he wants to run the country. Many of these are highlighted on the “issues” page on his website.

This page consists of a series of videos you can watch where Trump sits in front of a generic background and yells at you for about a minute, saying everything from “being politically correct just takes too much time” and “we have a border that’s like a piece of swiss cheese.”

I watched every single one of these videos as well every section under his website’s “policies” page and something struck me. It wasn’t necessarily what Trump said he plans to do. I’ve been appalled by that long before I sat down to write this article. It was rather what he plans not to do and what he fails to prioritize.

Nowhere on Donald Trump’s website does he talk about the environment.

Looking beyond his website, it turns out Trump has talked  about his plans for the environment, albeit not in a good way.

Trump has spoken out against the Paris Agreement and says he plans to “cancel” it. The Paris Agreement, ratified in October 2016, requires countries to decrease greenhouse gas emissions with a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature as controlled as possible.

In addition, Trump also plans to cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, a government agency that devotes its resources to “[protecting Americans] from significant risk to human health and the environment.”

Some sources, such as ClimateWire, have said that he has reportedly chosen a leader for his EPA transition team: Myron Ebell. The first sentence on Ebell’s Wikipedia page is “Myron Ebell is an American global warming skeptic.”

To clarify, that means the person Trump’s wants to put in charge of environmental concerns doesn’t even believe they’re happening.

On October 31, Trump made clear his position on this issue when he spoke at a rally in Warren, Michigan.

“We’re going to put America first,” he said. “That includes canceling billions in climate change spending for the United Nations…and instead use that money to provide for American infrastructure including clean water, clean air, and safety.”

Sure, “clean water, clean air, and safety” sounds great, but the context behind these cuts is disturbing. At the end of the day, it won’t matter if America is first, second, or even last, if Earth becomes unlivable.

We have elected into presidential office a man who disregards all scientific evidence of climate change and instead claimed that it was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive” in a tweet he made in 2012.

The fact that our planet is at risk has become a controversial political statement is appalling. We cannot afford four years of a president who refuses to acknowledge the problem, let alone take steps toward solving it.