The More the Rhetoric Changes, the More the Positions Stay the Same
by Brett Linley
Every year, politicians tell us that the current election is the most important. They always say that we are at a crossroads. If we let their opponent win, it’s the end of America as we know it. In reality, the president has very limited powers.
However, they do have the ability to guide the tone of the nation. In this election, unfortunately, you truly have to squint to see the major differences. With Clinton and Trump, some of their worst positions are their shared ones. That’s what bipartisanship is all about.
1. Minimum Wage
It is true, their positions come in different flavors. Clinton, without a doubt, is more intense. However, when we’re facing an election that’s all about principles, there isn’t much separation here.
Clinton wants a nationwide $12/hr wage that would devastate the economy. Trump, to be sure, has been less clear on his position. He says he wants to leave it to the states, but also believes that the current federal minimum is too low. Given the powers that Trump seems to believe the president has, we cannot be sure how this would truly play out in his administration.