Why My Vote is for Hilary
Before explaining how I came to support Hilary it is important to try to explain away any perceived biases people may have of someone who is acknowledging their support for the democratic nominee. As a 36 year old software engineer, husband of almost 8 years and new father of a 5 month old girl my views today don’t resemble the person that was a single, 24 year old, insurance agent and part-time financial adviser and bartender. Back when I was 24 I was a far right leaning libertarian, who believed in the gold standard, state decided civil rights, balanced federal budgets, and unwavering support for any foreign wars we engaged in. Today I am a centrist among the rest of the worlds political structures and what could be seen as far left here in the United States to some, as I believe in expanding civil rights federally, larger deficits, fiat currency, and a better understanding of geopolitical engagements.
I mention this shift in political beliefs because it is important to emphasize that people can actually change their beliefs based on new evidence and from life experiences that make their world a much larger place. Empathy, compassion and understanding are things I started to adapt into my everyday life when I fell on harder times living paycheck to paycheck during and after the financial crisis, and I understood what it meant to need to rely on other people even though the decisions I made (for the most part) weren’t the reasons I was living that way. I am not trying to imply that people can’t experience this without falling into hard times, but that it is very difficult to live in another persons shoes and understand their struggles without having been there yourself. And what I see from Trump is someone who mocks other people struggles, other peoples races, other peoples cultures and other peoples handicaps. I don’t see him as someone who I can remotely trust to run a government meant to protect people and support their general welfare. He doesn’t understand what it is like to be a victim, and often resorts to blaming victims. So this is why I support Hilary over Trump, and support Hilary over wasting my vote away for a third party candidate as a protest vote.
I fully believe that if she is able to enact the policies she claims to support that this country will start to help take care of people in difficult situations and improve the standard of living for the bottom 90%.
As with any candidate I don’t fully support everything she stands for but I do support the below policy choices as they are heavily backed by empirical research and are in line with policies I have generally supported and would like to see enacted. As you read through this piece I genuinely hope you read each link I posted and provide some feedback, it is important to keep civil discourse open during such a heated election.
-Supreme Court – Overturn Citizens United and expand voting rights.
Since the supreme court has made the disastrous decision to equate money with free speech, the amount of money that has been funneled into federal and local elections has increased dramatically. It is important that we try to limit the amount of private donations to a capped amount so that elections can be more fair, and become less influenced by outside money interests.
In order for this country to adhere to its democratic and republic based principles it needs to expand voting rights so that all legal citizens have zero barriers to vote, and the idea to automatically register all U.S. citizens to vote helps this country create a larger voter turnout so that all voices can be heard.
-Economic Issues – Debt free college, 100 day jobs plan, world leader in clean energy, profit sharing, guaranteed paid leave.
Debt free college is a great way to help transition this economy from the remnants of a manufacturing/blue collar economy to a more service/white collar based economy. This country is seeing a large skills gap expand in the technology sectors because not enough people have the skills to get those jobs. Even in the manufacturing sector we are seeing difficulties in filling those jobs because they have become more technical and technologically driven. With college debt free people can cross train to fill these jobs and at the same time lessen their debt burden so they can purchase more things, as buying more things is what helps drive the engine of job growth in this country.
If you’ve read my blog before you know that I support a Job Guarantee Bill , so supporting a 100 day jobs plan should be no surprise to anyone.
Becoming a world leader in clean energy has several advantages: reducing the costs of clean energy by investing in its technology, reducing the amount of carbon emissions, and increasing the amount of jobs our debt free college educated populace can be absorbed into. One doesn’t even have to believe in anthropogenic global warming to see this as a solid plan to move this country forward for cheaper and renewable energy.
Profit sharing is not only beneficial for workers but highly beneficial to employers, as Clinton only supports a tax break for companies who do this there is no forceful action to make companies do this, but there is a great incentive to do so: “Together with job training and opportunities for workers to participate in problem-solving and decision-making, such programs have been shown to foster employee engagement and loyalty, reduce turnover, and boost productivity and profitability.
Profit sharing also benefits workers. Indeed, workers in companies with inclusive profit-sharing and employee-ownership programs typically receive significantly higher wages than workers in comparable companies without such arrangements. About half of Fortune’s list of the 100 best companies to work for have some kind of profit-sharing or stock-ownership program that extends beyond executives to include regular workers.”
Guaranteed paid leave has been examined thoroughly over several decades and it has been found to actually save businesses money by reducing turnover and training costs. The numerous benefits afforded to families health and economic positions are well covered in this CNN article.
-Civil Rights Issues
I will just leave a statement by Hilary to explain her position and why I support it:
“Really systemic racism in this state, as in others, education, in employment, in the kinds of factors that too often lead from a position where young people, particularly young men, are pushed out of school early, are denied employment opportunities. So, when we talk about criminal justice reform and ending the era of mass incarceration, we also have to talk about jobs, education, housing, and other ways of helping communities.”
If you have read my blogs in the past you know that these are the kind of policy directions we need to implement to combat “implicit bias” in this country. Many people, including BLM, have become too narrowly focused on law enforcement and having a more broad focus could help to ease tensions between BLM and law enforcement.
Having outlined, policy wise, why I am voting for Hilary it has come time to refer to the more intangible reasons why I support her.
Experience wise she far exceeds any candidate out there. While I cringe at the thought of voting for someone who appears to be part of an oligarchical type system we seem to be left with only one candidate who can name world leaders and understand geopolitical issues and diplomacy. To allow certain treaties, trade deals and good relations fall apart for the sake of not electing an oligarch seems rather irresponsible to me.
As I mentioned earlier, I am now a proud father of a baby girl, and that has drastically altered how I view raising a future women in this country. I don’t want my daughter to grow up thinking that she is limited by her gender, and having her grow up only knowing a woman president for a few years can help not only my daughter but all girls and women throughout this country realize that nothing limits their potential.