Where Clinton and Trump Stand on the Issues

Where Clinton and Trump Stand on the Issues

Helping you prepare for the 2016 election.

I’m a big believer in the importance of voting. But it’s pretty hard to vote if you don’t know anything about the candidates- and let’s face it, how much do we actually know about them? We know that Donald Trump ran Celebrity Apprentice and that he’s been offending people left and right. We know that Hillary Clinton is Bill’s wife and that there’s something weird going on with her emails. But aside from the media drama, do we really know anything about the policies of our two presidential front-runners? Some of their stances on major issues might surprise you.

The Economy

Clinton: Hillary would stop giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies. She supports the increase in federal taxes and opposes having a flat tax on income. She would enforce laws to close the tax loopholes for wealthy taxpayers and cut taxes for low to middle class families. Clinton would not privatize Social Security, instead allowing workers to control their own investments. She plans to crack down on big banks with tougher regulations, but would not break them up unless they pose a threat to the economy.

Trump: Trump would not give tax breaks to oil and gas companies. He does not support increasing the federal tax rate. He seems to support a flatter tax rate, and would simplify the tax bracket system. Trump’s plan for Social Security is unclear. Trump has no current position on the big banks, but has not supported breaking them up in the past.

Social and Racial Equality

Clinton: She supports affirmative action by universities. Hillary acknowledges racial bias in the criminal justice system and stands behind the Black Lives Matter movement. She supports same-sex marriage and wants to enforce laws to protect LGBT people against discrimination. Clinton does not believe that institutions should be able to deny service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs, citing it as discrimination. She believes that transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.

Trump: Trump supports affirmative action. He has not expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and has not released a plan to combat racial inequality in the criminal justice system. He has not expressed strong opinions for or against the rights of the LGBT community. He has not taken a formal stance on transgender bathroom use, preferring to leave this decision up to the individual states.

Health Care

Clinton: Hillary would continue to federally fund Planned Parenthood and would not ban abortions. She believes that minors should have access to abortion services without parental consent and would legalize physician-assisted suicide. She would keep Obamacare in place with some revisions.

Trump: Donald would cut funding for Planned Parenthood. He plans to make abortions illegal, and has talked about punishing women who receive them or doctors who perform them. His position on minors receiving abortions without parental consent is unclear. His position on physician-assisted suicide is also unclear. He would get rid of Obamacare, but still thinks that everyone needs healthcare coverage.


Clinton: Hillary supports Common Core standards, but thinks that the program was implemented poorly. It is unclear whether she would keep Common Core curriculum, but she believes that all states should be held to a national education standard. She supports free public education for college students and would enact free tuition at community colleges. She does not believe that teacher salaries should be linked to test scores.

Trump: Donald does not support Common Core. He believes that education should be governed at a local level. He does not support free college tuition, but looks to lower interest rates on loans. He wishes to cut back on funding for the Department of Education.

Gun Control

Clinton: Hillary believes that stricter gun control laws should be enforced. She would ban guns from school zones and prohibit people on the TSA’s no-fly list or on the Terror Watch List from being able to purchase firearms. She has not stated a position on the funding for the federal government to study gun violence.

Trump: Trump would not enact any more gun control laws. His positions on guns in school zones and on the study of gun violence are unclear. He would prohibit the purchase of guns by people on the no-fly list and the Terror Watch List.


Clinton: Hillary stands behind the position that humans are primarily responsible for global climate change and that the U.S. should focus on using renewable energy sources rather than using fossil fuels. She has changed her viewpoint on the Keystone XL Pipeline, now stating that the U.S. should not use the Keystone Pipleline to important tar sand oil from Canada. She believes that genetically modified foods should be labeled as GMO’s for consumers. She also supports fracking.

Trump: He does not believe in climate change and does not think that humans are responsible for global changes in environmental activity. Trump supports the continued use of fossil fuels as a source of energy and would authorize the use of the Keystone XL Pipeline to import tar sand oil from Canada. He does not think that genetically modified foods need to be labeled as such. Trump supports fracking.


Clinton: Hillary believes that undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. should have the chance to become legal residents. She would allow Syrian Refugees to enter the country. Her position on building a U.S./Mexico border wall is unclear, and she does not believe that the federal government should spend money on raids to find undocumented immigrants.

Trump: Donald does not believe that undocumented immigrants should have the chance to apply for U.S. citizenship and would not allow Syrian Refugees to take shelter in the U.S. He wants Mexico to fund the construction of a U.S./Mexico border wall. Trump believes that the federal government should conduct raids to enforce immigration laws.

Criminal Justice

Clinton: She is not opposed to the use of the death penalty for extreme cases, but would reserve the jurisdiction for federal cases. Hillary would ban the use of racial profiling in favor of a less biased judicial system. She believes that the current Senate and President have the right to elect a new Supreme Court Justice to fill the seat vacated by the death of former Justice Scalia*.

Trump: Trump fully supports the death penalty and believes that its implementation would deter criminal activity. He supports the use of racial profiling, especially in regard to Muslims. Trump acknowledges that the current President should be able to re-elect a new Supreme Court Justice to fill Scalia’s spot, but wants to delay the decision until he is in office.

*(there are normally 9 Supreme Court Justices, which prevents a tie vote from occurring. Justice Scalia died in February, which means that there are now only 8 Justices to vote on Supreme Court cases. The appointment of a new Justice could tip the votes in the favor of the liberal or conservative side.)

Foreign Policy and Military

Clinton: Clinton would continue to use drone strikes abroad and now supports sending ground troops to fight ISIS. She wants to close Guantanamo Bay. Hillary also wants to stop torturing prisoners, because she believes that torture does not reflect American values. She supports women in combat positions. She does not support the collection of data from citizen email and phone records by the NSA.

Trump: He supports sending ground troops to fight ISIS and has not expressed an opinion on drone strikes (though he has expressed support for the use of bombs against ISIS). He wishes to keep Guantanamo Bay open and would condone the torture of prisoners to extract information. Trump has gone back and forth on the issue of women serving in the military, and has raised concern about rape cases in the military. He supports the NSA’s collection of civilian data through email and phone records.

Labor and Wages

Clinton: Hillary would guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid medical of family leave for workers. She supports labor unions to maintain the integrity of the middle class. Clinton wants to raise the minimum wage to $12/hour.

Trump: He has not expressed a plan for paid medical or family leave or an opinion concerning labor unions. Trump’s position on the minimum wage is not clear, but he has not indicated a plan to increase it.

If you want to find out which candidate aligns most closely with your values, try this quiz. To learn more about Hillary Clinton's campaign, check out her website. To learn more about Donald Trump's campaign, visit his website.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Abortion Ban In Several States

DISCLAIMER: the following does not include any of my personal beliefs/opinions.


Abortion has and will always be a controversial and very sensitive topic for all genders. The following article delves into the details about the Alabama abortion ban that was signed to be a law which, if it passes, will be in effect January 2020 and briefly touches on the Georgia Heartbeat Bill.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

In 1973, Roe v. Wade 410 was passed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court. In short, this ruled that the Due Process Clause along with the 14th Amendment in the Constitution would work to give pregnant women the choice to choose whether or not they wanted an abortion AND should coincide with the government's personal agenda to protect the health of all who is involved. What I mean by this is that the Supreme Court decided during the second trimester of a pregnancy, abortions would be allowed. But, if it is the third trimester, abortion is to be prohibited unless the health of the mother is in danger. This law catapulted the abortion debate which is still going on today.

Abortion vs. Alabama

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed off on a bill that will basically ban all abortions, including rape, incest, any abnormality, and if the mother's life is in danger on May 14, 2019 after acquiring approval from 25 Senators . This could be a problem considering that it very much contradicts Roe v. Wade (1973). To Ivey, the bill is a reflection of the values in which the citizens of Alabama believe: all life is precious and a gift from God.

Governor of the State of Alabama, Kay Ivey (pictured above). home.bt.com

The governor of Georgia also signed a bill to ban abortion after detecting the slightest heartbeat which is approximately around the six-week pregnancy period (around the time most women discover that they are pregnant). Another important take on this is that despite the rift and debate that is going on between Democrats and Republicans, most Republicans believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. This is looking more like a possibility considering most of the Supreme Court consists of people who support the Republican party. In short, the main idea is to ban abortion in all of the United States, not just in some states like it is currently. In regards to Alabama, the bill still has not been enacted into a law and could possibly encounter delay in the Supreme Court because, after all, this is a very debated topic. For now, abortion is still legal until January 2020 or when it becomes a law.

Conditions of the Abortion Law

The conditions of the abortion law explicitly states that abortion during any stage of a pregnancy is prohibited and if any medical professional aids in the practice/procedure of an abortion, they will face up to 99 years in prison. If an attempt is made to perform an abortion procedure, an individual can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Women who successfully get an abortion or attempt to will be prosecuted as well. However, only those who provide another with an abortion will be punished in Alabama, not the one receiving the service.

No form of abortion is allowed including: rape, incest, life-threatening abnormality, or putting the life of the mother in danger.

Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill www.youtube.com

Two Sides to the Debate

Although most Republicans support the law, the Democratic party has combatted the notion of it. Many opponents of the ban state that the restriction can put the lives of many in danger and affects women of color and those who are living in poverty heavily. ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also declared that they will sue. Many young people have also reached out to social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram to voice their opinions:

Tweets from individuals who are anti-abortion ban www.wnd.com

Many celebrities have also stated their opinions on the matter. Rihanna stated in one of her Instagram posts, "Take a look," referring to a picture of 25 Senators in Alabama who approved the abortion bill, "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!"

Although both sides clearly have their opinions on the debate of pro-life/pro-choice, one thing we all can agree on is that this will be a long process that can make or break the lives of a lot of people in our nation.

Until next time,


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