1. Taxation - I believed the corporate rate should be lowered considerably to stimulate the economy. I would also like to see all the money sitting in foreign accounts repatriated at no penalty.
2. The Supreme Court - It would likely have sensible balance under Trump, whereas Hillary would likely appoint ardent leftists. I'm hoping the four conservatives will live at least four more years.
3. Energy Independence - Although emails indicate Hillary supports the Keystone Pipeline because it would harm Putin, I have serious doubts that she would defy environmentalists. She also wants to end coal mining immediately. Alternative sources of energy are not yet efficient enough to pick up the slack -- and they are certainly not cost efficient.
4. Repeal of Obamacare - Even Slick Willie has spoken out against it. The quality of care will likely decline no matter who's in charge, as a single payer option is inevitable now that politicians have made insurance insanely expensive. Hillary's vow to provide more funding for the President's signature program may be hot air, but I don't know that for sure. This will be the toughest issue facing the next POTUS.
5. Security - I believe a pause in Muslim immigration is perfectly reasonable, although I realize hundreds of potential terrorists may already be here. Why risk adding to that number? As for the wall, it would only be symbolic. Illegals will find a way into the country, if they desire. I've never objected to illegals being here. I object to their receiving government services. Hillary would do nothing to stop that. Trump would try, but several states would ignore any prohibitions on it, as they do now.
5. Defense - Hillary will continue Obama's stripping of the military and apply the savings elsewhere.
6. Spending - Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, housing and heating subsidies, free needles - how much is enough? Expect Hillary, if elected, to attempt forgiveness of student loans.
7. Second Amendment - although I am not comfortable in the presence of firearms, I will say again that if someone in my vicinity begins shooting at innocents I hope an armed citizen will be present to take him/her out.
8. Experience - It hasn't been a factor in Obama's failures. He has behaved exactly as I expected. Anyone who believed he was middle of the road was incredibly naive. Trump would surround himself with fine minds and learn quickly. He has accomplished a lot in the corporate world and might do so politically. He may also fail colossally, as the bad aspects of the system are deeply entrenched, but I believe he would try fix them, while Hillary would double down on them.
8. In her 40+ years of service, Hillary has not had a single significant accomplishment. She has several titles, and all have come on the coattails of her husband's popularity. She is a pseudo-feminist who practices selective outrage on abuses against women. Her history of corruption is staggering. All that said, I believe she will be our next president. I've always been a pessimist when it comes to politics. I believe the choice is who will do the least harm. The most painful aspect of the campaign for me has been seeing friends post favorable opinions of Hillary on Facebook. Two of my high school classmates are working on getting out the vote in Philly. It saddens me. They were far better students than I. Maybe they are also smarter politically. Given the last eight years, I don't see how anyone but an ardent leftist would vote for Hillary, but Obama's approval rating is high, which seems to indicate the majority want more of the same.
As I suspected when I first heard that the FBI has again reversed course on Hillary's email scandal, there is speculation that the fiasco was designed to give her a last minute boost. If that's the case, it's a brilliant move.
I didn't take the floating book shop to Park Slope yesterday because the marathon's course runs through 4th Avenue, which is less than a block away from where I set up. I went there today and an old-timer came along and made the trip worth it by buying Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile, Essential EINSTEIN: Everything You Need to Know About the World's Most Acclaimed Genius by Shana & Cynthia Phillips Priwer, and I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes by Mardy Grothe. I brought out the latter two for the first time, hoping they would attract someone in what's called the most literate neighborhood in Brooklyn. How I love it when strategy works. My thanks also to the woman who bought a thriller.
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