The Warrior Weekly has decided to give the student body an insight into the candidates running for the 2016 Presidential Election. Here is the first installment. Each installment will feature two candidates.

Bernie Sanders

Democrat

U.S. Senator, Former U.S. House Representative, Mayor

“Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.” – Bernie Sanders

Economic Reforms:  Bernie Sanders advocates to reduce the income and wealth inequality between the rich and poor in current American society. According to his campaign website, he wants to initiate an estate tax on the top 0.3% of Americans, raise the federal  minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00 per hour, and get at least 13 million citizens the jobs they need by rebuilding the United State’s infrastructure on a budget of one trillion dollars.

Foreign Policy: As made clear on his website, Sanders believes that the United States should avoid being ‘the world’s policeman’ and instead work collaboratively with other nations to combat terrorism and resolve international conflicts peacefully. He advocates to resolve conflicts by “seek[ing] diplomatic solutions before resorting to military action” in order to ensure that the nation’s goals for combat are clear and limited in scope.

 

Jeb Bush

Republican

Governor

“I have a voice: I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way.” – Jeb Bush

Economic Reforms: Jeb Bush’s solution to improving the economy is based upon cutting taxes. As stated in his campaign website, Bush wants to change the seven tax brackets the United States currently uses to determine a citizen’s income tax, to a system with just 3 brackets. Also, he plans on limiting deductions in order to prevent the wealthy from finding loopholes in the system and cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% in order to prevent American businesses from suffering when faced against global competition.

Foreign Policy: According to his website, Bush advocates to reinvigorate America’s role as global leader. To accomplish this he plans to increase the United States’ commitment with NATO and restore our alliances so that we may preserve and protect peace. Bush also wants to increase the size of the military, initiate partner-building exercises with foreign militaries, and invest in new machinery to better prepare the nation for a national emergency.

By Trisha Ballakur