Donald Trump should be president

Michael Tallarida ’21

As the election looms and Americans prepare to cast their votes, one question sits in every voter’s mind: Donald Trump or Joe Biden? For many, their decision has been made already, and this last month of campaigning will not affect their vote on November 3, 2020. But for the few left undecided, I urge you to consider President Trump.

     In the first Presidential Debate, if you can even call it that, Vice President Biden called out President Trump numerous times regarding his healthcare plan. It seems ironic for Biden to call out President Trump after he and former President Barack Obama implemented a terrible healthcare option for Americans, the Affordable Care Act. 

     The basis of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” was for healthcare to be more affordable for the American people, but it has done the opposite. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), health insurance premiums doubled from 2013 to 2017, and went up another twenty-six percent in 2018. Obamacare did nothing to control the underlying costs of healthcare, making it impossible for many Americans to afford health insurance. Early in his term, President Trump removed the “individual mandate” from Obamacare. 

     The federal mandate taxed any American who did not buy healthcare. When President Trump repealed the mandate, he relieved millions of low-income Americans from paying the tax. On top of this, President Trump has lowered generic drug prices to make healthcare even more affordable. In his first eighteen months in office, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated that his price cuts saved patients twenty-six billion dollars. President Trump is currently in the midst of removing Obamacare all together, while Joe Biden wants to restore it if elected President. 

President Trump on a golf outing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

     To move our country forward, and to make sure more Americans receive the healthcare they desire, Obamacare has to be removed, if not severely altered. 

     In his 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Acts (TCJA) bill, President Trump lowered taxes for many Americans in different income brackets. President Trump lowered the tax rate in all but seven brackets, where the rate stayed the same. For businesses, President Trump lowered the corporate tax rate to twenty-one percent, removing the corporate alternative minimum tax in the process. This deduction put the United States back on the global stage as serious competitors in the business world. American businesses would gain higher profits, making their shareholders and executives happy in the process. 

With lower tax rates, more businesses were incentivized to stay in America, thus creating more jobs and higher wages for workers.

     But, the true beneficiaries of the TCJA deal were the American workers. With lower tax rates, more businesses were incentivized to stay in America, thus creating more jobs and higher wages for workers. According to The Atlantic, Progressive economist Gabriel Zucman, who advised Senator Elizabeth Warren with her tax plans, agrees with the President’s logic regarding the corporate tax cut. Under President Trump’s TCJA bill, the economy was doing better than ever pre-COVID. 

     The stock market, another stalworth under Trump’s administration, rose to new heights in his first four years in office. Even after taking a hit during the first few months of the pandemic, it has surged back near pre-COVID numbers. More impressive than the economic growth under President Trump was his low unemployment rate. Before the pandemic struck in America, the unemployment rate was the lowest it’s ever been, down to an astounding 3.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

     One of Vice President Biden’s main campaign strategies has been attacking Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the mainstream media has been over critical of his handling of the virus. As United States COVID-19 tests increase daily, the test positivity rate continues to trend downward. COVID-19 deaths also have been consistently down in the past few months. President Trump put together a capable coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Pence, and aided by the nation’s leading expert on infectious disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci. On April 3, 2020, Trump’s administration recommended Americans wear face coverings, following CDC guidelines. Six months later, that recommendation still stands, and so does President Trump’s support of it. 

     With the current state of American politics, it seems voters never take into consideration the policies of each candidate. President Trump’s accomplishments eclipse any proposal Joe Biden has, or anything that was achieved under the Obama-Biden administration. 

     I urge you to look past personal opinions on President Trump, and his sometimes irresponsible behavior, and consider the state of our country. For America to prosper in the next four years, Donald Trump needs to be sitting in the Oval Office.