While it has become the norm in the years preceding a Presidential election for candidates to make bold promises, the congressional Republicans just cannot help themselves this year in making sweeping promises that are challenging at best to ever come to fruition in reality. As the race to 2016 gets closer, the Republican candidates are digging in deep about their positions on many hot-button topics, and many are ready to defend their positions by pledging to change the laws if necessary. These are the top five unrealistic promises from Republicans to American people during 2016 Presidential campaigns.
1. We Are Going to Repeal Obamacare
This appears to be the topic of choice for many of the Republican candidates. Their hatred for the Affordable Care Act has been clearly stated in just about every debate and rally in the past year. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both told the American public that they have similar Obamacare plans waiting in the wings to replace the failing health care platform after they repeal it. Rubio was quoted as saying if Obamacare was repealed, it would be one of the best ways to increase wages. Donald Trump also said that Obamacare will be repealed, because it is crushing small business and failing those people it was intended to help in the first place. Even with Republicans in Congress, placing a repeal bill on President Obama’s desk has been difficult. While the Republicans continue to use valuable airtime talking about repealing the healthcare plan, they seem to be missing the big picture. There are now over 16 million people in this country who finally have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. These people are voters, and isolating such a large group could be disastrous for the party. When the Republicans keep blowing their horns and saying Obamacare is helping no one, they seem to be overlooking the fact that it is helping millions.
Even before a Republican nominee has been announced for the 2016 presidential election, looming questions over previous foreign policy issues are beginning to resurface in the debates. Unless the Republicans find a way to repair the damage done and make it that clear changes are in order, they can expect the Democratic nominee to easily walk right into the White House. The following is a list of foreign policy mistakes Republicans have made that cannot be repeated as we approach the 2016 elections.
1.Allowing Iran to Have Nukes
The debacle of the handling of the nuclear weapons issue with Iran continues to be a sore subject with the Republican party. Dating back to the second Bush in the White House, their firm stance on not negotiating with the enemy eliminated any chance of bargaining to a resolution. Even at times Iran was holding just a handful of nuclear components, the Bush administration put a stop to any talks that could have resulted in an agreement to halt any and all production. Today, the situation is out of hand, as Iran continues forward with their plans. The only way to stop Iran today is with an all-out war, something the Republicans have no issue getting involved in if necessary. Jeb Bush has stated on numerous occasions that he will make it his first order of business to send troops if needed. The public perception appears to be that rather than negotiate, Republicans will fight a war and make more enemies. Unless the next President can step in and peacefully negotiate foreign policy to stop Iran, an inevitable war will result.
2.Cutting Back on Military Presence
Comparing back to President Reagan’s last term in office, today we have half of the army that we did back then. Foreign policy and budget cuts since then have depleted our military strength and left us susceptible to attacks. Terrible defense spending policies have weakened a once-powerful nation to the point that we cannot fight all the battles around the world anymore. When it comes to foreign policy, the Republicans continue to cut back on naval and air forces, but spend money in other areas of government. Our military is at historically low numbers today, and making the mistake of cutting them any further to reduce the budget deficit will come with a price.
The reason that the Republicans are doomed this Presidential election is simple: they continue to repeat history instead of learning from it. They simply have not learned anything from the problems of the 21st century. In fact, they are running on the same campaign promises that have pushed the country into the abyss. In the last decade we have seen a record deficit, more terrorist attacks, few new jobs, and wealth inequality soaring, yet these appear to be the platforms on which the Republicans are running again. Here are the five things that will doom Republicans during 2016 Presidential elections.
1. Yet Another Middle East War
The time for talking about dismantling the Iran nuclear program is long over. The Republicans had a chance to stop Iran in their tracks back in 2003 when they had only a few dozen pieces of the puzzle. The George Bush administration had the opportunity to meet and talk with Iranian leaders, but declined to come to the table to negotiate. That would have been the time to discuss dismantling the centrifuges, but the Bush administration simply spurned that deal. The only way to stop Iran now would be nothing short of military action, and that will certainly be the beginning of a deadly war, not the end of their nuclear program. The dark cloud of not negotiating and the eagerness to start a war will be a dark cloud hanging over the Republican Party during the 2016 presidential elections.
2. The Rich Getting Richer
This year the rich in America have never had so much money. The promise of more and even bigger tax cuts for the richest in this country only increases the already enormous gap between the richest 300,000 and the rest of the country. This increase in separation has basically stalled the economy, but the Republicans are poised to make certain the wealthy get even more money this campaign. That small percentage of the richest Americans take in more than all 180 million Americans combined. The Republicans are trying to twist their rhetoric to match public outcry, but it is nothing more than a ploy and smokescreen to make the rich wealthier.
One of the hurdles that a presidential candidate must carefully navigate is the ability to accept campaign funds without breaking the rules. While on the surface the rules appear to be pretty clear, just like with anything else, there are loopholes that get exploited and abused in campaign funding. According to the laws implemented by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), a campaign can accept up to $2,700 from each individual once in primary season and once in the general election. 2016 Republican presidential candidates have become quite skilled at developing novel tactics to get by those limitations. Organizations like super PACs give candidates the ability to raise enormous piles of contributions as long as no one from the campaign coordinates with the donors to solicit money. Herein lies the problem, and the reason for these three times Republicans used shady donation money for 2016 presidential campaigns.
1. Illegally Funded Campaign Advertisements
Forget all the talk about illegal immigrants, Marco Rubio has enough trouble with illegal contributions that could derail his efforts to get into the White House in 2016. Secretive special interest groups are in part to blame for the issues surrounding how Rubio paid for political advertisements. His campaign ads have been funded by illegally laundered money that came from a non-profit organization that does not have to report or disclose the identity of donors. This funding is supposed to be spent on social welfare, not for the benefit of a candidate to further himself in his election campaign. Even though it is illegal for an individual to contribute more than $2,700 to the election campaign, those same individuals can hide under the veil of the super PAC, and then dump unlimited funds into the campaign.
Rubio does not want voters to know the names of these individuals, so the money is laundered through social welfare organizations. These groups provide donor secrecy, non-profit status, and require that funds be used for only social welfare. Funneling funds to presidential campaigns through social welfare organizations is illegal. This loophole is being exploited by the Marco Rubio camp, and 100% of the $5.5 million dollars in political advertisements is being paid for by those exact social welfare groups. The political ads have not been paid for by the PAC money or Rubio himself, all from the loophole that allows illegal money to be used for political gain.
As the elections for 2016 draw closer, one thing is for certain. The Republicans are going to have a huge uphill climb if they want to make it to the White House. Many early polls indicate that the race might be already over before it has begun, with the Democratic nominee already projected as holding the needed electoral votes to win. Throughout the country there will certainly be some states that flip-flop on what was expected, and big surprises are certainly in store for the candidates. The one certain thing, however, is that there are already 10 states in which Republicans will definitely lose the 2016 presidential elections. That is going to make the trip to the White House a walk in the park, similar to the way in which the election for President Obama was over before it began.
In the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, it is already a foregone conclusion which way the state of Michigan will be voting. Take a close look at the last three elections, in which the Democrats have coasted to victory and snatched up the 16 electoral votes up for grabs. This state is an easy victory for the Democrats, putting the pressure on Republicans to find other states in which to gain some momentum.
Traditionally, Ohio is one of those toss-up states, but President Obama enjoyed a victory here in both his runs for office. The last time that a Republican won the state, it was by the smallest of margins at 50.8% of the vote. Ohio Republicans have been polled at voting 23% for Trump, 21% this past August. Carson is getting 18%, 13% for Kasich, 11% for Cruz, 7% for Rubio and 4% for Bush. Among Republicans, 29% say they would definitely not support Donald Trump. This could be a huge problem, compared to Clinton leading the Democratic field with 40%.
With a whopping 55 electoral votes, this is going to be one of those mountains the Republicans are going to have difficulties climbing. In six consecutive elections, the state of California has gone the way of the Democrats. The Democrats can count on two big prizes, the state of California’s 55 votes and the state of New York’s 29 votes.
As we inch closer to the 2016 elections one thing is becoming quite apparent: Donal Trump does not appear to be going anywhere soon. Now that can be taken a number of ways, depending which side of the fence you are on. If you support Trump, you may be both surprised and excited that his numbers continue to climb even after he puts his foot in his mouth over and over again. Those who oppose the Donald feel he has zero chance based on these five reasons Donald Trump will not win elections.
1. Spending the Money
Each time you hear about Donald Trump in the news you hear his name accompanied by the word billionaire and the phrase “vowing to self-finance.” There is no disputing the fact that Donald Trump is a very wealthy man. What is in dispute, however, is the fact that to date he has not put his money where his mouth is. Although he reportedly has over $300 million dollars in cash at the ready, there is no proof that today or going forward he plans on spending even a fraction of that money to fund his campaign. Despite Trump saying numerous times that he is prepared to spend his personal wealth, history has shown that in fact he has amassed his fortune off the backs of other people’s money. While risking only a small portion of his own money, he was able to expand his income by risking the money of others. One only need take a close look at the Bush campaign to see that Jeb has raised over $100 million dollars already and plans to deploy it very soon. This could in fact become a very big deal as things begin to ramp up in early 2016.
2. The Real Donald Trump
One of the reasons that Trump has growing numbers this year is the fact his marketing tactics are aimed at manipulating low-information voters. These voters do not follow politics closely; they are merely fed up with the way things are with government and looking for a change. Trump has not only heard those voices, he has made them his rallying cry. He promises to not only change the way the government operates, he promises to do the things that most politicians are afraid to do.