Illustration by Madison Boudreau Popovic
As the next presidential election looms over the United States, President Donald J. Trump is fighting to remain in office for another four years against former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has improved the United States by allowing the economy to flourish. As well as promoting economic growth, he demonstrates his support for communities of color by funding Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, that were in financial trouble and improving the college loan debt system for students. It is vital to recognize that neither of these candidates is the optimal choice and that both Biden and Trump have made offensive comments. However, as Americans, we must vote to decide which one will lead the United States. All of Trump’s achievements, compared to Biden’s failures, make it obvious that Trump continues to be the right choice for president.
The economy prospered under the Trump administration, as the Dow increased at a historic rate compared to the Obama administration. At the end of Obama’s eight years, the Dow was at 20,000 points, and this figure rose to nearly 30,000 until the COVID-19 pandemic, which negatively impacted economies globally. Former President Barack Obama may have improved the economy slightly, but Trump raised it exponentially, not just in growth rate, but also regarding the poverty rate among minorities. Under Trump, the poverty rate among Black Americans decreased below 20 percent, which has not happened since before World War II. The terrific economic standing of the United States can be attributed to Trump, as he aims to better every member of American society through his economic policies.
Despite the great economic strides made during Trump’s four years, the coronavirus caused an unexpected economic downturn. Trump has worked tirelessly to improve the economy in these unanticipated circumstances as he pushed to reopen businesses and the economy. Many people cannot wait for this virus to go away to make ends meet, because if COVID-19 restrictions continue, they will be homeless and unemployed. Even though the current economy has much room for improvement to get it back to where it was prior to the pandemic, Trump has an urgency to fix the economy as fast as possible.
Trump has clearly shown he prioritizes the education of minority populations, as he has restored funding to many HBCUs. Trump recently signed a bill that granted more than $250 million to HBCUs, and $170 million of it will be allocated to other colleges that are tribal schools and minority-serving learning institutions.
Trump continues to demonstrate his desire to reform the United States higher education system, as he has proposed a new college loan repayment plan. His goal is to amend the Higher Education Act by limiting loan borrowing. This may sound unappealing and detrimental, but it is actually beneficial for students. Many argue that if the amount that students can take out in loans is reduced, universities will be forced to either lower or cap their tuition. As a result, the overall cost of attending university may decrease and be less of a financial burden on families. The long-term benefits would certainly aid those paying outrageously high tuition prices.
While Trump is looking to strengthen the economy, Biden is looking to ruin it. Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris will enact regulatory policies that may prove to cost many their jobs. Sen. Harris, Biden’s running mate, also claimed that there would not be tax increases on anyone earning less than $400,000, but this is false. Biden’s policies will increase direct and indirect taxes for those earning less than $400,000. What happened to looking out for the middle class in order to help the economy?
It is time for Americans to wake up and admit that Trump would be a better president than Biden, as Biden is not, and has never been, ready to be a leader. What can Biden do in four more years that he could not do in 47 years?
It is necessary that people comprehend that neither candidate is ideal, as their behavior can be poor and Trump and Biden have made rude statements on various topics. However, Trump’s impact on the U.S. economy shows amazing success, and he improved the funding allocated towards HBCUs, helping students receive higher education and promoting economic growth. It is imperative that when you vote, you think long and hard about Trump’s accomplishments.
Madison Boudreau Popovic is a first-year political science and business administration combined major. She can be reached at [email protected]