This election may be a very close one this year based on some of the poll numbers. Biden seems to have a lead but it’s still weeks away from being final. I’d like to show everyone what each candidate is similar to in many aspects and the media aren’t really showing this. They both actually share the same views on several issues. Healthcare is one of the key issues that they both almost mirror each other; they exactly share the same words or ideas on the whole, but they do in a very roundabout way want to do the same thing. The global pandemic is another issue that they mirror each other in the ways they want to combat it. Business is another thing that they both share parallel views. Climate change is something that they almost agree on, but Trump wants to have things to be more free market and allow energy companies to make money and get people working again after this pandemic.
The biggest issue right now is the pandemic and how it will be after it’s all over. If this global crisis ever ends, then there will be many things that both candidates have in common and the main one being a vaccine. The debate around vaccines is sparking again because of this. Also, the mask mandate is a problem when it comes to the pandemic. Both Trump and Biden want a vaccine and the vaccine industry is also trying to get a vaccine out before the new year. This is what the Biden website says he wants to do “Stand up a Pandemic Testing Board to massively surge a nationwide campaign and guarantee regular, reliable, and free access to testing for all, including every worker called back on the job. Double the number of drive-through testing sites and increase the numbers until there are no more lines. Build a national contact tracing workforce, starting by hiring at least 100,000 Americans and equipping sorely under-resourced public health departments with the resources they need to spot and stop outbreaks. Ramp up the large-scale manufacturing of as many vaccine candidates as necessary, proactively build a nationwide vaccination campaign, taking the steps now to guarantee the fair distribution of all vaccines.” Trump on the other hand has similar ideas and goals “Develop a Vaccine by The End Of 2020. Return to Normal in 2021. The President is using all available means to ensure safe vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics are developed, manufactured, and distributed in unprecedented time and scale in response to COVID-19. Earlier this year, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, a groundbreaking partnership between the Federal Government, the scientific community, and private sector to develop and deliver vaccines in record time.” the two candidates have a firm belief in getting a vaccine out to the public in a safe and effective manner. Along with the pandemic being a health concern, there are also similar views on healthcare. They both have major differences in their healthcare policies, but they do align. Trump wants to have more affordable insurance and not to have a surprise billing on people and Biden is still trying to keep the Affordable Care Act in place which does state lower insurance costs, the main parallel being they want healthcare to be cheaper for Americans. One policy has a little more controversial option while the other is centered around very basic ideas that lower costs bring more people in to buy rather than raising taxes on everyone not just the very wealthy.
Concerning Climate Change both candidates have a goal. Biden has a very basic democratic goal and the Trump administration has a little more free-market approach. The Trump administration has this to say on climate change “Climate change is very important to me. I’ve done many environmental impact statements in my life, and I believe very strongly in very, very crystal clear clean water and clean air.” – December 2019. Biden goes along with the green new deal (that’s all in lowercase because I think it’s laughable that anyone who has read it could take it seriously) “Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) The United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.” Both candidates have some sort of goal they want met concerning climate change, one just has something a little more left-leaning and truly beyond attainable.
The business policies of both candidates have made in America incentives. They both want to promote small business and have everything that Americans buy be made in America. In this we see that they do share the same belief that America needs self-reliance. In order to get this across they are both promoting small business and big businesses to come back to the states and have more jobs through those avenues. Trump states this in his email to the media on his 2020 policies “Create 1 Million New Small Businesses, “Made in America” Tax Credits, Cut Taxes to Boost Take-Home Pay and Keep Jobs in America.” These policies are similar to Biden for example “Joe Biden will mobilize the talent, grit, and innovation of the American people and the full power of the federal government to bolster American industrial and technological strength and ensure the future is “made in all of America” by all of America’s workers, Retool and Revitalize American Manufacturers, with a particular focus on smaller manufacturers and those owned by women and people of color, through specific incentives, additional resources, and new financing tools, Bring Back Critical Supply Chains to America so we aren’t dependent on China or any other country for the production of critical goods in a crisis.” All directly from the Biden website. There are similarities in both candidates to have things be American based and they both want to have incentives for this to happen as well as having less reliance on other countries for products that used to be made in America.
The very small sample I have given should show how each candidate is similar in their goals. Instead of following along with the left-right paradigm, we need to actually look at what they say they want to do. The media doesn’t really share the views that both candidates have in common. Sadly, politics are a reality show now and there is this WWE type of image put out for the public to see.
I would recommend going and looking at the policies they both promote no matter which way you lean to see what they actually want to do. The debates are really pointless and only focus on headline-worthy content and not the deeper issues they both want to take on.
Links to go and read for yourself what they say an what they promote.