Game of Thrones: The Supreme battle to the White House
On Monday, Brad Parscale, the Chairman of Donald Trump’s re-election campaign 2020, claimed that the Tulsa rally had an overwhelming response of over a million ticket requests. However, the rally saw a very low turn out of attendees. Are the Americans disappointed by Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis? As the presidential elections are a few months away, it’s hard to predict who gets to the Oval Office. Be it Joe Biden or Trump, both have a challenging task to set America back on track.
According to the New York Times/Siena College poll, Joe Biden is ahead of President Donald Trump by 14 points and is leading among women and nonwhite voters and cutting into his support with white voters. However, in a country like the US where electoral votes are far more important than the popular vote, it is essential to go through the policies that each candidate has to offer.
Trump vs Biden, Economic policies during COVID19
For both the candidates, the economic policies will be a priority in case the virus is defeated and the Economy takes V-shaped recovery. Trump has signed a few major bills that are - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and CARES Act. However, Trump hasn’t gathered enough support on his way of dealing with COVID19. Joe Biden in his interview with Politico said that the next government stimulus and relief package would be larger than $2 trillion and would include much more aid for states and come with a higher degree of oversight. He claimed that there is none right now.
While U.S President has not revealed much of his economic policies, Joe Biden plans to create jobs for middle-class families in the US. He would fund the programs for clean energy research and innovations, building roads, and developing rural areas that are below poverty line.
Will Tax cuts be a differentiating factor?
The Trump administration, as on its budget proposal, reformed Tax Cuts laws that could cost the federal government $1.5 trillion during 2025-30, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. On the other hand, Joe Biden’s plans to raise the top income tax rate from 37% to 39.6% and the top corporate income tax rate to 28% from 21%. According to the Tax Policy Center, Biden's tax proposals will increase revenue by $4 trillion between 2021 and 2030.
Donald Trump has often surprised countries with his foreign policies. Under Trump administration, America has pulled out of various international agreements and has taken up the war against China. Bloomberg Opinion reports have claimed that the Chinese want Trump to become the president because there is little hope for the U.S. to maintain an effective China strategy as long as he is in charge.
Moreover, he has cut financial aids to international organizations like World Health Organizations amidst the ongoing pandemic. Joe Biden has criticized and accused him of deteriorating foreign relations. Joe believes in an America which values close allies and international organization.
Cybersecurity and Terrorism
Trump has fired shots at several tech giants claiming that the firms are conspiring against his presidential campaign. Biden’s policy is to pressurize the tech giants to reform practices of surveillance and hate speech.
Trump’s approach for Counterterrorism involves increased domestic surveillance and increased drone strikes in unstable countries like the Middle East. Trump has often opposed immigration policies and has restricted refugees. On the contrary, Biden aims to use small US special forces rather than large scale military deployment.
However, the policies of the two candidates are subjective to native America, a country that decides the President based on Electoral vote and not just Popular votes. Mr. Donald Trump has been a controversial president ever since he joined the Oval Office. The China-US trade war, the Immigration laws, and the Border wall built at the US-Mexican border have been criticized by many.
Further escalating the tensions, Trump threatened to send in the military to end the growing protest against the killing of George Floyd. In his pursuit to make America great again, it seems that he has isolated America from the rest of the world by closing its borders. On the other hand, It is difficult to predict whether Joe, if elected, will be able to keep his promises and lead America at such challenging times. The citizens of the United States of America have a difficult choice to make as the superpower fights the deadly virus.