The result would be a sweeping transformation of American life. Millions would be forcibly removed from their homes and communities as new resources and a new mission invigorate the pace of deportations. Taxes would drop sharply for the richest Americans while rising for many middle-class families. Millions of low-income Americans would lose their health insurance, while America’s banks would enjoy the repeal of regulations enacted in the wake of the financial crisis. Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gas emissions would end, likely collapsing global efforts to restrain emissions, greatly increasing the pace of warming.I think the character of presidential candidates matters; not in the sense that I'm looking for a goody-two-shoes with no affairs and no rich friends, but in the sense that being President is a really hard job and we need someone who knows something about it and will take it very seriously. (To take a random Republican example, I think Mitt Romney had the character to be a decent president.) So I do think the press should report stories that reflect the candidates' personalities. But policy also matters, and the media have done a terrible job this election of making clear how big the differences between Democrats and Republicans are.
Millions of Americans would love some or all of these changes, and millions of others would hate them. But most of all, the vast majority of Americans would simply be confused. Someone who’d been following the election moderately closely — scanning headlines, watching cable news, and tuning in to debates — would simply have no idea that this sweeping shift in American public policy is in the offing if Trump wins.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Elections are about Policy
The only statistic you need to really understand this election is that television has devoted more air time to Hillary's email server than to all of her policy ideas put together. I haven't seen similar statistics for Trump but you can bet that his groping and insulting women have gotten more attention than his policy ideas, too. Matt Yglesias thinks that most Americans would be stunned, if Trump wins, to discover what he actually proposes to do: