I can guess what you are probably thinking as you glance over this article. What kind of idiotic person has the Collegian hired that could possibly have anything positive to say about Donald Trump? Well before you get started on your letter to the editor about why they should fire my dumb ass, please hear me out. Afterwards feel free to turn to the staffbox on page 3, where you will find the instructions on how to submit said letter.
I will not attempt to justify or dismiss the blatantly offensive remarks that Trump has made, but I will say there are some positive aspects to Trump’s campaign. While these things don’t make up for Trump’s abrasive nature, they do make his candidacy important.
According to his website, Trump’s tax plan looks like this: “If you are single and earn less than 25,000 dollars [a year], or married and jointly earn less than 50,000 dollars [a year], you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – over 50 percent – from the income tax rolls.”
So if your income is less than or equal to 12 dollars an hour and you work 40 hours a week, you don’t have to pay taxes on the money you earn, which will save you nearly 1,000 dollars every year. This is incredibly beneficial for those people who live in poverty while working a minimum wage job.
For a candidate whose intent is to fix the US economy, it is surprising that he would reserve that responsibility for only those that could afford it. In addition, his tax plan says that rich citizens will have to pay a larger percentage of their income in taxes than the middle class.
This is a rather progressive tax policy compared to many that originate from conservative politicians. Trump has also taken a more progressive stance on fixing the mental health system in response to gun violence.
“We need to expand treatment programs, because most people with mental health problems aren’t violent, they just need help. But for those who are violent, a danger to themselves or others, we need to get them off the street before they can terrorize our communities,” Trump’s website says.
These progressive aspects of Trump’s campaign are few and far between, but their presence at all is significant for reminding the people that Trump isn’t completely out of touch with America.
Although most of Trump’s campaign is painful to listen to, there are still aspects of his message that should be heard out, because they really could be used to “make America great again.”