Day 50 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Hillary supports the arts.
This one is actually only a “B,” rather than an “A.” Hillary has supported the arts, working hard to hang onto funding for the NEA during Bill’s presidency when many were trying to defund it.
She was a member of the Senate Cultural Caucus and won the Americans for the Arts National Arts Award for Arts Advocacy for her work as First Lady. She put together the White House Crafts Collection, which is a little dear to my heart as crafts have often been relegated as “lesser” in the art world and, historically, have been more often created by women. Coincidence?
I’m citing this as a positive, but giving her a “B” because it is not really a priority for her. She is supportive when it comes up, but she does not appear to go out of her way to support the arts. However, she does talk, when asked, about the power of art as therapy for victims of sexual assault in Africa, for example. So, she does understand and promote the healing power of art.
Day 49 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She is fighting for people with disabilities.
One in five Americans has some disability and 50% of Americans are affected as either caregivers or the disabled. Hillary’s first job out of law school was to research why so many children weren’t in school (at the Children’s Defense Fund). It turns out that, for many, their disabilities prevented them. Her research fueled the subsequent legislation requiring equal access. It should surprise no one that “equal access” can cover a multitude of sins and shortcomings.
Only 30% of the disabled are employed, yet 70% say they would like to be. There is still a lot of work to be done. The following articles talk about where Hillary stands and what she’s done relative to the other candidates. The first link compares the candidates. The last link seems to be a site that supports Hillary, but they are both critical and demanding of more so I chose to include it. The “Mom Responds” article is a short, but moving, insight into the work that still needs to be done.
Day 48 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Hillary is interested in treating addiction rather than just incarcerating it.
In response to a question from a rally attendee (See? She does listen.), Hillary expanded on her policies addressing drug addiction and substance abuse and made it a more central piece of her platform, mentioning it in most speeches now.
Only about 10% of addicts receive treatment.
65% of incarcerated people meet medical standards for drug abuse, but don’t receive treatment.
Her plan includes moving low-level drug crimes out of prisons and into treatment facilities, providing states $4 for each $1 they spend to support their efforts addressed to their specific needs (can we say “states’ rights?”), giving all first responders naloxone to stop opioid cases from becoming fatal.
There’s a lot more, but you can read about it below. If you’re interested, the first article compares candidates’ plans and talks about how the treatment community views their proposals.
Day 47 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She supports rural communities and farmers.
She’s the only presidential candidate to develop a plan addressing the issues specific to rural communities, which represent 15% of the US population. Her plan includes:
Increasing available capital for rural businesses – not just agriculture – by increasing the number of RBICs (Rural Business Investment Companies).
Improving healthcare for rural Americans – both access and quality.
Fully funding the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), to assist those who conserve and improve natural resources on their farms and ranches, with a special set-aside for minorities and veterans. In the past decade alone, wind power generation has grown 10-fold. Farmers, more than almost anyone, care about global warming, as they suffer its consequences most.
Building local and regional food systems to expand food hubs, farmers markets and direct sales to schools, hospitals, wholesalers, for example. This originated with her “Farm-to-Fork” initiative in NY.
Improving access to high-speed broadband for both small business and students.
There’s more. You can read about it below. It feels pretty darn comprehensive to me.
Day 46 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She supports paid leave – for every parent. And has for several decades.
Hillary started working for children when she was still in college. Her legacy since then has been significant. One of the differences between Hillary’s plan and Donald’s is that her paid leave applies to all parents and caretakers regardless of gender (pity the poor dad whose wife dies in childbirth who has no leave at all, in addition to all of the same sex couples, and people taking care of aging parents or otherwise in-need family members).
The US is the only industrialized nation with no comprehensive paid leave policy. In fact, the only other country without any paid leave policy is Papua New Guinea. Some other pertinent facts about paid leave:
More than 90% of employers affected by California’s paid family-leave initiative reported either positive or no noticeable effect on profitability, turnover, and morale.1
Women who took advantage of New Jersey’s paid-family-leave policy were far more likely than mothers who hadn’t to be working nine to 12 months after the birth of their child.2
These women are 39% less likely to receive public assistance and 40% less likely to receive food stamps in the year following a child’s birth compared to those who didn’t take any leave.2
Paid-leave programs can substantially reduce infant mortality rates and better a child’s overall health.3
Day 45 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She has an even temperament.
The following YouTube video has been promoted around social media as “evidence” of Hillary’s lack of concern about Benghazi and as an indictment of her passing out misinformation in the early hours after the attack. On the day of this video, she sat through nearly 11 hours of interrogation – her third investigation of the same incident (we will discuss stamina in a later post). In the 9 minutes of video, she is given less than 1 minute to answer the “questions” being asked, and is interrupted when she tries.
What I see is someone who is theoretically testifying, but, in fact, is set to listen to speeches under the guise of being asked a question. After 11 hours and three hearings of this, the fact that she is as restrained as she is, suggests to me, at least, that she is capable of great restraint and patience.
The second article references her famous, “At this point, what difference does it make?” question. In context, I still think it shows restraint and an even temperament.
Day 44 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She’s got concrete plans to keep manufacturing jobs in the US.
She has a $10billion “Make it in America Partnerships” plan. First off, this is funded by clawing back the tax breaks corporations received while shipping jobs overseas, cracking down on foreign countries not currently in compliance, and reviewing current trade agreements, including NAFTA and TPPA.
This initiative includes using federal resources to coordinate workers, unions, business, universities and government to encourage industry to locate regionally. For example, Universities are great incubators for business (Facebook, Kinko’s, Snapchat, Def Jam Records, The Onion) – about 30% of all business incubators are located at universities, but students have little access to practical support on how to actually start the business and could use tax breaks to locate it where it was founded or in a depressed area with an available workforce.
There are other pieces to this plan and you can read about them below.
Day 43 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Hillary’s mother was put on a train from Chicago to California at 8 years old as chaperone to her younger sister to live with her paternal grandparents. These grandparents were so tough, they grounded her for a year for trick or treating. She left home at 14 to become a $3/week housekeeper and nanny, eventually making her way to Chicago hoping to reunite with her own mother (they didn’t).
She married a man eight years her senior and Hillary was born into a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago. It was her mother who taught Hillary that she was not allowed to quit: as a child; as a college student; as a politician.
With her Wellesley and Yale background, it is easy to think of Hillary as a woman of privilege, but her life didn’t start that way, and her mother’s life was a nightmare. Her father started as a salesman, but eventually owned his own drapery fabric company, where Hillary often worked as a kid.
Day 41 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
She’s taking on Big Pharma.
She won’t allow epi-pens to sell for hundreds of dollars. She has proposed a few different approaches to combat both the high cost charged by drug companies for drugs and the price consumers will pay for drugs. These can be two wildly different things since insurance picks up the tab for most people.
Her suggestions are different. Whether they work or not – or pass the Senate – remains to be seen, but she’s thinking about it.
FWIW, she has received more campaign money from the drug companies than any other candidate. So, on this front at least, it appears she can’t be bought.