Thecurrent US presidential elections have brought about several issuesrelating to the American citizens. The biggest problem in the debateis the state of the economic growth. The United States of America isgradually decreasing in its rate of economic growth primarily due tothe reduction in the numbers of hours that the labor force work. Theeconomic growth rate between 1950 and 2014 was at 3.3% while theestimated growth rate from 2015 to 2025 is expected to be about 2.1%(Hacker & Pierson, 69). These figures are as a result of thedecrease in birth rates leading to fewer workers.
Thetax is another issue under debate. The current revenue system doesnot fully implement the tax collected to be used for several programssuch as healthcare and social security. Thus, all the money raised isnot utilized in a simple and efficient manner that can benefit the UScitizens. The next president should be able to resolve the tax codein a way that will help the people (Benoit, 2016).
Thefederal debt that has grown from 35% to 74% of the GDP since 2007 isanother issue being debated. The interest incurred on borrowing tosubsidize the debt is constantly on the rise. It is predicted that by2017, the US government would be spending over 300 billion USD justto finance the national debt (Hacker & Pierson, 69). If thegovernment does not resolve the issue quickly, the next option willbe to increase the amount of tax leading to more problems for theAmerican citizens.
Healthstill plays an important debate discussion in the election race. Themain concern is the creation of an affordable health care systemwhile still ensuring that the sector does not collapse. The twocandidates have to find a correct way of adjusting the Obamacare andensuring it functions in a manner that does not affect the people northe national budget adversely (Benoit, 139).
Defenseis another agenda that is addressed by the presidential candidates.The United States of America seeks to protect its citizens as well asthe people of the world. The issue of concern is the method used tohandle the rise of extremist groups like ISIS that threaten worldpeace (Hook, 2016). The next president of the US has to provideviable solutions that can resolve the problem.
Controlof the financial system is another aspect that is greatly discussed.The American government must be able to protect its citizens frompotential financial crises like the one in 2008. Since that disaster,several regulations have been enacted to cushion the American peoplefrom potential catastrophes. However, these regulation bodies have tobe coordinated to ensure that they all operate under the same mandateand program (Hacker & Pierson, 69).
Thecurrent foreign policy that faces the United States is defense. Theextremist group known as ISIS has grown in power through the forcefuloccupation of territory and capital. Given time, this group will posea significant hazard not only to the nearby nations but the US aswell (Hook, 2016). The group has evolved and proved to be a threatbecause of the number of countries that have been attacked. Suchcountries include Yemen, Libya, France, etc. (Shane, et al. 2014).The government has to create a tactical army that will eliminate thethreat ultimately. The Government should also form allies withcountries that have been affected by ISIS and eradicate them from theface of the earth.
Adomestic issue that needs to be addressed is the current violencebetween the minority ethnic groups and law enforcement. There havebeen several claims of mistreatment on the black community frompolice officers. Such cases have led to the current rise in violencethat has killed several law enforcement officers. The government hasto find a way of calming the situation and ensuring that the policedepartment is strictly monitored so that cases of police brutality nolonger occur (Hook, 2016). The government should also emphasize andencourage equality in justice among people of different races. Thecolor pigmentation should not determine the rights a person shouldhave.
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