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The 6 Most Debated Issues of This Year’s US Elections

With less than a month to go before the final vote, let’s take a better look at the issues covered in between two presidential candidates. Here are the six most debated issues of this year’s US elections.

1. Economy

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With the economic problems involving a majority of the election, neither party has yet to offer a distinct advantage. Both sides may offer opportunities but also has large risks as well. Unless there seems to be a significant change within the next month, the economy may not change – for good, or bad.

While the employment rate has dropped, household income still hasn’t improved. What used to have an average of $61,000 a year in 2000 has now decreased to $54,000 on average per household.

While the economy is seemed to improve dramatically under President Obama, the Democrats don’t seem eager to embrace his legacy while Hillary Clinton is making similar notes on the major economic speech.

2. Environment

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The alerting change in climate also becomes a major issue in the US presidential race and will most likely continue to the next election to come. Hillary Clinton argues about the scientific consensus that is driven by human activities.

The energy policy is also a significant debate as the recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is part of the issues in the presidential race. While Clinton has opposed the pipeline, most Republican candidates support it.

Other environmental related issues include the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on power plant emissions, tax credits for renewable energy, and drilling in the Arctic. According to a 2016 MIT report, federal spending on science is at its ultimately lowest since World War II.

3. Criminal Justice

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As the mass shootings continue to rise and violence committed by police offers appearing more and more into the spotlight, the two parties have had separate discussions about criminal justice. According to recent reports in 2015, 5.5 million Black American residents have been killed by police, while 3.1 million Native Americans following behind.

As Democrat Hillary Clinton has called for the end of mass incarceration, the Republican Party calls for rehab for prisoners addicted to drugs.

Regarding gun control, the Republican Party asserts their support for Second Amendment rights with the right to carry concealed firearms. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party supports more gun control but unsure of how much. Clinton wants to make the efforts to increase background checks and make it difficult to purchase guns online.

In terms of the Black Lives Matter Movement, both parties look to support the goals of the movement to focus on police brutality against Black Americans. Paul has stated the trap in the war on drugs from African-Americans but has criticized the name of the action.

4. Health Care

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With the major increase in medical drugs, Pharmaceutical companies are making headlines in the 2016 presidential race. Medicare alone has spent $4.5 billion on treatment for hepatitis C along with new therapies for cholesterol – making the prices so expensive., Patients are debated whether or not the medication is worth the price.

The majority of citizens say that Pharmaceutical companies are the ones to blame as the government should force companies to negotiate prices and release pricing information. Hillary Clinton has said she would require insurance plans with a $50 monthly cap for those with acute or chronic conditions.

Donald Trump said the entire motive was “disgusting” how the price on AIDS was raised up to 5,000%. Nonetheless, don’t expect concrete plans as there is yet to have specific policy solutions.

The call to restructure Medicare – the national insurance program for those over 65 years of age is largely divided. Trump mentions that he will leave the program alone while other candidates want to rise of the age and charge higher premiums to seniors with higher incomes. As the costs of the program and continuing to grow, the project is likely to double by 2025.

5. Privacy & Security

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Talks of the federal government’s surveillance of data are continuing to spread concern through both parties are rarely discussed this issue. While Hillary Clinton has said to be on both sides, she voted for the Patriot Act which permitted the use of surveillance as a senator in 2001 and 2006. But since the federal court rules the program to become illegal, she started to advocate the restrictions on the NSA.

The U.S. Senate has recently passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act that allows companies to share data regarding hacker attacks. Both Clinton and Donald have yet to declare their position regarding the bill.

6. Education

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The primary concern regarding education for the candidates lies on the affordability of college. During a recent poll, 50% of graduates have said that their education was worth it. But nearly half of recent graduates with student loan debt have put offer further education due to the student loans.

What issues most affect you? Let us know what you think of about the 2016 election.