r960-d2e50bc0ca82b74209f42bdf39edf49e.jpg


The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is over. Here are a few brief thoughts:

Clinton on abortion and toddlers

Early in the debate, Clinton said she was upset with the Supreme Court’s D.C. v. Heller decision because “dozens of toddlers injure themselves, even kill people with guns.”

Dozens. You know how many abortions happen every year? Hundreds of thousands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a senator, Clinton voted against a ban on late-term partial birth abortions. Once these kids are toddlers, it’s apparently harder for Clinton to justify showing zero concern for their lives.

National debt

Neither candidate takes the national debt as seriously as they say they do.

Clinton promised she would “not add a penny to the debt.” Trump waved the problem away by claiming economic growth would magically solve the problem.

According to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, both candidates will add to the national debt if they get everything they propose. Clinton’s policies would add roughly $200 billion to the debt over the next 10 years, while Trump would add a lot more: $5.3 trillion.

Luntz focus group splits over who won the final debate

Also from the Washington Examiner

Their ignorance of reality on entitlement programs is worse. Trump wants to save Social Security by reducing fraud and abuse. But $150 billion per year is needed to save the program’s financing. Ending fraud in the program would only save $5 billion a year.

Trump also says economic growth could save the program, but that wouldn’t do it either. “The level of growth needed to make Social Security solvent over the next 75 years is unachievable, and even if it could be achieved it would defer the program’s shortfalls rather than solve them,” the CRFB says.

Clinton’s plan to “go where the money is” and raise taxes on the rich wouldn’t save the program either. It would help in the short-term, but then “cash deficits would return within 10 years and continue to grow over time,” the CRFB says.

It’s not popular, but Social Security needs to have its benefits cut. There are ways to make those cuts less painful, especially on current retirees, but those reforms need to happen as soon as possible.

Is Trump afraid of Chris Wallace?

Megyn Kelly hits Donna Brazile on feeding Clinton debate question

Also from the Washington Examiner

Interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile accused Megyn Kelly of “persecution.”

10/20/16 12:27 AM

This was the best, most issue-focused debate of the three. That was largely thanks to great moderating by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who kept the conversation, the candidates and the audience in check.

Remember in the last debate when Trump said the debate was “one on three” with the two moderators and Clinton against him? There was no such accusation from Trump on Wednesday. Perhaps it’s because he’s afraid of Wallace.

Trump has had a “rocky past” with Wallace, in the words of the Washington Examiner‘s Eddie Scarry. In a March Republican primary debate, Wallace challenged Trump’s assertions on the federal budget.

For a long time, Trump refused to go on Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday.” Trump’s campaign claimed it was because of scheduling issues, but Wallace said it was because Trump kept calling into Sunday talk shows but Wallace would only allow an on-camera interview.

Wallace stands up to Trump in ways that other members of the media don’t. That’s probably scary to Trump.

Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

Trump: I may not accept election result; Clinton: He 'is talking down our democracy'

Top Story

He must sway an electorate that polls show decisively moving against him.

By W. James Antle III

10/19/16 6:07 PM



Source link

About the Author:

Leave a Reply