The tale of one nation - two political parties – and issues that will either unite, or divide America
Every four years, the Presidential National Conventions play out and their respective nominees emerge – officially marking the beginning of the Presidential race. Recently, Republicans nominated businessman Donald Trump, viewed as a long-shot last year, while Democrats nominated Hillary Clinton, following a tougher than expected battle with Senator Bernie Sanders.
Whether you follow politics or not, the Presidential election is one of the most important and visible dynamics of American life. It’s difficult to remember previous Presidential National Conventions fueled with as much passion. What's not difficult, however, is identifying the key issues already emerging as the race for the White House begins. Rhetoric is common, and at times divisive, yet critical issues facing America are being outlined and addressed at the conventions and all Americans need to pay attention.
At stake is a national identity that has been blurred for years.
Presidential National Conventions provide Americans a unique opportunity to witness the vision and priorities of each major party, understand the direction each intends to take the nation and engage in the process of electing a President.
The overriding themes of this year's conventions gravitate around national security, terrorism/ISIS, gun control, the economy, global alliances vs. isolationism, foreign policy, cultural diversity and American nationalism.
Oddly left out is a thoughtful national conversation on education. As glaring: the lack of attention given to skilled trades and the great opportunities currently offered in these fields. One cannot discuss the issues of unemployment and job creation without recognizing that the answer lies within small business.
PHCC—National Association has embarked on a national campaign that will ensure that when the issue of jobs “creation” begins…it ends with the understanding that the plumbing, heating, cooling industry already offers excellent jobs and careers.
August 3, 2016
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First Presidential Debate
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
Vice Presidential Debate
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
Longwood University Farmville, VA
Second Presidential Debate
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Washington University-St. Louis St. Louis, MO
Third Presidential Debate
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
OK….So What Do the Conventions Mean to PHCC Members?
Though Presidential National Conventions tend to be more about issues pertaining to national security and social issues, small business issues will be prominent in the coming months.
Both parties state that they are focused on, and intend to help, small businesses by reviewing overly burdensome regulations and taxes however, each offer different methods in their approach.
Donald Trump talks about over taxation of small business, overly burdensome regulations and undoing current administration policies. Though Republican Nominee Trump generally doesn’t mention small business by name, he does highlight small business owners' concerns.
He supports lowering the tax on business income for all companies to 15 percent. Under current law, depending on the type of business, income can be taxed between 10 percent and nearly 40 percent.
Mr. Trump also supports repealing the health care law and wants trade agreements toughened to give the U.S. more benefits. He wants to restart the currently stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline project which was projected to provide some business for construction firms and other small companies. He also supports elimination of federal regulations that restrict domestic oil production.
Hillary Clinton speaks about making it easier for small businesses to get financing and the need for investment, particularly in businesses owned by minorities and women. She continually states that she plans to help owners get financing and training and advocates the creation of seed programs in underserved areas.
She proposes tax credits to bring private investment and jobs to communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment. Democratic Nominee Clinton also states that she will start a nationwide effort to cut regulations at all levels of government, and help businesses comply with rules.
She is calling for strategic tax relief for small businesses, not large corporations. Clinton doesn't provide a target percentage for cutting taxes, but she does say she would support efforts to simplify tax filing procedures.
Presidential National Conventions often create emotions reflected in national polls. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton received a “bump” in the polls as a result of their respective conventions, and each seemed to have addressed issues of concern for Americans. However, a recent Gallup poll indicated that, of all the potential priorities for Americans, education was in the top five. PHCC—National Association will continue watching this tightly contested election with the hope that education, especially those for our skilled trades, is addressed in the coming months.
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