Editor’s Note: Leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election, SOCMA is posting a series of blogs looking at how the candidates stand on issues that impact specialty chemical manufacturers.
Race for Power
Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are finally over, and after months of almost torturous debate, we can officially declare Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the official Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.
If you feel anywhere close to how I do about the 2016 elections, I am sure you are exhausted after hearing confusing rhetoric that has been coming from both sides. Where do these candidates actually stand on issues important to SOCMA members? It is essential to understand how the two candidates, one of which will be our next commander in chief, fall on issues critical to the chemical industry.
Who are our 2016 candidates?
Hillary Rodham Clinton served as first lady from 1993 to 2001 and was first elected to public office in 2001, as a U.S. Senator from New York. She later became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Donald Trump has never run for, or held, an elected office. However, as a billionaire real estate mogul and television personality, Trump has been in the spotlight for more than 30 years. In 1971, he became involved in large, profitable building projects in Manhattan, and in 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt, which made him the city's best-known and most controversial developer. In 2004, Trump began starring in the hit NBC reality series The Apprentice. In 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States.
While the two candidates had been friendly in the past, Clinton and Trump are now publicly opposed and have taken drastically different on stances on issues important to our industry, including trade, the environment and regulations.
Why should you care?
Political participation is a cornerstone of American democracy, but, sadly, there are wide gaps between those who do vote, which undermine representative democracy. Elected officials from the local community level all the way to the Oval Office have a massive impact on chemical manufacturers, your employees and your families. These elected officials are the ones who determine how many taxes you pay and what regulations are imposed upon the industry, which is why it is so important to care about the 2016 elections. For more information about the candidates and elections, visit www.socmaconnect.com.