Economy and Terrorism Issues

Economy and Terrorism Issues

According to Miller (2010) with timespan to elections winding down, economic and social issues with a high debating probability are coming into light. Prominence economic and critical matters are imperative as they form the base upon which the voters decide who is the most appropriate candidate. The most usual issues in the past elections have been the economy, terrorism, immigration, foreign affairs, wealth distribution, government operations in Washington, healthcare policy, and race relations. In the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, economy and terrorism will likely be the key economic and social issues of debate (Miller, 2010). These two key aspects are crucial for America in determining reflection in the coming years. Economy and terrorism are fundamental in the development and welfare of any country and must be addressed significantly and given priority (Botti, 2006). U.S.A should formulate and implement strategies to improve the economy and eliminate terrorism in the most appropriate and efficient fashion.

Botti (2006) asserts that both economy and terrorism will carry much weight during the forthcoming period of election. Gallup Polls, however, ranked economy higher than terrorism. NBC News poll stated that terrorism is the most important issues to voters. However, the overall position of both economic and terrorism is high not only in the elections but also in many others conducted in this year (Charles, 2006). According to the NBC News, Republicans are considering terrorism more importantly while Democrats are taking economy as the main issue. Effects of terrorism lead to bad economy as investors leave the markets and international ties diminish. The scenario leads to the fall of a country at large with many adverse outcomes (Foley, 2007). These two issues, therefore, requires critical evaluation to ensure maximum control.

In the maintenance of financial security, economy health is pivotal. It is highly considered by both republicans and democrats when casting votes (Foley, 2007). The economy, therefore, tends to rank high in the list notwithstanding whether the current economic status is good or bad (Foley, 2007). The scenario has transpired in past elections such as in 2000 when the economy was robust and 2008 when it was weak. According to NBC NEWS, “millions of Americans feel left behind as wages stagnates and the middle class shrinks” (Foley, 2007). The occurrence demonstrates the value of economy and how it is strongly regarded by the American citizens when voting.

Research work by Charles (2006) explains that by many ongoing concerns surround then economy. Currently, the depths of the 2008-2009 recession have rebounded. The wages have stagnated for most Americans leading to dissatisfaction among the people. The middle class is also steadily shrinking. The wealth gap between the rich and the poor is widening continuously with time. Poorly distributed income and wealth among the people has raised a heated debate (Charles, 2006). The affluent families are growing richer and stronger, acquiring and owning expensive enterprises and businesses while the condition of the poor people is deteriorating. Accumulation of the issues is calling for an intervention that will address all of them. The issues on low wages should be attended to, to aid in countering the widening bridge between the poor and the rich. There should be a uniform distribution of wealth without favoring or biasing whichever side (Foley, 2007).

Wages, employment, and taxes are major concerns in an economy. Raising the minimum wage that has stood at $7.25/hr have been an unfinished debate (Charles, 2006). The Democrats are expressing concern about increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr. However, the Republican are opposed to the policy stressing on retaining the current earnings. The issue should be looked and weighed on different perspectives such as its economic impact. After that, the necessary steps should be taken to put the situation under control (Charles, 2006). Tax reform issues are also critical when it comes to the economy. Raising the tax for the super-rich and increasing the government’s financial regulation have been interesting matters whose debate and the outcome is yet to be known too (Foley, 2007). The main argument is on trying to raise more money for the government without suppressing the poor and low-income citizens, to ensure there are funds for developments (Charles, 2006). Allocating more resources to infrastructure projects can also be a good direction as it will ensure creation of jobs for the middle class creating increment in employment rate.

The rise of ISIS and fresh terrorist attacks have revived fears about terrorism. The threats, in turn, have resurfaced as a fundamental issue following challenges arising from Iraq and Syria terrorists as well as the Middle East conflicts (Gallup, 2015). There have been recent terror attacks at a service center in San Bernardino leaving 14 people dead. There were also recent attacks in Paris. An increased tension exists between USA and Russia. The involvement of US troop in Afghanistan has raised issues. The parties have engaged in a heated argument regarding the American Nuclear Deal with Iran. On December 11 last year, two men with Syrian origin were arrested with traces of explosives in their car. All these issues are leading to reemerging insecurity, fears and terrorism issues leaving people highly alerted due to threats (Gallup, 2015).

In the 2004 election, only three years after 9/11 attacks and still fresh in the memories and with increasing controversial from Iraq war, George W. Bush most likely won the election as he was thought to be more capable of handling terrorism and Iraq (Gallup, 2015). With increment in terrorism issues, a leader capable of handling security and threats is required. The terrorism is always related to only adverse outcomes, and must, therefore, receive priority (Foley, 2007). With some duration of time still left before the elections, the key economic and social issues are prone to change. However, economy and terrorism are likely to stick at the top of the list (Miller, 2010). Economy specifically has shown to be very pivotal during elections having dominated the last two elections. The current economic status, therefore, is not likely to influence considering that economy issue was prevalent during 2000 when the economy was strong and yet as well as 2008 when the economy was weak. Terrorism has likewise been an essential issue since long ago. Citizens like feeling protected. In spite of the better economy and financial improvements, terrorism can hinder the stability of a nation thereby restricting or holding back developments (Miller, 2010). Overlooking the issue would be detrimental because it forms quite a big part in voter’s decision making during elections.

References

Botti, T. J. (2006). Envy of the world: A history of the U.S. economy & big business. New York: Algora Pub.

Foley, M. (2007). American credo: The place of ideas in US politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Charles, H. (2006). Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges 9th edition. N.p.

Gallup, I. (2015). Economy Trumps Foreign Affairs as Key 2016 Election  Issue.Gallup.com. Retrieved 17 April 2016, from http://www.gallup.com/poll/183164/economy-trumps-foreign-affairs-key-2016 election-issue.aspx. N.p.

Miller, D. A. (2010). The U.S. economy. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press/Gale Cengage Learning. N.p.

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