Jeb Bush On the Issues
Although he finished fourth in Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is still very much in the race, speaking out against New Hampshire winner Donald Trump on issues such as immigration.
With this in mind, Latin Post looks at where the 62-year-old candidate stands on core issues.
Immigration & Border Security
Bush differs greatly from Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz regarding immigration. Whereas both Cruz and Trump favor building a border wall, Bush espouses a comparatively compassionate solution for undocumented migrants.
“I believe that for those already in the country, we need to put in place a rigorous path that requires individuals to pass a thorough criminal background check, pay fines, pay taxes, learn English, obtain a provisional work permit and work, not receive federal government assistance, and over an extended period of time earn legal status,” Bush states on his site.
His strategy for beefing up border security includes cracking down on "sanctuary cities," which he feels undermine immigration laws, and employing new technologies such as drones, advanced sensors and radar in order to help agents track illegal activity. Bush would also require electronic verification for all employment as a method of deterring undocumented immigrants from coming to the U.S. to look for work.
According to his official site, Bush describes today’s tax code as a “labyrinth littered with thousands of special-interest giveaways, subsidies and other breaks written to favor Washington insiders.”
His solution: lower taxes and simplify the tax code.
Rather than supporting a flat tax, which Cruz supports, Bush would impose three individual tax rates: 28 percent, 25 percent and 10 percent.
As governor, Bush cut taxes for Floridians every single year he was in office. According to his site, his efforts returned a total of $19 billion to the people of his state.
Bush has set an educational goal of ensuring every American student who graduates from high school is prepared to either enter college or start a career.
In order to achieving this, Bush wants to revamp the entire K-12 educational system so that it caters to students and their families, rather than the bureaucracies of the educational system, as he puts it.
According to his campaign site, Bush sees the role of the government in education as a limited but vital one.
In order to help students further their education once they graduate high school, a Bush administration would provide all graduates with access to a $50,000 line of credit through an Education Savings Account. Through Bush’s plan, students would be able to repay this credit by contributing a percentage of their incomes proportional to the amount spent. The rate would be 1 percent for every $10,000 spent, and the credit would be expected to be repaid over the course of 25 years.
In addition to this credit, low-income students would also be eligible to accept an additional need-based Pell Grant.
Bush has described ObamaCare as a form of government takeover. If elected president, Bush would act to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The candidate's alternative to ObamaCare involves promoting medical innovation, lowering health care costs across the board and returning power to the states. However, around 4 million Latinos benefit from the health law, with the Obama administration attempting to court more.
Bush hopes to promote private sector leadership in the health care industry while lowering the cost of health care for all Americans. He would also do away with certain “essential health benefits" currently covered under Obamacare, such as maternal care and mental health.
Mark Fendrick, a professor at the University of Michigan's medical school, believes Bush’s plan would be more economically feasible than what is currently offered through Obamacare.
"Do I believe that his plan will cost less than the current status quo under the Affordable Care Act? I believe the answer is yes," Fendrick said, according to NPR.
Bush believes recent tragedies, such as December's ISIS-inspired shooting in San Bernadino, have allowed the Obama administration and leftist lawmakers to weaken the Second Amendment. His administration would focus on keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists rather than taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.
Bush is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, and he can even boast an A+ rating from the group.
While governor of Florida, he passed several pro-Second Amendment pieces of legislation, including the “Stand Your Ground” bill, which enables citizens to defend themselves from attackers even outside their homes. The law has not been without controversies. In 2012, when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed young black student, police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman due to the law.
In order to protect the Second Amendment, Bush says he will repeal Obama’s anti-gun executive actions and continue to oppose all legislative actions to impose unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners.
Terrorism & Defense
Bush’s plan for combating terrorists such as ISIS calls for engaging with U.S. allies and leading a global coalition to disrupt the terrorists’ networks. His plans involve destroying terrorist safe havens in Iraq and Syria, and making an attempt to discredit the ideology that motivates individuals to become Islamic militants.
If elected president, Bush promises to make sure Iraqi forces have whatever they need in order to combat insurgents. Over time, and with the help of a coordinated international effort, Bush hopes to establish multiple safe zones, as well as a no-fly zone in Syria.
Bush also has a four-point strategy to strengthen U.S. defenses. According to his site, he would restore international order, promote international stability, rebuild the military, and reform the Pentagon.
Following the recent terror attacks in Paris, Bush delivered a major address regarding U.S. defense policy in which he called for a major military overhaul of America's foreign policy in order to better deal with radical Islam.
"Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can't withdraw from this threat, nor negotiate with it," Bush said at the time at The Citadel military college.
Bush believes the U.S. needs to have a more prominent ground presence in nations where Islamic extremist groups thrive.
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