Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton might have met her match against her Republican rival for the White House, Donald Trump, when it comes to hot topics for November’s election – the economy and child care.
As Clinton continues to have people talking about her economic plan, not everyone is seeing positives.
The former first lady is aiming to undercut Trump's appeal to working-class voters by attacking his economic plan as a giveaway to the super-wealthy, himself included.
"[It's] just a more extreme version of the failed theory of trickle-down economics with his own additional of outlandish Trumpian ideas that even Republicans reject," Clinton told a crowd in Michigan last Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
On the other side of the debate, Republican presidential nominee Trump says Clinton's plan will do more harm to the economy.
"Hillary Clinton wants to tax and regulate our economy to death,” the billionaire asserted during a recent visit to Florida. “If you were a foreign power looking to weaken America, you couldn't ask for anything better than Hillary Clinton as your president.”
Financial Issues Host Dan Celia is in agreement with Trump’s critique that Clinton’s economic plan will ultimately work to tear down Americans.
"Her economic plan is obviously tax and spend and there's no growth aspect to it whatsoever that I can see," Celia explained in a press release. "It's bigger government, more bureaucracy, more spending, more tax credits, numerous taxes on both the job creators – as well as the middle-class – and it's going to hurt America dramatically."
Putting the focus on the other side of the political spectrum, some news outlets and commentators take exception to Trump.
Celia actually commends the businessman’s desire to lower tax rates for corporations, arguging that it will stimulate economic growth.
"Trump's tax plan – just the 15 percent corporate tax rate alone – is going to create an enormous amount of incentives for corporations to expand and grow and start putting some of their money into the economy," Celia insists.
Trump championing women through child care
Child care is also one the top of the list of hot-button issues that the Trump and Clinton campaigns continue to bring up with voters – one that is of great importance to women across America.
Carrie Lukas, who serves with Independent Women's Voice (IWV), says that it has been very encouraging to hear Trump talk about the need to help more families be able to pay for child care.
"He talked about making child care expenses tax deductible, and just as importantly, I was really encouraged that he's talked about also letting stay-at-home parents have an additional tax break," the pro-family advocate told OneNewsNow. "That's a real investment, and I do think that the parents – all parents, whether they're paying for child care or they're out there doing it themselves – they deserve a little bit of tax relief."
"Her first focus is always about growing government – more government funding, government regulations on how much child care workers need to be paid, [monitoring] exactly what benefits companies provide to their employees …" Lukas asserted.
She conceded that all sounds good on paper … until taxpayers realize that they are picking up the tab.
"It's taxpayers and it's also individual people [who will pay for Clinton’s costly programs],” Lukas insisted.
The social conservative also points out another likely drawback to the former secretary of state’s proposed child care plan.
“It's individual women who might find that ‘Oh, if an employer is being forced to provide six weeks of family leave, they might not have a job for you at all," Lukas explained. "That's not good news for women, and that's why I appreciate the greater focus on giving money and resources back to individuals and freeing businesses to create beneficial relationships."
Lukas' remarks come after Trump's announcement that he is adding women to his economic team. The announcement was made shortly after Clinton criticized her GOP rival, joking that all his advisors were various guys named Steve.
IWV does not believe there is much traction in Clinton’s accusation about gender bias and her insinuation that Trump would not be an effective president because he has more male advisors than female advisors.
"I get frustrated a little bit when there is so much focus on the gender of advisors [because] just like with the president, we shouldn't be worrying about whether the people who are leading country are men or women,” Lukas contends. “We want the best candidates for the job.”
She went on to express that she also welcomes Trump’s decision to get more add more women to his campaign effort.
"That said, I think there are some great female economists and policy advisors out there, so I think it's wonderful that Mr. Trump has invited some new women and great women to join his economic team," Lukas added.