Word on the street: What would you like to see happen during Trump’s second year as president?
“Cheaper textbooks honestly, or like, some way to help students buy textbooks. I mean, textbooks are pretty much half of your credit and tuition fees, so, it’s very expensive. I rent mine, but I’d like to be able to keep it, because most of the classes I have right now I can use the same textbook for the next semester, and sometimes textbooks you can’t write on.”
Hometown: Long Xuyên, Vietnam
Major: Computer Engineering
“I really don’t know, but I think decision-making is number one. I remember I read, I watched the news about how he couldn’t help that small island…Puerto Rico? He says something about ‘Oh, it’s a small island’, that he couldn’t help them. So I wish he would put a little more effort in helping them instead of making excuses.”
Hometown: Hawai‘i Kai
Major: Information Technology
“I would like to see him make good decisions, that actually help the country in the long run. To make something more fair…like, taxes, because I heard that he changed taxes to make taxes for corporations less.”
“Really? He’s just so unpredictable. Well, he’s predictably unpredictable, you know what I mean? We all know that he’s going just say whatever he wants, and he’s going to get us into some trouble somewhere along the line. Especially with the nuclear…what happened last Saturday with the ballistic missiles. He’s going to say something to upset somebody. But I have faith in our military, and I have faith in the forces protecting us, so I’m not too worried about it. But I know he’s got some big plans that a lot of people aren’t excited about, and I am a little worried about what’s happening with the Health Care Act, the CHIP, and with education in general. It’s really sad to see a lot of the things, and the way people are speaking towards education right now. So I really hope it’s going to be a good second year, but we all have to cross our fingers and just pray a little harder.”
Everett Amemiya (on the right)
Intended Major: Mathematics
“It’s not really an expectation, but of course, peace and positive relationships with other countries, and safety for everyone, I guess.”
Tax cuts for the rich which have created the historically unprecedented budget deficit will be paid for by future generations and by cuts to programs like medicare, medicaid, food stamps and welfare. Any benefits for the working class poor that show up in there paychecks will be offset by inflation and the rising cost of retail items for poor people who pay for the trade tariffs when they purchase items at Wal-mart (Trump and the billionaires do not buy Chinese products at wal-mart-trade tariffs are a tax on consumers)
Worse, he is possibly the most divisive president in U.S. history at a time when we are already so divided. I miss Obama.