2016 Presidential Candidates: Good Governance

Good governance is an indeterminate term used in international development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources.




Hillary Clinton (D)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: "We need federal legislation to require outside groups to publicly disclose significant political spending. And until Congress acts, Hillary will sign an executive order requiring federal government contractors to do the same. She’ll also push for an SEC rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose political spending to shareholders." (Clinton, 2016)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (OCTOBER 2013): “politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas…today, too many in our politics choose scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates are happening in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, where ideology trumps data and common sense” (Clinton, 2013)



Donald Trump (R)

GOVERNMENT WASTE: “Department of Education. We’re cutting Common Core. We’re getting rid of Common Core. We’re bringing education locally. Department of environmental protection. We are going to get rid are of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left, but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out. We have various other things. If you look at the IRS, if you look at every single agency, we can cut it down, and I mean really cut it down, and save. The waste, fraud, and abuse is massive. Because of the fact that the pharmaceutical companies, are not mandated to do bid properly, they have hundreds of billions of dollars in waste. we don’t bid properly. we don’t have proper bidding procedures. the reason we don’t, is because they take care of all of the senators, all of the congressman, and they don’t bid. They don’t go out to bid.” (Trump, 2016)
GOVERNING: " I would build consensus with Congress, and Congress would agree with me. I’ll give you an example, because I don’t like the idea of using executive orders like our president. It is a disaster what he’s doing. I would build consensus, but consensus means you have to work hard. You have to cajole. You have to get them into the Oval Office and get them all together, and you have to make deals. Let me just tell you, I mentioned before, China — big Chinese company bought the Chicago Exchange. Kerry is moving — and if you saw the people, because they have a video of the announcement that Carrier is moving to Mexico, O.K.? Well, I’ll tell you what. I would go right now to Carrier and I would say I am going to work awfully hard. You’re going to make air conditioners now in Mexico. You’re going to get all of these 1,400 people that are being laid off — they’re laid off. They were crying. They were — it was a very sad situation. You’re going to go to Mexico. You’re going to make air conditioners in Mexico, you’re going to put them across our border with no tax. I’m going to tell them right now, I am going to get consensus from Congress and we’re going to tax you when those air conditioners come. So stay where you are or build in the United States, because we are killing ourselves with trade pacts that are no good for us and no good for our workers." (Trump, 2016)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. When asked if he would have shutdown the government rather than funding Planned Parenthood:  "Well, I can tell you this, I would and I was also in support.  If the Republicans stuck together, you could have done it with Obamacare also but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz.  You know, they left a lot of the people the really went in and wanted to do the job. You know what, if they stuck together they would have won that battle.  I think you have to in this case also, yes." (Trump, 2015)




Gary Johnson (L)

TERM LIMITS: “Americans are increasingly frustrated, even angry, that — regardless of which political party is in control — nothing really changes in Washington, DC. The spending continues unchecked. The wars continue. Government keeps taking away more freedom. This disastrous allegiance to the status quo by career politicians is a direct result of the reality that those politicians are more concerned about keeping their jobs than about doing what needs to be done. That’s why Gary Johnson is a strong advocate of term limits. Run for office, spend a few years doing the job at hand, and then return to private life. That’s what Gary Johnson did as Governor, and that’s what Senators and Representatives should do” (Johnson, 2016)