Brian Briggs
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2016 Independent Presidential Candidate

Music Lover

Brian James Briggs
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Brian Briggs currently resides in Hatley, Mississippi, but he was born and raised in the small town of Granville in upstate New York. He is a great lover of music, and was an avid musician throughout his high school and college days, even composing a piece that was performed by the student band. He also enjoys hunting, when he is able. The specifics of his higher education and his employment history are not known.

An Independent candidate, Briggs borrows from both sides of the political spectrum to form his platform. He is staunchly right-wing in his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, criticizing as harmful to the poor, many of whom he says make too much to qualify for subsidies while remaining unable to afford insurance on their own. He calls for the law's repeal, and says he has his own health care plan with which to replace it that would cover dental and optical care, general medical concerns, prescription drugs, and “college and death”. He opposes any additional gun control legislation, arguing that criminals will gain access to firearms whether they are legal or not and that increased enforcement action against gangs should be emphasized. On the other hand, he is a supporter of employee rights in labor, and he complains that existing federal laws provide insufficient protection for workers which in turn causes states to neglect them. He also rejects the notion of deporting illegal immigrants currently present within the nation, and favors granting them citizenship so that the work they already do can be taxed to public benefit. He does, however, support strengthening the border with Mexico in order to stop future unlawful crossings.

Briggs has harsh words for Donald Trump, attacking many of the Republican candidate's positions. He accuses Trump of being apathetic towards children because of his support for denying automatic US citizenship to the babies of illegal immigrants, and he criticizes Trump for a heated exchange he had with a journalist working for a Spanish-language news network. He also says that Trump is “out of his mind” for believing – as he indeed has previously proposed – that Mexico could be made to pay for the construction of a fence along the border.

No great fan either of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Briggs says it is time for her to “hang it up” as a result of her current e-mail scandal. He argues that her credibility has been tarnished, and he invites Clinton's supporters to join his campaign instead.

On the balance, Briggs' platform leans more to the right than to the left, with Republicans likely to be attracted by his support for gun rights and opposition to Obamacare. However, his emphasis on worker protections may alienate these same conservatives, and many on the right may find his position on immigration, while agreeable, to not go to sufficient lengths.

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