November 7, 2016

MSCI: Voting Is Your Right, And Your Duty—Exercise Your Right Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8

This is a historic election: the first woman candidate for president and record numbers of Americans tuning into debates and turning out for rallies across the country. But, if the polls are to be believed, there’s also extreme anxiety about the candidates at the top of the ticket. 

That’s why, this year, more than ever, we must remember: elections are still about the issues. And while many focus on personalities, it’s really the policies that candidates promise to implement that are on the ballot. 

Our voice matters. MSCI has voters in almost every congressional district in America, and to make sure we have the right policies for the industrial metals supply chain in 2017 and beyond, we must vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8. It’s not just the White House that is at stake. Control of the U.S. Senate, and perhaps even the U.S. House, hang in the balance. There are close, competitive governors’ races, and thousands of state legislative seats that are up for grabs as well. 

Voting is your right and your duty. It’s also one of the best ways to positively impact your company, your employees, your customers, and your communities. We're not going to tell you for whom to vote, but we will outline the Metals Matter issues that are on the ballot for the industrial metals supply chain this election cycle:

  • Trade. Trade has been one of the most talked about issues this election cycle, by both parties. But will future free trade agreements include strong provisions to address currency manipulation? Will the executive branch enforce existing trade laws to the fullest extent possible, and will Congress hold it accountable when it does not?
  • Tax Reform. Members of both parties say they are committed to reworking the nation’s tax code. But will reform be comprehensive, addressing both corporate and small business tax rates, or will it be used to create a tilted playing field that favors some businesses over others? Will lawmakers repeal LIFO?
  • Energy. Most candidates agree that the United States must transition to new and cleaner types of energy. But will lawmakers use public policy to pick winners and losers? Will we make our transition to a new energy economy through top-down regulations that impose huge costs on American businesses, or through private sector innovation and ingenuity?
  • Infrastructure. Members of both parties agree that our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling—the United States ranks 13th in the world, behind countries like Iceland, when it comes to the overall quality of our infrastructure. But will Washington continue to ignore these needs or will lawmakers address them by finding new ways to spur public and private investment?

Those questions—and how Washington will address rising health care costs, a growing skills gap, and the expanding scope of government regulations are the issues that are on the ballot on November 8. And it’s why we need to show up at the polls. 

To find out where your candidates stand and where you can vote, check out MSCI’s Election Center. Metal matters. Your voice matters. MSCI is here to help you make your voice heard. On November 8, and after.