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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Popular Vote Should NOT Be Used For Electing A President

Here’s What The Media Won’t Tell You About The Popular Vote


For the past two weeks, the liberal media has been complaining about how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump is the president-elect.
As recently as Wednesday, Politico ran a story that Clinton’s lead in the popular vote had just surpassed 2 million votes — but Trump still held the advantage in the Electoral College.
What the media has failed to mention is that the general election doesn’t use the popular vote to determine the winner. Both candidates knew that they needed to get to 270 electoral votes to win.

For months, we saw projection maps about the “path to 270” and talk about “swing states,” with far less emphasis on the popular vote because the Electoral College was what really mattered.
But now that Clinton lost the Electoral College race, the media has fixated on the popular vote.
The Washington Post noted that even if we had a purely popular vote election, that would be no guarantee that Clinton would have won the vote by the same margin she did this year.
“Under a popular-vote system, on the other hand, every vote in every state would count equally, and campaigns would be likely to devote substantial resources driving up turnout in these same states,” the article noted.
NPR noted that Clinton’s popular vote advantage was due in large part to California, which still had roughly 2 million ballots to process.
Think of the people (like me) who live in a state like New York, where they know that casting a vote for a Republican in the presidential election is utterly worthless because the state will always swing Democrat. (For the record, I did vote in the 2016 presidential election.)
However, if the election results were based on popular vote totals, that would provide incentive for many more Republicans in traditionally blue states to come out and vote, and vice versa.

The Electoral College exists for the same reason that we have the Senate — to give voices to people living in states that aren’t as large as places like New York and Texas — and California.
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Do you think the U.S. should continue to choose presidents via the Electoral College? 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Mexico's Employment Play Via Trump's Wall--It Will Work

Mexican cement company wants to build Trump’s wall


Mexican cement company wants to build Trump’s wall
IMMIGRATION: On her 21st birthday, Eva Lara and her brother, Bryan, talk through a border fence in San Diego to their grandmother, Juana Lara, standing on the Mexican side, on Sunday, May 1, 2016. It was the first time Eva had seen her grandmother since she left Mexico at the age of 3 with her parents. Eva lives in the United States legally through legislation that temporarily prevents young immigrants from being deported. "This was probably the best birthday gift I could get, you know, just seeing her. It was very emotional," she said. "It was too much to take in, very overwhelming." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A Mexican cement company has offered up its services to help President-elect Donald Trump make good on his promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” on the border between the United States and Mexico.
The company, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, is one of the biggest construction materials companies in Mexico, with about 70% of their sales coming from the United States. They also have 3 plants located in the United States.
Chief Executive Officer of GCC Enrique Escalante told reporters, “We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.” He also said that his company would benefit from Trump’s plan to invest in infrastructure and energy.
“For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,” Escalante added.
Trump campaigned on building a giant wall along the 2,000 mile border of the United States and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into the country.  During the campaign, he came under fire for his comments about illegal aliens.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump said when he first announced his bid for the presidency.
“Some, I assume, are good people,” he added.
Reuters reports that GCC company shares are trading at their highest levels since 2008.

When You Encourage Violence, Are You Causing Future Problems? We Believe So!

College president uses Thanksgiving message to denounce Trump


College president uses Thanksgiving message to denounce Trump
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A college president in New York used the Thanksgiving holiday to send a message to faculty and students, bashing President-elect Donald Trump.
Jon Chenette, interim president of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, sent the message on Wednesday, according to Legal Insurrection.
Chenette begins by saying he is “heartened” by campus protests that took place following the November 8 election. Chenette continues by pointing out that “people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ communities and others” are concerned about where the U.S. is heading, although he never mentions Trump by name.
“We commit whole-heartedly to the support and encouragement of our students, especially at a time when some in our country seem to be calling into question the rights of some groups to full dignity and respect,” Chenette writes, adding that he and the presidents of more than 100 other colleges wrote a letter to Trump “urging him to condemn the hate speech and acts of violence being perpetrated across our country.”
Chenette said he also added Vassar College’s name to an open letter to Stephen Bannon, Trump’s newly-appointed White House strategist, who he said has a “shameful record of homophobic and misogynistic statements and support for other hateful speech.” The college president further called on government officials to allow some illegal immigrant children to stay in the U.S. for at least two more years, a policy that Trump has in the past has indicated he might reverse as president.
Chenette concludes the letter by saying: “As recent events make clear, much work lies ahead. But as this campus makes clear, there is much to be thankful for. I hope that all of you will find comfort and joy in your family and friends during the coming weeks. I hope further, for all of us and for those we care about so deeply, that as a country we can reaffirm our commitment to the rights of all people.”
Read Chenette’s letter in its entirety here.
(H/T: Daily Caller)

Trump's Decision To Settle Trump University Makes Perfect Sense. Remove The Distractions!

Priebus on $25M settlement: Trump wanted no 'distraction' taking office

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's
incoming chief of staff defended his new boss' decision to pay $25 million to settle Trump University lawsuits, saying the
President-elect simply wanted to put that litigation to rest before taking
the oath of office.
In an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper, Reince Priebus, currently
 the Republican National Committee chairman, noted that Trump did not
 admit wrongdoing in the settlement announced Friday.
    "When the presidency hits you, and it's at your front door and you realize
    that you are president of the United States for all Americans, there are
    some things that are important to you and some things that you decide,
    " Priebus said. "Look, let's move on, we're not admitting wrongdoing, and
     let's just start leading this country without distraction.
    "That's what you're seeing, and I think Americans should look at this as a
    real positive sign about what kind of great president he is going to be and
     how he wants to lead this country."
    The settlement ended a suit brought by the New York attorney general as
     well as two class-action suits in California over Trump University. The
    cases alleged Trump defrauded people who enrolled in real estate seminars
     he started in 2005.
    Trump University lawsuits settled for $25M
    Trump University lawsuits settled for $25M 01:19

    'Potential conflicts of interest?'

    In Sunday's interview, Priebus said Americans shouldn't be concerned with potential pay-to-play schemes in a Trump administration despite reports that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, who helms part of the family's business portfolio, has sat in on some of Trump's early meetings with foreign leaders.
    "We've been at this for a few days. I mean, this is ridiculous. Let's just kind of take a deep breath. The point is, what Americans should see from President-elect Trump is someone who, by being in action from the moment he was declared the winner, he was on a mission to bring everyone together," Priebus said.
    "That, to me, is what we should be celebrating. I think people should be encouraged by what they see. And I think it's a real positive sign for the future of our country."
    Tapper pressed Priebus on the topic, asking: "As White House chief of staff, you're supposed to look out for any political or ethical minefields. Is it seriously the position of the Trump transition team that this is not a huge cauldron of potential conflicts of interest?"
    And Priebus said: "Obviously we will comply with all of those laws, and we will have our White House counsel review all of these things. We will have every 'i' dotted and every 't' crossed, and I can assure the American people that there wouldn't be any wrongdoing or any sort of undue influence over any decision-making."
    And he defended Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, against accusations of racist conduct early in his career. Allegations of racially charged comments cost Sessions a job as a federal judge in 1986.
    Priebus said Sessions "started his career fighting George Wallace."
    "He voted for (former Attorney General) Eric Holder. He fought for a congressional gold medal for Rosa Parks," Priebus said. "This is an honorable, decent, good human being that we're talking about."
    Priebus: Trump AG will stop 'intrusive' probes
    Priebus: Trump AG will stop 'intrusive' probes 02:46

    'Sanctuary cities,' immigration

    Priebus also suggested the Trump White House could seek to block federal dollars from flowing to "sanctuary cities" that don't enforce immigration laws.
    In recent years, local governments across the country fought back against federal immigration enforcement by calling themselves sanctuary cities. Trump made them a focus on the campaign trail, pledging to block funding for cities that take that tack.
    Trump to negotiate on sanctuary city funds
    Trump to negotiate on sanctuary city funds 01:26
    "The idea that a city would decide to ignore federal law and then would want the federal government to help them anyway is an inconsistent position for those local governments to continue to engage in," Priebus said.
    "And so, I think this is a matter of negotiation ... but certainly I can't imagine that too many Americans are watching this and thinking that it's a good idea for a city to allow for blanket amnesty, ignoring federal law, and then say, 'Now give me $500 million,' " he said. "No, that's not the way life works. And I think that a Trump administration is going to explore this issue and, I think, resolve some of these major problems that are happening all across the country."
    Trump has also pledged to reverse President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration -- throwing into question the legal status of so-called Dreamers who were brought into the United States as children.
    Priebus: Trump focused on wall, not 'dreamers'
    Priebus: Trump focused on wall, not 'dreamers' 01:52
    Priebus deflected a question on the status of those people, saying Trump would focus on border security and the deportation of those who have committed crimes first. Further immigration policy decisions are "a subject that's going to come up after those first two things are taken care of," he said.