Why The Electoral College Matters

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.

Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State.

Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.

Clinton may have won the US popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes (the final results are not in due to absentee ballots and the Clinton/Stein recounts — which so far have picked up more votes for Trump).

In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)

Therefore these 5 counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of our country.

Full Repeal Of Dodd-Frank Needs 60 Senate Votes

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle Dodd-Frank, but a full repeal needs 60 votes in the Senate.  Republicans will only have 51 seats when the 115th Congress convenes in January.  Instead, Trump might be forced to settle for weakening the law without tearing it up.

Trump’s choice for Treasury secretary said Wednesday that he would focus on rolling back parts of Dodd-Frank. “The number one problem with Dodd-Frank is that it’s way too complicated and cuts back lending,” banker Steven Mnuchin told CNBC in his first public comments since being tapped by the president-elect to head his economic team.

“So we want to strip back parts of Dodd-Frank and that will be the number one priority on the regulatory side.”

100% Of CFPB Bureaucrats Donated To Hillary & Bernie

This ought to get The Donald’s attention:  employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who donated to a presidential candidate in 2016 gave 100% of their donations to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  Not a single penny went to Donald Trump.

That and the amounts donated makes the CFPB the most partisan agency in the federal government, according to campaign finance records.

US Rep. Sean Duffy says Democrats want to maintain the federal government’s control over the U.S. economy.

“CFPB employees fell over each other to give money to Hillary because she supported CFPB’s desire to remain in the shadows and unaccountable to the American people,” Duffy said. “No one is shocked that Washington bureaucrats would donate to the candidate who promised to maintain and expand onerous Dodd-Frank regulations that crush our community banks and local credit unions.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/25/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-donates-only-to-democrats/#ixzz4R2y5IZk7

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New Govt. $ Grab — Extra Tax On Vacant & “Under-occupied” Homes

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” — Ronald Reagan

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The government can never get enough of your money, and the argument is always that it’s for the common good.

The latest example comes from Vancouver, Canada, where empty and “under-occupied” homes will be taxed more.

Why would they do that?  Follow the money.  Skyrocketing public pension deficits, welfare, bureaucrats’ salaries and benefits, etc., etc., etc. all mean that governments have to find more and more ways to get into your pockets.

Starting Jan. 1, the Empty Home Tax will be slapped onto certain homeowners, and it will cost them up to 1% of the property’s assessed values.

“Vancouver is in a rental-housing crisis. The city won’t sit on the sidelines while over 20,000 empty and under-occupied properties hold back homes from renters,” Mayor Robertson told reporters at City Hall on Nov. 9 in providing details of the proposed administrative policy.

Those greedy homeowners who don’t want to rent their empty or “under-occupied” houses!  How dare they think they have the right to do that?   We’ll show them!

Note the language:  “under-occupied property.” Who decides if your property is “under-occupied”?  Bureaucrats, of course.  A 3,000 square foot house with only 2 people living there?  That’s being greedy.  You have to take in more people.  Some Syrian refugees or street people, perhaps.  Oh, you refuse?  Then pay up.

Bureaucrats’ compassion for the poor can always be bought.

Read more:   http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/45971-vancouver-announces-empty-home-tax-to-take-pressure-off-rental-market

 

 

Note Investing Interview

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Click on the image to hear an interview I did with NoteMBA.com.  Among the topics:
How Note Investing Is Changing
How Not To Lose Money
12 Things You Can Do With A Note