Monday, November 28, 2016

County Election Results as of Nov 15th

Electoral College

The Electoral College is a unique method for indirectly electing the president of the United States. It was established by Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution and modified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments.
The Electoral College consists of a total of 538 members, one for each U.S. senator and representative, and three additional electors representing the District of Columbia. Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to the combined total of its congressional delegation, and each state legislature is free to determine the method it will use to select its own electors. This year the vote will be counted in joint session on January 6th.

There are 3143 counties or equivalent in the U.S.

What if ?

Each county were to get one vote in the electoral college: Trump wins 2623 to 487

Each Senator got one vote: Trump wins 62 to 38

Each Governor got one vote: Trump wins 31 to 19

The actual count will not be known until Jan 6th but unofficially is Trump with 279 votes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What is the value of work?

In an ideal world all work would be viewed the same way. But increasingly there is a hierchy of pay based on the perceived value of that work. At one time garbage was picked up by picking up cans and manually dumping them into the back of a compaction truck. That process has evolved to where the cans are emptied by the truck driver from the comfort of the cab. The result is the same but the effort is vastly different and the pay has also changed. Some of our most important public servants are paid less than those in entertainment and sports. Leaders of industry are also paid in excess of what is reasonable. Raising the minimum wage is not the answer. There are jobs that require so little training that they are paid commensurate and are intended for younger persons just getting started with their work experience. Increasingly, education is the key to prosperity and will continue to be the case. I have worked in construction all my life, despite a college degree. What was once e tedious task of carving a curved rail part can now be done, by what is essentially a robot, a computer controlled carving machine. That requires a person who can program the computer to successfully perform the task in a matter of minutes. Technology is fast changing our lives in numerous ways and will only accelerate in the future. Those who are intending to enter the work force need to prepare to fill a need by educating themselves in the many ways available to us now.