Destroying the Electoral College

Forcing a Constitutional Convention For several years now, there have been a group of people in this country calling for a Constitutional Convention for a variety of reasons. Some want to pass an amendment to force term limits on Congress. Others want a balanced budget amendment. And then are those who want to get rid of the Electoral College.

Since getting enough states to agree on convening a Constitutional Convention is nearly impossible, the National Popular Vote crowd is trying to get around that obstacle by changing how states choose delegates to the Electoral College. But is this a good idea?

American Exceptionalism and Conservatism Revisited

American exceptionalism and conservatism by Sen. Ben Sasse One of the speakers this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was Senator Ben Sasse, (R-Nebraska). Sassy is one of the Senate's most conservative voices since he took office in 2015 and used his speech to give a history lesson on the American exceptionalism and conservatism that were instilled by our founding fathers.

Believing the country is in a time of constitutional crisis, he stressed the need to put the American ideals ahead of political affiliations and personal policy views.

The World is Not Getting Any Safer

North Korean missiles can now target all of the United States Now this news story was a little disturbing. It seems that North Korea has once again successfully put a satellite into orbit. Now you might say big deal, but what they used was the same type of technology needed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a 450 payload 13,000 km. That means they can hit the entire United States if their crazy little dictator wants to.

What is even more of a concern is that only three years ago, their missiles could only carry 200 pounds to go 10,000 km. That makes it clear that North Korea could care less about their violations of U.N Security Council resolutions. In fact they are openly defiant of any attempt at diplomatic resolution by the international community on this subject.

The Latest Trends in All Things Techie

The latest tech news around the world I'm always interested in the latest trends in all things techie, so I thought I would share some of the latest developments in the field involving the TV industry, lasers and other tidbits from around the world:

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is planning on creating a big shake-up in the TV industry with some new rules. They are planning to force pay-TV providers to let outside firms make set-top boxes and/or apps that use TV feeds, thus allowing third parties to mine viewer data and add online features.

I Think It's Time to Fire a Lot of People

SWFWMD is an ou-0f-control state agency One of the greatest problems we are having in this country at the moment is that we are, to a large extent, being governed by non-elected bureaucrats. This problem extends from the federal government right down to the local level and has gotten exponentially worse during the last five decades.

One of the best examples of this is the South West Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD -- commonly called Swiftmud). This state agency has engaged in a malicious and contrived 40-year effort to shut down the Skyway Trap and Skeet Range in St. Petersburg - even violating state law to do it.

We Shouldn't Be Subsidizing Wind and Solar Energy

We Shouldn't Be Subsidizing Wind and Solar Energy I recently read an article by Katie Tubb from dailysignal.com that really made a good case for getting rid all of the subsides for wind and solar energy. Supporters argue they are necessary for a lot of reasons, such as business certainty, stimulating the economy, preserving jobs, combating global warming, competing internationally, and so forth.

But in reality, they actually hurt the very industries they’re supposed to help by reducing innovation and making U.S. companies less competitive at home and abroad. The truth is that a free market is far more likely to produce the growth and innovation that subsidy supporters claim to want. And yet each year, when Congress tries to extend, re-extend, or retroactively extend targeted tax credits for renewable energy, it hurts long-term innovation and growth.

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