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The House of Representatives Picks President if there isn’t a Clear Win by Popular Vote

At least according to this article: [http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/never-trump-liz-mair-independent-candidate]

In 2012 approximately 65 million votes won the election for President out of about 125-130 million votes in all. If a variety of candidates each received 30 million votes then what would happen — based on that link it would not be a do-over where people got to re-vote, instead the party in control of the House of Representatives would pick a President.

As a nutrition expert I have no idea about electoral colleges or do-overs in contested elections. Fact checker has to look into it for me (aka: the search engine).

Update, Fact checker found more info on the House of Representatives role in contested elections, though the article suggests that the consensus among people who’ve been approached regarding a third party run is that it is already too late in the campaign season due to ballot access deadlines:

“One related objective is to prevent both Clinton and Trump from clinching a majority in the electoral college and thus throwing the presidential election to the House of Representatives, under the provision of the 12th Amendment of the Constitution.”  [https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-gop-effort-to-draft-an-independent-candidate-to-derail-trump/2016/05/14/1b04682e-1877-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html]

What I have learned though is that a write-in vote for someone who hasn’t filed with the state where the vote is cast will not count. A vote for a third party candidate who is listed on the ballot would count but for it to really count approximately 45-60 million people would need to pick a third party candidate. If only 10-20 million or so avoided the main party tickets then it might shift the election in favor of one of the two main nominees and possibly end up helping get a candidate elected whom they would rather not have won.

An either/or choice is easiest psychologically. Having a lot of choices can seem like a good idea but marketing and psychology research suggests that people are less likely to buy a product when offered samples from a wide range of choices. They were more likely to buy a product if offered samples when there were only a few choices to sample.

Too Many Choices: A Problem That Can Paralyze: [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/your-money/27shortcuts.html?_r=0]

An election is more important to our nation’s future and our children’s future and our planet’s future than what flavor jam or jelly seems best. Staying home and not voting is not a good choice for our future. This could be the year to transcend the either/or options of manipulative party politics and look closer at third party choices. (Depending on how the primaries turn out — go vote in the primaries.)

Citizen’s United open campaign budget brought us the very good question: “How do you bankrupt a casino?” [http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/california/2016/05/8599019/guys-big-hands-top-gop-ad-man-launches-campaign-unsell-trump]

Do we really want to find out how to bankrupt a country?

The House of Representatives were involved in “shutting down the government” in 2013 but fact checker suggests that it was actually a team effort. They approved a budget for everything except the Affordable Care Act and the Senate and President didn’t want a partial budget, they wanted everything they wanted. However budget control is role assigned to the House of Representatives per this link: [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/04/who_shut_down_the_government_120206.html]

Disclosure: I have never been a fan of an 11000 page act that wasn’t really even available for legislators to try to read before they were asked to pass it. It gave away the government’s ability to negotiate for lower pharmaceutical costs and has ended up greatly increasing profit for the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries while making the workload for physicians and other health professionals more complicated with requirements for paperwork and conversion to computerized charts. There was already a shortage in health care professionals and there has been an increase in physicians and other healthcare workers leaving the insurance market and setting up private practices or retiring. Health insurance is not the same thing as access to health care (never mind the question of effective health care, access to health care at all is limited in many rural areas. Mental health and nursing professionals are in short supply as well as primary care physicians.)  [http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-the-health-care-workforce]

Pharmaceutical industry:

Health Insurance Industry, may have made less profit then the pharmaceutical industry:

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

The Affordable Care Act deserves a Signature Strike not Yemen

Update, April 23/24, 2016: We’re still not the good guys – drone warfare is wrong and creates terror and probably increases the number of terrorists. I, as an independent candidate for President of the United States want to restate my previous opinion that I reject the U.S. drone warfare. In my opinion drone warfare is similar to the Blitzkreig bombing of Great Britain by the Nazi’s during WWII — except our drone bombs maybe leaving radioactive waste behind and some areas have had an increased rate of cancer and of infants born birth defects, as many as fifty percent of infants – so our use of drone warfare is even worse than the Blitzkreig – in my opinion, and possibly others:

For more current information on the affects of drone warfare on the targeted people and the U.S. military personnel involved in the operation see this article: [http://www.salon.com/2016/04/23/were_not_the_good_guys_partner/]

Saudi Arabia has been fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria and Yemen and are willing to help in Iraq if that nation is interested in assistance from Saudi Arabia fighting the terrorist organization. The nation of Saudi Arabia has already donated humanitarian aid that was disbursed via the U.N. and helped 1000 Iraqi orphans: “Saudi Arabia ready to help Iraq fight Daesh,” Sunday, April 24, 2016: [http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/914876]

The Affordable Care Act may seem like an unlikely target for me to have wanted to strike out with a ‘Signature Strike’ even figuratively, because it did help many Americans get insurance, but it has also caused prescription drug prices to increase and increased health care costs for many Americans. It has been hard on medical staff while increasing profit for insurance and prescription companies. It was a cumbersome act, nearly 11,000 pages long, with sections that may have been written by medical and prescription industry lobbyists – for all any of the legislators knew when they were asked to sign it into law.

~~~a post I wrote May 17, 2012:

I would feel better about voting for President Obama again if he had chosen different advice for the Affordable Care Act. It supports pharmaceutical profit and takes away our right to negotiate for cheaper drug prices. It mandates that a very specific product must be purchased if you are born an American citizen.

For example dietitians aren’t approved to provide weight loss counseling but Medicare will pay for a physician to do so. The number of gastric bypass surgeries may increase as a result. Dietitian’s services are approved once a patient has had a gastric bypass. Choosing good advice is essential when using the common sense and good advice plan.Car insurance is only mandated if you buy a car and the products (auto mechanic services) generally are effective. Health insurance is buying a product that may not be equally effective, which we would see if we were to honestly assess the quality of life and health outcomes of the patients using American health care. We are doing incredible life saving acute care types of things in medicine but the basic “what a body is built from” is being ignored. We are not built out of maintenance medications.

Too frequently the health care goal is to stabilize the chronically ill patient. Tackling underlying problems and restoring function is not even considered as a possibility for many disease/syndromes. “We don’t know what is wrong with you or how to fix you but here is a maintenance medication,” is a pervasive attitude that tends to add to the body’s burden of ill health. Some textbooks for graduate school classes are describing “autoimmune” disease as a normal part of aging. If it were a normal part of aging then why isn’t as prevalent in every nation and why do infants and children develop autoimmune conditions?

By teaching our future physicians that chronic ill health is a normal part of aging then we are teaching them to stop looking for ways to restore good health. All they have to do is maintain the bad, however, the bad tends to get worse under that approach.

A common sense and listen to good advice approach to governing requires good advice.

And the drone bombs are very ineffective as snipers. We are bombing innocent civilians – we Americans are bombing innocent civilians in an attempt to possibly kill a ‘terrorist’.

The signature strikes have increased over the last month.

“…at least 747 people have been killed in strikes on Yemen since 2001. Out of these, 105 are known to have been civilians, and 24 of them children.”

We don’t have gas chambers yet but we are bombing innocent civilians in Yemen, They have a 53% unemployment rate. [http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/may2012/yeme-m17.shtml]

Yemen also has oil, what a surprise, and their national oil production has dropped since 2004.

Excerpt: Corruption and bad management of national resources have been widespread at all public offices in Yemen, especially the energy sector. Experts said senior officials within the former regime had shares in oil companies operating in the country and a large part of oil revenues.

“If there is a good management of the national sources, the country will increase production, not deplete the reserves,” said the PEPA official.

He pointed out that “one of the big problems of this sector is that the Yemeni authorities totally rely on foreign investors to study and explore Yemeni areas; the point is that there is no local supervision or participation in such operations.”

At the meantime, the security situation remains the biggest concern affecting investments here amid persistent attacks on pipelines and facilities by tribesmen and militants.

We are providing military protection for oil companies on foreign soil. The people of Yemen deserve their own oil reserves not drone bombs and US military police.

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