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by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on December 15, 2016 - reprinted with permission

    I suppose there is a certain obligation to talk about the Presidential election.

    I supported Mr. Trump for two reasons. First the one, and maybe more Supreme Court appointments this President will make. Trump published a list on his potential nominees. Mrs. Clinton wouldn't. Second Trump is committed to vacating a bunch of Mr. Obama's Executive Orders many of which are being ruled unconstitutional by the Courts. Mrs. Clinton was very comfortable promising to continue Mr. Obama's strategy if the Congress wouldn't give her what she wanted.

    I'm glad Mr. Trump won but I have no blind faith about what's going to happen over the next four years and only some hope that we might experience a revival of our system of Federalism in a Constitutional Republic. As to Mrs. Clinton winning the popular vote it would help to remember we are not a democracy. We are not a representative democracy or any other kind of democracy.

    It's not the "Battle Hymn of the democracy."

    It's not, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the democracy for which it stands."

    All through our political system of checks and balances are processes consciously designed to prevent the majority from running roughshod over the minority Two of the most powerful examples are the US Senate and the Electoral College. These institutions are completely un-democratic and are crucial to the stability of government we have had for over two centuries.

    As for where we are now, the sun continues to rise and set, the government functions and for Clinton supporters, remember, in only two years the People can wipe out the Republican majority in the House of Representatives the same way they wiped out the Democrats in 2010 and gridlock will reign again.

    The RJ headline on 12/7 read, "Tesla's hiring misses mark." The interesting part of the report came later. Tesla has gotten $20 million in "transferable tax credits." These credits "are to be applied toward gaming licensing fees.." Tesla sold the credits to MGM for $20 million in cash and MGM uses the credits for their licensing fees. Welcome to the world of Nevada crony capitalism in the 21st Century.

    On November 30th the RJ report read, "Water district holds forum on proposed rate hike." It should have read, "done deal rate hike." I called the water district to get a little more detail for you.
  Here are the basics:
    1.  On 2/1/17 rates go up 3 percent.
    2.  On 1/1/18 rates go up 3 percent.
    3.  On 1/1/19 and in future years rates will go up based on the CPI with a floor of 1.4% and a cap of 4.5%

    I had a few questions:
  1. What CPI? By now we are all familiar with the fact government always picks the CPI that best serves its own interest and that is never, ever the CPI that produces no SS increase in 2016 and 0.3% in 2017. In this case they chose (are you ready for this?), the Consumer Price Index ALL ITEMS, ALL URBAN CUSTOMERS (CPI-U), PACIFIC CITIES, WEST, SIZE CLASS A. You can budget accordingly.
  2. Are the 1.5 and 4.5 brackets written in stone? Yes. The rates will never go below or above those numbers. Budget accordingly.
  3. What does, "in future years" mean? How many years? Well, in prosaic, government-speak terms the answer is, "there is no sunset date." Or, in the immortal words of Buzz Lightyear, "To infinity and beyond!" Budget accordingly.

    John Glenn, the last and probably most famous of the original "Right Stuff" Mercury 7 astronauts passed away on Dec. 8, 2016 at age 95. I'm sure all of us alive at that time can remember the excitement, awe, sense of adventure and joy those first flights brought to us. We can also remember how John Glenn emerged as the "first among equals" in the minds of so many Americans.

    One of the nicest early tributes I heard came from a CBS reporter who said he interviewed JG several times and was always impressed with his open, down to earth demeanor. The reporter always addressed him as Colonel or Senator and JG would ask him to please just call him John. The reporter always replied, "I can't do that Sir. You're John Glenn." And so he was.

    I offer you all my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous and HEALTHY 2017.

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