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Friday, September 30, 2016

TV Rating Dating President Trump Clinton Johnson Stein 2016 Game

Sept. 30 TGIF!
Michigan Citizens. First Time Voter? Register to Vote in Michigan Presidential Election by Oct. 11 2016.
Blue Collar Scholar's TGIF Afternoon in Michigan "The Rating Game Show" Rap:
Anyone remember 1960's Afternoon TV Show "The Dating Game" hosted by  a Master of Ceremonies whom stayed out of the interviewer's decision making as to who their final choice was to go on a date with. Three mystery contestants (to the interviewer, not the TV audience) would entertain questions from the interviewer and each mystery contestant would give an answer from their unique perspective. The individual suitor who did the best job in the eyes of the interviewer would go on a date with the interviewer, chaperoned and paid for by the TV show. It was always a cool place where they would have the date at.
The questions were a mix of interesting and provocative.
The answers individual suitors gave were a mix of humor, seriousness, tongue-in-cheek, charm, thought provoking, provocative...etc.
One would always wonder in TV audience land
"Who would they pick?"
Their final choice was sometimes surprising...
and interesting.
Viewing, out in TV land,
one could have bet that and were sure that
Number One Contestant would be picked...
and lo and behold...
they picked
Number Two...or
Number Three!
How could It be?
after all,
it was the interviewers choice...
Wasn't it.
The Game Show Host never talked up one of the mystery contestants.
The Game Show Host...
Let the Interviewer Decide...
Who They Wanted To Go On The Date With.
What a novel concept!

The Ratings Game...
is what major tv networks operate under. Understandable.
Gotta pay the salaries and kilowatts.
That's cool.
This is America.
What's not cool
and is square
is bias and unfairness pertaining to any presidential candidate.
The major network views/ news talkers seem to be promoting only one of the choices for President.
The other choice's name is repeatedly maligned and mentioned a majority of the time in negative terms. If there even is a counter balancing opinion on the candidate, it seems that lone voice is outnumbered. Big time. Big League.

What happened to letting the electorate decide?

Whom We choose for the "four year date" (presidential term) is Our decision.
Why won't they evenly show both sides of the arguments for and against? Like C-Span does!

Light Bulb Moment.
Simple solution!

3 to be exact!

Each major network opinion maker mentions...
1. Who they voted for in the last 3 or 4 Presidential Elections.
2. What party, if any, are they a member of?
3. Finally, do they have any credit hours in Journalism.


In 2016 Michigan battleground swing state key state in 2016 Presidential Contest.  Michigan has 16 Electoral Votes. 16 EVs. That's alot and we are a pivotal state in the Presidential election for candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.
Trump, Clinton and the other candidates for President of the United States 2016, Trump's VP Mike Pence, Clinton's VP Tim Kaine, their families and other important Trump Clinton supporters continue to return to the great state of Michigan and it's a beautiful thing!
Bee's don't keep coming back to the same flower unless there's honey!
Said it before and will say it again...
Highly probable and possible Michigan a manufacturing state will be the key to who win's the 2016 Presidential election.
Michigan is rarely, if ever mentioned.
Other states are.

My intuition says it's US!
In Michigan...
Register to Vote by October 11 2016.
Support your favorite candidate...
Whomever you choose....
Not the TV Network favored candidate.

We in Michigan are very independent minded.
Always have been...always will be.
If this election is close...
and it may be...
Each vote is Gonna make a difference in Michigan.

J.O.B.S.  is The Issue and the Trade Deals.

Who has the Strongest Will and Capability to Deliver them Jobs to Michigan, the United States...and Renegotiate Nafta (we Michigan workers call it shafta) and Renegotiate all the Trade deals getting the Greatest deal for Michigan and the American People...

Will win Michigan.

Forget "The Ratings Game" (TV opinions, polls...etc.)

This 2016 Presidential 4 Year Term 'Dating Game' will be decided by Each and Every Michigander and the rest of the United States on November 8, 2016.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Trump Clinton For President 2016 Speeches Transcripts Texts, Presidential Candidate(s)Donald Trump Cleveland Ohio - Jill Stein Green Party -Libertarian Party Gary Johnson Campaign in Detroit Michigan, Trump Child Care Plan, Trade Agreements Nafta TPP WTO, Trump Clinton Speeches, Donald Trump Dimondale Michigan Rally, Donald Trump For President 2016 TV Election Campaign Ads Running in Battleground Swing State Michigan, Trump Speaks at Great Faith Ministries Church Detroit, Michigan - Visits Dr. Ben Carson's Childhood Home in Southwest Detroit with Former Presidential Candidate Dr. Carson who has Endorsed Donald Trump for President 2016.

Mojo Workin'...
Muse On...
Blue Collar Scholar..
In Michigan, Register To Vote by October 11, 2016 to Vote in Michigan's  General Election on November 8, 2016.
In State of Michigan (and every state,for that matter)If You Have Never Voted, or Haven't Voted In Years and Years...
Now Is The Time To... 
Get Up, Get Registered and
Our State of Michigan is a Key Swing State, Battleground State, Purple State, in the 2016 Presidential Election (Yup...We're Important) and may be the Tipping Point in Deciding Who is the Next President of the Great United States of America! 
Our 16 Electoral Votes will decide who the next President is. 
We in Michigan.
We're All That And A Bag of the saying goes...Which means...
We're Awesome!
Get on Up and Support Your Favorite Presidential Candidate!
Your Country Thanks You!
Sept 24 Blue Collar Michigan For President 2016 Speeches Transcripts Links
Official Donald Trump For President 2016 Speeches Transcripts Texts
Official Hillary Clinton For President 2016 Speeches Transcripts Texts
Sept 22 Blue Collar Michigan 16 EVs( electoral votes) battleground swing state purple state
Michigan Will Be Deciding State For President 2016...
You betcha!
...Donald Trump For President 2016 Visits Speeches Rallies Campaign Video links
Donald Trump Speaks in Cleveland Heights Ohio
Mike Pence VP candidate and Donald Trump spoke at New Spirit Revival Center on Sept 21 2016 in Cleveland Ohio
Sept. 18 Michigan Presidential Candidate Visits Links  Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Libertarian Party Nominee Addresses Detroit Economic Club Detroit Michigan  September 14 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Addresses Detroit Economic Club Detroit Michigan C-Span Video

Presidential Candidate Jilll Stein VP Candidate Amu Baraka Campaign in Detroit Michigan September 3 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and Vice-Presidential Candidate Amu Baraka Campaign in Detroit Michigan C-Span Video
Sept. 14 Blue Collar Michigan Battleground Purple State 16 EV's (Electoral Vote's, I like abbreviations!) winnable by Trump or Clinton in Michigan's Presidential Sweepstakes Scholars "That's What I'm Talkin' 'bout"  Wednesday Latest:
Donald J. Trump Outlines Child Care Plan

Donald J. Trump Child Care Reforms That Will Make America Great Again

From Official Trump For President 2016 Website.
September 13 2016 Blue Collar Battleground Swing State Purple State 16 Electoral Votes Michigan Scholars Latest Greatest Fun (gotta have fun!) and Serious (gotta be serious, too!) Web Links found on WWW.
With Global Trade Agreements - American Jobs and the American Economy being the Number One and Two Voter Issues / Concerns 2016 Presidential Election Year Topics of Discussion in the contest for the White House between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton...
Organization of American States (OAS) United States Trade Agreements
Professional and Educational Website concerning all Trade Agreements. Other countries are listed, also. From the Organization of American States (OAS). Agreements, disciplines, details, resources, trade policy developments, trade and small and medium enterprises (SME), trade dispute resolution...etc.
Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement), World Trade Organizaton (WTO), TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and other trade agreements are listed.
Great reading.

7 Eleven Food Stores 7election Choose Your Cup Results Cool. 7  11 customers "vote" their choice of 2016 President by the cup they buy. Red (Republican), Blue (Democrat) or Purple. Search for latest 7 Eleven drink cup voting results by state, zip code, city. Updated daily. What will they think of next?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump For President 2015 2016 news, interviews, live streams, upcoming events, tweets, resources.
Donald Trump Speeches

Hillary Clinton Speeches

Sept. 6. Blue Collar Michigan Scholars Day after Labor Day Official Clinton, Trump Official Presidential Website links.
Great  websites to research candidates positions, watch videos of speeches, interviews, rallies. Also, each presidential candidate has President 2016 election campaign merchandise so voters can show their support for their favorite presidential candidate. Election campaign wearables like Stickers, buttons, pinbacks, yard signs, hats, shirts. Various campaign slogans. Cool stuff if one collects political memorabilia, also. It is an historical presidential election.
Official Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Websites
Official Election Campaign Website: Donald J. Trump For President 2016

Official Donald J. Trump For President 2016 Election Campaign Merchandise Store Shop Trump 2016 bumper stickers, yard signs, hats, campaign buttons...etc.

Official Election Campaign Website: Hillary Clinton For President 2016

Official Hillary Clinton For President Election Campaign 2016 Merchandise Store Shop Clinton 2016 bumper stickers, yard signs, hats, campaign buttons...etc.

Labor Day, September 5
Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine Hold Labor Day Rally Cleveland Ohio
Donald Trump Campaign Rally In Dimondale Michigan Specific solutions For Bringing Back Michigan Manufacturing Jobs are discussed by Mr. Trump, along with many other important employment related topics specific to Michigan's economy and Michigan's citizens. Better Trade Deals (renogotiate Nafta for a better deal for American Workers),  No TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership, lower middle class and small business taxes, stronger national security, Veterans care, healthcare, immigration, education, infrastructure (roads, bridges, airports...etc.), jobs for our youth and other topics were covered by Presidential candidate Trump in Michigan. America First.

Sept. 3 Saturday...Donald Trump Speaks At Great Faith Ministries Church - Senior Pastor Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Detroit Michigan Afterwards Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by former Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson, visited Dr. Carson's Childhood Home and Neighborhood on South Deacon St. in Southwest Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Ben Carson has endorsed Donald Trump for President 2016.
September 2, 2016 T.G.I.F.
Have a Wonderful Labor Day Holiday Weekend USA!
"Trump or Clinton? Why Cafepress' Sales Might Be The Most Accurate Presidential Poll" September 2, 2016 article from Bizjournal Louisiana Business First.

Sept 1, 2016 Thursday, Donald Trump Election Campaign 2016 TV Ads Now Running in Presidential Swing-State Battleground Michigan.
Monday August 29 2016 Heard a Donald Trump For President Radio Spot on Local AM Radio in Michigan.
Sunday August 28 2016
Blue Collar Michigan Scholars "Don't Touch That Dial" Political Advertising on Radio Link...
Surfing Google, like pretty much everyone does nowadays, found this Political Advertising on Radio website from the Radio Advertising Bureau. Tutorials, links, demos...etc.
Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) Political Advertising Information Tutorial Great Site explaining the Cost-Effectiveness and Reach of Advertising on Radio. Especially in Politics.
Talkin' bout radio...What's 2016 way-cool is one can listen to our familiar AM and FM Stations on computers, Laptops and Smartphone Apps.
Interesting that the Smartphones we hold in our hands nowadays are about the same size (slimmer, of course) as those 50s 60s Transistor Radios we carried around back in the day. TuneIn radio is a cool free app. Also, iheart radio. Of course, Apple itunes are some popular radio apps.
Podcasts, audio books and every type of broadcast is available on these apps. Free or Paid Versions.
On TuneIn Free Version Radio App, a banner ad (advertisement) for various businesses, services etc. displays at the bottom of the apps listener-chosen entertainment at their listening time.
C-Span is on there.
Rock n' Roll, too.
Every genre of music and talk.

August 25, 26 27th 2016

T.G.I.F. Blue Collar Michigan Scholar's (written while listening to some great old jazz,
Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers Paris 1958...with a little Beethoven for good measure) Rap:

In Search of...

Why Is

Donald Trump's Official 2016 Presidential Campaign

Not Running

Election Campaign

TV Ads

in Michigan?
(Update: Donald Trump Campaign as of Thursday, September 1st Is Now Running Election Campaign TV ads in Michigan).

We Have 16 Electoral Votes.
We are a Battleground,
Swing-State in
Presidential Contest.
One of 3 or 4 possible and probable key swing states that could...
Whom the next President of US is.


The Republican Party was

In Michigan...July 1854, Jackson, Michigan at Under The Oaks on Morgan's Forty.
First Official Convention.
First Official Platform.
First Official Republican Candidates Nominated.
The Big Three.
Abraham Lincoln...
I Rest My Case.

Donald Trump Won Michigan's 2016 Republican Presidential Primary and

Is the

Nominee of the 2016 Republican Party.
What Gives?

Where are the Campaign TV ads?

Don't Get It.

It Don't compute.

What in Sam's Hill is Goin' On?

On the Other Hand...

Hillary Clinton's Official 2016 Presidential Campaign Has Been Running Election Campaign TV Ads for...

Weeks and Weeks in Michigan.

Also, Haven't heard Trump or Clinton on  A.M. Radio Ad Buys, either.
Possible they are on Michigan A.M. or F.M, XM Sirius Radio stations that I don't listen to.
Local AM and FM radio are very cost-effective solutions for Michigan political campaigns.

Heard one of the Michigan Presidential Primary Candidates on the Radio constantly in the weeks preceeding the March 2016 Michigan Presidential Primary.
Didn't win Michigan's Presidential Primary, but did pretty darn good.
Wonder if local radio played a role in that?

While driving in their vehicles, Michigan citizens listen to something and alot of times its the raydidio (funny expression for radio from back in the day).
Radio plays in waiting rooms if TV isn't possible.
TV plays, too, in certain customer waiting environments.

Still...Today, in a Wi-Fi, Smartphone world...
In 2016...
Television is still...
The Big Kahuna (an old time saying).


is still

the Most


Form of Media in

2016...along with Radio, of course.

The "Picture Show"(as they called it in the Golden Years of The Silver Screen)...the
Movie Theatre.
Still fun...

They even have Ads and Commercials running before the Main feature at the movie theaters. Saw some local dealers, restaurants...etc. advertise on the theater screen.

Television travels...
Across all Demographics.
That's Huge!

For Example,

Nowadays, Lots of People have 1, 2, 3 or more TVs in different areas of their households. Bedrooms, kitchens...heck, probably garages, too!

TV is Extremely User Friendly...Fancy Pants Word for

Easy to Use!

The Remote Control is the Original Computer mouse, if you get my drift.

Heck, the 1st Remote Control I remember using had a long chord attached at the bottom of the Remote Control, the chord ran many feet across the floor, to the TV across the Room. TVs were in Nice Wood enclosures, looked like furniture, and had glass tubes for Screens. 25 inch Screens. Some TVs were "color" tvs which meant you could watch TV programs in color if they were filmed that way.
First shows I remember in color were Bonanza and The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights.
That was Awesome for us Sixties kids (cartoons)...and parents, too!
Seem to remember everything else on Tv in those days past was viewed in black and white.

Back to Remote Controls...ease of use...
Batteries goin' bad (easily replacable) and lost remote syndrome (you, too?) did the remote get over there? You know what I'm talkin' about.

Push Remote's On button, start surfing the Television channels.

It don't get no simpler than that.

Heck, these remote controls withstand almost any form of punishment, nowadays.
Still can't figure out why dogs like to chew on them!

If the Remote Control breaks, we can always get up off the couch (oh, no...not that!) and Push Buttons on the the 1950's and Sixties.

Anyhoo, Back to importance of TV.

A Majority of us still rely on our Great Local News stations for locally flavored news, weather, sports...etc. Those local stations and reporters are wonderful and positive.

Hillary Clinton has been running ads on some of the local news stations for weeks.

Also, alot watch the Sunday Morning Political shows on the original 3 Tv networks ABC, CBS, NBC in Michigan.

Hillary Clinton has been running ads on some of these shows.

Also, as local news segues into 6:30 evening news programs on ABC, CBS, NBC Hillary Clinton has been running ads for weeks.


A Presidential Candidates Ad buy on TV is Responded to By the Other Party Candidate for President.

That's our Experience.

Not everyone See's the rallys by Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton.

Eveyone sees the Political Commercials.
Does get tiresome after awhile, doesn't it?
Like everyone, can't wait till the election is over.
You, too?

Wonder what the Cable TV Views/News talking heads will talk endlessly about then?

Sure they will give their opinions, talk over and interupt the opposing view(if they even have an "opposing viewpoint" opposite theirs.)
Gotta get that commercial in the time alotted, probably.
It does pay the networks bills...and salaries.
Makin' the big bucks, as they used to say.
Must be nice...
to have a job that can't be outsourced.
They ought to walk a mile in our Michigan shoes...
give their opinion.
Just sayin'!


Some TV Commercials are Memorable...
and Some...
Extremely Memorable from Sixties and Seventies.
Maytag Man.(My Generation)
It's Not Nice to Fool With Mother Nature.(heck, 50 yrs ago...can't remember the product.)
Palmolive Dish Liquid (Madge says, You're soaking in it (manicure).

Consumer Purchasing Habits are Influenced because they learn about the advertised product(s) in Tv Ads.
Commercials Make a Difference.
Ask Darren Stevens (Ad Guy) on Bewitched Tv Show (My Generation. Elizabeth Montgomery was Awesome!)
Ask any Grocery Shopper.
Ask any buyer, purchaser of goods and services in Our Great USA.
Ask Madison Avenue.

Marketing and Advertising.
Quick, to the point.
Audio and Visual.
Best points of product.
Nowadays with a little humor added.
Something that makes the goods, services or product "stick to the brain"...memorable...
Why the product is different than all the rest.
Healthier, economical, safer, luxurious...etc.
All done in 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds.

Somehow this helps us remember

What to Choose...

When We Decide.

Promotes Consumer Spending.

Makes the Wheels of the American Economy Rock and Roll Forward.
Fueled by...Good Payin' Jobs.
...and the Big Wheel keeps on Turning.
What a Great Combo.

In Michigan, the Motor Vehicle Capital of the World...
Ford Motor
General Motors
Chrysler were Born.
Blue-Collar, White-Collar...whatever collar.
We Like those darn Car and Truck commercials.
Know Why?
Because We Build Them...And...
Buy Them.

And We Want Our
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs to
Back Home to
Who Can Renegotiate / Negotiate the Greatest Trade Deals for Michigan and The U.S.
Not Just Change We Can Believe In...
"Change" turning into Dollars in Our Wallets and Purses...
from these J.O.B.S Comin' Back Home to...

Been Ramblin' On...
Back to The Importance of Michigan Presidential Campaign Ads.

Michigan Presidential Campaign Tv Ads and Other Michigan Political Position Campaign TV ads are Viewed by Most Everyone in the Great State of Michigan.

They are an extremely important facet of any Presidential campaign.

Most people have limited time, if they're working raising a family, in a shop, factory, office, various working environments, running a small or even large business...etc.

You get the drift.

Plopping down in front of the tube at the end of a hard day and relaxing is an enjoyable (usually, if something is good on tv that night...Thank you, DVR.)
TV is part of the American Popular Cultural Experience.

Always has been,
always will.

Bernie Sanders Won Michigan's Presidential Primary.
Hillary Clinton Won The Democrat Nomination For President 2016.
She Has Visited Michigan Many Times.

Hillary Clinton is Running Campaign Ads on Michigan Tv Stations.

Donald Trump Won Michigan's Presidential Primary.
Donald Trump Won The Republican Nomination For President 2016.
He has Visited Michigan Many Times.

Donald Trump is not Running Campaign Ads on Michigan TV Stations.

Where are the TV Campaign Ads?

(Update: Donald Trump IS Running Campaign Ads on TV in Michigan starting Thursday, Sept 1st).

P.S. Real Presidential or...
Presidentially Real.
Stay Tuned...
Don't Touch That Dial.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Trump Clinton Campaign in Blue Collar Michigan Manufacturing Belt (not Rust Belt) Battleground Swing State 16 Electoral Votes - GOP Democrat Independent Parties

August 16, 2016.
Donald Trump Delivers Foreign Policy Address Youngstown, Ohio at Youngstown State University
August 14 2016 
Blue-Collar Michigan Scholars 
The Only Poll that Matters is 
Our Vote 
In The
November 8, 2016 General Election Rap:
TV - Newspaper Polls, you know, Who's Up or Down in Presidential Horse Race reflect "Likely Voters" or Democrats and Republicans. Independent vote is key factor, also.
Still Early and Polls can Change.
One Way or Another.
Don't be Swayed 
One Way or Another.
Decide for Yourself.
If Views/News outlets are constantly negative on one candidate, don't throw your shoe at the TV screen (it's plastic, will bounce off anyway, and you might scuff one of your blue suede shoes.)
Great song, by the way.

Keep an open mind.
Look for the Opposing Views from many sources. 
Research. Research. Research.
C-SpanVideo.Org Video Library Search C-Span Video Search archive is cool.
Type in the 2016 Presidential Candidates names you are interested in. Array of Campaign Rally Speeches, talks...etc. will appear. 
One can search for a various array of educational matter on a range of subjects.
C-Span.Org Main Page  
All Sides. 
No commercials!
C-Span's Video Archive search here, too.
Firstly, of course, visit the Presidential Candidates Official Websites. 
The Presidential Candidates also have Official Twitter, Facebook, Instagram...etc. social media sites.

We did it in school, college...etc. when we wrote our research papers. 
Or gave a speech in speech class.  
In debate.
Plain conversations... 
So we know what we're talkin' about.
Sports. Finance. New vehicle, appliances, healthy foods (read the nutrition label), what movie to rent or see. You get the drift.
Used many sources to learn.

TV wasn't our first resource, then.
TV isn't our first resource now.

Can one even imagine what it is like to run for President of The Great United States?
Thanks to all those Patriots that ran for US President over 240 years!
The least we can do is give all a fair hearing...then...
Devote some time to research your upcoming vote.
Can't wait to read the books the candidates write after this historic election on November 8, 2016.
You, too?
Sweet! Check out the Official Presidential Candidates books that they, the Presidential Candidates, have written is one of many ways.
Use your Library card.
Support your local library.
Or buy a copy of the Presidential Candidates books.
Whatever works best for you.

Test your own opinions on the candidate(s).
Give all candidates a fair hearing...
in your mind.
This will be the Greatest Presidential Election Turnout in US History.
The New voters, Never-Voted...etc. are not showing in the polls for whatever reasons. Probably, hard to poll (understandable).
Anyhoo, with Record Turnout in States Presidential Primary Elections 2016, due to Independent - Outsider candidates within their own parties (Bernie Sanders, Democrat Independent - Donald Trump, Republican) and this being an Outsider/ Independent vs. Status Quo/ Establishment Election, another "Change" Election, the First being President Obama's Election, it is going to be interesting watching another Once In A Lifetime and Generation Presidential Election. 
Better Trade Deals (More American Jobs for Everybody) and National Security are Top Priority American Electorate Issues. 

Highly possible and probable...
Who is Strongest On and Can Deliver on More Michigan Jobs and All US Jobs, Better Trade Deals and National Security for America will be do extremely well in Popular Voting and Electoral Votes.
Especially in blue-collar swing state Michigan(16 electoral votes) and other battleground states like Ohio(18), Pennsylvania(20)...etc.
Register to vote in Michigan by October 11, 2016.
Vote November 8, 2016.
Blue-Collar Michigan's Scholar 16 Electoral Votes, Key Battleground Swing State in US Presidential 2016 Election Campaign for The White House, Global Trade Deals Effect on U.S. Jobs: 
Issue Spotlight: Trade Deals
C-Span Issue Spotlight Series, Trade Deals Video. Discussion on Nafta (workers call it shafta), World Trade Organization WTO, GATT, Trans- Pacific Partnership TPP, other Global Trade Deals. Opposing and Supporting Arguments. Trade Deals History. Economics, Jobs - Careers impacts - Effects on US Workers Jobs, Wages, benefits in manufacturing. History of tariffs. Great Job from Non-Partisan Media Resource C-Span (no commercials, too, translates into 20 or more minutes per hour of actual educational, topical content). Cool!

2016 US Presidential Election and Down the Ticket Elections are about...
It's About 
Both Supremely Important to Our Country's Future.

August 11, 12, 2016 Michigan Blue Collar Scholar's - Classic Rewind..."It was 24 years Ago...
US Election Atlas 1992 Presidential Campaign Election Results 
Professionally built website.
Students of political science, political history, history aficionados, political researchers, everyone who is interested in Presidential Elections data history by state. The numbers and percentages.
United States Map of 1992 Election for President.  US Presidential election data over the years past and present. Educational.
County results, State results, Percentages, Popular Vote totals, Electoral votes, by individual candidates.
US Election Atlas State Level Data 1992 Video Library Search
Watch a C-Span Video Presentation from C-Span's Archived Video Library.
Thanks, C-Span!

Ross Perot's Historic Presidential Campaign Economic Conversations - Lectures on TV circa 1992 via C-Span Video. 
Ross Perot Campaign Commercial 1992 C-Span Video 
Further on down the page are more Ross Perot Conversations - Lectures on The American Economy.
Mr. Perot utilized charts, graphs and other scholarly devices in his educational and informative economic conversations with the American electorate. 
Talks and lectures are greatly enhanced with visual media that is clear, 
easily seen 
easily understood. 
Mr. Perot brought back memories of our school days' teachers and profs with his wonderful presentations. 
We listened as Mr. Perot spoke.
Analyzed his economic charts, graphs, whiteboards.
We began to understand a complex subject.
The American Economy.
Where it was,
Where it is presently (1992)
Where it could be in the future.

In 2016, 
one wonders 
Back in 1992..
If the TV screens were humongous (huge) then in 1992..
like they are now in 2016... 
Digital sound...
Would Ross Perot's economic conversations paired with visuals (charts, graphs, whiteboards...etc.) have been even more effective, with a greater impact on the American Electorate...
with Today's TV Technology?
Could it be done again...
Sointantly, Moe!

Great Job, Mr. Perot and thanks C-Span.
Dontcha love the web!
From your phone.
And now...
Back to August 8th & August 11th 2016:
Blue Collar Michigan Swing State Scholar Monday Video and Presidential Election 2016 Video Links.
Presidential Candidates Donald Trump and Hilliary Clinton both visited -appeared in Michigan (key blue-collar battleground swing state 16 electoral votes) and presented specific economic policy, plans, views...etc. for Michigan and the United States. Mr. Trump's August 8th and Mrs. Clinton's August 11th 2016 election campaign appearances in Michigan were broadcast on C-Span and the C-Span video links are listed together for viewing comparison. 

Donald Trump Unveils Economic Plan at Cobo Center, Detroit Michigan to Detroit Economic Club August 8 2016
C-Span Video of Donald Trump's Economic Plan Speech to Detroit Economic Club at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on August 8 2016.
Mr. Trump talks Nafta, TTP, trade deals, trade policy, tax policy...etc. Specific remedies, solutions and policy for the American Economy, American Workers, American Jobs, and More US employment issues are discussed by Presidential Candidate Trump in Detroit, Michigan
Donald Trump For President Official Website 2016 
Hillary Clinton Lays Out Economic Vision at Futuramic Tool & Engineering in Warren, Michigan Rally on August 11, 2016 Mrs. Clinton talks TPP, trade deals, trade policy, tax policy...etc. Specific remedies, solutions and policy for the American economy, American workers, American jobs and More US Employment issues are discussed by Presidential Candidate Clinton in Warren, Michigan.
Hillary Clinton For President Official Website 2016

The Green Papers Presidential Election USA 2016 Website The Green Papers Website is Awesome with latest Campaign 2016 Election Info in United States. Locally, Statewide and Nationally.  
The Green Papers Political Website Journalist Go - To Source 
From BU Today Newspaper, Boston University. Great job.

August 7, 2016
Blue Collar Michigan Scholars Walk A Mile In Our Red, White and Blue Collar Shoes Rap:
Since Global Trade (American Jobs Blue Collar, White Collar, heck, don't like labels howzabout the Red, White, and Blue American Collar Workers. E Pluribus Unum.) has directly affected US Manufacturing GDP. Think Manufacturing was 'bout 33 cents of every GDP dollar 30 years ago. Now, in 2016 Manufacturing GDP is just a few pennies over 10 cents now.
And the Trade Deficit has ballooned since then. Wonderful it's finally being talked about by a future President Trump or Clinton.
Seems alot of US have or know someone who has experienced plant and factory closures, downsizing...etc. Moi included.
We have an informed opinion since We worked in manufacturing in Michigan and other US States. Blue collared, white collared, all collared workers have experienced this.
When one hears on TV from the opinioned few about global trade, one wonders have they ever worked in a factory? As a production or skilled trades worker, supervisor, engineer...etc. Have they ever built, repaired skillfully, supervised, engineered...etc. something,anything in a shop factory or plant? See their job shipped out to another Country. Community property values drop? Pothole filled roads...etc. 
Give me and US a break!
Have they walked a mile in our shoes? If not, how in Sam's hill can they have an informed opinion? 
Give US A Break
Let's ask the opinionated few to tell us why they support trade deficits...deficits... that are approaching 800 billion American dollars a year. 
Hear crickets. 
Solution to sound of crickets.
Register to Vote in Michigan.
Vote for candidate that will deliver the greatest trade deals for America.
We need the good payin jobs now.
Who is most believable they can deliver?
N.O.W. not later for the U.S.A.
Let's start getting to a free trade, smarter trade whatever trade surplus.
One can feel the smoother roads in our community, already.
Also, any one remember Presidential Candidate Ross Perot doing those economic infomercials about 25 yrs ago on Sunday nights. He lectured on trade deficits, budget deficits and other trade related and Nafta issues.
He held up large charts, diagrams to the TV viewing audience. 
Said Nafta would lead to the sucking sound of jobs leaving the US.
Amazing how he was right!
Would be wonderful if Mr. Trump, Mrs. Clinton...etc. could do a one-on-one with easily understandable and viewed charts,diagrams about Global Trade like Ross Perot. If they can't afford TV Perot like infomercial. Try You Tube, Facebook Twitter livestream, app...etc.

August 6 2016
Michigan's Blue Collar Scholars Michigan's Paychecks We Can Believe In Again... It's Lunch Hour...Put 25 cents in Jukebox or Whatever the 2016 equivalent...What's on the Lunch Menu... Talkin' Turkey, No Political Baloney Sandwiches, Hamburgers, either, please...the Voters Want Steak... Everybody's Talkin' 'bout Gop Dem Outsiders, Third Parties Independent Parties Not Establishment Websites Rap:
First off,
...drum roll, please...
OCTOBER 11, 2016
OCTOBER 11, 2016
OCTOBER 11, 2016
(They say one has to mention something 3 times for it to be memorable. Question...Ever wonder who "They" is? Everyone uses this expression. Some entrepreneur smarter than moi needs to invent a product and call it "They".
Betcha They(see!) would do very well! Megabucks as They(see!) used to say.
Shark Tank TV show, perhaps.
At my age, I use post it notes, scraps of paper...etc. Reminders.
Anyhoo...Register to Vote and
November 8th.
But you knew that...
Didn't you.
By the way...
Uncle Sam Thanks You!

Back to Third Parties Independent Republican Democrat Outsiders Parties Websites Rap...
Politics 1 been around almost 20 yrs. Street cred. Politics 1 has a great page listing all the Independent third parties in the United States 2016 and all the Political Partys including our Democrat and Republican Parties who have in US Political History listened to, implemented ideals, tenets..etc. of various Third Party's into their Republican and Democrat Platforms.
Politics 1 All the US Political Parties Page

Was watching C-Span this a.m. and they were talkin' 'bout third parties. Each US State has individual rules concerning placement of third partys on their state's ballots.
Also, they have broadcast and will be broadcasting some of the Third Party conventions. If you missed any convention, including Dem or GOP, there is video archive.
Also, 3rd party candidates have appeared on Cspan as have Republican and Democrat candidates.
Cspan United States Third Parties Videos History

This 2016 Presidential Election is about Change, in the Form of Dollars Earned from J.O.B.S Brought Back to America. Good Payin' Jobs...Manufacturing and all types of Jobs and Careers.

Talkin' Turkey and following through with solutions bringing back our Manufacturing Jobs and other jobs to Michigan and the rest of the US.
And while you're at it...
More jobs.
We want it all.
This is America.
The Greatest.
In the History of the World.
Bar none.
We don't want a political bologna sandwich promises, anymore.
Real dollars in our paychecks, not...
Like The Good Old Days!
Thank You.

In Michigan, and all through the US.
If there is any doubt, look to Senator Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump's Michigan Presidential Primary Election Campaigns. Both won their primary campaigns in Michigan and other states.
In blue collar battleground swing states like Michigan, Trade Deal issues are key along with national security and other extremely important issues.
The Independent vote; US voters who vote either/or Dem, GOP, third party up or down ticket. A political mix. Each election, looking not just at the party, but at the person and their beliefs, and voting accordingly.
Along with Traditional Democrat and Republican voters...
Determines the outcome of who wins the U.S. Presidency in 2016.
Turnout important and key.
People who regularly vote in all elections
First time voters.
Those who have never voted...etc.

This is a politically historic, change election in our great country, the U.S.A.
For whatever reason.
It is what it is.
This is an "outsiders" election.
Not "establishment".
Change is in the air.
Michigan's 16 electoral votes will be important in determining who is elected.
Take part in Michigan and our Country's Nov 8, 2016 General Election.
Vote for Who You Want To.
It's an American Right.
Your One Vote and Your Opinion is just as important as the cable views/news gentlemen and gentlewomen on the TV.
Do your own research.
Don't depend on TV.
It is just one source.
We have this thing called the internet...the WWW...World Wide Web...its accesible from your phone.
But you knew that.
We research every day of our lives.
We just don't think about it.
It's automatic.
Before we buy a new vehicle.
Buy appliances.
New smartphone, computer
Move into a new apartment.
Choose a school for the kids.
Buy a gift for our loved ones.
Choose a Dentist or Doctor or
A Hospital.
Look for a job...
to pay for all of the above.
Isn't choosing the next President of the United States one of the most important things we as citizens can do for ourselves
and more importantly...
Our Country.
First...drum roll again, please...
The candidate's Official websites!
The horse's mouth.
Their words.
What they said.
Not out of context.
What they believe in.
Watch their videos
Live streams.
Test your opinions with views from the other candidate(s) on specific issues and solutions important to you and your country.
Look at all sides.
Then decide.
Volunteer to help the candidate, party...etc. if you desire.
Most importantly...

Also, check out
It's the bestest!
Everyone's on there.
It's cool.
C-Span Official Website
Comcast channel 96 C-Span 1
Dish Tv channel 210 C-Span 1
Consult your TV guide or C-Span Tv channel guide on their website for c-span specific channel numbers on your specific cable tv provider.
There is also Cspan 2 and Cspan 3 Cable tv channels.

All the candidates have worked very hard.
They threw their hat into the political arena.
Like you, can't imagine what it's like to run for President of the USA.
You know what I'm talkin' 'bout!
Hat's off to All of them!
God Bless All of Them!

Reward their hard work..
Register to Vote by Oct. 11 2016 in Michigan
Vote November 8 2016 for your Choice of President.
That Thanks them.
Make a difference.
In Michigan and the whole USA...
We Can Do It.
Thank You.

P.S. As Led Zeppelin sang "Bring it On Home".
We Sing
Bring Our American J.O.B.S
Back On Home
with a
Whole Lotta Love...
Blue Collar Baby Boomerly Speakin', of course.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ballad of The Outsider vs The Establishment.


August 1, 2016
The Blue-Collar Road To 270 Electoral Votes To Win The White House In Presidential Election Campaign of 2016 For Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Leads To Michigan. Sixteen Electoral Votes.
Michigan, Water Winter Wonderland - Wolverine State. Cool!

OCTOBER 11, 2016 (if you are not registered to vote)

NOVEMBER 8, 2016.

Since Michigan is Instrumental for Whom Will Win the Presidency 2016, Take the Time to Do Your Research on Where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and other Presidential candidates Stand on the Issues - Positions Important to all Michiganders and Most Importantly, our Country.
Too easy to listen to the opinion makers on cable news.
Form your own opinions.
We were taught that in school, college, at home.
We decide.
One great place is (drum roll, please...)
the Official Presidential 2016 Campaign Websites! Gotta love the internet!
Official Donald Trump Issues Website

Official Donald Trump Positions Website

Official Hillary Clinton Issues Website

The candidates websites are the "Horse's Mouth" (old school term).
The correct information
Not parsed by opinion on Cable news TV.
They're making the big bucks speaking their opinions.
Their jobs didn't get outsourced.
Ours did.
We are the voters and we form our own opinions.
Our opinions are equally important.
Start at Square One...
The Candidates Websites.
Watch the candidates official videos of their rallies, speeches...etc. Visit their Twitter, Facebook and other social media pages.

C-Span is The Greatest Channel. Has all sides, and no commercials. Video archives. Call In Program called Washington Journal, and much, much more.
They rule when it comes to Presidential Election time.
Always have, always will.
Been checking it out since I was a young pup.
You can call in and give your opinion on the tv. Awesome.
Campaign 2016 - Road to The White House is cool. Check out C-Span!
C-Span Official Website

July 28, 2016 Blue Collar Michigan (Our 16 Electoral Votes Will Decide The Next U.S. President on November 8 2016) Scholar's This Ain't No Rust Belt...Every Trade Story Has a Picture or Every Trade Picture Tells a Story, Columbus, Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, It's Our Jobs,
Soapbox Blue Collar Rap:
United States of America Balance of Trade
Trading Economics website affords one a Quick Look
at the
United States Trade Imbalance
or Balance
for the last month, previous years,
Back to 1950, for example, and much, much, much more...
Big Time.
Awaken Your Inner Columbus,
Don your Columbo overcoat,
Remember Sherlock Holmes said
'It's Elementary, Watson.' and
Take a Deep Dive into the Info.
The charts travel
Back in time
with a mouse click
touch on your smartphone screen.
Simply Amazing!
Amazingly Simple!
Nafta, Cafta...etc. trade deals started in 1990's. Navigate the charts
keeping in mind the years the trade deals went into effect.
You can navigate other countries Trading Goods and Services Imbalance or Balance with the United States of America.
Like Marty and Doc in
Back to the Future, in your mind's DeLorean (that was the vehicle in Back to the Future that went backwards or forwards in time)
do the same.
Your town, city, state.
Our great Country.
Then...US Manufacturing was over one-third of GDP.... Gross Domestic Product... with
Plentiful Good payin' jobs, Smooth roads, Social Security, Medicare and other citizen's  Federal, State, Local, services financial foundations beautifully funded because of the Number and Quality of Good Paying Manufacturing Jobs and the 7 or 8 other great jobs created upstream or downstream in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and all of our States.
Now...Manufacturing is barely over One-Tenth of GDP.
That's a huge drop.

These trade deals have decimated some of our communities thanks to over 25 years of trade deficits with some major trading partners. Free trade is fine. If it's fair. And everyone plays by the rules...
and the rules are...
Common sense:
Surplus good
Deficit bad.
We hear it all the time.
Our states have to balance their budgets.
The Federal gov't talks about balancing the budget.
Why hasn't the ever-lovin' Trade Deficit over the past decades been prioritized and resolved?
Not an economist,
Common Sensically...
It's highly probable and possible
A Balanced Trade with all of our trading partners could manifest itself into the
Greatest Good-Payin' American Job Creator!
Everyone Wins...
Especially, the Good Old U.S.A.
That means Us, the citizens and future generations!
Finally, finally, finally there has been discussion in 2015 and 2016 Presidential Election about remedies to our Trade Imbalances.
Specific, Specific, Specific
Renegotiation, a better deal, new deal, strength at bargaining table, one by one country negotiation, tariffs, taxes, penalties, company incentives...etc.

Trade is one of the most important election campaign issues in Michigan (if not the most important). Who can get the J.O.B done quickly will Win the Hearts and Minds of Michigan voters...and will win Michigan's 16 electoral votes in 2016.
Count on it.
Where would a President Trump or President Clinton be on trade? What are Dem GOP nominees Trump Clinton fixes and solutions on Nafta, TTP, TTIP trade deals?

Trump for President 2016
Clinton for President 2016

Bernie Sanders has dropped out of Presidential 2016 race.
He is again Independent in the US Senate.
Saw on TV, Jill Stein of Green Party reaching out to Bernie voters.
Jill Stein for President 2016
Also, Donald Trump campaign is reaching out to Bernie supporters
Donald Trump for President 2016

On my soapbox:
We are All,
All the States,
Fellow citizens,
In the
Ever, Ever, Ever...
The History of The World.
One Union of All.
One for All and All for One.
The Greatest Union...
The Union of States...
The United States of America!
We are Beyond Exceptional!

Any Jobs that are brought  back to the USA is a Victory for the US Workforce!
Whatever state they live in.

Michigan wants those Jobs, also.
And we can and will compete for them in Michigan
with our
Ready, Willing and Able workforce. Manufacturing is in our blood.
GM, Ford, Chrysler and other manufacturing workers and supporting industries and other various downstream-upstream jobs and careers in other Goods and Services Producers, Small and Big Businesses...etc. All Michigan's workforce, and it is a hard-workin' force to be reckoned with.
This ain't no rust belt.
We make things here.
Blue collar, white collar, whatever the collar...Most importanly the Red, White and Blue American Collar.
The United States of America.

July 26, 2016 Blue Collar Michigan (key swing state for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for President) Scholar's 2016 Presidential Election Nafta Rap from the Past:
With NAFTA, acronym for North American Free Trade Agreement, being discussed in 2016 Presidential Election, decided to search Google for more info. Found an archived discussion on Nafta from November 10, 1993.
Nafta, A Negative Impact on Blue collar, Minority and Female Employment? from a hearing before the Employment, Housing and Aviation Subcommitee of the Committee of Government Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session, November 10, 1993. Interesting Read from almost 23 years ago. Do your own search for more info on Nafta. Type "Nafta" in search field. There is an array of Nafta websites. Research your candidates views on Nafta and all of the trade agreements, T.P.P. and T.T.I.P, W.T.O.
(Blue collar workers and workers of all collars call Nafta, Shafta).
July 21, 2016 Blue Collar Michigan Scholar's Swing State Battleground State 16 Electoral Votes Classic Rewinds from 2016 Presidential Campaign Happy Trail's.
 Donald Trump On Trade. Milestone Speech On Nafta, Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) & Global Trade Deals, Agreements. Mr. Trump Presents Specific Solutions to America's Trade Imbalances With Our Trading Partners.  Speech at Alumisource Industrial Plant. June 28 2016 Monessen, Pennsylvania, by Pittsburgh. Workers of all collars call Nafta "Shafta".

10, 2016
Blue Collar Michigan Scholars
Hey you Heavy Cats...Can You Dig it?

The Number One Song and Album On
The Politics Hit Parade in the
United States
Number One
For over a Year and Sales are still increasing...Soaring...never seen this before...this suckers gots some legs, man in Michigan,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginian, Florida...more states are being added to the list as this is written.
...the envelope please...
Number One...
"Oh, Who Will Give US...a New Trade Deals...'cause It's a Big Deal" (and We'll Vote For Them!) People relate to the title since 6 Million jobs and 55,000 Manufacturing Plants have been lost since the Turn of the Century in America.

Number One hit is by...
The Everybody's Voting In The USA 2016
Big League Band Medicine Show.

The Everbody's have always realized, understood, the importance of Bringing Back Our Jobs Now, not later.
It's The Number One Issue in the US.
There is finally Music and Lyrics to it.
Dig it!

New song is from The Everybody's Gold and Platinum Number One Selling Album
"The Ballad of The Outsider vs. The Establishment"
Made in USA Records.
(The record labels had some rough times over the last 25 years...but you can't keep a Great Record Label Down!)

Tracks on the Album include:

2.Where or Where (Did My Factory Go?) segues into
a. GreenSpace Blues

3.(I got them old) Pothole Blues (and so does my wheels!)

4. It Was Cheap (But it Didn't Last!)

5. One Good Payin' Job Brought Home (creates 7 or 8, so don't be late!).
Very Interesting.
Playing the Song Backwards, the Reverse Happens!

6. Baby, Where Did My Job and Trade Surplus Go?
B side of single is "Truth Deficit"

7. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! (Bringing Them Back Home To Mama and Papa) The Everybody's  Amazing lyrical ability is displayed in the song as it mentions 6 million jobs and 55,000 Manufacturing Plants lost since the Turn of the Century! Wow!

8. The Ballad of The Outsider vs. The Establishment (Rolling Stones meets Fleetwood Mac Vibe). Put on your headphones and read behind the lines, baby. Heavy lyrics. Best song on the LP! DVD of The Everybody's live concerts is unbelievable.
In key, and hittin' the right notes...
The harmony is amazin'.

The Everybody's Band is back, big time.
They're Gettin' in Tune. Not missing a beat.
On top of America's issues lyrically.
They Won't Get Fooled Again.
No more Young Man Blues.
It's about time.

The Everybody's drifted apart over the years.
Became apathetic to the music.
There were more important things in their everyday lives.
The music changed on them while they were away.
Music Jobs slowly drifted away...
and away.
They took other jobs. Had to move away.
It was hard on them and their families.

But vacations renew, re-inspire the human spirit.
The Everybody's had
time to ponder.
What is really important.
For themselves.
But more importanty,
For their country.
It's future.
They became re-inspired.
To write.
To play.
The Everybody's got back on the music scene...
Like a Rock!
Writin' topically important song lyrics...songs that make you think, along with foot tappin' rhythms.

The Everybody's have created their own "Sgt. Peppers" pinnacle of success with "The Outsider vs. The Establishment" Lp.

The albums songs connect the dots on the American political scene 2016.

Common sense
Meets music.
Simply logical.
Easily understandable.
Perfect sense.

More, More, More
Brought Back Home
The Good Old U.S.A....
Creates an
Economically Viable, Visionable Future for Every American, thus Our Country is
Enriched, also.
Funds Social Security and Medicare.
U.S. Security.
Our Veterans.
States and Local Communities...
Prosper and Thrive.
Snowball effect.
Every, Every, Every American
Something to Look Forward To...
Not back.
There is a Good, Good Good Job to Go To.
Young Americans
Can Plan their Future.
Buy their first set of wheels.
Move out of Parent's House
Get their Own Apartment or Buy That First Home.
Become Independent.
Sock some Money away...
for a Rainy Day.
Trade School.
Whatever School they choose to attend...
For whatever career they want to pursue.
Plus, there is a larger array of Summer Jobs to choose from when School is out for the summer.
Get Married and Raise a Family.
Live Their Dreams.
Middle Aged and Senior Americans Feel better about Their Future Security, also.
Overtime picks up. Sales are increasing.
Time for a new car or truck, perhaps?
New Home.
New Appliances...thus creating jobs for more workers in those industries.
There's that good old economic Snowball Effect, again.
Consumers are spending money again.
People feel good about the economy.
The new paychecks pay into Social Security, Medicare...etc. Strengthening them.
Roads are smoother.
New businesses are popping up all over.
Property values rise.
Citizens educated in their home state decide to stay in their home state to work because jobs are growing in their home state.
And as we all know...
There's No Place Like Home!
Everybody Benefits when Jobs are brought
back, back, back home...
to Mama and Papa.

That's what America's about.

It's 2 plus 2.

The Everybody's woke up from their slumber.
Started writing, singing and playin' again.

The Everybody's get it.

No more Young Men and Women Blues for Americans.

Millions and Millions are going to buy the Album.

A Big, Big, Big Welcome Back to
The Everybody's!
We Missed You!
Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Michigan Electoral College Weather Report History

Uncle Sam Pointing Finger
JULY 4th 2016.

July 7 2016 Blue Collar Scholars Michigan  Battleground State Swing State Manufacturing Belt State 16 Electoral Votes Possible Vice-President choice for Hillary Clinton - Donald Trump, "What, Me Worry" predictions:
Watched presidential elections over the years, like everyone else. The politics and thought processes behind how a Presidential nominee chooses, picks, selects a Vice-President candidate is interesting and fascinating to all American citizens and voters.
Remember 1980 Presidential Election? There was speculation Ronald Reagan would pick Former President Gerald Ford from Grand Rapids, Michigan to serve as Vice-President. It was called "the dream ticket". It would have been nice to have Michigan's favorite son President Ford back in the White House. Alas, it was not to be.
Back to Presidential Veepstakes...
What state will he or she hail from?
Is the Presidential Nominee already showing strong in the possible VP's home state?
How many electors (electoral votes) does the Vice-Presidents home state have?
Was the Vice-President a Governor of one of the states or
A Senator or member of the House of Representatives?
How old are they? The age is important of the Vice-President candidate because if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton win the White House race, the pattern has been for presidential election cycles of the past that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will serve two terms...eight years (there have been one term Presidents, also).
Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton's Vice-President pick could run for President themselves at the end of Mrs. Clinton's or Mr. Trump's two terms as President of the United States of America.
Also, the American electorate pretty much has alternated back and forth between a Republican and Democrat President after 8 years or 2 terms.
Vice-President Age prediction: Possibly in their 50's or 60's, give or take some years either way.
Governors have experience running a state. The governor is the chief executive of the state. Balancing budgets...etc. Kind of like the "president" of the state. It's chief executive.
Senators and Congressmen and women are experienced, also, of course.
Business Experience. Does the Vice-President candidate have experience creating American jobs. Creating a balanced budget.
Military background, or if not, supports a strong military budget and provides our veterans with the support they have earned and deserve for defending America.
Media Experience. Not a 3 Tv channel world anymore. Newer forms of communication.
Social Media. Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Instagram...etc.
Television media is still very important and will continue to be when a President and Vice-President speaks to our Nation.

Possible Vice-President candidate choices not mentioned in media:

Mike Huckabee
Served as Governor of Arkansas 1996 to 2007.
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas 1993 to 1996.
Chairman of National Governors Association 2005 to 2006.
Presidential Candidate 2008, 2016.
"Huckabee" Television Program 2008 - 2015
Creativity: Plays a Mean Bass Guitar in his band "Capitol Offense"
Michigan Rock Band trivia: Jammed with Michigan band Grand Funk Railroad.
Authored many books.
Opinion Leader
Mike Huckabee Official Website

Jim Webb
Presidential Candidate 2016.
Served as Senator from Virginia 2007 to 2013.
Served as Assistant Secretary of Defense For Reserve Affairs 1984 to 1987 under Ronald Reagan.
Secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan 1987 to 1988.
Vietnam Veteran.
Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart (2) recipient.
Creativity: Authored many books.
Opinion Leader
Jim Webb Official Website

Above names have not been mentioned in the media.
Got a few years under my belt. If it's not mentioned, highly possible and probable might be something to it.
There's an Old adage someone said, Shakespeare, Confuscious, Einstein, Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine "What Me Worry"?...boy, giving my age away)...I can't remember. Something to this effect...
It's what they're Not saying, that speaks loudly.
Does one "hear" it and understand what it means.
Talkin' 'bout understanding and intuitiveness. Don't need a college degree for this.
We all have this "degree".
We use it everyday
Decision making.
You know...
Got a feeling...
Gut Feeling.
Who knows?
Fun speculating and guessing who Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will pick as their Vice-President in 2016 Veepstakes.
Above possible Vice-President party selections have official Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Instagram accounts. Check out these social media sites to learn more.

July 4, 2016
Happy Birthday, America! 240 Years Young. Born on July 4, 1776. Compared to the rest of the countries around the Globe,
We Are Young (Great many of major countries globally are thousands of years old) in the Timeline of World History and Number One!
Ever Greater Days await us. Congratulations. Happy Independence Day!

The Declaration of Independence The United States Declaration of Independence from Charters of Freedom - A New World Is At Hand website at The  Articles of Confederation, Continental Congress, Constitutional Convention, U.S Constitution and Bill of Rights and other documents are listed. Re-School yourself.
Refresh your American Memory.
Your Patriotism.
You can do it from your phone
in 2016.
That's Wonderful.
Wonder what The Founder's of
Our Great Nation would think?
They'd like it!
Imagine...Paul Revere "The British are Coming! The British are Coming!" texted to the Patriots!
Today in History July 4 - U.S. Library of Congress - American Memory Historical information of what happened Today in History on July 4th. Yesterday and Tommorrow links at bottom of page. Neato. Great photographs, narratives, stories, more from the United States Library of Congresses American Memory Website. Other cool US history links on page. Great job!

July 2, 2016
Blue-Collar Battleground State, Swing State, Manufacturing Belt, not Rust Belt (We proudly make things here)16 Electoral Votes deciding on President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton or whoever, on November 8 2016 Election Vote, Michigan Scholar's E Pluribus Unum History C-Span 1988 1984 1980 1976 1964 Republican Democrat Conventions rap:

C-Span is running video of all the Democrat and Republican Conventions on July 2, 2016. Watching them is like a political time machine. Independent, Republican, Democrat, Never Voted, Not born then and you love your Country... need to watch the videos of the Dem - GOP conventions. C-Span website.
Michigan's President Ford GOP Convention address was wonderful. Whatever political party you support, Michigan's Gerald Ford, a Republican, from Michigan, restored confidence to our Nation as President. I was a college kid in Michigan attending Central Michigan University. Go Chips! President Ford's faith, love of Country, wonderful personality, confidence, and political astuteness calmed America, during one of its' most trying times. He Restored Confidence in our political system. Watching him speak on TV during to the American people circa 1974 thru 1976, was calming to all. It was 42 years ago, and one always felt after his conversations that everything would be OK. Because of President Ford, We, the American people, felt secure that everything would work out. Also, He signed into law the PBGC...Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. legislation. It protected American Workers with Defined Benefit provided pensions, if these companies went bankrupt. How many of us have pensions paid by the PBGC in Michigan and the rest of the Country? Also, He fought the inflation that was ravaging the American economy. Michigan...our voting all those years..allowed Gerald Ford from Grand Rapids to move up the political ladder to attain the position of Vice-President and ultimately President of The United States.
Your Michigan vote matters now, just as it did then...
Please Register to Vote. Then vote.
We need Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Michigan.
Better Trade Deals. Security for America. Strengthened Military and the Greatest Ever care for our Veteran heroes. We need a President that Can and Will get the job done. Michigan's 16 electoral votes are going to decide the next US President. Where would this Country have been if Gerald Ford's Michigan voters hadn't put him in position to be Vice-President and ultimately President of the United States?
Register to vote. Then vote.
Thank You.
E Pluribus Unum Meaning, Definition, History, Illustration, Resources at Great Seal Website Older pictures, photos, descriptions, symbols history of E Pluribus Unum.
E Pluribus Unum History on Coins and Money U.S. Department of the Treasury  We're all carrying a U.S. history lesson in our pocket and purse. The coins. Paper money, too. Where is "E Pluribus Unum" on One Dollar Bill, George Washington's home? Hint. Not on the obverse (front) and it's on the right. Learnin' something new. Cool. Get a magnifying glass and read. It's inscribed on  there for a reason. USA.
Independence Day Holiday Time is great time (and every day) to read about our American History.
June 24 2016 Blue Collar Swing State Manufacturing Belt Michigan Scholar Latest: Donald Trump - Hillary Clinton 2016 Presumptive Presidential Nominees at Republican and Democrat Conventions, respectively, speak on England's Referendum Vote to Exit (Brexit) the European Union (The E.U.)
Donald Trump Speaks On British Vote to Leave European Union Donald Trump remarks on Brexit vote while in Turnberry, Scotland. Mr.Trump takes and answers reporter's questions about the brexit voter referendum and his 2016 U.S. Presidential Election  Campaign. C-Span Video.
June 28, 2016
Donald Trump Address Re-Declaring Our American Independence June 28, 2016. Transcript of Mr. Trump Speech at Alumisource Factory in Monessen, Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh area. Nafta, WTO (World Trade Organization) Brexit, Trade Deals, TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), U.S. Manufacturing Gross Domestic Product (GDP), manufacturing jobs are among subjects addressed. Specific remedies were cited and discussed, for any trade agreement violations against the United States by member countries in trade agreements with the US. Also, Donald Trump does not support passage of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).
Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes.
Hillary Clinton Statement On Brexit Vote. Official Hillary Clinton For President Election Campaign Website 2016.
Hillary Clinton's Initiative On Technology & Innovation June 27, 2016
Donald J. Trump For President 2016 Official Website Official Donald Trump For President Election Campaign Website 2016.
Official Donald Trump For President 2016 Twitter Feed  "Tweets" from Mr. Trump. Great place to visit for latest, Real Time Donald Trump opinions, thoughts, news, views. Mr. Trump's personal, immediate response and comments on national - international events and situations, campaign advertisements, news articles, competitors, campaign events...etc.
Hillary Clinton For President 2016 Twitter Feed  "Tweets" from Mrs. Clinton. Great place to visit for latest, Real Time Election Campaign 16 opinions, thoughts, news, views. Mrs. Clinton's personal, immediate response and comments on national - international events and situations, campaign advertisements, competitors, campaign events...etc.
Blue Collar Michigan Swing State Manufacturing Belt (not Rust Belt) Purple State Rap:
Register to Vote
July 5, 2016
Don't Forget to
August 2, 2016
Michigan Primary
(and November 8 2016 General Election)

Reminder :
July 5, 2016
is the
Last Day
Register to Vote
in the
August 2, 2016
Michigan Primary.

Did you know
There's a
Michigan Primary Election
August 2, 2016?
Write it Down on your
Post It Note
Program a Reminder
If you're All Ready Registered to Vote in your Voting Precinct,
that's cool man
and mama.
If not...
What are you waiting for?
Let's Have The Largest Primary Voter Turnout in Michigan History.
Spread the Word.
Tell and Remind 5 or More people.
Tell them to do the same.
Rinse and Repeat.
It's in your hands.
No B.S.
Register to Vote.
Then Vote.
Time's runnin' out.
It's June 21, 2016 when this was written.
Coupla' weeks Left to Register to Vote if You're not Registered.
Let's set a Michigan Primary record.
We Can Do It!
You Can Do It!
Thank You!

Blue Collar Michigan Scholar Electoral College History Lesson Weather Report rap:

How many Electoral College votes does the state of Michigan currently have for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Hint. The number is in the question somewhere.

Multiple choice (always liked multiple choice questions. You, too?)
a. 21
b. 20
c. 19
d. 18
e. 17
f.  16
g. I don't know and I want to watch the game.
h. Tired of politics. That's all they talk about on Tv and the radio and all those political advertisements will be the nonstop on the tv all the time soon. Don't remind me.
i. Politics is cool. Democracy in action.
j. Just tell me the answer!

Give up?
Answer is:
f. 16

Did you know that all the numerical answers were correct at different points of history in Michigan's Electoral College past?

The higher the Electoral College number  means something big league.

It means Michigan citizens have more representation in Washington.

More Michigan elected US House of Representatives members.
More voices and representation.
It don't get no better than that!

More electoral votes picking the President.
2 US Senators is always constant.

What does the number 16 represent for Michigan's citizens currently?
2 Michigan elected United States Senators plus 14 Michigan elected members of U.S. House of Representatives equals 16 and is our voice and representatation in Washington, D.C.

Also, 16 Michigan Electors are committed to vote for Michigan citizens highest popular vote choice for President 2016, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or whomever gets the most votes cast for them.

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, if they win Michigan's popular vote in November 2016 Presidential election, will receive Michigan's 16 electoral votes for President of The United States.

Swing State
Manufacturing Belt (not Rust Belt)
16 electoral votes
Count 'em
To whom
Is Elected
To serve
The Next
President of the United States.
Count on it.

How Michigan votes will decide the next President of the US '16.
High probability...
Michigan Picks and Decides
The Winner.
Our Votes.

Michigan is one of the important Election 2016
Manufacturing Belt states (the term rust belt is constantly used, prefer Manufacturing Belt. We manufacture great quality products in Michigan)...along with Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states.
Gop convention will be in Cleveland, Ohio this year and Democrat convention will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Be sure to watch.
C-Span has 24 hour gavel-to-gavel coverage.
Will be broadcast on television station networks, also.
Both party's political conventions will be awesome.
This is an historical Presidential election campaign for both party's. They're gonna be talkin' about this 2016 election in college political science classes.
Bet many books will be written. Hope Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton write their own book about being on the campaign trail. Good luck to all the candidates.

Youse gotta vote, man.

Democrat - Republican Official President '16 websites are the key.
Read their policy papers on all subjects.
Watch the videos.
Check out their individual official
You Tube,
and their other various
social media accounts.
There is time to make an informed decision on whom to support.

Blue Collar Michigan Scholar's Great Time to Be Alive Votin' and Ownin' a Smartphone Horse's Mouth Rap, Smartphone written, while listening to The Beatles Live at the BBC and Who's Next by The Who at too loud volumes:

Everyone has an opinion on
In the

Blue Collar Michigan Scholar's 24 Credit Hours of CMU Journalism, Opinion Editorial, "If I'd Known Then, What I Know Now" Rap:
If You're a student of Journalism..
What happened to...
Let The Reader Decide?
Let The Viewer Decide?
My experience in the Old Day's of TV and Newspaper journalism, taught in CMU Journalism School, was a reporter or newscaster never put their opinions in the piece.
That was left for the Editorial area.
That's where one went for opinions.
A newspaper headline was supposed to be written
The article below the headline was supposed to present
The Reader Decided.
You and
Hat's off to the newspaper's that continue this path of neutrality.

Let's talk TV...
The Boob Tube...
As they used to say in...
The Old Days.

On the cable views/news programs, one might agree with the news anchor or panel with their opinions.
are the opposing views presented factually and honestly?
If not...
Think about it.
You might agree with the talkers opinion...
but the
Why is the other side of the argument or issue
verbally missing?
For example...
Why are they overtly and overly negative on one candidate
"If I had known then, what I know now" comes into play here.
Before we make a major purchase we...
do our research.
A deep dive into the facts.
Takes time...
But the probabilities
in our favor
that we will make
You betcha!

All of us have a "gut feeling" about things.
Always look for a "both sides presented" honestly and factually, presentation.

If it is too one-sided negatively or positively concerning an issue or candidate...

Your Antenna should be up...

Look for the opposing view.
It's Ok.
It means you are confident and secure in yourself.
It means you are an American!
You're doing your job!

Take the time to...
You're older now.
We're wiser.
Damn straight!

It's about our Country.
Security for the USA.
Strong Military
Taking Care of our Veterans
who gave all for our
Jobs Jobs Jobs
for our Kids and Grandkids.
And their Kids.
Bringing jobs jobs and more jobs back home to the United States for them.
Enriches them,
gives them Security
Our Nation's
Economic Future
is Enriched and Secure.

Form your own opinion.
From all sources.
Not just one or two.
Does the Cable Tv views/news program or news article have representatives from all sides of the issue or argument?
Based on facts honestly presented...
Watch and listen for
Got just two words for biased reporting...
Reject It.

Why depend on a Tv media pundit to parse what the candidate actually said,
We have our Smartphones in 2016.
They don't call them smart for nothing.

We can watch the actual speech Hillary, Donald or Bernie gave.
In its entirety.
Without interuptions.
Without commercials.
We decide with information straight from...
The horse's mouth.

As that old time saying goes..Always go to the actual "horse's mouth".

What did they really say?

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have written books.
Go to the Library. Check them out.
Read their Complete articles in print media and view their full campaign videos.

C-Span is a great resource for politics and other cool things.
No commercials, too
Watch C-Span on your Tv or livestream on computer or phone. Or listen On a radio app.
They are on Sirius Radio, too.
They have live televised broadcasts of Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's presidential election campaign rallys.

C-Span Website
has alot of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump archived presidential election campaign rally videos. Make some popcorn, order a pizza, whatever...and watch on your laptop or smartphone. Take mental notes. Parse all the candidates. Take the time to think about it.
What are the most important priorities for our great country?
Security For the United States
Strong Military
Global Trade - Trade Deals are one major issue talked about by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders.
Trading Economics China Balance Of Trade

Trading Economics Mexico Balance Of Trade

Trading Economics Japan Balance Of Trade

Trading Economics Home
Great Resource. Every global countries statistics listed.
Awesome website. Sites probably taylored for policy wonks. But, it is great information for everyone to know if a conversation comes up about trade issues and policy.
I, football, baseball, hockey, horse race stats are more fun.
(Congratulations to Ohio's Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Team winning the NBA Championship. Golden State Warriors were awesome, also).

Heck, we just went back to school blue collar style. Gotta do research. Decide who to vote for.
We need better trade deals for Michigan and the rest of the U.S.  We need more J-O-B-S.  Good payin' ones. Know what I'm talkin' about? Thank you.

Supreme Courts important, too...
Judicially Speakin'.
One of the 3 branches of Gov't our Great Founders created.
Who will the Presidential Candidates put on the Supreme Court?
With 3 to 5 positions possibly open in the next 4 to 8 years.
This is important.
Research it.
Horse's mouth, man.
Visit Donalds, Bernie's and Hillary's official '16 presidential campaign website for the details.

Who can deliver solutions to these priorities?
Who is believable?
Where is the polling on believability and deliverability?
Go for it pollsters.
Who cares about favorability polls?
Just get the job done for our country...and Michigan.

Yours and Mine is just as important and is importanter (probably not a word, but it is my blog. Apologies to Daniel Webster)
We decide.
Not the Tv.
Context is everything.
Our great teachers, profs, and families taught us this.

Isn't that wonderful?

Go to the candidates official site and see what they officially said.
Official Donald J. Trump For President 2016 Election Campaign Website

Official Hillary Clinton For President 2016 Election Campaign Website

Official Bernie Sanders For President 2016 Election Campaign Website

Why weather report in title?
The weather changes.

Which is cool, because there's various recreative activities that can be enjoyed in Michigan, the Water Winter Wonderland Wolverine State.
When your state is pleasantly surrounded by water, great fishing, hunting, recreation...etc.

Did you know the weather forecast can affect voter turnout? Who knows.
Weather forecast don't mean a thing if you use absentee ballot.
In Michigan,
if you are 60 or more years of age
you can sign up for automatic absentee ballot voting.
Also, there are other ways a Michigan voter can qualifiy for an absentee ballot.
Click Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's Website link at bottom of this blog post for further info on absentee voting and other election info. Or visit your local clerks office for info.

But, back to politics...
Did you know,
like the weather
the Electoral College number sometimes changes per the U.S. Census report every ten years?
It can go up or down.

We had 21 Electoral Votes in the 1970's.

The last census in Michigan was 2010.
We lost 1 More Electoral Vote.

In total, we have lost 5 Electoral Votes since the 1970's.
Michigan now has 16 Electoral Votes.
Those 16 Electoral Votes are going to decide the next President of the United States.
Our votes in Michigan.

The next Michigan census will be in 2020.
Census happens every decade.
Every 10 years.
A population count in the state of Michigan.

Surfing the web, found some most excellent electoral college history web links:
Historical Election Results and Electoral College Votes By State 1789 thru 2008. National Archives and Records Administration.
Check out Michigan and the other states in our Union. Interesting to see what states went up or down in Electoral votes over the years.

Why they lost or gained Electoral College votes would be an interesting book to read.

Summary of Key Dates Presidential Election 2016 June through October 2016.
Also, has information concerning important dates from November 8, 2016 to January 20, 2017.
U.S.Voting and Election Resources
Voting, The Election Process, Campaign Finance, State Sites, Electoral College Teaching Resources.
Ruth Johnson, Michigan Secretary of State Elections in Michigan Information for Voters - What Is The Electoral College?

Michigan Secretary of State - Elections in Michigan Michigan Election 2016 info and more.

Ben's Guide Election of the President and Vice-President - Electoral College Federal
Government Printing Office - G.P.O

Library of Congress Teachers Classroom Material Presentations - Elections Great Resource Page

Teaching With Documents - Library of Congress Tally of The 1824 Electoral
Vote. Great history about Electoral College.

Our Documents 100 Milestone Documents of American History. National History Day, National Archives and Records Administration and USA Freedom Corps cooperative effort.

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