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Searching for the Best Korean Vinyl Brands in Singapore

I have been living in Singapore for a few years because of work and I feel at home here, so I left my old job to be an entrepreneur in the country and have my own business. Even with the enthusiasm, I had to resolve issues about renovations to make my work environment pleasant and attractive. One of these reforms was about the change of floor, I immediately thought of the vinyl flooring in Korea, which attracts a lot of aesthetics and good quality. So I searched for the best site involving vinyl floors in Singapore: https://www.buildexpo.org.

As always, the site fulfilled its purpose and fulfilled all my expectations regarding what I was looking for on the site. Singapore has a multitude of brands and products, so you need to go to the right place so you don’t end up getting lost with so many choices.Checking the Build Expo website, I realized that it is always necessary to work with the best brands and products to avoid problems and leave satisfied.On the website I saw that the best vinyl flooring brands in Korea are: Shaw, which is one of the most reputable companies in the global market, is known for producing high-quality floors at fair and reasonable prices, placing the company among one of the best and perhaps the best company in Korea in the field. Shaw floors are waterproof, making them ideal for use in Singapore.Another company with great credibility is COREtec, which has established itself as one of the market leaders in Korea. COREtec’s differentiators are its premium line, excellent warranty coverage, and multiple styling options.Rounding out the trio of Korea’s best vinyl flooring brands that can be found in Singapore comes Mohawk, also known for having a wide range of products and options in addition to its most affordable price. All the companies mentioned are excellent and I was in a lot of doubt but I chose Shaw because it has the best quality at an affordable price and I must thank Build Expo for the suggestions.

Victory Of Anna Hazare is The Defeat Constitution

 

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi “the Mahatma” – the father of the nation, delivered India independence on August 15, 1947. Immediately thereafter Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, “Chacha” and his progeny Indira Gandhi, the daughter and eventually her son, the grandson Rajiv Gandhi finally took over the reigns of the Govt. as a matter of family dynastic convention under which traditionally India had survived historically past hundreds of years immediately before British event of rule around 1600. This is to say, India has been under a system perceived close to feudalism near resembling monarchy, autocratic and aristocratic, peculiar to medieval Europe. This was a destiny predicated to the Indian evolutionary historical ethos. It has been the traditional historical content of the Indian subcontinent which since time again was impacted to convenience a foreign rule, as all attempts to any formation of federal rule was somehow symbolically delayed by the inherent implications and results of internecine warfare creating divisions within the already diverse composition of society. These happenings are so true for smaller nations of the world having their own evolution history but the same rule applied to the subcontinent of India, which is infact larger than most of Europe combined, had been a factor for claiming India’s fame of the paradigm of virtue in expressing India’s unity in diversity.

This is a accolade worth mention to the greater glory of the Indian nation but at the same time in its antithesis is implied the downgrading of the Indian national ethos, the administration of which past 64 years of independence, is yet to bring about a semblance of socio-economic and political order exemplified by the modern capitalistic order. This is not to mention the Republic of China’s success with a tryst of a marriage between partnership of communistic capitalism or vice versa in bringing about a miraculous economic formula escalating to the pinnacle of success, while at the same time the forbearers of capitalistic economies are facing a traumatic slide down despite their earlier success.

“Baba” Anna Hazare, having climbed up the social ladder, from an ordinary driver’s post in the Indian army, having retired after 15 years of dedicated service, to have achieved his present position as one of the greatest of social reformers after Mahatma Gandhi, Vinobha Bhave and Jai Prakash Narayan of recent times is the story of India being retold once again. While the American dream ushers in materialistic propensities of socio-economic and nationalistic polity on one side, India more than often has been reinstated to the path of its political destination, not by eminent personages, but instead by the spiritually guided down to earth by holistic humanism. Baba Hazare has used the age old tool of peaceful non-violence in attempting positivism to a negative aspect, a powerful natural logic propagated by none other than the one piece loin cloth dressed Gandhi perceived to have been propounding the fundamentals of vedantic (veda anta – post vedic) and puranic synthesis arriving at the dialectical philosophy of Buddhism.

On reading the history of India it is given to understand Buddhism was rooted out from the bode of its birth. This claim if properly analysed will fall short of its thesis for the simple reason, an aspect of Mahayanistic formulations came to an end in India but survived in its various contents in most of the countries where its practice still reigns supreme. In other words Buddhism brought about the advent of reforming the Brahmanical social religious content to a full circle in allowing it to grow further into the true aspects of the evolving conditions of the Indian ethos. The prevalence of the Bhagwad Gita into the background of the Mahabharata epic is itself an acclaim to this perspection in mind. The philosophy of Gita predominantly acknowledges the materialistic philosophy of Buddhism. The consideration and importance of the present reality and its logical explanation in confirmation to the now or never, however delegating the concept of soul and god to the select few affording time for the subject’s deliberation and enquiry. The path of the elders was the style of the Theravada. This aspect maybe compared to Adi Shankaracharya’s pronouncement in the nihilistic doctrine of Sankya philosophy governing the country’s religion of the times. Strangely history relates he was assassinated in Nepal, the very seat of Tantric Mahayanistic power. This is paradoxical when considering firstly and primarily that the Sankya philosophy and Hinayana path more or less form the same part of the whole, whether one calls it Hinduism or Buddhism. Secondly, the very act of violence to the incident is a cause of concern to derive that the assassination was outside the fold of Buddhistic precepts.

It is this Indo Buddhistic approach seen in Baba Anna Hazare’s which incidentally is significantly important in displaying a holistic approach to a dialectical materialistic resolution, with the Constitution on one side and the vox populi, if at all it may be called so, of the people demanding transparency in justice on the other. Whatever the future holds in this bizarre endeavour, history will unfold it in script in time. However, what is of critical importance at this moment of time is the peoples voice ruled supreme while containing acts of defiance by the institutions of the Constitution. The entire episode is a blot on the character of nationalism which is being reasserted in the breakdown of constitutional law, which it is hoped will not be repeated again. This will not bode well for the country and the people. The question will always hang in the peoples psyche is, if an ex-army driver has the integrity and perseverance to bypass the Constitution, what in the future will be the fate in store, if ex- railway drivers, pilots, captain of ships eventually take over the act in personating Baba Anna Hazare.

{Using Same Medicine

 

The Philippine’s Chief Justice, Renato Corona, has been held for an impeachment trial for his involvement on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s corruption as well as his involvement on the late president’s “mid-night appointees” in which Renato Corona was given the position as the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice right before GMA’s end of term. One of the prosecutor’s key evidence to prove CJ Corona’s corruption was with his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net-Worth, or SALN. With this evidence, the prosecutors had nearly proven the Chief Justice’s possession on his ill-gotten wealth, if only his Dollar account in PSBank had cooperated with the prosecutors. Recently, however, the defense plans to use the same tactic to prove that other government officials who likewise omitted the acquisition cost in their respective declarations, and that Chief Justice Renato Corona should not be convicted for failing to include the acquisition cost of his properties in his SALN..

This, however, was denied by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Irrelevant CaseDefense counsel Tranquil Salvador said on Sunday the presentation would not yet happen this week, which is the ninth week of trial and the last one before the Holy Week break of Congress. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad earlier admitted that he, too, did not include acquisition cost in his own SALN, a purported violation both the Aquino administration and the prosecution have pointed out in the case of Corona. But Enrile, according to latest Current Events in Philippines, the presiding officer, was not interested in seeing the SALNs of other government officials in the impeachment trial of the Chief Justice. He said that records of Cabinet members, not being impeachable officers, would be irrelevant to the trial of Corona. He said that he would question the “purpose” and “relevance” of these SALNs should defense lawyers present them this week. Trial is set to resume at 2 p.m. on Monday. “(They’re) immaterial, irrelevant to the case,” he said in an interview aired at Nimfa Ravelo’s radio program at DZBB on Sunday.

“Just because others were at fault doesn’t mean that the one on trial also committed no violation. I’m not saying that the Chief Justice is guilty, but that’s not the way it is in trial,” he explained in Filipino. According to Philippines News Today, Enrile said presenting the SALNs of government officials, such as Cabinet members, in the impeachment court would only serve as “nuisance” (pampagulo) in the trial. For more information visit to our site at

Rahul Gandhi Urges Students to Question One’s Ideas

 

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi came, addressed and in many ways further scripted a new era for the entire spectrum of politics in UP. Each and every time he delves upon the subject, his innermost thought about that particular topic gets unfolded threadbare. One of the best things about his personality is that he never tries to give sermon or impose his thought on others. He never boasts of having invented some philosophy or knowledge. He does only one thing that is to give emphasis on the truth and what is written over the years and tried and tested time and again. And in doing so, he bares his heart for all. This is why common people, especially youth, get engrossed in rapt attention while listening to his speech word by word. His deportment and eagerness to mingle with the common people and down to earth approach towards the problems that people in general face comes him nearer to the people. It explains the meteoric rise of him in the politics of India. When he tells the students of IIIT at convocation in Amethi that one must develop the habit of questioning one’s thought and ideas because it gives one the broader perspectives, it shows how much he yearns for his fellow countrymen to develop a sense of reconciliation and forgiveness and shed one’s ego while dealing with the other fellowmen of different caste, class, creed and colour. Besides, the habit of questioning one’s ideas and thought also inspires one to listen to other’s thought and ideas. He candidly admitted before the IIIT students that he found a huge difference between what he had thought when he was in US and what he thought today. “I am still passionate about my ideas. But there is huge difference between what I viewed when I sat in US and what I view today……… I must tell you there is a huge difference. When I sat there I used to think that all the answers I had to the problems. But the answer was so obvious. Today when I realize that the most important thing one has to do is to question one’s ideas.” He further said, “when I am most certain about something…. and when I am 100% sure that the things are going like this way, it then turns out to be another way. That’s why the most important thing from my perspective is the ability to question oneself.” Elaborating further on the knowledge, he said “knowledge is created by the destruction of knowledge. A lot of ideas that I held earlier and that I thought very important are today destroyed. I don’t believe in those ones any more. They have been replaced by new ones.

I am absolutely certain that some of the ideas that I hold today will be destroyed in the days to come. And it is good thing.” The thoughts he put before the world about his ideas make him clearly distinct among his political ilk and bear out the evidence that how he is forward-looking in his approach towards any problem. He is like a running river which flows and gives life to its dependents. Without shying away from admitting the frailties of human being, he said “none of us can be all mighty God. We do not have eternal knowledge or understanding. Life is moving forward constantly. If we do not develop the habit of questioning ourselves, it is very likely that we become laggard in the days to come.” He urged the students there to move forward by developing the very ideas of questioning oneself. He shared his experience with them saying “being able to travel the country far and wide and interacting with the lot of people ranging from poor people, farmers, engineers, doctors, I see today the multiple perspectives. And what I realized after started meeting with them is that I learnt every point of view important. Knowledge is not the preserve of any person.” Having obtained degree you can not claim that you are more knowledgeable person than your other countrymen who can be farmer. You are quite efficient in IT but when it comes to cultivation, it is the farmer who can teach you how to cultivate. So, knowledge resides closure to where the problem is, he said. It clearly establishes how much humility he has and the honour he gives to his fellow countrymen, no matter how lowly their profession may be.}

Who Benefited The Most From Anna Hazare’s Fast?

 

Anna Hazare’s campaign for a stronger Lokpal Bill and his 12-day battle against corruption has given the Opposition, mainly the BJP, to present themselves as a party which can replace the ruling coalition at the Centre. A STAR News-Nielsen survey conducted across 28 cities with close to 9000 respondents after Anna ended his 12-day long fast – has revealed that the BJP will garner 32 % of the votes across India if Lok Sabha polls were held in the near future, while the Congress will manage to win just 20 % of votes. According to the survey, the BJP has turned out to be the most favoured party across all regions – 40:27 in the north; 20:15 in the east, and 46:15 in the west – barring the south, where 20 % respondents still prefer the Congress, while 16 % prefer the BJP.

The numbers mentioned above is in stark contrast to the ones that came out in a similar survey conducted by STAR News-Nielsen in May 2011 – before the Anna movement gripped the country’s imagination. Barely four months ago, was the Congress leading the pack with 30 % of the vote share while BJP had only 23 %. Also, except the west, the Congress was leading in all the current Lok Sabha, Congress has 207 seats and BJP has 115 seats. Anna’s movement, and the way the UPA government handled the situation, seems to have swayed a number of people who voted for Congress during last General election – around 11 % of the respondents who voted for the Congress last time now intend to vote for the BJP, while only 5 % are switching away from the BJP. Throughout Anna Hazare’s campaign, several UPA leaders, most vocally Kapil Sibal, had said that a few thousand people supporting Anna, do not represent a country of 1.2 billion.

They even challenged his team members to prove its legitimacy in the elections. But if they were to contest elections against Team Anna members tomorrow, the politicians would be in for a surprise. In a Kiran Bedi vs Kapil Sibal contest, 74 % of respondents in the STAR News-Nielsen survey would vote for the iconic former IPS officer, while Sibal would manage just 14 %. Similarly, a contest between Arvind Kejriwal and P Chidambaram would end up in a defeat for the home minister – 58 % of the respondents claim they will vote for the RTI activist while 24 % would choose Chidambaram. Interestingly, the Anna campaign has given the country a brand new youth icon. Around 62 % of the respondents feel that Arvind Kejriwal, the most vocal member has as the new role model for young India. He has significantly higher approval ratings in north (75 %). Respondents however do not lay the blame for corruption on the doors of any particular political party – a third of respondents (75 %) believe that all parties are equally responsible for corruption. Another 49 % of the respondents believe that feels that giving or accepting bribe is in the fabric of the country and it cannot be stopped by people in India. A similar number – 46 % – believe that corruption can be stopped if people unite against it.

Is There Any Honest Politician In The House?

 

Our country faces numerous issues, yet so many of them could be solved with just a little foresight. Unfortunately, politicians are rewarded by getting reelected, not by offering viable long-term plans for the country. A case in point is the current status of Wall Street reforms. The largest banks have only gotten bigger since the financial crisis began – so much for addressing the “too-big-to-fail” rumblings. Plus, Wall Street quickly reestablished its propensity to pay out large bonuses to their bankers for taking speculative risks. Derivatives, which were a contributing factor in the real estate meltdown, currently stand at ten times the planet’s gross domestic product. Someone is going to get burned when those take a fall, and the taxpayer is usually the one to take the hit. Yes, there have been some small reforms. However, the bankers in Manhattan are smart enough that, when one door closes, they can always find another opening or loophole.

The old problems have most definitely not been fixed. In my own state of California, legislators just decided not to ban bribes to politicians. This was ostensibly because the state could not afford the $200,000 tab each year. The fact that paid fines would more than offset that cost seemed not to matter. Anyone with a double-digit IQ knows the real reason. Since my business is mainly real estate – I’m a mortage note buyer – I have a particular interest in how that industry is affected by government policies. Let’s see how the elected officials have done so far: The housing market needs to go through a natural market recovery, which it can do if left alone by the Feds and the states. The real estate bubble took years to build, and it will take at least that many years in which to recover to something approaching normality. If the government will stop butting in, the housing market will have a chance to catch its breath and stabilize. Community and regional banks will be more willing to lend as the volatility decreases.

For those situations where banks prefer not to tread, owner financing can pick up some of the slack. When a mortgage note (often called a real estate note) is created, a much more transparent and honest transaction occurs. The former property owner also has the flexibility to keep the mortgage note or to sell the note to a mortgage buyer. There are lots of viable solutions to the economy and housing market. The government could be part of the solution by making sure that market forces play out fairly without the big banks running roughshod over everyone else. So far, the bureaucrats have only made the problem worse, and Joe Six-pack has no clue to the long-term implications of government policies and programs. Will those few politicians who still have a brain and a heart for the country, please take control!

Milking The People, Part Two: The Plot Thickens

 

A recession or a slump is a shortage of money, which is created when banks refuse to supply the economy with money by tightening up on lending. To end our current slump more money must be put into circulation, which under our idiot system would be done by the banks lending more money. When banks simply refuse to lend more money we are locked into the slump and are prevented from emerging form it. The sensible solution would be for government to start printing money and spending it into circulation as a service to the community. That option is very simple, very logical but has the disadvantage of yielding no profits for the banks. Banks prosper by raking in interest on lending money they conjured out of thin air. Government seems to believe it must protect bank profits at all costs and that banks take precedence over everybody else.

It is quite acceptable for the nation’s economy to be smashed so long as the banks can continue raking in the bucks. Government long ago dropped the ball of money creation and handed that privilege over to un-elected private-profit corporations known as banks. It works like this: Let’s imagine the government is $1000 short of money and instead of just printing more and spending it, it does the “modern” thing of borrowing it from the banks. How is this borrowing done? Well, what government does is print pieces of paper with a fancy design on them. It calls these fancy pieces of paper “bonds.” �It assigns each bond a value (say, $100). �It then sells 10 of these this $100 bonds to a “financial institution” (a bank). The bank creates $1000 out of thin air (in other words, prints money) in order to buy the bonds. Later, the bonds are “redeemed,” which means the government buys them back AT INTEREST. �Essentially then, government has borrowed $1000 from the bank and repaid the loan at interest. The bank created the money it lent to government out of thin air and made a nice profit on the loan.

Okay, that’s a simplified picture but it is nevertheless the essence of what happens, stripped of its usual smoke screen of complexity and gobbledygook. It becomes obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense that government could just as easily draw up a fancy piece of paper with “$100” on it and call it a “note” and SPEND it directly into circulation, bypassing the banks altogether. After all, if a private corporation called a BANK can create money out of nothing and spend it (by lending it to people) then why not have your elected government create it instead and SPEND it into the economy, say by grants to industry, building roads, increasing pensions or reducing taxation or whatever? In the latter case the new money is not LENT, so does not have to be repaid at interest and so does not set us up for an even greater round of borrowing a few years down the line. In this fashion the economy could be re-inflated very quickly and the money shortage eradicated without us having to grovel to the banks for the privilege of borrowing our own means of exchange from them. So why does government not do it that way? Good question. I’ll take a look at that in my next article

Online Availability of Arab News Bringing in Changes

 

Earlier, during the time of dictators, there were strict restrictions on the expression of views and publication of news. People had made it a habit to live a silent life. They had no right to oppose even on injustice. Arabian women were more wretched species in the country that had no right to decide even their own future. But, sooner or later, the destiny of the dark is to disappear and give way to the lights of hopes for better tomorrow. This is exactly what taking place in Arab today. The continent is experiencing the warmth of change-rays coming from all over the world, inspiring Arabian individuals, and spreading light in their lives. Thanks to the online availability of Arab news that every Arabian can access to, and share his or her views online.

It has revolutionized the whole world today and Arab is no exception. The online Arab news is reaching to every household with the excess of internet, and to every individual holding a mobile or an i-Pod. There are several online magazines of Arab people, being published for Arab people, by Arab people. This makes them aware of the political, economical developments taking shape in and out of Arab continent, and how it is affecting their social life. This awareness then forms a view in their mind, and many like-minded people get a step ahead to exchange their views through online forums available on the Arab news portals. The easy and fast process of exchanging views inspires them very much to do it.

The process doesn’t stop here. Many online magazines and news portals also provide comments from experts in every sector, which further enhances knowledge of individuals, and corrects their understanding of the affairs, if so is required. Thus it strengthens their confidence of the topic, and encourages them to participate in such events more openly. Not only men, but Arabian women are also equally participating in such online venues and registering their pros and cons towards anything which is affecting their entity.

It is true that not all parts of the continent are using internet so profusely to bring about changes but some economies have really opened door to the foreign views by allowing free access to internet. Some extremist countries are still restricting the free use of internet and any such facility which might augment the awareness of locals and challenge the dictatorship of so called leaders. However, the wave is continuously flowing on its way and it is sure to reach every nook and corner of the continent; sooner or later though. If you are an Arabian and want to share your views towards the developments in your region, join online forums available on some of the very good Arab news portal online. You can meet several people who agree with your views and they will support your views by adding their own views to it. This will provide a common platform for you to raise voice against evils and contribute to the welfare of current and coming generations.

America Threw The First Punch.

 

The unfolding currency war that currently dominates the financial press has its causes firmly rooted in US monetary policy deployed since the credit crunch and the ensuing global financial crisis according to analysts at “EurasiaTrade”. The failure of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, the astonishing relegation to practical insolvency and subsequent nationalization of mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the bailouts of AIG, GM and others called for an unprecedented effort to plug the huge holes in the good ship America’s hull.

Interest rates slashed to zero, TARP (Troubled-Asset Relief Program), $1.25trn worth of quantitative easing, the Federal Reserve’s discount window, the TALF (Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility) and other attempts were made to stabilize the financial system and then rebuild the US economy. “All these bailouts and stimulus took their toll on the US dollar and, as a result, it has weakened significantly since 2007. The trouble is, because the US is the largest trading partner for several major economies around the world, it has had the effect of making their exports to the US proportionally more expensive. Seeing as those countries have an obligation to provide an environment conducive to economic growth that’s every bit as valid as America’s, they have taken steps to protect their economies”, said a “EurasiaTrade” analyst. Whilst the scale of the US efforts have been unmatched by all with the exception, perhaps, of the United Kingdom, the net effect has resulted in the currencies of America’s main trading partners to fall in concert with the US dollar but this is appears to be of less concern to US authorities than the fact that China’s currency, the renminbi or yuan, remains undervalued against the dollar despite relentless pressure from Washington.

China, they say, is intervening in the FX market to keep the yuan cheap and hurting US exports by making them more expensive to buy in China. The “EurasiaTrade” analyst explained, “Well what on earth did the Americans expect China to do? They have to protect their economy too. We don’t agree with suggestions that China played its part by simply accepting US T-Bonds and agency debt in return for cheap goods instead of calling time on America’s excessive borrowing. Your local electrical store isn’t going to tell you to stop buying LCD televisions from them using your credit card because they think you’re running the risk of becoming tapped out, are they?” “EurasiaTrade” says they expect the situation to worsen in the coming months as investors begin to lose patience with US monetary profligacy and demand higher yields for holding US debt. The US is headed for austerity whether it likes it or not; it’s just a matter of whether it goes quietly or not. After all, nobody likes a complainer.

Responding to Paul R. Hollrah on the National Popular Vote Plan

 

In a column appearing in The New Media Journal on May 29, Freelance writer Paul R. Holllrah warns “Beware of the National Popular Vote.”

The National Popular Vote Plan is an interstate compact, whereby participating states agree to allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the National Popular Vote, as opposed to the candidate who secures the most votes in their state. The compact would take effect when enough states (constituting the requisite 270 electoral votes required to win the Presidential election) agree to participate. Currently eight states and the District of Columbia, constituting 132 Electoral votes, have ratified the compact.

Mr. Hollrah then asserts: “Any scheme for selecting a president and Vice President by national popular vote would clearly violate the intent of the Framers and may very well be unconstitutional.” Contrary to Hollrah’s assertion, delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were deadlocked regarding how to select the President. One proposal had the U.S. Congress select the President. Another proposal was to have the State Legislatures choosing the President. A third alternative was to conduct a direct popular vote. All proposals were rejected. Given this impasse, the conventioneers decided to delegate “plenary authority” to the states to award their electors, as reflected in Article ll, Section 1, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution, which states: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” Accordingly, the intent of the Framers was for each state to have the autonomy to select electors in any way that it deems fit.

Moreover, the Plan is in fact constitutionally permissible. There is no provision in the U.S. Constitution mandating that the President must be selected by a particular electoral method. The winner-take-all-electoral voting system currently employed in 48 states was not in fact part of the grand design of the Founders. In 1789, the year of the first Presidential election, voters of only five states were permitted to mark ballots for Presidential electors. The other states granted the power of voting for Presidential electors to their state legislatures. The winner-take-all approach of awarding electors was a scheme devised by partisan parochial interests to maximize their political advantage. States have the Constitutional authority to change their means of awarding electors. Massachusetts has done this 11 times. In fact, Maine and Nebraska changed from winner-take-all to the Congressional Allocation method.

Mr. Hollrah incorrectly couples supporters of the National Popular Vote Plan with Electoral College abolitionists. The Plan would not “emasculate the Electoral College.” Participating states would simply alter the way they award their Electoral Votes. The Electoral College will still exist under the Plan. On the Monday following the second Wednesday in December after the Presidential election is held, electors representing each state and the District of Columbia will still cast their Presidential ballots. On January 6, the Vice President will declare the winner to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. This is the process done now, and this is what will be done after the National Popular Vote Plan has been adopted by enough states to take effect.

Finally, Mr. Hollrah asserts that the National Popular Vote “is a liberal scam.” While there are certainly liberal supporters, the Plan also enjoys the support of many contemporary conservatives. They include former Republican Presidential candidates Fred Thompson and Tom Tancredo, former U.S. Senator Jack Garn (R-UT), former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Saul Anuzis, and Ray Hanes, the former Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC.)

The left does not necessarily stand to gain if the National Popular Vote Plan is actuated. With some polls showing a dead heat between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but with Obama garnering leads in the preponderance of swing states, it is easy to envisage a scenario where Mr. Obama could win a second term without mustering the most votes.

The National Popular Vote Plan will simply “even the playing field. ” The President will be elected the same way as a Cemetery Commissioner, a Governor, or a U.S. Senator. It will obliterate the dynamic where candidates assiduously cultivate support from voters in only about 15 “showdown states” while relegating the majority of Americans to the Electoral Sidelines.

Mr. Hollrah is a resident of Oklahoma. This is a state which has been ignored by Presidential nominees since 1976, and is becoming increasingly Republican at the Presidential level. It was John McCain’s best state in 2008. Barring an electoral cataclysm, the state will not be contested for many election cycles in the future. Only under the National Popular Vote Plan will Mr. Hollrah’s vote in Tulsa, OK be as sought after as a vote in Tulsa, OH. Under the winner-take-all system, Mr. Hollrah’s vote is futile. It is a forgone conclusion that Oklahoma will award all of its electoral votes to the Republican Presidential nominee.