Where Canadian parties stand – Taxes and Housing

For many Canadians, housing is a huge priority in determining who wins in federal elections. Many people in the working force do not want to spend the rest of their lives bogged down with house rent. In certain cities like Toronto and Vancouver, demand for housing has led to exceedingly high prices. According to Statistics Canada, Housing is one of the biggest expenses for many Canadians. If you add up the cost of maintenance and repairs, then any political party…

How Big Was Trumps Loss Really? A Short List of Interesting Facts About US Presidential Elections

We had a number of people inquire about how large former President Trumps margin of defeat really was.  We know the number is near 6.9 million votes in total but because of population growth, that really provides very little context. So we decided to do some research and here is what we found. Top 10 Smallest Margins of Victory in a US Presidential Election:   By Popular Vote Percentage: The most rational way to evaluate how strong a vote is…

VIDEO: Why Trump INCREASED His Vote Count In The Areas Hardest Hit By COVID-19

In what appears to be a shocking result to many, former President Trump actually increased his support in areas of the United States hit hardest by COVID-19. In this 90 second clip from Fareed Zakaria’s show GPS broadcast on CNN, he uses articles from Bloomberg and The Atlantic to show that while Trump may have been a very dark figure in American and global politics, he was the “hope” candidate for those in local politics. As the saying goes ‘In…

Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies

The American system of government relies on those in Congress, the President, the Courts, the military and the media to take often difficult principled stands. When people are elected or appointed to positions of power they know this to be true and expect to make difficult decisions, so why do they so often give into to aggressors?  It turns out that this is just human nature. This is a fascinating look into human physche in which Fareed Zakaria describes Ann…

VIDEO: The Future of the Energy Industry 2020-2023

David Book, Managing Director of Clearview Energy Partners, does an excellent job of crystallizing the known issues and outcomes for the oil and gas industry over the next few years.  Topics include: COVID-19 Trump Reelection Russia’s Tax Structure Saudi Pools of Cash De-Globalization Innovation   .

VIDEO: The Simple & Scientific Explanation for Tribalism in Modern Politics Globally

Have you ever wondered why facts just don’t matter anymore?  Take a look at this chart from FiveThirtyEight.com showing public support for removing US President Trump from Office after being implicated in seriously inappropriate actions in 2019/2020.  If that isn’t enough look at our popularity charts comparing US President Trumps approval ratings to Johnson, Regan, Carter, Regan Bush, Clinton, W Bush and Obama. It used to be that political parties of all stripes had a mixture of perspectives, but modern…

VIDEO: Highlights of The Alberta ‘Fair Deal Panel’ Town Hall in Airdrie

If you want to understand why Alberta is different, just watch this video.  We have attended many similar meeting in other Provinces over the years and seldom seen such thoughtful, calm, and well argued positions by members of the general public. If you don’t have time to watch the full 20 minute highlight reel, we urge you to watch these four excellent segments that are each about 90 seconds long: Marnie Marr Accountant from Airdrie explains the Alberta experience from…

One Third of US GDP Is Concentrated in Just 1% of US Counties & How This Effects Elections

In this short clip Fareed Zakaria explains that just 1% of US counties produce nearly one third of US output.  These numbers were generated by Bloomberg from new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis report. “…Just 31 counties, or the top 1% by share, made up 32.3% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018… That’s despite these counties only having 26.1% of employed Americans and 21.9% of the population last year. SOURCE Put another way, 22% of American’s…

VIDEO: Trump Impeachment? Politicians Voting Conscience Rather Party Do NOT Lose Future Elections

Conventional wisdom says that any American politician that votes against their party’s position will be severely punished by voters and loose the next election.  However, that facts do not support this. From Civil Rights, to the War in Afghanistan, to Medicare, to Gun Control, those politicians that voted against their party to take a principled stand have won re-election. These historical results explained by Jon Meacham, author of the 2019 book IMPEACHMENT: An Amercian History, may be helpful to those…

VIDEO: Complete Audio & Text of Phone Conversation Between US President Trump & Ukrainian President Zelensky

This is a followup to our article: Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden Ukriane Trump Inquiry The basis of the impeachment of US President Trump is a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky but very few people have heard an audio recording of the call. Because no audio recording of the original has been released, we decided to use computers to read the transcript.  This has the advantage of depersonalizing the exchange and hopefully allows you…

Want To See Something Surprising? President Trumps Approval Ratings Compared to Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson

When we started researching this article we had intended to compare Donald Trump’s approval rating to Richard Nixon’s, but it became apparent that President Trumps ratings are: quite consistent over time ranging between 50% and 60% better than nearly all modern Presidents at this point in their history   Click to expand this chart We could write up an whole analysis of these graphs but they largely speech for themselves. One point we think worth making came from CNBC: “…The…

VIDEO: Mike Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager Explains How The US Democratic Primary System is Flawed

In this video Mike Bloomberg‘s Campaign Manager explains how the US Democratic primary system causes candidates to spend the vast majority of their time and money resources in States that will eventually vote Republican in the general election. MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION: [00:00:00] – Christiane Amanpour Kevin Sheekey is Michael Bloomberg‘s campaign manager and he’s joining me now. Kevin Sheekey, welcome. And I have to ask you the Ted Kennedy question if anybody remembers that. Why does he want to be president.…

VIDEO: Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager Explains That Michael Is Self Made Man & Not Billionaire Debutant

In this 3 minute clip Mike Bloomberg’s campaign manager explains Michaels background as a self made man and not self interested rich punk trying to buy the 2020 US Presidential election. MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION: [00:00:00] – Christiane Amanpour Kevin Sheekey is Michael Bloomberg’s campaign manager and he’s joining me now. I have interviewed Mike Bloomberg when he was mayor and as head of his foundation on many issues that as you say he’s been very successful on moving the dial climate…

The Uh-Oh Moment: The Psychology Of How Being Late To the Race Helps Micheal Bloomberg

Did you know that there is a hard pattern to the amount of effort put into projects and that this pattern can be seen in every from life, to sports, to meetings?  That pattern is a “U”.  When people are assigned a task they quickly meet and start thinking about the task at hand but then effort slumps until half way through the allotted time when effort substantially increases. In 1988 Connie Gersick from UCLA (now at Yale) wrote a…