The damage to consumers and businesses includes a monthly deadweight loss of $1.4 billion, $12.3 billion extracted from the private sector in the form of tariff revenues, and, in 2018, $68.8 billion in lost economic activity.
Taxes as Evidence of Ownership?
I've been thinking about the underlying logic, and I think I've developed a reasonable protest: the logical conclusion of this argument is that citizens are the slaves of their respective governments.
Thoughts on the Electoral College
The election of a president in which the popular vote is at odds with the Electoral College is a rare event in American history. Given that the data from the last 40 elections indicates no consistent advantage in "swing states" for either party in the Electoral College, I see no compelling reason to believe that it should begin happening more often.