hMusings on the Week
January 21, 2017
Media – “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” Thomas Jefferson.
Politics – Barack Obama is only receiving self-congratulation, since his record at home and abroad is mediocre at best, and replaces Jimmy Carter as the worst modern President.
Politics – In 1997, Secret Service protection for ex-Presidents was limited to 10 years after leaving office, but in 2013, Obama signed a law returning lifetime Secret Service protection.
Politics – Donald Trump and Barack Obama have something in common as Presidents: neither one had any political governing experience prior to being elected President.
Politics – Democrat attempts to delegitimize election results have fallen flat, since Trump won the Constitutional election process without outside assistance by any other nation.
Politics – Inauguration protests are an exercise in mass hysteria against things not actually said, promises not actually made, and outcomes already protected by laws.
Politics – The inauguration “protesters” are paid anarchists posing as grassroots Americans who represent the worst of the sore loser, cry-baby leftists who refuse to accept reality.
Politics – When a toddler follows its mother and falls down in a tantrum for attention, it’s funny, but when the source of the tantrums are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, it’s just pathetic.
Politics – One of the first things President Trump will do in office is to issue some Executive Orders repealing some of President Obama’s policies and the only question is which ones?
Media – ABC and CNN are at it again producing “fake polls” that define Trump as being the most unfavorable incoming President in modern history rigged by oversampling Democrats.
Media – It is time for President Trump to rate and rank the news media and reward objective reporting and punish the partisan press by voting the “illegitimate” media “off the island.”
Constitution – “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Patrick Henry.
Budget – One of President Trump’s first symbolic steps may be to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, removing $741 million from the 2017 budget.
Income – The great myth of middle-class income stagnation springs from the fact that household income undervalues non-income benefits and changes in household makeup.
Energy - Between 2007 and 2013, inflation-adjusted direct federal energy subsidies per unit of production of solar energy increased from $2,721 per billion BTUs to $17,807.
Energy - According to EIA, the U.S. is forecast to be a net energy exporter by 2026, the first time since 1953, as energy prices improve and demand at home remains fairly flat.
Marriage – The government War on Poverty created a destructive feedback loop: welfare promoted the decline of marriage, which generated a need for more welfare.
Feminism – The Women’s March on Washington said women’s rights are human rights, but revealed itself as a left-wing oriented gaggle that included only abortion advocates.
Drugs - Study of 10,000 reports into cannabis finds only enough evidence to support therapeutic use for chemotherapy patients, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis.
Crime - One of the core drivers of over-criminalization is that 98% of the more than 300,000 crimes on America’s books were never voted on by Congress.
Freedom – “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” Benjamin Franklin.
Trade – Free trade agreements that benefit the trade of both all parties are good, while trade agreements that include social engineering and globalization governance are bad.
Europe – The post-Brexit economic slump predicted by the Bank of England hasn’t materialized, so Trump should quickly conclude a Free Trade Agreement with the U.K..
Israel - The 70-nation UN sponsored conference on the Israeli-Palestinian issue in Paris included neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives and was a farce and a fraud.