Musings on the Week
February 25, 2017
Freedom – “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” Abraham Lincoln.
Politics – Baby Boomers, born between 1943 and 1960, are the current political power generation, and over time have slowly become more conservative with age.
Politics – The Republican base is very happy with the new President who has already begun fulfilling campaign promises with many more much needed repairs expected in the future.
Politics – Democrats are “stuck on stupid” and can’t seem to recover from the November election loss by their weak, substandard candidate and continuing their failed ideology.
Politics – The Democrat National Committee is choosing a new leader this week, confirming “another hard-left turn” for the party, and confirming little respect for the Constitution and left wing views completely out of touch with the mainstream of American thinking.
Politics – Protests and indignation on social media and in Hollywood may seem to liberals to be about policy and persuasion, but moderate conservatives feel an opposite effect, chipping away at their middle ground and pushing them closer to President Trump.
Politics – Historians are already trying to rewrite history, inflating Obama’s legacy from a record of no positive economic, domestic or foreign achievements into something magical.
Politics – Democrats have created their own Bizarro-World, www.hillarybeattrump.org, as an alternative reality where they can pretend what the world would look like under Clinton.
Politics – President Trump now understands that one of his biggest challenges is to “drain the (government) swamp” of embedded partisan bureaucrats undermining his policies.
Politics – President Trump is serving notice that he, not the media, sets the nation’s agenda, and when journalists behave like opponents, he will treat them like opponents.
Media – As long as the media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post) continues to sell opinions as facts, not perform due diligence prior to publishing fiction as facts, and only tell one side of any story, the Mainstream Media will continue its slide into irrelevance.
Media – President Trump is smart to attend rallies across the country, because the more time he spends inside the beltway the more likely his perspective will be corrupted.
Media – When the media goes along with a specific agenda of one party by repeating talking points, they are essentially a propaganda arm of that political party.
Media – The best thing the White House can do is to keep track of the attacks and bile from the press corps to guide those to be rewarded and those to be punished for bias coverage.
Freedom – “If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.” Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Economy – The latest business leaders' surveys find a dramatic increase in optimism among business executives, middle market executives, and small business owners being optimistic about the economy, nearly double the share expressing optimism just one year ago.
Budget – Although a fundamental constitutional responsibility, Congress stopped passing budgets in 2010, so now the President should insist no recess until balanced budget is passed.
Finance – James Madison abolished the first central bank experiment, Andrew Jackson abolished the second central bank experiment, so now Donald Trump should abolish the 3rd.
Entitlements – Long understood to be a problem, the financial weakness of Medicare and Social Security with result in either default on obligations or drive the nation into bankruptcy.
Immigration – All the administration wants to do is to enforce the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act which was approved with bipartisan support in both House and Senate.
Healthcare – To overcome never-ending inaction on replacement, repeal ObamaCare now effective 2018, then negotiate any needed replacement legislation effective end-of-year!
Environment – CERN just found that the big, abrupt climate changes are produced by variations in the sun’s activity, a fact that the modelers had dismissed as “unchanging.”
Hunger – World hunger is in dramatic decline with fewer people going hungry, both in absolute numbers and as a share of the world’s population.
Education - A university education is no longer an education, but rather a costly and injurious exercise in proselytization with a goal is to propagandize the values young people.
Sexuality – The Trump administration is ending the Obama administration’s overreach into public school bathrooms asking school districts to handle sexuality exceptions as exceptions.
Civil Rights – Evidence of left-wing derangement is the epidemic of fake hate crime hoaxes across the country and college campuses, as a desperate attempt to remain relevant.
Freedom – “America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.” George W. Bush.
Trade – The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal was killed because it included a regulatory structure surrendering power to an unelected international bureaucratic committee.
Trade – The United States exports far more farm produce than any other country, nearly twice the amount of big agricultural powers such as Brazil, France, and Germany.
Israel – The two state solution has already been achieved in the Middle East: Jordan as the Arab state and Israel as the Jewish state, but Palestinians refuse to accept ANY Jewish state.