Musings on the Week
September 20, 2014
Politics – “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” Ronald Reagan.
Politics – Libertarianism is about localism and federalism and self-government favoring unadulterated liberty, rather than the false promise of a moderately reformed Great Society.
Politics – Woodrow Wilson and the modern Progressives utterly reject the self-evident truths and unalienable rights of the Declaration and Constitution, viewing them as anachronisms.
Politics – Democrats are trying to empower a government panel to determine if criticisms offered in political advertisements were sufficiently true to be permitted in public discourse.
IRS – The IRS targeting of conservative groups has now become a story about the cover-up, with the Administration spinning the story and obstructing investigations to run out the clock.
Fast & Furious – Eric Holder and the DOJ are trying to subvert the rule of law and the constitutionally provided powers of oversight by delaying until the end of the administration.
Politics – Likely voters have been remarkably consistent in their priorities, with the top ranked concerns being “the economy” and “jobs,” followed by “national security” and “terrorism.”
Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: UN Climate Summit exaggerations and “wagging the ebola dog” in Africa.
Politics – Hillary Clinton spent the summer fund-raising in the Hamptons on a “listening tour” to determine how to talk about income inequity without alienating businesses or the wealthy.
Media – Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” dropped to a new low of 40%, with Democrats dropping to a new low of 54%.
Accountability – “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Ronald Reagan.
Economy – Japan has suffered through a two-decade-long financial malaise due to a series of catastrophic Keynesian policy mistakes, the U.S. ignores these lessons at its own peril.
Finance – This Administration refuses to learn from mistakes in the 2009 financial collapse, reinvigorating the redistributionist “affirmative credit” lending standards for low income loans.
Healthcare – The ObamaCare “risk corridor” funds are being used to temporarily suppress price hikes, while covering insurance company losses, providing an illusion of sustainability.
Healthcare – In Britain, those with money, who already paid for health care through taxes, can get the care they need, or denied by rationing, by paying (again) out of pocket.
Healthcare – Republicans proposed a healthcare alternative far cheaper than ObamaCare while providing private insurance coverage to more people with less market disruption.
Immigration – America needs immigrants who chase the American Dream of freedom and opportunity, who strive for self-sufficiency, and embrace the culture that enables this dream.
Immigration – Multiculturalism is based on cultural equivalence and has been a failure where implemented, especially when culture is changed to accommodate all cultural differences.
Immigration – The President has virtually erased the Southern border by a pre-arranged immigration catastrophe, and now wants to pay for lawyers to argue against our laws.
Environment – The United Nations continues to try to “ride the dead horse” of global warming environmentalism as it searches for a sustainable mission in the new millennium.
Justice – The Republican President must prioritize repairing damage in the judiciary, including the Department of Justice, Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and Appellate Courts.
Justice – “Justice” means equal treatment under law, not unequal treatment (social justice) to produce greater equality of results, unjustly favoring one versus another.
Welfare – Under today’s welfare system incentives, federal taxpayers are effectively paying the bottom 20% of the income earners more than a trillion dollars a year basically not to work, and paying women to have children out of wedlock.
Peace – “A people free to choose will always choose peace.” Ronald Reagan.
Military – Obama has cut military budgets, headcount and equipment, but now considers them his personal humanitarian community activists with a mission to combat ebola in Africa.
GWOT – Since Islamic fundamentalist are not geography based, Obama prefers to focus on organizations such as al Qaeda or ISIL, but defeating them will not end this ideological war.
GWOT – The new Islamic State (ISIS) has ambitious delusions of grandeur, releasing its 5 year expansion plan to expand ancient Islamic conquests in Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu: “There’s a master race; now there’s a master faith that allows you to do anything to anyone, but first of all to your own people, then to everyone else.”
Middle East – Obama’s mythical “coalition of the willing” to wage war on ISIL was DOA with nations bailing out as fast as possible and expressing no interest in actually doing anything.
Middle East – Lesson learned from Libya: backing one jihadist army vs. another guarantees that arms shipments will go to Islamic State fighters, and eventually will be used against us.