Musings on the Week
November 30, 2013
Partisanship – “The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralyzed decision-making, primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of the day are not being addressed, leaving our future in jeopardy.” Michael Bloomberg.
Politics – The President held a reservoir of goodwill with swing voters throughout 2012 who gave him the benefit of the doubt, but he rewarded them with evidence of their worst fears.
Politics – The Obama administration is imploding as arrogance is catching up to the arrogant, lies are catching up to the liars, and administration incompetence is pervasive.
Politics – ObamaCare is becoming the Mother of All Failed Government Program Rollouts, the Mother of All Domestic Deceptions, and the Mother of All Presidential Failures.
Politics – Obama’s idea of unity is that everybody must agree with him, and that he has no tolerance for those who don’t explains why the nation has never been more polarized.
Politics – Obama destroyed his personal credibility, his progressive idea, and Democrat promise that government can do good things and do them well, given time and effort.
Politics – A new National Journal poll found only 9% of Americans feel okay with Congress’s job performance, while only a paltry 1% think the economy is in excellent shape.
Politics – Now that we know who leaked the IRS confidential donor lists to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), what will it take to issue felony indictments and arrests?
Politics – Enroll America is the new ACORN, abusing its healthcare access to promote political actions for Democrats, coordinating through Obama’s Organizing for Action.
Politics – Hillary Clinton received another award last week as she continues one long victory lap, but it is unclear what victory she ever won, except in the minds of liberals sycophants.
Politics – This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: disputes if “knockout games” are an urban legend and Iranian nuclear appeasement lifting sanctions.
Politics – Both the old and the new Tea Party stand for resistance to unconstitutional power, in 1773 against the Tea Act and in 2009 against the Affordable Care Act, a much worse law.
Politics – People forget that Ronald Reagan, when first elected, was called “loony,” “nutty,” “extreme,” “radical right wing nutcase,” and “out of touch with average Americans.”
Media – As new technologies emerge, I expect Twitter will go the way of telephone party
lines doomed by personal privacy issues and a lack of any viable business case.
Partisanship – “” Mark McKinnon.
Debt – Most Americans didn’t notice that the federal government closed earlier this year, and with ObamaCare in chaos, most Americans have forgotten government ever closed.
Debt – What is Too Big To Fail: must the federal government bailout the bankrupt states; must the states bailout their bankrupt cities; or must the cities bailout their bankrupt businesses?
Jobs – America needs to re-examine the value of vocational-technical education, since skilled trade jobs, such as electricians, welders or aircraft technicians are hardest to fill.
Healthcare – Unable to go directly to single-payer socialized medicine, ObamaCare is based on redistribution of wealth to subsidize the less fortunate in the insurance market.
Healthcare – In retrospect, it would have been much cheaper to offer federally subsidized insurance to the 15% who were uninsured, rather than impacting the 85% who were insured.
Healthcare – Now Families USA has been given a $1.1 million to gather ObamaCare success stories and feed them to the media, or more accurately spin progress to “perfume the pig.”
– As millions lose their insurance plans and pay
more for health care, unions want their self-insured,
self-administered plans exempt from ObamaCare reinsurance
Healthcare – ObamCare open enrollment is being pushed back one month to “coincidentally” hide new insurance rates until after next year’s November national election.
Automotive – The Treasury Department already lost $1 billion on its investment in Chrysler and now the U.S. government will lose $10 billion on its investment in General Motors.
Automotive – The Energy Department took
a $139 million loss on the $192 million
loan guarantee to Fisker Automotive, the
biggest loss since the failure of Solyndra.
Justice – The Pentagon, FBI and DOJ have embraced the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center definitions of Christian and conservative organizations as domestic hate groups.
Crime – Despite a large and growing set of viral videos, the media refuses to characterize the black-on-white “knockout games” as racially motivated urban mob violence.
Education – The 2009 stimulus included a $48.6 billion State Fiscal Stabilization Fund for states in exchange for commitment to essential education reforms such as Common Core.
Education – Universities today have replaced free speech with speech police and equal treatment with special privilege, using liberal political correctness and affirmative action.
Energy – Wind turbines have become climate-change scarecrows as their promise of cheap renewable energy was never nor will ever be realized
Debt – I expect that the country’s credit rating will be downgraded again when debt ceiling negotiations fail to cut spending enough to halt deficit spending.
Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.
Housing – I expect that it will take four or more years at the current rate for the backlog of foreclosures to finally clear, before we see any signs of life of a robust housing recovery.
Partisanship – “What is more comforting to the terrorists around the world: the failure to pass the 9/11 legislation because we lacked 'a majority of the majority,' or putting aside partisan politics to enact tough new legislation with America's security foremost in mind?” Rahm Emanuel.
Foreign Policy – Obama has a coherent foreign policy of nonintervention and fear of military entanglements, freeing him up to focus on his domestic transformation to a socialist utopia.
Israel – The American people do not know that 1.5 million Palestinian Arabs live inside Israel today, have citizen rights, serve in the military, and actively participate in Israeli government.
Iran – Obama is desperate for any positive achievement so he took the best deal available, even if a bad deal based on vapid temporary promises and offering cold cash in return.
Israel – I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then re-annexing Gaza based on defensible borders and 1920 San Remo Conference.
Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists, and Obama will talk a lot, but stand aside and refuse to help defend this longtime ally.
Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea, and Obama will be “unable” to support our troops and will negotiate for a stalemate.