Musings on the Week
February 21, 2015
Capitalism - “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Winston Churchill.
Politics – Former Governor George Pataki said, “We have seen the Democratic Party switch from being a liberal party with a few conservatives to a leftist party with some liberals.”
Politics – Unwittingly, President Obama is creating a legacy as a “flash in the pan” President and an eight-year mirage for liberals of missed opportunities and failed implementations.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: Obama’s evolution of lies on gay marriage and the Islamic root cause of the Global War on Terror.
Media – The ongoing incestuous relationship between the Obama administration and the MSM often tilts in favor of the administration, leaving scandals as uninvestigated distractions.
Media – The “Daily Show” always had limited appeal with a small audience, but it had great appeal with the New York media elite making Jon Stewart a “legend in his own mind.”
Capitalism - “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.” Vladimir Lenin.
Internet – The FCC is using “net neutrality” as an excuse to vastly expand its regulatory reach on the web, and ultimately inflict a new internet tax structure to cripple its usefulness.
Labor – There is nothing inherently wrong with a union, with its strategy to protect its members to accomplish its goals, but the problem is when it’s forced on the unwilling.
Healthcare – While ObamaCare helped a few, it destroyed healthcare for millions who paid their premiums, had coverage, low deductibles and co-pays, and doctors were available.
Healthcare – ObamaCare’s second sign-up period underachieved with paid enrollment missing by over three million from the reduced 13 million CBO forecast.
Healthcare – According to Gallup, public approval of ObamaCare dropped to a record low of 37% at the end of 2014 and the RCP average of polls shows that 51% oppose the law.
Immigration – With Obama’s executive actions, millions of illegal immigrants will be granted Social Security Numbers and therefore eligible to receive retroactive earned income credits.
Environment – Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of U.N.’s Convention on Climate Change, disclosed the real reason for the climate change industry when she told us that they are not interested in saving the world from global warming Armageddon but they want to destroy capitalism. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
Economy – People are voting with their wallets moving from the north to the high quality-of-life, low cost-of-living, low tax south, the fastest growing region over the last decade, up 14%.
Elections – Obama’s de facto amnesty enables illegals to cast ballots in U.S. elections because non-citizens will have the same valid forms of documentation for voter registration.
Civil Rights – Modern liberalism is grounded in a paradox: it tries to be 'progressive' and forward looking by gazing backward, insisting our past explains our current social problems.
Civil Rights – The only benefit blacks received voting for the first black President is feeling good knowing they voted for a black man, since blacks didn’t feel any love from Obama.
Euthanasia – Legalized assisted suicide was legalized in Belgium in 2002, so now ObamaCare is looking to expand its services suite to include support for assisted suicide.
Smoking – A new study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found “no statistically significant relationship between lung cancer and exposure to passive smoke.”
Capitalism - ““In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.” Fran Lebowitz.
GWOT – In 2013, there were 8,500 terror attacks that killed over 22,000 people, while 2014 will top 15,000 terror attacks killing over 31,000 people, the most lethal year back to 1970.
GWOT – If our leaders want to know what's really motivating the enemy, they'll have to consult the Quran and hadith, the sacred reports of Muhammad's sayings and deeds, which flesh out Quranic injunctions in greater detail, as well as the Shariah, the moral and legal code of Islam developed directly from the Quran and hadith, which codifies whippings, amputations, beheadings and other barbaric punishments for "crimes against Allah."
GWOT – Democrats are “stuck on stupid” resurrecting the disproven theory that poverty and joblessness is a root cause of terrorism despite repeated evidence that there is no causation.
GWOT – There is a network of 22 jihadist enclaves in the United States that have become No-Go-Zones in this country where non-Muslims are discouraged and not welcome.
Foreign Policy – A new CNN poll found 57% of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the threat posed by ISIS, 54% disapprove of how the President is handling terrorism, and another 60% rate Obama negatively on his handling of electronic national security.
Trade – Congress will not approve Trade Promotion Authority because they simply don’t trust Obama to put U.S. interests first and to further burden America to fix the world’s woes.
Middle East – The proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force repeals and replaces previous AUMFs, but is self-limiting in time and tactics and ineffective at its mission.
Saudi Arabia – The Islamic State goal is the control of the “Two Holy Mosques” of Mecca and Medina, but Saudi Arabia is building a 600 mile long “Great Wall” to stop their advance.
Israel – Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited to address Congress because President Obama can not be trusted to tell the whole truth about the needs for Israel’s survival.
Botswana – After independence in 1966, the new leaders embraced democracy, free markets and the rule of law becoming the world’s fastest growing economy for 3 decades.