Musings on the Week
July 25, 2015
Patriotism - “Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” .
Politics – Americans are frustrated with Washington with no one speaking honestly to them, and tired of being told they don’t understand which has created the Populist movements.
Scandals – During an interview on the “Daily Show” Obama displayed a disconnect with reality by denying that the IRS targeted conservatives despite evidence and confessions.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: Planned Parenthood abortions parts for sale and the opening the Cuban embassy.
Politics – Hillary Clinton is competing with Bernie Sanders for the office of “socialist-in-chief,” despite an inability to explain why socialism has never worked wherever it has been tried!
Politics – Hillary Clinton accuses Republicans of peddling the same ideas every election since Reagan, and then she proposes the same ideas Democrats proposed since Reagan.
Politics – The Clintons stole furniture when they left the White House, imagine how much of the $2+ billion in campaign funds that Hillary will keep when she quits the Presidential race?
Politics – Netroots Nation, a gathering of tech-savvy progressives, booed and hissed both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley because they were not leftist enough for them.
Politics – Donald Trump is milking the non-PC populist movement but has no hope of becoming the Republican candidate, and now threatens to run as a third party candidate.
Equality - “Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” Calvin Coolidge.
Economy – Monetary policy is based on zero interest rates that mask the huge federal debt, and as soon as rates return to market-driven the budget will crater as inflation explodes.
Economy – Economic growth falling off a cliff: manufacturing moving offshore, companies relocating abroad to avoid corporate taxes, and small business startups fell to a 30-year low.
Debt – Following the debt binge from 2000-2008, the private sector massively deleveraged as businesses became ruthlessly efficient, while the public sector debt soared by over $8 trillion.
Finance – In the 2008 crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were put in “conservatorship” on a temporary basis, to stabilize the companies’ finances and figure out a better system.
Banking – Dodd-Frank, a sweeping bank reform, is five years old but still has only finalized just two-thirds of its rules and 20% of the laws’ required rules have yet to be proposed!
Housing – The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule is a social engineering masterpiece designed to remake every neighborhood to “look like America” using racial percentages.
Healthcare – The states that opted into ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion learned a brutal lesson, since the enrollments surged far past projections, in some cases more than double.
Immigration – CIS reports that about 2.5 million people have immigrated to the United States illegally since President Obama took office, 790,000 in the last two-and-a-half years.
Immigration – Nearly 3,000 Americans have been killed in Texas alone by foreign illegal aliens since 2009 who have been allowed to invade America in order to grow the Democrat Party.
Energy - Coal and natural gas production on federal lands declined during the Obama Administration; only oil production has grown, but has not returned to its peak in FY 2010.
Energy – EU policy is to retire traditional power plants and increase the use of renewable energy causing the National Grid at risk of blackouts, and increased consumer energy costs.
Environment – After next month, the earth be entering its 21st year without any statistically significant warming trend, according to satellite-derived temperature data.
Social Security – The disability rolls have been skyrocketing, a combination of loosened eligibility rules, a bad recession, and anemic recovery, and will become insolvent in 2016.
Welfare – The original purpose of the “war on poverty” was to reduce dependency on government, and the opposite has occurred with dependency more than doubling.
Marriage – Marriage is a religious covenant between one man (husband) and one woman (wife) to form a family to procreate and raise children; and all other relationships can be civil unions, that define all appropriate relationships and responsibilities.
Sexuality – The whole transgender argument will hinge on the Olympic committee and other sports organizations decision on what defines a man or a woman in terms of competition.
Marriage – I don’t believe that a majority of Americans “support” homosexual marriage, but rather tolerate its existence as long as it doesn’t impact them directly or require subsidization.
Civil Rights – Micro-aggressions are based on hyper-sensitivity to innocuous words or events triggering grievances that paranoia “blameshifts” to the innocent originator inferring intent.
Civil Rights – All Americans recognize that there are individual differences and group/social differences but no one has demonstrated that “diversity” improves communities or cultures.
Abortion – In 2014, Planned Parenthood received over $528 million in taxpayer-funded grants and reimbursements from federal and state coffers, 41% of the organization’s total revenue.
Abortion – Dr. Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King: “The most obvious practitioner of racism in the U.S. today is Planned Parenthood… founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and documented as ready to accept money to eliminate black babies.”
Defense - “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.” .
GWOT – The U.S. faces a growing internal threat from armed Islamic jihadists directed by well-funded overseas command and aided by a well-organized network.
Defense – Since the American military are explicit targets of Islamic jihadists across the world, we must allow all service members to be armed while on duty, and not just in war zones.
Iran - Iran has the blood of 1,000 American lives on its hands, is the number-one state sponsor of terror, and regularly promises to destroy America, yet Obama wants to partner with them.
Iran – The Islamic Republic is not a regime that engages in terrorism, but rather a terrorist organization that runs as a regime, waging a global insurgency since its birth 35 years ago.
Iran – After years of broken promises, missed deadlines, and ready concessions, President Obama got what he wanted which was a “deal,” no matter how weak and unverifiable.
Iran – The best thing that Congress can do to the Iranian nuclear deal is to submit it to the Senate and see if Obama can get two-thirds of the Senate to ratify this deal as a treaty.
Iran – Obama is using the Cloward-Piven strategy taking the Iran nuclear deal to the UN before Congress as a tactic to overwhelm opposition and to not embarrass the country.