Musings on the Week
September 27, 2014
Government – “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Thomas Paine.
Politics – Obama is facing the biggest challenge of his political career: he is being forced to implement his policies and be measured on their actual results, which have been abysmal!
Politics – Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, as we see in today’s politics.
Politics – Democrats are trying to use immigration and housing policy to fulfill their dream to fundamentally transform America forever to create a permanent Democrat majority.
Politics – Nearly 70% of all votes in the Senate in 2013 involved party-line votes, close to an all-time high, and in more than half of those votes, the Democrat votes were unanimous.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: Eric Holder’s overdue exit crawl and the reluctant re-engagement in the Global War on Terror.
Politics – Hillary Clinton supporters are spending a fortune producing “Madam Secretary” as a campaign infomercial to rewrite history for this mediocre candidate with no achievements.
Politics – After attacking grassroots conservatives and the Tea Party, the Republican Party is surprised that fundraising is lagging and voter enthusiasm is waning for GOP candidates.
Freedom – “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Thomas Paine.
Healthcare – The ObamaCare HealthCare.gov web site has cost taxpayers $2.1 billion so far, across “dozens of contracts” to hide the total, and the feds are not finished building it yet.
Immigration – The White House Secret Service may want to remind the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that a fence by itself does not guarantee border security.
Immigration – About 70% of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow-up appointments.
Environment – Carbon dioxide is not a carbon pollutant, but rather the elixir of life and building block of plant life, the primary material utilized during photosynthesis.
Environment – The “International Coalition of Useful Idiots” march revealed its redistribution of wealth solution for every discontent, anarchist, and communist searching for a cause.
Environment – With most of their climate hysteria debunked, environmentalists are grasping at severe weather phenomenon to rejuvenate their discredited climate change rationale.
Equality – Women earn 57% of bachelor's degrees, 63% of master's degrees and 53% of doctorates; constitute the majority of the U.S. workforce and the majority of managers.
Culture – Factors correlated with success regardless of the environment: strong, supportive families, a sense of personal responsibility, good role models, faith that produces a sense of purpose and values, hard work, confidence, courage, and emphasis on education.
Poverty – There is now doubt whether any real ‘poverty’ exists in this country, when measured by international standards and incorporating the myriad of public assistance received.
Homeland Security – The last time the GAO reported on border security, in 2010, 44% was acceptable: only 37.5% of border miles “managed,” with another 6.5% fully “controlled.”
Justice – After being held in Contempt of Congress and impeachment threatened, Eric Holder has announced his resignation as the most racially divisive Attorney General, after six years trying to transform the Justice Department into a partisan political vehicle and racial grievance incubator, instead of a federal law enforcement institution.
Religion – “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.” Thomas Paine.
Defense – The Obama administration downplays the dangers of radical Islam, construing its risk assessments to fit preconceived naïve political directives.
GWOT – We have an anti-war President, an anti-war Secretary of State, and an anti-war Secretary of Defense, so it is no surprise we have begun a Middle East “war” that has no achievable objectives, no measures of success, nor any completion criteria.
GWOT – The Obama administration is lowering its expectations, only targeting the al-Qaeda splinter group, “Khorasan,” a small (50-80 operatives) special-forces unit for special attention.
GWOT – The FBI believes that there are more than 100 Americans who are fighting in Syria, some with ISIS and others with other groups affiliated with al Qaeda – revoke their passports?
GWOT – The arrest of 15 Australian jihadists, local Islamic State supporters, who were planning to kidnap random people and behead them, is further proof that the Global War is not over!
Middle East – Obama’s “smoke and mirrors” counter-terrorism campaign will degenerate into arms and training for jihadists and blame-shifting for innocent mid-level implementors.
Middle East – Obama went to war with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination before replacements are ready, and now expends them without replenishment.