Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
January 7, 2017
Fear – “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” John F. Kennedy.
Politics – Obama defined his challenges as: 1) the nation at war with a network of violence and hatred; 2) our economy badly weakened, homes lost, and businesses shuttered, health care too expensive, and schools failing their students; and 3) a lack of confidence across our land and a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and his record leaving is 0 for 3!
Politics – Michelle Obama is not elected into office but serves as the First Lady, but she abused this privilege asking taxpayers to fund her frequent expensive spouse vacations.
Politics – Despite claims from Democrats that the President “has no mandate," a new Rasmussen survey shows that a wide majority of Americans (73%) want Trump to succeed.
Media – Democrats have adopted the Russian technique of “agitprop” offering political lies as weapons to advance their narrative, and constant repetition “turns the lie into legend.”
Truth – “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” John F. Kennedy.
Economy – People vote with their feet, such as outbound residents outnumbering inbound members by 2 – 1 from New York, part of an east coast trend with 59% of moves outbound.
Labor - Twenty-six states have passed right-to-work laws, and labor experts are expecting lawmakers in at least three more (Kentucky, Missouri, and New Hampshire) to pass soon.
Land – Obama designated more than 1.5 million acres for two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, despite a majority disapproving this action in their states.
Healthcare – Repealing ObamaCare immediately would be too painful , since healthcare reform requires reforms in Medicare, Medicaid, and transition off of ObamaCare dictates to replace the employer-based system with a patient-based, consumer-driven system.
Healthcare – If the Republicans do not immediately repeal ObamaCare again and instead wait until passing a replacement, they will suffer the repercussions in the next election cycle.
Healthcare – “Repealing” ObamaCare can be quick by resurrecting H.R. 3762, which got rid of Medicaid expansion, premium subsidies, cost-sharing subsidies, individual and employer mandates, reinsurance, risk corridors and risk-adjustment, and other taxes and spending.
Immigration – Just like Trump’s promise to punish sanctuary cities by withholding federal funding, sanctuary college campuses should forfeit their federal education funds.
Environment – The Trump administration will mark the demise of climate change dogma, and acceptance of a broader range of perspectives in climate science and our policy options.
Religion - Half a billion Christians in the world are unable to express their faith completely freely, while around 90,000 died for their faith in the past year alone.
Crime – There are now 200,000 federal officers with arrest and firearm authority, in a whopping 67 different federal agencies, 53 of which are not law enforcement agencies.
Freedom – “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” John F. Kennedy.
Defense – In 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Obama prior to accomplishing anything, and in 2017 the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service was awarded to Obama for his efforts to dismantle the American military.
GWOT – The Middle East and Africa remain the most violent areas in the world for Christians in countries like Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Pakistan.
Israel – Palestinian Arabs do not want peace because they respond to unparalleled Israeli territorial and diplomatic concessions with an escalation of hate education and terrorism.