Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

January 10, 2015


Politics - Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Andrew Cuomo.

Politics - The top three public concerns have been 1) economy in general, 2) jobs or unemployment, and 3) government leadership with only the ranking changing year to year.

Politics - The Democrat theory of politics, according to Jonathan Gruber, is to say one thing, do another and count on the voters being too stupid to notice, and then claim success.

Politics - No modern President has been as bad as Obama at working with the political opposition, excluding them from policy making and then attacking them for any criticism.

Politics - In 2008, Obama promised to change politics but unfortunately the change has been for the worse by making politics even more partisan and expanding executive power.

Politics - President Obama has threatened to veto bills he doesn’t like from Congress, but Republican must not fear a veto because Obama will be revealed as an ideologue.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: free ($34B per year) community college and Cuban detainees finally released.

Politics - Republicans claim only moderates appeal to the American public, but RINOs lost disappointing races in 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1960, 1976, 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2012.

Politics - I hope Republicans understand that they already have two strikes against them and one more moderate Presidential candidate may lose the conservative base forever.

Politics - More than three quarters of Republicans want someone other than Jeb Bush, so conservatives such as Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubeo are viable candidates

Politics - Republicans must show how Congress should work by quickly 1) passing the Keystone Pipeline, 2) passing an ObamaCare repeal, and 3) pass border security bills.

Jobs -Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Hillary Clinton.

Economy - The economy continues to limp along with the low labor participation rate and flat wages masking the long term impact of the 2nd slowest economic recovery in history.


November 2008

December 2014


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Total National Debt




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Unemployed - 27+ wks (000)




Average Weeks Unemployed




Unemployment Rate (U3)



- 1.2%

Underemployment Rate (U6)




Economy - From Lenin to Stalin, from Hitler to Mao, from Pol Pot to Peron in Argentina, to the leaders of Greece, Portugal, North Korea, Cuba and many, many others, the recurrent theme that in EVERY case is that socialism sapped the wealth of each nation that ultimately dwindled, faded and atrophied into insolvency.

Economy - The 1921 Depression recovered in 18 months followed by a decade of prosperity without any government intervention, but the 1929 Depression did not recover for a dozen years until after World War II because of numerous misguided government interventions.

Economy - Obama claims credit for economic recovery yet can not show any improvement from his policies, while Republicans point out that the economy only bounced back after Congress blocked any new Obama’s policies doing any further damage to the economy.

Finance - The Federal Reserve maintains that what it’s done has been a success, not a primary cause of economic stagnation and growing government/business cronyism.

Budget - Republicans have an opportunity to demonstrate how Congress should work with both houses passing a budget and reconciling into legislation for the President to pass.

Social Security - After five years of deficits, the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund will run dry in just two years, causing benefits to be cut across the board by 20%.

Healthcare - ObamaCare was designed to delay its harmful provisions until 2015 after the Presidential reelection and 2014 mid-term election to protect Democrats from the impact.

Healthcare - ObamaCare is broken beyond repair and only total repeal and removal of the government from the health insurance industry will privatize health care and truly improve it.

Immigration - It would cost a one-time fee of about $135 billion to deport every single illegal alien in the country, but it will cost 113 billion annually if we let them stay in the country.

Immigration – France has demonstrated the impact of unrestricted multiculturalism carving up the nation into balkanized enclaves with “no go” zones of non-assimilated immigrants.

Energy - The private sector produced the majority of the new energy resources, while the Obama administration continues to strangle all energy exploitation on public lands.

Energy - Now that the price of oil has dropped by over 50%, when will the airlines reduce fares or at least remove the “fuel surcharges” fees?

Environment - The NOAA studies tornadoes, hurricanes, and typhoons in response to the hyperbole over climate change and found no evidence of increased activity.

Banking - Government-sponsored enterprises and agencies held or guaranteed 64% of all home mortgages and provide directly or guarantees a whopping 93% of student loans.

Transportation - California is addicted to federal funding as it begins construction of a high-speed rail system undeterred by a lack of demand and forecast of never making a profit.

Internet - The Obama administration plans to surrender control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to international governance.

Welfare - Government welfare mostly doesn’t incentivize people to escape poverty, but too often sustains them in poverty and addicts them to government handouts.

Education – The problem is not Common Core or No Child Left Behind, but instead the problem is who gave the federal government the right to interfere with education at all?

Military -Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as ‘heroes.’ David Masciotra at Salon.

Defense - The Obama administration has misused the Quadrennial Defense Review basing it on budget available vs. addressing existing threats to justify slashing military capabilities.

GWOT - in 2014, 28 detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo to other countries based on his political promise ignoring their imminent return to the global jihad.

Religion – Nine of the 10 countries with the worst records for persecution of Christians are at least 50% Muslim, which is no surprise after what the Koran says about non-believers.

Chile - Chile’s socialist government swapped 6% GDP growth in 2013 for 1.8% growth in 2014 by hiking government spending 9% and financing it with a 20% rise in corporate tax rates.

Trade - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement includes an entire environment chapter as a backdoor establishment of an international environmental governance system.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY