Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
February 1, 2014
Media – “The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.” Vladimir Lenin.
Politics – President Obama’s State of the Union: Blah, blah, blah! – hollow, boring, and instantly forgotten with the only highlight being the Army Ranger wounded in combat.
Politics – The Republican key to success is to develop a narrative that champions the middle class to rebuild the best country again for everyone, and everything else takes care of itself.
Politics – President Obama, when unable to pass legislation, has implemented policy with Executive Orders, but the next President can also repeal policy with Executive Orders.
Politics – When will Hillary Clinton be indicted for “Dereliction of Duty” not protecting her diplomats in the field as well as Dereliction of Duty” abandoning them once under attack?
Politics – Pew polling found the top three issues facing the U.S. are: the economy (80%); jobs (74%); and terrorism (73%) with the lowest global warming (29%) and global trade (28%).
Politics – This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: income inequality exaggerations and the temporary halt of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
Economy – “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.” Vladimir Lenin.
Economy – Had Obama’s recovery been only as good as the past ten recoveries, the economy would be $1.3 trillion larger and 7.3 million more people would have jobs.
Economy – A Fox News poll shows 74% of those surveyed say the U.S. is still in recession and 49% say the economy is the most important problem, but 62% dislike Obama’s policies.
Economy – During the Great Depression government supported the poor with its soup lines and now Obama’s Great Recession delivers support with individual foot stamp debit cards.
Finance – The huge currency devaluations that hit Venezuela and Argentina is a warning to the U.S. about big-government spending policies financed by printing money.
Healthcare – The mass refusal of people to sign-up for ObamaCare is mainstream America’s vote against this tops-down, compulsory system, which will ultimately destroy it from within.
Social Security – NBER research found the biggest driver of growth in number of disabled, at 45% for men and 36% for women, was the relaxation of medical eligibility criteria.
Environment – President Obama continues to dither in his decision-making on the Keystone Pipeline, since he has no non-ideological reason to deny its economic viability.
Income – Recent studies by both the National Bureau of Economic Research and the National Science Foundation found that income mobility has not changed since the 1970s.
Immigration – The only thing that's broken in our immigration system is the inconsistent enforcement of laws dealing with immigration and how to deal with illegals already here.
Immigration – Before any other change, the nation’s borders must be secured (never completed) and the immigration process must be streamlined to increase skilled workers.
Immigration - The unemployment rates for foreign-born blacks, Asians, and Hispanics were lower than for their native-born counterparts, while the rates for whites were little different.
Marriage – Half of all children born to women under 30 today are illegitimate: 30% white children are born out of wedlock, as are 53% of Hispanic babies and 73% of black babies.
Education – The Department of Education is a tool for redistribution of wealth between states to enforce federal indoctrination standards but downplay their lack of measurable results.
Peace – “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” Vladimir Lenin.
GWOT – The Justice Department now prohibits religious profiling in terror cases, completely disregarding the Islamic component of global terrorism and handcuffing law enforcement.
Syria – Assad has retained 95% of his WMD stockpile while continuing to miss the deadlines to hand over his weapons, and al-Qaeda affiliates claim jurisdiction over much of the country.