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.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY