Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

February 6, 2016


Prosperity - “People acting in their own self-interest is the fuel for all the discovery, innovation, and prosperity that powers the world.” John Stossel.

Politics – Democrats are pro-choice… except on: schools, union membership, healthcare, what kinds of food to eat, smoking, plastic bags, energy, light bulbs, guns, Walmart, trade...

Politics – Barack Hussein Obama’s visit to a Baltimore mosque attempts to dignify a problem that does not exist, Islamophobia, and instead projects his personal enthusiasm for Islam.

Politics – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have exceeded expectations because their appeal has far less to do with who they are than who they represent - the vast majority of Americans who want the political system shaken up and rebuilt from the bottom up.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: Zika mosquito infestation and North Korean space rocket launch.

Politics – Iowa primaries revealed a statistical (coin toss) tie disproving the inevitability of Hillary Clinton, and Republicans turning out in record numbers to vote against Donald Trump.

Politics – Hillary Clinton had superior organization in Iowa, but none of the enthusiasm, while Bernie Sanders had poor organization, but a surplus of enthusiasm.

Politics – It is ironic that Hillary Clinton, who suffers from a likability and trustworthiness deficit, has tied her campaign to Obama, whose popularity and trustworthiness ratings are anemic. 

Politics – Were her last name anything other than Clinton, Hillary would have been indicted and sitting in prison today, but her last name is Clinton, so Hillary gets a Get-Out-of Jail card.

Politics – It is now clear that Hillary Clinton and her immediate staff are all guilty of security felonies, and it is clear there was a cover-up by her staff to hide evidence from investigators.

Politics – Pre-primary Donald Trump identified himself as a Democrat, being pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-government land grabs, pro-ObamaCare, and anti-gun. 

Politics – Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump has mastered the Kardashian model of social media” leaving most normal candidates struggling to be heard.

Politics – Donald Trump would do ANYTHING for a deal, while Marco Rubio wants to do SOMETHING for progress, while Ted Cruz focuses on doing the RIGHT THING for the nation.

Media – The media uses Donald Trump for ratings while he uses the media, including Fox News, to keep himself front and center with the Republican Party.

Media – After weeks of inaccurate push polls, the media talking heads universally got it wrong, with Hillary Clinton’s coronation delayed and Donald Trump’s sideshow derailed.

Prosperity - “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Winston Churchill.

Economy – Since Barack Obama took office, the U.S. has fallen from the 6th freest economy in the world to 11th place, due to rapidly rising government spending, subsidies and bailouts.

Economy – The BEA reported that the 2015 Real GDP growth was 2.8%, the tenth year in a row growth was under 3%, and the last time this happened was during the Great Depression.

Economy – President Obama has missed every single growth target he’d set since taking office, and then blamed everything but his own policies for these misses.

Economy – The U.S. created 151,000 new jobs in January with employment gains for December and November little changed as the economy continues to limp along.


November 2008

January 2016


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Living in Poverty (000)




Food Stamp Participation (000)




Disabled – SSI (000)




Labor Force Participation Rate




Not in Labor Force (000)




Employment Population Ratio




Deficit – CBO reports that cumulative deficits over ten years (2016-2025) are now projected at $8.5 trillion, and in 2025 the debt would equal 84% of the GDP, which is unsustainable.

Pensions – In 2011, the entire amount of unfunded pension liability in the U.S. was estimated to be $4.6 trillion, which did not include municipal bond debt, which brings the total unfunded liability to $8.3 trillion, which is not included in the national debt numbers.

Income – President Obama still pushes the false claim of gender inequality despite proof that employers pay substantially the same for identical jobs with differences attributed to job variations: experience required, customer contact, hours worked, benefits received, etc.

Healthcare – ObamaCare plans are a bad deal for all but the most costly enrollees or those receiving lavish subsidies, which is why middle class, healthy folks have shunned these plans.

Immigration – We are witnessing a complete breakdown and failure of multiculturalism, because society cannot be unified if it preserves different cultures and cultural identities.

Elections – A study found that 14% of non-citizens are registered to vote, with a stunning 6.4% of non-citizens are believed to have actually voted in the 2008 election.

Energy – Nuclear is the only 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week source of power that does not result in the emission of greenhouse gases, but irrational fear prevents its further use.

Environment – Climate change is real and occurs naturally, and is not a problem, since anthropogenic carbon release is not dangerous or harmful, but extremely beneficial.

Feminism – Hillary Clinton has adopted the patronizing blame-men-first brand of feminism, establishing women as perpetual victims requiring government protections.

Education – Finally some campus authorities are saying “No Way!” to extreme demands from political activists, which is the first step to re-establishing control of higher education.

Civil Rights – Unlike the Martin Luther King Jr. desire for race-free society, Barack Obama characterizes racism as part of our DNA because of his nihilistic view or race relations.

Prosperity - “Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.” Kofi Annan.

GWOT – Islam has engaged in a “War of Religious Conquest for 1,400 years, so why do we think our “Global War on Terror” will end any time soon?

Middle East Obama famously declared America’s objective to be to “ultimately destroy” ISIS, but unfortunately it is now plain the ultimately part means some other President to do it.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY