Musings on the Week
Return to Common Sense
February 16, 2013
Equality – “I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.” Clarence Thomas.
Politics – Barack Obama won a popularity contest in November, avoiding serious discussion of major issues and diverting attention to a succession of side issues and non-issues.
Politics – Obama has unleashed a nationwide “community organizing” campaign with “Organizing for Action,” as part PR and part campaign effort to promote liberal agenda.
Politics – Standard Obama speech script: fault the well off; invest more borrowed money in more federal programs that have no demonstrable record of success; blame the bad news on others; ignore the $1 trillion-plus annual borrowing; threaten to use more executive orders; demonize the opposition; take bad news abroad and declare it good, and fluff everything up with the hope-and-change that address the trivial and avoid the fundamental.
Politics – Marco Rubio delivered a Republican response and Ron Paul delivered a TEA Party response to the State of the Union speech, both contrasting liberal lies with reality.
Politics – The TEA Party movement will become more visible in its support of conservative candidates by establishing a federal super PAC, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund.
Media – CNN is the lowest rated cable news network in America because it majors on the minor issues as a distraction, meanwhile covering up the major issues in partisan support.
Media – The MSM downfall has already begun, but I expect this avalanche to continue after Newsweek with more layoffs at the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Equality – “They say African-Americans. I say black people. I’ve only been to Africa once. I’ve been in America all my life.” Herman Cain.
Economy – Obama believes we can spend our way to prosperity, or can pass laws to force businesses to spend our way to prosperity for us; wishful thinking that failed for four years.
Inflation – When the inflation rate is calculated the same way as during the Clinton years, the rate hovers for the past few years around 6%, or three times the declared Government rate.
Budget – Obama will no doubt submit a budget blueprint late and incomplete, and the Democrat Senate will no doubt fail to submit any budget for the fourth straight year.
Debt – Now that he Department of Justice has sued Standard and Poor’s for not being rigorous enough in their ratings, we should now expect S&P to downgrade US debt again!
Healthcare – As ObamaCare is rolled out, all of the dire consequences predicted will be proven correct, reopening the discussion of whether to repeal ObamaCare and start over.
Immigration – Medicaid spends $2 billion annually in free emergency care that mostly goes to illegal immigrants, which covers delivering babies who automatically become citizens.
Education – Early childhood education has become the scholastic equivalent of Solyndra: a black hole that absorbs money, time and even light and matter, giving nothing in return.
Education – The President’s pledge not to “increase our deficit by a single dime” is impossible since his subsidized preschool is estimated to cost $94 billion over ten years with no offset.
Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.
Housing – I expect that it will take four or more years at the current rate for the backlog of foreclosures to finally clear, before we see any signs of life of a robust housing recovery.
Equality – “We’ve become a culture where earning money doesn’t entitle you to it, but wanting it does. That is the essence of redistribution.” Ken Blackwell.
Defense – Since the Defense of Marriage Act specifically prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, the military must also be forbidden to recognize them.
Libya – The Benghazi attack post-mortem reveals dereliction of duty and inability to protect Americans, by the President, but also by his subordinates: Clinton, Panetta, and Dempsey.
Israel – I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then re-annexing Gaza based on defensible borders and 1920 San Remo Conference.
Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists, and Obama will talk a lot, but stand aside and refuse to help defend this longtime ally.
Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea, and Obama will be “unable” to support our troops and will negotiate for a stalemate.