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 withOrganizing 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.

DeficitI 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.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY