Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
February 20, 2016
Leadership - “I can never consent to being dictated to.” John Tyler.
Politics – Just because some judge or court rules something legal only means that I must tolerate this behavior, but does not mean I agree with it and no guarantee that I support it.
Politics – The Republican Party main claim to fame over the last seven years is blocking many more intrusive, over-reaching, unconstitutional laws from being enacted by Barack Obama.
Politics – The TEA Party movement represents American, both Republican and Democrat, dissatisfaction with overbearing federal government and uncontrolled spending.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: Supreme Court Justice nomination process and North Korea saber rattling as economy implodes.
Politics – Bill, Hillary and Chelsea’s Clinton Foundation raises billions from corporations and foreign governments for one of the least effective charitable organizations (money laundry).
Politics – Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are burning down their respective political homes of convenience, and the party identification has sunk to all-times lows (D-29%, R-26%).
Politics – The fact that Hillary Clinton is the Democrat Party establishment elite candidate is proven by her super-delegate lead 362-8 before the state primary elections even began.
Politics – Donald Trump has embraced the Democrat Talking Points that George W. Bush caused the 9/11 attack and lied to go into Iraq are both factually incorrect and partisan.
Politics – If voters chose just one conservative candidate (Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio), would Donald Trump quickly fall to second or third place in the Republican primary race?
Wealth - “Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.” John Tyler.
Finance – The Federal Reserve was created in 1913 to maintain a stable banking system and supporting sound money, but instead the dollar has lost more than 90% of its value.
Finance – Six years of Qualitative Easing (QE) has failed to arrest deflation, and this policy intervention and “financial repression” has saddled us with weak economic growth.
Employment – West Virginia, a coal mining state that traditionally been heavily unionized, has become the 26th state in America to pass a right-to-work law.
Environment – Since the Supreme Court approved a stay on EPA regulations referring to the Clean Power Plan, each state can now stop all ongoing implementation activities.
Judiciary – The Republican Party should assemble a list of the top dozen leading candidates for Supreme Court Justice and offer to Obama as acceptable conservative originalists.
Foreign Policy - “So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations.” John Tyler.
Military – The need for Selective Service conscription has outlived its usefulness and the system is obsolete and unenforceable, so it should be abolished.
GWOT – The Global War on Terror was created to defeat Islamic jihadists and focusing on al Qaeda, ISIS, ISIL, Taliban, Boko Haram, or any other group is a “whack-a-mole” distraction.
GWOT – Another Muslim, screaming “Allahu akbar” attacking innocent civilians in Ohio is again being considered a “random attack” as opposed to another Islamic terrorism attack.
Syria – The new Syrian “truce” deal, as negotiated by John Kerry, does not include Russian air forces in it, so the most devastating part of the fight will continue uninterrupted.
Iraq - The Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, passed by majorities of both parties in both Houses, began with a series of 23 “Whereas” clauses justifying the war: 12 refer to UN resolutions violated by Saddam Hussein; 10 refer to the elimination of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons or weapons development programs; 10 refer to support for international terrorism or harboring terrorist organizations; and 5 refer to the need for freeing the Iraqi people from a brutal regime – and all objectives were achieved during the course of this conflict.