Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
February 22, 2014
Politics – “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Menchen.
Politics – President Obama was elected for the job of President that includes paid vacations, but separate paid vacations for spouses and children should be solely a personal expense.
Politics – The FBI claims not to have found anything criminal in their IRS investigation, despite not interviewing a single of the centers’ 41 conservative victim organizations.
Politics – The Democrats are counting on the IRS to be their political and policy enforcer targeting political opponents with partisan investigations, audits, and suits as punishment.
Politics – Of the top ten political donors in the last 25 years, six are unions and these contributions overwhelmingly were donated to Democrat causes and candidates.
Politics – There are two ways to stop Obama’s misdeeds: impeach only if America has the will to remove from office (probably not) or defund every instance of executive over-reach.
Politics – ObamaCare will join the ranks of failed government programs: 1919 Prohibition, the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act, and the 1988 Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act.
Politics – This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: defending the indefensible “global warming” and photo diplomacy binge across the Middle East.
Politics – Democrats will choose between two leftists: Elizabeth Warren, Faux-cohantas from the People’s Republic of Cambridge, or Hillary Clinton, Shrew from the Bizarro World of Htrae.
Politics – Jimmy Carter made the Presidency a joke; Bill Clinton made the Presidency a DIRTY joke; and Hillary Clinton would make the Presidency a DIRTY shame!
Media – The FCC is "studying" newsroom values, priorities and processes to see if they meet “critical information needs,” despite no authority under the Constitution over print media.
Politics – “Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.” Henry Kissinger.
Economy – In the 1990s, both Canada and Sweden spent over 50% of economic output on government, but both now restrain budgetary growth with free market reforms.
Finance – Bitcoin, the anonymous computer “tinker-toy crypto-currency” is beginning to look like the latest pump-and-dump Ponzi scheme that the get-rich-quick set fell victim.
Finance – Dodd-Frank included a national program to shutdown a legitimate payday loan business and replace it with a taxpayer backed version costing $300 million in subsidies.
Debt – National debt is now 74% of GDP, double what it was when Obama took office, and adding almost $7.5 trillion to the national debt in five years with no end in sight!
Debt – When you look at marketable debt, the U.S. government has more than doubled in the last five years under Obama, and also doubled in the eight years under George W. Bush.
Deficit – Stimulus helped recovery: if you value: increased spending on special interests – SUCCESS; if you value: jumpstart GDP, accelerate recovery, and replace jobs lost – FAIL.
Jobs – The Labor Department has known and covered-up since 2011 that unemployment statistics have been fabricated, and the BLS has never acted to fix this known problem.
Jobs – The CBO evaluated proposals to hike minimum wage, and found strong disincentive effects for employers to hire new workers or to retain the workers they’ll have to pay more.
Labor – Workers may form voluntary associations, per the First Amendment, yet the power to compel membership, then wages, benefits, salary increases at the expense is not a right.
Healthcare – In 1989 in less than a year and a half after enacting Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, Congress was forced by negative public reaction to retract the legislation.
Environment – Environmentalists destroy credibility basing predictions on flawed computer models, and attempts to link global warming to weather further undermines their credibility.
Environment – Obama is creating a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” to help localities deal with the impacts of the environmental hoax dubbed “global warming.”
Energy – The Obama Administration’s EPA rules requiring “clean coal” technology in power plants could increase electricity costs by 70 to 80% in some parts of the country.
Immigration – Studies show the more diverse the community, the fewer people vote and volunteer, the less they give to charity, and the less they work on community projects.
Elections – Instead of fighting voter ID laws, resources would be better spent assisting those people who require assistance obtaining ID since the numbers affected are so small.
Marriage – The People have spoken “marriage is between one man and one woman” but the Supreme Court says No to federal version and federal judges say No to state definitions.
Family – Single-parent families that cross demographic stratifications of race, party affiliation, or economic viability inflict a vast array of cultural pathologies on our collective futures.
Civil Rights – Rasmussen found that 37% of adults think most black Americans are racist, while just 15% consider most white Americans to be racist; perception got worse under Obama.
Politics – “So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.” Roger Nash Baldwin.
GWOT – Al Qaeda is just one of a number of formal and informal Islamic terrorist groups united by a desire for an Islamic caliphate and hatred of America and the West in general.
Syria – John Kerry continues to
stumble in his peace talks with President Assad who is trying to win on
the battlefield instead of at the negotiating table, with Russia on the