Musings on the Week

hMusings on the Week

March 5, 2016


Politics - The top (Presidential) candidates include a devout, unapologetic socialist (bernie Sanders) supported by millennials and a growing population of people who love free stuff; an unconvicted felon (Hillary Clinton) supported by an older generation that should know better and an establishment that cheats and lies almost as much she does; and a narcissistic, megalomaniacal man-child Democrat-masquerading-as-Republican (Donald Trump) supported by individuals who are angrily and desperately rolling the dice on a cult-of-personality much like the Democrats did eight years ago.” Mark Steyn.

Politics – The Cold War was a conflict between good and evil, freedom and tyranny, liberal democracy and totalitarianism, capitalism and communism, theism and atheism that we won in the 1980s, but now we find ourselves slowly capitulating 25 years later.

Scandals – The Obama administration has suppressed any prosecution of the multiple political scandals and cover-ups hiding behind arbitrary judicial prosecutorial discretion.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: transgender bathroom access in schools and Apple iPhone access.

Politics – The biggest political primary story is the enthusiasm gap with Republicans shattering turnout records while Democrats see turnout drops, indicating anger and desire for change.

Politics – There are a parade of celebrities who are threatening to leave the country if a certain candidate becomes President, which sounds like a huge endorsement of them.

Politics – As emails trickle in from the FOIA requests, when will the preponderance of evidence be overwhelming to force indictments on all the Hillary Clinton felony charges?

Politics – Donald Trump is part liberal Republican and part conservative Democrat making no one happy, except for Hillary Clinton because he is the only candidate she could beat.

Politics – I do not enjoy “reality” television so I do not support a “reality” President who attempts to make up for his lack of political depth with name-calling and theatrics.

Politics – The GOP is “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” by squandering the public anger with all government elites and allowing a populist, more Democrat than Republican, to steal the Republican nomination and alienating the conservative base once again.

Politics – The nation has barely survived eight years under Obama, and would be unrepairable after four years of Clinton, so if Cruz is not nominated, any Republican will do.

Politics – If Ted Cruz decides to take himself off the list of GOP candidates, he would instantly jump to the top of the list for potential Supreme Court Justices.

Politics - If you think Obama left behind a divided electorate, try and explain how the candidate whose rhetoric includes attacks on Muslims, Hispanics, POWs, women, the disabled, the poorly educated, and a host of others will unite us.Mark Steyn.

Economy – The economy continues to limp along, but also showed a drop in hourly wages and in the number of hours worked, with an increase of part-time employment.


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Economy – “Capitalism works for men who do; and Socialism works for men who don’t.”

Jobs – The media would have you believe that big business promotes illegal immigration from cheap labor, but this myth is not based on any solid economic or political reality.

Taxes – Increasing corporate taxes has three responses or some combination: 1) raise the price of its product, lower dividends or lay off workers, each making people worse off.

Healthcare – The GAO found that that none of the 14 states that have their own exchange had one that was fully functioning, despite the $5.51 billion spent for their construction.

Healthcare – Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest provider of individual insurance policies, cost and utilization trends in state insurance exchanges result in net losses in most companies.

Environment – Environmental extremism leads to disdain and disrespect for fellow humans and the belief that it would be good if a disease wiped out most of the population.

Civil Rights – Forced “diversity goals (aka: affirmative action, quotas, institutional discrimination, etc.) is totally contrary to a meritocracy and is inappropriate for the motion picture industry, the military, or sports such as the NFL, NBA, or NHL.

Politics -One of our worst secretaries of state (Hillary Clinton) has spent her entire life lying, cheating, and bullying her way to the White House and tens of millions of Americans actually want to see her there!” Mark Steyn.

Scandinavia – Despite Bernie Sanders declarations, Scandinavia has backed off from socialism and is adopting policies of free-market capitalism and individual responsibility.

Middle East – Barack Obama’s legacy is: replacing order with chaos, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, ad turning allies into enemies.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY