Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

March 15, 2014


Government – I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Thomas Jefferson.

Politics – Republicans put the country’s interest first before their party’s interests, while the Democrats are the opposite putting the party’s interests first before the county’s interests.

Politics – The MSM mischaracterize Republicans as “divided,” “disunited,” “dysfunctional,” “full of dissension” when they are actually looking at healthy diversity in party opinions.

Politics – Millennial voters voted for Obama in the elections, but they see big government programs doing nothing to empower youth or benefit them financially or personally.

Politics – The most intrusive and potentially most punitive federal agency has been politicized; the IRS has become an appendage of Barack Obama’s party.

Politics – CPAC was a series of inspirational speeches, but it was a lost opportunity to gather the leading voices together for working sessions to develop a common vision and strategy.

Politics – Many Tea Party candidates lost in the Republican primaries vs. incumbents, but they do get their point across that the party has a disconnect with conservative voters.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: more class warfare hysteria and more noise and no action by Obama on the Ukraine.

Government – A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. Thomas Jefferson.

Economy – Despite the five years of stagnation and failure, the White House still thinks their tax-and-spend, borrow-and-spend program will magically finally work this year.

Economy – Reviewing 75 previous enterprise zones, when tax breaks are subtracted from the gains on the jobs, state and local governments lose money on these programs.

Economy – GM, like Goldman Sachs in banking, is a company which should be dead but was rescued by the government to take money from taxpayers to save it from its self.

Budget – This year, 70% of all money the federal government spends go as direct payments to individuals, with the biggest chuck, 38.6%, on Medicare, Medicaid, or ObamaCare.

Jobs – Erica Groshen, BLS Commissioner, is a left wing economist, so there is no surprise that monthly statistics have become selective, inconsistent, and contain a politicized spin.

Jobs – The fact that the labor force participation rate continued to move up in February confirms that allowing extended unemployment benefits to expire was the right thing to do.

Jobs– In the past year the population rose by 2,257,000 and in the last year the labor force fell by 213,000, so in the last year, those "not" in the labor force rose by 2,253,000.

Jobs – At current rate and pace, this anemic Obama recovery will take the country almost 28 years to get everyone back to work to once again achieve full employment.

Healthcare – Ezekiel Emanuel, the “architect of ObamaCare,” confessed that the goal was to destroy the private sector health insurance market replacing with government control.

Healthcare – The serial delays of ObamaCare are coming so rapidly and for such obviously political reasons that Obama is trying to protect vulnerable Democrats in mid-term elections.

Healthcare – If health concerns drive smoking regulations, then how can legalizing marijuana smoking, with more deadly chemicals inhaled, be condoned and encouraged?

Environment – There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.

Environment – The OMB created social cost of carbon,” an artificial measure that federal agencies use in cost-benefit analyses of regulations that affect greenhouse gas emissions.

Environment – The Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) incorporates population control into environmental initiatives with a goal to reduce human population for the planet.

Civil Rights – The legal doctrine of disparate impact views policies and practices that have a disproportionately adverse effect on protected classes (minorities, women, etc.) and arbitrarily declares them legally discriminatory without evidence of intentional discrimination.

Government – It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.Andrew Jackson.

Israel – Obama still does not understand that there is no possibility of peace in the Middle East, until Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist and renounce their goal of eradication.

Libya – Obama’s legacy of his “lead from behind” strategy is a Libyan nation imploding, unprecedented violence, bombings, abductions and a primary source of illicit weapons.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY