Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

March 19, 2016


Government - “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Thomas Jefferson.

Politics – The Silent Majority will be “silent, no more since the people of America are angry, frustrated, and scared because they feel Washington is not listening to or representing them.

Politics – Congress should act soon to repair the balance of power problems between the executive and legislative branches, prior to the results of the November election.

Politics – Democrats (liberals, progressives, leftists) should lead by example, surrendering half of their pre-tax income for a government redistribution fund for victims of the War on Poverty.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: Kaitlyn Jenner conservative politics and Russia declaring victory in Syria.

Politics – The anti-Trump protest was orchestrated by the Soros-funded MoveOn.org “brown shirt” agitators assembled and engineered using social media for fascist political suppression.

Politics – Donald Trump is more of a demagogue than an ideologue, with antecedents like George Wallace and Huey Long, weakening the Republican brand the longer he persists.

Media – The mainstream media accuses Trump of chauvinism, xenophobia, and all the other worn- out, derogatory clichés, overused so long that these threats have become boring.

Media – Media is being judged on their content and rewarded for positive coverage and punished for negative – a practice first used by Obama, then Clinton and now by Trump.

Democracy - “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson.

Economy – In broad strokes, fascism is control of the means of production, socialism is ownership of the means, but if you control, you “own.”

Economy – Entrepreneurship is dying under Obama as American business deaths now outnumber business births for the first time since government started measuring it.

Budget – Obama’s 2017 budget proposes to return to rising federal deficits every year, reaching trillion dollar deficits again and national debt soaring to $27 trillion by 2026.

Debt – The U.S. federal debt has reached a post-WWII record high, now at 104.3% of GDP in 4Q 2015, a 31% rise of GDP from the last quarter before President Obama came to office.

Jobs – Low skilled manufacturing jobs have been moved overseas, with only higher skilled jobs remaining such as welders, steam fitters, precision lathe operators, etc.

Judiciary – Obama has exercised his constitutional power to nominate a Supreme Court justice; now the Senate should exercise its constitutional power not to act on that nominee.

Civil Rights – The white working class has been abandoned by both political parties and selected as sacrificial victim to cleanse the nation of its racial sins,

Crime – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has revealed that 124 illegal immigrants released from jail were later charged in 138 murder cases.

Crime – Crime in Denver and Seattle skyrocketed at the same time marijuana was legalized, and strongly suggesting correlation but not necessarily causation due to pot legalization.

Crime – The DOJ found that within a year, 43% of state prisoners are arrested for committing a new crime, and at the end of five years the figure rises to 77%, and federal is slightly lower.

Welfare – The number of individuals receiving benefits from SNAP, aka food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 56 straight months.

Liberty - “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson.

Foreign Policy – Obama learned nothing from serial failures of his foreign policy, combining the worst features of the anti-war left other than unrealistic realism, and naïve multilateralism.

GWOT – Even though ISIS is committed to expunging all physical traces of Christianity in the areas it conquers, the State Department refuses to classify this behavior as genocide.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY