Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
March 21, 2015
Assimilation - “While there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The serious problem is assimilation.” Samuel P. Huntington.
Politics – Democrats are building a society of political elites ruling a permanent dependent under-class, unless Republicans can build an off-ramp from this welfare “slave state.”
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: mandatory voting proposal and re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.
Politics – Unfavorable views of Hillary Clinton are on the rise and perceptions of her as “honest and trustworthy” have dropped following her explanations on “email-gate.”
Politics – When will a Republican candidate campaign acknowledging Climate Change as natural and man-caused Climate Change a political hoax to expand government control?
Assimilation - “John Shadegg.
Economy – Half of Americans self-identify as “middle class,” which corresponds roughly with the center three quintiles (lower, middle, and upper middle class) of annual income.
Budget – The GAO reported that the government paid out $124.7 billion in potentially bogus payments last year, with worst in Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and unemployment.
Labor – Right-to-work laws: do not forbid unionization; do not outlaw unions; but they do allow workers to individually decide if a union earns the dues money it collects.
Jobs - Seattle has begun to feel the unintended consequences of the increase in minimum wage as jobs are lost and as a parade of companies make plans to leave the state.
Housing – 5.4 million homes, or 10.4% of all homes with a mortgage, are still in negative equity position (“underwater”) in 2014, keeping these borrowers from putting homes on the market.
Healthcare – Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate, designed to control Medicare spending growth, has scheduled deep cuts 17 different times, and each time cancelled with “doc fix.”
Energy – Energy is consumed in three basic categories: oil used for transport, gas used mainly for heating, and coal used mainly for electricity, and alternative energy is still a pipedream.
Environment – Climate alarmists are so frustrated by their losing the debate, both in public opinion and in climate data itself that their only response has been to attack the questioner.
Immigration – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 167,527 non-detained convicted criminal aliens as of January 2015, rather than deporting them immediately.
Immigration – “Anchor babies” don’t give parents right to stay or work in the US, but Obama has effectively exempted them from deportation since 2011 and now grants work permits.
Civil Rights – Equal rights and privileges have been largely delivered, but liberals continue to stoke the perception that there has been little civil rights progress in the last 50 years.
Civil Rights – It is shameful that the Obama administration continues to endorse the false premise of systemic police racism in Ferguson without any real proof or evidence.
Assimilation - “Nancy Pearcey.
Diversity – Norway recently expelled almost a thousand Muslim immigrants for serious crimes, and the violent crime rate dropped by 30% in Norway.
GWOT – The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) generated sound bites and photo-ops, but nothing useful, nothing effective, and nothing worthwhile.
GWOT – Scrubbing Iran from the 2015 “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” is blatant appeasement hoping to influence the nuclear weapons discussions.
Iran - Only by pretending Obama’s pending nuclear surrender is an “executive agreement” rather than a treaty can slick media liars evade the clear language of the US Constitution.
Israel – Despite overt attempts by liberals to fund a community activist group, V15, to help defeat Netanyahu in the Israel election, Obama was unsuccessful defeating his political foe.
Cuba – After crowing about his efforts to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, Obama is downplaying the end to these faux negotiations as lacking progress on many issues.