Musings on the Week
Return to Common Sense
March 30, 2013
Government – “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation.” John F. Hylan.
Politics – There is no reason for the American taxpayer to pay for the First Lady and/or First Family vacations and getaways when the destinations have no official justification.
Politics – As the U.S. looks how to “bailout” failing states prior to national bankruptcy, the European Union is looking how to “bailout” failing countries before going bankrupt itself.
Cities – The common denominator of the nation’s ten poorest cities with populations over 250,000, is that all have been controlled by Democrat mayors, majority black, for decades.
Media – The MSM downfall has already begun, but I expect this avalanche to continue more layoffs at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the TV Network News departments.
Government – “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.” Barry Goldwater.
Jobs – The CBO now projects that the U.S. economy will never achieve full employment during the Obama Presidency, the only post-WWII President who never achieved that.
Budget – Both the House (Republicans) and the Senate (Democrats), for the first time in four years, passed their budget plans, but Obama is 50 days late – more “Leading from Behind”?
Budget – Congress passed Sarbanes-Oxley to ensure proper accounting procedures, but has exempted the federal government from these safeguards to conceal the size of the deficit.
Taxes – Census data indicate that the South and the Sunbelt continue to grow, while the northeast and Midwest continue to shrink, as people move to low tax, business friendly states.
Housing – “Dignity mortgages” are now proposed to expand home ownership to unqualified buyers, using the same failed financial approach that caused the first housing bubble.
Healthcare – The ObamaCare’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed an additional 2.3% reduction in Medicare Advantage payments, down by 8% in 2014.
Abortion – Last year Planned Parenthood received $542 million from the government, representing 45% of the total budget, enabling them to abort over 300,000 children.
Marriage – It is absurd that the Supreme Court will pass judgment on the definition of Marriage, which was defined several millenia ago by all recorded major civilizations.
Marriage – A majority of the states and the US Congress have all endorsed the traditional definition of marriage, so it is hard to believe polls that purport to support gay marriage.
Homeland Security – Embarrassed by lack of progress delivering “operational control” of the border, the DHS no longer tracks border security, which is grounds for Napolitano dismissal.
Environment – Computer models predict global warming, but these models are notoriously inaccurate and can’t even predict actual climate change events accurately.
Environment – States are banning the controversial UN “sustainable development” scheme Agenda 21 which seeks to restructure human civilization under guise of environmentalism.
Gun Control – In his rush to be first, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed the worst, most over-reaching, unmanageable gun law which will likely be repealed prior to implementation.
Judiciary – The Supreme Court must not reconsider whether a law is good or bad or substitute its own opinion in place of the legislature, since only role is whether Constitutional.
Judiciary – Obama is using Cloward-Piven techniques to overwhelm the judicial nomination process with suboptimal candidates in order to gain approval of marginal appointees.
Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.
Housing – I expect that it will take four or more years at the current rate for the backlog of foreclosures to finally clear, before we see any signs of life of a robust housing recovery.
Government – “The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce.” James Madison.
GWOT – The Obama administration would love to believe that the defeat of al-Qaeda is within reach, but there are 1.5 billion Muslims who still believe the jihad is far from over.
GWOT – Giving foreign aid to Islamic theocracies feels like paying tribute (jizya) as dhimmitude to Islamic states, demonstrating willing submission to their religious beliefs.
Middle East – Obama’s magic rhetoric eluded him in the Middle East “Photo Op Tour” where hecklers from both sides challenged his incoherent policies and foreign leaders ignored him.
Israel – I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then re-annexing Gaza based on defensible borders and 1920 San Remo Conference.
Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists, and Obama will talk a lot, but stand aside and refuse to help defend this longtime ally.
Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea, and Obama will be “unable” to support our troops and will negotiate for a stalemate.