Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

April 1, 2017


Government – “Most bad government has grown out of too much government.” Thomas Jefferson.

Politics – Democrats have self-polarized over the last 25 years in left-wing enclaves around major metropolitan cities, abandoning every municipality from medium cities on down.

Politics – Republicans cannot be trusted to do the right thing, while Democrats can be trusted almost always to do the wrong thing.

Politics – Republicans must learn that replacing a bad idea with a slightly less bad idea is a step in the right direction on a technical level, but it’s still a bad idea in reality.

Politics – Democrats have no good reason to oppose Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, so they decide to filibuster which confirms obstruction for obstruction sake.

Politics – Senator Schumer has defined Democrat negotiation requiring GOP capitulation, so Republicans should abandon them and make needed changes without their negative input.

Politics – Whenever you get depressed, REMEMBER President Donald Trump on his worst day will always be better than President Hillary Clinton on her best day!

Media – The liberal mainstream media is “stuck on stupid refusing to accept the facts of no Russian collusion since this does not support their media narrative of an illegitimate President.

Media – President Trump’s approval rating remains low while the Congress approval rating continues to plummet, approaching the tipping point for ineptitude = mass impeachment.

Government – “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson.

Budget – Since World War II, spending growth has been primarily on middle-class entitlements, and the only thing cut in the last century has been defense.

Pensions – Governor Cuomo wasted $25 billion trying to restart the upstate New York economy, but jobs only grew by 2.7 % in “low wage sectors”, worse than all but 3 states.

Labor – Trump should repeal Executive Order # 10988, which authorized the federal workforce to unionize, eliminating these monopolistic, partisan public sector unions.

Environment – Despite the costs of this regulatory monstrosity, the Clean Power Plan would have no discernible impact in global carbon dioxide emissions over the next three decades.

Healthcare – Voters elected Republicans to “repealObamaCare, but once elected, this imperative changed into “repeal and replace” and then morphed into “repair and rename” which doomed it in Congress to ignominious defeat and a Republican “black-eye.”

HealthCare – When Trump was running for president, he promised to repeal ObamaCare, but instead he settled for a “deal” he could take credit for that didn’t repeal ObamaCare and instead kept the worst half that continued regulations and high premiums which are bankrupting the federal government and soon state governments as well.

Healthcare – If Republican are serious about ObamaCare, they will pass repeal on a future date, and then creation of a free market, patient centered solution effective the same date.

Healthcare – If Democrats are serious about ObamaCare, they would offer their own reform legislation that repairs many of the known faults that plague the existing healthcare system.

Immigration – Immigration is explicitly identified in the Constitution, so the “supremacy clause” makes the federal government the ultimate authority so sanctuary cities are illegal.

Immigration – The Trump administration will cut off federal law enforcement grants to local governments that shield illegal aliens, especially violent felons, from immigration authorities.

Sexuality – The gay rights movement branched out into LGBT, then LGBTQ; then exploded into LGBTTQQIAAP and LGBTQQIP2SAA, with further splintering expected.

Crime – Enough is enough; it is time to arrest masked anarchist protestors (“cry-babies”, “sore-losers”) with felony charges and lock them up - no revolving door repeat offenders.

Welfare – Too many of us spend more than we save; and too many of us value the “safety” of dependency over the thrill of independence.

Freedom – “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Thomas Jefferson.

Religion – 80% of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians, making them by far the most persecuted religious body on the planet

GWOT – The best thing we could do to unify the country would be to formally declare War on Global Terrorism, by whatever name works and with whatever tactics are appropriate.

Europe After 60 years, the European Union is marked by stagnation, population decline, a dearth of entrepreneurialism and bureaucratic malaise and nations are considering exiting.

Ireland – After the collapse of the Ireland’s financial and property markets, they became the EU whipping boy, but now they may be the next one to exit the European Union.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY