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April 6, 2013


Government – Goal #15: Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States. Cleon Klousen, 1963 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America.

Government – Goal #29: Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. Cleon Klousen, 1963 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America.

Politics – The drop-off in political enthusiasm among Republicans coincided with the George W. Bush victories, and the movement away from cultural conservative issues.

Politics – Hillary Clinton, who accomplished nothing as a Senator, then accomplished nothing as Secretary of State, now wants to be known as a can-do Presidential candidate?

Politics – New York and California are bi-polar states with coastal elites doing well in the urban centers while the interior stagnates, and biggest exporters of people to other states.

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 – Goal #26: Present Homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as "normal, natural, and healthy. Cleon Klousen, 1963 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America.

Government – Goal #40: Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. Cleon Klousen, 1963 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America.

Economy – Obama’s new economic normal is stagnation: anemic growth, chronic long-term unemployment, and a collapse in the labor force participation rate, falling further behind!


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Economy – Democrat goal is to reset “normal” to 2% GDP growth and 7% unemployment, while Republican goal is to return to “prosperity” with 4% growth and 5% unemployment.

Economy – The Fed has resorted to a radical, uncharted spree of money printing, flooding the banks with liquidity, where it is inflating yet another unsustainable bubble.

Taxes – New York ranks dead last on overall freedom, business friendliness, and the highest state and local tax burdens in the country, with low-tax Florida as the top destination.

Social Security – When Britain audited their disability benefit program, a third of recipients dropped out, and of the tested: 55% were found fit and 25% found fit for some type of work.

Immigration – Last time amnesty was offered in 1986, secure borders were a condition, but 25 years later the border is still not secure after billions spent to deliver “operational control.”

Immigration – According to the DHS in FY2012, legal immigrants from Asia outnumbered legal immigrants from any other region, primarily relatives of people already here.

Environment – Research has confirmed that the climate is always changing: climate was cooling, before it was warming, now it is cooling, next it will begin warming, ad infinitum.

Automobiles – Lavish subsidies, appeals to greenies, and a marketing push from General Motors has failed to convince the public to buy lithium-ion battery-powered electric cars.

Energy – The administration has ordered up four separate environmental studies on the Keystone XL Pipeline, but each has concluded there are no serious problems.

Energy – Originally conceived to reduce the dependence on foreign oil, the government mandates a blend of gasoline and ethanol, despite less energy and market disruption.

Energy – Idaho has joined Utah demanding the federal government return the public lands, arguing that federal control over large portions of the state has hindered the local economy.

Marriage – The God-ordained, lifelong, covenantal union between man and wife, designed to provide men, women and children optimal stability and overall well-being.

Education – The State of Indiana is about to test statewide school choice on a meaningful scale, with 62% of all families eligible for state aid to help pay for a private or religious school.

Abortion – Planned Parenthood is lobbying to expand abortion into the fourth trimester, allowing the doctor and a mother to decide to kill a newborn who survives an abortion.

Healthcare – ObamaCare is so complex and convoluted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended hiring thousands of “navigators” to help implement.

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 – Goal #3: Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of "moral strength. Cleon Klousen, 1963 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America.

Government – Goal #11: Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one world government with its own independent armed forces. Cleon Klousen, 1963 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America.

Foreign Service Nominating Caroline Kennedy as the ambassador to Japan is the worst kind of April Fool’s joke, since she is neither a diplomat, a politician, nor a Asian expert.

GWOT – The “Religion of Peace,” is systematically exterminating the 2,000 year old Christian civilization of the Middle East with oppression, threats, and violence, as their Koran dictates.

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.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY