Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
April 16, 2016
Government - “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program” Ronald Reagan.
Politics – Conservatism is motivated by ideas and freedom while liberalism is motivated by fear and restriction; the former wants to improve the future while the latter to punish for past.
Politics – The principle of Federalism allows States to define unique positions on non-federal issues, such as: abortion, same-sex marriage, death penalty, drug use, education, right-to-work, minimum wage, insurance, gun control, use of public land, and welfare eligibility.
Politics – Much of the federal government hubris (over-reach) can be explained by the pursuit of laudable goals, but constitutionally, not the federal government’s job.
Politics – Why aren’t the so-called conservative Republican candidates identifying proposals to dismantle entire federal departments: Education, Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor or Commerce?
Media – Political correctness is the new social contract, and determination to believe one’s own lies is a perfect measure of commitment to the progressive cause of social justice.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: political party delegate selection processes and state of the Brazilian economy.
Politics – If not for super-delegates, Hillary Clinton’s campaign would be revealed as a desperate attempt by the Democrats to drag an abysmal candidate over the finish line.
Politics – Hillary Clinton will have to raise taxes by at least $1 trillion to pay for all the new campaign proposals she has unveiled, calling them investments with no quantifiable returns.
Politics – Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton is a pillow fight between free tuition vs. debt-free tuition, since one is a socialist and the other’s a 74 year-old Vermont senator who looks like he sleeps in his car. Larry Elder.
Politics – Bernie Sanders has as much chance to win the Democrat Presidential nomination as the Washington Generals have to beat the Harlem Globetrotters in basketball.
Politics – Donald Trump has made so many outrageous misstatements, falsehoods, prevarications, and outright lies that FactCheck.org has labeled him “King of the Whoppers.”
Politics – With prospects of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump increasing, the prospects of the Presidential campaign degenerating into “Mudfest 2016” is also increasing.
Politics – If the Republican Party nominates Ted Cruz instead of Donald Trump, it will represent one of the greatest practical and moral victories in the Republican Party’s noble history.
Economy - “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and Hell where they already have it.” Ronald Reagan.
Economy – Federal policy "defaults" are stuck in the wrong place: capital markets are hamstrung by Dodd-Frank, health markets are hamstrung by the Affordable Care Act, and structural deficits are on autopilot toward a national debt crisis. Glenn Hubbard & Tim Kane.
Labor – Public sector unions were authorized to exist by Executive Order and theoretically can be abolished by repealing these Executive Orders eliminating 8 million union voters.
Finance – The Federal Reserve is the third attempt to create a central bank, with the first two privately owned attempts not renewed after 20 year unsuccessful pilots, and the current hybrid private-public monopoly showing mixed results after its first 100 years of operation.
Income – The Labor Department debunked the income inequality myth in 2009: raw wage difference almost entirely due to individual choices made by both male and female workers.
Healthcare – The CBO reported that ObamaCare will cost $136 billion more, the average size of subsidies continues to increase, and lowered its enrollment projection by 4 million.
Healthcare – Eight of the eleven remaining ObamaCare health insurance co-ops will likely fail this year with Maine having the only co-op to operate in the black.
Energy – Obama declared war on coal from the day he entered office, but EPA statistics show emissions of sulfur, lead, carbon monoxide, and smog have been reduced by 50%.
Environment – The EPA is now slashing methane targets despite representing 0.00017 percent of the atmosphere and delivering no effect whatsoever on greenhouse gas levels.
Environment – As a nation, the U.S. reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 2% from last year, by more than 10% over the last 14 years, and more than any other nation in the world.
Environment – Since 20 states have joined together to investigate and prosecute oil companies, perhaps it is time for states to jointly investigate and prosecute individuals and companies that perpetuate the global warming hoax and climate change fraud?
Education – Universities exist to educate students and if it does not meet their wants and needs they should leave, otherwise capitulating to leftist agitators will transform colleges into indoctrination centers dictated by political correctness and cultural intolerance.
Sexuality – Why do the wants and needs of a tiny minority (transgender) more important than the wants and needs of the overwhelming majority and require the 99+% to change?
Civil Rights – Since Obama took office, national tensions over race have gotten worse than ever, with the share of Americans who worry a lot about race relations soaring to 35% from a bottom of 13% just after he took office, according to a shocking new Gallup poll.
Freedom - “No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women” Ronald Reagan.
GWOT – The War began in the 7th century when Islam attacked the eastern Roman Empire and for a thousand years the armies of Allah successfully invaded, conquered, occupied, enslaved, and raided the West, in accordance with its doctrine of jihad in the Koran.
GWOT – Muslims have core (Sharia) beliefs that are in direct opposition to the fundamental precepts of Western secular beliefs, including a pluralistic democracy and fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and equality of all people.
GWOT – Obama brags about getting America out of wars, but maintains troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, 3,900 and 9,800 respectively (not nearly enough), in these combat zones.
GWOT – Prisoners of War are by definition captured during an armed conflict and only repatriated at the conclusion of hostilities, so premature release returns them to the conflict.
GWOT – Obama must live in a Bizarro-like alternative universe if he thinks Islamic jihadists are being defeated, since both the number of people and the size of territory is increasing.