Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
April 26, 2014
Dependency – “Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.” Mitt Romney.
Politics – Hillary Clinton has history from Arkansas to the State Department: self-importance backed by failed ideology with a culture of corruption and a record of non-achievement.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: BLM vs. long time rancher in Nevada and a symbolic, toothless pivot to Asia.
Media – In an era of 24-hour news delivered through digital snippets, the historic influence of the weekend morning public affairs shows has diminished almost to irrelevance.
Dependency – “Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.” Thomas Sowell.
Dependency – Liberals view the welfare state as a permanent entitlement, while conservatives view the welfare state as a temporary safety net until able to recover.
Dependency – The number of federal assistance, subsidy, and aid programs (Medicare, farm subsidies, food stamps, etc.) available to State and local governments number 2,243.
Dependency – The number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by 60 million.
Dependency – Nearly 70% of all the money that the federal government spends goes towards entitlement and welfare programs – primary function of the federal government?
Dependency – The federal government has spent over $3.7 trillion on 80 different “means-tested welfare programs” over the past five years, with substantial growth in recent years.
Family – The strongest statistical correlation to income inequality in the United States is the rise of single-parent families during the past half century, with no solutions being offered.
Finance – The value of the dollar remained relatively constant, rising only 3%, before the Federal Reserve, but in the 100 years since the Federal Reserve prices have risen 2,380%.
Healthcare – The reason for President Obama’s insistence that the debate on ObamaCare is over is because the programs CAN NOT withstand any scrutiny on its multiple failed promises.
Healthcare – Since 2009, 458 polls have been taken on ObamaCare and 20 have shown Americans liking it, 5 have been ties, and 433 (95%) have shown Americans disliking it.
Healthcare – More than 70 million Americans are on Medicaid with another 16 million more Americans projected to be added to the Medicaid rolls with ObamaCare.
Healthcare – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has missed more than half of the 83 ObamaCare statutory deadlines required as mandates since March 2011.
Healthcare – ObamaCare “death panels” are alive and well in the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
Energy – Oil production declined 6% and gas production fell 28% from 2009 to 2013 on federal lands, while oil production soared 61% and gas production grew 33% on private land.
Environment – Environmentalists have incorrectly predicted climate disasters repeatedly over the last 100 years and have irreparably damaged whatever credibility they once enjoyed.
Environment – The climate on Earth is entirely dependent on the natural cycles of the Sun, and humans have at most an infinitesimal impact on the Earth’s climate.
Environment – Between 1989 and 2010, Congress considered and rejected some 692 bills addressing various aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
Education – College students are defaulting on federal loans at the highest rate (600,000 last year) in nearly two decades, with one in ten defaulting on their loans in the first two years.
Education – Common Core is a hastily embraced, new set of national standards that further complicate education with little promise of improving our children’s chances at success.
Civil Rights – Despite Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent, the Supreme Court ruled that affirmative action has out-lived its usefulness, and there is no more need for institutional discrimination.
Civil Rights – Senator Elizabeth (“Faux-cohantas”) Warren has done more since Ward Churchill to discredit the idea of ethnic identification warranting special consideration.
Dependency – “In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power.” Pope Francis.
GWOT – Islam is the only religion that has never gotten along with other religions and has engaged in religious wars with every other religion and even with its own co-religionists.
Israel – As the Obama administration tries to blame the players, they have no clue that the Middle East peace process was doomed before it began by irreconcilable differences.