Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

May 7, 2016


Freedom - Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” James Madison.

Politics – In 2008, Obama was perceived to be a racial healer, the smartest President ever, a “no red state, no blue state” unifier, and a brilliant orator, but none turned out to be true.

Politics – Republican turnout this primary season is up 64% over 2012 levels, with participation accelerating in recent months as voters in big states with a rare shot at a meaningful role.

Politics – The Democrat Party has morphed from the party of the New Deal to the party of the rich elites and managerial-professionals overseeing the government dependent class.

Politics – New York has now joined Illinois in the need for a politician wing on the state prison to house all the state legislators convicted or political corruption and bribery.

Media – The impact of Fox News programming over the past eight months being pro-Trump was loss of their reputation as Fair and Balanced and CNN taking over # 1 in the ratings.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: bankruptcy to escape student loan debts and the Guantanomo release of a USS Cole bomber.

Politics – Hillary Clinton is caught in the middle between running as a third Obama term continuing the same failed policies, or a slower socialism transformation than Bernie Sanders.

Politics – Hillary Clinton may be the most appalling major party nominee in modern history: a shameless liar; remarkably short on accomplishments; every bit the socialist Bernie Sanders is, but is less honest about it; mean and vindictive; considers herself above the law; can’t stand answering questions unless they’re friendly softballs, would be a shoe-in for a felony indictment if not for the possibility a partisan Attorney General will save her.

Politics – It is now clear that the only reason Bernie Sanders is still in the race is he wants to be the last candidate standing after Hillary Clinton is indicted and drops out of the race.

Politics – Hillary Clinton wants to use the government to Make Government Great Again, while Donald Trump promises to use the government to Make America Great Again!

PoliticsCarly Fiorina is the prototype that anyone with courage and grit can succeed in America based on merit and not based on who your father is or who you marry.

Politics – The Donald Trump protests are actually Progressive “rent-a-mobs,” riots paid for by leftist community agitators, that shows anarchism is at the heart of modern Progressivism.

Politics – Not happy with John McCain, then less happy with Mitt Romney, and now Donald Trump, but again forced to vote for him since the Democrat alternatives are so much worse.

Politics – I look forward to Ted Cruz returning to the Senate to provide some conservative leadership, and potentially position himself as the next Supreme Court Justice.

Politics – Since so many voters are disappointed with the status quo Party elites, candidates mustn’t underestimate the desire for change that may even expand Republican majorities.

Media – In the span of two days polls show Donald Trump with a double-digit lead, then Ted Cruz with a double-digit lead, which only means you can’t trust any polls to be accurate.

Freedom - “A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.” James Madison.

Economy – Every program the President proposed reduces the reward from working, saving and investing, from higher taxes to more regulations to more public policy uncertainty.

Economy – Crony socialism involved government tax and regulatory favoritism to protect special interests from market competition, so they can make more money at public expense.

Economy – The U.S. economy added the fewest number of jobs in seven months in April and Americans dropped out of the labor force in droves with another month of tepid results.


November 2008

April 2016


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Food Stamp Participation (000)




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Deficits – Obama brags about deficits plummeting, but only when compared against other Obama deficits, since we owns the record for the eight largest deficits in American history.

Finance – In September 2008, the federal government rescued Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with $187.5 billion and placed them in conservatorship, as a temporary rehabilitative step on the path to private ownership, but now instead they have been nationalized.

Environment – The ocean acidification “threat” is another fraudulent global warming claim, invented from selective data, threatening apocalypse from disruption of the food chain.

Environment – Climate Hustle” should be used as the kickoff for a coordinated campaign to debunk climate alarmism as a political movement with no impact on the environment.

Welfare – Alabama changed their food stamp program to require people to work 20 hours a week to receive benefits, which culled the rolls of those ages 18 to 49 from 49,940 to 15,375.

Judiciary – There are 25,060 lawyers on the federal payroll, costing taxpayers $3.3 billion last year and $26.2 billion since 2007, more than half located inside the Washington beltway.

Civil Rights – Racism has effectively been erased in the United States except in black communities where offensive language, stereotypes, and low expectations are excused.

Freedom - Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. James Madison.

Foreign Policy – The State Department must refuse to accept “State of Palestine” passports, since this is not a recognized country with a made-up state and made-up people. 

GWOT – Until the United States recognizes that we are already at war and accurately identifies the real enemy, there will never be an adequate or effective military strategy.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY