Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

May 10, 2014


Welfare – Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” Ronald Reagan.

Politics – Fast and Furious, IRS political targeting, Benghazi attack cover-up, DOJ selective enforcement, etc. are examples of a culture of corruption up to and including White House.

Politics – Hillary Clinton abandoned Americans under attack at Benghazi, lied to American people about the circumstances, and took no responsibility for administration failed policies.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: more baseless climate change predictions and empty words on kidnapped Christian Nigerian girls.

Language – Liberal progressives have redefined the term tolerance” to mean blind acceptance of liberal talking points while actively suppressing any criticism of the party line.

Welfare – We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.Ronald Reagan.

Economy – The Democrat Party housing policies caused the recession, Obama’s conduct during the 2008 campaign lengthened the recession, the 2009 failed stimulus plan slowed the recovery, and the focus on income inequity stalled now the recovery.

Economy – A 0.1% GDP gain in the first quarter can only be termed a stall, not an indication of recovery, with ample data demonstrating continued problems in the job market.

Finance – The Dodd-Frank legislation was intended to prevent future bailouts for big banks, but has actually institutionalized the practice, without solving any of the underlying problems.

Jobs – The labor participation rate has again fallen to its 30 year low, as more and more people leave the labor work force and snuggle into their government benefit hammock.

Jobs – Federal job training programs targeting youth and young adults have been found to be extraordinarily ineffective, too small, inconclusive an restricted to short term impacts.

Unemployment – If unemployment was calculated using the 1980s methodology including long term discouraged workers, unemployment would actually be 23% vs. the official 6.3%. 

Inflation – If inflation was calculated using the 1980s methodology with energy and food prices included, inflation would actually be 9% compared to the official 1%.

Environment – Environmentalism is not about climate-change, but climate-change alarmism, which is a human behavior issue for politicians, economists, sociologists, and psychologists.

Environment – The biggest mistake made by the Environmental Protection Agency is defining carbon dioxide as a pollutant to be controlled, rather than a natural component of air.

Civil Rights – Racism is in the mind of the beholder, but objectively there are far more cases of black racism than white racism, particularly with an administration majoring on racism.

Civil Rights – Code language is a technique used by liberals to invent what you really meant to say because the actual quote doesn’t quite do the job for me.”

Healthcare – Seventy percent of the AIDS cases are caused by a segment of the population that makes up less than 3% of the whole, and ends up costing $23.2 billion annually.

Education – The DOJ claims one in five women are victims of rape” at college, based on poorly worded questions while three quarters of “victims” did not believe themselves raped.

Defense – Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.Ronald Reagan.

Foreign Policy – Obama’s (foreign policy) doctrine can be summed up in two sentences: “Speak loudly and carry no stick.” And “Be good to your enemies and bad to your allies.”

Defense – Nation-building is a State Department job, in 2002, President Bush’s hubris assigned this mission to an untrained military and then withdrew the necessary support to do it.

Libya – Multiple units quickly prepared to relieve the Americans in Benghazi, but no one seems to know who in the military chain of command ordered these units to “stand-down.”

Libya – The post-attack cover-up was orchestrated to hide the administration illegal gun smuggling program, ignored threat assessment, and inadequate defensive preparedness.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY