Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

May 14, 2016


Freedom - Man is not free unless government is limited.” Ronald Reagan.

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.

Media – Considering the recent revelations that the mainstream media is slanted in its story selection and coverage, maybe reporters should be more accurately called “spin doctors?”

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: Chicago Mother’s Day murder mayhem and new Muslim mayor in Londonistan.

Politics – In November, we’ll be facing the incredible prospect of choosing between a lying, incompetent, utterly corrupt Alinsky-loving influence peddler and a narcissistic loudmouth with no understanding of basic economics (despite his business success), a long history of liberal views, and the success story of a near-perfect “crony capitalist” (a term I don’t like because it falsely implies that buying politicians is actually a form of capitalism).

Politics – Initially the only Republican Hillary Clinton could defeat was Donald Trump, but once Trump was the candidate the polls have tightened, so as we get closer to the election, the overwhelming rejection of liberal policies may deliver a Republican landslide victory. 

Politics – Chelsea Clinton managed to marry the only hedge fund manager (Eaglevale Hellenic Opportunity) who was able to lose 90% of his investor’s money.

Politics – Hillary Clinton must be indicted before the Democrat Convention in July, so Democrats will have time to select a Presidential candidate not facing felony charges.

Politics – Republican Party has been led by the establishment moderates who ignored the conservative grassroots, and overlooked blue-collar and low-income white-collar workers.

Politics – Don’t underestimate the depth of voter dissatisfaction that spawned Donald Trump, and smother Hillary Clinton as an establishment elite out of touch with the American people.

Politics – I am not a fan of Donald Trump but I will vote for him in November, because he may surprise me and do things I like and there is no chance Hillary Clinton will do things I like.

Politics – For years now, conservative TEA Party insurgents have battled a GOP establishment they saw as weak-willed and unprincipled, while the establishment tries to ignore upstarts. 

Politics – Big Tent” Republicans never really wanted a Big Tent, but rather a country club with a permanent membership committee composed of the Party Ruling Elite.

Politics – If Donald Trump is the new de facto leader of the Republican Party, do not be surprised if the conservative grassroots abandon the Republican Party en masse.

Government - “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.” Ronald Reagan.

Taxes – Alaska’s oil based economy has collapsed with falling oil prices causing them to propose an income tax for the first time in 35 years.

Transportation – Amtrak, created in 1970 as a federally chartered, for-profit corporation, has had 46 consecutive years of operating losses, including a $306 million loss last year.

Manufacturing – The nation’s manufacturers are now producing 47% more than they did 20 years ago, with manufacturing employment declining by 29% due to increased productivity.

Energy – States which offered substantial taxpayer support for green energy pay a lot more for electricity, increasing the costs of producing goods and services that use electricity.

Demographics – In 2014 Census shows that the top seven states with the biggest percentage increase in in-migration from other states are in order: North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and Texas, all these states being red, except Colorado.

Sexuality – Less than 5% of Americans are gender confused, yet they insist we must all  tolerate their deviancy, but must change our behavior to accommodate their peccadilloes.

Abortion – Kansas approved legislation to ban any taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, instead directing funding to full-service public health clinics and hospitals.

Civil Rights – Enforcing diversity is a political tool to segment society into victim classes that can be manipulated for political gain with no intent to ever fix the underlying issues.

Civil Rights – Government programs have not improved racial disparities, because the solutions to the problems confronting black people are not found in the political arena.

Freedom - “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have” Ronald Reagan.

Defense – National Defense has been decimated to the point where the Army is the smallest since World War II, the Air Force smallest since the 1940s, and the Navy smallest since 1916.

Europe – European countries are transitioning from government employees handling airport security to a public-private model providing better security and greater public satisfaction.

Venezuela – Venezuela appears likely to default sooner rather than later, with a deficit over 20% of gross domestic product, possibly ahead of large debt service payments due this fall.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY