Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
May 30, 2015
Democracy - “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” .
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: EPA power-grab to administer all water bodies and re-defining success in the ISIS War.
Politics – Hillary Clinton has committed so many illegal offenses that normal, non-liberal elites would be punished by fines, prison, and loss of clearance and any future in the public sector.
Politics – Hillary Clinton is beginning to look like a disaster-in-the-making, with very poor political campaign skills and an indefensible record overseeing foreign policy disasters.
Politics – Hillary Clinton is the consensus candidate for the liberal kool-aid drinking majority, but unfortunately she lacks RELAVANT experience, lacks POSITIVE accomplishments, and has an IMMORAL approach to governance that no amount of political spin can hide!.
Politics – Only “kool-aid drinking liberals” believe the Clinton Foundation is a charitable (less than 10%) organization, rather than the political-slush-fund and influence-peddling machine.
Media – According to a recent Rasmussen survey, 61% of likely voters say they do not trust the political news they are getting, and 48% believe media bias is a problem in politics.
Politics – According to a recent Pew Research poll, only 23% of the public and 37% of Republicans say the GOP leaders are keeping their campaign promises.
Politics – Republicans are warming up to the conservative candidates with Scott Walker leading the pack and Ted Cruz as a strong second who would be a great VP candidate.
Democracy - “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.Thomas Jefferson.
Economy – The economy isn’t just slowing down, it is contracting, according to economic estimates and forecasts in 1st and 2nd quarters, escalating fears of a double-dip recession.
Finance – After the S&L crisis of the early 90s, over 1,000 people were prosecuted, and over 800 convicted, yet after the financial crisis of 2007-08, no senior banker has been convicted.
Jobs – The BLS reports that the civilian labor force participation rate has dropped significantly from its peak of 67.3% in 2000 to 62.8% today, hovering near a 37-year low.
Poverty – After 50 years of the War on Poverty, the sad truth is that little progress has been made erasing poverty, with poor results across all ethnicities and all geographies.
Healthcare – The real reason for ObamaCare proposed rate increases is that insurers now have real data on enrollees rather than implausible Obama administration projections.
Immigration – African immigrants excel when they first arrive, but the longer they are in the country and are influenced by the African-American culture, their success diminishes quickly.
Equality – If you change an organization to accommodate a tiny minority, the risk is that the majority loses the values that attracted them initially, i.e.: Boy Scouts declining membership.
Sexuality – Liberals are confusing their recent legal successes on gay marriage as national support, when actually it only reflects tolerance of aberrant behavior by a tiny minority.
Marriage - The word “marriage” has two meanings: 1) the religious term which has historically meant uniting a two of the opposite sex; and 2) the secular definition, the state of being united to a person (of either sex) and enjoy the personal and legal rewards of their union.
Energy – Europe is experiencing a renewable energy disaster creating a high cost energy system where everyone loses while coal, gas, and oil fuels become more expensive.
Energy – E&E Legal blocked an EPA carbon capture and storage proposal for coal-fired power plants, since it was not “adequately demonstrated” and “commercially available.”
Environment – The EPA has abandoned its original mission of protecting other property owners from proven contaminants to the more theoretical cause of protecting the earth.
Environment – We’ve experienced the calmest Hurricane season in 30 years, the quietest tornado season in 60 years; the creation of 19,000 Manhattan islands worth of sea ice, and (again) the Arctic Ice Cap has grown by 533,000 square miles.
Environment – Much of the environmentalist hysteria has been based on faulty computer models that seem to have gotten less accurate deviating from reality with time.
Democracy - “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” .
Military – Multi-generational military families form the heart of the all-volunteer Army, which increasingly is drawing its ranks from the relatively small pool of Americans with historic family, cultural or geographic connections to military service.
Middle East – Obama’s so-called air war against ISIS is a sham, with no real plan to ever actually win the war, but only enough to appear “actively” engaged.
Middle East – According to a recent Rasmussen survey, 43% of likely voters now think ISIS is winning in both Iraq and Syria, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary
Israel – Over 60 years after the Jews were displaced from Arab lands, there are no longer any Jewish refugees, but Arabs displaced during Israel's 1948 War of Independence are still refugees because the Arab states have refused to grant them citizenship, except for Jordan.
Iran – The P5+1 consensus is falling apart as France will bail out of the Iranian nuclear negotiations as Iran refuses to honor any agreed to inspections its “suspicious” nuclear sites.
Libya – Hillary Clinton 1) did not provide adequate protection for her people, 2) abandoned her people while under attack, and 3) covered-up her role in Benghazi with a fake story.