Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

June 6, 2015


Politics - One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are.” Cal Thomas.                                                          

Politics – The federal government has so “perverted” the FOIA process by “ridiculously overused” exemptions and stall tactics they have created a system to intentionally “obfuscate, obstruct and delay” the release of public information.

Politics – The Congressional Black Caucus is the corrupt, partisan cabal that exists solely to trade money for influence meanwhile ignoring any semblance of civil rights or equality.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: Bernie Sanders for President and John Kerry’s broken leg as excuse for missing Iran deal deadline.

Media – Comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are revered as intellectual leaders and trusted sources of information about the world by clueless “Low-Information-Voters.

Politics – Everything Hillary Clinton does is tainted by calculation, dishonesty, immorality, and scandal, a history that dates back decades, and would undermine any other candidate.

Politics – Hillary Clinton has already reached her high water mark in electoral appeal, and even at this point, most Americans do not want her as President.

Politics – The only two politicians to the Left of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Mally, have been offered as Democrat candidates to make Hillary look like a centrist.

Politics – Both recent Gallup, CNN and the Washington Post/ABC News polls show Hillary Clinton with a negative favorability rating, with disapprovals outnumbering approvals.

Politics – Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, and George Pataki are all obvious Republican establishment candidates, but none have excited the voting public!

Politics – The political indictment of Dennis Hastert is for structured payments” by a Republican offender, while completely ignoring the blackmailer guilty of an actual crime.

Politics -I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.Andrew Jackson.

Economy – First quarter GDP growth showed a contraction at a rate of 0.7% and 2nd quarter growth estimates have been revised downward, as the economy continues to limp along.


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Income - Over the half-century, real income per head ended a little lower in only six countries (Afghanistan, Haiti, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia).

Healthcare - Over the half-century, life expectancy ended a little lower in only three countries (Russia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), and infant survival decreased in none.

Transportation – More than four decades and $44 billion in taxpayer subsidies later ($70 billion when adjusted for inflation), Amtrak has yet to deliver a single year of profitability!

Immigration – Our immigration system is not broken in this country, but rather our existing immigration laws are not be consistently enforced by this administration.

Immigration – Rasmussen Reports found that just 34% of likely U.S. voters favor the President’s plan to allow illegal immigrants to remain in this country legally and apply for jobs.

Energy – The EPA study on hydraulic fracturing has finally been released and confirmed that fracking is safe, and states have been effectively regulating the process.

Elections – Rasmussen Reports found that 76% of Americans, and even 58% of Democrats,  support voter ID laws across the country, with wide support for photo IDs.

Crime – Based on the demographics of those arrested in Ferguson, the majority of the violent protesters are from out of town and allegedly being paid to protest by outside agitators.

Gun Control – The Department of Justice is issuing a dozen new regulations directly assaulting the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, before the President leaves office.

Education – Ivy League colleges require a 2200 base score on the SATs and 46% of students who achieve 2200 are Asians but only 21% are accepted, reflecting negative racial quotas.

Sexuality – I tolerate all kinds of strange behavior (different from normal); which does not mean I agree with or support this choice; and I see no need to subsidize deviant behavior by changing my language, my beliefs, or my wallet, such as paying for elective surgery.

Abortion - In 37 consecutive polls throughout the past 21 years, Gallup has found that a majority of Americans surveyed say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

Religion – The real target of the Left, including the homosexualists, is Christianity and they are on the verge of Christian teaching being declared to be “hate speech.”

Politics - It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” Joseph Stalin.     

Foreign Policy – President Obama's stunning declaration that the global image of the United States has greatly improved under his administration is another example of his ideology and narcissism's blinding him to his many policy failures.

Trade – The Trans-Pacific Partnership has less to do with trade than it does with ushering in a globalist agenda that usurps American sovereignty, also allowing revisions over time.

GWOT – Contrary to the media narrative, the Crusades were a medieval phenomenon to halt Islamic conquests and protect Christians, punish attackers and right terrible wrongs.

Military – All eight females in first co-ed class at Army Ranger School failed to pass the first phase of training, even after recycling this phase.

Middle East – Obama’s strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State (ISIS) is not working as ISIS gained territory in Iraq and Syria and expanded into Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Iran – The Nuclear Development Deal was announced but not implemented yet, and Iran is already cheating growing enriched uranium by 8% since Obama’s claim of a deal.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY