Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

June 20, 2015


Economy - “I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” Thomas Jefferson.

Elections – A recent poll found that 78% of Americans believe proof of citizenship should be a requirement to vote, because public confidence in elections systems is at rock bottom.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: Bruce Jenner’s sexual confusion and Rachel Dolezal’s racial confusion.

Politics – Hillary Clinton’s campaign got off to a horrible start, necessitating a re-start to a New York City kool-aid crowd, but still didn’t fill the seats because enthusiasm is missing.

Politics – It looks like Hillary 2.0 will look a lot like Obama 3.0, with a 21st Century Left Liberal Laundry List of failed ideas from the past that are unaffordable, unworkable, and ineffective.

Politics – The Democrat Party has shifted so far to the left that progressiveHillary Clinton’s ideas poll about even with Bernie Sanders, the acknowledged socialist in the primary race.

Politics – Scott Walker continues to poll as one of the top Presidential candidates and may be unbeatable with either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio to add a conservative to the ticket.

Trade - “No nation was ever ruined by trade.” Benjamin Franklin.

Economy – Socialist governments interfere with markets do destroying free competition, while crony capitalism is government working with companies to interfere with markets.

Business – Starting a business is risky: Eighty percent of all new businesses fail within the first three years of operation; of the 20% that initially succeed, another 60% fail in the second generation of operation; and by the third generation of operations, only 1% survive.

Energy – Now that the EPA admitted that fracking is safe, Governor Cuomo of New York, who banned fracking, is looking very stupid in a state that could use the jobs and revenue.

Environment – Computer models, political statements and hypothetical cataclysms cannot substitute for the absence of actual evidence, especially when solutions are so destructive.

Immigration – Of all the refugees and those seeking asylum who were resettled in the U.S. over the last five years, 56% are still on Medicaid, 47% still receive SSI cash assistance, 74% receive food stamps, and 23% receive public housing assistance costing 6.3 billion per year.

Immigration – Between 2010 and 2014, a group of 121 illegal aliens were held by ICE and scheduled for deportation but never removed, have now been charged with murder.

Equality – There is no quantitative proof of value for “diversity” and “inclusion,” but no shortage of assertions of and subjective evaluations on perception of “feeling better.”

Civil Rights – The political left has created a new buzzword: “micro-aggression for political correct offenses, when the offended person needs to address their own hyper-sensitivity.

Civil Rights – The Genograhic Project’s DNA analysis shows my ancestors came from Africa 50,000 years ago via Europe, so like Rachel Dolezal, my race must be “African-American.”

Civil Rights – The social justice” ideology is a reverse caste system in which a person’s status and worth depends entirely on their perceived oppression and disadvantage.

Family – Daniel Moynihan’s The Negro Family: A Call for National Action reported in 1965 that decline of the two-parent family was fueling the growth of poverty and unemployment, and leading to rising crime rates in black neighborhoods and schools without discipline.
Crime – Despite claims of 20% of women being sexually assaulted, the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey only found 6.1 assaults per 1,000 (.61%) which is less than non-students.

Crime – The “Ferguson Effect” describes the relationship between decreased enforcement and increased crime, with the primary victims the law abiding inner-city residents.

Crime – Unintended consequence of Obama focus on black grievances is the emergence and acceptance of black mob violence an innocent whites unreported and unindicted.

Religion – The Left has realized that Pope Francis is not the progressive they thought, and apart from encouraging dialogue he is not going to be changing Catholic Doctrine after all.

Honesty - “Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.Ronald Reagan.                               

Trade – Americans support free trade since it allows nations to specialize in what they do best, thereby fueling growth and producing cheaper goods and services for consumers.

Trade – TPP calls for the formation of a permanent political and economic union known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission, which will have power to issue regulations impacting not only trade but immigration, the environment, labor and commerce.

Military – Obama’s military is committing “suicide by a thousand cuts suffering a succession of budget cuts forcing sacrifice of long term superiority for short term survivability.

Military – Obama is transforming the U.S. Navy into a “Green Navy” that will cost $1.9 billion in alternative fuels alone, which could be better spent buying a new aircraft carrier.

GWOT – President Obama continues on his quixotic quest to close down Guantanamo prison by releasing another half dozen terrorists so they can rejoin al-Qaeda in their jihad.

Iran – While Iran was negotiating with the U.S. on its nuclear capabilities, we saw U.S. appeasement matched by Iranian cheating on the “deal,” a worsening human rights situation in Iran, and Iranian aggression in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and the Persian Gulf.

Syria – Obama mismanaged the Syrian civil war, which he pledged to stop, but instead has killed 230,000 people, displace 7.6 million, and gave birth to Islamic State.

Iraq – Obama is making the same mistakes as Bush in Iraq: no clear objectives, no measures of success, no completion criteria, and no process to handoff for ongoing nation building.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY