Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
June 27, 2015
Progress - “The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.” .
Politics – Much like a vampire, the only way to kill ObamaCare is with a stake through the heart, but that requires a 100% repeal bill to pass which also requires a new President.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: Confederate flag politically correct overreaction and Greece defaulting on EU loans.
Media – Media Matters founder David Brock admitted that his nonprofit, tax-exempt organization specifically defends Hillary Clinton, a political candidate for office, from Republican criticism.
Politics – The “Clinton Crime Family Foundation” is one of the largest slush funds ever created and foretells if elected Hillary Clinton may be the first coin-operated President in history.
Politics – The sooner the second tier Republican candidates realize they are unelectable and a distraction (Carson, Christie, Huckabee, Kasich, Santorem, Trump, etc.), the better!
Learning - “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”John F. Kennedy.
Economy – The Commerce Department’s economy estimate indicates an economy not just stopped growing, but declining and not much better though the rest of the year.
Jobs – Many employers report that they are struggling to find qualified workers to fill vacant jobs, particularly among young adults, and an obvious solution is expanded apprenticeships.
Housing – In HUD’s view, any business policy, practice or standard that results in different outcomes for minorities is racist, regardless of any intent to discriminate (“disparate impact”).
Transportation – An Amtrak audit found that one-sixth of personnel costs ($200 million) were overtime costs, with some employees only reported working overtime but no regular hours.
Environment – Pope Francis’s naïve and self-serving views on climate change will one day be compared to the persecution of Galileo for his claims that the earth revolves around the sun.
Healthcare – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts did his best to salvage ObamaCare based on what he thought the legislators meant to say vs. how the law was actually written.
Healthcare – ObamaCare fail: all but one of the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans are operating in the red, with one already shut down and others in precarious condition.
Healthcare – In real, clinically recognized conditions, medical marijuana has not been proven to work for most illnesses that state laws have approved it for.
Marriage – Now the Supreme Court has tried to redefine marriage, it is time for Congress to reassert its legislative authority and pass a new Defense of Marriage Act (1 man + 1 woman).
Civil Rights – Obama’s legacy as a community organizer shows that “if you scratch a (racial) scab long enough and hard enough you will reopen the wound and make it bleed.”
Civil Rights – The Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern heritage, state’s rights, and defiance of despotic federal government, and not just a hyper-sensitive slavery symbol.
Civil Rights – The Supreme Court approved “disparate impact” as a civil rights era litigation tool that endorsed, if you don’t like the outcome, claim that it was caused by discrimination.
Abortion – In last ten years, the number of abortions by Planned Parenthood increased by more than 70,000 annually, while non-abortion services declined by more than 50%.
Freedom - “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” .
GWOT – The State Department released its Annual Report on Terrorism with a 35% increase in terrorist attacks driven by Islamic extremist groups in the Middle East and Africa.
GWOT – The number of Islamic terror-related arrests in 2015 surpasses the previous two years combined, with this year’s emphasis on preventing ISIS attacks planned for July 4th.
Iran – Tehran has increased its terrorist activities and the Iranian parliament voted to prohibit key U.N. inspections, and either development by itself is enough to scuttle the nuclear talks.