Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

June 27, 2015


Progress - The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.” John F. Kennedy.         

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 – TheClinton Crime Family Foundationis 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.John F. Kennedy.                                                                                                                                    

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.  


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY