Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
June 28, 2014
Leadership – “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” Peter Drucker.
Politics – The Progressive Democracy Alliance is composed of millionaires and billionaires committed to boost liberal candidates through 21 core groups, including Center for American Progress, Media Matters, America Votes, and Organizing for Action.
Politics – Voter payback will likely shift political power in Congress away from the Democrats in the midterms and will enable Republicans to slow or stop further damage to the nation.
IRS – We now have seven IRS officials who have lost critical emails, a statistical impossibility that implies a conspiracy to obstruct justice, and more violations of the Federal Records Act
Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: IRS losing Lois Lerner e-mails and trying to rewrite history to blame Bush for fall of Iraq.
Politics – Hillary Clinton loyal supporters love her despite any unfavorable revelations, while the support from the rest of the public bleeds away the more they learn about her.
Media – The leftist media is composed of uncurious and unserious journalists who are not real journalists since they have become simple stenographers at best, or shills at least.
Leadership – “Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” Peter Drucker.
Economy – No amount of administration spin can cover first quarter GDP announced initially as flat, then revised to -1%, and finalized as -2.96%, so now expect partisan damage control.
Economy – The economy is in a recession if one quarter GDP (Gross Domestic Product) wipes out the gains of the previous quarter, so 1Q14 wiped out the gains of 4Q13 = New Recession?
Social Security – The total number of disability beneficiaries in the U.S. topped 11 million for the first time last month, increasing from 10,996,447 in April to a record 11,004,507 in May.
Immigration – The surge in unaccompanied illegal alien children was orchestrated by the administration and even began hiring “nannys” in January to handle anticipated increase.
Immigration – The unaccompanied illegal alien children are being dispersed across the country as a Cloward-Piven tactic to overwhelm the immigration system across the U.S.
Healthcare – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) determined that the Medicaid program doled out $14.4 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2013.
Healthcare – The costs of deductibles and premiums have soared more than 40% in the individual market, and were slashed in the federal marketplace through federal subsidies.
Healthcare – Polling finds that voters are overwhelmingly opposed (81%) to putting taxpayers on the hook for an ObamaCare bailout of health insurers, to cover their losses.
Environment – When will Americans wake up to finally reject the global warming hoax which is a stealth tax for redistribution of wealth with no measurable environmental benefit?
Environment – According to a Pew Research Center poll, 35% of Americans say there is “not enough solid evidence to mankind is warming the Earth” while another 18% says the world has warmed due to “natural patterns” and not human activity
Environment – Beware of environmental narrative changing from pollution reduction (infinitesimal)) to economic benefit (imaginary) since the former justification has flopped.
Energy – Renewable energy cannot function without heavy subsidies in the form of producer and consumer tax credits, purchase mandates, and large loan guarantees to companies.
Property – In most states, the feds transferred ownership of lands to the states through grants, sales and homesteading, but in nine states the feds still own more than 40% of the land.
Housing – House Republicans pushed through an amendment to a HUD spending bill that defunds enforcement of the agency's new "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule.
Civil Rights – Many states now allow contractual joining of same-sex couples, but only a “marriage” legally and religiously joins a man and a woman for a family fit for procreation.
Education – Academic performance and spending over the past 40 years revealed that states have seen a 3% performance decline despite more than doubling per-pupil spending.
Leadership – “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” Peter Drucker.
Defense – The parties view the military differently: Republicans view mission is to protect American interests, while Democrats view mission as all-purpose instrument of government.
Israel – It is about time to accept that Palestinians will never abandon their extermination goal and will never negotiate, so the U.S. should embrace the Israel one nation strategy.
Iraq – It will be interesting to hear Obama explain what 300 troops can accomplish in Iraq that 10,000 troops could not, and how he will measure their success.