Musings on the Week


Musings on the Week

July 1, 2017


Communism – “The Cold War isn’t thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat.  Communism isn’t sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.” Richard Nixon.

Politics – Democrats lose elections when they run on identify politics and hyperbole, since voters distrust these strategies that have been demonstrated in practice not to work.

Politics – The downside of identity politics is that sometimes groups compete with each other for attention, which may explain why the Democrat Party is Anti-Semitic in word and actions.

Politics – The only thing Democrats have improved in over time is hyperbole, exaggerating the impact of ideas magically if they agree, and catastrophically is they disagree.

Politics – Democrats may think the brand is all about diversity, inclusion and fairness, but most Americans see the brand being about contempt for voters: intellectual and moral.

Politics – Democrats don’t have a clue, thinking “resist” is a winning strategy, and misinterpreting positive media coverage with appealing to the people.

Political – Democrats are quick to apologize why Obama was unable to achieve his goals in eight years, but now are incensed that Trump has not achieved all his goals in six months.

Politics – Trump’s Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government is designed to reorganize government functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs to restore accountability working for the American people.

Politics – Democrats complain about how little done in Congress, so they would not mind sacrificing their August recess to complete the tax code reform and ObamaCare reform bills.

Media – The only ones desiring a continued Russia election investigation is the liberal media, because most people now consider this probe a sham and a waste of time and money.

Communism – “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Ronald Reagan.

Jobs – The Bureau of Labor Statistics show the number of potential jobs in America at an all-time high, roughly six million available jobs, but new hire rates are dropping because many companies and contractors cannot get skilled workers to fill much-needed positions.

Environment – Climate Change Warriors have an abysmal record on climate warnings with most catastrophic predictions never occurring and irreparable damage never happening.

Environment – Since 1973, just 78 species have been removed from the Endangered Species List, because some had been initially improperly placed on it due to data errors (18 species); were foreign species given no protection by the ESA (22); were recovered due to other laws or regulations, such as the banning of DDT (13); or, worst of all, delisted because they became extinct while on the list or already extinct when put on list (10 species).

Healthcare – The biggest problem with ObamaCare is that it equates access to health insurance with improved health care, but insurance is only concerned with who gets paid.

Healthcare – .As ObamaCare implodes and insurance providers bail, Democrats refused to work with Republicans on fixing it, and even bragged about obstruction of any progress. 

Healthcare – The Senate Republican health-care bill claims to eliminate the individual and employer mandates, phase out ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, cut an array of taxes, and lay out the conditions for full repeal later.

Healthcare – Senators Cruz, Johnson, Lee and Paul do not support the language in the new draft Republican bill, since it is not a true ObamaCare repeal and replace bill.

Immigration - Ten Republican state attorneys general and one governor are threatening to sue the Trump administration if it does not rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama EO that granted amnesty to more than one million undocumented immigrants.

Culture – Our culture is based on individualism, our values and justice, and has nothing to do with race; it has to do with a belief system and foundational ideas that created America.

Entitlement – United States entitlements are designed for U.S. citizens, not for anyone who happens to be in the country, legally or illegally, visiting or residing, working or not working.

Education – Military families homeschool at twice the rate of civilian population with about 7% of military families choosing flexibility, continuity, and rigor of parent directed education.

Communism – “Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.” John F. Kennedy.

United Nations – Ambassador Nikki Haley has found some “real value,” so reducing funding by 10% a year until the funding levels delivered equals the national value received.

Defense – President Trump must revisit the Quadrennial Defense Review to ensure alignment between national security strategies and military readiness / ability to execute those missions.

GWOT – Three years after Islamic State declared its caliphate on parts of Iraq and Syria, it has lost 80% of its revenue and roughly two thirds of its territory.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY