Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

July 5, 2014


Freedom – America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln.

Politics – This “teflon” President is a “world-class whiner with a never-ending list of culprits to blame for his broken promises, as his sinking approval rating reflects voter remorse.

Politics – Senator Harry Reid has obstructed the amendment process 85 times, double the total of his six predecessors combined, negating right to debate and amend legislation.

Politics – A fear of voting has gripped Democrats in the Senate, with leaders trying to protect endangered Democrats from going on record casting controversial votes.

Politics – The technocrats of the Democrat Party champion big government policies that concentrate wealth in a small number of hands while lamenting against income inequality.

Politics – The U.S. Patent Office and Trademark Office ruled the “Redskins” name was disparaging to American Indians, despite never receiving any complaints about the name.

Scandals – No scandal has been resolved: entrenched political cover-ups, no one held accountable, no measures to prevent repeat performance… just next scandal distraction.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare:  illegal alien children warehoused on the borders and emergence of the Islamic caliphate in Iraq.

Politics – Hillary Clinton spent 8 years as First Lady, 8 years as a Senator, 4 years as Secretary of State to develop an imaginary resume with a lack of any positive achievements.

Politics – Elizabeth Warren, “faux-cohantas” from Massachusetts, is the only Democrat more leftist, more disconnected, and less qualified to run for President than Hillary Clinton.

Media – Despite best efforts of the mainstream media to bury all scandals, the American public holds Obama responsible for the border mess, the Iraq collapse, and the IRS coverup.

Freedom – True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Economy – As the economy continues to under-achieve, the economic condition may be renamed from the “Great Recession” into Obama’s “Great Stagnation.”


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June 2014


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- 0.7%

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Jobs The number of Americans 16 and older who did not participate in the labor force climbed to a record high of 92,120,000 in June, according to data from the BLS.

Immigration – Only about a quarter of illegal aliens bother to show up for immigration proceedings, while 872,000 aliens who received a legal removal order refuse to leave.

Immigration Obama’s “children’s crusade of unaccompanied illegal alien children is his latest Cloward-Piven tactic to overwhelm the immigration system to open the borders.

Immigration – Despite administration assertions, only one-in-five Americans want to see additional immigration, while two-in-five Americans want less, according to Gallup polling.

Immigration – Obama’s lack of enforcement of existing immigration laws caused this illegal alien surge crisis, and now he has the gall to ask for $2 billion of emergency funding to fix it.

Healthcare – A recent audit found that federal officials can’t resolve 85% of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare, even after nine months of trying.

Healthcare – Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision: birth control is still legal, readily accessible, and reasonably priced, but employers can chose not to fund based on beliefs.

Environment The “big lie” told by environmentalists is that CO2 is a pollutant, as a means to control all aspects of life by imposing a vast matrix of regulations on an unsuspecting public.

Environment Climate alarmists are concerned that the atmosphere currently contains 400 parts per million of CO2, while humans can routinely tolerate over ten times that amount.

Environment In Germany, vast subsidies flow to wind and solar, but coal is the fuel of choice for utilities struggling to provide backup power, while CO2 output is growing not shrinking.

Entitlements Only two entitlements are Social Security and Medicare, because workers invest into retirement and healthcare insurance and are entitled to return on investments.

Civil Rights Democrat civil rights position has shifted from the color-blind approach of 50 years ago to emphasize color-conscious remedies and redistribution of wealth programs.

Freedom – The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.Albert Camus.

Defense – More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings.

GWOT – ISIS, who have overrun parts of Syria and Iraq, punctuated its astonishing rise with the declaration of an Islamic state, a new "caliphate" for Muslims everywhere to pay obeisance.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY