Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
July 8, 2017
Freedom – “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” Abraham Lincoln.
Politics – The ideal Democrat environment is perpetual discontent to justify the need for expanded government action, whether it works or not, and “never let a crisis go to waste.”
Politics – Desperate Democrats in exile are trying to remove Donald Trump from his duly won presidency on grounds that he’s crazy, but driving themselves further unhinged instead.
Politics – Democrats are divided by single-payer health care systems, with one side for it no matter what it costs and the other side warning that it doesn’t work and can’t be paid for.
Media – It is now obvious to everyone that most of the mainstream media is unable to report on issues of importance, so they focus on personalities, insults and other irrelevancies.
Media – Media bias can be proved by looking at June 29th: Trump sent out 13 tweets, 11 of which touted policy successes, but the media focused only on the 2 insulting Mika Brzezinski.
Media – President Trump has faced constant name-calling and bullying by the liberal media ever since he was elected, so it’s about time he fired back at them personally and directly.
Media – Viewers are increasingly gravitating toward outlets that basically tell them what they want to hear, reinforce their beliefs; they’re seeking affirmation, not information.
Media – After Donald Trump won the presidential election, Americans’ optimism about the economic future soared, but delaying the much needed changes erodes this euphoria.
Freedom – “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington.
Government – President Trump may want to consider paying his Inspectors General, who investigate waste, fraud and abuse, based on a percentage of monies saved in a year.
Demographics - Generation Z is a product of 9/11, global terrorism, school shootings, perpetual wars, the Great Recession, high unemployment and constant budget cuts which makes them cautious, even fearful, of an uncertain world and economy.
Jobs – The “welfare state” has seen employment of “prime-age” men working in 1967 at 95% now has over 20% of this group not working, creating a semi-permanent dependence class.
Pensions – Overall net pension liabilities increased from $0 in 2001 to $1.1 trillion in 2015, according to Pew Charitable Trusts, with just eight states with funding above 90% in 2015.
Energy – While the MSM obsessed on the President’s tweets, Trump announced plans to make the U.S. not just energy independent, but a global energy powerhouse!
Energy – Without billions upon billions of government mandates, tax credits, production subsidies, and other tax giveaways, there would be virtually no wind or solar industry in U.S.
Healthcare – Republican inability to pass their “repeal and replace” bill now must separate the two: outright ObamaCare repeal followed by a negotiated healthcare “replace” bill.
Elections - Trump’s Election Integrity Commission is trying to ensure voter rolls in each state are accurate and enforceable, but states are resisting this search to fix voting anomalies.
Education – American history is our national heritage, right and wrong, and must not be sanitized but preserved in context, to provide a base for learning and a guide for the future.
Education – Home school advocates and practitioners have succeeded despite a lack of funding, recruiting efforts, publicity, and grant money from philanthropic billionaires.
Welfare – Food stamp rolls are showing a dramatic reduction in states that have moved to restore work requirements, with reductions over 50% achieved in some states.
Civil Rights – Barack Obama’s election was the culmination of the black struggle to attain the pinnacle of political power, but he over-promised and under-delivered while in office.
Sexuality – Sex is a biological binary fact that can be scientifically determined, while gender is a social construct and a matter of choice that is individually determined.
Abortion – Planned Parenthood is a consistent national leader in carrying out elective abortions, performing more than 1.6 million abortions over the past five years.
Freedom – “If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.” Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Poland – Trump’s enthusiastic welcome in Poland was lambasted by the left who view everything through a racial and religious prism triggered by imagined political slights.
Middle East – It is not in America’s national interest to help the Middle East fighting to redraw national boundaries into religious ones: Sunni-stan (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain); Shiia-stan (Tran, Iraq); Kurdi-stan (Syria, Turkey); Alewite-stan (Syria, Lebanon); and Israel, of course!
China – China’s global debt has hit a new record of $217 trillion; 327% of GDP, with hidden debt due to shaky loans risking a market collapse disaster of unparalleled proportions.