Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

July 20, 2013


Economy – “Government is not the generator of economic growth; working people are. Phil Graham.

Politics – Obama does not have a coherent political strategy but he has a list of grievances he wants to fix, then hopes his successes can be cobbled together as a “strategy.

Politics – Political standards have sunk so low that Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are again running for office, contributing to the lack of respect Americans now show our politicians.

Politics – IRS lawyer Carter Hull implicated the Chief Counsel and the Head of the Exempt Organizations in the targeting scandal and made clear that targeting started in Washington.

Politics – Hillary Clinton was a disaster as Secretary of State, traveling around the world visiting as many countries as possible, but accomplishing next to nothing diplomatically.

Politics – The 25 Republican State Attorneys General are a potent “last line of defense” enforcing the principle of federalism to fight federal government overreach.

Media – Reagan’s saying “the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but they know so much that isn’t so” is proven by the fictitious Zimmerman trial media narrative.

Media – As new technologies emerge, I expect Twitter will go the way of telephone party lines doomed by personal privacy issues and a lack of any viable business case.

Media – The MSM downfall has already begun, but I expect this avalanche to continue more layoffs at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the TV Network News departments.

Economy – “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Plato.

Debt – The federal government has reached the $16.7 trillion debt limit on May 17th, but is hiding this fact with accounting gimmicks continuing to spend on “extraordinary measures.”

Deficit – Detroit is the largest city to file for bankruptcy seeking protection from its creditors as it restructures more than $18 billion in debt, and with public pensions bailed out by the PBGC.

Budget – After all the headlines when the Senate finally passed a budget proposal, Congress has shown no progress negotiating a compromise federal budget that can be passed.

Taxes – In 1900, government at all three levels took about 10% of our income, and today government takes nearly 50%, or twice as much as people say government should.

Jobs – The number of people leaving the workforce during this economic recovery has actually outpaced the number of people finding a new job by a factor of nearly three.

Immigration – Until we repeal the anchor baby” interpretation of the 14th Amendment, family unification will effectively deliver backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrant families.

Immigration – in 2010, the Internal Revenue Service paid $4 billion in Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) to 2.18 million supposedly invisible illegal immigrants.

Healthcare – Socialism requires “control of production by the orders of the central board of production management” which pretty well describes ObamaCare’s fundamental design.

Healthcare – ObamaCare redefined full-time employment to be 30 hours per week for benefits purposes, resulting in part-time employees lowered hours and lowered incomes.

Culture – The biggest problems our youth face is death of the traditional family, absentee fatherhood, illiterate children, the welfare state, the drug culture, and the gang culture.

Civil Rights – Racial tensions” is a euphemism for a black animosity towards whites and a left-wing construct, since this behavior is virtually absent by whites on blacks.

Crime – The facts in the trial proved the only crime committed was Travon Martin assaulted George Zimmerman, who was forced to defend himself tragically costing Travon his life.

Family – Since the Boy Scout capitulated to political correctness welcoming homosexuals, a traditional Judeo-Christian alternative is being formed for those who prefer traditional values.

Abortion – Europe's cutoff dates for legal abortion are far more stringent than those in Texas: 18 weeks in Sweden, 13 in the Netherlands, 12 in Germany, Italy, Denmark, and France..

Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.

Housing I expect that it will take four or more years at the current rate for the backlog of foreclosures to finally clear, before we see any signs of life of a robust housing recovery.

Economy – A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.Edward Abbey.

United Nations – UN Ambassador nominee, Samantha Power, disavowed her history of advocating U.S. intervention in the Arab-Israeli conflict and crimes committed by the U.S.

GWOT – The administration’s narrative is the War on Terror ended and Fort Hood was workplace violence, but Major Hassan is not cooperating and insists he is a Muslim terrorist.

Libya – When will Congress get around to asking the military leaders who gave them the explicit order to stand-down and abandon the Americans under attack in Benghazi?

Israel I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then re-annexing Gaza based on defensible borders and 1920 San Remo Conference.

Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists, and Obama will talk a lot, but stand aside and refuse to help defend this longtime ally.

Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea, and Obama will be “unable” to support our troops and will negotiate for a stalemate.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY