Musings on the Week

Return to Common Sense

July 21, 2012


Democracy - “The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Politics – Democrats accuse Republicans of being the “Party of No” which is actually high praise acknowledging success by Congress blocking further destruction by socialist policies.

Politics – Romney appears to be on cruise control, campaigning with stock speeches, which hopefully will change after the Convention with a clear vision and plan for the future.

Politics – Republican elites do not understand their members as evidenced by the lack of conservative and TEA Party representation and speakers at the Party Convention.

Politics – Republicans must know that each new regulation that Obama implements by fiat (executive order) can be repealed by fiat by the next President – preferably on day one!

Politics – Voter Question:How did that vote for Obama work out for you? Are you better off today than when Barack Obama was elected? Is he making the economy better or worse?

Consumer Confidence – Confidence plummeted under Obama and stagnated ever since.

Politics – Democrats are attacking Mitt Romney personally, professionally, and politically to distract voters from their abysmal record and Obama’s lack of demonstrated leadership.

Politics – President Obama claims jobs are his “number one” priority, but since he finds time for 106 campaign fundraisers in six months, he really means Number Ones’s job is his priority!

Media – Newspapers continue to hemorrhage readers with only political ads in the 2012 election to save them, but I expect many newspapers will disappear after the next election.

Politics I expect that the 2012 Presidential election will be the most racist campaign, with baseless accusations used to distract voter attention from Obama’s record of failure.

Politics I expect that the TEA Party members will support Mitt Romney in the November election, delivering a landslide victory to the Republicans to repair the Obama damage!

Democracy - “Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles. Woodrow Wilson.

Economy – Public policy uncertainty is the cause of a 3.2% drop in gross domestic product, a 16% decline in private investment and the loss of 2.3 million jobs over the past five years.

Economy – The Obama theory of entrepreneurship is that behind every successful businessman, there is a successful government, but entrepreneurs see just the opposite.

Economy – The 32 OECD countries show a striking direct relationship between increased per capita government spending resulting in increased deficits and the biggest drops in GDP.

Jobs – Obama’s 26 member Council on Jobs and Competitiveness has not met in six months since they presented a report with more than 60 job creation recommendations.

Jobs – Law schools over-serve the legal profession and among 2011 law-school graduates, only half could not find a job in the legal field nine months after finishing school.

Energy – The Energy Department calls its loan guarantee an “enormous success,” despite bankruptcies at Abound Solar, Solyndra, Beacon Power, Ener1, and layoffs at others. 

Environment – The federal government spent $68.4 billion in fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to fight the hoax known as anthropogenic global warming or man-induced climate change. 

Taxes – The so-called Bush tax cuts are the current tax rates that have been in effect for the last ten years, but will be rescinded on January 1st resulting in a $500 billion tax increase.  

Labor – Unions do not represent their membership, since 40% of all union members are Republicans, but union dues overwhelmingly support (over 90%) Democrat candidates. 

Education – The Department of Education has a system of below-market direct student loans, guaranteed by the federal government and guaranteed to fail in the future. 

Elections – Georgia has one of the oldest and strictest voter id laws, but no publicity since it was a success increasing minority voting numbers and percentages in recent elections. 

Welfare – Democrats define success as increasing the number of people on welfare, while Republicans define success as increasing the number of people able to get off welfare. 

Economy I expect the next President to inherit another recession (or continuation of the current recession) due to the stagnant economy and the effect of choking regulation.

Debt I expect that the country’s credit rating will again be downgraded after Congress debt ceiling discussions again fail to find sufficient spending cuts to halt deficit spending.

DeficitI expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy by 2012 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.

Democracy – “Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. Ronald Reagan.

Israel – For the first three years of his Presidency, Obama has focused on pressuring Israel, a policy that alienated the Jewish state but did nothing to advance the Palestinians peace.

Afghanistan Spending on the war in Afghanistan was $118.6 billion in the last fiscal year, more than what was spent on the war in Iraq in all but the two years of the troop surge.

Israel I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas again in 2012 and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then annexing Gaza based on the concept of defensible borders.

Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists by 2012, and Obama will stand aside and not help defend this longtime ally.

Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea by the 2012, and Obama will be an unwitting accomplice as he abandons this ally in a time of war.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY