Musings on the Week

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July 28, 2012


Government – “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.Ayn Rand.

Politics – The TEA Party with its allegiance to the Constitution and the founding principles, is holding politicians accountable once elected to deliver what they promised.

Politics – Romney should be praised for aggressively responding to Democrat attack ads, but he must now offer a better alternative and how he would do things better as President.

Politics – Conservative’s goal is to enable independence from government to pursue happiness, while liberal’s goal is to increase government dependence and comfort level.

Politics – Romney should campaign on the climate change” hoax as the latest incarnation of the global governance strategy with its redistribution of wealth between nations.

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?

Politics – Obama’s unleashed his partisan smear team to uncover dirt on Mitt Romney, but it came up empty, with the only result a decrease in Obama’s personal favorability rating.

Politics – It is only fitting that Hollywood celebrities are hosting so many Obama fund-raisers, since moviemakers deal in fantasy, make-believe, and rewriting history for dramatic effect.

Politics – Obama has done nothing to improve the way of life among blacks as a whole, and statistics show life has actually regressed for African-Americans under Obama.

Media How long can this charade go on, with story after story lamenting the erosion of key Obama voting groups, which directly refutes the national polls showing Obama in the lead?

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!

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.

Government - “Government ‘help’ to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. Ayn Rand.

Debt – Total national assets ($91.3 trillion) that, if sold at some national auction, would not be enough to cover the total funded and unfunded liabilities (approaching $120 trillion).

Debt – In California the bankruptcy dominoes are starting to fall, first the city of Vallejo, then Stockton, then Mammoth Lakes, and now San Bernadino, and soon possibly Compton.

Jobs – It is no coincidence that the jump in workers on disability happens at the same time that their unemployment benefits expire, begging the question if disabled or just addicted.

TARP – GM still owes $27 billion on the nearly $50 billion it received from the auto bailout and Ally Bank (GMAC) owes $14.7 billion of the $17.2 billion taxpayer-funded bailout it received.

Energy – The drought in the Corn Belt is going to result in higher food prices, because ethanol burns up 40% of the U.S. corn crop, so Obama should suspend these impractical mandates. 

Housing – Since foreclosures hitting blacks and Latinos hardest, the administration refusing to learn from past mistakes, issued new minority-friendly mortgage underwriting guidelines.

Health Care – Despite universal coverage being its prime justification, the latest CBO study reveals that ObamaCare, after spending $1.2 trillion, will leave 30 million without coverage. 

Health Care – President George W. Bush deserves credit for his initiative to combat AIDS in Africa, saving two million people with anti-retroviral drugs to keep the virus in check. 

Taxes – Internet sales taxes could be justified, if they were part of a conversion from income taxes to a consumption-based Fair Tax system, but is just another tax increase otherwise.  

Taxes – Bush tax cuts, implemented in 2003, resulted in steady job growth until housing crash.

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.

Government – “Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship; needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen. Ayn Rand.

Foreign Policy – Michelle Bachmann is right to question Juma Abedin’s views and motivation, so she does not become the next Alger Hiss infiltrating and corrupting policy making.

GWOT – There are 44 conflicts around the world between Muslims and non-Muslims, regardless of nationality, language, passport, or region of the world they live in.

Iraq – President Obama argues that he “responsibly” ended the war in Iraq, but he seems blinded to the re-emergence of al Qaeda in Iraq as an active Islamist terrorist organization.

Syria – The dictatorship has reminded the world that it possess weapons of mass destruction (chemical weapons and the remnant so Iraq WMDs) and Hezbollah lurks in the shadows .

United Nations – The Global Commission on HIV and the Law recommends decriminalizing private and consensual sexual behaviors, including same-sex acts and voluntary sex work. 

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