Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
July 29, 2017
Economy - “To say that just because it worked 40 years ago, therefore, it’s old, is like saying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are old, therefore we can cast them aside.” Steve Forbes.
Politics – I thought I was an oddball: began as Democrat, switched to Republican, switched to Independent, joined TEA Party, now I trust no career politician or government bureaucrat.
Politics – The governing elite, both Democrat and Republican, largely rejects the American people and a significant portion of the American people rejects the elite right back.
Politics – The “new” Democrat economic agenda is warmed over clichés, tried and failed policies packaged into a tired, old-style, big government program with a recycled label.
Politics – A recent poll found that only 37% of voters think that the Democrat Party stands for anything beyond opposing Trump.
Politics – When Republicans united to block Obama’s overreach, voters voted them into office, but Republican now forget how to unite to deliver campaign promises, they fall apart.
Politics – The TEA Party formed initially to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but Congress’ rejection of the Repeal effectively marked the repeal of the TEA Party as a political entity!
Politics – How long must this Russia election fishing expedition go on: finding no crime and no one (unless they are Republican and remotely connected to Trump) who connected to anyone (any Russian will do) who even talked about the Presidential election?
Media – President Trump once again proved in his Youngstown rally that real America exists outside the beltway and Americans are happy with the President and want him to succeed.
Media – Once the media crossed the Rubicon of partisanship, the consequences include a loss of respect and deference accorded to impartial observers of the American scene.
Economy – “A lot of these far-left ideologues would rather have a smaller economy and more government power than a bigger economy and a smaller government.” Steve Forbes.
Economy – Americans’ outlook on jobs and the economy is positive, consumers remain upbeat, as consumers foresee the economic expansion continuing ell into the second half.
Budget – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), who have never predicted anything correctly in living memory, blame their abysmal record on a lack of bipartisanship.
Energy – The absence of high capacity, quick charging batteries define electric vehicles as heavily government subsidized toys for the rich with limited range and limited use.
Healthcare – New York and California are considering bills that abolish private insurance and enroll all state residents in a single payer system that costs more than the state’s budget.
Elections – A new GAI study analyzed data from 21 states and found that 7,271 ballots were cast in more than one state by individuals with the identical first and last name, middle initial, birthdate, and partial Social Security number, and another 1,200 double votes meeting the same criteria were detected within the same state.
Economy – “The smart approach is get this economy moving through. . . tax cuts and deregulation. And then having a stable dollar . . . you sit down country by country and remove trade barriers.” Steve Forbes.
Military – President Trump just sent shockwaves throughout snowflake circles as he announced a ban on transgendered people in the military, placing military readiness first..
GWOT – It is time for Trump to formally declare a War on Global Terrorism, by whatever name works, with formal rules of engagement, and legitimize whatever tactics are appropriate.