Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

August 8, 2015


Government - Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” Milton Friedman.                                                                                                                

Politics – In 2001, Gallup found 77% of Americans satisfied with opportunities to get ahead by working hard and 22% dissatisfied, but by 2014, only 54% were satisfied and 45% dissatisfied.

Politics – In 1964, Americans agreed by 64% to 29% that government was run for the benefit of all the people, but in 2012, the response had reversed, with voters saying by 79% to 19% that government was “run by a few big interests looking after themselves.”

Scandals – Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in partisan investigations, so when will Lois Lerner and IRS co-conspirators be indicted for their crimes?

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: more Planned Parenthood videos released and more possible Malaysian airliner parts recovered.

Politics – DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, when asked by Chris Matthews to explain the difference between a Democrat and a socialist, was unable to answer.

Politics – Fully 69% of those following the Hillary Clinton email scandal want a special prosecutor to investigate mishandling of classified information on her private email account.

Politics – My take on the Republican debates is that we need to winnow out the bottom half to get serious on who should be the best candidates – I still favor Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.

Immigration - “It is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare. And you cannot have both. If you have a welfare state, in which every resident is promised a certain minimal level of income, or a minimum level of subsistence, regardless of whether he works or not, then it really is an impossible thing.” Milton Friedman.

Economy – Again twice as many people left the workforce as found jobs as the economy limps along, while the President hypes his economic record, as seen from lberal Bizarro-land.


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July 2015


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Income – A national study of Census Data found the highest levels of income inequality in areas of the country known for political progressivism, questioning cause and effect.

Healthcare – Deloitte found a vast majority of people enrolled in ObamaCare are dissatisfied with their coverage and don’t believe they will be able to receive care when they need it.

Healthcare – Single-payer health care was tried by the “People’s Republic of” Vermont and was unaffordable, costing too much and delivering too little, so was politically abandoned.

Environment – HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Initiative is the U.S. implementation of the U.N. Agenda 21 to socially engineer our neighborhoods and all aspects of our lives.

Environment – Environmentalists view “climate change” as religion preaching that “deniers” will burn in hell, while Appalachian jobs, communities and families have lost.

Abortion – By a 49%-to-42% margin, Americans say the court ought to "reconsider" its landmark Roe v. Wade decision in light of "medical advancements" allowing a fetus to survive outside the womb earlier than 24 weeks. Conclusion: If the court got the science wrong, perhaps it got the law wrong, too.

Abortion – Studies of women after their abortion find 85% of women suffer sorrow, sadness, guilt, regret, grief, and disappointment over their decision to terminate their pregnancy.

Civil Rights – Black racism hides behind alleged victimhood (paranoia) believing every single white person is part of a conscious or unconscious conspiracy to discriminate against them.

Freedom - “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.Milton Friedman.

Foreign Policy – Obama’s legacy: managed to restart the Cold War with Russia, threw away two wars already won in Iraq and Afghanistan, and enabled the rise of the Islamic State.

Trade – Trade negotiators from 12 nations announced they failed to reach a deal on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) refusing to surrender to global governance. 

Iran – Quinnipiac polling found that Americans oppose the Iranian Nuclear deal, 57% to 28%; and by 58% to 30% they think it will make the world less safe!

Iran – After all the negotiation secrecy and misinformation during negotiations, Obama is asking for trust on the Iran nuclear deal, but has forfeited any credibility to make the sale.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY