Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

August 9, 2014


Truth – The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” John F. Kennedy.

Politics – Obama is copying FDR who reacted to a stock market collapse with massive government intervention thereby elongating the financial crash into the Great Depression.

Politics – The only actual officeholders and party professionals stoking impeachment talk are all Democrats, making this “threat” cynical and dishonest.

Politics – A PolitiFact poll revealed that 63% agreed that President Obama lies at least some of the time on important issues and an additional 20% said he lies every now and then.

Politics – Obama complains about the do-nothing Congress, but since January 2013 the Republican House passed 347 bills that the Democrat Senate refuses to even vote on, and the Democrat Senate passed 68 bills that the Republican House refuse to consider.

VA – Apparently this administration condones lying to Congress to cover-up mistakes and misdeeds, since no one is ever held personally accountable for their words or actions.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare:  ebola epidemic hysteria and poor suffering Palestinian human shields in Gaza.

Truth – An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” Pope John Paul II.

Economy – Keynesian economists claim an “overwhelming” consensus that the stimulus was “worth it,” yet they are unable to quantify any expected benefits having been achieved.

Economy – History has shown that shifting a dollar of GDP from business investment (and/or net exports) to government spending reduces Real GDP and employment growth.

Spending – In 2013, the federal government paid over $2 trillion in benefits and entitlements with 70% going to non-means tested programs and 30% going to means tested recipients.

Budget – The Federal Reserve is taking extraordinary measures to keep interest rates artificially low to mask the effects of the massive government borrowing (QE).

Taxes – Obama calls corporations unpatriotic” to legally exploit the U.S. Tax Code to minimize taxes paid, which includes corporate taxes inside and outside the United States.

Immigration – There is no rush to do “anything” other than enforce existing laws until Congress agrees on the “right thing” to do, based on America’s national interests.

Immigration – The current immigration surge is a manufactured crisis based on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals law which is “institutional surrender” to “planned illegality.”

Healthcare – ObamaCare requires that all Americans obtain health insurance or else pay a penalty, but a new Gallup survey shows that 13.4% of Americans are still not uninsured.

Smoking – It makes no sense that cigarette smoking (and secondary smoke) is hazardous to our health, but marijuana smoking is now condoned as medicinally beneficial.

Crime – Crime rates are down, prison populations are down, and overcrowding is no longer a problem... there are even some empty prisons unused and available for other uses.

Civil Rights – Liberals are fixated on past grievances and conditions, long since addressed, ignoring achievement of original program goals and corresponding cultural changes.

Truth – A lie told often enough becomes the truth.Vladimir Lenin.

Israel – Israel is paradoxically very powerful and very vulnerable: Without its power, Israel would not exist; and without its sense of vulnerability, Israel would not need to be powerful.

Israel – Hamas’ offensive against Israel is their third in five years targeting civilians in its attacks while shielding its weapons with civilians, while Israel protects its citizens with its rockets.

Libya – Hopefully the House Select Committee will finally uncover how the military command never issued a “stand down” order, but multiple people received a “stand down” order!


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY