Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
August 15, 2015
Politics - “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, while Democrats believe every day is April 15th.” .
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: another Ferguson race riot and Embassy opening in Havana.
Politics – Hillary Clinton epitomizes the “slimy lawyer” stereotype, parsing words to excuse her questionable behavior based on legal semantic excuses.
Politics – The FBI seizing Hillary Clinton’s email server two years after it has been wiped clean and purged will be just as effective as an Iranian nuclear inspection after 24 days notice.
Politics – Donald Trump is a “Republicrat” and Bernie Sanders is a Socialist. not a Party representative, and a response to a political process that ignores mainstream America.
Media – More than 24 million viewers watched the GOP Presidential debate on Fox News making it the highest-rated primary debate and the highest rated non-sports cable telecast.
Media – Fox News GOP Debate moderation left a lot to be desired with moderators talking 32% of the time and the questions designed to ignite fights between individual candidates.
Politics – The first GOP debate revealed some candidates out of their depth who should drop out early: Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum.
Politics - “When those who are governed do too little, those who govern can, and often will, do too much.” Ronald Reagan.
Economy – GDP data from 2012-2014 was revised downward , now showing the economy growing an average or 2.0% a year vs. an earlier 2.3% and 2015 so far has been the worst yet!
Healthcare – Congress hypocrisy was revealed when the ObamaCare exception allowing Congress to participate in the Small Business Exchange was found to have 12,359 signed up.
Healthcare – The number of uninsured Americans decreased by 10% of the population in the first three months of 2015, lowest level in history mostly due to Medicaid expansion..
Healthcare – Canada suffers from a high-cost health care system that delivers only modest performance across most measures of health care, and not something to be emulated.
Education – Between 1950 and 2009, in public K-12 education, there was a 92% increase in the number of students and a 700% increase in the number of administrators and staff.
Education – College “Studies” departments have replaced the goal of objective pursuit of knowledge with a goal of subjective, pedantic indoctrination and partisan activism skills.
Welfare – The class struggle American politicians are now fostering is not between the billionaires and the rest of us, but between those who work and take care of their own families and those who have surrendered themselves to government dependency.
Energy – The fundamental goal of the Clean Power Plan is to phase out coal-fired power plants in favor of low- or zero-emission sources, even if it cost dramatically more to produce.
Energy – Until a technology solution is found for energy storage that can be scaled and stable, wind and solar power will continue to be not viable and prohibitively expensive.
Environment – Obama’s “clean power plan” is based on political considerations, punishing conservative states more harshly than liberal states and lacks any environmental benefit.
Environment – Climatism zealots are NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) when it comes to wind turbines, BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) when it comes to zoning, and NOPE (Not On Planet Earth) when it comes to population planning.
Civil Rights – “White privilege” is racial profiling that blames all the problems of this country on an illusionary demagoguery of the white middle class – black racism incarnate.
Civil Rights – #BlackLivesMatter degenerated into a “riot looking for a place to happen” forfeiting any sympathy since it ignores any facts in its quest for “pre-conceived justice.”
Abortion – Defunding Planned Parenthood removes less than half of revenues, but removes federal subsidization of illegal and immoral practices.
Politics - “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” .
Middle East – After a year in the unofficial war against ISIS, we have spent billions, dropped thousands of bombs, killed hundreds of civilians, and ISIS is no weaker than it was a year ago!