Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

August 22, 2015


Politics - Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.” John F. Kennedy.                             

Politics – Just 19% of Americans trust Washington to “do what is right” either most of the time or all of the time, the remainder, 81%, are deeply skeptical.

Politics - In a CNN poll before the midterm elections, 30% of Americans said they were “very angry” with the direction of the country, while 38% said they were “somewhat angry.”

Politics – Barack Obama was elected to assuage white guilt, but once elected and you remove the political spin, he hasn’t done anything to make America proud.

Politics – The Obama Alinsky toolbox includes smear campaigns accusing opponents of everything from treason to racism, phony polls, White House half truths, letters by “independent” experts with White House ties, and talking points for the complicit media.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: search for prison to house Guantanamo terrorists and abandoning global internet oversight.

Scandals – Obama’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate any of the administration scandals, despite ample evidence that laws have been broken and people even died.

Politics – In 1960, John F. Kennedy was for a pro-growth economic policy, tax cuts, domestic spending restraint, free trade, and a strong military Democrat then, Republican today.

Politics – Fewer than 400 of the nation’s most affluent families have supplied almost half of the money raised so far by Presidential candidates in both parties.

Politics – Hillary Clinton’s only positive accomplishment was marrying Bill Clinton and riding his coattails to positions of prominence, in which she distinguished herself for her incompetence and incredibly bad management skills, not to mention her fundamental dishonesty.

Politics – Hillary Clinton has forfeited any credibility she ever had, as only 2% of Americans believe her claims that emails on her private server did not contain classified material.

Politics – Hillary Clinton’s campaign is imploding so Democrats are testing Al Gore out of “global warming“ refrigeration and Joe Biden out of “gaffe-free” isolation to replace her.

Politics – Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat, and Americans only elect socialists who pretend to be moderate and pretend to love America, so he’ll never be the Democrat candidate.

Politics – Republicans have been burned so many times by candidates, who promise actions to get elected and forget them once elected, so trust will be a key selection criteria.

Politics – The terms Republican and Conservative are not synonymous and Donald Trump is not a Republican, much less a Conservative, only a politician trying to buy the Presidency.

Politics – Donald Trump is not a Republican, and Americans only elect conservatives who pretend to be moderate and willing to deal, so he’ll never be the Republican candidate.

Politics – Some GOP candidates are just not exciting primary voters and should drop out before the next debate: Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry.

Media – The “Mainstream Media” has become the information source of last resort, since it is so openly biased in story content and even story selection, invalidating any objectivity.

Media – Reports of talk radio’s death are greatly exaggerated as it delivers a competing agenda to both Democrats and Establishment Republicans, with in-depth analysis.

Civil Rights - There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” Booker T. Washington.

Economy - When private sector businesses make bad decisions, hire the wrong leaders, design the wrong products, or create a cost structure that is too high they go out of business, but when government agencies do the same thing, their bureaucracies grow larger, leaders hire sycophants to continue their ill-conceived ideas, and the money continues to flow.

Economy – Keynesian economists continue to defend the failure of their government intervention policies in country after country, as they blame anything but their faulty ideas.

Economy – Now that oil prices have fallen below $40 per barrel, how long before we will see the price of gold fall below $300 per ounce?

Economy – It will take bold leadership and vision to restore the fundamental role of money as a meaningful unit of account and reliable source of value, because it is meant to provide a useful measuring tool for free enterprise, not to serve as an instrument of government policy.

Finance – Too Big To Fail” is the organization design point, but also has translated into “Too Big To Prosecute” based on reluctance to punish any executive behavior despite damage.

Energy – Congress has discovered the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and is using it as a slush fund for pork barrel projects, even as it is being sold at less than its original purchase price.

Healthcare – Medicaid is becoming the default long-term-care option for America’s vast middle class, and combined with the disabled represent over 64% of Medicaid spending.

Immigration – Donald Trump has proposed a practical immigration policy based on core national principles 1) A nation without borders is not a nation, 2) A nation without laws is not a nation, and 3) A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation.

Immigration – Donald Trump is criticized for the costs of his immigration proposal, but critics forget the money spent to escort illegal immigrant children seeding them across the nation.

Immigration – Anchor babies” are not citizens, since they are “not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” as visitors - an act of Congress may be needed to clarify this distinction.

Environment – Global climate is created by numerous systems and feedback loops functioning over vast stretches of time, not just CO2 concentrations, but water vapor, ocean currents, ocean temperatures, the moon’s gravitational pull, and most of all the sun.

Environment – A Republican candidate must lead the charge to reject the environmentalist narrative and dismantle the government programs that waste time and effort on this hoax.

Education – Less than half of Americans (49%) and only 40% of teachers now say they support Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Crime – California downgraded drug possession and many property crimes to misdemeanors to enhance public safety, but instead resulted in a 12.7% increase in overall crime.

Abortion – There are 13,540 clinics providing comprehensive health care for women in the U.S., so losing federal funding for 665 Planned Parenthood locations will have little impact.

Democracy - Democracy and Socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy sees equality in liberty, Socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Alexis De Tocqueville.

Foreign Policy - Protecting American global interests is primary, but if we offer humanitarian assistance, prevent genocide, and/or deliver refuge of first/last resort is negotiable.

Iran – The nuclear development deal was negotiated in secret, and now as each part is revealed and examined (second guessed), the deal appears worse than anyone thought.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY