Musings on the Week

Return to Common Sense

August 18, 2012


Capitalism – “Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.  Nobody uses somebody else’s resources as carefully as he uses his own.  So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property.Milton Friedman.

Politics – Paul Ryan is a younger, better Newt Gingrich as the Republican Vice Presidential choice, being a social conservative, fiscally responsible, and experienced in Congress.

Politics – The Romney – Ryan ticket indicates that this election will be about key national issues, including the feared “elephants in the room” of spending, entitlements, and defense.

Politics – The TEA Party members will support Mitt Romney in the November election and the selection of Paul Ryan to the ticket may even preserve conservative support in the GOP.

Employment Level – Obama claims 4.5 million jobs created, but there are 2.0 million less people employed vs. when he took office, so Obama must have destroyed 6.5 million jobs!

Politics – Barack Obama in his own words If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition. And I welcome the responsibility.”

Politics – Democrat strategy is to sell public perception that Obama will be re-elected to sway the nation on the issues, but voter sentiment will condemn this approach to failure.

Politics – Both parties know entitlements are unsustainable, so Republicans offer reform proposals, but Democrats have no alternatives, only distortions and demagoguery.

Politics – In concert with the Democrat principle that “the end justifies the means,” no half-truth, no exaggeration, and no outright lie is out of bounds as a political campaign tool.

Politics – The rumor that Obama may dump Joe Biden at the Convention and draft Hillary Clinton for Vice President would swap a fool for a harpy, with no change in ideology.

Media Correcting distortions and distractions is not negative campaigning, and labeling it as a pattern of “lies” is accurately identifying the Democrat political campaign strategy.

Media Rasmussen finds Romney ahead by four points, while every MSM poll is trying to sell Obama leading, but the closer we get to the election, these polls will return to reality.

Media – Newspapers continue to hemorrhage readers with only political ads in the 2012 election to save them, but I expect many newspapers will disappear after the next election.

Politics I expect that the 2012 Presidential election will be the most racist campaign, with baseless accusations used to distract voter attention from Obama’s record of failure.

Welfare - “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means.  I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. Benjamin Franklin.

Economy – Obama claims to have inherited the worst economy since the Depression, but reality is that Reagan faced a much worse economic hole and rebounded much quicker.

Government – Obama has proposed replicating what he has done in the auto industry to manufacturing in every other industry, effectively socialist nationalization across America.

Entitlements – It has been known for decades that entitlements were fiscally unsustainable, but the longer changes were deferred, the more painful solution transitions became.

Healthcare – One thousand three hundred and seventy-two waivers from ObamaCare have been granted, most being given to unions or those with union affiliations.

Environment – The world has spent over $60 billion since 1990 looking for evidence that rising CO2 causes the bulk of global warming, with no direct observational evidence produced.

TARP – British socialists attempted to gradually nationalize the economy in the ‘60s, starting with the car industry, and Obama is trying the same approach with the same failed results.

Energy – Solyndra is an example of an energy startup, rejected by private sector venture capitalist, that the administration thought they were smarter and wasted over $500 billion. 

Elections – Rasmussen found that 82% of Americans, including 67% of African-Americans and 67% of Democrats, support requiring voters to prove their identity before voting.

Justice – Over the past 10 years, the Department of Labor has found merit in less than 2% of over 1,200 whistleblowers, usually dismissed in legal technicalities without any investigation.

Civil Rights – It seems like all racists have converged into the Democrat party, since they are the only ones to see racism, the only ones to say racist things, and the only ones impacted.

Crime – The shooting at the conservative Family Research Council was a liberal hate crime, hopefully not the first of many by angry leftists acting out their faux rage on dissent.  

Culture – The true bullies in the culture war are of the left, whose approach is to demand equal treatment but accuse any disagreement with their opinions as being “hate speech.”

Debt I expect that the country’s credit rating will again be downgraded after Congress debt ceiling discussions again fail to find sufficient spending cuts to halt deficit spending.

DeficitI expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy by 2012 and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.

Housing I expect that it will take four or more years at the current rate for the backlog of foreclosures to finally clear, before we see any signs of life of a robust housing recovery.

Debt – “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much. Ronald Reagan.

GWOT – Since Islam is not just a religion, but also a military, economic, and political ideology, a mosque should be subject to rules pertaining to its secular roles.

Egypt – Carter helped the Shah to leave Iran to create the first Islamist regime, and now Obama helped Mubarek to leave office helping the Muslim Brotherhood to radicalize Egypt.

Israel I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas again in 2012 and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then annexing Gaza based on the concept of defensible borders.

Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists by 2012, and Obama will stand aside and not help defend this longtime ally.

Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea by the 2012, and Obama will be an unwitting accomplice as he abandons this ally in a time of war.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY