Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

August 30, 2014


Welfare – Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” Ronald Reagan.

Politics – Progressivism is an upper-middle-class movement that caters to the social libertarianism of coastal elites, while paying lip service to left-wing economic concerns.

Politics – When the sum total of the President’s experience is Chicago politics, it should be no surprise how self-centered and ineffectual his domestic and foreign policies have been.

Politics – Democrats have a long history of using courtrooms, wielding ethics complaints as weapons at strategic moments, to go after Republicans who pose a political threat to them.

Scandals – It is clear now that the Obama administration strategy on all the ongoing scandals is to delay, derail, and/or deceive to mislead the American people and Congress.

IRS – The latest scandal revelation is that the “missing IRS emails” are all backed up and available, despite the repeated denials of their existence bordering on political cover-ups.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare:  backdoor UN climate non-binding accord and continued Islamic Caliphate progress in the Middle East.

Politics – A Gallup poll found that 42% of respondents identified themselves as independent voters, with both Democrats (31%) and Republicans (25%) operating at 25-year party lows.

Politics – The latest example of “insanity” as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different resultsis why the Republican Party pushes Mitt Romney to run again.

Media – As the response rates to political polls dropped over the last 25 years to less than 10% today, the accuracy and confidence have likewise plummeted.

Welfare – We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.Ronald Reagan.

Economy – Fear of increased inflation and fear of decreased value of currency are two sides to the same coin, both adversely impacting consumer economic security and confidence.

Budget – The latest CBO update projects lower Gross Domestic Product (GDP), lower wages and salaries, and reduced retirement income for Americans in the years ahead.

Poverty – If we measure poverty in the US the same way that the World Bank does for the world then there’s actually no “poor people” at all inside the United States. 

Housing – Housing listings are increasing, as people waited for prices to rise on their underwater properties, but home sales are down year-to-year.

Housing – Despite all the focus on programs to rescue troubled mortgages, the truth is that anywhere between 40% and 80% of modified mortgage loans go back into default.

Healthcare – ObamaCare is slowly and quietly degenerating in front of our eyes, but out of the MSM sight, as every promise is broken and unintended consequences are revealed.

Healthcare – As feared: the people who signed up for ObamaCare are older and sicker, while the young did no sign up; premiums are higher; and costs are higher than expected.

Immigration – Our immigration system is not broken; we have a comprehensive immigration system today, but it is not consistently enforced and loopholes exist that must be closed. 

Environment – The environmentalism business case is based on corrupted data, GIGO computer models, and promise of miniscule environmental impact at economy-busting cost.

Elections – Voter turnout among minorities actually increased by 6% in Georgia and 8% in Indiana where voter ID laws were passed, disproving the fear of voter suppression.

Civil Rights – Barack Obama and Eric Holder both see this country through 1965 glasses, seeing little if any racial progress and requiring far more focus and, of course, more money. 

Civil Rights – 68% of millennials say ‘focusing on race prevents society from becoming colorblind,’ and 88% believe racial preferences are unfair as a matter of course. 

Crime – Dillon Taylor was killed by police while reaching for his cell phone, in Salt Lake City on August 11thsince the cop was black and Taylor white, is he any less tragic or any less dead?

Education – In a time of budgets deficits, embracing a new pre-K federal entitlement that has no demonstrable long term benefit, is a dereliction of duty and a misuse of funds.

Education – The Common Core Education Standards are being pushed by the White House and the Department of Education, but is rapidly losing support in the individual states.

WarThe quickest way to end a war is to lose it. George Orwell.

Foreign Policy – Obama’s policy isbe the best friend to your enemies, and the biggest enemy to your friends” transforming us from a dependable leader into a global player.

GWOT – The only way the Global War On Terror can be rekindled is to define the specific completion criteria, and terms and conditions that will convince our enemies to end this war.

Military – The military veterans at the American Legion National Convention speech gave the President all the respect he deserved – respectful silence and a distinct lack of applause.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY