Musings on the Week
Return to Common Sense
September 1, 2012
Politics - “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.” Barack Obama.
Politics – The best part of this election is the recognition that the TEA Party is the conscience of the U.S. Constitution and must be accommodated for survival of the Republican Party.
Politics – Obama’s campaign strategy is to focus on why Romney – Ryan is bad, but offering no reason to re-elect Obama who promises more failed policies that made things worse.
Politics – More than half of Obama’s Twitter accounts don’t exist other than as props to buttress the perception of support, much like the bogus push polls showing him leading.
Politics – Democrats suffer from “willful ignorance” preferring to accept Democrat Talking Points, and rejecting inconvenient facts that undermine preconceived conclusions.
Politics – Political conventions are really political infomercials with one half day’s worth of content crammed into a four day agenda, with a sole purpose to generate sound bites.
Media – At this time in 1980, polls had Ronald Reagan trailing Jimmy Carter by 9 percentage points, but the finally election was won by 9 percentage points – an 18 point swing.
Media – The mainstream media continues to do everything in their power to support Obama’s re-election, including distraction-of-the-week to avoid economic discussions.
Media – For a second time in a decade, the believability for major news organizations has suffered broad-based declines, falling significantly for 9 of 13 news organizations tested.
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.
Debt – “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” Barack Obama.
Economy – Incomes have dropped more since the beginning of the recovery (8.1%) than they did during the recession itself (4.8%), demonstrating the real impact on the middle class.
Manufacturing – Democrats punish the companies that relocate to minimize costs and tax liabilities, while Republicans punish bureaucrats who raised business costs and taxes.
Immigration – Immigration and Customs Enforcement reports that the number of deported illegal immigrants are actually down, the opposite of what the administration claims.
Welfare – The Census Bureau excludes 97% of all welfare payments ($927 billion of means-tested payments in 2011) when counting “income” bastardizing the “poverty” definition.
Healthcare – Ryan has been successful correcting lies and distortions and a poll shows seniors nationwide back the GOP proposals on Medicare, with tight battles in some swing states.
Elections – There are 174 active or rebranded ACORN affiliates, some of which receive federal dollars, despite the group’s official dissolution and ban on receiving federal funds.
Abortion – A brand new CNN survey shows a supermajority of Americans only support abortions in the most rare instances (rape, incest, mother’s health) and not for convenience.
Crime – The designation of “hate crime” criminalizes thoughts and motivations which are protected under the 1st Amendment, compounded by its implementation on racialist basis.
Education – Obama mandated race sensitive school discipline, requiring equal proportions of white and black student to be punished regardless of how individuals behave.
Poverty – The War on Poverty failed to improve poverty despite spending trillions of dollars.
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.
Deficit – I 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.
National Security – “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Barack Obama.
GWOT – President Obama has already begun handing out pardons, planning to release 18 Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison, including four “high risk” commanders.
Defense – The military is being used as a political pawn in the sequestration battle, punishing them for being trustworthy and successful protecting the nation from our enemies.
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.