Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

September 5, 2015


Common Sense - A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” Thomas Paine.     

Politics – Barack Obama jumped the shark showing America what would really happen when a liberal (progressive/socialist/communist) implements their Marxist agenda.

Politics – The left has gotten very good at telling the American people what they can’t do: grow the economy; balance the budget; stop illegal immigration; or fix ObamaCare.

Politics – A new Rasmussen Reports found that 71% of American adults think political correctness is a problem in America today.

Scandals – After over two years investigating and gathering ample evidence, the Justice Department continues to stall any prosecution of Lois Lerner and the rest of the IRS cabal.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: renaming Mount McKinley to Mount Denali and Chinese currency devaluation.

Politics – The 2016 Presidential election is shaping up to be between a Democrat Obamanomics plus No-Growth Plan vs. a Republican supply-side 4% Growth Plan.

Politics – Seemingly every other day, there is a new shady revelation about Bill and Hillary Clinton that manages to top the last one, and there seems to be no end.

Politics – Hillary Clinton’s strategy to obfuscate and delay the email scandal has resulted in every excuse she offered being refuted by multiple email examples on her own server.

Politics – The Republican establishment has been exposed as a power hungry elite only interested in maintaining their power and not representing their conservative base.

Politics – The biggest group of voters who hate the Republican Party are the Republicans’ own conservative voters, followed by the Independents who quit the Republican Party.

Politics – There are really only six conservatives in the Republican Presidential race: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker.

Politics – Donald Trump is an extension of the TEA Party, but also a perversion of it, since he also stands for bigger government, more wealth redistribution, and economic xenophobia.

Politics – Unfortunately Donald Trump, the current front-runner, is the only Republican candidate that Hillary Clinton can beat, since he is not a conservative or even Republican.

Media – Donald “Sideshow Don” Trump is good at providing a new and exciting story every day to feed his personal “perpetual attention machine.”

Common Sense - The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the 
inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
Winston Churchill.

Economy – The economy continues to limp along as far fewer jobs were added than expected, and more people dropped out of the workforce than the number of new jobs.


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Finance – The Fed has chosen tools that aren’t working to achieve their goals, but they continue to extend the same policies for years, hoping they will suddenly start working.

Taxes – In 2013, more taxpaying residents voted with their wallets and left New York than any other state, and packed up $5.65 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) as well.

Immigration – Our immigration system isn’t broken; our enforcement system is broken because our central government is broken; and we have been deceived by both parties.

Immigration – The latest IBD/TIPP Poll found that 59% of the overall public (all age groups, all incomes, men and women) supports mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.

Environment – President Obama may have lost it on his Alaskan “Magical Mystery Tour referencing non-existent climate catastrophes and hyping unsupported climate threats.

Environment – A federal judge has once again slapped down the Environmental Protection Agency, this time for its attempt to seize control of virtually all water, anywhere in the U.S.

Justice – Recent Supreme Court judicial activism has resulted in only 36% of likely voters still thinking the high court is doing a good or excellent job, according to Rasmussen Reports.

Education – Academia attempts to introduce gender-free pronouns to the English language will have as much success as proponents of Esperanto as a global language.

Education – In 2012, there were 1.77 million children who were being home-schooled, and they beat out their public school counterparts in college admittance tests, ie: ACT and SAT.

Civil Rights - The left (Democrats, Hollywood, and MSM)'s gospel of victim-hood-ism is a despicable lie designed to create division, paranoia, fear, and hate in Americans.  

Civil Rights – The #BlackLivesMatter movement has spawned a new generation of black racists who feel empowered to attack white people and kill police for no apparent reason.

Crime – Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, due to less aggressive policing, the so-called “Ferguson effect.”

Sexuality – Whether an individual is a male or a female is genetically determined shortly after conception and cannot be changed with medication, an operation, or by imitation.

Abortion – Planned Parenthood has been selling body parts, scavenged from late term abortions and even live-born infants, for profit for at least 15 years.

Abortion – Arkansas has joined New Hampshire, Alabama and Louisiana stopping state funding for Planned Parenthood, with dozens more states considering the same restrictions.

Common Sense - Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us.” Thomas Paine.

VA – The VA’s inspector general found out about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, and 307,000 who died while waiting to enroll.

GWOT - It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?ESPN commentator Curt Schilling – True or False (or not PC)?

GWOT – ISIS, al Qaeda, AQAP, AQIM, Boko Haram and the rest of bin Laden’s heirs are surging, and there are now 41 jihadist-terror groups  in 24 countries today.

Middle East – Obama has the U.S. in an endless and inconclusive war against the Islamic State, a terrorist state built on sharia law and sex slavery, rampant chemical weapons use, civilian casualties, and a refugee crisis caused by social, economic, and political instability.

Iran – Only 25% of Americans support the nuclear deal with Iran, with 55% opposing the deal and 56% of Americans think the nuclear deal would make the world less safe.

Iran - A survey by Defense One shows that 66% of the national security community opposes the Iran nuclear deal, and 62% feel that the country would be better off rejecting the deal.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY