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Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

September 6, 2014

 

Politics – In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte.

Politics – I hope President Obama remembers that political fundraising is not a public expense, so he must reimburse the government for the use of the Presidential jet and limos.

Scandals – First IRS’ Lois Lerner’s lost emails, then EPA’s Gina McCarthy’s missing emails lost in a computer crash, and now CMMS’s Marilyn Tavenner’s deleted emails - looks like cover-up.

Scandals – Between November 2014 and November 2016, there is a distinct probability that Lois Lerner and others will be both indicted and convicted before the Presidential election.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare:  political timings of immigration announcement and hiding Russian involvement in Ukraine invasion.

Politics – Hillary Clinton will likely run for President in 2016, but with the disappointment with the Obama failures, there is little hope of Hillary distancing herself from Obama’s policies.

Media – The liberal mainstream media is trying to redefine the Presidency lowering expectations to “affirmative action-ize” Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policies.

Economy – Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.Napoleon Bonaparte.

Economy – Until the Census Bureau surveys match mainstream America perception, the monthly jobs report will be suspect and tainted by partisan manipulation and spin.

 

November 2008

August 2014

Change

Annual Federal Spending

$2.87T

$3.53T

+$.66T

Total National Debt

$9.97T

$17.72T

+$7.75T

Food Stamp Participation (000)

30,800

45,900

+15,100

Average Price/Gallon Gas

$2.21

$3.69

+$1.48

Labor Force Participation Rate

65.9%

62.8%

-3.1%

Not in Labor Force (000)

80,220

92,120

+11,900

Employed (000)

144,100

146,368

+2,268

Employment Population Ratio

61.4%

59.0%

-2.4%

Unemployed (000)

10,538

9,591

-947

Unemployed - 27+ wks (000)

2,219

2,963

+744

Average Weeks Unemployed

18.9

31.7

+12.8

Unemployment Rate (U3)

6.8%

6.1%

- 0.7%

Underemployment Rate (U6)

12.6%

12.0%

.6%

Budget – The only way the Obama deficit looks good is when it is compared to earlier Obama deficits that were larger, before Republicans reined in out-of-control spending.

Taxes – When will Obama realize that the federal tax policy is the problem causing companies to relocate overseas to lower their corporate tax burden?

Healthcare – All the ObamaCare fears are now being realized: “death panels” operational, abortions, cosmetic surgery, sex change operations, and end-of-life management included. 

Immigration – Customs and Immigration and the State Department have lost track of 6,000 foreign students whose visas have expired, despite 9/11 hijackers use of this same tactic. 

Immigration – In the last six months, 99% (37,477) of illegal immigrant children, who snuck across the border, have been released across the country, and only 280 were deported. 

Immigration – Multiculturalism has been a failure when it has been used to not only recognize cultural differences, but changes the culture by incorporating these differences. 

Environment –Water vapor, ocean circulations, and solar activity play the dominant role in climate change, despite claims that CO2 emissions cause global temperatures to rise.
Environment – The GAO has developed asocial cost of carbonas a weighting multiplier to artificially spin the cost benefit analysis when no measurable environmental benefit exists.

Welfare – Republicans support the maintenance of a safety net of services to aid those who temporarily can’t provide for themselves, while Democrats support permanent dependency.

Justice – The DOJ has sued the Pennsylvania State Police for alleged sexual discrimination because it holds men and women to the same standards – equal standards, equal rewards?

Civil Rights - The major problem in the black community is that more than seven in 10 black children are born to single women and will spend much of their lives with no father present.

Civil Rights – There is a call for an honest discussion of about race in America, but a pre-condition should be impeachment of Eric Holder for selective enforcement of the law. 

Education – Polling has found that 75% of 2014 college graduates were required to take courses in subjective race and ethnicity, diversity, and gender studies in order to graduate.

MilitaryTake time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. Napoleon Bonaparte.

Foreign Policy – The major problem with Obama’s foreign policy is that he doesn’t have one and prefers to react to each situation without the benefit of defined principles and values.

GWOT – Terrorism is a tool, not an ideology, that Islamic fundamentalists use in their forcible conversion of territory into a Sharia compliant dictatorship based on 6th century religious law.

GWOT – Al-Qaeda, ISIS, ISIL, IS, etc. are all variations on the theme of Islamic fundamentalism and desire to subjugate territory controlled under strict interpretation of Sharia law.

Defense – American citizens who join Al-Qaeda, or ISIS, or any of the Islamist organizations are disavowing their allegiance to the U.S. and automatically renounce their citizenship.

Middle East – It is very strange why the Vatican and western civilization sits quietly by while the Islamic State declares genocide of its Christian inhabitants, killing thousands annually.

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY      

www.ReturnToCommonSensesite.com