Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
September 9, 2017
Truth – "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." John F. Kennedy.
Culture – America's bourgeois culture: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake; Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness; Go the extra mile for your employer or client; Be a patriot, ready to serve the country; Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable; Avoid coarse language in public; Be respectful of authority; and Eschew substance abuse and crime.
Politics – President Trump has bypassed the “Do Nothing” Republican Congress to seek help on the debt ceiling roadblock, since they seem incapable of getting anything done.
Politics – After a year of investigation by the FBI and various media outfits, no one has turned up one shred of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia to affect the 2016 election.
Politics – Is it not a double standard when Democrats view National Socialism (Nazism) as bad and International Socialism (communism, Trotskyism) as good, when communism (Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, etc.) claimed far more lives than Nazism in the 20th century?
Politics – The Democrat Party is captured by its own extremists; with no strong, substantive winning issue; a visionless party with no ideas; possibly fractured beyond repair.
Politics – Antifa has created an image problem for the Left that is opening more minds to the genuine, absolutist nature of the progressive vision that now dominates the Democrats.
Politics – The National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis) used their “Brown Shirts” to suppress dissent and disrupt opposition, and now we have the National Socialist Party (Democrats) using their “Anti-fa” to suppress dissent and disrupt opposition.
Politics – In her forthcoming memoir, Hillary Clinton takes perfunctory responsibility for losing the election before spending nearly 500 pages blaming: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, James Comey, Obama, the Russians, sexism, and, finally, the American people for not liking her enough.
Media – The hysterical assault by the media and Democrats is starting to crumble and fall apart, due to exposure saturation coupled with vacuous accusation content.
Media – When Is A Scandal Not A Scandal? When There's A Democrat Involved, as the liberal mainstream media buries any mention of the Party and issues out of the public view.
Liberty – " Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” John F. Kennedy.
Economy – The 3% GDP growth is all due to Trump, since Congress hasn’t done anything to drive growth, and the President still hasn’t even passed his promised tax reform yet!
Finance – Bitcoin has: No intrinsic value; Cannot be used to settle all debts, public and private; and Less secure than insured bank deposits, and is only valuable until it is not!
Pensions – The private sector has moved away from defined-benefit plans and to defined-contribution plans where there are no unfunded liabilities.
Insurance – Congress has no place in insurance (Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, Crop Insurance, Flood Insurance, Windstorm Insurance, Terrorism Risk Insurance) because it sets its premiums according to what is politically convenient rather than actuarially sound.
Healthcare – ObamaCare added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls, but the law is driving premiums so high that middle class people can no longer afford insurance.
Immigration – Congress passed laws requiring that immigrants pay back taxes, learn English, not collect welfare and have good moral character, but unfortunately every requirement has been scuttled by immigration bureaucrats, federal judges and Democrat presidents.
Immigration – Illegal aliens are not immigrants; they are federal fugitives who broke the law and refused to follow immigration protocols that are in place to protect the receiving population from disease, criminals, and undesirable persons.
Immigration – To fix immigration, a high priority must be to close the birthright citizenship loophole, which has created a robust birth tourism industry, earning their offspring a safety-net passport worth a fortune in free food, health care, education and retirement benefits.
Environment – Despite environmentalist’s predictions of catastrophes, the U.S. had gone a remarkable 12 years without being hit by a hurricane of Category 3 strength or stronger.
Feminism – The Left promotes male emasculation and female victimization as a strategy for sexual equality, but ignores biology and culture as it charts new interpersonal relationships.
Feminism – The feminist movement is a sham, a venue for angry women who believe men are the enemy when they are the best partners, protectors, providers for women they love.
Civil Rights – With so many Obama era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “diversity” and gender abuses, maybe it is time to decommission the EEOC completely.
Civil Rights – The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed its partisanship, admitting it doesn’t "monitor hate groups" but tries to destroy groups it targets for "strictly ideological" reasons.
Drugs – About 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, a 22% increase from 2015, and far more than guns or cars do today.
Freedom – "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission." John F. Kennedy.
Military – More than 70% of today's youth are not fit to serve in the military due to obesity, or being overweight, criminal records, a drug misuse or educational deficits.
China – Current GDP growth needs rapid growth to pay off its enormous investments fueled by massive amounts of government credit, powered by a credit bubble of epic proportions.
Syria – The UN has documented 27 chemical weapons attacks to date, using sarin, an odorless nerve agent, despite President Assad’s denial ever using chemical weapons.