Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
September 12, 2015
Religious Freedom - “Religious freedom is the lifeblood of the American people, the cornerstone of American government.” .
Politics – After the last seven years I would be ashamed to call myself a Democrat, and after the Senate handling of the Iranian nuclear deal, I am also proud NOT to be a Republican!
Politics – Barack Obama was the first African-American President, but Americans quickly found out that skin color has nothing to be decision-making on fundamentally bad policies.
Politics – In 2009, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told the American people that, "We have to pass the (ObamaCare) bill so that you can find out what is in it," and bizarrely, almost every promise that was made about the Affordable Care Act was a lie.
Politics - In 2010, Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson warned of the danger of Guam becoming overpopulated and capsizing, and voters re-elected him three times since then.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: locking up Kentucky marriage license clerk and Middle East refugees flooding into Europe.
Politics – Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are demagogues appealing to emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of the lower socioeconomic classes in order gain power.
Politics – The only reason Democrats allowed competition was so Hillary Clinton would look good compared to her flawed competition, but sadly they appear better in comparison.
Politics – Conservatives and TEA Party members are the backbone of the Republican Party, yet the RNC treats them as the enemy, with more hostility than they treat liberal Democrats.
Politics – Democrats whole election strategy is based on appealing to low-information voters, but Donald Trump has shown how Republicans can appeal to the same demographic.
Politics – Scott Walker is letting Donald Trump hog the spotlight while he steadfastly campaigns to build support and convince voters that he is the best candidate.
Politics – There are too many GOP candidates, confusing the voters: Chris Christie, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum must go.
Religious Freedom - “The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.” Ronald Reagan.
Finance – The Fed can’t keep a zero target rate forever based on the vagaries of monthly data points and daily stock market moves when it should adhere to a market price rule.
Deficit – President Obama has been bragging about a decline in the budget deficit, but it only looks good when compared to his previous six years of larger budget deficits.
Taxes – People move from high tax states to low tax states, voting with their feet, and leaders in Texas, Florida and South Carolina are listening and New York, Illinois and California are not.
Welfare – In Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia, welfare benefits pay more than a $20-an-hour job.
Immigration – Despite mainstream media protestations, YouGov finds that 64% of Americans support building a fence along our border with Mexico.
Immigration – Of legal immigrant households with children, 72% access one or more welfare programs, compared to 52% of native households; and of households headed by illegal aliens, 62% used one or more welfare programs, compared to 30% of native households.
Immigration – The United States is struggling to manage its out-of-control immigration system as illegal aliens overwhelm existing infrastructure and lack of assimilation undermines success.
Energy – Solar and wind create a trifling amount of power at a multiple of the cost of power from fossil fuels, and is unreliable and are artificially propped up by government subsidies.
Environment – The UN is negotiating a $200-400 billion per year in reparations as climate compensation and adaptation measures, together with billions for technology transfers.
Education – A record 1.7 million graduating seniors took the SAT last year, with a high score of 800 on each SAT section, scoring a worst since 1999 math score of 511, worst since 1972 reading score of 495, and worst writing score since the section was added in 2005.
Religion – Rosa Parks is to civil rights as Kim Davis is to religious freedom, since both chose civil disobedience as a tactic and willingly accepted the consequences of their actions.
Justice – Why was Kim Davis locked up when Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton are both guilty of multiple felonies, but have not even been formally investigated yet, much less locked up?
Civil Rights – Black racism (knock-out game, #BlackLivesMatter, etc.) is real and refusing to acknowledge its existence is tacit approval of its discriminatory nature and violent intentions.
Religious Freedom - “If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.”
Religion – The US State Department is ignoring Christian “infidel” targeting by ISIS, and has granted asylum to 5-6 times as many Muslims as Christians, who need refuge from genocide.
GWOT – The IG found that military officials skewed intelligence assessments about the war against the Islamic State to provide a false, Obama-approved narrative about their progress.
GWOT – Homeland Security’s terror threat level is high and “getting steadily worse” and there have been more US-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.
Middle East – Obama’s Middle East policy is rooted in a Muslim Brotherhood charade that so-called “moderate Muslim leaders” would prevail in policy negotiations.
Middle East – The ongoing hostilities created millions of refugees seeking sanctuary from the violence providing they assimilate into new cultures, not replicate those they left behind.
Iran – Congressional leadership must treat the Iran nuclear agreement as a treaty requiring the whole Senate to vote for ratification, and the backing of 67 Senators to approve it.
Iran – Obama complains that rejection of the Iran nuclear deal would destroy America’s credibility, but really it would only be a repudiation of Obama’s autocratic leadership style.
North Korea – Obama should learn from the 1994 North Korea Agreed Framework which also tried to stop nuclear weapon development but was also unenforceable and a failure.