Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

September 21, 2013


Strategy – “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.Winston Churchill.

Politics – The 2014 political landscape will be less about Republicans vs. Democrats, and more about the disconnect between the “Ruling Elite” vs. mainstream “Country America.”

Politics – It is time for the TEA Party to reunite in a Take Back America Rally in Washington DC on April 15th to reinvigorate the TEA Party Movement and kickoff the election campaign.

Politics – The best way to understand Progressivism and its vision of government is simply the time-release form of communism, first starting with socialism on the road to totalitarianism.

Politics – This week’s distractions from Obama’s disastrous policies will be: more media spin on the Syrian debacle with another pitch to “grab the ObamaCare turd by the clean end.”

Politics – The more heard about IRS’s Lois Lerner, the less believable and more partisan her testimony becomes as half-truths and outright lies are uncovered in emails.

Politics – The American people now have the lowest level of “trust and confidence” in the federal government’s handling of both domestic and international problems ever measured.

Politics – The best Presidential candidate Democrats have is Hillary Clinton, who is a Marxist serial liar with a record of non-achievement and incompetence to support her 2016 run!

Politics – The Occupy Movement is composed of over-educated, under-trained street anarchists who turned into an incoherent rabble who remain unhappy and unfocused.

Media – There are now 21 reporters who have crossed the invisible line (if there is such a thing) between non-official liberal media advocate and official government spokesman.

Media – As new technologies emerge, I expect Twitter will go the way of telephone party

lines doomed by personal privacy issues and a lack of any viable business case.

Strategy – Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy. Rudy Giuliani.

Budget Since Congress was never able to finalize a budget, they now must fund with Continuing Resolutions by October 1st and increase the debt limit by November.

Debt – The debt limit negotiations present a rare opportunity for Congress to take control of the automatic spending increases that are driving the nation deeper into debt.

Debt – Obama saysraising the debt ceiling does not increase our debt,” but people who believe this debt fable are hopelessly naive or terminally gullible.

Housing Five years after the financial collapse, the culprits (Bill Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Barney Frank) have never been indicted, much less punished for their roles in this collapse.

Healthcare – Democrats blame Republicans for undermining ObamaCare, when actually they represent the 53% of Americans disapprove and expect impact to be negative.

Healthcare – As polls highlight the public’s unease about ObamaCare, House Republicans introduced legislation to repeal and replace it completely with a plan of their own.

Energy The Department of Energy, Department of Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency are working together to undermine the energy (coal, oil, and gas) infrastructure.

Environment Environmentalism is the worst example of politicization of science exchanging the science figuring out how the world really works for defining how they want it to work.

Environment U.N. Agenda 21 is behind global warming, regionalism, zoning, land and water use control, wealth redistribution, weakening and eventual replacement of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, global warming, cap and trade, Smart Grid, Smart Meters, carbon taxes, high gasoline prices, biofuels, food control, water access control via the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), gun control, health control, and they are unstoppable.

Welfare – The federal government $2.2 billion Lifeline (ObamaPhone) program provides subsidized phone service to the poor, but has become notorious for fraud and abuse.

Homeland Security After all the Transportation Security Administration inconvenience, delays and political correctness, I have not heard any terrorist plot thwarted by their efforts.

Poverty Food insecurity is a manufactured socio-economic problem based on junk science (GIGO) to justify and increase reliance on domestic food and nutrition assistance programs.

Education – Preschool for All initiative is another government program that promises benefits that have been disproven and funded by bait and switch temporary matching funds.

Labor Recertification is needed to keep unions responsible to their members and to allow the changes necessary to remove ineffectual representation.

Welfare Finally House Republicans are beginning to put work requirements for able-bodied adults aged 18-50 back into welfare programs such as food stamps.

Fraternity – When the Boy Scouts lowered their standards, Trail Life USA was formed to provide a Christian adventure, character, and leadership alternative for K-12 boys.

Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy 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.

Strategy – Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.” Sun Tzu.

Foreign Policy in 2005, the U.N. added the humanitarian mission, based on the “responsibility to protect,” so there is no need for the U.S. to become the global policeman.

Defense Now that women have been cleared for all combat roles in the military, it is time to force women into Selective Service registration and any possible future draft.

Defense The U.S. population is 16% rural, but more than 40% of the men and women who serve in our armed forces are from rural America who protect our country.

Syria The threat of war is only credible if the threat is real, significant and believable, but in Syria, Obama was non-specific, downsized to “a pinprick,” and dithering made it into a bluff.

Syria The Syrian agreement may be premature because Assad is making demands that the U.S. must drop threats of use of force and stop delivering arms to “terrorists” (his opponents).

Syria – It is ironic that the chemical weapons are being shipped to Iraq under the supervision of Iran’s Quds Force, returning them to the Iraqi chemical arsenal where they were originally.

Libya – Clinton’s Administrative Review Board placed the Benghazi blame on mid-level officials, who were punished by forcing them to take administrative leave (paid vacation).

Libya The Capitol police are investigating why SWAT units were told to stand-down at the Navy Yard, but Congress can’t figure out who told the military to stand-down in Benghazi!

Israel I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then re-annexing Gaza based on defensible borders and 1920 San Remo Conference.

Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists, and Obama will talk a lot, but stand aside and refuse to help defend this longtime ally.

Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea, and Obama will be “unable” to support our troops and will negotiate for a stalemate.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY