Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

September 23, 2017


Politics – "Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage."  Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Politics – Leaders of both parties are wrong to think the 2016 election was some kind of fluke, a political realignment, and if they can’t understand it may end up powerless and irrelevant.

Politics – The Manafort surveillance was either the intelligence agency gone rogue, pursuing its own goals without meaningful oversight, or, our elected officials are colluding with each other to lie to the public, apparently for political reasons

Politics – The Russia election investigation has been underway for over a year and has found no proof of any crime, yet Mueller and his 17 attorneys are wasting time and money. 

Politics – In the four months since Hillary Clinton launched her new political group, Onward Together, the group has done little besides soliciting donations from Clinton supporters..

Politics – Democrats don't like it when you use their Saul Alinsky tool of ridicule against them, particularly when it depicts Donald Trump hitting a golf ball striking a stumbling Hillary Clinton.

Politics – Legal and illegal migration allowed the left to seize power in California, and is being destroyed by the left with one failed economic idea after another, which is allowed by our republic as long as the federal government isn’t required to bail them out.

Politics – Democrats play offense; Republicans play defense...and have a miserable record in the red zone.

Politics – It amazes me that Democrats don’t realize that their identity politics which pits one minority against another in a zero sum game is hateful and divisive.

Media – Polls warn Republicans that unless they start keeping campaign promises to Trump voters, the president’s base may not turn out to vote for them in the 2018 midterm elections.

Media – Verrit is the Left’s latest attempt to whitewash political information and analysis; spin progressive values; and to do so with an “unwavering commitment to (partisan) truth.

Media – Mainstream media lost their credibility (and customers) by selling “fake news” lies over and over again, and American people refused to believe them over and over again.  

Government – " I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?" Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Finance – The Fed said it will begin trimming the $4.5 trillion balance sheet simply by not reinvesting the proceeds of some of its maturing Treasurys, and instead letting the principal shrink by about $10 billion a month initially, and growing to as much as $50 billion a month.

Regulations – The Trump administration is on track to finish the first phase (of his regulatory reform program) with $645 million in net annual regulatory savings.

Immigration – The misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, written to guarantee the citizenship rights of freed slaves after the Civil War, has morphed the amendment into a guarantee of birthright citizenship for anyone born on American soil (“anchor babies”).

Healthcare – With once-in-a-generation control of the executive and legislative branches, the GOP can’t seem to get their heads out of their posterior to do anything of significance. 

Healthcare – There is a good chance that the Republican Graham-Cassidy ObamaCarerepeal and replace” bill is just the latest football that Charlie Brown gets to miss kicking.

Healthcare – The only place that “single payer” socialized medicine is popular is inside the beltway among liberal sycophants who have no clue about effectiveness and affordability.

Healthcare – Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for all” proposal would add an average of $3.2 trillion a year to the annual expense, which would almost double the entire federal budget.

Environment – The “science” of the Left simply plugs in man-made global warming to every natural disaster or significant change in the weather, eroding any credibility they ever had.

Elections – The best way to eliminate gerrymandering is to align all political boundaries with municipal boundaries (town, city, county, etc.) to align federal and states representatives.

Education – A Hechinger Report on 44 states has found the vast majority of public two- and four-year colleges report enrolling students who are not ready for college-level work.

Education – The root cause of the campus “sexual assault” perception problem is an ideology that deliberately attempts to strip sex of its inherent spiritual meaning and transform it into little more than transactional, physical, pleasure-seeking behavior.

Civil Rights – I confess to “American Privilege”, a level of privilege that is only bestowed upon and possessed by American citizens; that all non-citizens are denied the benefits or access to this exceptional system by virtue of being born in another country, and I am proud of it! 

Crime – The acquittal of a white cop in St. Louis on trial for murder for shooting a black man in 2011 after a high-speed chase was immediately met with demonstrations and violence including attacks on police, property, and the media, and took three days to be controlled. 

Entertainment – It's no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics.

Peace – "If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.” Dwight D. Eisenhower.

United Nations – The U.N. is corrupt, inefficient and ineffective, so Trump is proposing a 10-point reform plan to return it to its initial charter as a responsible global organization.

Hungary – When Hungary erected a wall to control their border, the double fence, barbed wire, soldier guarded barrier decreased illegal immigration by 99%.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY