Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

October 12, 2013


Freedom – Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” Benjamin Franklin.

Politics – No Republican wanted a government shutdown, just as no Republican wants a debt default, but Democrats consciously embrace these painful tactics as political leverage.

Politics – Emails show the IRS illegally exchanging confidential taxpayer information with the White House, so will this “smoking gun” finally generate indictments and/or impeachment?

Politics – Like the rest of America, we’re still waiting for Obama to take responsibility for anything, because instead of “The buck stops here” his motto is “Nothing is ever my fault.”

Politics – Obama’s “maximize the pain shutdown strategy” is backfiring as ordinary Americans are rising up in revolt tossing aside the orange traffic cones and "Barrycades."

Politics – The way to know Democrats are losing the argument on government shutdown is by the increase in number and intensity of ad hominem insults aimed at Republicans.

Politics – The federal “government shutdown” is a sham, since Congress will pay federal workers retroactively when the shutdown ends, so this is really just a forced paid vacation.

Politics – After the Continuing Resolution proposal, the House of Representatives has already passed more than a dozen pieces of legislation to fund specific parts of the government.

Politics – Since federal government revenues greatly exceed debt service needs, there is no risk of default, unless Democrats consciously decide to ignore the 14th Amendment.

Politics – The best solution for the country would be to lock Congress in their chambers and only allow them out (days, weeks, months) until they have passed a joint balanced budget.

Politics – This week’s distractions from Obama’s disastrous policies will be: spin on the impact of the government shutdown and search for someone who signed up for ObamaCare.

Politics – Hillary Clinton: as First Lady aka the “Dragon Lady,” as Senator aka the “Carping Carpetbagger,” and as Secretary of State aka the “Teflon Diplomat.

Media – Press conferences have become stage-managed political infomercials with scripted poll tested speeches, followed by questions pre-selected for message reinforcement.

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.

Freedom – They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. Benjamin Franklin.

Economy If the federal debt ceiling is not raised, the administration must make conscious decisions to prioritize spending, and after defense, serving debt should be the first priority.

Budget If a corporate executive misrepresents financial statements, they are subject to legal action, so why not government officials who fail to produce accurate financial reports?

Healthcare ObamaCare exchanges opened October 1st and confirmed what Republicans warned about: higher prices, less choices, and lower quality health care – the Truth Hurts!

Healthcare In 2010, the IBM CEO offered to build and implement FOR FREE a program to eliminate health care fraud saving $900 billion, but was turned down twice by the President.

Debt I expect that the country’s credit rating will be downgraded again when debt ceiling negotiations fail to cut spending enough to halt deficit spending.

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.

Freedom – Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!Benjamin Franklin.

Foreign Policy Obama’s foreign policy is “all talk, no action,” with the U.S. pivot to Asia talk not being backed by any funding or staffing actions as the latest proof of this policy.

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