Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

October 17, 2015


Leadership - “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” Winston Churchill.

Politics – According to a 2015 Pew Research study, 41% of Democrats think of themselves as liberal vs. moderate, a 14 point jump in 15 years, confirming the ideology lurch to the left.

Politics – The basis for GOP discontent is the series of broken promises by GOP leadership: no bill to repeal ObamaCare, no pro-growth tax reform, no broad based energy bill, no bill to retract Obama’s illegal executive actions, no provision to defund Planned Parenthood, etc.

Politics – Contrary to the liberal media narrative, the leadership shakeout in the GOP House returning leadership to the grass roots is a healthy change of direction that is long overdue

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: House leadership shakeup and U.S. supports Russian Syrian offensive with ammunition resupply.

Politics – All of the Democrat Presidential candidates said the economy stinks, but their solution was more of the same ideas undermining capitalism and crippling the economy.

Politics – “…no incident, event, or happening so completely captures the essence of who Hillary Clinton really is -- incredibly incompetent, bereft of the slightest trace of judgment, and ready to engage in any act of deceit (even criminal) to cover over those fundamental deficiencies of character and competence – as her involvement with Benghazi, a tragedy in which, thanks to her failure to act, four Americans needlessly lost their lives.”

Politics – Each successive email dump provides further evidence that Hillary Clinton lied, her server contained classified information, and classified information was not properly secured. 

Politics – Democrats put politics ahead of national interests, which Hillary Clinton confirmed when asked which enemy was she most proud of, and she responded Republicans.

Politics – As the Democrat primary progresses, the American people will realize that Bernie Sanders’s socialist vision produces equality of mediocrity rather than equality of opportunity.

Politics – Now that the novelty has finally worn off on Donald Trump, he is already discussing why he would get out of the race, and a graceful exit strategy from the Presidential race.

Politics – Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rick Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum must drop out of the Presidential race since they have no chance.

Media – Why won’t more Republican candidates join Ben Carson attacking the news media as “embarrassing” and “insincere” to expose the institutional bias that runs rampant.

Leadership - “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” Peter Ducker.

Income – The whole concept of “income inequality” is based on a false premise that income is distributed instead of earned, and should be distributed more equitably.

Entitlements – Cuts in benefits or increases in taxes only address short term symptoms, since entitlement reform is long overdue and the longer we wait the more painful the transition.

Healthcare - Kentucky Health Cooperative, an insurance co-op created by ObamaCare, is closing its doors after massive losses, the fifth co-op to fail under this year.

Healthcare – The administration announced a lower enrollment goal for 2016, a target of 10 million people covered through ObamaCare exchanges, half of what the CBO projected.

Civil Rights – BlackLivesMatter has evolved into a racist community activist organization where looting and rioting are tactics to pursue their version of so-called social justice.

Gun Control – For every four murders committed with a handgun one person is murdered with a knife, but no politician has ranted against knife ownership or need for knife control.

Marriage – Defining the meaning of marriage is outside the federal scope of the Constitution 10th Amendment, so each state must define marriage as they deem appropriate.

Abortion - The quality of women’s health care will be improved by shifting funding from Planned Parenthood to medical providers that focus on the whole woman.

Leadership - “A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” John J. Pershing.

Foreign Policy – The U.S. has two major types of threats: Communism, country-based threat in Russia, China, and North Korea and Islamism, ideology-based threat in Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

Trade – When markets are open to more producers and consumers, competition delivers more choices and better products at lower prices, benefiting everyone involved.

Military – The President ignored his general’s advice on troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan for an unprecedented sixth time leaving an unachievable mission and insufficient troops,

GWOT – Muslims have only advanced since the 7th century in terms of weapons used to impose their will on others, but every other aspect of life has remained unchanged in Islam.

Middle East – President Bush invaded to ensure Iraq did not develop a nuclear weapon, while President Obama is protecting Iran so they can develop a future nuclear weapon.

Afghanistan – An estimated 75% of all military deaths and about 90% of the injuries linked to the ongoing war in Afghanistan have occurred under President Obama’s watch.

Syria – Chinese forces have joined Russia in Syria filling Obama’s power vacuum to fight the Islamic State, while the U.S. has been shunted to the sidelines in weakness.

Israel – Hamas has begun its Third Intifada in Jerusalem, initiated by Palestinians with Israelis dying, but it is under-reported since it does not support the media anti-Israel narrative.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY