Musings on the Week
Return to Common Sense
October 27, 2012
Communism – “The American people will never knowingly accept communism under its own banner, but under the guise of liberalism and progressivism, they will unwittingly adopt every one of communism’s programs until they have incrementally assembled the entire package without ever knowing how it happened or even realizing that they have it.” Norman Thomas.
Politics – The Presidential debates showed Mitt Romney appearing Presidential while Barack Obama at times seemed small, largely because the President ran away from his record.
Politics – I still have been unable to find anyone who voted for Obama in 2008, other than diehard Democrats, who are proud of their vote and plan to vote for him again.
Politics – Obama’s re-election strategy is to demonize Romney casting himself as the “Lesser of Two Evils” (replacing “Hope and Change”) requiring another four years to finish his work.
Politics – Obama’s “second term plan” consists of recycled failed ideas from the first term with no serious spending, deficit, or debt reduction, and no attempt to reform entitlements.
Media – The explanation of Romney’s poll surge is the exposure of the real Mitt Romney, unlike the MSM caricature, a likeable, articulate, and experienced Presidential candidate.
Media – Pundit’s opinion prior to the debated matched their opinion after the debates, thus proving that actual results had little effect on pundit’s preconceived (partisan) conclusions.
Politics – I expect Democrats to go through all five stages of grief before, during, and after the November election: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
Politics – I expect a large number of fraudulent votes to be cast in the November election, with the only question how many are counted and did they decide any election results?
Media – The MSM continues to hemorrhage readers with political ads in the 2012 election propping them up, but I expect the MSM to begin to disappear – Newsweek is the first to go.
Communism – “We do not expect the American people to accept communism overnight; we will feed it to you a little at a time until one day you will wake up to find you have it.” Nikita Khruschev.
Economy – By 2022, federal spending to pay for the interest on America's debt will exceed total spending on the defense budget by $125 billion, according to the CBO and OMB.
Jobs – In order to qualify more businesses for the ObamaCare mandate, full-time employment has been re-defined down as anyone who works 30 or more hours a week.
Housing – First-time-ever foreclosures are at the lowest levels since 2008, but over half of foreclosures are for borrowers previously in foreclosure, who have been delinquent for years.
Immigration – The Departments of State and Homeland Security have effectively ignored the federal law that prohibits admission into the U.S. for those likely to become welfare reliant.
Immigration – The law forbids illegal aliens from receiving federal benefits with the exception of emergency Medicaid, yet millions receive $ billions of benefits every year.
Environment – The days of sooty smog, acid rain, brown sunsets, leaded children, and rivers on fire are long gone, while the new environmental challenges are almost imperceptible.
Debt – I expect that the country’s credit rating will again be downgraded after Congress debt ceiling discussions again fail to find sufficient spending cuts to halt deficit spending.
Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy by 2012 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.
Communism – “Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.” John F. Kennedy.
Foreign Policy – The Russians want to reset the reset, China, among others, can’t figure out what the "pivot to Asia" really means, and Latin America and Africa continue to be ignored.
Defense – Obama finds that ending wars is easy but winning them is much harder, as he abandons Iraq, undermines Afghanistan strategy, and cuts military to lose more in the future.
Middle East – Polls show support for the United States among Arabs has declined since Bush’s tenure, and positive views on the U.S. in several Muslim nations slipped to 19% in 2012.
Libya – Obama is discovering, like Nixon, that the cover-up lies and obfuscation of the Benghazi incompetence has become a big election year issue that won’t go away.
Iran – The Congressional Research Service reports that Iranian sanctions, designed to force a change of regime behavior concerning its nuclear activities, has not yet proven effective.
Israel – I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas again in 2012 and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then annexing Gaza based on the concept of defensible borders.
Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists by 2012, and Obama will stand aside and not help defend this longtime ally.
Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea by the 2012, and Obama will be an unwitting accomplice as he abandons this ally in a time of war.