Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
October 31, 2015
Politics - “It’s interesting that in the Washington lexicon it’s somehow treated as being unpleasant of being a trouble maker to honor the commitments you have made to your constituents, and to urge your colleagues to do the same.”
Politics – Liberals are incapable of learning from their own mistakes, since their only response to a failed policy is to insist that it would only be successful after more time and spending.
Scandals – The partisan Justice Department has declined to file charges against IRS enforcer Lois Lerner, who singled out Tea Party groups for scrutiny on political grounds.
Politics – The Justice Department is so partisan that the first thing a new President must do is to purge the DOJ of lawyers infesting its ranks hired during the Obama administration.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: private use of drones and Iran’s aggression since nuke deal.
Politics – The Benghazi Committee confirmed that Hillary Clinton is a serial liar who knew the truth about the attack but lied to the American public to support the political narrative.
Politics – Now that the fact-finding phase of the Benghazi investigation seems to be coming to an end, when will a set of Committee conclusions and recommendations be released?
Politics – Now it is up to the FBI to determine how serious Hillary Clinton’s security breach was and to indict her on these criminal acts and ongoing political cover-up.
Media – Shouldn’t the moderators share a common view with their intended audience: Republicans for the Republican debates and Democrats for the Democrat debates?
Politics – Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump are fading as idealism is replaced by political reality, and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are emerging as the Presidential frontrunners.
Politics – “One of the biggest lies in politics is the lie that Republicans are the party of Big Business. Big business is very happy to climb in bed with big government. Republicans are and should be the party of small business and entrepreneurs.” Ted Cruz.
Economy – Bureau of Economic Statistics confirmed that the Obama recovery continues to sputter along at a meager 1.5%, below forecasts and setting records for longest and worst.
Budget – Speaker Boehner’s “swan song” is a budget with o redeeming values: raises debt ceiling, increases spending, suspends budget caps, and eviscerates sequestration cuts.
Finance – The Federal Reserve Quantitative Easing (QE) money has largely gone into financial speculation, and never performed any real stimulus efforts nor expanded lending.
Healthcare – The cost of healthcare bureaucracy, administration rules, regulations, and compliance (BARRC) is estimated to be 31% to 40% of the $3.4 trillion spent on healthcare.
Environment – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (“Agenda 21 on Steroids”) is the UN’s stealth approach to implementing a Global World Order though environmentalism.
Environment – Chlorofluorocarbon pollution was outlawed last century, but the ozone hole was not eliminated but gotten bigger since ozone is caused by natural factors, not CFCs.
Welfare – When Maine required able-bodied recipients without dependent children to work part time for 20 hours a week, enroll in a vocational program, or volunteer 24 hours a month to qualify for food stamps, the rolls dropped from 9,478 to 2,530.
Feminism – Title IX has become a catch-all bludgeon for imposing feminist ideology on American universities, with the threat of withholding federal funds as the compliance club.
Justice – Why is the age of consent 18 for: voting, marriage, contracts and the military, but 21 for: drinking, smoking and owning a handgun?
Gun Control – The number of privately owned guns has increases substantially in the last decades, and the murder rate was cut nearly in half in the United States.
Crime – Violent crime has spiked in many big cities because policemen fear (Ferguson effect) performing their duties putting them at risk of being accused of crimes themselves.
Crime – 87% of the nation’s prisoner population is in state facilities; 16% are convicted of drug offenses; only 4% for drug possession, usually plea-bargained down from drug trafficking.
Victory - “I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate… If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.” Ted Cruz.
Defense – The President demonstrated how politics is more important to him than security by his veto of the National Defense Authorization Act to extort more for domestic spending.
GWOT – Palestinian terrorism has been a recent branch of Islamic terrorism, which has plagued the Middle East, since the appearance of Islam in the 7th century.
Middle East – Before the United Nations shames European countries for not accepting refugees, the reason why most of the Muslim countries have refused must be understood.
Iran – The Iranian nuclear deal is not enforceable since Iran has never formally agreed to the deal as written, and refuses to abide by its conditions, as loose as they are.
Israel – The Palestine Mandate established “Palestine” in 1920, which was separated after WWII into an Arab nation, (Trans)Jordan, and a Jewish nation, Israel, attacked ever since.
Europe – The Islamic State has made no secret of its intention to flood Europe with hundreds of thousands of its jihadists posing as refugees, “jihad by emigration.”
United Nations – The UN has performed so poorly that the United States should begin to decouple from its failed organizations by defunding by 10% per year until we find value.