RTCS

Musings on the Week

 

 Musings on the Week

November 5, 2016

 

Media – “Well, except for ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, the Washington Post, and about another 100 newspapers, I find little evidence of liberal bias in the media.” Rupert Murdoch.

Politics – According to Pew Research Center, Independent or unaffiliated voters are the largest party affiliation, as more and more voters flee the elites in the two traditional parties.

Politics – This Presidential election is a time to choose between: Hillary Clinton – a self-centered, corrupt, serial liar with failed policy ideas from the past; or Donald Trump – inflated ego, a legend in his own mind, with proven policy ideas designed to resurrect America.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: hysterical creepy clown sightings and cyber attacks, unknown origin.

Politics – The Department of Justice has been corruptly aiding and abetting the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, to escape legal accountability for her actions.

Politics – The Clinton scandal playbook is clear: lie, deny, delay, and when no longer working, dismiss as old news, while attacking accusers personally and professionally.

Politics – Reopening the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server is just another distraction to take focus away from failed policies, cultural erosion, and national reputation destruction.

Scandals – It is only eight miles from Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, NY to the Taconic Correctional Facility, where she could be forced to serve her criminal prison time.

Media – Asking someone in the media about liberal bias is like asking a fish about water. ‘Huh, what are you talking about? Where is it?. John Stossel.

Finance – Central bankers around the globe have cut interest rates many times, but the world has little to show for it, since the economy continues to slow with no end in sight.

Regulations – Unreasonable government regulations” are the no. 2 concern of small business, up from no. 5 just four years ago… only the soaring cost of health insurance tops it.

Healthcare – Physician-assisted suicide (“death with dignity”) is legal in four states for patients generally who are terminally ill with a prognosis of fewer than six months to live.

Elections – More than 30 states allow various methods of online voting for citizens living outside the U.S., such as Americans abroad and overseas troops.

Economy – U.S. employment has changed very little since August 2015, begging the question whether this is still a recovery or a continuation of Obama’s “Great Recession?

 

November 2008

October 2016

Change

Annual Federal Spending

$2.87T

$3.88T

+$1.01T

Total National Debt

$9.97T

$19.81T

+$9.84T

Living in Poverty (000)

37,734

43,094

+5,360

Food Stamp Participation (000)

30,800

42,800

+12,000

Disabled – SSI (000)

8,242

10,652

+2,410

Labor Force Participation Rate

65.9%

62.8%

-3.1%

Not in Labor Force (000)

80,220

94,609

+14,389

Employment Population Ratio

61.4%

59.7%

-1.7%

Immigration – About 40% of the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally came originally with valid visas, but simply overstayed their allotted time here.

Gun Control – According to a new Gallup poll, 61% of American adults now oppose a ban on so-called assault weapons, the highest level of opposition ever recorded.

Welfare – Government spends over $1 trillion annually on over 80 means-tested welfare programs, spread across multiple government agencies, easierto obscure the total cost.

Welfare – When Maine and Kansas instituted a work requirement in food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents, within a few months case-load dropped by over 75%.

Drugs – 47,055 Americans died of drug-induced deaths, with 29,000 dying from opioids, whether heroin, illicit synthetics, diverted or misused prescriptions, or some combination.

Abortion - In the past three election cycles, Planned Parenthood’s advocacy and political arms, employees, and their families spent over $38 million to elect or defeat candidates for federal office who decide how much to subsidize the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Media “Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” Indira Gandhi.

GWOT – Global War on Terror has always opposed an ideology, not a religion, not a country, not an organization, since Islamic supremacism is frequently renamed and rebranded.

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/