Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
November 16, 2013
Government – “.” Thomas Paine.
Politics – Ted Cruz demonstrated how a politician should act, representing his constituent’s interests and their beliefs despite pressure from inside and outside his own political party.
Politics – Republicans need to understand Conservative’s quest for limited government, free market, and individual freedom differs from Moderate’s only slowing the rate of decline.
Politics – ObamaCare will join the ranks of failed government programs: 1919 Prohibition, the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act, and the 1988 Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act.
Politics – J.T. Young at Forbes Magazine summarizes our political dilemma best with “America appears to be witnessing a Party that Can’t Win versus a Party That Can’t Govern.”
Politics – Impeachment should be the last thing Republicans want with Joe Biden as Vice President, considering their track record obstructing any further damage by Democrats.
Politics – Hillary Clinton is the media choice for next President as they promote her to the low information voters, despite a record of divisiveness, partisanship, and non-achievement.
Politics – When will Hillary Clinton be held accountable for her dereliction of duty in Benghazi: failure to provide adequate security, lack of support during attack, and political cover-up?
Language – Political Correctness (PC) is the progressive tactic to stifle any and all dissent, since it is the offendee’s subjective interpretation that matters, not the offender’s intent.
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.
History – “” Thomas Paine.
Economy – The Fed Quantitative Easing (QE) program is the “greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time,” enabling risk free bank loans but not requiring Main Street credit easing.
Jobs – The labor force participation rate plunged to 63.2% in October, the lowest since 1978, as the number of people NOT in the labor force reached a record 91.5 million Americans.
Jobs – The problem with our welfare state is that massive unemployment is supported by a vast array of safety nets which sustain their bodies but long term will starve their souls.
Healthcare – The President claimed that just 5% risk losing their health plans, but his own people predicted 64% of large companies and 80% of small businesses would be affected.
Healthcare – ObamaCare is destroying
the private health insurance market, with over 94% of
U.S. counties offer five or fewer carriers, and 78% of counties choose
from three or fewer.
Healthcare – Obama's offer to allow people to keep their plans, is only an attempt to shift blame from ObamaCare that forced them to close, onto the backs of insurance companies.
Healthcare – If you like ACORN, you’ll love ObamaCare Navigators who provide enrollment assistance, and provide guidance how to evade, lie, and ignore healthcare requirements.
Environment – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards are impractical and ineffective and use more energy than buildings without the certification.
Welfare – Poverty numbers only include the 15% of benefits received in money, ignoring food stamps, supplemental food, subsidized utilities, health insurance, and subsidized housing.
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.
Security – “.” Thomas Paine.
Middle East – John Kerry has embarked on a policy of unilateral appeasement earning contempt and a serial record of failure to show in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and now Iran.
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.