Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

November 16, 2013


Government – Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.. 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 – These are the times that try men's souls. 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.
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 – He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.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.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY