Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

November 23, 2013


Government – Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington.

Politics – Fundamental transformation of America is from a moral country that rewards hard work and integrity, into a nation that rewards slothfulness and government dependence.

Politics – The Convention of States Project is urging the states to convene to stop runaway federal government spending, power grabs from the states, and erosion of personal liberty.

Politics – The American people have now reached the tipping point where every time the President speaks, the first thought will be “I wonder how much is true and how much a lie?”

Politics – In retrospect Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee understood how bad ObamaCare was and fought to defund and not waste money on this disastrous federal over-reach.

Politics – It is argued that the difference between conservatives and moderates is all about tactics, not goals, but only conservatives work to stop programs, not just slow them down.

Politics – Obama has gone “all in” on ObamaCare implementation, so failure is not an option, while his Democrat colleagues are distancing themselves from this “train wreck.”

Politics – Democrats are slow learners, ignoring Republican rejection of the Obama agenda as unconstitutional, unaffordable, and destructive with obstruction as their only alternative.

Politics – This week’s distractions from Obama’s disastrous policies are: the Senate eliminating filibusters on nominations and another ObamaCare enrollment delay after 2014 election.

Politics – Hillary Clinton wants to become the first woman President, but forgets that genitalia do not make good decisions, as Bill Clinton can attest to from his time in the oval office.

Politics Elizabeth Warren wants to fix the low personal savings rate problem by expanding bankrupt programs that discourage savings: Social Security and defined benefit pensions.

Language – In the not too distant future, the name Obama will become synonymous with lying and ridiculed; like “Come on, that was a bald-faced obama, you can’t believe that.”

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.           

Government – A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. Gerald R. Ford.

Jobs As the Labor Force Participation Rate falls, fewer people are working resulting in a less productive economy, smaller payrolls, less household income, and less consumer spending.

Healthcare When the government requires compliance, dictates product content, and dictates prices; that are the definition of socialism with a centrally managed marketplace.

Healthcare The public forgets that before ObamaCare was HillaryCare which was more secretive, more coercive, even including criminal penalties for doctors for non-compliance.

Healthcare – Obama's offer to allow people to keep their plans is not a fix of ObamaCare, but instead is just a “stay of execution” postponing the inevitable until after the next election.
Healthcare – The second round of plan cancellations (as many as 40-80 million) will unfold next year after the small business ObamaCare implementation delay expires.
Civil Rights Racism is seeing and judging everything through racial lenses, which describes President Obama, Secretary Holder, Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc., etc.
Common Core Standards are being dictated from the federal government using the lever of federal funding to enforce curricula compliance and conformance.

Welfare The 50 year War on Poverty has invested in a permanent underclass who traded comfortable government dependency for permanent mental and moral despondency.

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.

Government – Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.Mark Twain.

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