Musings on the Week

Return to Common Sense

December 1, 2012


Redistribution – “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin.

Politics – Democrats worry whether Obama will suffer the curse of second term failure, which will be hard to avoid since he is already a first term failure, who somehow got re-elected.

Politics – Pravda, the Russian newspaper, has reported their bewilderment at the stupidity of “illiterate Americans” re-electing Obama, a communist who follows the failed Soviet model!

Politics – There are two political parties in America: one is stupid, the other evil; and when they join forces to do something that’s both stupid and evil, we call it bi-partisanship!

Politics – Grading performance will be easy since 25 states will have Republican governors, senates, and houses and 15 states will have Democrat governors, senates, and houses.

Politics – In New York City, the Jewish vote was divided in the last election with Mitt Romney receiving more than 90% of the Orthodox Jewish vote, regardless of income levels.

Media – The MSM continues to hemorrhage readers, with political ads in the 2012 election propping them up, but I expect the MSM to begin failing, with Newsweek the first to go.

Welfare – Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.Benjamin Franklin.

Budget – The Republican House should pass a federal budget bill, then refuse to pass any Funding Resolutions until the Senate passes their own and begins the reconciliation process.

Deficit The “fiscal cliff” is political theatre by the Congress and President Obama, since the Budget Control Act of 2011 just postponed fixing the problem until after the election.

Deficit The closest Democrats get to cutting spending is to slow the growth of spending, except when it comes to defense spending, where cutting to zero is the ultimate goal.

Deficit – House Republicans must do the right thing” to offer good legislation to address the underlying economic conditions, and then let the Democrats be obstructionists in Senate.

Deficit – Since Obama’s initial offer was $1.6 trillion tax increase, $50 billion stimulus, and raise the debt limit, Republicans should counter offer with double the spending cuts and no taxes.

Deficit – Republicans must offer no deal” unless the solution includes real spending reforms by the biggest spending programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Healthcare – Before ObamaCare, 85% of Americans were happy with their healthcare, while now after ObamaCare, a majority of Americans want ObamaCare repealed.

HealthcareMedicaid accounts for 8.5% of all federal spending, and just under a quarter of all state spending, and between 1970 and 2010, the program quintupled to 2.7% of GDP.

Taxes – The U.S. progressive tax rates have institutionalized class warfare, over-complicated the sources and collection of revenues, and embedded socialist redistribution of wealth.

Immigration – An ideal comprehensive immigration policy would require American assimilation, encourage entrepreneurship, and discourage government dependency.

LaborThe Black Friday Wal-mart union walkout was an epic bust, failing to create any disruption in store operation or impact on business results, demonstrating union weakness.

FamilyThere are 32 states that ban same-sex marriage, while there are now 9 states plus the District of Columbia that recognize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Education – The Obama administration spent up to $2 million per school at more than 1,300 of the nation’s lowest-performing schools, but one third of these schools continue to decline.

Education – The daycare industry is struggling primarily because the economy is suffering and because government licensing requirements are becoming more stringent.

Debt I expect that the country’s credit rating will again be downgraded after Congress debt ceiling discussions again fail to find sufficient spending cuts to halt deficit spending.

DeficitI 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.

Peace –There was never a good war, or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin.

United Nations – The United Nations climate talks in Qatar will soon unveil a “Global Warming Tax” that is a thinly disguised international redistribution of wealth with no climate impact.

GWOT – Islam is fixated on the differences with other religions and how Muslims should subjugate infidels, so being offended is a normal trait and not to be encouraged.

Libya – The Susan Rice talking points are being used to distract from answering the question: Who ordered the military to “stand down” and abandon American citizens under attack?

Israel – Reservists returned home disappointed that the government had not launched an attack to correct the seven year old mistake returning Gaza to the Palestinian terrorists.

Israel – Palestine claims to be a separate state, yet it has no history, no viable economy, and no purpose other than to be a forward firing base for terrorist missiles launched into Israel.

Israel I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then annexing Gaza based on the concept of defensible borders.

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