Musings on the Week
Return to Common Sense
December 15, 2012
Socialism – “Once the government becomes the supplier of people's needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right.” Lawrence Auster.
Politics – When comparing failed liberal domestic and foreign policies, Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are identical except for who wears the pants suit.
Politics – John Kerry would be a terrible Secretary of State or Defense, as Swift Boat Veterans remind us and the rest of the world about his anti-war, anti-military, and anti-US history.
Politics – It is very strange that liberals condone the use of violence (ex. unions) in the pursuit of political gains, but not in the pursuit of defending their country from external threats.
Politics – It is not too early to create a grass roots campaign team focused on 2016 (with 2014 as a rehearsal) to mobilize youth support and coordinate campaign messages.
Media – The partisan collusion between the Democrats in the administration and the liberal mainstream media has become overt, with their latest off-the-record planning meeting.
Politics – I expect the TEA Party movement to re-emerge as the new taxes and regulations hit, and the “second half” of our 2008 recession hits full force (as if it ever stopped).
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 – “Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” Ronald Reagan.
Regulations – The Obama administration bragged that they have not created too many regulations, but now we find out that 4,100, from annoying to tortuous, are in the pipeline.
TARP – The single bailout success story was AIG, initially a $182 billion ownership of 92% of company, which is being liquidated at a profit to taxpayers of $22.7 billion to date.
Inflation – The Consumer Price Index has not kept up with consumer spending since 2002, so an Everyday Price Index reveals a real inflation rate of 8% vs. the 2.2% published by the BLS.
Deficit – Democrats define “compromise” as capitulation and “balance” as nothing but tax hikes, which is why there are competing media monologues, with irreconcilable differences.
Deficit – The CBO reported that Social Security has been increasing the deficit since 2010 and will add $100 billion this year and projected to add $1.6 trillion in the next decade.
Jobs – If we measured unemployment the way they did in the 1930, today’s unemployment would be worse (21-23%) than any single year of the Great Depression.
Jobs – 621,000 government jobs were added in the second half, dwarfing private-sector job growth, so 20.6 million citizens now work for government or one in seven Americans.
Jobs – The Census reports that California had a net loss of 100,000 people last year because of the adverse tax climate, so now the Census will no longer ask this inconvenient question.
Jobs – The BEA and BLS show private sector compensation increased by 12% between 2001 and 2011 in right to work states compared with just 3% in forced-unionization states.
Labor – The Right-To-Work laws give union workers the ability to vote with their paycheck, and decertify their unions one worker at a time, starving them of dues and political clout.
Agriculture – The $1 trillion farm ball package may be snuck into the “fiscal cliff” discussions, to cement in farm subsidies under the guise of increased food stamp appropriations.
Civil Rights – Declare victory in the War on Racial Inequality achieving original objectives, and now struggling for relevance using affirmative action for institutionalized discrimination.
Feminism – Declare victory in the War on Sexual Inequality achieving original objectives, and now struggling for relevance using affirmative action for reverse discrimination.
Welfare – Declare defeat in the War on Poverty, having spent billions but making little progress eliminating poverty, and instead trying to institutionalize a dependent underclass.
Healthcare – ObamaCare costs doubled since it was first passed, from $900 billion to $1.76 trillion over ten years, while imposing an additional $1 trillion in new or increased taxes.
Healthcare – Only 15 states have committed to develop their own expensive online insurance exchange, thus requiring the federal government to develop one for the other 35.
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.
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.
Socialism – “A socialist is somebody who doesn't have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.” George Bernard Shaw.
GWOT – The Park51 Community Center (Ground Zero Mosque), opened with great fanfare but was really not a mosque, but an empty space with no community programs.
Middle East – The net impact of the Obama Doctrine in the Middle East is our allies no longer trust us or have confidence in us, and our adversaries no longer fear us or ignore us.
Syria – al Qaeda, called Nusruh Front, has re-emerged in Syria and takes direction from Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi (aka Abu Du’a) in Iraq.
Syria – In the months prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Russians secretly moved the chemical weapon stockpile to Syria, but only now that Syria wants to use them are we concerned?
Libya – Clinton refused to provide Benghazi security before they died, Panetta refused to provide military assistance as they died, and Obama’s cover-up hides his role after they died.
Russia – The Russian newspaper, Rossiskaya Gazeta, is owned by the Kremlin and has replaced the newspaper, Pravda, as the state-sanctioned propaganda vehicle.
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.