Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
December 19, 2015
Immigration - “Conservatives aren't anti-immigrant - conservatives are pro-legal immigration.”
Politics – The community activist playbook says, if the number of disenchanted people is not large enough, expand the pool (redefine the criteria) to garner enough unhappy people.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: Ineffective gun control laws and number and type of Syrian refugees to accept into United States.
Politics – The political establishment elite’s best possible scenario is the Democrat Hillary (“It’s My Turn”) Clinton vs. Republican Jeb (“It’s My Turn”) Bush, and the country suffers either way.
Politics – Hillary Clinton was tagged as a congenital liar in 1996, and even today insists on lying about what she said to Benghazi families despite video proof she is not telling the truth.
Politics – The last GOP debate confirmed that: Santorum, Pataki, Graham, Huckabee, Paul, Fiorina, Kasich, Bush, Christie, and Carson are past their “campaign expiration date.”
Politics – The Republican Presidential race comes down to Donald Trump as the populist and Ted Cruz as the conservative in a party that yearns for conservative leadership.
Politics – The question is whether Donald Trump is the Presidential version of Florida’s Charlie Crist, who ran for Senate first as a Republican, then Independent, and finally as a Democrat.
Politics – If the 2016 Presidential race is between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the American voter will be forced to hold their nose and choose the least worst candidate.
Immigration - “We must insist on assimilation - immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
Budget – Current CBO growth projections show all federal revenues will be used to pay only entitlements, mandatory spending programs and interest on the debt in eleven years!
Budget – The Congress has delivered an omnibus spending bill that will avoid a government shutdown until next fall’s election, but postpones many needed, controversial changes.
Budget – Bailouts only band-aid over the symptoms, not fix the underlying conditions that caused the problems, so Puerto Rico, Illinois, California etc. should stop hoping for this relief.
Taxes – Only politicians are surprised when companies game the federal tax code to minimize their tax burden, including moving their companies (inversions) to other countries.
Income – There is no official or even consensus definition of the middle class, so income data can be “tortured to confess” to any preconceived political conclusion.
Healthcare – The CBO reported that the bill to repeal most of ObamaCare would cut the deficit by as much as $474 billion, while boosting GDP, investment and capital stock
Healthcare – The failure of ObamaCare must not be used and an excuse to replace it with a worse, more expensive, single-payer system that highlights the ObamaCare shortcomings.
Energy – $150 billion of subsidies have been given to the "renewable energy" industry in the last 10 years in loans, loan guarantees, renewable energy standards and tax credits.
Environment – Global warming is a controversial unproven scientific theory that suffers from conflicting data points, unproven conclusions, and ineffective solutions.
Environment – The U.N.'s interest in climate change is not about the climate, but rather to wreck capitalism, punish prosperous economies that became rich, reward poorer nations that are impoverished, and reshape the world in the image of left-wing thought.
Environment – The Paris agreement is largely symbolic with voluntary emission caps, voluntary progress reviews, no international oversight, and voluntary contributions to the Climate Fund.
Environment – President Barack (empty suit) Obama transformed the U.S. into a global leader in fighting climate (empty threat) change by committing the U.S. to an international climate change (empty promises) agreement.
Education – In the 40 years since affirmative action was created, no one has been able to demonstrate specifically and empirically the alleged benefits of a diverse student body.
Education – According to the FBI, the actual rate of rape on college campuses is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61% (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5).
Religion – An epidemic of Islamophobia is a myth, as the FBI confirms that Jews in this country are the objects of hate crimes at least four times the rate of Muslims.
Marriage – The actual divorce rate in first marriages peaked at about 40% for first marriages around 1980 and has been declining since to about 30% in the early 2000s.
Sexuality – A mere 1.6% of the adult population self-identifies as “lesbian/gay,” and an even smaller 0.7% told interviewers they were bisexual.
Gun Control – Making our gun laws more restrictive would not have prevented the various mass shootings, and implying otherwise is dishonest, opportunistic, and hyper-partisan.
Immigration - “Canada has an immigration policy you might want to emulate. They want more skilled and educated immigrants. In fact, that's all they take. But, see, since nobody's watching them, and they're not a superpower, nobody really cares. So they are allowed to act in their best interests.”
Military – All 220,000 combat military jobs are now open to women, as long as they qualify, but qualifications must now be adjusted to make them equal and unbiased for gender.
GWOT – Islamic jihadists declared unconditional war on America in the 1970s which makes all its subsidiaries (al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, etc.) enemies that all must be defeated.
GWOT – Barack Obama is not a wartime President, because his “catch and release,” by way of Guantanamo prison, does more harm than good and doesn’t help win the war.
GWOT – Saudi Arabia has organized an "Islamic military alliance" of 34 countries to fight terrorism, including Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey which is an Obama vote of no-confidence.
Syria – President Obama opposes fast-tracking Christian refugees, despite nearly a third of Syria’s Christians, about 600,000, have fled persecution by al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
Iran – Despite questions on nuclear agreement compliance, the Obama administration is on track to free up over $100 billion in frozen assets and lifting of economic sanctions.
Sweden – Islam is the second largest official religion in Sweden, with between 400,000 and 500,000 Muslims, mostly Sunni, and takes no pride in being the “Rape Capital of Europe.”
Argentina – After only one week in office, Argentina’s new president has slashed taxes, ripped out capital controls and unleashed the peso as the first step in an overdue recovery.