Musings on the Week

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December 22, 2012


Politics – It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.Joseph Stalin.

Politics – Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton try to be Teflon politicians, blaming anyone else for their faults, but they both are abject failures and can’t escape their dismal records.

Politics – House Speaker Boehner is “negotiating” (incremental surrender) with Obama when he should be fighting him, while he is fighting the Republican caucus instead of negotiating.

Federalism – If the Supreme Court rules that federal laws supersede state laws, then the concept of federalism is negated and state’s rights have no power or legitimacy.

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.

Politics – The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken.

Federal Reserve Qualitative Easing has been a failure and just punishes savers and retired by keeping interest rates low, diluting the dollar and elongating the anemic recovery.

Deficit – The fiscal cliff is a diversion, designed by politicians who spend too much, and refuse to reform a tax structure that reduces the competitiveness of American companies.

Deficit – Speaker Boehner offered to raise tax rates on “millionaires and billionaires” and then called Obama’s bluff when he rejected the offer as not confiscatory enough (class warfare).

Deficit – Republicans negotiate through appeasement while Democrats are stubborn and arrogant, so thank God for conservatives to stand on principles and reject a bad Plan B!

Taxes – Our confiscatory tax system redistributes wealth between individuals (makers vs. takers), between states, and between countries (under UN) and even redistribute at death.

Taxes – If fairness is the measure that drives tax policy, then a flat tax, with no exceptions or deductions, is the only alternative that treats every American fairly and equally.

FEMA – President Obama’s $60.4 billion emergency spending request for Hurricane Sandy (“SandyScam”) relief morphed into a Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies.

Labor – Unions have a proud history representing workers in company negotiating, but unions have now outlived their usefulness favoring political causes over worker’s welfare.

Housing – This year Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranteed 69% of new mortgages and FHA and VA back another 21% of mortgages – nationalized the home mortgage market?

Housing In Nevada 59% of homes with mortgages are underwater, 43% in Florida, 36% in Georgia and 33% in Michigan which accounts for 34.1% of all negative equity mortgages.

Crime – There is a direct correlation between the increase in violence and the gradual liberal degradation of morals, ethics, and parenting undermining traditional families.

Crime Mass shootings are no more common than they were in past decades (high point in 1929), with chances on being killed in mass shooting the same as being hit by lightning.

Gun Control – Gun control laws do not in fact control guns, but rather disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily enough.

Civil Rights – Apparently the Obama “new normal” is that it OK for black actors, comedians, and broadcasters to be blatant racists and incite black-on-white “hate crimes.”

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.

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.

Politics –Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed. Mao Ze Dong.

Libya – Hillary Clinton concocted yet another excuse to avoid facing questions on her role in Benghazi-gate, so her role in this Cover-up increases while she continues to hide the truth.

Libya – In conclusion, Clinton refused to provide Benghazi security before they died, Panetta refused to provide military assistance as they died, and Obama Covered-up after they died.

Libya – The “independent” Benghazi study whitewashed the dereliction of duty by Clinton prior to the attacks, Panetta during the attacks, and Obama’s cover-up after the attacks.

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