Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
December 26, 2015
Islam - “While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men.”
Politics – One of President Obama’s chief accomplishments has been to return the Constitution to a central place in public discourse by blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document to “fundamentally transform” the country into a progressive utopia.
Politics – The liberal municipal template of generous government pensions, lavish subsidies and welfare, unionized workforces, identity politics, lots of regulations, and high taxes has ensured permanent underclasses of Democrat voters in the inner city, but it also spawned a pool of dissatisfaction with Democrat city halls, the police, and city administrators.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: FAA private drone registration and Miss Universe announcement mistake.
Media – The liberal mainstream media is bleeding customers (readers and viewers) as a business, because American voters are waking up to their built-in bias and partisanship.
Polls – The liberal mainstream media uses “public opinion polls” to promote candidates “at the top” by selective coverage (either by keeping candidates in the headlines or keeping them out) creating the impression that popularity, or personality, is synonymous with value.
Politics – The Democrat primary campaign was created as a marketing platform for Hillary Clinton with weak competition and a partisan media embellishing her tired ideas.
Politics – Reading between the lines of Bernie Sanders’ dust-up with the Democrat National Committee, Hillary Clinton claims to be the victim of a vast, left-wing conspiracy!
Politics – Hillary Clinton epitomizes everything bad about politics: untrustworthy, self-centered, no private sector experience, and an exaggerated sense of entitlement.
Politics – Only a liberal mainstream media could mistake Donald Trump for a “conservative” when his words and actions define him as a “Republican in Name Only.”
Politics – Donald Trump, with all his bluster, declarations of political invincibility, and “crazy” ideas is the one least likely to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election.
Politics – Marco Rubio is an excellent conservative candidate, but is too willing to sacrifice his principles for the sake of a deal, such as including amnesty in his immigration reform.
Politics – Ted Cruz is the most principled conservative candidate who represents the mainstream GOP base, and is also a vocal opponent of the Republican Party elite.
Islam - “Qur’an… an accursed book… So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”
Economy – There was no "recovery" that ended in the second quarter of 2011 when real GDP rose above its previous peak, but it was an expansion, the worst in modern economic history.
Finance – The Federal Reserve issued its forecast of a 1.375% fed funds rate by the end of 2016, which means probably quarter-point hikes each and every quarter next year.
Jobs – Although the "headline" (U-3) unemployment rate was reported at 5.0% for November, the “real” unemployment rate is 9.8%, adjusted for decline in labor force participation rate.
Poverty – The War on Poverty, begun by LBJ in 1964, initially had an official poverty rate of 14.7% in 1966, throwing money at the problem and achieved a poverty rate of 14.8% in 2014.
Healthcare – Almost all Americans with incomes of between 100 and 150% of the poverty line (who receive the biggest subsidy) sign up for exchange plans, but less than a third of those with incomes between 200 and 300% of the poverty line do, and just 13% of those with incomes above 300% of the poverty line (who receive little or no subsidy).
Immigration – The rights, privileges and obligations of a U.S. citizen are defined in the U.S. Constitution, but they do not apply to non-citizens, visitors, immigrants, and illegal aliens.
Environment – Two wrongs do not make a right: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement establishes an extra-legal ability to change the agreement without limit, and enforces international climate agreements, such as Paris Climate Treaty – Just Vote No, and No!
Education – Admission preferences “mismatch theory” affects students who receive admission based on athletic prowess, low socioeconomic status, or alumni parents because it puts them in classrooms above their qualifications and abilities.
Crime – In 2014, law enforcement totaled 1,014 religion-based hate crimes including 609 against Jews (60%) and 154 (15%) against Muslims.
Islam - “Ever since the religion of Islam appeared in the world, the espousers of it…have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations, rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth …. Such was, and is at this day, the rage, the fury, the revenge, of these destroyers of human kind.”
Foreign Policy – Obama is more interested in declaring his political intentions than measuring actual results, thus resorting to unenforceable “executive agreements” than formal treaties.
Trade – Two wrongs do not make a right: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement establishes an extra-legal ability to change the agreement without limit and enforces international climate agreements, such as Paris Climate Treaty – Just Vote No, and No!
Military – Women training for combat positions suffer physical injuries at twice the rate of men, and they suffer significantly higher rates of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety after exposure to combat.