Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
December 27, 2014
Government - “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington.
Politics – The Gallup Poll reports that only 23% of all Americans “were satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S.” which is the lower end of what Gallup has measured since 1979.
Politics – Since Obama has been President, the number 1 issue in the country has been the economy and jobs, and Obama has focused on everything except this number 1 issue.
Politics – Obama’s personality views checks on his actions, whether Congressional action or the ballot box, as challenges to be met rather than judgments that must be respected.
Scandals – Now that Congress has substantiated the IRS politicization charges, when will someone from the IRS and the White House be held accountable for government misuse?
Politics – Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats of their allies, with a 3 to 1 advantage of $100,000+ donations.
Politics – Elizabeth Warren’s populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street and linking it to income inequality is confusing since she is such a big recipient of crony capitalist campaign funds from Wall Street and is herself a 1% liberal, elitist multi-millionaire.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the stagnant economy and ObamaCare: racial targeting of police in Brooklyn and North Korean cyber attack on SONY.
Politics – Republicans rate the 112th Congress as one of their best when the American public measures how little further damage was done by the Democrat Presidency.
Politics – Republicans must learn from the Kansas economic transformation that repairing socialist damage to the economy is painful and takes longer than expected to complete.
Politics – Contrary to the media narrative, the TEA Party is a grass roots conservative (not a far-right) faction based on original Constitutional principles and limitations.
Government - “The happiness of society is the end of government.” John Adams.
Economy – Proof is accumulating that Keynesian economics doesn’t work: government spending does not “stimulate” the economy; unemployment benefits doesn’t increase employment; and higher tax rates doesn’t increase tax revenues.
Jobs – Texas entrepreneurialism is what kept America out of a full-blown depression because since 2008, Texas has produced more jobs (1.2 million) than the entire United States.
Jobs – When you count long-term unemployed people who have stopped looking and those forced to take part-time work when they need full-time, the real jobless rate is 11.5%.
Energy – Fracking dates back to 1947 without a single incident of pollution traced to it, but Governor Cuomo hears “cumulative concerns” to ban fracking with no factual basis.
Environment – Australia repealed its carbon tax that was supposed to save the planet with no negative effects on the economy, but it cost too many jobs and cost too much to run.
Environment – Environmentalists have warned about catastrophe if CO2 exceeds 350ppm, but CO2 has exceeded 350ppm, no consequences of any kind have been apparent.
Social Security – More than 30 countries have set up a form of personal retirement insurance accounts to provide a sustainable entitlement without bankrupting the government.
Welfare – The Welfare State is based on a “War on Ambition” encouraging a culture of lifetime dependence on the government in return for a lifetime of political support.
Welfare – In 2011, 65% of children lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; Medicaid; and the National School Lunch Program.
Crime – Cop-bashing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio seems genuinely surprised at the backlash against him in light of the execution-style weekend killing of two local cops.
Crime – Murdering police officers is an unintended consequence of the “racial lynch mobs” created by the liberal cheerleaders lead by Obama, Holder, Sharpton, and deBlasio.
Crime – Chicago is such a failed American city that the mayor’s son, Zach Emanuel, was mugged on the street right in the neighborhood where he lived.
Civil Rights - President Obama who has been trying to kickstart a wave of civil unrest since he took office, so his policy of trying to foment violent civil unrest is finally paying dividends.
Religion – The vast majority of America’s founders were Bible-believing Christians who recognized the need to avoid a national religion, and 75% of Americans still are Christians.
Government - “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Thomas Jefferson.
United Nations – U.S. taxpayers pay the UN $1.2 billion in dues plus $2.2 billion to the UN peacekeeping budget, plus money for specific projects totaling 77% of the UN budget.
GWOT – Islamic taqiyya condones lies, prevarications, evasiveness, equivocations, ambiguity, deceit, dishonesty, obfuscation, deception, dissembling and dissimulation to protect Islam.
GWOT – The State Sponsors of Terrorism list is a politically-driven State Department decision on those counties that actively sponsor terrorism, but is not updated to reflect current reality.
Defense – Letters of marquee and reprisal are writs issued by governments for private parties to attack enemies, respond to attacks without direct government oversight – (cyber) piracy?
Defense – According to a Military Times survey or service members, Obama’s approval rating has crumbled to 15% this year, while his disapproval rating increased to 55%.
Defense – The U.S. Cyber Command is tasked to protect DoD information networks, funded at $5 billion per year, and has no explicit civilian cyber defense mission.
Cuba – Raul Castro was so grateful for Obama’s diplomatic normalization that the first thing he did was rejected détente and warned Obama not to expect anything in return.
Iran – Obama is determined to appease Iran and has now written Ayatollah Khamenei four times since taking office, each time receiving only insults and rejection in response.