Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

December 31, 2016


Politics – “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.” Thomas Sowell.

Politics – Barack Obama is rewriting history to craft a legacy out of thin air based on skewed data and abysmal results and he even fantasizes that he could have won a third term vs. Donald Trump despite repudiation of his policies and disasters domestically and globally.

Politics – The biggest loser in 2016 was Washington, D.C., a town built on assumptions and norms that have now been utterly rejected by the people. 

Politics – The American people despise their elites, who talk down to them, lecture, chide for their beliefs whether that be cultural, political, or religious: and they want better elites who offer respect, and voted for Donald Trump who they believe will deliver it.

Politics – Democrats are doing an excellent job of defining themselves as deranged with hate over Trump, with celebrities issuing death threats, with zealots harassing Ivanka Trump on airplanes, and pundits comparing him to Hitler which do not endear them to the public.

Demographics – The Census Bureau estimates that a total of nine states are now projected to lose Congressional seats in 2020 (AL, IL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, RI and WV).

Demographics – The Census Bureau estimates that seven fast-growing states stand to gain Congressional seats in 2020 (AZ, CO, FL, MT, NC, OR and TX), and Florida may gain two new seats and Texas may gain either three or four new seats.

Media – Donald Trump will continue to talk directly to the American public via Twitter as a way to bypass the liberal mainstream media bias and spin.

Welfare – “The biggest and most deadly 'tax' rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits - food stamps, housing subsidies and the like - if their income goes up.” Thomas Sowell.

Jobs – Despite White house claims of “near full employment”, most of the jobs created in the last decade have been temp or gig jobs, not permanent full-time work.

Regulations – Obama holds seven of ten highest number of pages added in a year to the Federal Register, issuing nearly 4,000 new final rules and regulations.

Food – After 20 years, there is still no evidence that genetically modified organisms harm human health, but ample evidence of environmental and humanitarian benefits.

Elections – If election integrity is truly important, each state must be mandated to certify their voting process and systems: certify accuracy of voter registrations, certify voters have valid identification, and certify vote counts are accurate, unaltered and un-manipulated.

Education – Unreported benefit of elections is US taxpayers no longer pay $10 million each year for Obama family vacations, and finally put an end to the hated school lunch program.

Drugs – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the first time in 2015, more lives were lost to heroin overdoses than to gun homicides.

Crime - For the past four years on December 26th, thousands of young people, almost entirely African-American, have descended on shopping centers across the country and unleashed violence so shocking many malls are forced to evacuate customers during one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and the mainstream media is ignoring the story.

Socialism – “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Thomas Sowell.

United Nations – After the latest Security Council resolution, it may be time for the United States to begin defunding the United Nations because it is ineffectual and unaffordable.

Israel – Israel captured the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem in a defensive war in 1967 after Arab countries used the territories to launch attacks against the Jewish state, and Jordan officially renounced its claims to these lands providing Israel a naturally defensible border.


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY