Musings on the Week
April 29, 2017
Socialism – “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill.
Politics – Conservatives hold Republicans to high moral standards, while liberals have relative moral standards so Democrats don’t measure and transgressions are resume builders.
Politics – Differences in patriotism are based on politics, with conservative’s love of country being unconditional, while liberals’ is conditioned on their political and policy preferences.
Politics – Republicans should welcome anti-abortion voters to the party now that Democrats have told them that pro-life party members need not apply.
Politics –Barack Obama will focus his post-presidency on his politically tone-deaf policy priorities of redistributing wealth, emptying prisons, and carbon-emission controls.
Politics – President John F. Kennedy, Democrat from fifty years ago, would be politically to the right of many current Republicans, squarely in Trump territory.
Politics – No amount of lipstick or perfume can transform Chelsea Clinton from a political nonentity into a viable political candidate with no experience, achievements or personality.
Government – Twenty eight state legislatures have called for an Article V Constitutional Amendment Convention asking for a Balanced Budget Amendment resolution, with the remaining 6 states’ campaigns well underway with a clear path to required 34 by 2018.
Media – Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News had little to do with sexual harassment, and more about silencing a straight, white, powerful, Christian man who had the backbone and decency to treat Donald Trump fairly.
Media – Based on the Bill Clinton sexual behavior standard, none of the accusations about Bill O’Reilly were anything criminal, so best of luck wherever his career takes him next.
Media – in the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, the media have obsessed over rumors, unsubstantiated accusations and palace intrigue stories, while the American people have seen a President delivering on his promises and putting their interests first.
Media – The majority of anti-Trump sycophants live on the urban coasts, not representative of mainstream America, and they also answer polls which should not be trusted.
Media – President Trump’s real approval polls are through the roof, namely consumer and investor confidence, hiring, and right track/wrong track measures.
Socialism – “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” Margaret Thatcher.
Economy – IRS data and Census Bureau estimates show Americans are rejecting the “blue model” returning to cities, but rather relocating to states and regions that are less dense, less heavily taxed, and less regulated.
Healthcare – A new study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests Obama’s healthcare law does little to actually improve patient’s health outcomes.
Healthcare – The Republican ObamaCare compromises includes many decisions to devolve decision-making back to the states and defangs the one-size-fits-all federal approach.
Immigration – The Trump administration put ten sanctuary areas (entire state of California, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cook County, IL and Miami-Dade County, FL) on notice that they could soon have to give up some federal funds if they do not enforce Homeland Security’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants.
Judiciary – Congress created the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and now should dissolve this Court of Appeals for malpractice, with so many decisions overruled by higher courts.
Environment – Earth Day should be a grand celebration of monumental achievements cleaning air and water quality allowing this country to produce more goods and service for millions more people while sharply cutting pollution.
Environment – The March for Science turned out to be little more than a global celebration of the leftist holy day, aka Earth Day, and another round of left-wing Democrat astroturf.
Environment – UN climate officials have proudly proclaimed that their goals were really ending fossil fuel use and capitalism, redistributing the world’s wealth, and controlling people’s livelihoods and living standards through its misleading Sustainable Development.
Environment – A new study reveals that EPA’s claim that CO2 is a pollutant is totally false, invalidating the 2009 endangerment finding that allowed the agency to regulate CO2.
Pensions – While many states continue to fall behind in funding their costly pension program, dozens of them have also mismanaged their so called “rainy day” funds.
Education – Competition makes the difference: on the positive side stands America’s world-leading college system: on the other stands America’s world-lagging public school system.
Education – Congress can return control to campuses enacting a law that withholds federal funds from any college or university where speech is censored or has inadequate security.
Education – The Consumer Federation of America found that 1.1 million student loan borrowers in the United States have gone 270 or more days without making payments on their Federal Direct Student Loans, with more than $137 billion worth of the loans in default.
Speech – Ideas and opinions that progressive students and professors find offensive or “hateful” are just as protected by the Bill of Rights as anti-Trump slogans at campus protests.
Crime – The Trump administration must reaffirm that data-driven, proactive policing made possible the country’s 20-year, 50% violent-crime decline that began in the mid-1990s.
Abortion – The Democrat party has come out and said that they no longer support pro-life candidates from their party, because abortion is now a non-negotiable party platform.
Socialism – “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” Ronald Reagan.
Foreign Policy – Trump is an arch nationalist in the positive sense of the term, and will never be safe in the world if the world doesn’t have an America that is free, safe and prosperous.
France – The Presidential election runoff pits an establishment pro-EU, pro-euro “centrist” globalist (Emmanuel Macron) versus a France-first anti-EU, anti-euro populist (Marie Le Pen).
France – Ignore Marie Le Pen at your own risk, because like Brexit and Trump, the partisan media is not representative and the people love her, despite the false media narrative.
Israel – Israel’s problem is that all they want is to live in peace as an independent nation, while Arabs want a Palestinian state not alongside, but in place of Israel.