Musings on the Week
April 21, 2018
Law – “If Hillary Clinton and Illegal aliens don’t have to obey the law, why should the rest of us respect the law? Why shouldn’t we break the law any time we think we can get away with it?” John Hawkins.
Politics – While 22% of adults name Democrats as the better party to reform D.C. and 18% name Republicans, a full 40% say neither party does a good job at changing the D.C.
Politics – The Democrat Party commitment to racial equality has alienated it from the white working and middle classes, and now leaving it as the party of minorities, the marginalized, and their young and elite liberal patrons.
Politics – The Democrat party has horrible, out of touch leadership with Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader from New York, and is now looking to replace Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi from California with Joe Crowley from New York as the House Minority Leader.
Politics – Many of today’s political battles are, at their base, a federalism tug of war pitting the federal government against state and local governments, such as sanctuary cities.
Politics – The cry-baby sore loser Democrats are still energized to seize back power in Washington and will vote in numbers but their platform of higher taxes, open borders, gun confiscation and surrender to the Islamists does not sell to Americans outside the beltway.
Politics – Republican victory in 2018 and 2020 will depend on turning out the core voters and energizing the frustrated voters who finally see change in Washington and want this change to continue, since Trump delivers economic results and a return to global leadership.
Politics – Hillary Clinton is a self-centered, sore loser who has become an embarrassment to the Democrats and reminds Republicans why they made the right choice voting for Trump.
Politics – The only satisfactory end to the Russia election investigation is for prosecution of all those who broke the law in the: DOJ (Lynch, Yates, Bhahara), FBI (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page), State (Clinton, Abedin), DHS (Johnson), and IC (Brennan, Clapper).
Media – Gallup polling found that 55% of Facebook users noted they are “very concerned” and 25% “somewhat concerned” about their personal data being sold to and used by other companies and groups, especially since it is a violation of Facebook policies.
Media – Facebook’s plans to crack down on fake news by turning to Pointer Institute’s “PolitiFact,” ABC News’ FactCheck.org, The Associated Press and Snopes, organizations that have gotten caught peddling fake or inaccurate news themselves.
Media – The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for “public service” for reporting on possible ties between Russia and President Trump’s inner circle – created new category “Fake News.”
Spending – “If the government gives money to Planned Parenthood and PBS, why would it be wrong for the government to give money to the NRA or Heritage Foundation?" John Hawkins.
Debt – Trillion-dollar deficits are coming back faster than originally projected, reaching $1 trillion as early as next year, and the culprits for our ongoing debt crisis are lawmakers who refuse to reform out-of-control entitlement programs as debt service grows larger and larger.
Economy – Discontented Californians are voting with their feet at a quickening pace, hemorrhaging middle-class residents while a few rich Americans from the Northeast trickle in.
Pensions – In 2016, Pew Research found that state pensions were $1.4 trillion in the red and pension debt has increased for 15 straight years and with no signs of abating.
Science – Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is the federal government identified as (primary) source of funding for basic science research on anything, since it is a private sector function.
Energy – The Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. oil production this year will be the highest ever recorded, as fossil fuels will be our primary energy thru end of century.
Immigration – DHS to issue new guidelines that would broaden the government’s definition of “public charge” of non-citizens residing in the United States or applying for resident status, as the primary goal is to ensure immigrants are self-sufficient rather than burdens on taxpayers.
Gun Control – A modern CDC study concluded that guns are used in cases of individual self-defense between 500,000 and 3,000,000 times annually, saving countless lives each year.
Gun Control – Although Democrats say they don’t want to confiscate guns; all they want is common sense reforms, the latest Quinnipiac poll showed one third of Democrats support it.
Gun Control – David Hogg, the high school student, gun control activist, called for a boycott of Laura Ingraham advertisers which resulted in a few to flee, but ratings to increase by 25%.
Education – Weak-minded students are easiest to indoctrinate as they accept without question, while students with half-a-brain easily question illogical arguments with the internet and uncover the brainwashing and reject the fallacious arguments.
Sexuality – The clinical term for transgenderism is 'gender dysphoria,' defined as feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to biological sex.
Civil Rights – The Mass Action for Black Liberation group is breaking away from Black Lives Matter movement because BLM has become too leftist whether it helped blacks or not.
Religion – The smug leftist elites condemn Chick-fil-A restaurants, but pesky citizens love the food and the service and ignore the underlying religious overtones for the quality meals.
Welfare – In the mid-60s, the Great Society’s War on Poverty has spent more than $15 trillion in means-tested entitlement programs to not only eliminate poverty but to eradicate the root causes of poverty, but in that time the poverty rate has only dropped from 14.7% to 14.5%.
Terrorism – “Shouldn’t we roll our eyes at people who come up with new reasons to be gratuitously offended most of the time? Aren’t people who are offended by things that most people just shrug off, the ones with the problem, not the rest of the world?" John Hawkins.
Syria – Obama lied to the American people and said Syria had no more chemical weapons and no ability to produce more, but Assad has conducted 51 chemical attacks since Obama broke that promise and allowed Assad to keep those weapons.