Musings on the Week
February 17, 2018
Politics – “The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.” Plato.
Politics – Reagan followed Carter, who destroyed the economy, military, and international respect, so he successfully reversed this damage, and now Trump followed Obama, who strangled the economy, military and international reputation, is also reversing everything.
Politics – Trump challenged all races, creeds, and religions to participate in the American Dream, while Democrats use and abuse their unthinking plantation pawns to acquire power.
Politics – Hopefully Democrats learned a lesson thinking that skin color does not ensure effective policies, as Trump repeals one failed liberal policy after another.
Politics – “Resist!” is the call to arms from Democrat leaders (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) and radical activist groups (Black Lives Matter, Antifa) for a silent coup d’etat.
Politics - When Democrats say “free” they mean they will steal money from someone who works for a living to pay some deadbeat who votes for a living.
Politics – The thuggish Clinton Foundation is the “deep state” political machine (with allies in the DNC, CIA, NSA, DOJ, FBI and IRS) that is the new standard for ruling an unsuspecting populace, replacing the outdated, thuggish Tammany Hall political machine.
Politics – Nixon lost his job because he tried to cover-up the Watergate break-in, and now we have Obama trying to cover-up his administration’s abuse of power and electronic break-in of the Trump campaign to help Clinton in her “inevitable” election.
Politics - A clear majority (55%) of Americans believe it is “likely that the Obama administration improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election,” including 31% of Democrats, 87% of Republicans, and 55% of Independents.
Politics – “Black Panther” is a superhero movie which is doing well at the box office, because it is a reaction to Obama’s lack of success improving the lives of African-Americans.
Politics – Obama left office as one of the least consequential presidents in history, and now is honored by interpretive, cartoonish, official portraits of the President and the First Lady.
Politics – The Tea Party Movement may be “dead” but the Tea Party ideals of traditional values, individual freedom, fiscal responsibility, constitutionally-limited government, free markets, and free trade are still are alive and well in the mainstream American, Trump voters.
Government – In American federalism, the rights of the individual were meant to be secured through strict limits imposed on the power of the central government by a Bill of Rights and the division of authority between autonomous states and a federal government.
Media – Like Hitler's "Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda," the mainstream media has become radicalized, wholly devoted to the progressive dogma of the left and reports only news that attacks our president and attack those working to exonerate him.
Media – Trump’s approval rating is improving as the American people choose the “stupid, incompetent” (according to the MSM) president who helps the private sector instead of the “smart, competent” one (according to pundits) who focused on helping the government.
Equality – “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." Aristotle.
Finance – Bitcoins have the potential to be a monetary Ponzi scheme that allows early adopters to make large returns on their investment and late adopters to lose everything.
Regulations – The DOJ has issued new rules saying they would no longer “use enforcement authority to effectively convert agency guideline documents into binding rules.”
Budget – Now that Trump has signed a two-year budget deal that satisfies neither party, why not have the Congress use this time to finally pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Deficit – The federal government is “chasing its own tail” thinking they can increase spending to solve the deficit spending problem, hoping that economic growth will cover their sins.
Infrastructure – Federal government has built infrastructure projects that are inter-state and unaffordable by a single state, but maintenance and repair should be state responsibility.
Stock Market – The market is just as irrational and divorced from fundamentals on the way up as it is on the way down; computerized high-frequency trading strategies execute faster.
Communications – The U.S. Postal Service lost $540 million last quarter, so now may be the time to finally privatize this inefficient service company as a way to stop the federal deficit.
Mining – In 1990, the U.S. was No. 1 in the world in mining output, but since then import dependency of critical and strategic minerals has grown due to environmental constraints.
Education – In 2010, President Obama nationalized student lending and the direct loan program went from a $25 billion surplus in 2012 to a $36 billion deficit in 2017.
Civil Rights – Micro-aggressions are symptoms of identify politics paranoia since hyper-sensitivity to others transforms behavior and speech into imagined bias offenses.
Drugs – First alcohol was criminalized, then legalized and now drugs have been criminalized and are slowly being legalized, but how not to subsidize this personal lifestyle behavior?
Defense – “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.” Theodore Roosevelt.
Threats – The “Worldwide Threat Assessment” identified five "functional" types of threats to the U.S.: 1) Cyber spying, propaganda and attacks directed by nation states, non-state actors and criminal groups; 2) WMD and WMD delivery systems; 3) Terrorism; 4) Technological threats from space and in space; and 5) Transnational crime.
Defense – Military deterrence is “dynamic” because it rests on the credibility of the threat of force and increasing the retaliatory threat raises the cost of attack reducing the probability.
Defense – The U.S. Army has been forced to upgrade Basic Combat Training to instill more discipline to deal with the new millennial recruits who are lazy, entitled and question orders.
Middle East – President Trump has said “If Palestinians do not want peace, then the United States has nothing to do with them,” and engaging with them may be a waste of time!