Musings on the week ending 12/24/2011


By: David Coughlin
Politics -If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” Harry Truman.
Politics – The “Occupy Whatever” mob is trying to resurrect itself in many cities, but hopefully the mayors will tire of their shenanigans and arrest them rather than allow them another act.
Politics – The “Occupy” mob is self-interested and self-aggrandizing, while the TEA Party is driven by a sense of responsibility to the country and to the generations that follow.
Politics – The TEA Party movement has the power to take back America from the liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, and Occupiers… pardon the redundancies.
Politics – The best ticket is still Newt Gingrich for President and Michele Bachmann for VP, but if the Republican Party elite selects Mitt Romney, I will have to hold my nose to vote for him.
Politics – The question that must be asked is “How did that vote for Obama work out for you? Are you better off today than when Barack Obama took office?
 
January 2009
November 2011
Change
Federal Spending
$2.98T
$3.62T
+$.64T
National Debt
$10.66T
$15.14T
+$4.48T
Food Stamp Participation (000)
32,200
47,500
+15,300
Employed (000)
142,201
140,580
-1,621
Unemployed (000)
11,984
13,303
+1,319
Unemployment Rate (U3)
7.8%
8.6%
+0.8%
Underemployment Rate (U6)
14.1%
15.6%
+1.5%
Average Weeks Unemployed 
19.9
40.9
+21.0
Inflation Rate
.03%
3.39%
+3.36%
Misery Index
7.8
12.1
+4.3
Politics – Voter Caution: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! Once a mistake; Twice a fool!
Politics – Obama obviously can’t run on his record, so his consiglieres will base his reelection campaign on a combination of demagoguery, personal vilification, and race-baiting.
Politics – Since the voters will judge him incompetent, misguided, and dangerous to the Republic, the best that Obama can hope for in the 2012 election is not to be trounced.
Politics – Obama is a “Legend in His Own Mind” grading himself as among the four best Presidents, but historian may disagree and rank him among the four worst Presidents.
Media – Newspapers continue to hemorrhage readers with only political ads in the 2012 election to save them, but I expect many newspapers will disappear after the next election.
Politics – Since Obama has been such a failure, I expect that the 2012 Presidential election will be the most racist campaign, with Democrats being the only ones saying racist things.
Politics -Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” Herbert Hoover.
Economy – Government spending has been found to have an inverse relationship between increasing the size of government and job creation, disproving the neo-Keynesian models.
Economy – Income “inequality” is a good and natural byproduct of free market capitalism, but government intervention interrupts income mobility to move between income levels.
Taxes – With all the demagoguery, the Payroll Tax Cut was a temporary stimulus tax holiday to help create jobs, which did not work, was not affordable, and should not be repeated!
Elections – A total of four Democrat officials and political operatives (ACORN) have pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in a scheme to steal a New York election.
Environment – The EPA spends billions of dollars each year to reduce already miniscule amounts of mercury in the air, but dictates mercury-laced bulbs into everyone’s homes!  
Civil Rights – Considering the results, the real question is not why so few blacks belong to the “Occupy Whatever” mob, but rather why so many blacks still belong to the Democrat Party?
Marriage – If current trends continue, less than half of those 18 and older will be married in a few years, undermining the cornerstone of our society and entrenching income inequality.
Crime – The Supreme Court ordered California to release up to 46,000 of the state prisoners, and I expect the crime rate to rise quickly in 2011 because these criminals are on the street.
Debt – I expect that it is only a matter of time until Moody’s and Fitch join Standard & Poor’s downgrading our credit rating in 2011 to reflect Congress inability to control over-spending.
Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy by 2012 and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.
Politics -Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.” Bill Vaughn.
Middle East – Islam is the only religion the Obama administration has any interest in promoting, while ignoring the severe persecution of Christians across the region.
GWOT How many times must radical Islamists reiterate that their goal is to destroy America, and their ally Israel, before we treat them like enemies to be dissected and defeated?
China – Despite anti-China demagoguery, studies find that 88.5% of goods and services sold in the United States are produced here, and only a quarter of all imports came from China. 
Europe – The International Monetary Fund is trying to apply Too Big To Fail to countries across Europe, so the U.S. should withhold their $68 billion contribution to the general fund. 
Europe – I expect a wave of European sovereign debt defaults will occur within the next six to twelve months (Greece and Portugal?), reflecting the weakness in the socialist economies.
Israel – I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas again in 2011 and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then annexing Gaza based on the concept of defensible borders.
Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists by 2012, and Obama will stand aside and not help defend this longtime ally.
Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea by the 2012, and Obama will be an unwitting accomplice as he abandons this ally in a time of war.
About The Author David Coughlin:
David Coughlin is a political pundit, editor of the policy action planning web site “Return to Common Sense,” and an active member of the White Plains Tea Party. He retired from IBM after a short career in the U.S. Army. He currently resides with his wife of 40 years in Hawthorne, NY. He was educated at West Point (Bachelor of Science, 1971) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Masters, Administrative Science, 1976).
Website:http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/

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