Musings on the week ending 12/31/2011


By: David Coughlin
Politics -He doesn’t go into why Obama managed to get to the top of politics without being all that good at it.  The answer is distressingly obvious: Obama’s the biggest affirmative action baby in history.  When other pols are trying, failing, learning, while climbing up the middle rungs of the ladder, he got a pass.” Mickey Kaus – 2011.
Politics – Democrat strategist are trying to convince the voting public that the 2012 election will be close, but in reality President Obama will be lucky not to lose by a landslide.
Politics – According Gallup, 64% of Americans polled believed that big government is the biggest threat to the country, while only 26% believed big business was the biggest threat.
Politics – Considering the voter rejection of the socialist transformation, a vote for Obama would be a waste since he would face gridlock with Republican majorities in both houses.
Politics – The American voter has woken up to candidate’s ideas matter far more than which candidate looks good in a suit or is able to deliver a good speech (Obama or Romney).
Politics – Just like Donald Trump, Ron Paul is a political sideshow with no chance of winning distracting voters from selection of the best electable Republican Presidential candidate.
Politics – The primary idiosyncrasies in Iowa and Virginia highlight how the party elite does not serve the voting public, but instead offers parochial and bureaucratic rules to limit choices.
Politics – In primaries, it is better to be a member of a quarreling, splintered beehive of free Republican people than a member of the mindless Borg ship that is Democrat liberalism.
Politics – Both Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich were in leadership positions and claim credit for a booming economy, balanced budget, and welfare reform, so both or despite the other?
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!
Media – Polls should never be believed since they have changed from being an objective measure of opinion into an agenda-driven push poll to sell preconceived conclusions.
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.
Economy -My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this (Obama) administration.” Gary Johnson – 2011.
Economy – Democrats are mislabeled as “progressive” when their policy agenda is “regressive” returning to failed policies from the past that have never worked before either.
Economy – Democrats intentionally manufacture fiscal “mini-crisies” using a pliant media to distract the public from Democrat complicity and to blame the GOP for their failures.
Economy – Income “inequality” is a good and natural byproduct of free market capitalism, but government intervention interrupts income mobility to move between income levels.
Entitlements – The GAO released updated financial statements that increased the net present value (cash paid out plus promises) of Social Security and Medicare to $33.8 trillion.
Energy – The problem with Obama’s energy strategy is that it is driven by politics and not by the needs of the energy market place, starving current energy to invest in pipedreams.
Jobs – Just over six million fewer Americans are working today than were four years ago, with Obama’s only achievement being only 1.3 million listed as unemployed, the rest quit looking.
Taxes – The two month extension of the temporary stimulus Payroll Tax Cut guarantees a repeat performance of Congressional stupidity in March on this ineffective program!
Healthcare – Every year since 2003 Congress agreed to the so-called “doc-fix” suspending scheduled Medicare fee cuts, since the result would be doctors refusing Medicare patients.
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.
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.
Peace -I give the President credit for at least one thing. He’s proven that someone can deserve a Nobel Prize less than Al Gore.” Tim Pawlenty – 2011.
Israel – Peace in the Middle East requires both sides desiring peace, but peace has never been a Palestinian objective, only genocide and subjugation of non Muslims.
Africa – Nigeria is the next country to discover the real Islamic fascist vision of a Sharia-based government while demonstrating non-tolerance with anti-Christian genocide.
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 2012 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
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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