RedState Morning Briefing

RedState Morning Briefing
For March 15, 2010

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1. Why Not Help It Pass?

Tom Harkin, Barack Obama, and assorted left-wing activists are asking a simple question this week as if it is the most profound question ever asked: “If Republicans are so sure passing health care reform will doom the Democrats in November, why not help them pass it?” If you ask this question without any sense of irony, you have so far removed yourself from reality that we might need to commit you. Let me ask it another way — if the Democrats were so sure the War in Iraq would doom Republicans, why not go all in and help escalate the war? Because lives are at stake? Is that why? Well, same with the GOP helping the Democrats pass health care. We don’t want the blood on our hands. We will not help pass bad legislation just because it helps us politically. There are greater things at stake such as freedom, individual liberty, and the American ideal. The free market system should be above politics. The GOP will not help the Democrats pass health care reform because passing health care reform will mean destroying the country. And that is not hyperbole, that is a fact. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. O Brave New World

It’s becoming apparent that Democrats have decided that they really will do anything to pass Obamacare – including seemingly violating the Constitution. This is likely to guarantee that their health care plan will enjoy an express ride to a Supreme Court challenge, but it also opens up a whole new range of possibilities for enactment of a bold conservative agenda. Right now, it seems highly likely that Republicans will control one or more houses of Congress in the near future. The House could easily fall to Republican control in 2010, and the Senate is a distinct possibility. Voters contemplating an individual health care mandate, and an unprecedented power grab might be even more likely to throw out endangered Democrats. Control of both chambers could come this year. Even if they do not, they could easily win back both Houses of Congress and the White House in 2012 – when far more Democrat-held Senate seats are up than GOP seats. And consider what they can accomplish by following the precedent about to be established by the Democrats. If and when they have control of both chambers, it may no longer be necessary to muster majorities in favor of controversial bills. Instead, they will be able to pass priority measures by a majority vote for resolutions ‘deeming’ a bill to have passed. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Student-Loan Reboot to be Folded into Healthcare Reform

Can this be for real? The Democrats are folding student-loan reform into the health bill so it can be enacted without 60 votes in the Senate. I’ve written about this here. There’s been a lot of talk about student-loans since the current Administration came to power. The two key features that reportedly will make it into the healthcare legislation are . . . Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Axelrod, Gibbs, and Pelosi — Why Not Vote Tomorrow?

Axelrod, message maven for Obama, says they will have the votes in the House. Really. It says so right here, on ABC NEWS. AP is now also reporting the U.S. House Whip Clyburn admitting they do not have the votes. Up until now, Clyburn has been trying to dodge the vote count question by saying he did not have a bill to whip, because they don’t know what is in it. Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Van Hollen Dodges Constitutional Question on Pelosi Strategy to Pass ObamaCare

On FOX News Sunday, Assistant to the Speaker of the House Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) followed his own advise contained in a memo leaked to Politico that advises silence on unconstitutional ObamaCare procedure. The Constitution clearly states that bills have to be voted upon in the House before being presented to the President. Leaders in the House are considering a complicated procedure to pass ObamaCare in the House without a vote and in violation of Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution. Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Ethanol, the Fuel Only a Politician Could Love

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) admits in its 2010 Annual Energy Outlook that, under present law, ethanol use in 2022 is projected to be almost a third less than the 35 million gallons-equivalent per year mandated by Congress way back in 2007. What to do? The ethanol industry, with the blessing of Congress and the Obama Administration, is lobbying the EPA to mandate increased ethanol usage. This would be accomplished by increasing the allowable proportion of ethanol in gasoline from 10% to 15% (E10 to E15). In addition, ethanol lobbyists are pushing the administration for fleet mandates on automakers, to require a higher percentage of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of running on ethanol blends of up to 85% (E85). The 70+ year experiment in central planning that was the Soviet Union ended in failure. Why can’t our political class learn from history? Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. The Crack Cocaine That Is The Nanny State

Karl Marx famously stated that religion was the “opiate of the masses”. But Marx (unsurprisingly) had it wrong: the government nanny state is the real opiate of the masses. It is injected into our lives by the Leftist drug pushers who wish to control us, hook us on their DC-manufactured “progressivism”, and depend upon them for all of our needs. They know that once we’re hooked, we like it. We may not want to like it, because we know it’s really wrong to have such a dependency upon government. But we can’t help ourselves. There’s all that free stuff, just waiting for us to swallow it and make us feel good. Please click here for the rest of the post.

8. How Things Work in Washington – Boys and Girls Club Bill is Case Study in Establishment Misspending Your Money

For those of us who have worked in Washington, and in particular on Capitol Hill, it is hard to explain the specific ways in which the Federal Government grows so fast and how taxpayers’ money gets wasted so excessively. Sure, everyone “gets it” to some degree, but unless you’ve lived it, you don’t know how it actually happens. Well, back on January 28 of this year, in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, there was a case study in how it all works and how Senators show not only an inability, but a total lack of desire, to be accountable with your money. In short, Senator Tom Coburn dared to question the powers-that-be about the quick passage of S.2924, the re-authorization of $85 Million per year for the Boys and Girls Club, a billl that would spend $425 million in taxpayer money over the next 5 years. He raised the legitimate question of the $2.2 million the organization has paid for lobbyists over the last 5 years, the over $653 million given to the organization by the Federal Government over the last 10 years even as the organization raised over $650 million from private sources last year alone, the $1 million salary for the CEO and a number of other concerns. Please click here for the rest of the post.

9. Why Sen. Bob Bennett Must Go

“Senator, the House Republicans just took a pledge to not take any earmarks. What are your thoughts on Senator Jim DeMint’s proposal in the Senate to do the same?” Sen. Bennett responded, “I am on the other side of that particular issue; I think it is a constitutional issue.“ Sen. Bennett then went on to cite Republican’s as examples of the abuse of earmarks. I am not sure why he did this if he is for retaining earmarks, and to go after a Republican while doing it? I mean, come on Senator, we are in an election year here if you haven’t noticed. But I digress. Please click here for the rest of the post.