EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for August 6, 2010
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If I hadn’t already mentioned this before, this may come as a shock to some of you – but yesterday, the United States Senate actually voted to single out Texas to send a message that it better get in line.
You see, the Governor of Texas had the audacity to tell Washington, “no.” No to education funding that came with Washington strings and that would cost Texans more in the long run. No to unemployment insurance funding that would have come with similar strings and cost. And recently, along with other Texas state officials, no to federal government interference with traditional state authority to regulate oil and gas exploration.
Heaven forbid. Because, don’t you know, Washington is the fountain of all wisdom and virtue – and we must jump when Washington says “jump.” But when we don’t… oh, no… when we don’t, the powers that be along the Potomac decide to proceed like this:
1. Play politics with a War supplemental by including $10 billion in education funding in it;
2. Attach a requirement to that education spending that the Governor of Texas, because he has been out of line and not doing what he is told, must certify (unlike any other state) that the $800 million Texas could receive would not replace state funding, and thus would be additional funding;
3. When the education funding is stripped from the supplemental, proceed in a separate measure to pass it – leaving the same onerous, anti-Texas, arrogant, anti-federalism unprincipled power play.
No thank you. This should be just the beginning. States need to start telling Washington “no,” a lot louder and a lot more often.
The NRCC has a nifty website up showing which of the endangered House Democrats have town halls scheduled.
Of the 75 most endangered Democrats, only 6 are having town hall meetings. Nancy Pelosi claimed the Democrats were very proud of their agenda these past two years.
If so, why are seventy Democrats hiding from their constituents?
Find out if yours is hiding here.
Judge Vaughan Walker, the chief district judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, handed down his post-trial decision yesterday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, holding that Proposition 8 – the referendum approved by California voters in 2008, amending the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman and thus deny recognition to same-sex “marriages” – violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the federal Constitution. In a larger sense, the lawsuit, seeking to overturn judicially a status quo that has existed for essentially all of human history and was only recently reaffirmed by the California electorate, is yet more proof that it’s not conservatives who are on the offensive in the ‘culture wars’. But even focusing on the judicial process, and setting to one side its reliance on the oxymoronic concept of “substantive due process,” Judge Walker’s decision is fundamentally flawed in three ways, two of which represent failures of reasoning and the third of which highlights the structural problem with substituting judicial “factfinding” for the collected judgment of a democratic electorate. Specifically . . .
The Deficit Reduction Commission will have its proposals back as soon as the election is over. It is intentional. They don’t want to drop off a politically unpopular set of proposals before the election, lest voters reject people who support them.
Instead, they’ll have the package of tax increases out right after the election.
Congress will have a lame duck session to vote on them, banking on the high number of losers in this November’s election to get the recommendations passed.
How do I know?
I’ve received a copy of the congressional schedule.
In June, 2010, there were roughly 14 million unemployed Americans. President Obama has made much noise about saving or creating jobs, jobs bills, and extending unemployment benefits. My dad used to say “actions speak louder than words”, and Barack Obama’s actions belie his claims to care about creation of jobs. Case in point: training programmers in Sri Lanka to offshore American jobs.
The Coburn-McCain report titled Summertime Blues is full Stimulus projects to promote the Stimulus and ObamaCare. This report is a must read for all conservatives who care about our fiscal future. If President Obama is willing to spend your tax dollars on how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine, he is willing to squander your tax dollars on any and all government waste.
The left is grasping at straws to defend the Monkey Cocaine Stimulus grant. Greg Sargent of the Plum Line at the Washington Post provided a weak defense to why stimulus monies are being given to Wake Forest to “study how monkeys react under cocaine.”
Tremble with fear at this enemy of the State of Oregon:
Her name is Julie, she’s seven years old, and she decided to sell some lemonade at a Portland, Oregon art fair… yes. You know precisely how this ends: it ends with a county public sector union employee with a clipboard making a seven year old cry by threatening her with several hundred dollars in fines for not having the right permits. And with the spokesmen for various public health departments justifying having their public sector union employees making a seven year old girl cry because, hey, you have to protect the public and the law’s the law.
Plus, it beats thinking.