EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for October 8, 2009
Note: I’ll be sitting in for Fred Thompson today, co-hosting his radio program with Jeri Thompson. You can check it out here.
Surely you remember Kevin Jennings. When last we wrote about him, Jennings was uncovered, in his own words, bragging about encouraging the statutory rape of a minor. Working in a school system, Jennings was approached by a 15 year old boy who told Jennings that a much older man had picked the boy up in a bus station bathroom. Jennings encouraged the boy to pursue a sexual relationship with the man.
Kevin Jennings is Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar.”
Well, now there is even more on Jennings.
Given in a polite, understated, terribly-sorry-to-bother-you sort of way.
The interesting part of Gallup’s polling is in what it lacks: to wit, any good news for Democrats. Gallup pointed out the registered/likely voter differential, the fact that historical trends are arguing for serious Republican gains next year if this keeps up, and even that the public despises the job that Congress is doing (which also is notably lacking in good news for Democrats, although it tries to give a little). No doubt there will be people out there that will try to explain why all of this shows how horrible things are for the GOP right now; which is fine. We all need more comedy in our lives.
You may remember the ‘tampon tax‘ discovered in the Baucus bill – short version: Baucus went out and did a mass tax on medical devices to supposedly pay for his ‘compromise;’ unfortunately for him, things like condoms and tampons are classified as ‘medical devices’ – and you’d think that the resulting loud objections would have caused the Senator (more accurately, the Senator’s staff) to more thoroughly vet their policy changes.
You’d think. What Baucus did was do a quick hack and make the threshold for taxation $100. Amanda Carpenter points out the problem with that . . .
How sustainable a political position does this sound like: You can’t see the Senate ObamaCare legislative language and we will not tell you how much it costs.
Here is how the San Francisco Examiner put it in their editorial, “Not only is the actual language of what is likely to become the main legislative vehicle for Obama’s signature health care reform not available on the Internet, it hasn’t been given to members of the key Senate committees or the Congressional Budget Office.”
Welcome to the Imperial Senate whose leaders view the public with contempt and the elitist attitude that you should not see the legislative language because you cannot understand it. You should not know how Medicare is being cut, or how you are going to taxed, or how the bill change every health plan in the nation.
We know, and we don’t want you to know — is the Democrats position in the Senate. They are shredding that trust, they are stomping it into the ground and burning it in public.
Great. Just what we need. Another top priority.
Right now we have the economy, cap and tax, global warming, and socializing health care as front burner issues. Did I forget anything? Oh, yeah, there are a couple of wars being fought, two rogue states about to acquire nukes, and Russia casting covetous eyes on any number of small nations.
Add to this dog’s breakfast yet another priority. Urban renewal. . .
The House voted today to block a resolution to remove Charlie Rangel from his chair on the Ways and Means committee. With 6 complicit Republicans, House Democrats prevented both a vote and any further debate by sending it to die in committee. The resolution, brought by Rep. John Carter (R-TX), essentially vanishes now, because, as Rep. Carter pointed out via parliamentary inquiry, the committee has no obligation to consider or debate it any further.