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Morning Briefing for March 12, 2010
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4. Pelosi Knew
I’m getting word that Senator Harry Reid’s wife and daughter have been in a very serious car wreck.
It’s one thing to take shots as the man as a politician, but right now we should be praying for him and his family.
In the latest Mad-Magazine-like-Spy-vs.-Spy move, the House Dems have hatched a plan which reminds me of their ill-fated plan to delay seating Senator-elect Scott Brown until they had another ObamaCare vote on the Senate floor.
The Dems backed down. Similarly, they will back down from the Slaughter plan.
Former Speaker Gingrich describes the Slaughter plan in a tweet about a Brian Darling blog:
“Incredible. We’ve gone from passing bills without reading them to passing bills without voting on them.”
They haven’t tried it yet, they are thinking about it.
But now that the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled the obvious, that you can not vote on a reconciliation measure if the bill you are attempting to reconcile has not been signed into law — the Slaughter plan looks both desperate and comical.
It is also (obviously) unconstitutional and will, if carried out, create a public outcry that will make burning witches at the stake look rational.
This is a step in the right direction at curbing spending. You have to start somewhere and pork-barrel spending is a good place to start. While the numbers involved aren’t huge, in relation to total spending, at the very least it means that the GOP is listening and starting to take heed. Usually, one isn’t apt to take a lone stance against accepting earmarks, because the self-serving rationale often used is that if everyone else is still doing it, your constituents are paying for the pork of others and getting nothing in return. Sure, they’ll sometimes talk about it, but usually won’t actually turn any earmarks down. It’s also why pork-barrel spending lends itself very easily to corruption, which is the larger issue.
4. Pelosi Knew
The Eric Massa sideshow just became a full-fledged election year scandal aimed like a dagger directly at the Democrats’ House majority. Numerous press outlets are now reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office was informed in October of last year about the former New York representative’s odd behavior with male subordinates.
The folks at My Food. My Choice bring us word tonight of another instance of politicians not knowing the limits of government.
New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) wants to ban the use of salt in preparation of restaurant cooking.
You know salt right? Sodium Chloride? It’s one of the tastes our tongue can detect and it helps bring out other flavors? Yeah, that one — the one that brought us the word “salad”, which came from the Roman Empire habit of putting salt on leafy vegetables.
What an idiot.
Media Matters and the leftist crowd out there took me on last year when I asked, in relation to a report from Washington State that people were crossing state lines to buy dishwasher detergent after Washington State banned phosphates, “at what point do people revolt?”
They tried to make it out as a lunatic question to ask, but more and more people are getting really hacked off by the small burdens imposed on them by out of touch government. The accumulation of small things — the tyranny of small things — will be what decent and calm people eventually blow up over.
The Moroccan government has begun what amounts to an expulsion of all Christian missionaries. Considering that the speech of a Dutch politician said to be anti-Islamic, or a Swiss law to curtail the building of minarets, is the kind of thing that attracts extensive and often hyperbolic press coverage, one might expect that this new Moroccan policy might be worthy of notice. Alas, aside from a few blogs and a handful of New Zealand websites, this outrage has gone unremarked. My brother Robert Cella has some firsthand experience in missions work in Morocco. Here is the note he wrote me about the explusion.
From Friday, September 17, 2010, to Sunday, September 19, 2010, the RedState Gathering is on.
We’ll be in downtown Austin, TX this year.
Here’s how registration shapes up:
Early bird: $30.00 until April 15, 2010
Tax increase: $50.00 until August 1, 2010
Summer heat: $99.00 until registration closes on September 10th.
We’ve reserved a hotel with a $125.00 per night room rate, with most meals included and free internet for everyone attending.
Austin is a fun place — a great place to grab a beer, meet a politician, have some barbecue, and plot all things related to the greater Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.