Morning Briefing for April 20, 2012
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I don’t know who ‘starzandstripez’ is, but the person has an account at RedState and is a new media consultant.
I know the person is a new media consultant because the person is exhibiting all the same bad habits idiots exhibit when posing as people who “get” new media and really have no freaking clue.
The account has been active for just over a month and in that time has posted one positive post about Chris Fields in Minnesota, one attack on Shelley Berkley in Nevada, and seven attacks on Richard Mourdock in Indiana, the bulk of which have poured in over the past two days. There’s also one completely out of place post in opposition to meth laws in Oregon.
In other words, who is on the payroll of Chris Fields, Dean Heller, Dick Lugar, and Pharma reps in Oregon?
This is a bad new media consultant trying to earn his or her keep. Why bad?
It’s time we invoke a new rule when discussing the federal budget: don’t focus on spending cuts; focus on limiting the size of government. All too often we get caught up in dollar figures of various government programs and agencies, instead of focusing on their imperative to exist in the first place.
The first step in approaching a spending bill is to determine if the given venture is constitutionally sound. If the answer is no, there’s nothing more to debate. The second step is to determine if that venture, which is constitutionally sound, is helpful or harmful.
Needless to say, if it is harmful to the public then it should be scuttled. Finally, once the constitutional rationale and the imperative for the venture are established, we can discuss the funding level of that venture.
CQ reports that the Energy-Water bill passed out of the Energy-Water Appropriations subcommittee yesterday by voice vote actually appropriates $32.1 billion, an $88 million increase above fiscal 2012 levels. But here is the most egregious part of the bill:
3. The Palin-Bolling Proposal To Lower Gas Prices
Conservatives need to do a better job of explaining how they would lower gas prices. More drilling is a great piece of the pie, but there needs to be more. Governor Sarah Palin and Eric Bolling, Fox News host of of The Five, have put together a comprehensive plan to lower gas prices and they mapped out the details in the video below.
4. Fast and Furious – Will Obama Administration Ever Come Clean?
The Ted Cruz campaign has released a new video detailing the timeline of the Fast and Furious scandal. I’m an avid news consumer, but the Cruz video really drove home to me just how deeply the Obama administration is in it in this scandal. Full transcript is below the fold. Here’s more from the campaign: