Morning Briefing for September 25, 2009

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1. New York Republicans Put Up ACORN Backed Candidate in NY-23

We have broken down in detail how ACORN has its own political party called the Working Families Party in New York. When a candidate appears as a Working Families Party candidate in New York, it is a signal that this is the candidate ACORN is putting up.In New York’s 23rd Congressional District, the Republican Party rushed to nominate Dede Scozzafava as the replacement for Congressman McHugh, now in the Obama administration. It turns out that Scozzafava is also an ACORN backed candidate having received the Working Families Party endorsement on numerous occasions.The great news in this district is that the Conservative Party candidate, Mr. Hoffman, is within striking distance of beating Scozzafava. We need to make sure Scozzafava is destroyed at the polls. It would be bad news to have an ACORN backed candidate infiltrating the GOP in Congress.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Congressional Budget Office Makes a $600 Million Mistake

Today the Senate voted, by voice vote, on an amendment by Senator Debbie Stabenow. Keep in mind that Senator Stabenow offered just one amendment to the healthcare legislation.The Congressional Budget Office, rushing to keep up with the Senate’s aggressive schedule on passing health care legislation, scored the one amendment.There was a voice vote. Senator Stabenow’s amendment passed.Only after the amendment passed did the Congressional Budget Office realize it made a mistake in the scoring and under counted the one amendment to the tune of $600 million.It took Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to point it out. And now he is offering an amendment of his own to make sure this does not happen again. According to Senator Cornyn, his “amendment requires that before the Finance Committee votes on any amendment to America‘s Healthy Future Act of 2009, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Tax Committee scoring estimates of such amendment must be publicly available and posted on their respective websites for at least 24 hours before any vote.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Who is Ed Schultz?

I’ve never heard of the guy, but apparently Ed Schultz is an MSNBC host. It should come as no surprise that he is engaging in a level of hyperbole that MSNBC, CNN, and the rest of the MSM gang would be blowing up as the lead story had a Republican done it.Look, if you will, at what they do every time Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, or Glenn Beck says something “controversial.”Schultz, talking about healthcare, went after Eric Cantor, who he no doubt hates because Cantor is Jewish. Parlaying his Cantor hate into his hate of the GOP, Schultz said, “Hold it right there! The Republicans lie! The want to see you dead. They’d rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.”Hey Ed, why don’t you hold it right there. We all know that if any conservative host had said this it would be assailed on the front page of the New York Times.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. From The Department Of Completely Predictable Consequences

New York Governor David Paterson discovers the gee-who-coulda-seen-this-coming fact that jacking up marginal tax rates is bad for the economy and not all that helpful to the budget.In a similar we-told-you-so vein, the Wall Street Journal notes a GAO report saying that the stimulus has had precisely the effect on state budgets that its critics among the GOP Governors warned it would.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Energy Policy: Is the Obama Administration Changing Its Tune On Natural Gas?

Natural gas currently satisfies nearly a quarter of the country’s total energy needs. Gas is clean-burning and has less environmental impact than either oil or coal. We have a secure and abundant supply in North America, the technology to drill and produce it efficiently, and a robust distribution network to deliver it to market. Natural gas drilling could generate new, good-paying jobs by the thousands, and not two years from now, but now. At current prices, gas delivers the same energy as a barrel of oil at a third of the cost. What’s not to like?Policy makers have conflated natural gas with oil and coal as “fossil fuels”, fuels of a bygone era. When candidates intone, “We must end our dependence on fossil fuels,” most of us nod and uncritically accept the notion. We project oil’s perceived shortcomings onto natural gas (”Peak Oil”, dependence on the Middle East, balance of trade deficits, and the environmental threat of spills), when none of those issues is relevant to natural gas. With the arguable exception of nuclear fission, the steady blue flame of natural gas represents the closest thing we have to an ideal fuel.Please click here for the rest of the post.