Morning Briefing for October 21, 2009

RedState Morning Briefing
For October 21, 2009


1. Senate Set to Cast First Vote on Obamacare. GOP Assisting the Democrats

This is rather inside the baseball, but it is also very important.The Senate is about to vote for cloture on S. 1776. This legislation is the first vote in the Obamacare battle on the floor of the Senate.Basically, the bill would bribe the doctors’ lobby into supporting Obamacare to the tune of three-quarters of a trillion dollars. Importantly, the Democrats are claiming Obamacare will reduce the deficit because they are putting most of the deficit ballooning in this piece of legislation. This will add trillions of dollars to the deficit.Unfortunately, some Republican Senators who say they will vote against S. 1776 do support calling for cloture, i.e. cutting off debate.But the media is reporting the Democrats do not have the votes on their side for cloture. Any Republican who supports cloture is, in effect, assisting the Democrats in passing Obamacare.CALL YOUR SENATOR RIGHT NOW. TELL HIM TO OPPOSE CLOTURE ON S. 1776.IF WE LOSE THIS BATTLE, OBAMACARE WILL MORE LIKELY THAN NOT BECOME A REALITYPlease click here for the rest of the post.

2. Holder DOJ: Whites Will Only Vote for Blacks If They Are Democrats

In the convoluted world of the Voting Rights Act, about which Chief Justice Roberts famously said, “It is a sordid business, this divvying up by race…” (see LULAC v. Perry, 548 U.S. 399 (2006)), it is never surprising when high-minded liberals use racism to combat supposed racism. Rare, however, is it that the Department of Justice or a Court is so blatant about it.Welcome to Kinston, N.C. The city overwhelmingly voted to eliminate party affiliations for candidates in local elections. Given the state of each of the political parties these days, one might give the city the benefit of the doubt that this decision is a good, healthy thing.But, Kinston must pre-clear any actions it takes regarding voting and elections with the Department of Justice pursuant to the Voting Rights Act. And the Department said, “no.” That, in and of itself, is not all that surprising (troubling, but not surprising). What is quite startling is the language the Department uses. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Act now against Net Neutrality

The time is coming that the left is going to begin its drive for Single Payer Internet, and so the time has come for us to fight back. Finland is gradually nationalizing the Internet and declaring use of other people’s Internet hardware a “right,” and the left is cheering. Obama’s “Internet Czar” does not hide the left’s hopes for an end to freedom and markets for Internet service.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, President Barack Obama, and the rest of the radical left want to use the Net Neutrality movement as the crisis that gives cover to sweeping big government action, allowing the FCC to pick winners and losers and dictate to private individuals and firms how their private property must be run, putting government bureaucrats in charge of the Internet.The dangers of the administration’s Net Neutrality plans are not theoretical . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. AP Headline: ‘Higher jobless rates could be the new normal’

To a capitalist, the words “It’s different this time” are a notorious red flag.They’re usually uttered in the midst of a speculative boom, to explain why this boom is different from the last one that went disastrously bust.In a market driven by capitalist rules (supply & demand, creative destruction), they’re nearly always wrong.But in a centrally-planned system, where the government picks winners and losers, where dinosaur businesses are too big to fail, where investment in capital-wasting non-economic ventures (read: “green jobs”) is actually encouraged, where labor unions are exalted and private property trod upon, where the government is expected to be the engine that drives job growth, and where John Maynard Keynes has been restored from the economic dustbin of history to be beatified, economic stagnation and high unemployment are to be expected.Just ask any fiscal conservative.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Dede Scozzafava’s World Is Crashing Down Around Her. That is a Good Thing.

Chris Cillizza is now reporting what I have been hearing from multiple sources for a week now.Dede Scozzafava is now in third place in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.That may explain why Scozzafava, through her husband who also happens to be the head of the AFL-CIO up in that neck of the woods, called the cops to chase away reporters daring to ask inconvenient questions.But can, as Cillizza asks, Hoffman win?I think the answer is absolutely yes. As Scozzafava implodes her voters are going to go elsewhere. With Hoffman in second place and voters most likely backing Scozzafava because of the “R” next to her name, the voters will go to the real Republican in the race — Hoffman.Hoffman is the strongest challenger to the Democrat and gives the only real contrast to the Democrat. Hoffman can win if we help.Please click here for the rest of the post.