Morning Briefing for November 17, 2009

RedState Morning Briefing
For November 17, 2009

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1. Barack Obama’s First Military Decision Is Now Proven to be a Bad Decision

It has been almost 90 days since General McChrystal asked Barack Obama for more troops. No decision has been made. The General still waits as our soldiers keep dying.But that might actually be a better alternative to any decision Obama might make.As awful as that sounds, new information is proving Barack Obama’s got his first major military decision disastrously wrong and the repercussions to our national security will be far reaching in light of China’s growing aggressiveness.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Meaning of Jobs “Created”

“More than ten percent of the jobs the Obama administration has claimed were “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus package are doubtful or imaginary, according to reports compiled from eleven major newspapers and the Associated Press.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Barack Obama Called. He Wants Your Tax Credit Back.

Remember those $400.00 and $800.00 tax credits Barack Obama gave you in his stimulus plan? And remember that $250.00 gift he gave social security recipients?Well, Obama decided he wants them back. Yep. According to the IRS, Obama has never asked for an adjustment of the tax tables, so millions of Americans are going to get taxed for having received the tax credits back in February — typically through adjustments the federal government demanded businesses make in employees’ withholdings.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The Meaning of Jobs “Created,” Part II

Somewhere in these 57 states, there exist Congressional Districts between sight and sound, in which Barack Obama is “creating jobs” that do not exist for constituents of Congresspersons who do not exist either, reports Jonathan Karl of ABC News:”Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the website set up by the Obama Administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.”There’s one problem, though: There is no 9th Congressional District in Arizona; the state has only eight Congressional Districts.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Coburn Demands Reid Read The Bill

Under the unique rules of the United States Senate, a member of the body may insist legislation actually be read before a vote is cast on the legislation.After threatening to do that, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has now confirmed the health care bill must be read. Republicans will also try to filibuster the health care legislation. The Democrats will need 60 votes to proceed, which they will try to get sometime around Friday.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Twitter for Thee, Not Me

President Barack Obama admitted Monday to a group of students in Shanghai, China that, while billed as the most tech savvy President in history, he doesn’t use Twitter.When asked by a student if he was aware of China’s firewall blocking the popular micro-blogging service, Obama forewent his tech friendly reputation, saying, “I have never used Twitter but I’m an advocate of technology and not restricting internet access.”President Obama’s admission of his unfamiliarity of the internet tool de jour would have been an altogether innocuous acknowledgement that the President is, well, old, were it not for the dogged efforts of his campaign apparatus in portraying the young then-Senator Obama as hip and tech savvy opposite the old and inaccessible Senator John McCain.Please click here for the rest of the post.