Morning Briefing for December 9, 2009

RedState Morning Briefing
For December 9, 2009

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1. See, I Told You So?

What was I saying? Something about the GOP Strategy of offering up amendments, all of which died, with reciprocal amendments from the Dems, was just allowing the Democrats to improve the bill and buy time for 60 votes?Guess what? That’s what happened.Now the GOP has a choice — keep up the “messaging amendment” or actually fight. Their choice.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. All I Want for Christmas?

It is becoming increasingly likely – indeed, possibly inevitable without either massive public outcry, a little luck, or both – that Americans will get a massive lump of coal in their stocking for Christmas this year – in the form of Washington-run healthcare.Sure, it is possible that Democrats will fail to pull together 60 votes – getting trapped between watering down the public option enough to earn yes votes from the Independent Joe Lieberman (CT) or (supposedly) Republican Olympia Snowe (ME), and keeping the public option strong enough to maintain yes votes from admitted socialist Bernie Sanders (VT) and like-minded liberals who refuse to admit they are actually socialist, such as Sherrod Brown (OH).But, given the pressure coming from the President, the lack of response from Senate Republicans and a building compromise among liberal and moderate Democrats to hide (but not really eliminate) the public option under a “trigger” or an “OPM-managed” plan – the Senate may well pass a bill which Speaker Pelosi could take up and pass “as is” and send to the President to sign on Christmas Eve.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Obama Administration’s Pedophilia Supporting Czar Goes Further Down the Rabbit Hole. Or Something Like That.

Let’s be honest — the reason Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings is safe in his job is because the acts of indecency that he supports are so vulgar no one on television or radio wants to talk about them. And the more we learn, the more disgusting and perverse it gets.We’re rapidly getting to the point where it is easier to talk about the perversions Kevin Jennings has not taught kids than to talk about the ones he has.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Nelson prolife amendment tabled: Nelson (D, NE) caving to follow.

They tabled the amendment that Senator Nelson offered for the health care rationing bill – the one that would have aligned it with the Stupak amendment for the House version – on a largely party-line vote (54/45, with Byrd not voting). Senator Nelson, despite vowing to filibuster*, is even now revising and extending his remarks.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Tim Gill’s Merry Band Failed in New York.

You may remember Tim Gill from this Atlantic Monthly profile. Gill is the multi-millionaire gay man who helped fund the left’s take over of Colorado.Gill is playing for keeps and gay marriage. He funds local races and state legislative races to get legislatures to pass gay marriage without the consent of the voters. He keeps a low profile, bundles with lots of donors to obfuscate what is happening, and tries to elect people who sound conservative in their races, but then push the gay agenda once in office.He hit a brick wall in New York last week.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Barack Obama is not the solution to the problem. Barack Obama IS the problem.

After I posted a story about how there is virtually no one in the Obama administration with private sector business experience, I began to further consider the practical implications of this. Intuitively, one would conclude that a group of policymakers who don’t understand business and capitalism probably would not have a clue about making public policy that is friendly to business. And indeed, this appears to be the case. At every turn, the Obama administration is promoting legislative action that is harmful to businesses – new taxes, regulations and other economically harmful policies.This ignorance of what drives the private sector was proven by Barack Obama himself this week, at his so-called “Jobs Summit,” where the POTUS stated . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.