Morning Briefing for March 26, 2010

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For March 26, 2010

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1. If King George Will Not Listen . . .

This is one of those posts that has to be written and has to be said, though I know going in to it I’m going to get beaten up from all sides, though especially from a left particularly out to get me right now.Nonetheless, this must be said.The threats, potential acts of violence, and violence against those who voted for the health care legislation must be condemned. They are neither helpful to those seeking repeal nor the acts of a civilized society. I comfortably say I speak for all the front page posters here condemning the violence and threats. The people who think this country has descended into the darkness do in fact send us down a dark path themselves with these actions.Clear? Good.Here comes the controversial part that still must be said: I have heard the audio of some of the threats. I get worse stuff routinely. Rush Limbaugh gets worse stuff on a daily basis. Republican members of Congress have gotten similar and worse stuff. Thank God this wasn’t a free trade vote or a variety of left wing groups would have half the country in flames right now. I do believe the 24 hours of threats, many of which were pretty weak, has gotten more national coverage than the leftist anarchists in Texas who molotov cocktailed the Texas Governor’s Mansion — for which arrests have never been made. . . .There are a great many Americans who truly believe the Democrats shredded the constitution on Sunday night. Made more galling, the Democrats were pretty upfront that they were pushing it through before congressmen could go home and face their angry constituents every poll showed were opposed to this legislation. And only after the vote did the media really start talking about the taxes, the flexible spending account cuts, the pre-existing conditions loophole for kids, etc. — i.e. the bad stuff in the bill.I’ve said for weeks I was a bit fearful of what would happen as a result. I sincerely pray we are not on the cusp of some group of angry and now unhinged mob lashing out at congressmen for a vote in the Congress. But something seems to be brewing and I frankly don’t think the Democrats should at all be surprised. They were and they knew they were playing with fire to advance legislation many Americans see as the undoing of the American Experiment. Some of those Americans will now conclude that, like with the founders, if King George will not listen, King George must be fought.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Josh Marshall and the Democrats are Rubber. We’re Glue. Except For Our 30 Story Tall Rock Throwing Giant.

If the left burns down their own straw men, can we have them arrested for arson? That seems to be where we are headed.Josh Marshall and the Democrats have descended into rubber and glue political commentary flat out blaming the Republicans for inciting violence, much of it fabricated and ignoring the Democrats’ own rhetoric and violence.First of all, I would point out that it was the Democrats who just took over 1/6th of the American economy despite upwards of 56% of the American public being opposed. And they expect people to . . . what . . . clap?As I said earlier today, violence is unacceptable, but none of us should be surprised — especially the left, which feeds off riots, protest, and molotov cocktail parties every time they strongly oppose something. The Weather Underground was not a Republican insurgency at the Weather Channel.Let’s break this downPlease click here for the rest of the post.If you’re interested in our 30 story tall rock throwing Republican activist, you might want to read this bit.

3. Republicans’ Pre-Existing Condition

Republicans are scared to death of opposing a mandate for coverage of pre-existing conditions. They shouldn’t be. Americans would be better off without such a mandate.But, despite knowing this, Republicans run scared because they suffer from a dangerous pre-existing condition of their own – and it is fear. The primary symptom is paralysis, resulting from fear of being labeled as hateful when saying “no” to legislation they know full well they should violently oppose.The healthcare law is the latest example . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Social Security Trust Fund goes cash-flow negative

Today the New York Times had a shocking story: this year the Social Security Trust Fund will pay more out in benefits than it takes in in revenue. There are several reasons this is an important story.First, it is important because it reminds us that our country is on the edge of a fiscal precipice. The baby boomers will begin retiring next year. Indeed, with the recession some have started to retire early. As the story notes, “payments have risen more than expected during the downturn, because jobs disappeared and people applied for benefits sooner than they had planned.”Congress added to this crisis this week by passing ObamaCare. The left has argued that we can afford this $1 trillion spending program because, with the taxes, it will actually reduce the deficit. That’s what CBO says!Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The DNC thinks shooting at Republicans ‘appropriate.’ [And a fundraising opportunity!]

Somebody shot at Eric Cantor’s office.Let me repeat that. Somebody shot at Eric Cantor’s office.Eric Cantor, after specifically condemning all acts of violence – which, considering that he’s a Congressman whose office got shot at, is damned charitable of him – called for the Democratic leadership to take responsibility of their own side’s hotheads and help cool this all down.The DNC’s spokesman Brad Woodhouse’s response? Read on.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Defending the American Dream Summit

If you are in Georgia, you might want to check out the Defending the American Dream Summit this weekend in Atlanta hosted by Americans for Prosperity. I’ll be speaking.You can register here.It’ll be at the Cobb Galleria Centre – 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta GA.Neal Boortz, Martha Zoller, Herman Cain, and a host of others will be there.Please click here for the rest of the post.