Morning Briefing for March 31, 2010

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For March 31, 2010

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1. The Administration’s Attack on American Business

Yesterday the White House went bonkers when several large corporations announced via their SEC filings that they were taking about $1.5 Billion in losses this quarter because of one provision in the health care takeover bill Obama signed into law last week. The Wall Street Journal estimates Obamacare will cost the Fortune 500 some $14 Billion in this single provision.They trotted out the hapless Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, to deny basic laws of economics and according to some reports White House aides were directly calling and berating company executives who were complying with federal law.Henry Waxman took a brief hiatus from braiding his nose hair to announce that he would hold hearings to determine why these imbeciles had fraudulently declared Obamacare would cost them money when everyone knows it is the key to balancing the budget and retiring the national debt. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Obama Misrepresents Heritage’s Research to Sell Health Care Plan

From Heritage President Ed Feulner:President Obama this morning cited The Heritage Foundation’s research in an attempt to sell his health care package as a “middle of the road, centrist approach.” We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled.Let’s be very clear: We oppose this new law because it is a radical new intrusion into the daily lives of all Americans and a massive takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We view the President’s health care law as inimical to our national interests and offensive to the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government.Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government. We deplore those outcomes and are committed to making the intellectual case for this law’s repeal.What part of that does President Obama not understand?Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Disturbed Mind of the Left

On CNN’s website last night there was a report that ten people have been shot in Washington, D.C. in two separate incidents that police are not sure are connected.Washington has long had the stigma of “murder capital” of the United States though crime has fallen in recent years. Gun violence in Washington has been both epidemic and in the news a great deal in the last few years with the Heller decision and the Supreme Court’s affirmation of a individual right to keep and bear arms under the second amendment.One might venture to say that, given Washington’s reputation, the first thought in someone’s mind might reasonably be that this was gang related violence — particularly the parts of the city wherein the violence occurred.But nine minutes after the post went up on CNN the first commenter noted:

We are coming closer and closer to the time that we have to recognize the play on emotions by people hoping to tap into right-wing anger and how it may precipitate violence.

The commenter, John, is an American working for NATO in Europe. You might think that all John has heard about lately is the evil tea party movement. But if you read who John is you would learn he went to the University of Maryland — not exactly far removed from news about Washington, D.C. and its violence. Let’s ignore that John works for NATO.If we assume John’s line of reasoning is reasonable in the current climate, we must then wonder what the media is doing to run people off the rails. After all, during the August health care discussions, seven out of ten acts of documented violence were from leftists against tea party activists. More recently, the only substantive arrest after the health care vote was of an Obama donor threatening the lives of Eric Cantor and his wife. Then there is the lack of any documentary evidence that anyone hurled racial epithets at John Lewis — a man known, despite an honorable history in the Civil Rights struggles of the sixties, to use incendiary charges of race for political gain without substance behind those charges — but ample evidence that leftists hurled eggs at tea party protestors convening in Nevada the other day.If, however, we don’t want to make that leap, we must instead ask the simple question: why are leftists still so disturbed and hateful? They, after all, spent eight years in anger over George ChimpyMcBushHitlerHalliburton only to win total control of the law making and enforcing aspects of government.And yet . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Today’s the Day

You made your pledge, now lets fund Nikki Haley and blow up South Carolina in a very good way.I’m in for $500.00 because I believe in Nikki Haley. I believe we need leaders like her at the state level. And I believe if we can get leaders like Nikki elected, more will follow at the local, state, and federal level.Let’s blow up the moneybomb today.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Sean Hannity’s Conservative Victory

Last week, I was playing in the yard with my 4 year old when Santa Claus the UPS Man showed up. The 4 year old took the package from his hands, tore open the envelope, and said, “Hey, that’s that cute guy from TV.”A review copy of Sean Hannity’s new book, Conservative Victory, had arrived.Meh. I get these all the time. I have largely stopped reviewing books except for the really goods ones I’m interested in like Mark Levin’s last masterpiece. But Sean’s a friend, so I figured I’d give it a go without much expectation of it being much more than pablum.I was wrong.Sean actually has done a very good job and is willing, despite what his critics often say, of addressing the very real problems within the GOP and clearly differentiating conservatives from the Republican Party.Please click here for the rest of the post.