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Morning Briefing for August 4, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For August 4, 2010

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1. Obama Stimulus Money to Study Monkey Cocaine Use

Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) have put out an excellent report on how your stimulus money is being spent. The report, Summertime Blues, has one example of Obama Stimulus money being used to study the effects of how “monkeys react under the influence of cocaine.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Rationing at the Food and Drug Administration

During the year long ObamaCare debate, there was a spirited debate of the proposition that ObamaCare would cause rationing by the federal government of services and drugs. Government rationed health care services and drugs have evolved from rhetoric to reality. On July 28th, Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) raised drug rationing concerns, because of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pending decision to take the cancer drug Avastin off the list of approved drugs for breast cancer. This example of rationing by the FDA of a drug to aid those with cancer is exactly what we should expect under an ObamaCare drug rationing regime. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Socialist Health Care Kills Babies … In More Ways Than One

Ladies and gentlemen, the people who run the Canadian health care system:”Losing her first baby was devastating enough but having to do it in a crowded waiting room is what angered Christine Handrahan the most.”The 29-year-old Peakes woman was nine weeks pregnant when on July 12 she started bleeding.”Fearing the worst, Handrahan and her husband, Michael, headed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s new emergency room.”There she waited more than three hours, blood seeping out of her jeans, tears rolling down her face as she feared she was losing her baby — or that she might be bleeding to death.”And now, the people who run our healthcare system . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The Not-Popular Party

Much of the behavior of Democratic Senate candidates can be explained by one simple fact: very few of them are going to get 50% of the vote this fall. Even the candidates who have a good chance to win are going to struggle to get to 50%. Let’s take a quick look at the RealClearPolitics polling averages for the 22 Senate races that RCP lists as being in play, or where there’s no average the last listed (generally Rasmussen) poll, just focusing on the Democratic candidate – as you will see, in only 4 of those 22 races is the Democrat polling 50/50 or better, and in only 7 of the 22 is the Democrat even polling above 43%.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Time to Go After Democrats On Repeal of Obamacare

170 Republicans have now signed the discharge petition to repeal Obamacare. The petition was submitted by Rep. Steve King and has been pushed heavily by the Heritage Action for America (my new employer, as it happens) and other conservative organizations. There are a few stragglers but for the most part, House Republicans are now solid in their commitment to repeal the bill.Not so with the Democrats, for not one has signed the petition.34 Democrats voted against Obamacare, but not one of them has been willing to buck Nancy Pelosi and work on a bipartisan basis to allow a vote on repeal. Not one.Focusing on these Democrats is the next wave of the legislative campaign to repeal Obamacare. The names and districts are below the fold—call them and demand to know why they support keeping Obamacare the permanent law of the land.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The Edge of Tolerance

We live in a nation constituted as a free society. One in which we hold dear our liberty. Of course, we also are not libertine. We recognize ourselves as a nation of laws. We concede that our liberty cannot be at the expense of another’s liberty. We are free, but we are not free to rape, murder or steal. Put simply, we live under ordered liberty.Herein lies the debate, where then is the edge of tolerance? At what point does tolerance deny liberty?I must stop here, before we get to far, and state that the impetus for this article is, what has been dubbed, the 9/11 Mosque and the reaction to it. Many have objected to the Mosque, an objection to which I agree. Those objecting were immediately painted as bigots and have had the 1st Amendment shoved down their throat by those who tomorrow will imply Christians are just like the Nazi’s. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. BP spills, Feds burn off American employers

Just six months ago I felt extremely blessed to be employed as we emerged from what will hopefully be the worst recession we face in our lifetime. I was inspired when I heard the president say in his state of the union address that his number one priority for 2010 would be jobs. Now I am disappointed that Washington seems to think my job doesn’t fit into their equation , and the extreme measures they seem to be taking to eliminate it. I work as manager of corporate affairs for Energy XXI, an independent oil and gas company with operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and I am going to Washington DC this week to tell our political leaders that my job matters .Please click here for the rest of the post.

8. Gallup retreats and I claim victory

Some may recall when I questioned the recent Gallup generic ballot results with sharp language. I caught them passing off a poll of adults, with the shift toward the Democrats that usually entails, as a poll of registered voters. It got national media attention.It’s clear to me the message was received, because now in the first release after my criticism, the poll has in just two weeks shown a remarkable 9 point swing toward the GOP.Where in the week I complained, Democrats were ahead 48-44, projecting only a tiny Republican gain in November and continued control of the chamber by Democrats, now the poll shows Republicans ahead 48-43, which projects a much different result.Please click here for the rest of the post.