Morning Briefing for December 2, 2010

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For December 2, 2010

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1. Senate GOP Sells Out National Security for Tax Cuts

Let’s be honest, there are many sexy issues in politics these day. The START Treaty is not one of them.No one other than Barack Obama and the Kremlin care about START.But we should. We should also care that the Senate GOP, thanks to the “skillful” negotiations of Jon Kyl (R-AZ), have decided to sell us down the river to Moscow in order to temporarily avoid the Obama tax increase.The sad part is that we could get the Bush tax cuts extended even without selling out our national security.Supporters of the START treaty say all of this is nonsense, but the fact is the START Treaty will largely wipe out any ability to have a missile defense system in place. True, it doesn’t actually prohibit one, but it drives up the costs so significantly as to make it impossible.Barack Obama and the Democrats keep telling us Ronald Reagan would have signed this treaty. That is hogwash.The treaty returns the United States and Russia to that dreamy time when your effeminate poindexter of a Jimmy Carter voting high school history teacher soiled his shorts gleefully explaining how “mutually assured destruction” was such a genius deterrent to nuclear war. After all, if the Russians can kill us and we can kill them, neither side will kill the other.Except Pakistan, India, and a host of other countries now have nuclear weapons and Barack Obama, Jon Kyl, etc. are still playing on the pre-1990 world stage. Only a gaggle of pathological Washingtonians wishing to bask in the adoration of a Beltway Press Corp in search of bipartisanship, damn the issue, would dredge up a nuclear treaty with a country barely able to hold itself together as a country in remembrance of the grand old days of the Cold War. That the GOP would do it for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts is all the more appalling.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. A Very Stupid Argument Advanced by Opponents of America

One would expect, in the wake of the incalculable damage done to America’s diplomatic position in the world by WikiLeaks’ revelation of illegally-obtained diplomatic cables, that condemnation of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange would be nearly universal among everyone who is not openly rooting for the demise of America. And indeed, when Oliver Willis steps off America-hating bus then you know that it is carrying a very light load indeed.However, a small but determined band of morally vapid internet commentators are so blinded by their desire to see America fail that they cannot see that it is a bad thing for both America and the world at large for secret diplomatic cables to be spilled out into the public. These individuals generally fall into two camps.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Pelosi Pulls One Last Political Stunt

With their days numbered in control of the U.S. House, Democrats are planning a political stunt Thursday in hopes of embarrassing Republicans on a vote to raise taxes.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Democrats would disregard the Obama administration’s ongoing negotiations with congressional Republicans and force a vote on taxes. Democrats will use a procedural maneuver preventing the GOP from offering an amendment to extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Just Say No to Louie Gohmert’s Write-In Bid

The Republican Study Committee is the group in the House of Representatives that makes up the real conservatives among the Republicans. The body frequently pushes back on squishy Republican ideas and, over the years, has come up with some pretty bold and unapologetically conservative policy ideas. (One side note — it needs to stop letting in every person with an “R” next to their name, giving the squishes cover)The Republican Study Committee has been chaired by Mike Pence of Indiana, Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and is presently chaired by Dr. Tom Price of Georgia. Next up should be Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, but Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas has decided to launch a write-in bid.I like Louie Gohmert, but between he and Jim Jordan, I trust Jim Jordan to be a fully competent conservative trench fighter who will never go off the reservation about terror babies in embarrassing fashion — let alone be asked about it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The Texas Speaker’s Race

There is a lot at stake in who becomes the next Speaker of the Texas House and as someone pointed out to me the other day, if the Tea Party movement could create the perfect candidate from the ground up, that person would come out looking a lot like Ken Paxton. I agree 100%.For those of you tracking the race, I want to direct you to the Lake Fork Patriots’ site. I love it. It is simple and it lets folks know which state reps are where in this race for Speaker along with their contact info. My favorite column is “Lost Causes.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The TSA Lies In Response to RedState

I’d like to be charitable, but more than a week after we highlighted an outrageous TSA action, the TSA finally decided to respond. It did so by flat out lying.The TSA’s response is to this post about my friend the soldier who experienced one of the most egregious bits of bureaucratic stupidity at the hands of the TSA to ever be documented.How does the TSA respond?Please click here for the rest of the post.