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Morning Briefing for March 17, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For March 17, 2011

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1. Operation Gun Walker: An Act of War Against Mexico With One American Murdered Already

As the sun is rising this morning, it appears more and more that the Obama Administration committed an actual, factual act of war against Mexico through sheer incompetence that has left at least one American border patrol agent murdered.. . . .I’ll be honest. Had this come from any one of a million different right wing websites, I would be deeply suspicious that there were key details missing in order to paint a picture of an out of control Obama Administration and Eric Holder.What if I told you the source of this fantastical story is the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric?Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Strategy of Short-Term CR Opponents

Dear House Republicans and others. You keep saying that conservatives have “not strategy” on spending.HERE IS OUR STRATEGY. And it is a heck of a lot better that yours!Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Perfect Purchaser

Jared Lee Loughner was Barack Obama’s perfect gun purchaser -– right up until the moment when he started killing people.Remember when, in 1968, we were told that, if felons and other undesirables were prohibited from having guns, gun crime would stop? Loughner was not a felon. He was, likewise, not an illegal alien, a deserter, or a fugitive from justice.Remember when, in 1994, we were assured that, if gun purchasers were “checked out” against an FBI database, gun crime would stop? Loughner was checked out by the FBI; he passed.Remember when, after Columbine, we were told that, if we cracked down on gun shows, gun crime would stop? That crackdown didn’t pass. But Loughner didn’t buy his gun at a gun show.Remember when, after Virginia Tech, we were told that, if we sent the names of more of America’s mentally disabled to the FBI’s “secret list,” gun crime would stop? Loughner’s name wasn’t on the FBI expanded list because he hadn’t been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution.”So, with every gun control “panacea” proven to be a lie, now comes Barack Obama, from the crime-free mecca of Chicago, proposing to negotiate with us about what further Second Amendment rights he can take away for no apparent use.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Congressional Republicans Begin Planting Hit Jobs on Conservatives

First the House GOP required Democrats to get their three week continuing resolution passed — a continuing resolution that cuts less money than the interest on our national debt that will accumulate over the next three weeks.Then the House GOP started bad mouthing the conservatives who voted against their plan.Now the House GOP is launching a direct assault on . . . wait for it . . . conservatives.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. A Note to House Republicans Patting Themselves On the Back

I hope John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Jeb Hensarling, and the rest of the House Leadership and those Republicans who supported the 3 week continuing resolution “cutting” $6 billion realize this:The daily amount of interest we will accrue on our national debt is greater than the $6 billion saved over three weeks. In other words, these cuts have done nothing to save us any money.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The Devastation of Market Distortion is Coming Home to Roost

Wholesale Food Prices Highest since 74?Food Stamps Surge in WestThese two headlines are quintessential examples of the perennial cycle of government intervention. They offer a vivid portrayal of how the Democrats perfidiously inflate the price of food so that the maximum number of people will be dependent upon their food programs, thus granting them a permanent electoral constituency.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Choosing Your Hill to Die On

Some folks know only one gear.For some folks, their one gear can best be described as CHAAAAAARGE!! In politics, every single thing that any Republican does that displeases them in the least is grounds to threaten to NEVER DONATE TO OR VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN AGAIN. Threatening total abandonment of politics (or voting third party, or for Democrats), is the only negotiating tactic these people know. Similarly, everything Obama and/or the Democrats do is the most shocking attack on capitalism and the Constitution that has ever been seen in the history of ever.Another group of folks knows only the gear that we will call “Congress.” Another word for this gear is “retreat.” For these folks, there is always an excuse for capitulation, always a reason to bend to pragmatism, always a reason to not rock the boat. No matter what horrible thing the Republicans do, we dare not abandon them and be left to the Democrats. To these folks, we dare not risk provoking either a governmental shutdown or the teachers’ unions, no matter the stakes, for fear of bad polling.Please click here for the rest of the post.

8. The Latest Escapade of Hastings the General Slayer

I bring you the news that Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone, the professional military gadfly and all-around speaker of truth to power, hit a new low yesterday. At a Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force briefing, Hastings lit into General David Petraeus, accusing him of employing the “Charlie Sheen strategy.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

9. The Importance of Saying Thank You

Below are the 54 Republicans who voted no. Call them at 202-224-3121 and make sure they know you appreciate their stand. Right now all they’ve heard are their colleagues bad mouthing them. We need to remember to say thank you for their willingness to stand for their principles.Please click here for the rest of the post.