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Morning Briefing for April 7, 2011

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For April 6, 2011
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1. Gee, I don’t *feel* rich

We saw it coming, didn’t we?

“It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama explained. “I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody ! I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Of course that was then-candidate Barack Obama, in response to Joe “The Plumber” Wurzlebacher’s question “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”. Obama’s response was widely recognized (and condemned) as a “tell” of Obama’s love for socialism. But that was just the beginning. That love for socialism was one of the few “campaign promises” that he actually fulfilled, as he and his Democrat cronies rammed through a leftist ideology-fest of spending that bloated the government – and our national debt – to previously unheard-of heights.

“Soak the rich” is a time-tested philosophy for the Democrats. And the idea lives on, now embodied by the “income inequality” socialists. Inciting class warfare in the name of “equality” or “fairness” is one of the Left’s favorite tactics. In the March 2nd NYT, Robert Frank invokes the spectre of inequality, this time in the guise of a so-called “toil index”. The interesting (and silly) aspect of Frank’s assertions is the idea of using “family goals” as an indicator of the “cost” of inequality.

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2. The Administration Claims The Senate Approved Libyan Intervention

The Obama Administration is trying to avoid the inevitable fallout from their decision to intervene in the civil insurrection in Libya without so much as a by-your-leave to Congress. While the Administration has taken time to consult with the UN and the Arab League, apparently similar consultations with the Legislative Branch are just déclassé and an affront to the dignity of our demigod at 1600 Pennsylvania. Now they are trying to obscure their record.

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3. The Nobel Peace Prize, Falo Delle Vanita and The Zionist Regime

It would appear that Egypt’s rebirth as a modern nation was extraordinarily short-lived. The Muslim Brotherhood has made peace with the Egyptian military. The Brotherhood has also seemingly reached a political deal with the partisans of Hosni Mubarak’s old party. As a result of all of this wheeling and dealing, The Muslim Brotherhood now has vastly more power than the demonstrators for reform and modernity who were the face of the Egyptian Revolution.

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4. Paul Ryan’s Budget: In No Way Extreme, Despite Democrat Histrionics

Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman, released his FY 2012 Budget proposal. The comprehensive proposal includes plans for the way forward over the next decade. You can read an excellent and full analysis of it here.

Former Speaker (I love saying that) Nancy Pelosi of course immediately set to whining and wringing hands over how the Ryan plan will cause people TO DIE!!!!1111

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5. Ryan’s Budget: A Conservative View- The Excellent, the Good, and the Need for Improvement

The moment we have been anticipating has finally arrived. House Budget Committee Chairman has released his budget for FY 2012, along with his blueprint for tax and entitlement reform over the next decade. This budget proposal, which would cut $5.8 trillion from the CBO baseline over the next decade, is a mature and well balanced plan emanating from a city full of fatuous demagoguery.

It is important to note that this is just the preliminary proposal of the very first step of the congressional budget process; the Concurrent Budget Resolution. There will be ample time to sort through all of the components of this plan and provide the appropriate changes as needed. Nonetheless, it is a laudable first step that has come to fruition through the assiduous work of Paul Ryan and his Republican colleagues on the Budget Committee. It is a fresh breath of moderation and seriousness amidst the extremism that is so endemic in Washington among the Democrats. Here is a cursory breakdown of some of the major provisions of the Ryan plan, categorized by the excellent, the good, and the need for improvement.

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6. By the Dozens: Unions Stage Not-So-Massive “We Are One” Rallies

What do you do if you spend tens of thousands to plan hundreds of rallies on the same day and you get ignored? Did you see the thousands of union protesters yesterday? Surely you saw the several million workers that CWA President Larry Cohen said “were going to stop business as usual at work or after work to join vigils, community rallies or marches at statehouses.” You didn’t see them either? Well, that may be because the day of solidarity that the AFL-CIO had been promoting for weeks, to co-opt coincide with the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination was a flop.

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