Morning Briefing for April 13, 2011

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For April 13, 2011

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1. The President Will Offer Unicorns

Today at 1:00 p.m., President Barack Obama will address the nation to talk about balancing the budget.Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the White House Press Corp that Paul Ryan’s budget plan is a non-starter because the budget is not balanced. Carney failed to mention that Barack Obama’s budget does not balance either.In fact, it is Paul Ryan who is necessitating Barack Obama’s speech. Obama set up his deficit commission and then, upon getting its recommendations, treated it as the red headed step child of the administration. It was neither seen nor heard. When Obama gave his State of the Union address he ignored the commission in its entirety.Only after Paul Ryan came up with a detailed plan did Barack Obama have to respond. More the follower of the free world than leader of the free world, Obama will yet again follow someone else’s idea and explain how his is better.What we know from the plan is that it will not be better. It will be more of the same backfilled with wishes, dreams, and unicorns. It will also include massive tax hikes and finally embrace the deficit commission while, no doubt, Obama works furiously behind the scenes to undermine it.The top one percent of income earners in the nation earn only 19.6% of income in the nation, but pay 41% of the taxes in this country. The top 5% of income earners in the country pay 60% of all taxes in the country. How asking them to pay more is in any way fair or equal treatment is beyond me. But Obama will ask them. To Obama, all men should be treated equal except the successful.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Don’t Call Them Easter Eggs, Intolerant Monsters! They are Spring Spheres

A Seattle public school has decided that Easter eggs are super offensive and not politically correct. They’ve renamed them Spring Spheres (even though eggs are not spheres. This is our public education system at work, people).Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Nick Ayers: The Big News You Might Not Have Noticed

I have done my best to ignore Tim Pawlenty. He has never struck me as the most exciting politician. His global warming position made me squeamish. He’s always had an okay record as Governor, but around the edges he struck me as not really a movement conservative.So I haven’t paid attention to Tim Pawlenty. Then he went and hired Nick Ayers.For those of you who do not know Nick Ayers, he just finished a very successful tenure as Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association. Wunderkind is a word typically associated with Ayers.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Energy Flow: Sources and Uses

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Or 95 quadrillion BTUs, which is how much energy from all sources the U.S. consumed in 2009.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Boundless Immigration: The Silent Killer of the Welfare State

As we finally embark on the imperative discussion of entitlement reform, we cannot overlook immigration and its disproportionate effect on the welfare state.Our immigration system is stuck in the Kennedy days of the 1960’s when our population was half of what it is today. Over the past few decades, in addition to the migration of 12 million+ illegals, we have allowed legal immigration to spiral out of control. We no longer promote an immigration system which benefits Americans, rather an unsustainable system of chain migration. This system encourages immigration which is too random, too low skilled, and quite simply too much. While our historical average for annual immigration ranged from 200,000-400,000, the current inane system has allowed for over 1 million new immigrants almost every year for the past decade. Again, a disproportionate number of those immigrants are low skilled.Please click here for the rest of the post.