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Morning Briefing for May 13, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For May 13, 2011

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1. Why Yes, I Am Interviewing Donald Trump

He’s a blunt new voice that’s hitting our conservative establishment with the force of a wrecking ball. The guy fascinates all of us, but let’s face it: he also raises a lot of questions. I’ll ask Donald Trump those questions, 1-on-1, live, for a solid hour. Is this all just posturing? Is he running — or not? Let’s get answers. Who’s the real guy behind the money, flash and fast talk? Join us. I promise you this won’t be interviews as usual. From the minute we kick off at 11AM Eastern, Tuesday May 17, this will be what everyone’s talking about. Be there.Best of all, it’s FREE. Reserve your spot now!Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Mitt Romney At His Apex?

If the Republican Presidential Primary were held today, Mitt Romney would probably be the nominee. But this may be the high water mark for Mitt Romney after yesterday’s speech at the University of Michigan in which he gave a full throated defense of Romneycare.In fact, in his Power Point presentation on slide 7, Mitt Romney defends the individual mandate as okay at the state level, but not at the federal level. That nuance may be constitutionally sound, but it sounds very much like Romney defending European socialized medicine at the state level.A lot of people have waited on the sidelines hoping Romney would distance himself from Romneycare or apologize for it as Pawlenty has done with his global warming nonsense. Instead, Romney embraced his record.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. RSC Debt Limit Plan: Cut, Cap, and Balance

The political world has been waiting with alacrity to hear the details of the GOP demand for raising the debt ceiling. The Republican Study Committee is wasting no time in publicizing their overarching condition for raising the debt ceiling; lowering the spending floor. You might think of it as the preeminent ‘cap and trade’ program.We have long railed against an incremental approach to the battle for limited government and spending cuts. The reality is that Republicans don’t have the requisite political power to statutorily roll back big government policies through the front door. They probably won’t for some time. Consequently, their only recourse to impel meaningful and perennial change is to use the budget process to force the issue.Republicans will have the opportunity to deny the issuance of any more debt as the debt limit fight reaches its crescendo towards the end of the spring. In September, they will have another opportunity to force the Democrats’ hand by refusing to budge from the fundamentals of their FY 2012 budget, even if the Democrats threaten to shut down the government. Yes, even with control of “just one half of one third of government,” the GOP can prevail in a budget fight with the support of the public.The RSC is proposing a three-pronged plan that would attack all of the pressure points of the big government beast.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Joe Walsh’s Smackdown of Obama on Immigration

Like no other president in American history, President Obama supports the domineering use of government over every facet of our lives. Yet, when it comes to one of the few core functions of government, like border security and the regulation of immigration, he is suddenly tepid about asserting power. Worse, he uses the power of executive agencies to disregard and subvert immigration laws that were duly passed by Congress. Now he is denigrating those who suffer from gang violence along the border and those who seek to fulfill our core constitutional responsibilities.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Tax Hikes Texas Style

I told you people Joe Straus was bad news. Under his leadership, the Texas House has decided to impose taxes on internet purchases via H.B. 2403. Conservatives in the State House supported it, arguing that it really didn’t change anything in the law, but internet companies and tax advocates are raising all sorts of red flags that Texans are about to get screwed.The legislation is before the State Senate right now. Basically, the legislature is considering getting rid of the “physical nexus” standard for tax collection. In effect, a retailer couldn’t be required to collect sales taxes in Texas unless it had a physical connection to the state. Using political parlance, this law “clarifies existing law”. Yeah, right.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Energy State Dems: The New Endangered Species

Democratic politicians once ruled the energy-producing states, but they are becoming quite a rare breed. Republicans scored strong electoral gains in the Congressional elections of 2010, particularly in Texas. Here in Louisiana, both houses of the state legislature have swung red, by a combination of election and defection; it’s no secret who owns the moratorium and a host of other energy-hostile policy initiatives. Sen. Mary Landrieu remains the sole remaining Democrat in a statewide elective office in the Pelican State.Mary and the other energy state Dems know upon which side their bread is buttered. Democrats in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana have a long history of working cooperatively with the oil and gas industry as a engine of jobs and economic growth in each of their respective states.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Teachers’ Union Protects Teacher for Standing Idly By While Student is Beaten

Some viewers may find the video below, of a student being punched in the face repeatedly by another student, disturbing.What many may find even more disturbing is the fact that the teacher stood by, with his hands in his pockets, as the student was beaten. However, what is truly appalling is the fact that the American Federation of Teachers is protecting the teacher’s inaction.Please click here for the rest of the post.