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Morning Briefing for February 13, 2012

RedState Morning Briefing
February 13, 2012

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1. Obama to Increase Spending Again

On Monday, Obama is slated to release his annual budget proposal for FY 2013, along with a 10-year budget (2012-2021) outlook. One would think that after talking incessantly about cutting spending, Obama would spend less money next year than this year. Yet, in Obama’s world, a spending cut means spending less than you were slated to spend, even though it is still higher in nominal terms.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Obama Administration Doubles Down On Contraception Rule

The Obama Administration’s ballyhooed “compromise” on the extraordinary rule that gives the US Department of Health and Human Services the final say in how religious groups operate is actually a finger in the eye.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. How Dumb Do You Think I Am?

We don’t have all the specifics. But it is pretty apparent that Obama’s “deal” on contraceptives is a trick.As to Catholic institutions, Catholic hospitals and universities would pay insurance companies premiums, which would pay for contraceptives and abortifacients. Evil doesn’t become good because it’s laundered through a third party.But, says HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, premiums would go down because, inter alia, you would not have to provide health services to those pesky babies who would have been born, had you not aborted them.But if this was a theological defense, it would have applied, whether or not contraceptives and abortifacients were specified in the insurance policy.Incidentally, the 98-99% contraception usage figure which is being thrown about unchallenged? It is from the virulently pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. U.S. Officials: Al Qaeda in Iraq Behind Deadly Bombings in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria

U.S. officials have reportedly confirmed that deadly bombings in the Syrian cities of Damascus (in December and January) and Aleppo (Friday) were the work of al Qaeda in Iraq, whose members were acting with authorization from al Qaeda central head and Osama bin Laden successor Ayman al-Zawahiri.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. A Severe Conservative Speaks at CPAC

Mitt Romney got a warm reception at CPAC, standing ovations . . . the works. He did nothing to calm fears that he is not one of us. In fact, he might have made it worse today.He ad-libbed one particular portion of his speech that just may give away the game for him with the CPAC crowd. He threw in this line:“I fought against long odds in a deep blue state, but I was a severely conservative Republican governor.”What the heck is a severe conservative? The man who likes to fire people should probably fire Miriam-Webster, in addition to whoever came up with his strategy for Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Occupiers lose Battle of Wardman Park

The basic premise of the Occupations, including Occupy DC, is that they, the “99%”, are not being heard in elections, so they must impose themselves on spaces where they are not welcome in order to force their message out. It’s a strategy reminiscent of George Lincoln Rockwell’s Phase One for the American Nazi Party, and I expect it to be just as ineffective at achieving meaningful policy change.What’s worse than that though is when the occupiers can’t even manage to occupy anything. They can’t even execute their strategy, let alone see it through to policy results. That’s what happened tonight when they tried to Occupy CPAC. They failed, badly.Please click here for the rest of the post.