Morning Briefing for August 3, 2010

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1. The Ground Zero Mosque Should Be Stopped

If you read no further, know this: RedState supports the Anti-Defamation League in its opposition to the so-called “Ground Zero mosque.” The ADL is right on all counts: in its rejection of bigotry, its affirmation of American religious freedom, and its declaration that common decency demands the end of this effort. As the ADL notes, this is “not a question of rights, but a question of what is right.”The “Ground Zero mosque” is not right. It’s important to understand why.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. House Republicans Need a Bold Spending Proposal

As Congress breaks for its August recess, House Republicans continue to work on an agenda setting forth how they would govern if given the chance. The agenda is by no means set, but it seems well on its way, with town halls across the country set up to see how well these ideas resonate with the public.Unfortunately, so far the draft agenda lacks a bold, overarching spending proposal that would define “spending restraint” or “fiscal discipline” for House Republicans. Such definition is needed, and any future agenda that lacks one isn’t worth much.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Shallow Water Non-Moratorium

Interior Secretary Salazar imposed a moratorium on deepwater drilling until November 30, contrary to the recommendation of a panel of experts from the National Academy of Engineering. For operations on the shallow water Shelf, the administration maintains, no official moratorium is in place. After all, the Shelf still enjoys a forty-year history of relatively safe and clean operations that is still intact, being several orders of magnitude safer than the Deepwater Horizon-style deepwater oil exploration.There’s no moratorium here, folks. Business as usual, nothing to see. Move along, move along.But Interior has plenty of tricks up its sleeve to create a de facto shallow water moratorium. The new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement or BOEMRE (pronounced “bummer”) is charged with issuing permits and setting operating standards for oil and gas companies in the Outer Continental Shelf. Oh, they’re still issuing permits, all right.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. “Blame Bush,” RIP: 2001-2010.

It was a good run for the Democrats, but all things must come to an end some day. I know, I know: it’s downright horrible for the American people to start expecting the political party that’s held Congress since 2006 and the White House since 2008 to actually take personal responsibility for the bad things happening to the economy. But the Democrats will have to live with it, as the American people have started to assign more responsibility to Obama for the current economy than to Bush – at least, the Republican and Independent sections of the American people have, which is really the important thing these days.Please click here for the rest of the post.




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