Morning Briefing for September 7, 2010

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For September 7, 2010

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1. The Victim in Chief Makes a Pitch for Greater Socialism

Barack Obama went to Milwaukee, WI yesterday to speak to one of the few friendly audiences he has left in America — Big Labor.Our Victim-in-Chief, with no sense of history, declared that people talk about him like a dog. First, it is worth point out he named his dog after himself — Bo. Either the dog stinks or got Mr. Obama’s initials. It could be people are talking about the dog. And, our Victim-in-Chief should consider himself lucky considering the smears against many of his predecessors, including the most recent who was routinely compared by the left to HitlerBy the way, I think it is starting to dawn on the American public that the reason they don’t like him is not just that he’s a socialist. It’s a thin-skinned wimp. Americans like winners, not wimps.The Victim’s speech is not worth remembering for anything other than its hypocrisy wrapped up in a sales pitch for socialism. Suddenly Mr. Obama is for tax cuts and Republicans are against them. Suddenly Mr. Obama is against spending. Suddenly Mr. Obama is against bailouts. Mr. Obama is for saying “yes” to everything and the Republicans are for saying “no” to everything.The problem for Mr. Obama is that the American public believes him — he is for “yes” to everything, but that includes spending, bailouts, and ever greater socialism in our lives.Consequently, while Mr. Obama may say “yes we can,” it is the voters, not Republicans, replying, “No. You can’t.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Save the Light Bulb

Dear John Boehner, Ted Poe, and Members of the incoming 112th Congress,If you do only one thing in your time in Washington, and frankly I hope you do only one thing given your propensity to expand government (other than eradicating Obamacare), it is this: SAVE THE LIGHT BULB.People may not realize it, but one of the first acts of the Democratic Congress in 2007, was to ban the light bulb effective in 2014.Seriously.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Ovide Lamontagne Rising in New Hampshire

A lot of really good people have come out for Kelly Ayotte in the New Hamphire GOP Senate Primary. I have quietly pulled for Ovide Lamontagne, but supported those who cast their lots with Ayotte.For a good while it looked like Ovide was getting no traction and were he not in the race, Kelly Ayotte would be my pick. The other guy in the race, whose name is not worth remembering, is on video saying he supported abortion rights because if he ever had a kid with a defect, he’d want the right to kill the kid.That’s unacceptable.So with Ovide going no where in the polls, people understandably went with Kelly Ayotte.Well, in the past couple of weeks things in New Hampshire have shaken up. Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Congress Needs Reforms, but Committees Don’t Need More Power

If Republicans win control of the House of Representatives, I have no doubt that John Boehner as Speaker will make the chamber far more transparent and fair to rank-and-file legislators of both parties. There will be more time to debate legislation, more chances to offer amendments, and more opportunity for the public to digest the implications of major legislation.But one reform idea was previewed in the press last week that I think is terrible–the notion of giving Republican committee chairmen more power and deference to write the bills as they see fit.Why is this such a bad idea?Because committee chairmen are typically in Washington too long.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Robert Reich: Economic Illiterate

There’s no better day than Labor Day to examine the nonsense that passes for high-minded economic policy proposals among the cognoscenti on the Left. To assist our examination is the erstwhile Secretary of Labor himself, the diminutive Robert Reich, who happens to be flogging a new book, “AFTERSHOCK: The Next Economy and America’s Future”, to be published in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. “[F]ew observers believe the violence was due to racial hatred.”

This story in today’s Washington Post is about a school in Philadelphia that is apparently 70% black, 18% Asian, and 12% unidentified “other.” On December 3rd of last year, many of the school’s black students erupted in violence that was systematically and exclusively targeted at the school’s Asian students. All of this is clearly set forth in the article.In case you … thought that the Washington Post was describing racially-motivated violence, they were quick to set you straight.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Democrats argue it is fine to ban book promotion

The “Young Guns” have a book. They also have a promotion tour and a video. Now, the Democrats could engage in a battle of ideas. But that’s not what they do. (are you surprised?)Instead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee files a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that promoting the book violates election law. Really. By their interpretation, a book publisher cannot promote a book if it is political.Please click here for the rest of the post.