Morning Briefing for September 14, 2010

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For September 14, 2010

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1. Must See TV: Milton Friedman in Defense of Capitalism

For you radio guys, the audio of this is worth playing — no video needed to get the point.Milton Friedman defends capitalism to Phil Donohue.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Against Mike Castle: Mike Castle Ain’t Backbone

Maybe O’Donnell cannot win the general election. So be it. For those who think getting a Republican majority back in the Senate is the solution to our problems, you miss the naked reality that we had a sizable majority and it was liberal pukes like Castle, and the supposed conservatives who empowered them, who drove the Party and the nation into a ditch, handing the reins to nutjob leftists in the process.It is not enough to have “less bad” policies or merely to improve what Obama and company have given us. We need a wholesale reversal and re-structuring, and we need it now. That will only come with a Republican Party with backbone – and Mike Castle ain’t backbone.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. For Mike Castle: What’s At Stake In Delaware

Should it matter whether the GOP wins this race? There are three critical numbers in the Senate: 41, 51 and 60. You need 51 votes to control the chamber – i.e., chair committees, hire more staff, etc.; the Democrats for the next two years can get this with 50 Senators plus the Vice President – and to pass legislation (including tax and budget bills not subject to filibusters), but you need either 60 votes to override a filibuster or 41 to hold the line on one. Right now, the GOP has 41 Senators, so there’s no margin for error in holding the line, not unless there are defections by Democrats or Joe Lieberman. In a potential lame-duck session in November, there could be 42 or 43 Republicans, if Castle and/or Mark Kirk wins their races. Even if you don’t especially trust either of them, adding those extra votes (ideally both of them) immediately improves Republican chances of staving off a last gasp of legislative mischief before the consequences of this fall’s elections set in.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. And Now, A Word From Mark Kirk

Via Ed Morrissey, who looks at the landscape and implications in Illinois, Mark Kirk is explicitly campaigning as the 42nd vote against the Democrats in the lame duck session in December – which he probably needs to do because in Illinois, for reasons not worth rehashing here, there’s actually a second line on the ballot in which Roland Burris is running for re-election just for that one month (and also because Kirk is still running well behind the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee and needs to give people a reason to get excited about him).Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Grading Green: Obama’s Plan To Frowny Face Your Car

Going green is among the most self-congratulatory of liberal pieties. Even science!™ has noted that environmentalists can be “smug jerks.” With dire predictions they frighten, with wagging fingers they shame. And who is more likely to embrace such pompous self-righteousness than the “ocean-rise-slower“-in-Chief?Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Drew Brees on the NFL, Financial Advice, and a Possible Political Career

A slight break from politics for the moment — until the end of the interview. Listen to hear how Drew Brees answers the last question.Even highly paid athletes aren’t invulnerable when it comes to economic downturns. Over the past few years in the National Football League, we’ve seen a long list of players experience the ramifications of poor financial decisions. According to a report by Sports Illustrated, 78% of NFL players are bankrupt or facing financial pressure within two years of leaving the league. This summer, quarterback Mark Brunell was forced to declare bankruptcy at age 40, despite a long career in which he earned more than $50 million.Today Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees talks to us about his own financial experiences, and his project, launched with the backing of VISA, to provide financial education for young people and particularly young athletes. Called Financial Football, you can read more about the project and play its interactive game at click here for the rest of the post.



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