Morning Briefing for November 8, 2010

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For November 8, 2010

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1. ‘It’s Not Me. It’s You.’

Mr. Obama has made up his mind. The voters did not reject him or his policies on Tuesday. They just rejected the economy. Never mind that it is his policies that have made things worse.We’ve heard this now since last Wednesday. Mr. Obama has taken it as his mantra that “it’s the economy stupid” and also that people are too stupid to understand what awesome things he has been doing for them.More significantly, Mr. Obama has taken to repeating that he was just responding to a crisis. He thinks there was no “overreach” just a “perception” of an overreach.It was, therefore, the message not the policy.Let’s be clear here — this is the administration with the internal mantra of “never let a crisis go to waste.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Some Senate Republicans Push for Earmarks and Budget Busting Spending in Lame Duck

It didn’t take long for many in Congress to ignore the will of the American people on earmarking special projects for states and districts. The Tea Party movement has a long way to convince members of both parties that the corrupting and wasteful practice of earmarking has to end. Later this month, Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are expected to have to fight against an Omnibus Appropriations bill on the Senate floor in the Lame Duck session that is expected to be loaded up with earmarks. According to National Journal (subscription required), some Senate Democrats and Republicans are teaming up with House Democrats to earmark.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Killing the Private-Sector: What Democrats in Congress couldn’t do for union bosses, the NLRB will

As unemployment continues to rise as a result of the Obama administration’s anti-business climate, the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board is about do what a Democrat-controlled Congress could not do—give unions the ability to kill unionize more companies.We’ve known this was coming for a while now, but after union bosses blew a few hundred million of their members’ money trying to save what Democrats they could on Tuesday, they now know that their number one legislative agenda item, the Employee Free ANTI-Choice Act is all but dead. Union bosses don’t seem to be too upset though. Why should they? After all, they’ve already engineered Plan B and, now, they’re ready to implement it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. A Brief Word In Defense of Keith Olbermann

What Olbermann did is not out of line with what he does regularly on television.Here’s the thing though — rules is rules. There was a clear rule. Olbermann violated the rule. He will now suffer the penalty. A lesser MSNBC “talent” would have been fired.I may not like the rule, but it is there. I frankly believe that this was just an excuse. Olbermann has been running roughshod over the network for a while, bullying his way around the office, and even hilariously refusing to lean forward for the camera when participating in the “Lean Forward” ad campaign for MSNBC.In a week when the GOP took back the House and made historic gains nationwide, it is almost more excitement than any conservative can bear to witness Olbermann’s suspension at MSNBC.Thanks Keith! You made our already awesome week even more awesome.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Looming Obama Tax Increases Will Hit Working Americans Right Where it Hurts Most

Talking of “Bush tax cuts” at this point, as so many seem to do when discussing the change in tax policy set to go into force this coming New Years Day, is beyond absurd. What’s coming on Jan. 1, 2011 is the Obama Tax Increase — no less than the largest tax increase in our history, courtesy of a president who, last Tax Day, declared that working Americans should be “saying thank you” for the hefty check they had to write Uncle Sam in order to support the eternally vacationing president and his increasingly out-of-control federal bureaucracy.At a time when copious amounts of smoke and mirrors are required to even create the illusion of an economic recovery in this country, the Obama tax increases are a disaster in the making that will drive the “progressive” knife further into the backs of the American working man and woman.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Hensarling-Bachmann

I think having Jeb Hensarling as Conference Chair and Michelle Bachmann as Vice Chair would be a powerful duo. Hensarling is a very substantive policy guy. Michelle Bachmann gave up campaigning for herself to go all over the country for Republicans this year. She deserves a seat at the table.Tom Price, a doctor, at Policy would be huge. I know him well. Having a doctor there would send a strong signal that the GOP is serious.Also, Fred Upton as Chairman of Energy & Commerce is unacceptable to every single conservative I know. He is a union lackey and bad on virtually every fiscal issue. Shimkus, Stearns, or Pitts would be far better.On Appropriations, not only do we need a guy like Jack Kingston who, by the way, was the only Appropriations Cardinal to turn in budgets balanced or in surplus. But that’s not all. There need to be a sizable number of fiscal conservatives put on the committee. Start with Jeff Flake, but don’t stop there. Tom Graves or Lynn Westmoreland from Georgia, other solid folks, etc. We need new blood on Appropriations.Last, but absolutely not least, the Rules Committee absolutely must stop being a proxy for the Speaker. NO WAIVERS and load up Rules with good conservatives who are not tokens or proxies.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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