Morning Briefing for December 8, 2010

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For December 8, 2010

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1. Did You Vote Republican For Nothing?

Did you show up at the polls on November 2nd for nothing? It seems that way. The House Republican Leadership has decided to put Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on the Appropriations Committee and that’s pretty much it. They are sending a signal to the tea party movement that this is all they’ll get.John Boehner and Eric Cantor want Hal Rogers of Kentucky to serve as Appropriations Chairman. Hal Rogers is a big spending porker who has been a champion of earmarks. So brazen in his lust for your money, Rogers wants to put a Lockheed Martin lobbyist in as staff director for the Appropriations Committee — a lobbyist in charge of doling out the dollars.But the fight is not over. Today the House GOP must ratify the leadership’s decisions and we can still get Jack Kingston into the Chairman’s chair. Go to our action center and fight to stop this. Call your Republican Congressman this morning. Tell him to support Jack Kingston as Appropriations Chairman. Stand up to John Boehner and Eric Cantor. Fight for your principles.CALL YOUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN THIS MORNING. THE VOTE WILL BE TODAY.More details are in the main body of the post.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Sticks, Stones, and Thin-Skinned Barry

Robert Menendez, the other day, said it was like negotiating with terrorists referencing the tax compromise talks. Today, Barack Obama called the GOP ‘hostage takers.’So much for reaching across the aisle. . . The President of the United States today has been left with a few “I’m rubber, your glue” remarks in his newly styled sticks and stones White House.But, Mr. Obama, I have a question for you — if the American people are hostages and the GOP are the hostage takers, what … are you besides a failed negotiator?Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Rolling Blue State Bailout Ended in Tax Agreement

One of the best things to come out of the White House and Capitol Hill tax deal is that the liberals are apoplectic that there is no extension of the so called ”Build America Bonds.” These bonds are a rolling-state-government bailout mechanism that subsidizes the interest rate of state issued bonds. Essentially, these bonds put off the day of reckoning for the blue states that are in a terminal budget flat-spin.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Waivers Double to 222 as More Unions ‘Opt Out’ of ObamaCare

For a law that was supposed to save America by making health care more affordable, the list of companies and unions who are being given the green light to ‘opt out’ seems to be growing by the day.Since the last wave of ObamaCare waivers was released a few weeks ago, the number of unions and companies that have received ObamaCare waivers has doubled to 222. The number of known unions that inhabit this list is near 50.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. JSOC analyst arrested in FBI spy sting.

‘JSOC’ being short for the ‘Joint Special Operations Command,’ which is known to normal people as a group that coordinates communications and operations among various American Special Forces organizations*. The alleged would-be spy Bryan Martin allegedly traded secret documents to an FBI operative in exchange for roughly $3,500; there’s no indication as of yet that he was working with anyone else, but between this and the Wikileaks Manning case it looks like the US intelligence community is on heightened alert for potential espionage problems. Looks like it’s not the end of history, after all.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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