Morning Briefing for December 17, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For December 17, 2010

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1. Obama is Failing: Does This Mean We’re Not Racist?

The Democrats’ hypocrisy goes much further than their sudden belief that compromise is heresy. From opposition to Obamacare to uttering the phrase “take the country back,” Republicans have been accused of racism at every turn for doing no more than disagreeing with the President on matters of policy. In recent weeks, it’s become clear that Democrats are allowed to be as disappointed and upset with the President as they want without the racism accusations hurled at them. Apparently, it’s cool to oppose the President now. For the record, I opposed him before it was cool.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Defunding Planned Parenthood

Today, abortion giant Planned Parenthood released its 2008-2009 Annual Report.Behind the colorful graphics and happy faces is a stark number: Planned Parenthood received $363 million in government grants and contracts from 2008 to 2009 alone, all at the expense of the U.S. Taxpayer and the lives of unborn babies.How many lives are we talking? 324,008 unborn human lives destroyed in one year. How many adoption referrals? 9,433.And that number of lives ended and women wounded will continue to rise as the amount of federal funding they receive continues to rise.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Tea Parties on Fire in Texas!

For those of you watching the race for Speaker of the House in Texas, this week saw some fantastic events where local tea party groups gathered in front of their State Rep’s offices and asked them to vote for Ken Paxton over Joe Straus. I love it. This is what our democratic republic is built on-the freedom of assembly and the right to petition our elected officials.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Wisconsin Lame-Duck Democrats Bust a Jailbird Out to Vote on Union Contracts

Meet Jeff Wood, alleged serial drinker. He’s a Wisconsin “independent” lawmaker who (allegedly) has a drinking problem and, right now, he’s sitting in jail…Sort of.Being one vote short in their lame-duck session, Wisconsin Democrats were apparently so desperate to shove stalled union contracts down the throats of Wisconsin taxpayers before incoming-Governor Scott Walker can take office that they busted inmate Wood out of jail to vote with them.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Repeal ObamaCare. Then, Let’s Do Something Really Radical…Try Freedom.

First, we need to recognize that government is the problem with America’s health care costs, not the solution. Second, we need to start coming up with some fresh and bold ideas in the eventuality that we can slay the beast of government-run healthcare once and for all. Even if ObamaCare is repealed in House, unless there are 67 senators who can be dragged away from the altar of closed-market health care to override a presidential veto, 2013 is the earliest ObamaCare can be aborted—but then what?As a small business owner who just got hit with a $3600 insurance premium hike for 2011 and who will be paying (at a minimum) $177,500 over the next ten years just for the “privilege” of having one family covered with insurance, you can be assured that my points are more than mere rhetorical ones. If I had my druthers, I would have a catastrophic-only plan that covers emergencies and life-threatening illnesses, and pay the rest out of pocket. I’d probably save well over $125,000 in the next ten years with a plan like that—if one existed.Please click here for the rest of the post.