Morning Briefing for January 5, 2011

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For January 5, 2011

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1. The Myth of the Government Shut Down

There is a lot of talk these days about how the GOP cannot afford to shut down the government like they did in 1995. “Remember,” they the chattering class say, “the GOP got destroyed at the polls in 1996.”That talk has everything to do with the Democrats winning the message battle in the media, but has nothing to do with anything else. Let’s roll the tape, shall we?In 1995, Republicans in Washington shut down the government. They got creamed by the media and Democrats. The Democrats were interested in scoring points. The media was interested and remains interested in “good government,” never mind what that may or may not be.But what actually happened?Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Now Is The Time. Today Is The Day. Let’s Have a Coup.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a tea party led coup of the GOP.Now is the time. Today is the day. Let’s not waste one minute.It is time to take over your precincts.Much has been written here and elsewhere by great people on how to do it. The basics are straightforward. Over the next few months, the GOP will begin selecting new officers at the municipal, county, and state level. Those people will then pick new committeemen for the RNC, etc.To get involved, you must call your local or state Republican Party and find out where your precinct meetings will be. They should be later this month or in February.You show up at your precinct meeting and, more often or not, you will be the only one there. Guess what? In most states that makes you the precinct captain for the GOP.You will then move on to your county party with a vote.If enough of your tea party activist friends do the same thing, guess what? You run your local party. And if the tea party members from enough other counties have done the same, you will control your state party.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Slowing Down Congress

How can it possibly be bad to have mechanisms in place that slow down Congress?In the 111th Congress, there were 4059 bills introduced in the Senate, and 6561 bills introduced in the House – resulting in 342 laws enacted.In the 110th Congress, there were 3741 bills introduced in the Senate, and 7336 bills introduced in the House – resulting in 460 laws enacted.This all the while – gasp – the rules of the Senate require 60 votes to shut off debate before proceeding to a matter or voting on it, often referred to as the filibuster.So, what’s the problem? Does anyone in America – besides the arrogant Democrats in Congress who have been engaged in an unprecedented power grab since being handed a historic defeat by the American people last November – honestly believe that Congress needs to pass more legislation?Do a better job? Sure. But MORE? Of course not.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Boehner dismisses Reid on Obamacare repeal.

The memo you are about to read is real. I did not write this.Background: recently, Harry Reid (in a moment of bravado), deigned to inform Speaker-designate John Boehner that he should not bother to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the House, because it would not succeed in the Senate. So there, neener neener, and similar big talk from a guy who just presided over the literal decimation of his party’s caucus in 2010 – and will likely preside over its transition to minority status in 2012. Left unexplained was why Senator Reid thought that he had any business telling the People’s House what they can or cannot do, mostly because such a question implies that Harry Reid actually had any motivation beyond the resentment of a petulant man-child.This was John Boehner’s response.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Rep. Eric Cantor submits a health care bill every member of Congress will be able to read

It’s not on the calendar for consideration until January 12, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has drawn up a nice, short, easy-to-read bill that would do something very important for the nation’s fiscal and physical health: repeal Obamacare. A pdf of the bill can be accessed here; its full text is also included in this post below the fold.While it remains to be seen what, if anything, will come of it, Cantor certainly doesn’t waste any space in this brief (two-page) bill, as he very succinctly (but definitely not subtlely) channels the American people’s opposition to the massive government power grab that Obama perpetrated, with the assistance of several Democrat Political Suicide Bombers, with the passage of his massive (and largely unread) health care law.If this bill faces any problems in the House, going unread should not be one of them. Please click here for the rest of the post.