Morning Briefing for April 5, 2011

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For April 5, 2011

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1. Paul Ryan is Not Jesus, But His Path To Prosperity Gospel is Really Good

Today you are going to hear a lot about Paul Ryan and his budget deal. He has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal previewing it. You can read that here.The budget proposal is a solid proposal of solid reform. I like what I see. But I also foresee real problems with it as a result.Let me first say the number you are going to hear batted about today is that Paul Ryan’s budget cuts $6.2 trillion. Please keep in mind that following that number is this language: “from the president’s budget over the next 10 years.” That is different from actually cutting $6.2 trillion. These are cuts placed in juxtaposition to the President’s proposed cuts. We will find out later today what the real cuts are.Before continuing, let me also say that I am annoyed with a lot of conservatives today. Over the past 24 hours, many conservatives have raced to the nearest TV show, blog, and opinion page to praise Paul Ryan as if he is some sort of savior. There are calls for Ryan to run for President. One pundit called his budget plan “the most important domestic proposal of our lifetimes” and “the first concerted, credible effort to shrink the federal government since the birth of the welfare state seven decades ago.”Hyperbole much?I get tired of the left investing in the cult of personality with Barack Obama, but sadly the right is not immune. Many conservatives desperate for the second coming of Reagan and Jesus have poured out their hopes, dreams, and ambitions into Paul Ryan as if he is some sort of empty vessel to be filled with the desires of conservatives.Paul Ryan is a very decent guy, but he is just a man. He supported the medicare prescription drug benefit, TARP, the auto bailout, the arguably unconstitutional AIG bonus tax, and capping CEO pay among other things. He is not infallible. Please, conservatives, try not to sound too enraptured.That said, Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” is really good. Again though, that it is a good plan is also its significant downfall. Let me tell you why.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh Is Ignorant About Christianity

I have no idea what religion Bobby Ghosh is. He is from India, so my assumption is, if anything, Hindu, but I have no idea really. It doesn’t matter other than some may be quick, because of his last name, to assume he is a muslim. He is not.One thing we can be absolutely sure of is he is totally and completely ignorant about Christians.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Irreligion And Irrationality. Don’t Believe The Hate.

When intellectually-oriented atheists or agnostics choose to opine on religious matters, they sometimes tend to subject their own predictably negative views of religious practice into the discussion. This is particularly true when they deign to inform us how rigorously logical they are. Examining two attempts to cast pearls of agnostic or atheist logic before the deeply religious swine demonstrate the predictable vapidity of the hostile irreligious.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. If You Think Unfunded Pensions Are A Problem, You Don’t Know The Half of It…

This nation is in trouble. Unfortunately, rather than recognize that they are a large part of the problem, today’s union bosses would rather obfuscate and attack those trying to reform the government-union system. Today, unions and their allies are engaging in rallies throughout the country decrying the so-called union-busting (or, more likely, the loss of their union dues). Meanwhile, America’s financial future continues careening toward a cliff, with union bosses and their political puppets refusing to turn the wheel.After more than a month of protesting efforts to reform the government-union system, as well as threatening lawmakers and bullying businesses, union bosses are using the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King to stage nationwide demonstrations of “solidarity” with government unions. The problem is ignoring the problem. Despite the protests, despite the rancor, there is no more time and, more importantly, there is no more money. The piggy bank is empty.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. This ad about Wisconsin Democrat Joanne Kloppenburg scares the Left.

I’m repeating myself, but the Left keeps trying to push back on this ad highlighting Wisconsin Democrat (and candidate for Supreme Court Justice) Joanne Kloppenburg’s utter lack of compassion for abuse survivors so pass it along. Make sure that the Wisconsin voter in your life watches it. The vote is TODAY; the incumbent Wisconsin voters should re-elect is David Prosser.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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