Morning Briefing for May 31, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For May 31, 2011

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1. Thank Speaker Boehner for Blocking Obama Recess Appointments

You need to call Speaker Boehner’s office right now at 202-225-0600 and thank him for the extraordinary step he took this week to slow down President Obama’s radical agenda.With the Obama legislative agenda stalled, the left has turned its attention toward using the Executive power to accomplish their socialist goals. The key to this strategy is to the pack agencies, boards, and commissions such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with leftists like Craig Becker and Elizabeth Warren who will advance the collectivist agenda, regardless of whether there is any legal authority to do so.The Senate has blocked several of the more radical nominees, but under the Constitution, President Obama has the power to appoint them during a Congressional recess.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Washington is Broken, and Needs Leadership. Where is President Obama?

From Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)Last week Treasury Secretary Geithner said: “Our plan is for Congress to pass the debt limit. Our fallback plan is for Congress to pass the debt limit, and our fallback to the fallback plan is for Congress to pass the debt limit.” Is he in a state of denial?Based on what I’ve seen in Washington, it is extremely dangerous to assume the debt ceiling will get raised without first passing significant debt and deficit controls. America just might need a REAL Plan B. Is the Administration preparing one?For over 31 years, I’ve been building a manufacturing business in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with hundreds of good, hardworking, taxpaying Americans. During that entire time, I have watched government steadily grow, increasing its control over our lives, heaping trillions of dollars of regulations on our businesses, fostering a culture of entitlement and dependency, mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren, and driving America toward national bankruptcy.I’ve been here in Washington for 5 months now, and I am more convinced than ever that our political and budget process is horribly broken.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Foreseeable Consequence of the “Arab Spring”

We’ve been skeptical of the so-called Arab Spring since the very beginning. Months ago we pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood was assuming a leadership role in the demonstrations and the follow on ruling claque. Given the general state of political development in the Arab we were doubtful that anything favorable, or even desirable, would emerge from street demonstrations taking place in societies where there is no legal political opposition.Now we have an idea of what the Arab Spring will look like.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Everything you need to know about #Weinergate

Congressman Anthony Weiner sent a picture of his . . . well . . . his eponymous male member of his body . . . to a college coed in Seattle. He was, at least, wearing underwear. The girl he sent the pic to had said online a while back they were dating, though the Congressman is married.Only after Andrew Breitbart and friends pointed out that a married Democrat member of congress named Weiner had sent a picture of his . . . well . . . his weiner to a college coed in Seattle, the congressman claimed his account had been hacked. But then when asked why he deleted all the evidence in a hurry and has not reported the matter to either the FBI or Capitol Police, he decided it was a “prank” not a “hack” and he would get a lawyer instead.He and the coed have been busily deleting everything they possibly could about themselves online ever since. The congressman’s wife works for Hillary Clinton.Neil Stevens has a take down of the affair and a good overview of why it was not a hack. Moe Lane has more.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Cut, Cap, and Balance

As you probably have heard by now, the United States has reached its statutory debt limit, and the Treasury Department each day performs “extraordinary measures” to prevent the federal government from having to make any real choices to reduce debt or prioritize spending.As of right now, only one entity on Capitol Hill has put forward a serious, robust plan to truly reform the way Washington budgets and spends taxpayer dollars, so that we never again hit the debt ceiling. It’s the U.S. House Republican Study Committee (RSC)—and the plan is called “Cut, Cap, and Balance.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. George Soros wants your Internet, and the Democrats are peddling online censorship, and Ryan Giggs is still an adulterer

Have you ever noticed that the Soros-funded left never refers to Sprint Nextel by the firm’s full name? They only talk about Sprint. You know why? If they say Sprint Nextel, it’ll remind everyone that when #3 Sprint and #4 Nextel merged, wireless competition, prices, and service all improved. If you remember that fact, they think you might make the “wrong” predictions about #2 AT&T and #4 T-Mobile merging, creating a better threat to Verizon, improving competition, service, and prices.But the whole Sprint/George Soros Unholy Alliance is all about deception. Soros-funded groups like Public Knowledge know nothing else. So says Mike Wendy: “they do great damage to the integrity of the review process, which ultimately harms the American consumer.” And so says Seton Motley: “The “public interest” is best served by what the public is interested in. And the public – the consumers, the people – aren’t at all interested in what Free Press, Public Knowledge and Media Access Project have to offer.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Mitt Romney Still Loves His Ethanol, Especially in Iowa

Say anything you want about Mitt Romney, but at least he isn’t flip flopping this time around. Instead of disavowing his support for Romneycare, he fully embraced the monstrosity, albeit on a state level. Now, amidst the growing disquiet over the outrageous ethanol subsidies, and following Tim Pawlenty’s mea culpa on the issue, Mitt Romney is doubling down on his support for this odious subsidy.Please click here for the rest of the post.

8. Chris Christie’s Time to Run

Let me put an editorial note here that this is not in any way, shape, or form an endorsement of Chris Christie. It is, rather, my assessment of his chances for the Presidency should he choose to pass on 2012.The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, claims he has no intention of running for president in 2012. I believe that 2012 is the only time Chris Christie will be a highly viable candidate. Should Chris Christie not run in this presidential cycle, I believe this will be the last we will hear of Chris Christie for President.Please click here for the rest of the post.