Morning Briefing for June 7, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For June 7, 2011

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1. The Triumph of Politics

I am sure you will read a lot about Congressman Weiner and his scandal and morality and failed politicians and us versus them and David Vitter, Larry Craig and Ted Kennedy and what have you. I am sure you will. I am not sure you will read anything similar to my take on this, which is admittedly not as partisan as some other takes may be. But, I think it is the right take.In a different age, Anthony Weiner would have packed up shop and left Congress with a bag over his head in disgrace. Certainly Congressman Lee left in disgrace, but that had as much to do with his family demands and the demands of his constituency as anything else. In noting that Congressman Weiner staying in office is a failure of morality in the present age, left-wing partisans were quick to bring up the names of Sen. David Vitter, Sen. Larry Craig, Sen. John Ensign, and others.Instead of saying yes the congressman should leave, the partisans say, “What about this guy?” I believe this is largely because politics has triumphed over morality and we are a lesser people because of it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. A dumping ground for pork projects

The Senate is going to take up a bill today that fiscal conservatives need to be aware of.It’s S. 782, the “Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011? We’ve issued a Key Vote Alert calling for a “NO” vote on S. 782.This bill reauthorizes the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), which costs $500 million a year, and has proven to be nothing more than a dumping ground for pork projects. Here’s just some of the wasteful projects that the EDA has spent our tax dollars on.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. No, Mr. Diamond, the Fed Doesn’t Need Your Expertise

Peter A. Diamond, a professor of economics at MIT, has just published a hissy fit in the NY Times titled “When a Nobel Prize isn’t enough.” I won’t link the piece because of the Times’s paywall, so I’ll just tell you what he says.Diamond wants to be a governor of the Federal Reserve. Barack Obama wants the same thing, having nominated Diamond three times now. He had only a small amount of support from Senate Republicans, mostly from Michael Bennett and Judd Gregg. After being dissed by Richard Shelby, Diamond is now withdrawing is candidacy. (There are currently two open Fed governorships.)Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Supreme Court Voids Ruling Against Hazleton’s Immigration Law

It appears that last month’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona’s E-Verify law will precipitate a potent counteroffensive against the illegal immigration judicial defense industry.In light of the Court’s 5-3 decision validating the right of state and local governments to impose penalties on employers who hire illegal aliens, the high court vitiated a ruling against a similar ordinance passed by government officials in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Big News From Camp Bachmann

Michele Bachmann is bring Ed Rollins on board to run her Presidential campaign.This is big and significant news.Rollins was Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager in 1984, a fact downplayed by a lot of people who think Reagan’s landslide in 1984 had nothing to do with Rollins.Whether you are impressed by that or not, pay attention to the next one: Rollins took Mike Huckabee’s 2008 upstart campaign into overdrive and gave Romney, McCain, and the rest a run for their money.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Huntsman Not Ready for the Big Dance

Over the years I have heard presidential candidates state reasons for skipping the Iowa caucuses. It always leaves me wondering if those are the real reasons for not coming to Iowa. The most recent example of this is Jon Huntsman’s announcement that he won’t compete in Iowa. Apparently, Huntsman believes that he will not get a fair shake in Iowa because he opposes ethanol subsidies. In my opinion, this excuse seems to have as much credibility as “the dog ate my homework.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. The Cost of Political Pseudo-Science Shown In Two Examples.

Richard Glover and Dr. Donald Brown are two very different men, in different nations, who work towards a common goal. Each man believes that human pollution has driven a series of chemical and physical changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Each man believes this will damage the world around us and must be fought. Neither man has any ability to objectively prove their belief. Neither man will let that lack of knowledge stand in the way of enforcing their views upon others. Both men indulge in unethical behavior that demonstrates yet another cost that pseudo-science imposes on modern society.Richard Glover writes opinion pieces for The National Times, a newspaper published in Australia. Climate change has been a major agenda item with the Australian Left which has been in power in The Australian Parliament for the last few years. Current Prime Minister Julia Gillard is attempting to impose a carbon tax to restrict CO2 emissions. Glover apparently supports “Lady Galadriel’s” approach to the issue. Thus we can treated to disingenuous passages such as the one presented below.Please click here for the rest of the post.