Morning Briefing for August 11, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For August 11, 2011

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1. The RedState Gathering 2011, Charleston, SC

Please find below the final agenda for the RedState Gathering. Please note that Governor Perry’s address has been moved back to 1:00 p.m. from 1:30 p.m.We will have 397 registered attendees from just about every state in the union and a total of approximately 550 attendees present for Governor Rick Perry’s speech.To conclude the RedState Gathering, we will have a special presentation of Stephen K. Bannon’s The Undefeated.For those of you unfamiliar with the format of the RedState Gathering, all speakers pay their own way and make their own travel arrangements. In other words, if they are speaking, it is because they want to be there. We do not pay honoraria to speakers. This keeps the cost low to attendees and guarantees that those participating want to be there.With the exception of each year’s keynote speaker, those who address the event are expected to also take questions from the registered attendees. Panel participants will likewise take questions.This is our third RedState Gathering and it will be the largest crowd so far. At the end of the event, we will announce where next year’s Gathering will take place.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. GOP Picks for Super Duper Committee Won’t Make a Difference

Well, the much anticipated picks for the debt deal Super Committee have been announced. There will be much ink spilled over who was chosen and who was rejected. However, the salient point is not the orientation of the committee, but the entire premise behind the committee itself.Many conservatives will laud the choice of Pat Toomey for the committee; others will decry the pick of light bulb ban man, Fred Upton. The reality is that none of this matters.The Democrats have picked three radical leftists in the Senate, and are expected to follow suit with their House picks. There is no way that Democrats on the committee will ever support meaningful spending cuts, repeal of Obamacare, or entitlement reform. Harry Reid made sure to keep the likes of Kent Conrad and Mark Warner – senators, who have expressed some support for minor entitlement reforms – off the committee.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Obama’s Problem According To Maureen Dowd: No Villains

There’s been much ink spilled by leftists trying to explain President Obama’s failure as leader. Maureen Dowd concludes her latest attempt to explain Obama.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Government Motors Spends Your Money

Yes, General Motors. A great example of Obama’s efforts to revitalize our economy. He bravely handed a failing industry billions of dollars of other people’s money and then planted political friends in high positions while paying off the unions with shares of the company.As recently as May of this year, people like Jen Psaki, White House Deputy Communications Director, and Vice President Joe Biden, can be found praising the auto bailouts as the crown jewel of this administrations efforts.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Keystone XL Pipeline: Bureaucratic Hacky-Sack

The Obama Administration continues to play bureaucratic hacky-sack with what could be a key element of our nation’s secure energy future: the Keystone XL pipeline project. The new line would increase the export capacity of the Keystone Pipeline (placed in service 2008) by 700,000 barrels of Canadian oil-sands oil per day. The expansion would also facilitate the domestic movement of crude from the key storage hub at Cushing, OK to the large refinery complexes on the Gulf Coast.Keystone owner TransCanada is willing to take on this massive construction project on its own dime (or rather, its own $7 billion). It needs permission from the U.S. EPA and the State Department, which has jurisdiction due to the international scope of the project. The pipeline should have been under construction by now, were it not for Administration foot-dragging.Please click here for the rest of the post.