Morning Briefing for August 19, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For August 19, 2011

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1. An Open Letter to Anyone Who Thinks Obama Should Not Go On Vacation

Dear People Who Think Obama Should Not Go On Vacation:Are you out of your ever living mind?!?!?!Have you not seen what destruction on our economy and morale this man has wrought for three years?!?!And you want him to go back to Washington, D.C.? Congress too? You are out of your mind.The correct answer is STAY ON VACATION ALL OF YOU. The stock market tends to do better when Congress is gone. The world tends to run fine when this President is on vacation. Our freedoms cannot be further encroached while Obama is in Martha’s Vineyard.Please, stop asking this man to come back to Washington where everything he touches tends to break down.When he comes back in September he says he will have a plan to create jobs. The last several plans he had to create jobs killed or destroyed more private sector jobs than even the most radical leftist could have hoped for. Please, please, please stop saying he needs to come back to Washington.Mr. President, you take as much vacation as you want. In fact, if you want to leave the country and go visit your relatives in Kenya or just go for a safari or go see your old stomping grounds in Indonesia or, heck, take the family to see penguins in Antarctica or even go to Bora Bora, I’d be glad to have you take say . . . the next twelve months off.And even better, I’m sure we can find some people to fund your vacation other than the American taxpayers who you’ve been using to fund your political campaign bus tour.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Rick Perry Insensitive to Barack Obama’s Feelings!

Governor and new Presidential candidate Rick Perry (R, TX), on his priority levels:”…if I hurt the president’s feelings, well, with all due respect, I love my country and I love future generations more than I care about his feelings.”To give the context: the White House has been taking the opportunity offered by Perry’s entrance to the race to take slaps at the candidate. As Glenn Reynolds noted at the time, this was not a particularly smart strategy… which is something that I’ve come to agree with, and I’ll tell you why.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The FTC’s Internet Kill Switch

Bureaucrats at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are pursuing a heavy-handed regulatory approach to address vague concerns about consumers’ online privacy. They claim that privacy is threatened by a shadowy group of advertisers who are harvesting your data from behind the screen to sell you more stuff. While I don’t discount the agency’s good intentions to protect consumers, FTC activists have supported regulations that would threaten the lifeblood of the Internet: data.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. A Primer For Union Members: How Not To Be Burned During A Union Strike

Back in the day, before Darth Vader saw the light at the end of the movie and when strikes were more prevalent than they are today, there was a time when union bosses conditioned their members for the eventuality that negotiations could break down and union members might be on strike—for a long, long time.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The Horserace for August 18, 2011

Tim Pawlenty is out of the race. Rick Perry is in the race. Not only is Perry in, he is surging to first place in the Rasmussen polling. But it is still Mitt Romney’s race to lose right now.The race is beginning to find some momentum of its own. Rick Perry’s entry was not a Fred Thompson entry as some expected. He is dominating the conversation and forcing both Democrats and Republicans to respond to him. Whether he can keep it up and whether it blows back on him will be interesting to see moving forward.Today, we have to spend time weeding out candidates, which will make some of you mad. Also, we’ll deal with Paul Ryan and Chris Christie.Below the fold, the horse race gallops ahead.Please click here for the rest of the post.