RedState Morning Briefing

RedState Morning Briefing
For November 30, 2009

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1. Good News: Food Stamp Use Soaring; Stigma Gone

I suppose this is just a testament to how well Obama’s economic recovery plan is going: 1 in 8 Americans is now on food stamps – and 1 in 4 children are. I remember the bad old days of the Bush economy, when millions of Americans were forced to rely on private sector jobs to pay for their food. Those benighted days are past: now more and more Americans get their food money from Uncle Sam. And who knows – the way things are going, someday soon we all may wind up on the dole. At the rate we’re going, 16 million more people will be on food stamps by the end of Barack Obama’s first term. And don’t worry: the Obama White House is doing its best to make sure that happens. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is disgusting. The measure of a successful administration will be how many Americans don’t rely on food stamps, not how many more can be added to the rolls. It’s stunning that the program would be overseen by someone with so poor an understanding of priorities. Furthermore, the federal government is making a mistake by imposing no work requirements on receipt of this assistance. Because money is fungible, there is little difference between food stamps (or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP) and welfare. While it should be available for those whose subsistence depends on it, it is appropriate to protect the taxpayer interest by imposing a work requirement on those who are able to work. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. DNC Sends Out Oppo Research About Me to a Berkeley Grad Who Works for a Newspaper That Rooted for the Terrorists in Iraq

I was a bit annoyed that the reporter working the DNC hit job on me didn’t bother calling me first, but then I read the dude’s bio and just felt sorry for him — the guy’s got the career trajectory of an anvil tossed out of a hot air balloon. In any event, the Democratic National Committee sent out oppo research on me (!!!) to join Jim DeMint and me at the hip in South Carolina. This is, by the way, the same DNC that accused Eric Cantor of stoking nazism. The DNC and McClatchy Newspapers have decided that I am the Republican version of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, but unlike Barack Obama, Jim DeMint won’t throw me under the bus. What is really flattering about all of this though is that I am a thirty-four year old guy in Macon, Georgia with a laptop and the Democratic National Committee is so terrified of me it has to release oppo research on me to a sympathetic Berkeley grad. That’s not just flattering, that’s awesome. Still, it is a bit annoying to be compared to Jeremiah Wright. I’m sure it is too difficult for a Berkeley grad and a left-leaning professor from a second tier school to distinguish, but unlike Rev. Wright, I don’t hate the United States and have never made disparaging remarks about the United States. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. How Badly Has Congress Screwed Up Ethanol?

Two years ago the Democrats in Congress and the Bush administration got together to deliver a payoff to farmers: they required refiners to use 15 billion gallons of biofuels by 2012. They did not expect that a crashing recession would lead to a reduction in the amount of gasoline the nation consumes – the first such reduction in years. And they also didn’t expect a White House to push so aggressively for higher-mileage vehicle fleets. As a result of the changed circumstance, it looks like it will be impossible for Americans to use that much ethanol. Something has to give. But what? Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Doin’ What Comes Naturally!

(Apologies to Irving Berlin)… We knew that Barack Obama was turning DC into a mecca for sucking at the public teat, but it perhaps was not as obvious until recently as to what extent this is occurring. The graphic tells it all:


Unsurprisingly, the low points come during the Democrat(ic) Kennedy, Carter, Clinton and Obama administrations. But the dearth of private sector experience in the Obama cabinet is almost breathtaking. As Nick Schulz notes, “over 90 percent of its prior experience was in the public sector”. Wow. Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The Evolution of Charlie Crist: He Says He is One Thing. His Record Shows Him to be Something Else.

Just yesterday morning, Crist’s spokesman says Charlie is willing to shift ground on his principles for pragmatic reasons. Having failed to show that Marco Rubio is not a conservative, the Crist campaign has gone back to square one and has decided if they just keep telling everyone Crist is a conservative, perhaps someone will believe them. There’s just one problem — Charlie Crist has a record and he himself says he does not know what it even means to be a conservative. “Asked what being ‘conservative’ meant to him, he grew vague. ‘I don’t know,’ [Charlie Crist] said. ‘It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m not really absorbed much by labels others might put on me.’” That was from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on December 30, 2007. Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Distress in Dubai

Some major news has been hitting global financial markets hard over the last day or so: there is a prospective default by Dubai World, which is an investment vehicle operated by the second-largest of the seven United Arab Emirates. It appears that a total of about $80 billion in debt is now at risk. About $10 billion of that is subject to rollover in the very short term, and may not be fully repaid. Major holders of the assets include HSBC, the London-based banking giant; the Royal Bank of Scotland; Japan’s Sumitomo; and others. None of these organizations is in a position to sustain another big hit to capital. RBS, in particular, has been all-but-nationalized by the UK government. Until the financial crisis got really bad a year ago, Dubai had been on an ambitious campaign to become a global center for finance and high-end real estate. The original funding came from oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate in the UAE. (Dubai has no oil of its own.) There are stories that Abu Dhabi decided to pull the plug on what is now not looking like a good investment story. Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Saving Freedom This Thanksgiving

68 years ago, Americans around the nation settled into a peaceful Thanksgiving weekend and celebrated with their loved ones. A week later, the nation was viciously attacked by Japan – an attack that sparked our involvement in perhaps the greatest of all wars. This Thanksgiving holiday is different from that weekend. While we should likewise celebrate and give thanks for our innumerable blessings, this time, the American people are staring at an attack on our nation and can stop it. This attack is coming from within. The Obama/Reid/Pelosi healthcare bill – in its various forms – is an assault on the American way of life and an affront to all the generations before us who fought to preserve and protect our cherished freedoms. Why? Because the bill will eliminate your God-given ability to care for your family according to YOUR wishes and YOUR conscience. It will insert Washington D.C., and the incompetent bureaucrats who live there, into your hospital room, your doctor’s office, your insurance company, your home and ultimately, into your personal health decisions. As analyzed here, the bill is loaded with active-government terms like “shall,” “tax,” and “require.” And, even a cursory review of the text will show how much power this bill gives Washington to interfere with your healthcare (you know, the town that brought you the TARP bailout, Katrina-relief and over $12 Trillion in debt and counting…). Qualifications, panels, reports, studies, mandatory insurance whether you want it or not, penalties, taxes, fees, mandates on coverage but restrictions on prices… and 2079 pages of non-stop assaults on your right to live free and care for your family as you see fit. Say hello to lines, waiting rooms, priority lists and more expensive, less effective healthcare. Say goodbye to freedom. That is, unless you act now. It is your job – indeed, it is your duty – to talk to your friends and family this weekend and in the coming weeks. Call them to action. Please click here for the rest of the post.