Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Morning Briefing: New Orleans


Morning Briefing

For March 13, 2013

One bit of housekeeping.  Yesterday, I messed up the link to the lead story about the conservative fight club and the weenie brigade.  You can get that story, still relevant today, right here.

1.  Join Bobby Jindal and RedState in New Orleans

Governor Bobby Jindal will be helping us kick off the RedState Gathering 2013 in New Orleans.

We hope you will join us.

As we do every year, the RedState Gathering will be the first weekend of August. This year, that means we will be in New Orleans on August 2nd and 3rd. We'll have a welcome party the evening of August 1st for those who get in town early and you'll want to stay until the 4th. Our agenda will run all day the 2nd and 3rd.

We've invited Bobby Jindal, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Rick Perry, Steve Scalise, Matt Salmon, Ken Cuccinelli, and so many more. We'll have a good mixture of elected officials and potential candidates for the 2014 cycle.

Unlike other similar groups, the RedState Gathering is all about you, the grassroots. We try to get you up close to the speakers, we ask them to take your questions, and we feed you while you're there. It is a very unique event on the right. Less frills, but more thrills and access.

This year's event will be at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place, which puts it right between the French Quarter and Business District in New Orleans right on the Mississippi River. The hotel rate we have for attendees at the Westin is amazing.

Go to to register.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2.  We're Hanging From the Fiscal Cliff

Two news items should shock even Republicans into awareness of potential doom:

-The first, news reports that the "Gang of 8″ has reached agreement on the "path to citizenship" (Think, 20,000,000 new voters voting 71% Democrat, plus Orwellian biometric ID's and "Brady Checks" for jobs).

-The second, an announcement by House Speaker John Boehner on a Sunday talk show that the House would "consider" any gun control approved by the Democratic Senate (whatever "consider" means).

The last-ditch solution to both of these Armageddon scenarios is the same: the Hastert Rule, which prevents House consideration of any bill not supported by a majority of the Republican caucus — currently, 117 Republicans. Whatever the media has convinced John McCain to do, surely 117 House Republicans would oppose allowing the GOP to commit suicide.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  Vulnerable Incumbent Democrats Leery of Budget. McConnell Vows "They're Not Getting Another Tax Hike"

After neglecting to pass a budget for almost 1,500 days, Democrats finally started revealing tidbits about how they intend to run the nation's finances.

With huge deficits and mounting debt, questions of fiscal discipline and balanced budgets abound in DC, and this morning Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) revealed the Democrat's "new" plan: raise taxes. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  Big Government, small people

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided to print out all 20,000 pages of ObamaCare regulations, stack them in a single pile, and photograph the result using a chair for reference.  It came out looking like this . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5.  Defunding Obamacare is This Easy

After the House caved on funding Obamacare in the CR, the fight moves to the Senate.  Senator Ted Cruz has taken the lead in fighting Obamacare.  For the first time in almost two years we are actually having a discussion about the rising cost of health insurance engendered by Obamacare.  Cruz is proposing an amendment to the CR, which is already full of Barbara Mikulski's pork, to defund Obamacare.

There has been some pushback from the status quo Republicans who contend that Obamacare cannot be defunded because it is purveyed by mandatory spending.  The reality is that the HHS and the IRS will need a substantial sum of discretionary appropriations just to implement the thousands of pages of regulations and the healthcare exchanges.  The administrative costs will eat up all of the money that has already been appropriated.  They need more funding.  Moreover, every budget bill, including this one, contains numerous policy riders that can prohibit specific funding for mandatory programs. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState

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