Friday, April 5, 2013

Morning Briefing: Texas Heads to Obamacare


Morning Briefing

For April 5, 2013

1.  Rick Perry's Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

Late Thursday afternoon, the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives took the first step toward capitulation on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. A few hours later, the amendment directing the Texas state healthcare bureaucracy to start preparing for the expansion was reconsidered and rescinded after a handful of conservatives scrambled to rescue the situation — but the fact that it passed at all is a wake-up call.

Here's the bottom line: Texas is closer to caving on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion than people realize. It's no surprise that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, elected with the votes of Democrats and liberal Republicans, would let this happen.

What's surprising — and disappointing — is that Governor Rick Perry is letting it happen. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2.  Why Not Incest?

Jeremy Irons is making headlines for his hesitancy on gay marriage and whether it might lead to incestuous marital relationships if only to avoid estate taxes.  The interviewer was dismissive, but why not incest? Because of tax problems? Is't that why Ms. Windsor went to the Supreme Court to begin with — taxes?

Seriously. Why not incest.

The left is championing what Senator Mark Kirk said last week when he decided he would support gay marriage. Senator Kirk said, "Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle."

Shouldn't that include committed incestuous relationships? If love and commitment are the justification for marriage, why exempt this? . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  Compulsion is a limited resource

CNN Marketwatch offers a glimpse of our paper-pushing future under ObamaCare. . . . [N]either the citizens trapped in this bureaucratic nightmare, nor the bureaucrats perched atop the maze, know how most of it works, assuming any great portion of it does work.

Completion of all this paperwork will require hours of homework, followed by perhaps an hour of scribbling, during which the commissars of ObamaCare will gather all sorts of dubiously relevant information about us, such as our voter registration status.  Fortunately, the government will spend millions more of our tax dollars hiring tens of thousands of "navigators" to assist us in filling out the paperwork.  (Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reveals that California alone says it needs 21,000 of these "navigators," and they'll be paid $20-$48 per hour.  Just wait until they have their own public employee union!)  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  Connecticut further suppresses Constitutional right to bear arms

Yesterday morning, in the dead of night – 2:26 a.m., Connecticut's House of Representatives voted to pass a repressive 139 page gun control bill. The vote was 105 to 44, with two absent. Of the 98 Democrats present, 13, and 31 of the 51 Republicans present voted no. The state Senate approved it Wednesday evening, by a 26-10 vote. Two of 22 Democrats and eight of  the 14 Republicans voted no.

Connecticut's new restrictions on citizens Constitutional right to bear arms is said to be a response to the horrific murders of 20 children and six adults in Newtown's Sandy Hook  elementary school last December. Sadly, nothing in the 139 page bill would have done anything to prevent the killings. Nor does it do anything to prevent another such incident. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5.  Exposed: President Morsi's 'Brotherhoodization' Plan for Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood's former General Guide, Mahdi Akef, the organization's supreme leader from 2004-2010, declared during an interview published yesterday by Kuwait's well-known newspaper, Al Jarida, that the "Brotherhoodization" of Egypt's state organs—which would see the transformation of Egypt into the image of the Muslim Brotherhood—is President Muhammad Morsi's grand plan for the nation. . . . 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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