Morning Briefing: July 24th, 2012
By Steve Deace
We Get Mad When Democrats Do This
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whom National Review recently told us isn’t a conservative no matter how much the artist formerly known as Ann Coulter claims otherwise, signed into law the very sort of crony capitalism we conservatives rightfully criticize when Democrats do it. In order to preserve several failed solar energy subsidies, Christie signed into law a mandate forcing public utilities to buy more solar energy credits, which will only cause energy prices in New Jersey to increase. Why? Because those utilities are going to pass off the increase in their costs to their customers, thus causing energy prices for the average household in New Jersey to rise. Christie says this needs to be done to save jobs, but didn’t Ronald Reagan teach us that if a product needs to be subsidized that means there isn’t a market for it? And if there isn’t a market for a product, then the jobs being produced by it aren’t even real jobs. They’re phony and inflationary constructs like we’ve been getting from the Left since The New Deal, and continuing on through the Obama Regime. Somewhere, failed former California Governor Gray Davis must be proud to see a Republican following his lead. This is very similar to the policy that caused “Gray Outs” in California several years ago, thus leading to Davis’ recall. And this is the guy Mitt Romney has selected to give the keynote address at next month’s Republican National Convention. Sounds to me like he should be speaking at the Democrats’ convention instead.
Obama’s Pulpit Politics
This think piece explains the difference between religion existing for the state, and the state existing for the religion. One model is theistic, the other model is statist. The Obamas do not believe that religion belongs in politics. But they are convinced that left-wing politics belongs in religion. Under their philosophy, the religious may not “impose” traditional moral views in the public square, but Democrats are free to politicize pulpits.
Religion of Peace Update
Since it’s a Democrat running for re-election in the White House, you probably haven’t heard of this story like you would if it was a Republican instead, but Monday was one of the bloodiest days of sectarian violence in Iraq since the U.S. began its departure in December. 13 cities and over 40 locations were part of the mass killings, which led to over 100 dead. Ironically, Iraq typically sees a spike in killing during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began last week. Someone didn’t get the memo this is supposed to be the religion of peace.
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