Thursday, March 28, 2013

RedState Briefing 03/28/2013

Morning Briefing
For March 28, 2013

1.  Christians Side With Mammon. Mammon Sided with Barabbas.
1,980 years ago tomorrow, the world put God on trial. When offered a choice, the world surrendered up God to be tortured, crucified, and killed and asked that Pontius Pilate free the criminal Barabbas instead.

There is no compromise between Christ and the world. Young evangelicals, complacent in the United States and unharassed, would do wise to remember this.

Tim Keller, a noted preacher in my denomination (Presbyterian Church in America), made news yesterday when he talked about evangelicals coming to terms with gay marriage. In particular he said that “you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal.” . . . please click here for the rest of the post 

2.  It’s A Taxation Issue, Not A Marriage Issue
This is a taxation issue, not a marriage issue. Just as I feel that those on the right who believe that “marriage equality” is small government are incorrect, I also feel that those who invite government into marriage to “protect” marriage are committing the same big government fallacy. You should be taxed less regardless of whether you’re married, in a civil union, or just taxed less, period.

Really this simply underscores how those in the gay community should join the conservative push for lower taxation.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post 

3.  Low information voters, low information State
Say what you will about the fabled “low-information voters,” but we should probably be more concerned about the low-information State that rules them.  I’m actually something of an apologist for low-information voters, because an extensive study of politics should not be necessary to live a successful American life.  But conversely, a huge government cannot function effectively without amassing a great deal of information about its citizens.  A powerful State cannot also be a low-information State.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post 

4.  Colorado Tax Dollars Go Up In Smoke With Weed Oversight Waste
Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) failed to pass a state audit it faced earlier this month, as the auditor’s report revealed wasteful spending on purchases including furniture, electronics, and vehicles. Beyond the frivolous spending, the audit also highlighted nineteen consecutive months where MMED’s expenses far exceeded its revenues despite a large influx of public tax revenue allocated to the Division.

A total of 89 pages of findings against the MMED were reviewed by the Legislative Audit Committee this morning, and included multiple $1,000 office chairs, 50 BlackBerry cell phones, and 33 government vehicles for the Division’s 37 full time employees. The March 12 report from State Auditor Dianne Ray’s office found that MMED’s careless spending has prevented medicinal marijuana from being properly regulated in the state, concluding, ”Overall, we found that the Division has not managed its resources effectively to meet its objectives.” . . . please click here for the rest of the post 
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Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState

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