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NRA Meets with Biden and then Declares War

The National Rifle Association emerged from a meeting today with Vice President Biden convinced that the Obama administration has nothing in mind other than restricting access to firearms.

Biden leads the White House task force on guns.

In a blistering statement, the NRA accused the White House of bad faith and declared itself ready to flex its significant lobbying muscle to thwart President Obama’s intentions.

We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.

We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not.

No doubt, the meeting was little more than window dressing, since Biden said before the session he plans to deliver his recommendations to Obama Tuesday. It’s just not credible that he is making serious revisions to his plans at this late date.

Biden suggested that among the recommendations will be universal background checks and limiting the availability of high-capacity magazines.

And while he said he wants the federal government to conduct more research into gun violence, Biden made clear that the administration’s actions would require little in the way of hard evidence that they would reduce killings.

“I’m not sure we can guarantee this will never happen again, but as the president said even if we can only save one life it would make sense,” said Biden, who added that the goal would be “to not solve every problem but diminish the probability” of mass shootings.

Society does not make rules based on the prospect of saving a single life. When it does, please turn your automobile in to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Chris Christie and the American Gimme Culture

Gosh, you know, I hate to sound ungenerous, but is anyone else put off by the sight of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stomping up and down, pounding the floor and demanding, Where’s my $60 billion?

Now listen. The New York City and New Jersey area – that’s my hometown. I have relatives there who were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. People have suffered tragedies from which they will never really recover. I want the area to get help as much as anyone.

Please put $60 billion under the tree, douchebag.
Please put $60 billion under the tree, douchebag.

And I think emergency disaster aid is a correct use of federal resources. Americans ride to the rescue of their brethren in other parts of the country when tragedy strikes, and the federal government, in addition to private charity, is a useful means of doing this

But requests for other’s people’s money – and lots of it – should be made with some sense of humility. Assuming an adult population in the United States of about 250 million, $60 billion means every man and woman in the nation will be spending $240 to help out New Jersey and the rest of the region that was devastated by the hurricane.

And that doesn’t include interest, since the government is out of money and we’ll have to pay the going rate in Beijing to borrow this.

But in the Gimme Culture that President Obama is nurturing with his vast new federal programs and outlays, people – even Republican people – think less and less like this. They just assume money is coming from somewhere to help them out, whether that means digging them out from a natural catastrophe, helping them go to college, or granting them years worth of unemployment benefits.

Is it really so callous to ask if New Jersey has a rainy day fund and, if not, why not?

What’s more, Dan Henninger writes in today’s Wall Street Journal that FEMA’s effort to assist New Jersey is actually funded until spring. The money which the House has not yet approved – but surely will – is to get New Jersey through the rest of 2013 and beyond.

Christie says hurricane relief should be beyond politics. But as he savages the unpopular House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner as shameful misanthropes who are “to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims,” it’s worth asking: who exactly is playing politics – the House GOP or the Republican governor running for reelection in a Bright Blue state?

Christie already has raised $2 million for his gubernatorial campaign. How about, if we’re setting politics aside, we start with that money as a down payment on the funding to come?

And after getting reelected, everyone knows where Christie thinks he’s headed. If the Gimme Culture one day actually pervades a Republican White House, then you’ll know it’s here to stay.

Lew to be Unveiled Today at 1:30 PM ET

President Obama will officially announce his appointment of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be Treasury Secretary at 1:30 pm ET. I will live stream the event for your personal enjoyment.

BTW, the Wall Street Journal has a great piece today about why Lew is a political appointment who will be programmed to advance Obama’s agenda. Like, as opposed to someone whose first priority is the economy and the health of the financial markets.

The Obama Morning News || January 10, 2013

WH organizing campaign to change gun views . . . Washington Post
Biden hints at “executive action” on guns . . . Erika Johnsen
Biden to meet with NRA today . . . Fox News
GOP Senate Budget leader opposes Lew . . . Breitbart
Sebelius, Holder, and Shinseki staying on . . . Fox News
Navy to stretch deployments amid carrier shortage . . . Washington Times
Observers see 2016 in Cuomo speech . . . Politico