Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 9, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

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1. Republican Controlled Texas Not Immune From Big Government

One would think that Texas would be one of the last states where lawmakers would try and grow government. If you do believe that, you are wrong. During the 83rd Legislative Session we will see many bills that could grow government and even lead to "nanny-state" policies.

One of the biggest threats to individual freedom and property rights will be a push to ban smoking at the workplace. This bill will be championed by both Democrats and Republicans. You may not like smoking, but that isn't the point. The point is, bars and restaurants should be able to decide for themselves if they want to allow smoking. If a bar allows smoking and you go in, you should know what you are getting yourself into. No one is forcing you to go in. The argument that the bill protects employees in these establishments is bull. If you apply for a job in a bar and you see ashtrays on the tables, you know what you are getting into.

If we allow government to grow in order to protect you from something you don't like, then what is next? Should we allow Texas lawmakers to ban fast food or soft drinks? Childhood obesity is a big problem. In order to protect people, should we ban the things that make kids fat? It's the same thing as banning smoking statewide.

It's your choice. You can either allow the government to decide for you, or you can take your money and business elsewhere. Personally, I'd rather let businesses choose how they do business and I'll choose where I decide to eat and drink.

2. No Diversity (link)

The Obama Administration and those on the left always push others for Diversity. However, when it comes to the Obama cabinet, diversity doesn't matter.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that “diversity is important,” but defended President Obama from the suggestion that he isn’t appointing enough women to his cabinet by noting that expertise is the most important factor.


“The President does believe that diversity is very important and he also believes that picking the absolute right person for each job is very important,” Carney told CNN’s Brianna Keilar during the White House press briefing.  “And the nominees he announced today represent that principle in that he believes Senator Hagel and John Brennan are the right individuals for the jobs to which they have been nominated.”

Now, hiring or accepting the best person and forgetting about diversity is how it's supposed to be done. However, if Texas Tech Admissions or a business were to say that, they would be wrong and corrected by the government.

3. How Unpopular in Congress? (link)

85% of voters don't view Congress favorably. That isn't a shock, but compared to other miserable things, how does Congress stack up? Public Policy Polling went and found out.

It's gross to have lice but at least they can be removed in a way that given the recent reelection rates members of Congress evidently can't: Lice 67 Congress 19


Brussel sprouts may have been disgusting as a kid, but evidently they're now a lot less disgusting than Congress: Brussel Sprouts 69 Congress 23


The NFL replacement refs may have screwed everything up, but voters think Congress is screwing everything up even worse: Replacement Refs 56 Congressmen 29 (the breakdown among Packers fans might be a little bit different).


Colonoscopies are not a terribly pleasant experience but at least they have some redeeming value that most voters aren't seeing in Congress: Colonoscopies 58 Congress 31

And you can make the same point about root canals: Root Canals 56 Congress 32


You might get a bad deal from a used car salesmen, but voters evidently think they're getting an even worse deal from Congress: Used Car Salesmen 57 Congress 32


Being stuff in traffic sucks, but voters are even less happy about being stuck with this Congress: Traffic Jams 56 Congress 34


America might have had to bail out France multiple times over the years but voters still have a more charitable opinion of it than Congress: France 46 Congress 37


Carnies may use loaded dice, but voters still think they have a better chance of winning with them than Congress: Carnies 39 Congress 31


It may be true that everyone hates Nickelback, but apparently everyone hates Congress even more: Nickelback 39 Congress 32


Genghis Khan did a lot of bad stuff but I guess it's faded from voters' minds in a way that Congress' recent misdeeds haven't: Genghis Khan 41 Congress 37

Congress did do better than some things though. Congress is viewed more favorably than: Lindsey Lohan, telemarketers, bullies, the Kardashians, Fidel Castro, meth labs, Gonorrhea, & a few more.

Appearing on today’s Chad Hasty Show:

9:35am- Larry Williams takes your automotive questions.

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