Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of August 28, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.


1. Cruz Jokes, Democrats Get Angry (link)

Ted Cruz made a joke yesterday that sent the Democrats into crazy mode. According to Buzzfeed:

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition yesterday in Tampa ahead of the Republican convention, the Texas GOP Senate hopeful said that Hurricane Isaac was a “blessing” and said Republicans could be thankful for it because it “kept Joe Biden away.”

Of course Democrats who lacked a sense of humor were appalled by the joke forcing the Cruz campaign to release this statement.

Ted Cruz's campaign manager, John Drogin, sends over this comment on Cruz's joke: “I understand that the Democrats are very sensitive about jokes about Joe Biden, and for good reason. As Ted expressed the very same day, it is critical that everyone be fully prepared for any hurricane, and our prayers are with everyone in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac.”

You gotta love it when Ted Cruz is already irking the liberals.

2. Commissioners Talk Taxes (link)

The Lubbock County Commissioners met again to discuss the tax rate and according to KFYO News, they heard from both sides.

It was a full house as commissioners and Judge Tom Head  heard from those for or against raising taxes.  Eric Williams spoke in favor for the tax increase and higher pay for deputies.

“I’m very much in favor of a strong public safety element,” Williams said.  “I think it’s been a while since they’ve been able to have competitive salaries  within that department, and within the prosecutor’s office.”

Some, like Armando Gonzales, brought up the recent, controversial  comments by Judge Head regarding civil war .  Gonzales suggested that tax dollars won’t be used for the law enforcement purposes intended.

“So that is a trust issue that the citizens must take into consideration, that the money will not  be used for the purposes that are sought,” Gonzales said.

A majority of those who spoke at the hearing opposed the tax increase.

The tax rate will be set on the 10th of September.

Even though most are against the tax hike, I'm pretty sure that your taxes will go up. Want to make a stand? Remember this tax hike at the ballot box. Judge Head and the others who support this should be ashamed and held accountable.

3. Feds Want You to Turn to Them (link)

The government wants you to turn to it when you need assistance.

“Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.

The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results:

  • Savings 44%
  • Family 21%
  • Credit cards/loans 20%
  • Government assistance 15%

“Government assistance comes in different forms—from unemployment checks and food assistance to credit counseling and medical treatment,” reminded readers.

This is how government takes control of your life.

4. Chris Matthews Loses It (link)

MSNBC host and liberal pundit, Chris Matthews lost it on MSNBC yesterday while RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was a guest. You can check out the video above to see Matthews lose it. According to Politico:

Referring to Mitt Romney’s reference last week to his own birth certificate, Matthews said, “That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate’ was awful. You are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card.”

But Matthews truly went off the handle when Priebus called Obama’s policies European.

“I think Obama’s policies have created a sense that, for whatever reason, he’s looking guidance as far as health care is concerned, as far as our spending is concerned, as far as these stimulus packages are concerned, that he’s looking to Europe for guidance,” said Priebus on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” at the start of what became a heated back and forth.

“What? Where do you get this from? That’s insane,” Matthews responded. “You mean the fact that every president we’ve had has tried to offset the economic cycle with stimulus going the other direction is somehow European?”

“We’ve got to get the debt under control,” said Priebus.

“What does that have to do with Europe and this foreignization of the government? You’re doing it now. Saying that he’s influenced by foreign influences.” said Matthews.

The heated back and forth went on for some time until Priebus said, “I’m not going to get into this argument with Chris.”

“Because you’re losing, that’s why,” Matthews shot back to some scattered applause in the live audience.

“Garbage, garbage,” Priebus said, clearly irritated.

Later on Monday, he told reporters he’s “happy” to go on MSNBC and accused Matthews of trying “to be the biggest jerk in the room,” according to the The National Review.

“I’m happy to go on MSNBC. Joe and Mika, they weren’t too happy about it,” Priebus said. “If more than 10 people actually watched his show, I would actually care, but they don’t, so, whatever.”

“When someone wants to grab the flag and try to be the biggest jerk in the room, sometimes you just let them go,” he added. “Someone from MSNBC, I don’t know if it’s a producer or somebody, has been trying to call us all day – I’m sure it’s to make amends, but there’s nothing to make amends [about]… This is the Barack Obama surrogate of 2012. This is what they’re all about. They’re going to be about division, they’re going to be about distraction.”

Matthews is an idiot, but he is MSNBC's idiot. I could tell the two hosts weren't too happy with his outbursts and probably wanted to throw him off the stage. Priebus did a good job holding back and not going off on Matthews.

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