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Thursday, June 30, 2011

End Of Day Report

Thursday, June 30, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


My friends, time is nearly up on our matching gift campaign, and we still have a big gap to close! If you haven't yet made a donation to support our work, please go to right now.

We can't do this without you. We don't get grants from Big Government. We don't have big benefactors, like billionaire George Soros. We don't tap paychecks, like Big Labor.

We rely entirely upon voluntary contributions from friends who share our pro-family, pro-life, pro-growth values. And you know that the Obama Administration is waging a relentless assault against the sanctity of life, normal marriage and free enterprise. We must defeat Obama!

That's why I am asking for your support. That's why so many friends have made commitments to match your gift and other gifts we receive by midnight tonight. Help us reach our goal.

If you can afford to make a contribution, please don't wait any longer. Time is running out on the chance to double your donation. From now until midnight, your $5 gift will become $10. Your $10 gift will become $20. $100 will become $200. $1,000 will become $2,000.

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Fact-Checking Obama

As I mentioned in yesterday's report, President Obama took to the microphones to demand higher taxes and denounce Republicans for putting tax breaks for corporate jets ahead of child safety issues. It was an absurd charge on its face and, thankfully, the media are calling him on it. Consider these excerpts from today's Washington Post:

"…the president six times mentioned eliminating a tax loophole for corporate jets, frequently pitting it against student loans or food safety. It's a potent image, but in the context of a $4-trillion goal, it is essentially meaningless.  The item is so small the White House could not even provide an estimate of the revenue that would be raised, but other estimates suggest it would amount to $3 billion over 10 years. Meanwhile, student financial assistance, just for 2011, is about $42 billion."
Bloomberg News reports that eliminating the tax breaks for corporate jets would achieve "one-tenth of 1 percent of [Obama's] target for reducing the federal deficit." Moreover, Fox News reports that the tax breaks for jets Obama is now trying to hang around the necks of Republicans were actually renewed by the Democrat Congress in 2009 -- in Obama's stimulus bill!

The president also lashed out against two of his favorite targets yesterday -- the oil and gas industries. But consider these facts from The Hill:

"According to a Congressional Research Service analysis from this year, renewables accounted for just over 10 percent of the country's energy production in 2009 while receiving roughly three-quarters of energy tax incentives. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, received 13 percent of the incentives while providing close to 80 percent of production."
This is just another example of Big Government attempting to pick winners and losers, and in the process punishing success and rewarding failure!

The Washington Post provides one final point about the president's misleading rhetoric:

"But the real dollars are in what the president calls 'tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires' -- eliminating the ability of people making more than $250,000 to itemize their deductions. That proposal would raise $290 billion over 10 years. Wait a minute, the president said he would target 'millionaires and billionaires' and yet the fine print of his proposal would affect couples making more than $250,000 (and individuals making more than $200,000)? That's right."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted Obama's press conference, saying, "It was rhetoric, I thought, that was more appropriate for some left-wing strong man than for the president of the United States. …Three years into his presidency, he is a failed president. …Life in America today, by every measure, is worse than it was when he took over. When does it start to get better? When does the magic of this president start to happen?"

(Click here to see the ad CWF ran, thanks to your generous support, to help get Marco Rubio elected!)

I've provided you with three news sources taking issue with the president's comments, but perhaps the most telling reaction came from Time magazine editor Mark Halperin. I won't print what he said about Obama's performance yesterday. (You can read it here.) But no one has ever accused Halperin, also MSNBC's senior political analyst, of being a "right-wing conservative." If liberals can see the cynical game Obama is playing, I suspect he overplayed his hand.

House GOP Keeping Its Promises

House Republicans are coming through on the promises contained in their 2010 Pledge to America. According to Politico:

"The GOP passed a bill to repeal health care reform; it extended the Bush-era tax rates; it has been posting bills three days ahead of votes, as promised; and it has banned earmarks. House Republicans have also cut federal spending … and they've cut their own congressional budgets. They also voted to end further federal funding for abortion."
Of course, Politico also noted that most of the GOP's "legislative priorities have stalled with a Democratic Senate." And that is why I hope you will support CWF as we work to defeat Barack Obama and his socialist allies in Congress. In order to effectively govern the country, we must hold the House and elect more pro-family, pro-life conservatives like Marco Rubio to the Senate. With your support, that's exactly what we will do!

Obama Recognizes Muslim Brotherhood

Here is a much less encouraging report from Politico: "The U.S. has decided to formally resume contact with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group - which does not recognize Israel."

Iran is on the rise, Libya is in chaos, thousands are dying in Syria and Obama is recognizing another enemy of Israel as it prepares to take power in Egypt. I am more than willing to be proven wrong, but so far the "Arab Spring" has produced bitter fruit.

CAIR In Congress' Crosshairs

Kudos to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) for calling on the IRS to investigate the Muslim apologists at the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR recently lost its non-profit status, but it may have bigger problems to worry about. Rep. Wolf is asking for an investigation to find out if CAIR was receiving funding from foreign governments, particularly Libya's Muammar Qadhafi.

Rep. Wolf sent the IRS a copy of a letter from CAIR's executive director to Col. Qadhafi that outlined a $15 million effort to establish the "Muslin Peace Foundation" and reportedly thanked Qadhafi for his "generous support."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Time is running out on our matching gift campaign, and as I noted this morning, the militant homosexual movement is on the march. Please go to right now.

If you can support our efforts to defend our values, now is the time because your support will be doubled. Your $5 gift will become $10. Your $10 gift will become $20. $100 will become $200 and so on.

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Obama Demands Tax Hikes

In his first press conference in weeks, President Obama came out swinging and left no doubt that tax increases are a key demand to any debt limit deal. While the president gave lip service to tackling entitlement spending, he also said, "…we're going to have to tackle spending in the tax code."

Such absurd euphemisms indicate how conservatives are winning the battle of ideas. Obama will not utter the phrase "tax increases," and he knows spending is unpopular, so he wants to "tackle spending in the tax code." What on earth does that mean? How does the tax code spend money?

President Obama wants you to believe that the government "spends" when you get a tax cut. This only makes sense if you start out with the assumption that all money belongs to the government and not the individual who earned it.

But don't worry. The president has his proposals to solve our debt crisis. He returned to the theme of class warfare, this time throwing out a new focus group tested applause line: "Ask … constituents if they're willing to compromise their kids' safety so some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break."

Really? We have a $1.5 trillion deficit and President Obama rushes to the microphones to complain about tax breaks for corporate jet owners? I'm not sure that strategy is going to work. One veteran journalist wrote: "If President Obama's news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight…: Make it a clash of classes. … In Obama's world, [liberals] are for kids and [conservatives] are for corporate jets."

My staff has been furiously searching the Internet to find out exactly how much money the government is "spending" on tax breaks for corporate jet owners. Unable to find the figures, we have asked our friends on Capitol Hill.

But since the president raised the issue at his press conference today, it must be a huge sum that would go a long way toward closing our budget gap. Why hasn't anyone thought of it before? Probably because it wouldn't amount to a drop in the bucket. It is just one more example of the kind of rhetoric that makes cooperation in Washington more difficult.

What About Entitlement Reform?

President Obama said entitlement reform was on the table, but he evidently needs to have a longer conversation with members of his own party. Today's Washington Post reports that a bi-partisan plan by Senators Joe Lieberman and Tom Coburn to save $600 billion by raising Medicare's eligibility age to 67 and instituting some means testing for benefits was blasted as "a bad idea" by Harry Reid and labeled "unacceptable" by Nancy Pelosi.

Okay, so what is their plan? Well, congressional liberals don't exactly have one. President Obama, you may recall, gave a speech several weeks ago about deficit reduction. So they have a speech. But the director of the Congressional Budget Office said, "We don't estimate speeches."

When ObamaCare was up for debate in Congress, Reid and Pelosi used strong-arm tactics and parliamentary tricks to ram through their unpopular proposal. Buried inside the bill is a rationing commission, or the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This board consists of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will decide which services and procedures Medicare recipients can and cannot get.

Talk about bad ideas. In fact, the IPAB is such a bad idea that liberals are now calling for its repeal. But since Pelosi and Reid got what they wanted, they are unwilling to entertain other ideas, even relatively modest ones like raising the eligibility age by two years.

And we're supposed to believe they are serious about spending reform?

Committed To Raising Taxes

Here's something else to consider. In the current debate over the debt limit, many conservatives are arguing that the August 2nd deadline is artificial and that, if the deadline is reached without a deal, the U.S. would not default on its obligations. Senator Pat Toomey has gone so far as to introduce legislation to make sure that does not happen if the debt ceiling is not increased.

Liberals are acting like this is the end of the world. If we don't raise the debt limit by August 2nd, they contend, fiscal Armageddon will be upon us and the world financial system will collapse. And any deal on raising the debt ceiling MUST include tax increases.

Conservatives contend that our debt problem is not caused by a lack of revenue, but rather by a spending problem. Liberals are insinuating that we must raise the debt ceiling to avoid default or the world will face a second Great Depression. Yet they are so committed to raising your taxes in order to maintain their spending habits that they are willing to risk a financial calamity if they don't get their way.

Will we embrace big government, socialist spending or will we return to the principles of lower taxes, less spending, smaller government and more freedom?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Please go to right now. Our Thursday deadline is approaching fast, and I don't want to leave a dime on the table.

Many good friends have emailed their commitments to us for $5, $10, $20 and more. For some folks this is not easy to do. But they love this country and they believe in our work. I am humbled by their support and prayers.

As I told you, we have $75,000 in matching gifts promised. But based on the totals we have received so far today, we are far short of receiving those matching funds. If we can't raise $75,000 by Thursday, those matching gifts will no longer be available. My friends, we can't do this without you.

Go to right now. Make a commitment to defeating Obama and bringing real hope and change to America. Thank you.

The Media's Double Standard

In an interview this morning, ABC's George Stephanopoulos posed a question to Michele Bachmann which to some conservatives sounded like a veiled threat. At the end of his interview with her, Stephanopoulos asked:

"One final question. I think one of the most impressive things that people find in your background is the fact that you and your husband have helped raise 23 foster children and I know you want to shield them. But are they prepared and are you prepared for the loss of privacy that comes with the presidential campaign? And is that something you are concerned about for them?"
Contrast that question by Stephanopoulos with this statement by Michelle Obama, who was recently asked by a CNN reporter if her family was ready for the "vicious" campaign:

"You know ... we're ready… Our children, you know, could care less [sic] about what we're doing. …Fortunately we have help from the media. I have to say this: I'm very grateful for the support and kindness that we've gotten."
Why should Michelle Obama be worried? Her last name is not Palin; she's not conservative. The media are protecting the Obamas. Michelle is "very grateful" for the "help from the media." But the same media leftists who desperately tried to dismiss Jeremiah Wright, and who eagerly tore through tens of thousands of old Palin emails, are now scrutinizing Michele Bachmann's foster children. Big Media's double standard is disgusting.

That is why it is so important for folks like you to share this report with friends and family members. Big Media will be in the tank for Obama. It will be up to you to provide a balanced perspective and the facts the media won't bring up.

Liberal Intolerance

The left is constantly demanding tolerance from conservatives. The irony is that the left has little tolerance for conservatives. Case in point: Last night, while taking his family to an outdoor movie, Glenn Beck was accosted by "tolerant" leftists. At one point, a man yelled out, "We hate conservatives here." You can watch Beck talk about the experience here.

Here's something else to consider. Liberals often claim that legalizing "gay marriage" won't affect anyone else. Really? Tell that to Dr. Frank Turek, who lost his job at Cisco over his belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. By the way, Turek never raised the issue while on the job, but that didn't matter.

Religious liberty and homosexual rights are on a collision course, and the left has no tolerance for traditional values. In fact, one legal expert has warned that "religious rights … are likely to be 'obliterated'" by left-wing judges.

This is why your support for our work is so important. Please stand with us today as we work to elect conservative candidates who unapologetically defend faith, family and freedom!

A Lawless Administration

A big USA Today story is certain to get your blood boiling. According to research conducted at Syracuse University, the Obama Administration, which has dramatically increased government spending, is prosecuting 20% fewer fraud cases against people ripping off welfare, food stamps and other programs.

Why is this important? As USA Today notes, "The drop in prosecutions comes as a lackluster economy has swelled the size of government benefits programs. …Auditors say the risk of fraud has grown along with the size of those programs." This finding comes on the heels of a Government Accountability Office report warning that Uncle Sam doled out $125 billion in "improper payments" last year alone! But the Obama Administration seems to be turning a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse.

And while the so-called Justice Department is ignoring fraud, the IRS is reportedly stepping up taxpayer audits. In other words, those who are cheating the system are less likely to face prosecution, while those who are paying for Big Government are more likely to face government harassment.

But that's not all. The Houston Chronicle reports that administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security are actively engaged in a "back-door amnesty" effort by systematically dismissing immigration cases. The Chronicle reports, "Nationally, the number of dismissed cases increased about 40 percent during the 2010 fiscal year." We reported on this growing controversy last year.

The Administration was quick to deny the charges, but the evidence is very clear. One Immigration and Customs Enforcement union president is even accusing the Administration of a "cover-up." Tre Rebstock, who represents rank-and-file ICE agents, said, "They did it. And then they lied."

And it is still going on. Left-wing media are celebrating a move by the Obama Administration to "use its executive authority to shape immigration policy." Just this month, ICE director John Morton urged prosecutors to use wide discretion in deportation cases. In other words, ignore Congress and ignore the law.

This is not an isolated incident, but rather part of a disturbing pattern of behavior. The voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers was dismissed. When Congress failed to pass cap and trade legislation, Obama's EPA stepped in with onerous regulations. When ObamaCare started to create headaches, the administration started to issue waivers, even though Congress never gave it the authority to do so.

As we prepare to celebrate July 4th, let's hope more Americans rediscover the passion our Founding Fathers had for freedom, and why they risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create a nation founded on the rule of law and the belief that our rights come from God, not government.

Monday, June 27, 2011

End Of Day Report

Monday, June 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Click here right now to take advantage of our matching gift opportunity. American Values needs your help to keep us in the fight for faith, family and freedom. Don't forget that your gift will be doubled and is fully tax-deductible. Thank you.

Obama's In

It was announced Friday that President Obama would personally engage in the stalled debt talks. You may recall that Thursday key conservative leaders abandoned the talks led by Vice President Joe Biden over the issue of taxes. Today the president is reportedly meeting with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The media hailed the announcement as some sort of breakthrough. But this is the same president who has repeatedly produced budgets with trillion-dollar deficits.

Liberals claim they are willing to accept $2 trillion in spending cuts. This is largely smoke and mirrors. The overwhelming majority of those cuts is expected to come from savings from the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan. And as we learned earlier this year, the president is not even willing to cut taxpayer-funding for abortions.

The media is also demanding to know what conservative members of Congress are giving up in exchange for these cuts. They are being asked to vote to increase the debt limit. That is what they are giving up, and that ought to be sufficient. But, no, liberals and the left-wing media think we should also increase taxes, saying we must have more revenue.

Conservatives don't necessarily disagree -- they want more revenue for deficit reduction too. But there is a dramatic disagreement over the best way to raise it. While liberals want to increase tax rates so that families lose more out of each paycheck, conservatives want to adopt pro-growth policies that will grow the economy and in the process generate more revenue by creating more jobs.

Anti-Americans In The Rose Bowl

The U.S. soccer team lost to Mexico Saturday 2-to-4. By most accounts, the U.S. team deserved to lose. They did not play remarkably well and Mexico was clearly the "home" team favorite of the crowd. The American players were booed, the national anthem was interrupted by air horns and the entire post-game interview was conducted in Spanish. What makes this game remarkable is that it was played at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, not Mexico City.

Al Gore’s Reproductive Footprint

Al Gore's climate change hypocrisy knows no bounds. These days Gore, a father of four, is lecturing families to have fewer children to "stabilize the population" and help avert the climate crisis he continues to warn is imminent. Gore and the other population doomsayers argue that the planet would be better off with fewer people. You can read more in my weekly Human Events column.

Friday, June 24, 2011

End Of Day Report

Friday, June 24, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

U.S. Prisons Manufacturing Jihadists

Last week, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, held his second hearing on Islamic radicalization in America. The focus of this hearing was radicalization in our prison systems. Predictably, King was pilloried in the "mainstream" media and by left-wing activists for being a xenophobic, religious bigot. The critics claimed there was no evidence of a serious Islamic problem in the U.S. prison system. Unfortunately for the critics, reality intruded.

Late yesterday afternoon, news broke that two Muslim converts, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, formerly Joseph Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh, formerly Frederick Domingue, Jr., had been arrested for plotting to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle, Washington. This recruiting station also contains a daycare center. ABC News reports that the men met in prison, where they were exposed to the teachings of Islamism.

Reuters adds that Abdul-Latif, inspired by Nidal Hasan's murderous rampage at Fort Hood, tried to recruit a third individual, telling him, "If one person could kill so many people, three attackers could kill many more."

In addition to these men, there is the case of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, aka Carlos Bledsoe, who attacked a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2009. In short, while we spend billions of dollars and lose thousands of young heroes fighting jihadists abroad, new enemy recruits are being "drafted" at taxpayer expense right here in U.S. prisons.

Obama's Oil Deception

I want to comment again on yesterday's decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This decision has nothing to do with your pain at the pump, and everything to do with the pain Obama and his party are likely to feel at the polls next year.

As I noted in yesterday's report, the Obama Administration has done little to increase the supply of oil and much to restrict domestic oil production. Oil prices are high in part because oil is a commodity and the market looks forward, not backwards. Major industries that rely on oil, looking at what the Administration has done, are betting that prices are going to remain high in the future because there will be less supply on the market.

For example, it has been noted that the number of operational rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was cut in half after the BP spill last year. Why? Because of the Obama drilling ban. It was reported in February that the Administration was holding up more than 100 drilling permits.

By the beginning of June, just 15 deep water permits had been approved. As a result of the Gulf drilling ban and the lag time in processing permits, Gulf oil production is expected to fall significantly, by as much as 20% in 2012 and beyond.

But again, we don't have to guess about this. Obama's green agenda relies on making traditional energy more expensive. The first thing Obama's Interior Secretary did when he took office was to cancel scores of drilling leases. His Energy Secretary once advocated $8.00-a-gallon gasoline. A Harvard study estimated that Obama's cap and trade scheme could result in $7.00-a-gallon gasoline. And Obama himself promised to bankrupt the coal industry.

Here's something else to consider. Do you recall how dismissive the Democrats are whenever we talk about drilling in Alaska? They say the additional million barrels a day won't make any difference. Today's Wall Street Journal notes the irony of the Administration releasing 1.5 million barrels a day for the next 30 days -- for the purpose of lowering the price of oil and gas.

When Barack Obama took office, the national average for a gallon of gasoline was $1.84. Oil and gas prices have been going up for the past two and half years. Yet Obama did nothing. But now that he is in full campaign mode and his poll numbers are falling, the oil is flowing -- not from increased domestic production, but from a source that he can easily control when it suits his interests.

Our Embarrassed Elites

In a Washington Times op-ed this week, I took NBC to task for being too embarrassed to recognize that God is an honored part of America's history and heritage. But I didn't stop with NBC because the problem didn't start with NBC. Click here to read more.

Homosexual "Marriage" Coming To Your Hometown Soon?

Same-sex "marriage" is coming to your town and every American community coast-to-coast if Barack Obama is reelected. How do I know that? I know because of the kinds of judges he appoints and because of what he said at a fundraiser last night in Manhattan.

At that event Obama told hundreds of homosexual activists that while his views are evolving, "…if you keep up the fight, if you will devote your time and your energies to this campaign one more time, I promise you we will write another chapter in that story."

In other words, give Obama a second term and the next chapter in Obama's evolution will be the imposition of same-sex "marriage" on every state in the country.

My friends, I am deeply encouraged by the commitments that are coming in to support our efforts to defeat Obama and his socialist allies next year. The stakes in this next election could hardly be greater.

If you have not yet responded to yesterday's special request, please take a few moments this weekend to pray about your commitment to our shared values and let me hear back from you. Use this link to respond.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

End Of Day Report

Thursday, June 23, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Huntsman's Non-Traditional Campaign

More than one commentator has remarked in recent days that Jon Huntsman is running a non-traditional campaign. They are right. Earlier this week we reported that Jon Huntsman's supporters were caught bussing in voters to a major straw poll. That in itself is a common tactic.

What raised eyebrows was that Huntsman's supporters were fishing for bodies by telling folks that they didn't even have to be Republicans! Now we are finding out that last weekend's efforts were a preview of Huntsman's strategy to capture the GOP nomination.

In an interview with Politico, Huntsman stated that his campaign is relying on votes from non-Republicans to capture the nomination, adding "we're putting that [strategy] to the test." Referring to key early states, Huntsman said: "When you look at open primaries in both New Hampshire and South Carolina, I think it's a wide open affair, I really do."

Many conservatives will be furious with a candidate who openly encourages Democrats and Independents to vote in Republican primaries. It is bad enough that Democrats nominate candidates like Obama. I don't want them to pick our nominee too!

Paul & Frank: Together Again

Sure we have a lot of problems, including the Obama Great Recession and a massive and growing debt. But never fear -- our loyal public servants have ideas! The latest idea comes from Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank, who today are introducing legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

This is the second time that Paul, a libertarian favorite, and Frank, a hero of the radical homosexual rights movement, have teamed up. The first time was a few months ago when they partnered on a plan to gut the U.S. Defense budget. Perhaps they will start a new political movement: the More Pot/Fewer Guns coalition! In fact, the defense cuts they proposed were so extreme, some observers thought they were smoking something when they proposed them.

Seriously, folks, will America really be better if more of us are "stoned"? Is a drunker, higher, spacier electorate the solution to our ills? Is this what we have come to? Have we traded Ronald Reagan's "shining city upon a hill" for "Let's get high"?

And while I'm asking questions, let me pose this one: Since Ron Paul presents himself as the only true conservative in the race for the GOP nomination, why has he twice partnered with the most vicious conservative hater in the U.S. Congress, Barney Frank?

Obama Still Doesn't Get It

Amid growing concerns about high gas prices and a double-dip recession, the Obama Administration, in coordination with other nations, announced today that up to 60 million barrels of oil would be released from emergency stockpiles. Half of that amount, 30 million barrels, is coming from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Oil prices dropped quickly on today's surprise announcement of more supply.

My car, just like everyone else's, runs on gasoline. Just like you, I am happy when the price goes down. But the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was not meant for price manipulation. Today's decision is just one more example of the Obama Administration "winging it;" going for political expediency over sound policy; short-term "highs" that leave us with hangovers later.

To begin with, today's decision should clearly put to rest any lingering assumptions about the economic success of the Obama stimulus boondoggle. If the economy were humming along, as we were promised it would be by now, we wouldn't be releasing oil from the emergency stockpile. "Shovel-ready" sounded good in February 2009, but today the unemployment rate is higher and we're another trillion dollars deeper in debt.

Oil prices are up because of instability in the Middle East, where Obama's policies are clueless at best, and frequently counterproductive. For all the hype about the "Arab Spring," a recent poll out of post-Mubarak Egypt finds that Osama bin Laden is nearly twice as popular as Barack Obama. The Libyan intervention was supposed to take "days, not weeks." Little has been done to stop Iran's nuclear program, and today Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody."

And why should he be? Obama just announced that he is leaving Afghanistan no matter what the situation is on the battlefield. Of course, he didn't put it that way, but that was the unmistakable signal to the rest of the world in last night's White House address.

Today, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of Congress that Obama's withdrawal plans are "more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept." If the world's thugs perceive that America is burned out and in retreat, the world will become a more dangerous place.

Meanwhile, Obama's domestic policies are hostile to domestic energy production. Just consider this statement from the Energy Department today announcing the release of oil: "The decision today is intended to complement the production increases recently announced by a number of major oil producing countries. The United States welcomes those commitments and encourages other countries to follow suit."

So, while today's action concedes that more supply equals lower prices, the Obama Administration has done nothing but stand in the way of greater domestic energy production. Instead of encouraging other countries to boost their production, we should be boosting our own, which would have the additional benefit of creating jobs here in America.

If we want to see energy prices fall long term, we need to get the radical environmental movement and the EPA under control. We need to free our domestic energy industry from the shackles of excessive regulation and lawsuits, and encourage it to do what it does best -- provide the energy that powers our economy.

Kyl/Cantor Out

Today, Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor bailed out of the debt negotiations being conducted by Vice President Joe Biden. Kyl and Cantor did the right thing.

The sticking point was the Democrats' continued insistence that we raise taxes in the middle of a weak economy, something Republicans have refused to go along with. But Democrats are demanding higher taxes. President Obama painted himself into a corner on this issue after promising last year that he would not renew the Bush tax cuts again.

But the debt problem facing America is not a lack of revenue. It is an addiction to spending. And the unsustainable promises made to public employee unions are a perfect example.

If you want to understand better why conservative politicians like Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and others are taking so much flak, consider this: An academic study released yesterday found that states and localities would have to raise taxes on average by $1,400 a year, every year for the next 30 years -- not for new roads, schools or prisons, but just to pay their pension liabilities!

Are you willing to subject your family to those kinds of tax increases? That is the decision you will be facing when you walk into the voting booth next year. Voters in Wisconsin will be making that decision in special elections next month.

Conservatives realize that the cost of Big Government has become unsustainable and must be cut back. Democrats just think you haven't been taxed enough yet. This is just one more reason why the next election is so critical to our country's future. Will we double down on bad bets and become like Greece? Or will we return to the conservative values of lower taxes, smaller government, less spending and more freedom?

If you have not yet responded to my special request this morning about your level of commitment to defeating Obama next year, please let me hear back from you. Use this link to respond.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Help Us End The Obama Nightmare

Go to right now to help us defeat Barack Obama and his socialist allies in Congress. This request is urgent, my friends. In a matter of days, we have to report our financial strength to the Federal Election Commission. We are counting on your help to make a strong showing in this mid-year report.

So please click here to donate what you can to support our efforts to elect pro-family, pro-life, pro-free enterprise conservatives to public office! Thank you.

2012 Update

  • Fresh off his formal announcement speech in which he pledged to run a civil campaign against Barack Obama, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman didn't waste any time taking on GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. In an interview with ABC News, Huntsman said, "If you're talking about free market health care, the kind we did in Utah, and the kind that is needed in this country, then he [Romney] has little credibility. Little credibility based on the model that was created in Massachusetts."

    While challenging Romney over ObamaCare, Huntsman joined Romney in refusing to sign a pledge regarding pro-life appointments and promising to end taxpayer-funding of abortion. He ran to the left of Barack Obama by stating that he wanted to pull out of Afghanistan even faster. And Huntsman told reporters that he would not interfere with New York's attempts to redefine marriage. I assume that means he would not support a constitutional amendment defining marriage in all fifty states as the union of one man and one woman.

    Perhaps that is why Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid said yesterday, "If I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman…"

  • In addition to Romney and Huntsman, two other candidates have so far refused to sign the pro-life pledge -- former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who also favors drug legalization, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

Bad News For Barack

The latest Bloomberg News poll contains some very bad news for President Obama. Here is a sample of the poll's findings:

  • On policy matters, 57% of those surveyed disapproved of Obama's handling of the economy and job creation. When asked the best way to generate economic growth, 55% said spending cuts and tax cuts, while 34% said government spending.
  • 61% said they were not willing to pay higher taxes to reduce the deficit, while 36% said they were. Only 34% of those surveyed said they were "better off" today compared to January 2009, while 44% said they were "worse off" since Obama took office.
  • Looking ahead to 2012, 61% of those surveyed agreed with the statement that if the economy is not "substantially better" next year it will be "very hard" to vote for Barack Obama.
  • Just 31% of likely voters said they would "definitely vote" for Obama, while 40% said they would "definitely vote for another candidate."

Time's Up!

President Obama will address the nation tonight to explain his plans for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Press reports indicate that as many as 30,000 troops may be leaving the country -- 10,000 this year and 20,000 next year. There are sharp divisions between the White House and the Pentagon, with field commanders objecting to Obama's plans. But we should not be surprised -- this is exactly what Obama said he would do.

In December 2009, President Obama announced he would send reinforcements to Afghanistan after weeks of indecision and heavy pressure from the U.S. military. On that occasion, Obama said, "I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan." But in the very next breath Obama told us and the Taliban, "After 18 months our troops will begin to come home." Time's up.

The blistering reaction to the president's self-imposed deadline in 2009 was remarkable -- mainly because it came from many in the left-wing media. Veteran CBS anchor Bob Schieffer said, "I just don't understand the logic of how that works. …This is not a football game, where the time runs out. To win this war, you have to defeat the enemy."

Here's one more: "Where's the hope? … If I were with the Taliban right now, I'd put a little Post-it up on that month in 2011, and say: 'This is when we do OUR surge.'" That wasn't Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, but MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

We'll see what the president has to say tonight. But I find it disturbing that we have reportedly entered into negotiations with the Taliban at the very time we are about to begin a major withdrawal. This president told ABC News that he was uncomfortable using the word "victory" and he is proving it.

The Culture War

In addition to NBC's boneheaded decision to cut God out of the Pledge, a few items in the news lately have caught my attention. While seemingly unrelated, they are all evidence of the left's war against free enterprise and traditional values.

  • Warning To Parents! This week, Disney's Cars 2 will hit movie theaters and is widely expected to be a big hit. But, according to director John Lasseter, the movie's "uber bad guy" is -- you guessed it -- "Big Oil." Millions of our children will be taught in this movie that our energy industry is evil.
  • Comedy Central's Jon Stewart went on Fox News Sunday last weekend and denied that there was a left-wing bias in the media -- not even at the New York Times. But Stewart also emphatically declared that Fox's conservative viewers are ignorant and that every poll proved they are "consistently misinformed." As usual, reality is very different from the left's view of things. Politifact labeled Stewart's claim "false." In fact, Fox viewers are among the best informed, according to a recent poll.
  • Al Gore, guardian of the planet, has jumped on the population control bandwagon. Speaking in New York City this week Gore appeared to compare children to pollution. Gore said, "One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women. You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management…"

    Whatever Gore was referring to, it is undeniable that many on the left view humanity as a virulent disease that is giving Mother Earth a fever. Many committed environmentalist are
    refusing to have children.

    Abortion-on-demand and euthanasia fit neatly into the green agenda. It is why liberal politicians will fight to prevent Wal-Mart from opening new stores, even though it creates jobs. And the same politicians will fight to protect taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood, whose main goal is to ensure that unborn children don't make it out of the womb alive.

As I have often said before, the culture war is real and only one side can prevail. Whose values will we pass on to our children and grandchildren? The next election could well decide the outcome. Please go to right now to make the most generous commitment you can.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Huntsman Joins The Hunt

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman officially kicked off his presidential campaign this morning at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, where Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in 1980. In his announcement speech, Huntsman warned that America in 2011 is facing decline, just like it was in 1980. With the Statue of Liberty in the background, Huntsman said:

"President Reagan launched the 1980 general election here in an earlier time of trouble and worry. He assured us we could 'make America great again,' and under his leadership we did. I stand in his shadow as well as the shadow of this magnificent monument to our liberty."
Huntsman pledged to run a civil campaign that would boil down to competence on the economy. In a shot at Obama, he said, "We need more than hope. We need answers." Huntsman pledged to make the "hard choices" necessary to prevent further decline.

While most candidates are devoting a lot of time and energy to Iowa, Huntsman is running a different campaign. He's largely ignoring the Hawkeye State, counting on strong performances in New Hampshire and Florida. In fact, the former Utah governor raised eyebrows when he located his national headquarters in Orlando, Florida. This strategy did not work particularly well for Rudy Giuliani.

Huntsman's campaign is already on shaky ground with some conservative activists. Huntsman made headlines for finishing second at the Republican Leadership Council's big straw poll last weekend. But it has since been reported that his supporters bussed in voters and stressed that they didn't even have to be Republicans. Most conservatives don't want Democrats picking their nominee, and they won't be happy with campaigns that rely on liberals to manipulate votes.

In addition, Politico reports that the Huntsman campaign is attempting to raise money from the homosexual community due to his support for so-called civil unions, a red flag for me. I can't find much evidence that social issues matter to him. For another perspective on Huntsman's background and record, click here.

So far, Huntsman has barely registered in the polls. At this point it is difficult to see how he becomes the GOP nominee. But some pundits speculate that he could play the role of spoiler. If Huntsman gains traction, it is expected that his support would likely come from Mitt Romney. By taking votes away from Romney, a more conservative candidate could possibly squeak past him in the early voting states.

With the official start of summer, the GOP race is just heating up. Stay tuned!

Another Union Bailout

The Associated Press reports that the National Labor Relations Board is likely to issue a new ruling that dramatically strengthens the hand of labor bosses seeking to unionize companies.

Under existing law, once a union gathers enough signatures to force a vote on unionization, an election must take place within 45 to 60 days. The new rule would reportedly speed up the election to just 10 or 20 days.

The reason for rushing the vote is obvious -- Big Labor is hoping to catch businesses off-guard, leaving them with little or no time to educate employees about the downsides of unionization. This is just one more example of how the Obama Administration is using the power of big government to reward its political supporters, while creating more obstacles for businesses in an already uncertain economic environment.

No More Waivers

The Obama Administration is no longer issuing waivers for ObamaCare. But don't be quick to celebrate. I don't think it is a coincidence that the waiver program is being terminated now.

As we have reported, the administration has granted nearly 1,400 waivers, with many going to labor unions and other left-wing groups. Chic businesses in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco-based congressional district got their share of special favors -- I mean waivers -- too.

Members of Congress and outside groups have been demanding to know on what basis these waivers were granted. Despite assurances that the process is completely transparent, the administration has yet to produce a set of objective standards or even basic information such as how many waivers were requested and how many were denied.

It was recently reported that the healthcare "reform" law contained no language whatsoever authorizing the administration to issue waivers. Moreover, conservative groups were starting to request waivers, and there was growing grassroots pressure to have governors request waivers for entire states.

But seeing as how the left got the bulk of the waivers, and given all the negative attention the program was creating, it seems someone in the Obama Administration decided that it was best to stop issuing the waivers now rather than defend the indefensible and unpopular waivers next year.

More Problems With ObamaCare

If the waivers weren't enough evidence of just how poorly written the mammoth law is, there is news today that a "glitch" may allow millions of people, including some with incomes up to $64,000, to qualify for Medicaid! That's right -- $64,000 may make you eligible for a government program to help the poor.

Medicare's chief actuary, Richard Foster, said, "I don't generally comment on the pros or cons of policy, but that just doesn't make sense." Believe it or not, the Associated Press reports that "administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers say it's not a loophole but the result of a well-meaning effort…" A well-meaning effort to socialize America and bankruptcy us even faster, perhaps!

The Solution For Judicial Activism

Do you remember the outrageous decision by Judge Fred Biery? He's the extremist who earlier this month threatened to send high school graduates to jail if they prayed or merely uttered the words "prayer" or "amen" during their graduation ceremony. Thankfully, his decision was overturned on appeal.

On the "Bauer & Rose Show" this weekend on Sirius/XM Radio, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reminded the audience that there is a solution to judicial activists like Biery. Congress has the power to regulate the jurisdiction of the courts and it can even abolish them! That may sound radical, but, according to Gingrich, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation eliminating half of the federal courts.

The point is simply this: Congress is not powerless to defend our cherished values. It requires only the courage to act.

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Monday, June 20, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

2012 Update

  • Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is making headlines -- and probably not the ones he wants. Over the weekend he refused to sign a pledge from a leading pro-life group promising to appoint pro-life individuals to his cabinet and ban taxpayer funding of abortion.

    By refusing to sign the pledge, Romney has reignited the debate over one of his most glaring weaknesses -- his commitment to values issues. The Romney campaign evidently does not believe this is a serious problem for its candidate. I don't believe any GOP presidential nominee can win in 2012 unless they are unambiguously pro-life and believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

  • In contrast to Romney's ambivalence, Texas Governor Rick Perry stole the show this weekend at the Republican Leadership Conference. Perry told conservatives to "stop apologizing" and "speak with pride about our morals and our values."

    Top aides to Gov. Perry indicate he has not yet decided whether to run and will likely wait until after a special session of the Texas legislature concludes at the end of the month before deciding. Today's
    Wall Street Journal takes a look at the pros and cons of a Perry candidancy.
  • It's been 130 years since we last elected a member of the House of Representatives directly to the presidency. My Human Events column today takes a closer look at a member of Congress who hopes to end that streak: Rep. Michele Bachmann.

NBC Cuts God From Pledge

Our politically correct media elites have struck again. This weekend, launching its final round coverage of the U.S. Open golf championship, NBC cut the words "under God" during a segment featuring the Pledge of Allegiance. The roof caved in on them. It wasn't long before one of the commentators read an on-air apology from the network, saying the edit "was not done to upset anyone."

I don't doubt the sincerity of that statement. Unfortunately, I think it is indicative of an incredible chasm that exists between media elites and most Americans. No doubt the decision to cut "under God" out of the Pledge was not controversial at NBC where the liberal worldview is firmly in charge.

To them, the "controversial" thing to do would have been to leave God in the Pledge! That might have offended atheists and agnostics. Unbelievably, no one at NBC stepped in to overrule the decision.

ACTION ITEM: Click here to send an email to NBC Sports. Firmly, but politely, tell them what you think about the decision to cut "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Obama To Embrace Same-Sex "Marriage"

The New York Times reported Saturday that President Obama is on the verge of publicly endorsing same-sex "marriage." The Times reported that Obama will be in Manhattan this week for a fundraising "Gala with the Gay Community." The New York legislature is debating a bill that would radically redefine marriage so that men could marry other men. Next week the president will host a "gay pride" reception at the White House.

According to the Times, the White House has been debating when to come out of the closet on same-sex "marriage" for some time. Earlier in the year, "a top adviser to Mr. Obama" asked Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) about the political impact of the president openly supporting same-sex "marriage." While Rep. Frank and others recommend caution, the adviser said, "This is clearly a president who is interested in making big historical changes."

That's certainly true. Obama has promised to "fundamentally transform" America. He is well on his way to moving us from free enterprise to socialism, from an alliance with Israel to a partnership with the Muslim world and from individual liberty to big government collectivism. Now he is taking steps to move us from normal marriage to legalized deviancy.

Indeed, the New York Times appeared skeptical of Obama's "evolution" on the issue. The article notes, "… a review of Mr. Obama's record …suggests that he may have been for same-sex marriage before he was against it. In 1996, as a candidate for the State Senate in Illinois, Mr. Obama responded to a questionnaire from a gay newspaper. 'I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,' Mr. Obama wrote, 'and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.'"

No doubt some at the White House think now is the time to act given a number of recent polls suggesting public support for same-sex "marriage." I have been skeptical of those polls and with good reason. An extensive survey by the Alliance Defense Fund, which included a poll of 1,500 adults and 14 focus groups, found that 62% of Americans believe that "marriage should be defined ONLY as a union between one man and one woman."

We don't have to guess what Americans think. They have repeatedly voted on the issue! Even in liberal states like California, Hawaii and Maine, voters have refused to embrace same-sex "marriage." But according to a sensitivity training program at the Department of Agriculture, believing in normal marriage amounts to "heterosexism," an ideological sin equivalent to racism.

Homosexual rights activists are demanding that this program be used by all federal agencies, including the United States military. In the age of trillion-dollar deficits, this kind of religious bigotry and politically correct nonsense should be the first thing cut from the budget.

Political Elites Out-Of-Touch Too

Turning from the culture war, let's consider the war on terror. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder made this statement before a left-wing group of lawyers: "Victory and security will not come easily, and they won't come at all if we … abandon our most effective terror-fighting weapon -- our Article III court system."

I bet that statement -- which suggests that the American courts are the best place to prosecute the war on terror -- comes as a big surprise to most Americans, including our brave men and women in uniform. In typical liberal fashion, Holder is twisting an American strength -- the rule of law -- into a weakness by treating foreign enemy combatants as if they had just robbed the local 7-11. Unlike our elites, I think the war on terror would benefit from the involvement of more SEAL teams and fewer lawyers!

And here's another example of the out-of-touch left. Writing in today's Wall Street Journal, Thomas Geoghegan, a labor lawyer, argues that the federal government should prevent Boeing from opening a new plant in South Carolina. According to Geoghegan, Boeing is after a "less-skilled, lower-quality work force." He adds, "when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline." In other words, Southerners are just a bunch of know-nothing Hillbillies, who wouldn't know jet planes from paper planes.

If that kind of elitist snobbery sounds familiar, it should. It reminds me of a Harvard-educated presidential candidate named Barack Obama, who infamously told a gathering of San Francisco socialites that some rural Americans are "bitter" bigots who cling to their guns and faith!

Friday, June 17, 2011

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Friday, June 17, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Terror Scare Brings D.C. To A Halt

As I write this report, sirens are wailing outside our offices. I'm looking outside the window at miles of traffic lights and complete gridlock on major roads leading into Washington, D.C. It is very reminiscent of the morning of 9/11, when I was right next to the Pentagon as Flight 77 slammed into the nerve center of America's military might.

What is causing all the chaos is the arrest of Yonathan Melaku, a naturalized U.S. citizen, reportedly from Ethiopia. He was detained in Arlington National Cemetery after it had closed last night. According to police, he "was not very cooperative … about what his activities were." It has also been reported that Melaku is a Muslim lance corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve.

CBS News reported that several suspicious packages were found near the Pentagon, in the Arlington National Cemetery and at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Police later searched a car parked in the bushes near a Pentagon parking lot. In the car, they found a notebook with jihadi references and what was initially believed to be explosive materials, eventually ruled inert.

Early reports indicated that authorities were looking for one or two possible accomplices. As a result of the investigation, authorities shutdown several major roads around the Pentagon.

Yesterday, we reported some disturbing information about Al Qaeda-related developments overseas. Today we know more.

  • An Al Qaeda website has reportedly published a "hit list" of dozens of prominent Americans -- including business executives, media figures and political leaders. The list reportedly includes very detailed and specific information. In addition, a video was released of Adam Gadahn, Al Qaeda's American-born mouthpiece, urging Muslims in the U.S. to kill Americans anywhere possible, just as Nidal Hasan did in his murderous rampage at Fort Hood.

    These two events have anti-terrorism experts very concerned. As
    Fox News reports, "Security analysts believe the two messages are related and underscore a shift in terror strategy -- from top-down, mass-casualty events to smaller-scale attacks taken up, in some cases, by freelancing, lone-wolf jihadists."
  • The FBI is advising major hotels in the U.S. to be on a heightened state of alert after learning about a plot to launch a Mumbai-style attack against the Ritz Carlton hotel in London. The plot was discovered after a top Al Qaeda leader, connected to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in Somalia last weekend.

Osama bin Laden is dead, but the jihadists have not been defeated. Bin Laden's evil ideology lives on. His death-worshipping followers, who believe they are commanded by Allah to kill the infidel, are eager to bring more sorrows to our shores.

2012 Update

  • Here's some good news to start off your weekend. The latest Gallup poll finds that 44% of registered voters would back a generic Republican candidate for president, while just 39% would reelect Barack Obama.

    Two things stand out in this poll. First, that just 39% of registered voters would reelect Obama right now must have the White House in panic mode. So get ready for the smear campaign and desperation tactics against conservatives to be ramped up even more.

    Second, the percentage of undecided voters jumped from 10% in February to 18% today. That's good news. It means a lot of people are having second thoughts (buyer's remorse) about Obama. Voters often move from one candidate to undecided before they move to the opposition. Now is the time to redouble our outreach efforts to friends and family members!

    I know it is sometimes not polite to bring up politics at family gatherings. But Father's Day might be a good time to talk to your voting-age children or grandchildren about the next election and its importance to their future!

  • Thousands of Republican activists are gathered in New Orleans this weekend for the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference. The event has been described as the biggest GOP gathering prior to the 2012 national convention. Several presidential candidates will be speaking, including: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.
  • Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty took a lot heat after Monday night's debate for not challenging Mitt Romney over what many believe is his greatest weakness -- RomneyCare. As you know, I think in the debates the GOP hopefuls should aim their fire at Obama rather than each other. Nonetheless, Romney, as the frontrunner, will inevitably be a target. On Sean Hannity's show last night, Pawlenty took the gloves off. Here's what he said:
    "I don't think we can have a nominee that was involved in the development and construction of ObamaCare and then continues to defend it... He [Romney] really laid the groundwork for Obamacare. I don't think you can prosecute the political case against President Obama if you are a co-conspirator in one of the main charges against the president… The main focus does need to be on President Obama and his failure as a president, but there's going to be some policy differences between the rest of us and bringing those out in a respectful, policy-based way, I think, is appropriate…"

"Government Role In Economy Has To Be Cut"

The Associated Press reports that the president warned Friday against the heavy hand of government and the centralization of power, saying, "This economic mode is dangerous for the country's future." The president added, "The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits to 'preferred' companies."

The president continued, "Corruption, hostility to investment, excessive government role in the economy and the excessive centralization of power are taxes on the future that we must and will scrap." The solution, the president said, was that "The government must protect the choice and property of those willing to risk their money and reputation" in the private sector.

Confused yet? Of course that was not President Obama. It may have sounded like a flashback to Ronald Reagan, but the AP was quoting Russian President Demitry Medvedev. Sadly, Russia's president seems to have a better appreciation for free enterprise and the role of limited government than our own!

Join Me In D.C.

Mark your calendars now! The 2011 Values Voter Summit will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., October 7th through the 9th.

Confirmed speakers include former Senator Rick Santorum, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Bill Bennett, Gen. William Boykin, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin and others.

There will be educational sessions on a wide range of issues, including secularism and the future of America, the welfare state and the family, the Tea Party movement and much more. My public policy group, American Values, will host a lunch on Saturday, October 8th.

Register now at I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced liberal Democrat Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from the House of Representatives today. If he had been a conservative Republican, he would have been gone when the controversy first broke 20 days ago.

Romney, Bachmann -- One, Two

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney solidified his status as the GOP frontrunner following Monday night's debate in New Hampshire. According to the latest Rasmussen poll conducted after the debate, 33% of likely Republican primary voters now support Romney.

But the poll also confirmed that the night's big winner was Michele Bachmann, who leapfrogged the field into a solid second-place finish with 19%. From there it is very crowded: Cain at 10%, Gingrich at 9%, Paul at 7%, Pawlenty and Santorum tied at 6% and Huntsman at 2%.

Friends, it is still very early in the process, and preferences among the GOP electorate appear very fluid. In spite of that, the media are already buzzing about a possible Romney/Bachmann ticket.

Economy Sinks, Obama Jokes

Earlier this week, President Obama traveled to North Carolina for a meeting with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council to talk about ways to stimulate the economy. But when members told him that regulations and permitting procedures were getting in the way, Obama joked, "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." Very funny. But there are a lot of unemployed Americans and angry taxpayers who don't find Obama's failed stimulus bill to be a laughing matter. More than $800 billion was wasted and few, if any, jobs were created.

But, believe it or not, Democrat National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz actually bragged about the "Obama recovery." Yesterday Schultz told Politico, "We [the Democrats] own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround…" I'd like to remind Rep. Wasserman Schultz that when Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.6%. Today it is 9.1%. If that's her idea of a "turnaround," it's time for a change!

Threats On The Horizon

As many experts predicted, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, has taken over as the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network. Al-Zawahiri has promised to retaliate for bin Laden's death and those threats should be taken seriously. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC news "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [Yemen] is strictly, or has been strictly focused on attacks in the U.S. homeland. This morning, when you're over your breakfast cereal there is somebody in Al Qaeda … planning another attack in the U.S."

ABC reports that documents obtained from bin Laden's Pakistan compound show that he repeatedly urged the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda to wage attacks inside the U.S. You may recall that the radical cleric Anwar Al Awlaki, who encouraged Nidal Hasan to attack Fort Hood, is based in Yemen. Like al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda in Yemen is eager to avenge bin Laden's death. That is why the U.S. has increased drone attacks in Yemen in recent days.

Other documents seized from the bin Laden compound also show that Al Qaeda had considered attempting to derail trains near the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It was reported yesterday that someone attempted to derail a freight train hauling flammable ethanol in Iowa this week. According to rail authorities, "the effects could have been devastating."

But there are other threats beyond Al Qaeda. Yesterday, I received a two-hour briefing about the increasing infiltration of Hezbollah in Latin America. There was a time in our nation's history when American presidents refused to allow enemy influences to gain a foothold in Latin America. But this growing danger isn't happening in a vacuum. While Obama is bogged down in Libya, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is meddling in our backyard, strengthening Iran's alliance (here and here) with Venezuela.

Is The Obama Administration Arming Mexican Cartels?

Can you believe the Obama Administration was running guns into Mexico, arming the drug cartels? That may sound like a bad joke, but it was the focus yesterday of a very intense hearing on Capitol Hill into a program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

In 2006, the Bush Administration launched a program of sting operations to identify illegal weapons dealers on the American side of the border who were supplying guns to Mexican drug gangs. But some time in 2009, top officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decided to allow the weapons to cross the border, hoping to track them in Mexico. The plan horrified rank and file agents, who objected strenuously.

During yesterday's hearing, three ATF agents testified that they had repeatedly requested permission to stop the weapons shipments but were overruled each time by superiors. Last year, their worst fears were realized when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed along the Arizona border. Two weapons found at the scene were later identified as part of Operation Fast and Furious.

For months, Republican members of Congress have been demanding information about this program and who authorized it. The Obama Justice Department has stonewalled their requests at every opportunity. Holding up entire pages of redacted material, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, blasted a top administration official for claiming they were cooperating. Issa said, "You've given us black paper."

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has used gun violence by the cartels as an excuse for more gun control legislation here in the U.S. But it seems the administration is a part of the problem.

Lastly I would note that for those who still complain that nothing changes no matter who is elected, this hearing wouldn't have taken place in Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives. Thanks to its majority status, the GOP leadership is using its investigative power to expose this and other Obama Administration scandals.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

2012 Update

  • We got a tremendous response to our request for feedback on Monday's GOP debate, and there was a clear winner among readers of this report. Nearly two-thirds of all first place votes went to Minnesota's Michele Bachmann. Based upon total votes cast for each candidate (including second and third place votes), Bachmann was still the favorite with 36%, followed by Romney at 17%, Newt Gingrich at 16% and Pawlenty at 14%.
  • The GOP field is about to get bigger. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said that he will formally launch his presidential campaign next Tuesday, June 21st, at Liberty State Park in New Jersey -- where Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in 1980. And Texas Governor Rick Perry sounded a lot like a candidate during a speech he delivered in New York last night. Some reports have labeled it a "draft 2012 stump speech." Stay tuned.
  • Barack Obama must have been sorely disappointed Monday night. Not because he was taking so many hits at the New Hampshire GOP debate, but because his fundraising event in Miami, Florida, was so poorly attended. According to various reports, fewer than half of the $44 seats at a concert hall were sold. Democrat operatives should be worried if Obama can only attract fewer than 1,000 people in such a big city.
  • The latest Gallup poll has more bad news for the president. Declaring his bin Laden rally "over," Gallup reports that Obama's weekly approval rating fell to 46% in the week ending June 12th. Among independents, Obama's rating is just 42%, and among seniors only 37% approve.

Libya Looming Large

When President Obama ordered U.S. military strikes against Libya, he did so without congressional approval, but promised that our involvement would be limited to "days, not weeks." That was in March. The time lapse partially explains why a recent Rasmussen poll found that only 26% of likely voters support continued U.S. strikes on Libya.

Two weeks ago, the House passed a resolution demanding President Obama provide a thorough explanation of the costs, goals and justification for continued U.S. intervention in Libya. Monday night the House passed an amendment to a military appropriations bill that would cut off funding for the Libyan operation.

Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama warning him that he was on the verge of breaking the law. The War Powers Resolution allows the president to conduct military operations for up to 90 days without congressional approval. Sunday will the mark the 90th day of U.S. operations in Libya. In addition, ten members of the House (seven Republicans and three Democrats) announced today that were filing a law suit against the war in Libya.

Many conservatives have taken issue with the War Powers Resolution over the years. But whether you agree with it or not, it is the law. The Rasmussen poll also found that 59% of likely voters believed that Obama should have gotten congressional authorization for the Libyan mission. In his letter, Speaker Boehner stated:

"Given the mission you have ordered to the U.S. Armed Forces with respect to Libya and the text of the War Powers Resolution, the House is left to conclude that you have made one of two determinations: either you have concluded the War Powers Resolution does not apply to the mission in Libya, or you have determined the War Powers Resolution is contrary to the Constitution.  The House, and the American people whom we represent, deserve to know the determination you have made."
It wasn't that long ago when tens of thousands of leftists poured into the streets to protest George W. Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush sought and received Congress' overwhelming support for both missions. But when it's Obama waging a "war of choice," and without congressional approval, neither the left nor the media seem to care.

Speaking Of Left-Wing Anti-War Protestors…

Do you remember the anti-war riots that broke out at the 2008 Republican National Convention? More than 800 people were arrested. The
Washington Post published a lengthy report Monday about an on-going FBI investigation that dates back to those riots.

Since last fall, the FBI has subpoenaed 23 people (including seven Palestinians) and raided seven homes. According to the
Post, the FBI probe isn't about the RNC riots. But individuals involved in those riots are currently under scrutiny for possible connections to Hezbollah and the Colombian narco-terrorist group FARC.

What got the
Post's attention, however, was that several left-wing members of Congress are demanding that the investigation be shut down. Why would members of Congress want to stop the FBI from investigating possible domestic links to foreign terrorists? Perhaps because the focus of the FBI probe is left-wing "peace" activists and members of the SEIU and AFSME labor unions!

But wait…there's more. The
Post reports that several of those under investigation in Chicago "are among the grassroots activists close to the world once inhabited by Barack Obama." These Obama loyalists volunteered for his past campaigns and hosted events for then-state senator Obama.

This investigation is more evidence of the radical, anti-American, left-wing fringe elements with which Barack Obama associated in Chicago. Like the case of Jeremiah Wright, the "mainstream" media wasn't interested in reporting on it in 2008. But it helps to explain much of the president's worldview, including why he will not cut off funding to the Hamas-backed Palestinian government today.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Day After

Here is my analysis of last night's GOP debate sponsored by
CNN and New Hampshire media outlets. This was the first debate featuring Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, so it is not surprising that they are dominating the headlines today.

Before anyone tries to read between the lines, I want to reiterate that I am not endorsing anyone yet. We are reaching out to all of the Republican candidates, and I still believe it is likely that more candidates will join the contest in the days ahead.

  • Leading in the polls, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney played the role of frontrunner last night. He is in a relatively good position right now. Having raised a lot of money, he is the candidate in the best position to run a marathon race, staying in the campaign to the end. He committed no fouls or unforced errors, and none of the other candidates attempted to aggressively challenge him.
  • Among the three clear social conservatives -- Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain -- Bachmann was the most impressive. As one pundit put it, "I think she sort of stepped out of Sarah Palin's shadow tonight. She was clearly one of the best-prepped candidates here. She let people know the depth of her experience on the Intelligence Committee." When asked about abortion, her answer was clear and unapologetic:
    "I am 100 percent pro-life. I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. And I think the most eloquent words ever written were those in our Declaration of Independence that said it's a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the beauty of that is that government cannot take those rights away. Only God can give, and only God can take. And the first of those rights is life."
  • On Herman Cain, I know him and I like him. He is a good man. And that is why it pained me to watch him muddle through several answers last night, particularly on marriage and hiring Muslims in his administration.

    Last night Cain indicated that he did not support a constitutional amendment to define marriage nationally as the union of one man and one woman. I know many conservatives are strong advocates of states' rights, but this nation cannot have 50 different definitions of marriage. How can a couple married in Massachusetts move to Ohio and suddenly be "unmarried"?

    The question of appointing Muslims to his administration has dogged Cain for a few months now. Candidates have got to be prepared to answer that question and do it in a way that does not provide ammunition for those eager to portray conservatives as bigots. If Cain wants to emerge as a top-tier candidate, he has to get up to speed much more quickly and surround himself with policy experts.

  • In contrast to Cain's response, Newt Gingrich jumped in with a great analogy of how we dealt with Nazis in World War II and with communists during the Cold War. And, yes, there were critics then too. Newt also noted how the Times Square bomber, a naturalized citizen, said that America was his enemy and that he lied to enable his plans to wage jihad.

    When Gingrich spoke, he showed why many conservatives regard him as one of the GOP's brightest minds. But recent events have demonstrated that he still has significant issues to overcome.

  • Ron Paul cracked a couple of jokes, but one of his key platforms is no laughing matter. Of all the things he chooses to target in order to rein in out-of-control spending, it is America's foreign policy and the effort to defeat the jihadists around the world. As Paul continued to make the case for an isolationist foreign policy, he seemed to suggest that American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are responsible for the Islamists' war on the U.S. He has it backwards. It is because they are trying to kill us that we are fighting back.

    Paul naively suggests that if only we would leave them alone, they would leave us alone. How exactly did we cause 9/11? What U.S. action prompted the attacks on our African embassies in 1998? Paul seems ignorant of the nature of our enemy as well as the actions of our Founding Fathers. When radical Islamists attacked American ships in the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson did not hide behind our borders. Instead, he ordered the Marines to Tripoli to take out the Barbary pirates.

  • The conventional wisdom in Washington is that former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty lost the debate by refusing to engage Mitt Romney on healthcare. Let me give you a contrary view. Republican primary voters, not the Beltway establishment, will pick the nominee. Right now conservative voters are looking for a candidate who can best take on Obama and draw sharp contrasts on the issues. They want candidates to focus their attacks on Obama, not one another. I think Pawlenty did the right thing -- he turned the focus of the question to Obama.

    Pawlenty expressed populist themes on trade, saying America wouldn't be a "chump" under his leadership. And he emphasized his working class background as an antidote to Democrat class warfare. This is not a sudden transformation for Pawlenty. Ten years ago Pawlenty connected with blue collar, Reagan Democrats when he said of the GOP, "We are the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club."

  • The biggest loser at last night's debate was the format itself. It is absurd to call these things debates. When I participated in the presidential debates during the 2000 campaign, we got 90 seconds to answer direct questions and 30 seconds for rebuttals. Last night candidates were limited to 60 seconds or less for their answers.

    And the candidates were held to such a ridiculous time limit so they could be pressed on burning issues like iPhones versus Blackberries. I was waiting for "boxers or briefs?" Why can't I help thinking that Big Media loves these formats? When you force someone to tackle complex issues in 30 seconds, it enables Big Media and the left to take any answer out of context because the candidates haven't had time to provide a thorough explanation. My advice to the candidates: Don't agree to anymore formats like this.

What Do You Think?

You know what I think about last night's debate. Now I would like to know what you think. Did you watch the debate? And if so, who do you think won? Click
here to tell me who you think came in first, second and third in last night's debate.

Hearing Tomorrow On Islamic Extremism

Tomorrow, Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a second hearing on Islamic extremism in America. This time he will focus on extremist recruitment in America's prisons, something my good friend Chuck Colson has been warning about for years.

King should also consider holding a hearing on radicalization in mosques. A recent report from the Center for Security Policy found that an overwhelming majority of mosques in America promote jihad and Sharia law. One of the report's most disturbing findings was that the most well-attended mosques were the most likely to provide violent materials. You can read more about the report