End Of Day Report 03 31 09

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

“Cap And Tax” Is Coming

Democrats on Capitol Hill are set to unveil a massive new tax today that will hit the entire American economy and every single consumer. The legislation would create a “cap and trade” scheme for carbon dioxide emissions. In the process it would impose tremendous costs on businesses, especially utility companies, and those costs would be passed along to you. Everyone would pay this new tax. Turn on a light switch, and you will pay. Put gas in your car and you will pay.

President Obama’s budget assumes the Democrats’ “cap and tax” scheme will raise $650 billion in new “climate revenue.” (That’s right – climate revenue. You have to pay this new tax for the good of the planet.) But privately, White House aides have told Capitol Hill staffers that “cap and tax” could tax as much as $2 trillion dollars out of the economy!

With many economists are predicting that this recession will last months, if not well into next year, and unemployment reaching double digits, why are Democrats pushing what has been called “the largest tax increase in American history”?

Here’s one reason. The United Nations is gearing up for the sequel to the Kyoto protocol – a global warming treaty that the Bush Administration wisely refused to sign. “Kyoto II” has been scheduled to take place at a conference this December in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Obama Administration is fully supportive of its agenda.

Fox News analyzed the “cap and trade” plan being floated at the United Nations in advance of the Copenhagen conference. Here’s an excerpt:
“A United Nations document on ‘climate change’ that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.”
Trillions of dollars in wealth transfer. Millions of job losses. New taxes, new tariffs, more government subsidies. This is global socialism, my friends, done in the name of combating “global warming.” And Obama and congressional Democrats are laying the foundations for it right now in our nation’s capital.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your elected representatives in Congress to oppose Barack Obama’s outrageous $3.6 trillion budget. Not only is it the most fiscally irresponsible budget in history (the Congressional Budget Office estimated it would add $10 trillion to the national debt!), but it assumes hundreds of billions of dollars in higher taxes generated by a global warming “cap and tax” scheme.

Click here to e-mail your senators and representative today. And urge your friends and family members to take action too!

Warning From Israel

President Obama landed in England today for important meetings with G20 leaders. The meetings could be tough – Europe is resisting pressure from the White House to follow our lead and spend hundreds of billions of additional dollars. But as important as the London meeting is, the bigger news may be coming out of Israel today, where Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Prime Minister.

As he was being sworn in, an interview Netanyahu gave a few weeks ago was released by Atlantic Magazine. In it, the Israeli prime minister makes it clear that he believes a nuclear-armed Iran would be a disaster, not only for Israel but also for the United States and the world.

Using blunt language, Netanyahu asserted, “You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs. When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”

He’s right. Is Obama listening?

No More “War On Terror”

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is no longer using the phrase “global war on terror.” In fact, according to Hillary the entire administration has stopped using the phrase. Well, if the global war on terror has come to an end, Baitullah Mehsud evidently didn’t get the memo.

Fox News reports that Mehsud, the Taliban commander in Pakistan, is planning “an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world.” Mehsud reportedly identified the White House as a target. Terrorism experts insist Mehsud’s warning should not be taken lightly. He was connected to the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a bombing that killed scores of people in Islamabad last year. There is a $5 million bounty on his head, but Mehsud isn’t worried. He told the Associated Press, “I wish to die and embrace martyrdom.”

I’ve never been a fan of the phrase “war on terror” because it doesn’t identify the enemy responsible for the “man-caused disasters,” (aka “terrorism”) that our new Secretary of Homeland Security now refers to. But I am far less enthusiastic about the administration’s repeated attempts to be politically correct and inoffensive to our Islamofascist enemy. Appeasement doesn’t work, and words don’t win wars.

GOP Looking Up

As politicians across the country grapple with the nation’s fiscal crisis, Democrats are resorting to the one thing they know best – raising taxes. As a result, polls show that the GOP could be poised for significant victories in key state races this year and next.

Two states will elect governors this year – New Jersey and Virginia. The Republican candidates in both states are currently leading in the polls. In Massachusetts, where the nation’s only black governor faces reelection next year, one recent poll found that only 34% of voters believe Gov. Deval Patrick (D) deserves reelection. In Michigan, where the unemployment rate is above 10%, the Democrat lieutenant governor is losing in hypothetical matchups against all potential Republican challengers.

What about Congress? A recent poll by National Public Radio found Republicans and Democrats tied in a generic ballot test for control of Congress. Pollster Scott Rasmussen finds that 60% of voters have an “unfavorable view” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including 42% who view her “very unfavorably.”

And because of his massive spending programs and $3.6 trillion budget, a Rasmussen poll last week found that 66% of voters now believe Obama will raise taxes on the middle class. And they’re right. Obama’s carbon “cap and tax” scheme will raise taxes on everyone!

Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are reminding the American people why they rejected total Democrat dominance of government in 1994. We will be doing everything we can to make sure that the 2010 elections turn out the same way!

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End Of Day Report 03 30 09

Monday, March 30, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary Bauer

GM: Government Mafia

It’s been said that dealing with Big Government is like dealing with the mafia – both operate by their own rules and there’s a high price to pay for dealing with either. In recent days, we witnessed the government arbitrarily change rules and impose confiscatory taxes on contracts it had previously approved. If you’re a business owner or a corporate CEO desperately trying to manage a struggling industry, we got another example of the cost of doing business if you turn to the Feds for help.

General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner was in Washington Friday to explain his plan to turn the company around after receiving billions of dollars in federal loans. At the meeting, he was asked to “step aside.” Now, after risking nearly $20 billion in taxpayer money, and with both Chrysler and GM asking for $20 billion more, the government is suggesting that bankruptcy may be the end result after all.

One could certainly make the argument that Wagoner should be fired. But is that really the government’s decision? Anyone who thinks the government can do a better job should consider the government’s track record with public education or the Post Office or the IRS. Regardless, GM’s CEO has been forced out, but what about the unions – what concessions are they making now?

And what else is government doing to help the struggling auto industry? Not much. In fact, it’s adding to the burden! The Transportation Department just announced a new increase in fuel efficiency standards, meaning that car manufacturers are going to have to revamp their assembly lines and retool factories in the middle of an economic downturn. The administration’s proposed carbon “cap and trade” scheme would be devastating to Detroit. In addition, liberal bureaucrats in California want to tell you what color car you can drive. Believe it or not, in order to save the planet from global warming, the California legislature may ban black paint on cars because the black paint absorbs heat and people use their air conditioners “too much” to cool down their cars.

By the way, the government mafia isn’t just muscling in on businesses – it’s doing the same thing to states. South Carolina’s conservative Governor Mark Sanford has repeatedly told Washington that he does not want the government’s “stimulus” money because of the onerous conditions and demands that come with it. Undeterred, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told USA Today, “Let me be clear. We’re going to take care of the children of South Carolina.” Shouldn’t that be left to the parents and people of South Carolina, rather than Washington bureaucrats who think they know better?

Muslim Affirmative Action?

Over the weekend, news broke that various “community groups” are urging the Obama Administration to hire more Muslims to key positions in the government. The Los Angeles Times reports that J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, “sifted through more than 300 names” and forwarded a book of 45 resumes to the White House. Evidently, the White House is eager for the vetting help. The effort was “bumped up two weeks ahead of schedule because White House officials heard about the venture.”

The Times quotes Abdul Malik Mujahid of the Muslim Democrats, saying “Muslims are not looking for handouts. We’re just looking for equal opportunity and inclusiveness.” Not to mention a little influence. A spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations didn’t mince words, saying, “We’re hoping that once [Attorney General] Eric Holder puts the [Justice] department in order and places people in different positions, we can reestablish what were very positive relations [with the FBI] in our 15-year history.” You may recall that the FBI terminated its “very positive relations” with CAIR after it was declared an unindicted co-conspirator in the government’s case against the Holy Land Foundation.

I remember the hyperventilating in Washington when it was learned that the Bush Administration made an effort to hire graduates of Regent University Law School, which was founded by Pat Robertson. Leftwing groups warned that America was on the verge of a theocracy and that the “separation of church and state” was under assault. I’m not hearing much concern about the “separation of church and state” today from those groups.

Lights Out!

I don’t know if you participated in Earth Hour this weekend, but I couldn’t help being struck by the irony as I read a news report about the event this morning. According to the Associated Press, “Time zone by time zone, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries joined the event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund to dim nonessential lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.”

Throughout recorded history, mankind has struggled to harness natural resources and human ingenuity to better our lives. From the discovery of fire to electricity, we have sought to conquer darkness. Now, so-called “progressives” are eager to turn out the lights and plunge society back into another Dark Age by capping emissions from fossil fuels and even putting a cap on human beings. Last week I reported the comments of a leading environmental guru in Great Britain who declared, “Population growth, plus economic growth, is putting the world under terrible pressure.” His solution is to reduce England’s population by 30 million people.

Those of us who believe in common sense, and who don’t see our fellow man as some sort of virus infecting the planet that must be eradicated, need to speak up. We must help our politicians “feel the heat and see the light” before the Left paralyzes our economy with radical environmental policies.

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Defend Free Enterprise Gary Bauer 03 27 09

Friday, March 27, 2009

To: Friends Of Free Enterprise

From: Gary L. Bauer

Defend Free Enterprise

This is the first issue of our new weekly report dedicated to defending free enterprise, capitalism and the entrepreneurs and business people who are the backbone of America’s economic success. They need defending because Washington, D.C., is currently controlled by politicians and bureaucrats who are using our economic and financial crisis as an excuse to push European-style socialism, raise taxes on our most productive citizens and grow the size and power of the federal government. In the process they are burying us and our children under massive amounts of pubic debt that inevitably will weaken and devalue our currency.

The anti-free enterprise juggernaut is fueled by a media establishment that displays more anger and hatred of American business than it does of America’s enemies. In addition, segments of the public experiencing deep financial anxiety and rising unemployment are very susceptible to raw class warfare rhetoric. There are no shortages of politicians willing to stoke those flames. There have always been populist demagogues. But today we are witnessing a new change in public discourse with the advent of “professional” leftwing agitators committed to turning public anger against investors, business owners, entrepreneurs and successful Americans, without whom there can be no economic recovery or long-term economic growth.

If you are an employer, entrepreneur, investor or simply an American who hopes to achieve the American Dream, it is essential for you to organize and take a stand now. There are millions of you. Together you can be a formidable force to stop the dead hand of Big Government socialism from being imposed on our country.

In these weekly reports, we will do our best to provide you with the facts and arguments you need to defend your business and your values.

Facts You Can Use

If we are going to stop the power grab by Washington’s bureaucrats and politicians, it is essential for us to have the facts. You can share these reports with co-workers, employees and in letters to your local newspapers.

# President Obama’s federal spending this year will top $4 trillion. That is over 28% of our entire gross domestic product (GDP). This is the highest level since World War II.

# President Obama has proposed $1.9 trillion in additional taxes on small businesses, capital gains and income. Raising taxes when the economy is weak is the opposite of what is needed to stimulate economic growth.

# If President Obama’s budget is passed, he will add $9.3 trillion to the national debt, doubling it in six years and nearly tripling it in 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

# Senator Judd Greg of New Hampshire, who strongly considered becoming Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration, says that the Obama deficits are “unsustainable” and will bankrupt the country.

Here’s a brief video of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin pleading with moderate-to-conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats in the House to oppose Obama’s budget.

TAKE ACTION: Please call 202-224-3121 and urge your senators and representative to oppose the outrageous spending in this budget. And please encourage others to do so as well.

How To Ruin An Economy

Virtually every solution being offered by the Obama Administration and supported by liberals in Congress is bad for our long-term economic health.

# The president has proposed tax cuts for some families that work out to about $12 a week. To pay for those cuts, he is proposing raising the top marginal tax rate to 39%, increasing capital gains taxes, increasing taxes on self-employment income and limiting tax deductions for mortgage interest and charitable gifts.

# He has proposed spending that in just a few years would increase the federal debt more than the entire debt accumulated in our nation’s history from George Washington to George W. Bush.

# He is proposing a series of new energy taxes, which would hit the American heartland and Midwest particularly hard. Companies most impacted will be utilities and manufactures. Initial public estimates indicated that the new “cap and trade” fees will bring in $650 billion – another big hit to American industry. But a top White House economic advisor recently told Senate staffers in a closed meeting that they could raise as much as $2 trillion!

The Anti-Business Juggernaut

We closely monitor Congress, the federal agencies, the White House and courts. In 35 years in Washington, I have not seen an environment more hostile to business and free enterprise and more poisoned by class warfare. Here are just a few proposals being discussed by legislators/politicians, as well as other disturbing developments.

# Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has suggested regulating all corporate pay, not just the salaries of executives in companies that have accepted taxpayer money through TARP.

# Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second highest-ranking Senate Democrat, is drafting legislation designed to encourage candidates to spurn campaign contributions from corporate political action committees in favor of public financing. Meanwhile, organized labor is pushing hard for “Card Check” legislation that would make it much easier to unionize businesses.

# Labor unions and community groups like ACORN (the group under investigation in multiple states for voter registration fraud last year), have been sending bus loads of demonstrators to the homes of business executives to intimidate and harass them and their families.

# Brave congressmen who have voted against massive new debt and higher taxes are being targeted in their home districts with multi-million-dollar ad campaigns paid for by a variety of leftwing socialist groups in an effort to smear them, driving down their public approval ratings.

# An increasing number of leftwing politicians, including President Obama, are now openly saying that government should use its power to take money away from successful Americans and redistribute it to various political constituencies.

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End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 27 09

Friday, March 27, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Welfare For Jihadists?

The Obama Administration is the “gift that just keeps on giving.” National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, speaking about those prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) who are likely to be released in the United States under new policies adopted by Obama, pointed out that the prisoners would have to get some sort of welfare to help them start their new lives in the good old US of A. Director Blair apparently thought about this quite a lot and concluded, “We can’t put them out on the street.”

It must be very hard for our enemies to fully understand American liberals. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a moment:

First, you are captured on the battlefield where you are trying to kill U.S. soldiers. Then you are imprisoned at GITMO and immediately provided expert medical attention and better nutrition than ever before. Soon lawyers from some of Washington’s most prestigious law firms offer to represent you free of charge.

Then a president is elected who went to a “church” for 20 years whose pastor loved to shout “God D— America” from the pulpit. Finally, you are told that the president intends to release you inside the country you dream will be destroyed some day, and the Director of National Intelligence wants you to be paid a stipend by those dreadful infidel taxpayers so that you can adjust to your new life. And just last week, that same president was floating the idea of taking away some health benefits from the soldiers who captured you!

While I ponder the meaning of all this tonight, I intend to stop by Arlington National Cemetery for a reality check.

Terror On The Border

In past reports, we have documented the terror on the U.S./Mexican border – 8,000 deaths in the past two years and hundreds of beheadings in a vicious war being waged by brutal drug lords. It is spilling over into American communities, and the Obama Administration is dragging its feet in responding. Today’s Washington Times should prod them considerably.

The Times interviewed Michael Braun, a former assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in its shocking front-page report today. According to Braun, the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah is working hand-in-hand with Mexican drug smugglers. For now, Hezbollah is using drug money to help finance terror operations in the Middle East.

But, Braun warns, “They [Hezbollah and the drug lords] work together. They rely on the same facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected. They’ll leverage those relationships to their benefit, to smuggle contraband and humans into the U.S.; in fact, they already are.” Today, it’s drugs and money. Tomorrow, terrorists and bombs.

As I have often stated in the past, border security is homeland security. Neither should be a partisan issue, left/right issue, Republican/Democrat issue. Terrorists don’t ask to check voter ID cards before committing their atrocities. Unfortunately, there is a very stark contrast between the two parties on both issues, and, today, liberal Democrats have total control in Washington.

Another Win!

It’s not often conservatives can celebrate a victory in Washington these days, but we won one today. There are reports that the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, after being thoroughly shamed and embarrassed, has relented and will be donating the $100,000 it received from Bernie Madoff to a victims’ trust. In previous reports we noted that Madoff was a major donor to the Democrats – giving 88% of his personal campaign contributions to Democrats, while 89% of the contributions from employees at his company went to Democrats.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to call the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee as we requested Wednesday. Your action made the difference!

Another Withdrawal

Another week has gone by and another Obama nominee has withdrawn his name from consideration for public service. Jonathan Cannon, nominated to be deputy director of the EPA, bowed out of the process this week after questions arose about America’s Clean Water Foundation. Cannon had served on the foundation’s board, but the foundation shut down after a 2007 EPA audit charged it with gross mismanagement of taxpayer funds.

The foundation received a $25 million grant from the EPA to study environmental risks at meat processing plants. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, “EPA auditors questioned the foundation’s accounting for almost all that money and alluded to allegations of embezzlement.”

Whoever is responsible for vetting President Obama’s nominees needs to withdraw!

Media Notice

We’ve had a busy and productive week making the case for our values in the media! On Monday, Politico featured an op-ed I had written about our misguided policies at GITMO. Today, we have a double-feature!

Townhall.com posted a column I wrote about the mainstream media’s “willful blindness” as to the root cause of so much of the violence and terrorism around the world. It’s evident when Ted Turner calls Al Qaeda in Iraq “patriots” and when Chris Matthews accuses pro-lifers of being terrorists.

And, in my weekly Human Events column, I offer some more thoughts on the audacity of the radical environmentalist movement. Whenever there is a crisis, real and imaginary, the Left’s instinct always is to presume that people are the problem.

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End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 26 09

Thursday, March 26, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Democrat Divisions

As congressional Democrats take up President Obama’s massive $3.6 trillion budget, many of them are reaching for the Maalox. Consider some of today’s headlines:

* “Obama Tries to Unite Democrats On Budget Plan” –Washington Post

* “Dem Factions Curb Obama Budget” — Washington Times

* “Democrats vs. Democrats” — Politico

They have good reason to be worried. The Congressional Budget Office has warned that Obama’s budget will add nearly $10 trillion to the national debt in ten years. The Associated Press wrote, “President Barack Obama’s budget would produce … more than four times the deficits of Republican George W. Bush’s presidency.”

We are being lectured by socialist countries, including the communist Chinese, about excessive spending. This week, the Czech president of the European Union blasted Obama’s spending, saying, “The U.S. is repeating mistakes from the 1930s, such as wide-ranging stimuluses, protectionist tendencies and appeals… All these steps, their combination and their permanency, are the road to hell.”

In a rare moment in Washington, the political reality and the economic reality appear to be temporarily aligning. Congressional Democrats have read the CBO report and some know that they can’t spend us into oblivion. They also know that they are the majority party today partly because of voter outrage against fiscal irresponsibility in Washington. In reacting to Obama’s budget, one Senate Democrat said, “We’re going to go back and rework this whole thing.”

But that’s not stopping the White House and its radical leftwing allies. Obama is mobilizing his campaign apparatus to intimidate moderate Democrats worried by his socialist spending. Politico reports today that MoveOn.org, major labor unions and other leftwing outfits are running TV ads attacking moderate-to-conservative Democrats for standing in the way of their “progressive agenda.”

TAKE ACTION: Please contact your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose Obama’s outrageous budget. Click here to quickly and easily send a message to Capitol Hill urging your senators and representative to stop Obama’s spending.

The Republican Response

President Obama recently accused congressional Republicans of having no alternatives. That was a completely false statement. During the debate on the so-called “stimulus” bill, House Republicans drafted their own plan. But Democrats shot it down. Republicans have also offered an alternative plan to address the mortgage crisis.

Now, as Congress prepares to deal with President Obama’s outrageous $3.6 trillion budget, which raises taxes and takes the first steps toward socialized health care, House Republicans today unveiled their own alternative, while Senate conservatives, such as Iowa’s Charles Grassley, are advocating a spending freeze.

While the Left is divided and fighting itself, conservatives need to be united behind serious alternatives rooted in conservative values and principles. There are many good conservatives on Capitol Hill fighting hard every day for the values we cherish. Unfortunately, liberal Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, control nearly 60% of the votes in the House and Senate.

That means we’re not going to win many votes in Washington in the short term. But that doesn’t excuse us from working hard now to win the hearts and minds of voters across the country so we can retake Congress in 2010. Only by winning elections can we hope to stop Obama’s lurch to the Left and restore common sense to Congress!

Obama’s Slumping Support

Pollster John Zogby released a survey this week which found that fewer than half of the respondents felt President Obama was doing a good job. According to the Zogby poll, 49% said President Obama’s job performance was “excellent or good,” while 50% said it was “fair or poor.” While Zogby’s findings clearly stand out as unusually low compared to most polls, it does track the general trend for President Obama — downward.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen, one of the most accurate in the business today, has recorded a nine-point drop in the president’s approval rating and a 13-point increase in his disapproval rating since his inauguration. That’s a negative swing of 22 points in two months.

Like the president’s deficit spending, his polling numbers are unsustainable, pointing to the increased likelihood of a Republican resurgence in next year’s congressional elections – IF we can raise the funds to make it happen!

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End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 25 09

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

What Was That?

Last night, President Obama held a nationally televised White House press conference in prime time to discuss the state of the nation’s economy. Given the extent of the economic crisis and the serious challenges confronting the nation, the president probably should be holding a lot of press conferences. I think this was his second. Unfortunately, the president said very little last night that was new or different from what he has been saying for the past 60 days.

What did catch my attention, however, was the president’s absolute commitment to raising taxes. When pressed to explain his desire to limit deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions, President Obama responded:

“I think this was a good idea. I think it is a realistic way for us to raise some revenue from people who benefitted enormously over the last several years. …They’ll still be well-to-do. And, you know, …in some cases those who are more fortunate are going to have to pay a little bit more.”
You’ll notice there’s no discussion of cutting government spending. Instead, the president says folks who have “benefitted” are “fortunate,” as if they won the lottery. I know many business owners consider themselves fortunate, but I also know they worked very hard to get where they are today. And that hard work does not deserve to be punished by Big Government because Barack Obama thinks some people “benefitted” too much from their own effort.

We’re hearing a lot about greed these days from Obama and liberal Democrats in Congress. During the campaign, candidate Obama criticized as “greedy” folks who objected to his tax hikes. What about the envy of Big Government? If you’re “fortunate” enough to be “well-to-do,” Obama wants to punish you by raising your taxes. And if you’re generous with your money, he’s going to punish you again by limiting your charitable deductions!

By the way, the president’s thin skin was on full display last night – you may have noticed that the TOTUS wasn’t there. What’s that, you ask? Teleprompter Of The United States. Sensitive to the criticism of his “crutch,” President Obama opted to trade in the TOTUS for the “Obamatron” – a jumbo flat screen TV in the back of the room.

But don’t worry — TOTUS is doing fine and has recently launched a blog to keep you posted on daily events. You can check out the latest TOTUS postings here.

Is That it?

A recent Pentagon report looked around the world to identify the countries at the greatest risk of collapsing, thereby creating the greatest risk to the United States. Two nations topped the list. The first was Pakistan — an unstable nation with a large radical Muslim population; it borders Afghanistan; some of its territory is a safe haven for Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists; it has bad relations with its neighbor India; and it possesses nuclear weapons.

The other nation that attracted the Pentagon’s concern was Mexico. Yes, the deteriorating situation south of the border has gotten so bad that the Pentagon recently warned that we should begin planning for the “sudden collapse” of the Mexican state. Eight thousand people have been killed in the past two years as the Mexican government has fought to reclaim whole cities and towns from vicious drug lords. Hundreds of people have been beheaded.

The situation is spilling over the border. Phoenix, Arizona, is the now the kidnapping capital of America. Arizona’s Attorney General testified before Congress last week, begging for help and warning, “The threat posed to American communities from this trafficking cannot be overestimated.” Texas Governor Rick Perry has requested 1,000 National Guard troops be sent to the border.

What is Washington doing? Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a “very robust movement of personnel” — about 350 people, many of them analysts and liaison officers, but no troops. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has been aggressively enforcing immigration laws.

I wonder how much of the “stimulus” bill’s infrastructure money was directed for the border fence.

Culture of Corruption

Democrat Charlie Rangel, chairman of the House committee that writes our nation’s tax laws, is in so much trouble for evading taxes that the liberal New York Times has called on him to step down. It seems that Rangel has been sharing some tips with his Democrat buddies on the Ways and Means Committee.

Several media reports in recent days have noted that Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), the second highest ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee (whose members write our tax laws), very likely has been claiming tax credits that he is not entitled to.

While holding a California driver’s license, being registered to vote in California and representing California’s 13th Congressional District, Stark has been claiming a $3,800 homestead tax credit on his $1.6 million mansion in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The Los Angeles Times reports that Maryland authorities recently revoked a tax break that Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) had been claiming on his Maryland home.

Once again we see why liberal Democrats love higher taxes – they don’t pay them!

But here’s the real outrage of the day. According to the Washington Times, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee is still holding on to $100,000 in campaign contributions from convicted conman Bernie Madoff.

While the government is frantically trying to recover Madoff’s assets, while thousands of individuals and charities are struggling to rebuild from the wreckage of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, while liberal politicians are demanding AIG workers return legally contracted bonus money that they earned and voting for confiscatory taxes on legally contracted bonuses, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee is keeping Madoff’s stolen loot!

Call the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee at (202) 224-2447 and demand the Democrats return Madoff’s money.

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End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 24 09

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Charging The Hill Once Again

In this environment, I am spending more and more time on Capitol Hill fighting off bad ideas and working hard to promote good ones. I spent much of the day on Capitol Hill with Pastor John Hagee delivering petitions of support for Israel to key members of Congress.

The timing of Pastor Hagee’s trip to Washington could not have been more fortunate – coming just days after President Obama’s video-taped message of “mutual respect” to Iran’s Islamofascist regime. Given the administration’s intent to reach out to the Holocaust-denying dictator in Tehran, it is critical for friends of Israel to redouble our efforts now.

Our opponents do not hesitate to take to the streets to condemn Israel, so we will walk the halls of Congress to rally support for the Jewish state.

The Left’s Radical Agenda

Liberals and their media allies like to label conservatives and Republicans as “radicals” and “extremists,” when in fact liberals are the ones who are constantly pursuing a radical Big Government agenda across the board. Take the radical environmentalist movement. Everyone wants clean air and clean water. But conservatives draw the line at Big Government power grabs and massive taxation and regulation of the economy based on suspect science. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken the first step toward implementing a major goal of the Left’s agenda, and we’re gearing up for a major fight.

Fox News reports that on Monday the EPA transmitted to the White House a report declaring that “global warming is a threat to public health and welfare,” necessitating regulation of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide. The report lays the foundation for the administration’s “carbon cap and tax scheme,” which for the first time will impose massive taxes on the production of energy — new taxes and new regulations that will have a devastating impact on the economy, job creation and your way of life.

The legislation has one purpose – to punish industries that rely on fossil fuels so Big Government can force the marketplace to accept “green” or alternative energy. But 86% of America’s energy is produced from coal, oil or natural gas – all of it subject to “cap and tax.” Any petro-product – plastics – will be subject to “cap and tax.” The auto industry will be devastated by “cap and tax.”

Clearly, the American economy cannot thrive on alternatives, which today provide only 14% of our power. Nuclear power could help, but try getting the liberals to go along with that idea. In fact, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) doesn’t even want solar panels in the desert! Meanwhile, the Left is trying to impose a massive new tax that strikes at the heart of our economy.

Now, if you think this radical assault on capitalism and productivity in the name of global warming is alarming, consider the “reasoning” among elite “green gurus” across the pond. Here’s an excerpt from Britain’s Sunday Times:

“Jonathon Porritt, one of [Prime Minister] Gordon Brown’s leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society. …Porritt said: ‘Population growth, plus economic growth, is putting the world under terrible pressure. Each person in Britain has far more impact on the environment than those in developing countries, so cutting our population is one way to reduce that impact.’” People and productivity are the planet’s enemies. Unbelievable!

Great Britain has 61 million people. How many people does Porritt believe Britain must “cut” in order to achieve sustainability? Thirty million! How do you accomplish that? As the aging population dies off, you promote anti-family policies that discourage bringing new life into the world, like China’s one-child policy and abortion-on-demand.

The Left’s radical environmentalist agenda is a bizarre ideology based on anti-capitalism and anti-humanity sentiments. It seeks to subject the freedom of individuals to prosper to the whims of an all-powerful state. It’s been called a “watermelon movement” – green on the outside and red on the inside – the last refuge of radical socialists since the downfall of the Soviet Union.

Campaign for Working Families will fight the Left’s radical agenda – whether it includes job-killing taxes and regulations or an assault on the sanctity of life. But in order to restore commonsense values to our government, we must win elections!

Summit Ministries

The need to engage our children, who are the targets of liberal indoctrination by the media, the cultural and educational establishments, has been a recurring theme in these daily reports. How do we help instill and pass on our cherished values to our children and grandchildren when they go off to college and are exposed to hostile environments and radical ideologies? That’s where Summit Ministries comes in!

Summit Ministries is an educational Christian ministry that helps teens learn how to develop their faith, understand ideas and answer major challenges to their faith. Leaders such as James Dobson, Chuck Colson and Josh McDowell have endorsed Summit Ministries, and I’m proud to do so as well.

This summer, Summit is offering a series of conferences in Colorado, Tennessee and Virginia. These academic camps will prepare Christian teens for the challenges they will confront in college, in the workforce or at any stage of life. To find out more about these dynamic student conferences, please visit the Summit Ministries website at http://www.summit.org.

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