End Of Day Report 09 29 09

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Get Free Health Care — In Jail!

Senator Max Baucus’ (D-MT) latest “bi-partisan” healthcare bill has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike. The liberals in Congress are upset because it does not provide for a public option, while conservatives are upset that it still amounts to a government takeover of healthcare and forces individuals to buy healthcare coverage whether they like it or not. A large percentage of younger workers in our country are healthy and would prefer not to pay for healthcare coverage. Also, many wealthy Americans, who can afford to pay their own bills, don’t want to be forced to buy a policy they don’t need.

But what, under the Baucus plan, would happen to people who refused to buy health insurance? The bill states that a $1,900 “excise tax” would be assessed. Senator John Ensign (R-NV) asked what would happen to someone who refused to pay the tax. He was told by Tom Barthold, Chief of Staff for the Senate’s Joint Committee on Taxation, that the person could be charged with a misdemeanor, face up to one year in jail and a fine of up $25,000.

During the 1994 healthcare debate, the mandate issue was at the forefront. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office called the individual mandate “an unprecedented form of federal action.” In the history of the United States, the federal government has never legally forced people to purchase any service or good. If this bill is passed, history will be made.

This is another step in the direction of Big Government socialism. The Left wants MORE control over your life. Liberals think they can run your life better than you can. Of course, there is one “benefit” to not paying the Baucus healthcare excise tax — you will get free healthcare in jail!

More “Buyer’s Remorse” On Obama

More and more, voters who supported Obama last November are having second thoughts now. Richard Cohen, the very liberal Washington Post columnist, wrote this morning that Obama was “appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is.” He added, “The trouble with Obama is that he gets into the moment and means what he says for that moment only.” That sounds like something Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity would say!

CNBC editor Charles Gasparino wrote in the New York Post today that Wall Street executives feel betrayed by Obama too. Citing top people from places like Morgan Stanley, Black Rock and J.P. Morgan, Gasparino wrote:

“The guy (Obama) who seemed like such a steady voice — vowing to curb runaway spending and restoring order to the banking system and the economy as a whole — is instead so driven to achieve his big-government policy goals that he and his policy people are ignoring their own economic advisers on the severe economic costs that his agenda will cause.”
What amazes me is how anyone on Wall Street could have thought Barack Obama was a moderate. Had they never heard about Reverend Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, MoveOn.org, Code Pink, ACORN and all the other socialists and lefties that were important in his life and at the heart of his campaign?

Mike Pence, Rising Star And Presidential Candidate?

This morning, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) co-hosted CNBC’s morning television show Squawk Box in New York City. Pence has emerged as one of the conservative movement’s leaders in Washington. He recently placed second in the Value Voters Presidential Straw Poll. He tied with Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin despite that he has not announced he is seeking higher office.

Pence articulately defended the conservative position in the healthcare debate and looked like a natural throughout the broadcast. Keep an eye out for Mike in the coming months as he continues to lead the conservative movement in Congress.

Reading And Responding

I drove into the office this morning eagerly anticipating a flood of reaction to yesterday’s message on the GOP. I was not disappointed, and I deeply appreciate the time each of you took to share your sincere and thoughtful opinions with me. Reading through your messages, there were some consistent themes. Today, I’d like to address the notion of Republican ineffectiveness.

Bud in Virginia wrote, “When the Democrats were in the minority, they never accepted their minority status… Democrats continued to block key judicial appointments, filibustered bills and generally behaved in such a way as to make great strides for their liberal causes. So why do the Republican efforts seem to pale in comparison?”

The Left slowed Bush down by tying things up in the Senate. To control the Senate effectively, a party needs not just a majority but a super-majority of 60 votes or more to stop filibusters. At no time during the Bush years did Republicans ever have more than 55 votes in the Senate. (For the record, Newt Gingrich never had a majority in the House as big as the one Nancy Pelosi commands today.) Most folks forget that Democrats controlled the Senate for Bush’s first two years, thanks to Jim Jeffords of Vermont switching parties, and Republicans lost control of the House and Senate after the 2006 elections. So, there was a Republican majority in Congress for only four of Bush’s eight years.

Today, Harry Reid controls 60 Democrat votes in the Senate, giving him the power to shut down Republican filibusters and ram through Obama’s socialist agenda. That is why I find it odd that I get so many complaints about one or two Republicans. Our problem isn’t a few RINOs, as aggravating as they may be. Our problem is the super-majority of 60 liberal Democrats who are going to ram ObamaCare down our throats unless a few of them start to fear the voters of their states more than they fear the radical Left.

Having served in Ronald Reagan’s administrations, I want to make this additional point. It is much easier for a liberal administration to succeed than for a conservative administration. First, there are thousands of liberal bureaucrats throughout the federal government who want Big Government and who cooperate with liberal administrations to enact their agenda. These same folks, however, will work overtime to frustrate conservative initiatives.

Second, the vast majority of reporters are liberals who support the Democrat agenda. As a result, they down play or ignore Democrat mistakes and divisions, while gleefully reporting conservative divisions and ignoring conservative accomplishments.

But here is the most important point: With all of Obama’s mistakes and outrages, the most reliable polls show that 48% of the country approves of his performance. America is split down the middle, just as it was in the cliff-hanger elections of 2000 and 2004. If we stick together and pick up Senate and House seats in 2010, we can stop Obama’s push to turn us into a socialist country. If we go off on 3rd party suicide missions, continually trash all Republicans and abandon the GOP entirely, we may lose the country for good.

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End Of Day Report 09 28 09

Monday, September 28, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s Kumbaya Foreign Policy

Last weekend I spent a lot of time re-reading Barack Obama’s “Apology to the World” speech at the United Nations, hoping to find a silver lining. The speech, unfortunately, was as bad as I originally thought. It was a combination of anti-Americanism, apologies to our sworn enemies and outright foolishness. Multiple respected foreign policy analysts agree that Obama was trying to promote a “naïve kumbaya foreign policy.”

One of Obama’s most troubling statements was that “no nation can or should try to dominate another nation.” What Obama seems not to realize is that throughout history there have been dominant powers, and there will continue to be whether he likes it or not. The question is whether thug states or free nations, that believe in human dignity, dominate. While Barack Obama is trying to rid the United States of the title “Leader of the Free World,” China and Russia are taking the necessary steps to become world leaders.

The world found out last week that Iran is hiding a nuclear reactor. Many experts believe Iran has other hidden nuclear facilities. Obama responded with a press conference that Big Media loved but that must have caused laughter in Tehran. In fact, even the French can’t take Obama seriously. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said this: “We live in a real world, not a virtual world. And the real world expects us to make decisions. …President Obama dreams of a world without nuclear weapons…but right in front of us two countries (Iran and North Korea) are doing the exact opposite.”

Over the weekend, the tyrants in Tehran test-fired medium and long-range missiles capable of hitting Israel and any U.S. military installation in the Middle East. In the launch videos, Iranian men could be heard screaming the words “Allahu akbar!”- god is great. Our God is great, but the god to whom these Islamists are shouting is not the God of the Bible. Our God said, “Choose life.” The deity worshiped by Ahmadinejad requires the worship of death. Ahmadinejad believes he has a religious duty to kill us.

The radical Islamists are getting closer to developing nuclear weapons, while in Afghanistan the commander of U.S. troops, General Stanley McChrystal, has called for reinforcements. Meanwhile, with each tick of the clock, Ahmadinejad’s dream of a nuclear Iran gets closer. Examining the growing dangers to the U.S., Obama decided to act — he is heading to Copenhagen, Denmark, to promote Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Olympics. Let’s hope there still is a Chicago in 2016.

Fifty Thousand? Not Quite

Thousands of Muslims gathered on Capitol Hill for a massive prayer service Friday. Organizers hoped to attract 50,000 Muslims. According to most reports, about two to three thousand showed up. Habib Beyah of New Jersey told the Los Angeles Times, “We can show the world that not all Muslims hate America. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Muslims are extremists. We don’t believe in Sharia.”

Good for Mr. Beyah. I’m glad he feels that way. It’s not Muslims praying on the Capitol mall that we need to be concerned about. Unfortunately, it’s not the views of Muslims like Habib Beyah that matter most. There are many Muslims who do hate America, who are extremists and who seek to impose Sharia law on the U.S. and rest of the world. I can’t help being struck by the irony of this prayer event coming during the very week when the government made multiple arrests of Muslims who were plotting terrorist attacks in Illinois, New York and Texas, and filed additional charges regarding a plot to attack the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.

It is very disconcerting to me that one of the Muslims arrested was an imam and that others were Muslim converts who were radicalized in prison. These arrests prove beyond any doubt that there is a jihadist element in America, and as our friends at Prison Fellowship have been warning about for years, there is a jihadist “fifth column” breeding in our prisons and being nurtured from Saudi-funded mosques.

Democrats vs. America

It’s been said that the passing of time can dull the senses, and that has never seemed more true than in Washington today, as the disconnect between D.C. and reality seems to grow by the hour. We talk to a lot of folks here and one constant theme is that the liberals who control Congress and the White House seem to think that everything is back to normal.

The summer recess is over, Congress is back in session, the president gave his big speech on healthcare reform, and so they are pressing ahead with their agenda as if his approval rating were still 75% and the town hall protests never happened. But the latest Rasmussen polls ought to give the Democrats reason to pause for reflection.

For example, President Obama’s approval rating is down to 49%. Just 41% of likely voters support the healthcare reform effort supported by President Obama and congressional Democrats – the lowest level of support measured. Meanwhile, 56% of likely voters disapprove of the effort – the highest level of disapproval ever measured. Among key voting blocs, 59% of seniors and 72% of Independent voters disapprove of the Democrats’ healthcare “reform” efforts.

But the political reality dominating Washington today is that Barack Obama is sitting in the Oval Office, Harry Reid is the Senate Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, the representative from San Francisco, is Speaker of the House and liberal Democrats control 60% of the votes in Congress. This is the reality that is setting the public policy agenda in Washington, driving the debate and driving our nation off a cliff.

So why I am hearing from so many disgruntled, self-identified conservatives expressing more anger and frustration at the GOP than at Obama and the Democrats? This is beyond puzzling. Worse yet, it is guaranteed to result in the election of more leftwing Democrats.

As I just explained, Republicans are not in control nor are they setting the agenda. They are virtually powerless to stop anything that Obama and the liberal Democrats decide to do, even if the overwhelming majority of the nation is against it. Never during Bush’s eight years did the GOP have majorities in the House and Senate as big as Obama and the Democrats enjoy today.

My friends, Republicans are not the problem.

* Republicans are not the ones pushing a massive energy tax.

* Republicans are not the ones advocating a socialist takeover of our healthcare system.

* Republicans are not the ones inviting ACORN to shape the agenda for our nation.

* Republicans are not the ones appointing radicals like Van Jones to key positions of power.

But Republicans are fighting each of these bad ideas and more. Is the GOP perfect? Far from it. But show me a human institution that is. Even our best friends and family members disappoint us sometimes, but they are still friends and family – the folks we can trust most.

As many of you know, I had the privilege of working all eight years in Ronald Reagan’s administration. During the post-Watergate Carter malaise, Reagan didn’t give up on the GOP and walk off in disgust. He rolled up his sleeves and got to work to make America a better nation. Rather than complaining about past shortcomings, we all need to roll up our sleeves and do what we can to stop Obama’s socialism. That has to be our first priority.

The GOP, Reagan said in 1977, “can and should provide the political mechanism through which the goals of the majority of Americans can be achieved. For one thing, the biggest single group of conservatives is to be found in that party. It makes more sense to build on that grouping than to break it up and start over.”

I couldn’t agree more, and I will continue to do everything I can to help elect more conservatives to Congress. I hope you agree and I hope will stand with me.

End Of Day Report 09 25 09

Friday, September 25, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Indoctrination?

Yesterday, videos surfaced of 20 Second Grade students in a Burlington, New Jersey, elementary school singing a song praising the accomplishments of Barack Hussein Obama. Several weeks ago, when it was announced that Obama would be conducting a nationwide address to students, I was alarmed to read the original lesson plan that students were supposed to complete after hearing the speech. One of the questions students had to answer was “How can I help Barack Obama?”

Because of the outrage that ensued over those questions, the Department of Education was forced to alter the original lesson plan. But it looks like indoctrination in our nation’s schools was taking place long before the controversy over Obama’s address earlier this month.

The video of the 2nd graders was filmed in June in what was supposedly a lesson plan designed to honor Black History Month. In the songs, children sing of Obama’s accomplishments and his plans to “make this country’s economy no. 1 again.” The most sickening part of the story was that Barack Obama’s name replaced Jesus’ in the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” In one of the lyrics, the children are told to say, “He said red, yellow, black, and white/All our equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.”

This video looks more like something you would expect in Chavez’s Venezuela than in an American Second Grade classroom. Many of the children’s parents are furious at the principal and teachers for allowing this to happen. Unbelievably, the principal, an Obama supporter, said that if given the chance, she would do it again. Big Media attacked conservatives for overreacting to Obama’s nationwide address earlier this month, but I believe we have every right to be concerned when stories like this surface.

Iran’s Secret Nuclear Facility

How many times have we heard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insist that Iran’s nuclear facility is being constructed strictly for energy purposes? The United Nations has bought into this claim. Barack Obama and our allies have given Iran the benefit of the doubt. But today at the G-20 summit, Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced that our intelligence reports suggest that Iran has secretly been developing an additional “covert uranium enrichment facility.”

The report suggests that Iran has been hiding the facility from the International Atomic Energy Agency. What’s most disturbing is that the United States and other Western intelligence sources knew about the “secret” facility months ago but refused to bring it up publicly. Iran admitted to having the facility only after they knew that the West had discovered it.

All three leaders warned of “tougher sanctions,” which they think will deter the Iranians from continuing their nuclear program. These sanctions will have no effect, however, unless China and Russia sign onto them, which appears unlikely despite our concessions to Russia regarding the missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

All that matters is that with each passing day Iran gets closer to developing a nuclear weapon. The international community does not appear willing to take the necessary steps to stop them.

Jihadist Update

Earlier this week I reported on the arrest of 3 men plotting an attack on the New York City Subway. The men were initially arrested on charges of lying to police about an ongoing investigation, but they were soon charged with attempting to obtain weapons of mass destruction. This case is continuing to develop, and federal officials are still trying to identify additional individuals involved with this terror plot. But this was not the only foiled terror attack in just the past few days.

Yesterday, a 19 year-old Jordanian national was arrested in Dallas, Texas, for attempting to place a bomb at the 60-story Fountain Place Office Tower. The FBI had been monitoring the man and had made contact with him. They proceeded to give him a bomb decoy and the man in turn placed the decoy at the base of the tower. The FBI immediately arrested the terrorist and charged him with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

In Illinois, meanwhile, American Michael Finton was charged with attempting to bomb the state courthouse in Springfield. Finton converted to Islam while in prison. In an unrelated case, the FBI announced that Daniel Boyd, the North Carolinian converted Islamist arrested earlier this year, was planning an attack with automatic weapons on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico.

Thus far in his presidency, Obama has reached out to the Muslim world, referring to its religion as a religion of peace, while condemning Israel. Barack Obama needs to wake up. Despite his multiple appeasement attempts, the Islamofascists are still trying to kill us. They don’t care who is president, they still want us dead.

Planned Parenthood Deserves The ACORN Treatment

As most of you know by now, investigative journalist James O’Keefe’s under cover film exposing the corruption at ACORN has helped prompt lawmakers to cut off the liberal activist group’s federal funding. But lost in the deserved attention to the ACORN sting film has been O’Keefe’s first release, a 2007 expose of the systemic corruption at another liberal activist organization, Planned Parenthood. In my Human Events column today, I argue that Planned Parenthood deserves the same treatment ACORN is getting and should be stripped of the hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars it receives annually. You can read and comment on my column at: http://www.humanevents.com.. Thank you.

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End Of Day Report 09 24 09

Thursday, September 24, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Jew Bashing At The U.N.

What a disgusting spectacle. For 96 minutes yesterday, Libya’s Muammar Qadhafi delivered an insane tirade to the U.N. General Assembly, blaming Israel for the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the U.S. military for producing flu viruses to help drug companies get rich. Qadhafi also called Obama “my son” and expressed his hope that Obama would be president forever. National Review is reporting that the Obama Administration has notified Congress that the State Department intends to contribute $400,000 of your tax money to foundations run by Qadhafi’s two children.

Qadhafi was scheduled to speak for 15 minutes, but no one at the U.N. had the courage to end the madness and escort him from the podium. That would have been undiplomatic. And yet this is the very body that President Obama thinks can be trusted to restrain despots on the battlefield and prevent Holocaust-denying dictators from obtaining nuclear weapons.

After “Muammar the Mad” left the stage, along came the Iranian Shiite fanatic Mahmoud Ahamdinejad, who accused Israel of trying to dominate the world politically and economically. He accused Israel of “crimes” against defenseless Palestinian women and children, when of course it is radical Palestinians who strap explosives on to their children and use them as human bombs. Ahmadinejad continues his march toward nuclear weapons. The day he obtains them, Israel, America and any other nation that believes in the Judeo/Christian values of Western Civilization will be in danger. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today and called out the U.N. cowards. Click here to see a brief portion of his remarks.

And what about President Obama? He mentioned Iran and North Korea a couple of times, but mentioned Israel more than a dozen. He called Israeli homes in established Israeli cities “illegitimate.” And he pointedly said the Israeli “occupation that began in 1967” must end. On both points, he sadly parrots the views of Qadhafi and Ahmadinejad. No wonder that for the first time since its founding in 1947, Israelis see a U.S. president as overtly hostile to their security.

Obama’s Biggest Fan: Himself

I have often criticized the liberal media for their love affair with Barack Obama. Whether their distorting the facts in the healthcare bill, or essentially letting Obama takeover their airwaves, as he did this past Sunday, the media are all Obama all the time. However, Dan Gainor, a weekly columnist in the Fox Forum on Fox News, produced a study finding that Big Media is not Barack Obama’s biggest fan. That honor goes to Barack Obama himself.

Gainor says that in 41 speeches this year, not including the disastrous one he gave yesterday at the U.N., Obama used the word “I” or “me” an astonishing 1,200 times. That includes only his 34 weekly addresses and seven major speeches. If we were to count every interview and speech Obama has given since he was inaugurated, the numbers would be off the charts.

Moreover, from his inauguration in January to the sevent-month mark in August, Obama conducted 114 interviews. To put that in perspective, in their first seven months in office, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton did 37 and 41 interviews respectively. If Obama continues at this rate, he will exceed all the interviews by former presidents combined! The man is truly in love with himself.

I long for the days when the president spoke to the American people about “us,” not about himself. President Reagan would often use “we” in his speeches when talking about the crises the country faced when confronting the Soviet Union and communism. It appears this president thinks the presidency is all about him when it is suppose to be all about America.

Democrats Rushing “Reform”

Here’s a quick thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that our political leaders announced they wanted to implement a fundamental transformation of our society. They plan to create a massive new entitlement program that will cost trillions of dollars, impose hundreds of billions in new taxes, grant the government, especially the IRS, sweeping new powers and revamp approximately 20% of our economy. Which is more important: Getting it done quickly or getting it done right?

The answer is obvious, and I suspect even young children know it is better to get their work done correctly rather than quickly. Unfortunately, the most elementary logic seems to escape elected Democrats these days.

The fact is, the above experiment is exactly what we are confronting in the national debate over healthcare “reform.” And the question about getting it done quickly or correctly is not merely rhetorical. Yesterday, Senate Democrats unbelievably rejected an amendment that would have required a full cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and a 72-hour review period before the Finance Committee could hold its final vote on the massive healthcare “reform” bill. The amendment was offered by Kentucky Republican Jim Bunning.

Liberal Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine got it right when she said, “I do believe the American people are rightfully entitled to [know] what exactly we are doing, what we are legislating. Words matter, and so do the numbers. …Time is our ally, not our enemy. People are rightfully concerned in this country [whether] we will get this right.” But Democrats on the Finance Committee disagreed and voted down the Bunning amendment 11-to-12.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Capitol Hill, Republicans are launching an effort to change House rules so that members have 72-hours to review non-emergency legislation before a final House vote. Call it the “Read The Bill” bill. In a curious twist, the bill was actually written by a Democrat but has been blocked in committee. So, Republicans have started a “discharge petition.” If signed by a majority of House members, they can bypass the committee and force Speaker Nancy Pelosi to schedule a floor vote on the bill.

Speaking in favor of the discharge petition, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, “The American people are angry that Speaker Pelosi didn’t allow the public and their elected representatives to read the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ bill or the national energy tax before they were rammed through the House. Congress can, and must, do better.”

I couldn’t agree more. Members of Congress are paid very well by the American people to do the nation’s business. We should demand they do it well and get it done right.

GOP Fighting Back

Keeping The Pressure On ACORN.

Battling Big Government Power Grabs.

Fighting Political Corruption.

Fighting Abuse Of Power.

End Of Day Report 09 23 09

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama At The U.N.

Not surprisingly, Barack Obama received a warm reception at the United Nations General Assembly today. And why shouldn’t he? Since the day he took office, the president’s foreign policy has been soft on our enemies and hard on our friends. The assorted thugs, dictators and America-haters at the U.N. love it! Last week, President Obama made two decisions that caused celebration in Moscow and Tehran, while leaving our allies to wonder if being America’s friend was a blessing or a curse.

Obama unilaterally gave in to Russian demands that we not deploy a land-based missile defense shield in Poland to protect Europe and our troops from Iranian missiles. Surely, the experts said, he must have gotten something in return from the Russians. Sadly, the experts appear to be wrong. We got nothing. The Russians are asking why they should give us something for merely correcting Bush’s “mistake.”

Fresh from that “accomplishment,” the White House agreed to negotiations with Iran on the heels of a top advisor to Ahmadinejad predicting “the defeat and collapse” of Western democracy. The Iranians further spit in our eye by making it clear that the one thing they won’t negotiate about is their nuclear program, which is the only thing that really matters in the negotiations.

In today’s speech, President Obama played to our enemies some more when he repeated his demand that Jews not live in East Jerusalem, their own capital, and in Judea and Samaria, where Jews have lived for millennia. The obscenity of a black president demanding that some neighborhoods in Israel be Jew-free is breathtaking.

Our president has high approval ratings – in Europe and the Third World. But among the people he governs – us – it is down to 50% from a high of 75%, and falling. And in Israel, it is an astonishing 4%.

Questions Surround Muslim Rally

This Friday, Muslim leaders are planning to hold a prayer rally at the U.S. Capitol. I have been a proponent of religious freedom my entire life and I believe that Muslims in the United States have the right to express their beliefs freely. However, as more details are revealed about the rally, I question the motives of this group.

One of the chief organizers of the rally, Hassen Abdellah, is a lawyer who has represented Islamic terrorists, including men connected with the World Trade Center attacks in 1993 and 2001. The group claims that the event is supposed to show their patriotism and demonstrate to Muslims around the world the freedom American Muslims enjoy. If they are truly staunch supporters of individual freedoms, I encourage them to denounce radical Islamic terrorism around the world. I don’t think they will get around to doing that on Friday, but I hope I’m wrong.

Organizers claim that their phones have been ringing off the hook and they estimate that over 50,000 people will attend. We will see if the figure ends up being that high.

Beware Big Government

Once again, the Left has demonstrated its disturbing tendency toward totalitarianism. This month, the insurance company Humana dared to tell its members the truth about the consequences of the healthcare “reform” legislation currently pending before Congress. Specifically, it warned that millions of senior citizens “could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable.” For that “crime,” Montana Democrat Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, ordered a government investigation into Humana.

Senator Baucus defended his heavy-handed tactics by saying, “It is wholly inappropriate for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject—particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as healthcare reform. The healthcare reform bill we released … does not cut benefits covered under the Medicare program — and seniors need to know that.” Cue Joe Wilson.

What’s inappropriate and misleading is how Senator Baucus can state with a straight face that cutting $120 billion from the Medicare Advantage program won’t lead to cuts in benefits. But, thanks to the brute force of Big Government, Humana and other insurance companies are now under a cease and desist order from the federal agency that polices Medicare and Medicaid.

I’m pleased to report that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took the Senate floor and blasted this “gag order” as a clear constitutional violation of free speech. (Click here to watch his remarks.)

My friends, if the Democrats and their bureaucratic enablers will do this to a major corporation, no doubt armed with a legion of lawyers and lobbyists, what do you think they will do to you – an average taxpayer – when they control your healthcare? Defend your freedom. Don’t give the government any more power!

A Clear Pattern

Unfortunately, Baucus’ behavior is part of a clear pattern of abuse. Remember this: “Spy on your neighbors; report fishy e-mails to flag@whitehouse.gov”? And this: “President Obama is going to speak to the nation’s schools. Let’s have the White House develop a curriculum plan that the Department of Education will distribute asking kids how they can help President Obama.”

When concerned citizens spoke out against socialized healthcare this summer, Democrat leaders called them “immoral,” “un-American” and even “racist,” hoping to silence dissent. And we now know that political operatives at the National Endowment for the Arts were coordinating conference calls encouraging the arts community to promote the president’s agenda. Is that how you want your tax dollars spent – on Obama propaganda art?

Given this outrageous behavior, it’s no surprise that a recent Rasmussen poll found 66% of Americans, even 44% of Democrats, are angry at the government. According to Gallup, 57% of adults think the government is doing too much. They’re right! Look at what Obama and the Democrats have done in past eight months: Desperately trying to socialize healthcare, nationalizing auto companies and banks, dictating salaries on Wall Street and trying to pass a massive new energy tax.

Evidently, that’s what Obama meant when he promised us “transformational change.” Obama and the Democrats are transforming our free market society, centered around individual liberty, to a European-style, Big Government socialist state with its central planning mandates and socialist taxes to “spread the wealth around.” (Speaking of government mandates, here’s a new one certain to further weaken the economy.) Thankfully, as the above polls suggest, the American people are catching on, and they’re not very happy about it.

As Joe Biden said, next year’s elections will be our “one shot” to stop Obama’s socialism and make 2010 “the end of the road” for the Obama Administration. I’m counting on you to help CWF make Joe Biden’s nightmare come true!

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End Of Day Report 09 22 09

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Irving Kristol R.I.P

Carol and I just returned from the funeral services for Irving Kristol, who passed away last week at the age of 89. Irving, the father of our good friend Bill Kristol, was universally acknowledged as the “founder” of the political impulse known as “neo-conservatism.” In his youth, he was actually a Trotskyite. It was at a Trotskyite meeting that he met his delightful wife, Gertrude Hummelfarb, who is also an intellectual giant.

But as the years went on, Irving began a long journey to the Right and became a powerful voice for freedom, and the defeat of Soviet communism and any other ideology that failed to recognize the value, worth and dignity of every human being. As he famously told friends, “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.” Irving Kristol never wavered in dissecting the evil of totalitarianism and making the case for the necessity of freedom.

When Ronald Reagan began his march to the White House, it was the “neo-cons,” led by men like Irving Kristol, who provided the intellectual framework for Reagan’s robust foreign policy that ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet empire. George W. Bush presented Irving the Medal of Freedom, our highest civilian honor, in recognition of the contribution he made to defending the West.

But Irving Kristol’s influence extended far beyond foreign policy. In 1965, he started the quarterly journal, The Public Interest, which became a powerful critic of the failure of American liberalism on domestic and social policy too.

In short, it is impossible to imagine modern American conservatism without the powerful intellect of Irving Kristol. He will be missed by family and friends, and by all of us who still fight for America to be a “shining city upon a hill.”

New Details Emerge In Terror Plot

Yesterday, I reported on the arrest of three men whom federal authorities believe were part of a plot by Al-Qaeda to launch an attack in New York City. Today, new details have been released that reveal more disturbing news. Federal authorities believe that up to 12 people could be involved in this operation. Officials are continuing to gather enough evidence to indict the young Afghan man at the center of the investigation.

The plot was discovered via surveillance, electronic intercepts, interviews, and seized evidence. I hope President Obama and the Justice Department don’t launch a probe against the dedicated men and women who foiled this plot by questioning the legality of how the evidence was obtained.

The investigation is focusing on several individuals contacted by Najibullah Zazi, the 24 year old Afghan who admitted to attending Al-Qaeda training camps and was caught with 9-pages of handwritten notes on homemade bomb construction. Zazi met with the suspects on a trip to New York City two weeks ago.

Federal law enforcement officials believe that Zazi was plotting an attack on New York City subway stations and other crowded civilian targets. In recent days, federal officials have issued security warnings for mass transit stations, hotels, sports venues and storage facilities across the United States.

In case we needed any more reminders, our Islamofascist enemies are still trying to kill us. I fear for the safety of Americans both here and abroad as it has become apparent that the enemy is determined to strike us once again.

“The End Of The Road”

Joe Biden is worried. In fact, yesterday he told a group of Democrat donors that the end may be near. What’s got Joe Biden so bothered? He’s worried about the increasing possibility that Republicans might take back Congress in next year’s congressional elections!

Speaking at a fundraiser for Arizona Democrats, Biden warned the crowd, “They’re going to put their chips on movement in the … seats … that have been traditionally Republican districts. If they take them back, this is the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do.” (There are 49 House seats held by Democrats whose districts voted for John McCain last year.)

But Biden also had a warning for conservatives and Independents, too. He said, “This [the 2010 election] is their one shot. If they don’t break the back of our effort in this upcoming election, you’re going to see the things we said we’re for happen. …it will break the dam…”

Pay attention because you won’t read this often: Joe Biden is right!

He’s right to be worried. Barack Obama has proven that he’s a tax and spend, Big Government liberal. His approval rating has fallen like a rock. His leftwing policies have alienated millions of Americans and given rise to the Tea Party movement. So, Joe Biden is right — Republicans can retake the House.

That said, he’s also right that this is our “one shot” to stop Obama’s socialism. Protests are great, but elections matter most. Nothing will change if we don’t change the politicians making public policy on Capitol Hill. And if we fail to register and turn out more voters and make major gains next year, the Left and the liberal media will be emboldened to push their radical agenda like never before.

So, my friends, let’s do everything we can to prove Joe Biden right. Let’s retake Congress and make 2010 the “end of the road” for the Obama/Biden Administration. Working together, we can stop Obama’s socialism! (Click here to get the bumper sticker.)

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Monday, September 21, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

NYC Terror Plot Uncovered

More information was released over the weekend about the FBI’s foiling of an imminent terrorist attack in New York City. In case you missed it, here are some of the details:

* The FBI arrested three men who lied to federal agents during an investigation of the imminent attack in New York City. Authorities said the plot was “the real deal” and one of the most serious threats since 9/11.

* Two of the men, Mohammed and Najibullah Zazi, are residents of Aurora, Colorado. They had recently rented a car and were planning to drive to New York City. The terror plans were found in the rental car. The third suspect is Wais Afzali, a 37 year old Afghan national who is a resident of Flushing, New York. What’s most disturbing about Afzali is that he is an imam at a New York mosque.

* Najibullah Zazi admitted to attending an al-Qaeda terrorist training camp in Pakistan, where he learned how to make explosives.

* Agents found nine pages of instructions on how to build homemade bombs on Zazi’s personal computer. The bombs would have resembled those used in the July 2005 London subway attacks. Raids uncovered 14 recently-purchased backpacks. Backpacks, authorities say, were also used by the London bombers to disguise their bombs.

While it is great news that we caught these men, there is still reason for concern. All of the men are U.S. citizens. And the New York imam was reportedly an informant with the New York Police Department. But, according to various reports, the imam tipped off the Zazis that they were under investigation. This means that our enemies have successfully infiltrated the New York Police Department and could possibly have other people on the inside misleading the police.

The FBI still has not discovered all of the details about this plot, which has only intensified the investigation. There is growing evidence that our enemies are increasing their efforts to attack us.

President Misleads Again

President Obama ran into a problem from an unlikely source yesterday during his television marathon of five Sunday talk shows. ABC host George Stephanopoulos confronted the president on whether the large penalties in the bill ($3,800 per family) for those who refuse to buy health insurance constitute a tax. The president, understandably, was adamant in denying it was a tax. If it is a tax, then he is violating his pledge not to raise taxes on middle class families – a political disaster.

As Stephanopoulos pressed the point, Obama said, “No. That’s not true, George.” A few minutes later, he objected again, and said, “No, but, but, George, you – you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.” Stephanopoulos then cited a Webster’s dictionary, which defines “tax” as “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.” Obama objected again, and told Stephanopoulos that by looking up tax in the dictionary, he was “stretching a little bit right now.” Stephanopoulos gave up and asked, “But you reject that it’s a tax increase?” President Obama responded, “I absolutely reject that notion.”

The president may reject that notion, but right about now Congressman Joe Wilson might again need to yell “You lie!” Several news outlets took a look at the Senate bill to see what it called the penalties. There it was in black and white on page 29: “The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax.” According to Politico, the legislation goes on to state that the tax would be collected: “through the tax code and applied as an additional amount of federal tax owed.”

So what should we conclude? Does the president not know what is in the bill he is pushing? Did he know, but chose to intentionally mislead Stephanopoulos and the millions of people watching the interview? Does President Obama think he can still get away with distortions and half-truths?

By the way, here is another $1,800 middle class tax increase the administration is pushing and trying its best to deny.

Will The U.S. Go To War With – Israel???

Over the weekend, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former President Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor and vocal supporter of Barack Obama, unbelievably suggested that the U.S. should shoot down Israeli jets if they try to attack Iran.

Brzezinski was asked how aggressively Obama should insist that Israel not strike Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. He responded, “We are not exactly impotent little babies. They (the Israelis) have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” When pressed by the interviewer, he added, “Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not.” The White House had no comment.

The Obama Administration should immediately denounce Zbigniew Brzezinski’s suggestion and remove him from any advisory role – official or otherwise – he may have with the president. His comments will encourage Iran and put our ally Israel in greater jeopardy. But, sadly, the Obama Administration is already making concessions to Iran, while browbeating Israel. No wonder Brzezinski thought he could get away with “floating” his outrageous idea of the U.S. committing an act of war against Israel.