Thursday, January 28, 2010
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 278 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!
The State Of Obama, Part II
I know it’s not polite to say it, but I told you so. President Obama’s State of the Union address last night was a full-throated defense of his radical agenda. It was combative and, at times, even condescending. It was the longest speech of his career, and it nearly put Harry Reid to sleep!
Obama threw down the gauntlet, telling members of Congress not to “run for the hills,” and warning, “I don’t quit.” Across the board, there wasn’t a single position, no matter how unpopular, that the president backed away from. In short, it represented no change at all from the disastrous path that has caused his approval rating to collapse by nearly 20 points in the past year. (This comes in spite of reports that the White House has spent more than $2 million on focus groups and polling.)
The president repeated his call for cap-and-trade energy taxes, or as he called it, “comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.” A recent Pew survey found that those who are closely following the cap and trade issue overwhelmingly oppose the bill: 32% support it, while 64% oppose it.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 58% of voters oppose the healthcare “reform” bill now in Congress. More importantly, 61% of voters want members of Congress to abandon the push for socialized medicine and focus instead on job creation and the economy. Not only did the president double down on his unpopular agenda, but his talking points were full of distortions. Here’s a sample:
* President Obama began his address by focusing on jobs. He actually tried to defend his $800 billion pork-barrel spending “stimulus bill” by claiming that it saved two million jobs. But last weekend, his top advisors couldn’t agree on the number of jobs “saved or created,” and a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office suggested it could be as few as 600,000. Yet, after wasting a year pursuing a climate change bill, bailouts and a government takeover of healthcare, and after all the promises of the stimulus bill failed to materialize with millions more Americans unemployed, President Obama suddenly realizes that we must do something about jobs.
* The president chided members of Congress for “waging a perpetual campaign.” Virtually every political analyst has said that it’s Obama who never got out of campaign mode. In fact, his presidential campaign operation never went away. It morphed into “Organizing for America,” which the White House has used to gin up support for Obama’s agenda. Last year he held town hall meetings with pre-selected audiences, just like campaign rallies. Last week, Obama even hired his 2008 campaign manager to rework his political and communications strategies.
* The president said, “I will not give up on changing the tone of our politics.” Tell it to your own party, sir. It was Nancy Pelosi who referred to her fellow citizens as “un-American.” It was Harry Reid who called concerned taxpayers “evil-mongers.” It was SIEU union thugs who beat up a black man in St. Louis for expressing his opposition to socialized medicine. It was liberal media elites who mocked peaceful demonstrators with crude language and accused them of racism.
* Obama called on government “to do our work openly.” But posting the White House guest list doesn’t cut it. Major pieces of legislation have been brought to the floor of the House and Senate with last-minute amendments that were hundreds of pages long. Obama’s oft-repeated campaign promise to have the healthcare negotiations broadcast on C-Span was a joke. The healthcare bill was written with more secrecy than a CIA spy mission. All its closed-door meetings, backroom deals, bribes and kickbacks makes the mafia look like a model of transparency.
* The president challenged members of Congress for ideas on healthcare, saying, “…if anyone from either party has a better approach … let me know.” But it has always been “my way or the highway.” That’s what Obama meant when he said recently that he would rather have one “good” term as president than two “mediocre” terms. He intends to do what he wants to do, whether you want it or not. The fact is, House Republicans have offered dozens of ideas and proposals. More precisely, they have introduced 60 bills related to healthcare reform. By the way, most doctors serving in Congress today are Republicans, and all of them oppose Obama’s socialized medicine scheme.
* The president said last night, “We haven’t raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person. Not a single dime.” True enough, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. ObamaCare includes hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes. And Obama’s cap and trade bill has been described by fellow Democrat John Dingell as “a great big tax.” Investor Warren Buffett called it “a huge … and fairly regressive tax.” Obama’s Treasury Department estimated that it could cost families $1,800 a year.
* Did you catch the president’s extraordinary attack on the Supreme Court? It was a rude assault on a co-equal branch of government that even offended some liberals. Commentator Juan Williams said, “I’m not sure it is appropriate for the president of the United States to scold the Supreme Court as [the justices] sat there… It worries me in terms of intimidating a branch of government.”
It wasn’t just rude, it was also wrong. Specifically, the president accused the Court of opening the “floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations … or worse, foreign entities” to dictate our elections. Foreign donations were and remain illegal. But it’s not surprising that Obama might be confused about fundraising laws given how riddled his presidential campaign was with questionable fundraising practices, including illegal foreign donations.
Let’s see how many in the media, including those who ran Rep. Joe Wilson over the coals for one emotional yet accurate outburst, call Obama on his calculated attack on another branch of government. And the next time Obama or some liberal politician insists that we must support abortion-on-demand or homosexual rights just because the court said so, the president made it clear last night that Congress can override the courts. Remember that when leftwing judges find a previously undiscovered constitutional right for men to “marry” other men.
Since this report has to end somewhere, I’ll stop my analysis now. In case you think I’m being overly critical, the Associated Press noted some other whoppers in its State of the Union Fact Check. But for all the inconsistencies, there was one consistent theme in President Obama’s address: It was all about him. By one count, the president referred to himself last night at least 76 times – twice as often as George W. Bush used the word “I” on average in his State of the Union speeches.
The Republican response was delivered by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who offered a clearly conservative contrast. Rather than touting government as the solution, McDonnell said, “Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much. …The circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level. Without reform, the excessive growth of government threatens our very liberty and prosperity.”
McDonnell also voiced the public’s growing concern about the administration’s naivety on national security by borrowing a line from Senator-elect Scott Brown, who said, “In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.” And while Obama championed radical social experiments like open homosexuality in the military, McDonnell spoke of our time-honored values, saying, “America must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected, and innocent human life is protected.”
My friends, last night the American people heard two vastly different visions for America. Only one of them can prevail. Either we will be governed by far left Democrats or we will be governed by center-right Republicans. We’ve got 278 days to convince friends and family members that our pro-family, pro-life, pro-free enterprise values offer the best hope for our future. Working together, we can take back Congress and stop Obama’s socialism!
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