Special End Of Day Report 01 29 10

Friday, January 29, 2010

To: California Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Stop Sacramento’s Spending!

America is in the middle of a fiscal nightmare. Families and small business owners are cutting their budgets to the bone. Of course, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. California is ground zero in the country’s fiscal crisis, and many states and cities are on the brink. There are many problems contributing to this crisis, but one stands out: Government spending, especially spending driven by public employee unions.

Just how bad is it? Well, it’s literally bankrupting local communities. For example, the city of Vallejo desperately tried to renegotiate contracts with the city’s public employee unions. After two years of talks with no concessions from the unions, the Vallejo City Council voted 7-to-0 to declare bankruptcy. Why? According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Vallejo spends 74 percent of its … general fund budget on public safety salaries” as a result of “generous contracts …struck in the 1970s.”

That was in 2008, and Vallejo is just one California city of 117,000 people. Today, the entire state is in jeopardy of going bankrupt with a $20 billion deficit. And let’s face the facts: Deficit spending today means tax hikes tomorrow. If we don’t get serious about spending, we will face a crushing tax burden that will dramatically reduce our standard of living in future years.

The good news is that concerned taxpayers of the Golden State are taking action to restore common sense to Sacramento through the Citizen Power Campaign. Their goal is to prevent public employee unions from spending your taxpayer dollars to promote their Big Government, high tax agenda.

Union political spending might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the fiscal insanity in Sacramento. And you’d be right to blame the politicians. But who is pulling their strings and filling their campaign coffers or threatening their reelection?

It might surprise you to learn just how much influence the public employee unions really have. Breaking their stranglehold on Sacramento is an essential first step toward restoring common sense to the budget and getting California’s fiscal house in order.

It’s time to take the power away from the union bosses and give it back to the citizens of California! And that’s exactly what the Citizen Power Campaign will do!

But to succeed they need your help collecting one million signatures to get the Citizen Power Initiative on the November ballot. To learn more, please visit http://www.UnplugThePoliticalMachine.org.

Please take action today. Click here to download a petition now!


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End Of Day Report 01 28 10

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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End Of Day Report 01 27 10

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 279 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

The State Of Obama

Tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress. But in my view the speech will likely tell us a lot more about the state of Obama’s thinking than the state of our union.

We already know our condition. Obama’s ideas haven’t worked. America is in trouble. After hundreds of billions in “stimulus” spending, the economic recovery is feeble and real unemployment is arguably closer to 17% than 10%. The deficit is out of control, and we are facing major tax increases. Whole chunks of the American economy have been assaulted by new government regulations, are facing government controls or are being demonized if they dare to make a profit. We are less safe from Islamic jihadists, and we have alienated many traditional allies around the world. Here at home, we’re more polarized than ever. Hope and change has become business as usual.

So what does Obama do now? If he were smart, he would endorse tax cuts across the board. A new Rasmussen poll today indicates that 59% of voters believe lower taxes are better at creating jobs than increasing government spending. He could announce real cuts in government spending, rather than a fake freeze.

Obama could admit that it was a mistake to try to takeover healthcare instead of focusing on job creation and announce an end to that battle. He could announce that GITMO will not be closed, and that his experiment in giving foreign terrorists constitutional rights is cancelled. Voters love a politician who can admit when he’s wrong.

Any combination of those ideas would send his approval rating soaring. But, alas, I see no sign that he has learned anything in the last 12 months. In fact, I believe he is more convinced than ever that the American people just aren’t wise enough to understand the power of his ideas, and that he simply has to fight harder, talk more and hold more closed-door meetings.

Sure, there will be some new camouflaged rhetoric tonight. Obama prides himself on being able to fool folks with his rhetoric. (I’m not exaggerating. Obama brags about it in his book, The Audacity of Hope, writing, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”)

Here’s an example of what to watch for. The president is expected to reintroduce his idea of tax credits for hiring new workers. Sounds helpful, but what good is a small tax credit to a business owner still worried about cap and trade energy taxes, card check, lost trading opportunities or a myriad of other tax hikes? This small crumb doesn’t even begin to counterbalance the major proposals of Obama’s radical agenda.

Unfortunately, I expect his speech to focus on his belief that “only government” is the answer instead of the problem. Of course, that’s exactly what he said about his failed stimulus bill too.

Second Thoughts

While the White House and leftwing activists may be in denial about the results of last week’s special election in Massachusetts, a number of Democrats appear to be getting the message. In the immediate aftermath of Scott Brown’s stunning upset victory, the White House was defiant and determined to pass ObamaCare. Having lost their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi quickly began discussing the available options for muscling their socialized medicine scheme through Congress.

Two plans emerged. One, called the “ping pong” option, would have the House pass the Senate’s bill with no amendments. But two days after Brown’s win, Pelosi said she didn’t have the votes to pass the Senate bill because of major differences. That left Democrats with reconciliation as their last option.

It’s a tricky legislative procedure, but it requires only 51 votes to pass the Senate. Major leftwing groups like SIEU, AARP and MoveOn.org were demanding Democrats move quickly to ram Obamacare through using the reconciliation process. For the past few days, it seemed likely that the Reid and Pelosi would try it.

Conservative groups were quick to sound the alarm and mobilize grassroots opposition, and our efforts are making a difference. Late yesterday evening, Politico reported that at least eight Senate Democrats (including Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman) had expressed outright opposition or strong reservations to using this trick to pass a bill that nearly 60% of the public opposes. Suddenly, Harry Reid is saying “There is no rush” to pass ObamaCare.

Thank you to everyone who heeded our call to action and used our website to send messages to your elected representatives. (If you have not spoken up yet, please do so now. Click here to take action.) This fight is not yet over, and I won’t breathe easy until we defeat Harry Reid and dozens of liberal Democrats 279 days from now!

“Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life”

On February 7th, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Super Bowl. Among the highlights every year are the ads. Major corporations spend millions to produce and air these ads, which can become instant hits. This year, our friends at Focus on the Family are running an ad featuring former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, quarterback of the University of Florida Gators.

Sadly, the ad is generating quite a lot of controversy. Tebow’s not endorsing a product, just the radical idea that we should celebrate family and the dignity of each human life. This is a very personal issue for Tim Tebow, because in 1987 his mother, Pam, was encouraged by her doctors to abort him. She refused, and today her 22 year-old son is considered one of the greatest athletes in college football history.

The Women’s Media Center is organizing a protest effort to pressure CBS to ban the ad. It won’t surprise you to learn that board members for the Center include Jodie Evans of Code Pink, Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Steinem and, of course, Jane Fonda. In trying to silence the story of Pam Tebow’s choice, the pro-abortion movement is proving once again just how anti-choice it really is. And its reaction speaks volumes.

Our children are constantly bombarded with over-sexualized, anti-family, “If it feels good do it” messages from the popular culture. Why is the Left so threatened by one 30-second ad? Because the message is so powerful. It speaks to the core values of our nation’s founding – that all are created equal and endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life. And the Left knows it is losing this debate, especially among our nation’s youth. One recent poll found that 58 percent of those aged 18 to 29 believe that abortion is “morally wrong.”

My hat goes off to Focus on the Family for producing this ad, and to Tim and Pam Tebow for having the courage to speak up for the sanctity of life.

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End Of Day

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 279 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

The State Of Obama

Tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress. But in my view the speech will likely tell us a lot more about the state of Obama’s thinking than the state of our union.

We already know our condition. Obama’s ideas haven’t worked. America is in trouble. After hundreds of billions in “stimulus” spending, the economic recovery is feeble and real unemployment is arguably closer to 17% than 10%. The deficit is out of control, and we are facing major tax increases. Whole chunks of the American economy have been assaulted by new government regulations, are facing government controls or are being demonized if they dare to make a profit. We are less safe from Islamic jihadists, and we have alienated many traditional allies around the world. Here at home, we’re more polarized than ever. Hope and change has become business as usual.

So what does Obama do now? If he were smart, he would endorse tax cuts across the board. A new Rasmussen poll today indicates that 59% of voters believe lower taxes are better at creating jobs than increasing government spending. He could announce real cuts in government spending, rather than a fake freeze.

Obama could admit that it was a mistake to try to takeover healthcare instead of focusing on job creation and announce an end to that battle. He could announce that GITMO will not be closed, and that his experiment in giving foreign terrorists constitutional rights is cancelled. Voters love a politician who can admit when he’s wrong.

Any combination of those ideas would send his approval rating soaring. But, alas, I see no sign that he has learned anything in the last 12 months. In fact, I believe he is more convinced than ever that the American people just aren’t wise enough to understand the power of his ideas, and that he simply has to fight harder, talk more and hold more closed-door meetings.

Sure, there will be some new camouflaged rhetoric tonight. Obama prides himself on being able to fool folks with his rhetoric. (I’m not exaggerating. Obama brags about it in his book, The Audacity of Hope, writing, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”)

Here’s an example of what to watch for. The president is expected to reintroduce his idea of tax credits for hiring new workers. Sounds helpful, but what good is a small tax credit to a business owner still worried about cap and trade energy taxes, card check, lost trading opportunities or a myriad of other tax hikes? This small crumb doesn’t even begin to counterbalance the major proposals of Obama’s radical agenda.

Unfortunately, I expect his speech to focus on his belief that “only government” is the answer instead of the problem. Of course, that’s exactly what he said about his failed stimulus bill too.

Second Thoughts

While the White House and leftwing activists may be in denial about the results of last week’s special election in Massachusetts, a number of Democrats appear to be getting the message. In the immediate aftermath of Scott Brown’s stunning upset victory, the White House was defiant and determined to pass ObamaCare. Having lost their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi quickly began discussing the available options for muscling their socialized medicine scheme through Congress.

Two plans emerged. One, called the “ping pong” option, would have the House pass the Senate’s bill with no amendments. But two days after Brown’s win, Pelosi said she didn’t have the votes to pass the Senate bill because of major differences. That left Democrats with reconciliation as their last option.

It’s a tricky legislative procedure, but it requires only 51 votes to pass the Senate. Major leftwing groups like SIEU, AARP and MoveOn.org were demanding Democrats move quickly to ram Obamacare through using the reconciliation process. For the past few days, it seemed likely that the Reid and Pelosi would try it.

Conservative groups were quick to sound the alarm and mobilize grassroots opposition, and our efforts are making a difference. Late yesterday evening, Politico reported that at least eight Senate Democrats (including Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman) had expressed outright opposition or strong reservations to using this trick to pass a bill that nearly 60% of the public opposes. Suddenly, Harry Reid is saying “There is no rush” to pass ObamaCare.

Thank you to everyone who heeded our call to action and used our website to send messages to your elected representatives. (If you have not spoken up yet, please do so now. Click here to take action.) This fight is not yet over, and I won’t breathe easy until we defeat Harry Reid and dozens of liberal Democrats 279 days from now!

“Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life”

On February 7th, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Super Bowl. Among the highlights every year are the ads. Major corporations spend millions to produce and air these ads, which can become instant hits. This year, our friends at Focus on the Family are running an ad featuring former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, quarterback of the University of Florida Gators.

Sadly, the ad is generating quite a lot of controversy. Tebow’s not endorsing a product, just the radical idea that we should celebrate family and the dignity of each human life. This is a very personal issue for Tim Tebow, because in 1987 his mother, Pam, was encouraged by her doctors to abort him. She refused, and today her 22 year-old son is considered one of the greatest athletes in college football history.

The Women’s Media Center is organizing a protest effort to pressure CBS to ban the ad. It won’t surprise you to learn that board members for the Center include Jodie Evans of Code Pink, Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Steinem and, of course, Jane Fonda. In trying to silence the story of Pam Tebow’s choice, the pro-abortion movement is proving once again just how anti-choice it really is. And its reaction speaks volumes.

Our children are constantly bombarded with over-sexualized, anti-family, “If it feels good do it” messages from the popular culture. Why is the Left so threatened by one 30-second ad? Because the message is so powerful. It speaks to the core values of our nation’s founding – that all are created equal and endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life. And the Left knows it is losing this debate, especially among our nation’s youth. One recent poll found that 58 percent of those aged 18 to 29 believe that abortion is “morally wrong.”

My hat goes off to Focus on the Family for producing this ad, and to Tim and Pam Tebow for having the courage to speak up for the sanctity of life.

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End Of Day Report 01 26 10

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 280 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

A Fake Freeze

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tomorrow night. He may or may not talk about dubious global warming, but a centerpiece of his address will likely be a dubious spending freeze. Many Americans were upset by the spending of the previous administration, but they have been shocked by the out-of-control spending of the Obama Administration. Last year, the Associated Press noted that Barack Obama’s budget “would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade, more than four times the deficits of Republican George W. Bush’s presidency.” (If you are a visual learner, click here.)

Not surprisingly, a number of recent surveys have found that deficit reduction and reduced federal spending are more important to voters than healthcare reform. Obama seems to have gotten that message – sort of. It’s being reported that the president will propose a three-year freeze on some discretionary spending, which will save about $25 billion a year. It’s a start, but let’s put that into perspective.

To begin with, the whole concept of a spending freeze is yet another flip-flop for Obama. As a candidate, Barack Obama repeatedly opposed the idea of a spending freeze during the presidential debates, saying it was “using a hatchet when you need a scalpel.”

This spending freeze is coming from a president who just racked up a record $1.4 trillion deficit with a failed stimulus spending bill, numerous bailouts and a budget that “increased non-defense spending by 12 percent.” One GOP spokesman said that Obama’s spending freeze is like “going on a diet after winning the pie eating contest.”

Obama’s proposed $25 billion in savings amounts to less than two percent of last year’s record deficit. And it comes just as his liberal allies in Congress are trying to pass a trillion-dollar socialized medicine scheme and yet another $100 billion stimulus plan. Clearly we need to take a hatchet to the federal budget, but Obama is only reluctantly reaching for his scalpel.

Define “Good”

In an ABC interview last night, President Obama said something publicly that he has been saying behind the scenes in Washington for some time, and it explains a lot. Obama told Diane Sawyer, “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” It’s an odd statement when you think about it. If you are a “really good” president, then you’re guaranteed to get a second term. Let me translate Obama’s statement for you.

The only way a president gets defeated is if he does a lot of things that the American people really don’t like. Things like wildly out-of-control spending, promoting abortion-on-demand, massive cap and trade energy taxes, granting foreign terrorists constitutional rights, socialized medicine, redefining marriage, and takeovers of major industries such as Government Motors.

In Obama’s mind, these are all really good things, and we’re just too stupid to know what’s good for us. So, Obama is going to ram it all through while he can. It’s this elitist liberal mentality that explains why Obama continues pushing for his socialized medicine scheme even after his party’s rebuke in Massachusetts last week. The hubris is stunning.

The only way we can stop Obama’s socialism is to defeat leading liberals like Harry Reid and dozens of Democrats in 280 days, and then work overtime in 2012 to make sure Obama is a one-term president!

Hubris With A Side Of Narcissism

According to various accounts, retiring Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) reportedly objected to fellow Democrats and the White House about the aggressive push for Obama’s radical agenda. Berry repeatedly warned that another 1994 rebellion is in the making, but his concerns were dismissed. Berry told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 [is] you’ve got me.’”

Let’s test that theory. How much of a difference did Obama make in the recent elections in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts? Oh, that’s right – all the candidates Obama campaigned for lost! No wonder Berry and so many of his fellow Democrats are retiring.

How The Left Plans To Beat Us

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the the Democratic Sentorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), sent a strategy memo today to campaign managers working to elect more liberals to Congress around the country. In it, Menendez boldly lays out a divide and conquer strategy to defeat conservatives. I believe we should read his strategy carefully and be certain we don’t make his job easier.

Menendez wants to drive wedges among conservative activists, Tea Party-style conservatives and Republican candidates. He urges Democrats to demand that GOP candidates answer questions like these:

* Do you believe that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen?
* Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created?
* Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Menendez believes that if a Republican candidate answers “No” to any of these questions, conservatives will be furious and abandon the candidate. On the other hand, if a Republican candidate answers “Yes,” he will be easily pigeon-holed as an “extremist,” alienating independent voters and driving them back to the Democrats. Menendez could be right if we fall into his trap.

Most Americans support Social Security and Medicare. (In fact, voters assigned a higher priority to those two issues than to healthcare “reform” in a recent Pew survey.) Most Americans have no idea what the gold standard is. Most Americans, fearful for their jobs, their mortgages and their children’s futures are not sitting around pondering Obama’s birth certificate. Does anyone think we would have won the elections in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts if those had been the main issues Republicans campaigned on?

We should encourage spirited primaries to pick the most conservative electable candidates we can. Then those candidates should run campaigns on the issues Americans care about most – the economy, jobs, national security and values. If we do that, the Left’s divide and conquer strategy won’t work and we can begin to reclaim our country.

Pence To Fight For GOP House

Congressman Mike Pence announced this morning that after much prayer and deliberation, he and his family have decided that it would best for him to run for reelection to the House of Representatives rather than to run against Senator Evan Bayh. Pence is convinced that the GOP can win back the House this November and oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

To his credit, Rep. Pence said that he feels a commitment “to shape the Republican comeback as a member of the House Republican leadership. …I am not going to leave my post when the fate of the House hangs in the balance.” He pledged to do everything he can to “restore fiscal discipline, common sense and common values” to Washington, D.C.

I know this was a tough decision, and I also know that Rep. Pence has a great future of conservative leadership ahead.

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End Of Day Report 01 25 10

Monday, January 25, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 281 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Are The Jihadists Ready To Strike Again?

The signs are unmistakable. Something big is brewing among the death worshippers of radical Islam. As we went into the weekend, U.S. intelligence officials warned that female suicide bombers trained in Yemen may be heading to the U.S.

Late Friday, the United Kingdom raised its terrorist threat level to “severe.” Same in India, where intelligence agencies picked up evidence that Pakistani-based jihadists may use gliders to attack Indian cities. ABC reported that in recent days an unusually large number of people on the U.S. “no-fly” list have been caught trying to board U.S. flights – evidence that our defenses are being probed.

Yesterday, Al-Jazeera TV released another Osama bin Laden audio tape taking credit for the botched Christmas Day bombing and promising that more attacks were on the way. At least one private terror monitoring firm claims that bin Laden used certain phrases in this latest tape that he had previously used as signals to launch pre-planned attacks.

Meanwhile, Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab continues his silence on the advice of the lawyer provided to him by the Obama Administration, courtesy of your tax dollars. Many in the U.S. intelligence community are furious that they have been denied the chance to get vital information as a result of the White House extending constitutional rights to terrorists.

Ready To Rumble?

Last week, Gallup released the results of a post-Massachusetts election poll on the direction the American people thought Congress should take regarding healthcare “reform.” Two-thirds of Americans want Congress to be doing something other than healthcare “reform,” and 55% believe that the current “reform” legislation should be scrapped completely. Only 32% felt Democrats were right to make healthcare legislation their top priority at this time.

Some Democrats have felt the heat and seen the light. Rep. Marion Berry, a seven-term Democrat from Arkansas, announced his retirement today – yet another Democrat beating a hasty retreat for the exit doors before facing the voters in 281 days. Even more telling, Beau Biden, the vice president’s son and current Delaware Attorney General, is passing on the opportunity to run for his father’s Senate seat. You know things are bad for the Democrats when they can’t recruit a Biden to run in Delaware.

Politically, the administration has three strikes against it in recent weeks, having lost gubernatorial contests in New Jersey and Virginia, and the special election in Massachusetts for the Senate seat held by the Kennedy family for over 50 years. One would think the message of these three races was unavoidable.

But the administration is evidently living in a state of denial. As the president prepares to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, the tone reportedly will be combative. Far from learning the lesson of past weeks, all indications suggest that the White House has gone into a bunker mentality and is digging in for a fight.

In fact, that’s exactly what top Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett said this weekend on “Meet the Press.” Responding to questions about how Obama will react to the GOP’s “stunning victory,” Jarrett replied, “He is going to fight for what he’s always been fighting for… We’re not hitting a reset button at all.” If we needed additional confirmation of this strategy, we got it in the news that Obama has brought David Plouffe into the White House. Plouffe was Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, and in spite of his cool demeanor, he is a committed ideologue.

In yesterday’s Washington Post, Plouffe outlined the lessons he’s learned from the Massachusetts election. Plouffe calls for passing healthcare reform legislation “without delay” even though “the short-term politics are bad,” doubling down on the failed stimulus spending bill with “more incentives for green jobs” and appealing to the far Left fringe of the Democrat Party. He concludes by writing, “Instead of fearing what may happen, let’s prove that … we have the guts to govern. Let’s fight like hell.”

Plouffe and the president want a fight for the heart and soul of America. I’m ready to “fight the good fight” for our values. Are you ready to rumble?

Take Action

Many of you have responded to my action items in recent days, sending messages through our website to your members of Congress in opposition to socialized medicine. The White House may not be listening, but many Democrats on Capitol Hill are hearing from you.

To overcome the megaphone that is the bully pulpit of the presidency, we’ve got to turn it up a notch or two. And we’re doing just that. CWF has partnered with other leading conservative organizations to target key politicians in swing districts in the days ahead. But we all must do more.

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Senator Pence? I Like The Sound

Virtually every day, Democrat incumbents previously believed to be in “safe seats” are suddenly in jeopardy. The latest political casualty is Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana. Bayh is generally described as a moderate, but on issue after issue he toes the liberal line. 2009 was no exception for Bayh, who supported Obama’s Big Government takeover of healthcare.

For weeks, the D.C. rumor mill has been bubbling over with hints that Reagan conservative Congressman Mike Pence is pondering a race against Bayh. Pence has a 100% rating with conservative organizations, including Campaign for Working Families. He is fiscally conservative, wants lower taxes, is solidly pro-life and believes we must defeat Islamic jihadists. He would electrify conservatives nationwide if he decided to run for the Senate.

Now comes a new Rasmussen poll that shows Pence beating Bayh 47%-to-44%! When an incumbent is drawing less than 50% of the vote, he’s in trouble. But the Bayh race wouldn’t be easy. The senator has a campaign war chest of nearly $13 million and the Democrats will pour millions more into the race to defend him.

Congressman Pence will decide soon. Reports indicate that he is consulting with his family and friends back in Indiana. And I’m sure, knowing how strong his faith is, that he is also seeking Divine guidance. Whatever his decision, I’m convinced that Rep. Mike Pence has a big political future ahead, and that is great news for conservatives and for America!

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End Of Day Report 01 22 10

Friday, January 22, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 284 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Celebrating Life

More than 150 years ago, the Supreme Court issued its horrible Dred Scott decision. That case concluded that a black man was mere property, the equivalent of a horse, and, if he escaped his slavery, he had to be returned to his owner. The evil decision nearly destroyed our nation. Thirty-seven years ago, the Court again declared that some individuals, unborn children, have no rights we are bound to respect. Roe v. Wade is the progeny of Dred Scott.

I had the honor of speaking to the Kentucky Right to Life delegation this morning as they joined thousands of Americans who came to Washington to celebrate life. These good folks come to pray that our nation and our leaders would see Roe for what it is: a rejection of our nation’s highest ideal – that liberty is a gift from God and that each of us has a right to life. It is my prayer that our nation’s first black president, who undoubtedly recognizes the injustice of Dred Scott, will someday soon come to appreciate that the same injustice is inherent in Roe v. Wade.

Mood In Congress

Last night, I spent hours talking to members of Congress on Capitol Hill. It was astonishing to see the change in mood. Republicans are reenergized! For the past year, they have fought every Obama scheme, in most cases voting unanimously against socialism, tax hikes and Big Government. But the GOP is massively outnumbered and Obama has been relentless. The addition of one more Republican senator increases the chances that they will be able to stop the worst of the administration’s power grabs.

Optimism is growing about November. Virtually every GOP candidate in key Senate races across the country – from Ohio to Missouri, Pennsylvania to North Dakota, Arkansas to Nevada – is rising in the polls, while Democrat incumbents are in a free fall. I expect more Democrats to retire in the days ahead and more solid conservative candidates to emerge in upcoming primaries.

Now here’s some bad news. In spite of everything that has transpired this week, there are reports that Democrats are maneuvering behind the scenes to force ObamaCare through Congress using the reconciliation process, a tactic they had previously rejected. The radical Left is panic-stricken that it may lose the crown jewel of its agenda. AARP, SIEU, MoveOn.org and other leftwing outfits are pounding liberal Democrats to do whatever it takes to get the job done now.

House Republican Leader John Boehner is warning that the bill is “maybe not quite as dead as I want it,” while Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, warned yesterday that Democrats are laying the groundwork to use the reconciliation process.

Despite the warning from Massachusetts, the liberals just won’t give up. Please, if you have not yet done so, click here to tell your elected representatives, “Don’t you dare!”

It also serves as yet another reminder of why your support for this political action committee is so important. We can’t rest until there is a conservative majority in Congress, and that means we must defeat a lot of liberal Democrats.

Is Obama His Own Worst Enemy?

Yesterday, the president proved once again that he may well be his own worst enemy. Obama’s economic policies – tax hikes, bigger government, dramatically more spending, cap and trade, etc. – will make job growth and economic recovery much harder, not easier. Now he’s back to his full-throated rhetorical assaults against American business, and he’s sharpening his class warfare rhetoric.

The president made a surprise announcement yesterday about breaking up big investment banks. Some have described the Obama’s plan as “the most far-reaching overhaul of Wall Street since the 1930s.” I realize there is legitimate concern about not repeating the mistakes of a policy based on the idea that some companies are “too big to fail.” But Obama’s comments and his Big Government solutions could have been applauded in Caracas, Havana or Moscow. It’s not surprising that a new poll of investors finds that 77% of them view Obama as “anti-business” and 80% question his ability to handle a financial crisis. (Probably because his record deficits are creating one!)

Obama has made an art form out of attacking “special interests” – banks, oil companies, hedge funds, insurance companies, etc. – industries that are responsible for hundreds of thousands of American jobs. (Just ignore the special interests that got him elected – ACORN, Big Labor, the pro-abortion lobby, the militant homosexual movement, etc.) Politically, there is a one-year statute of limitations on blaming Bush for everything, so he has to have an enemy. But you are left with the impression that the only employer in America Barack Obama really likes is Big Government.

It’s also ironic that on the very day the president said he “welcomes a fight” with American businesses, the Supreme Court upheld the free speech rights of corporations. Be careful what you wish for, Mr. President. You might get it! But worse than that, his policies will only deepen the recession and further the pain millions of Americans are facing. If he doesn’t turn the economy around, he’ll be a one-term president just like Jimmy Carter.

Obama Is No Reagan

It was telling that on the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration the spotlight was not on the president but on a previously little-known Republican state senator who had just won a special election for a Senate seat in the bluest of blue states. For Obama, the aura of invincibility that surrounded his first days in office suddenly disappeared.

Democrats insist that, like Ronald Reagan, who struggled in the polls during his first year in office, Obama can recover and be a successful and popular president. But to borrow from Lloyd Bentsen, I knew Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. In my Human Events column today, I examine how Obama has failed on family issues during his first year as president. You can read my piece here.

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