Wednesday, March 31, 2010
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 216 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!
Admitting The Obvious
While the Obama White House is doing it all it can to weaken our alliance with Israel and undermine the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the CIA just announced that Iran has the capability to build nuclear weapons. The report admits the obvious. Iran’s “president” has repeatedly stated his desire to “wipe Israel off the map,” and has prayed for the day when the United States would cease to exist.
The new CIA statement comes as ABC News reports that top Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri defected to the United States last year. Amiri reportedly worked at a secret nuclear facility near the Islamic holy city of Qom. The evidence against Iran is overwhelming (here and here).
That’s why I and others concerned about this growing menace sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he back off our ally Israel and focus on “the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.” But the administration has wasted more than a year trying to talk to Iran. And Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, isn’t interested in talking to Obama.
Thankfully, members of Congress are speaking up too. My good friend Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) co-authored a letter to President Obama warning that time is not on our side. As of Friday afternoon, 76 House Democrats and 138 House Republicans had signed on to the Pence/Jackson letter.
Back To Bashing Business
As the unintended consequences of ObamaCare are becoming known, Obama and his congressional allies are doing everything they can to “shoot the messenger” and silence all dissent. In recent days, major corporations have been reporting massive charges to their bottom lines due to changes in the tax structure buried in the new healthcare “reform” law. In response, the White House and Democrats – who ought to be very worried about the impact on jobs – are bashing the businesses.
In response to the news from AT&T, Caterpillar and others, a White House spokesman said, “These are Republican CEOs who are trying to embarrass the President and Democrats in general. Where do you hear about this stuff? The Wall Street Journal editorial page and conservative Web sites. No one else picked up on this but you guys. It’s BS.”
Worse yet, Representatives Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and Bart Stupak, chairman of the Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, have summoned four CEOs to Capitol Hill next month. At this inquisition, I mean hearing, Waxman and Stupak will demand that these business leaders recant, I mean explain, their companies’ statements. In their letter, Waxman and Stupak warned the CEOs, “The new law is designed to expand coverage and bring down costs, so your assertions are a matter of concern.” Let me translate that: We’ll tell you what ObamaCare means, so shut up!
By the way, you may be interested to know that these corporate statements, which have attracted the ire of the White House and Democrat barons on Capitol Hill, are required by law. That’s right. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
“Financial Standard Accounting Board’s 1990 statement No. 106, which requires businesses to immediately restate their earnings in light of their expected future retiree health liabilities. AT&T, Deere & Co., AK Steel, Prudential and Caterpillar, among others, are simply reporting the corporate costs of the Democratic decision to raise taxes on retiree drug benefits to finance ObamaCare.”
It is truly a sad day in America when politicians who have never met a payroll are bashing businesses that employ thousands of Americans for daring to make profits and for following the law. The Supreme Court recently freed corporations to exercise their First Amendment free speech rights. I hope they take full advantage of it in the days ahead.
Stupak’s “30 Pieces Of Silver”
Add an additional $3.5 billion to the price tag of ObamaCare. That was the price pro-life Democrats demanded from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to betray their principles, according to new report from the Sunlight Foundation. Bart Stupak, who led the pro-life opposition to ObamaCare, specifically requested nearly $580 million in pork-barrel spending.
Many Democrats in 2006 and 2008 were elected on the promise of being fiscally responsible and moderate-to-conservative on values issues. But this sellout on ObamaCare was a really bad move. By caving in to Obama and Pelosi, not only did Stupak and other so-called “centrist” Democrats grossly offend pro-life voters, they also alienated folks concerned about the growth of Big Government and Washington’s out-of-control spending.
With your continued support, we’ll do everything we can to target these sellouts and replace them with genuine conservatives who will unapologetically defend our values.
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