Friday, April 30, 2010
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Our New Ad Hits Obama On Israel
As loyal readers of this report know, I am an unapologetic supporter of the state of Israel, and I have never been more concerned about the state of the U.S./Israeli alliance than I am today. As providence would have it, I was in Israel when Vice President Joe Biden was there – when the special relationship between America and Israel took a turn for the worse. In response, I organized an open letter to President Obama urging him to stop the attacks on our ally and focus on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Now we’ve decided to step it up a notch or two. Along with Tom Rose, former editor of the Jerusalem Post and co-host of the Bauer & Rose show, I’m pleased to launch a new project called “Keep Israel Safe.” The mission is simple: to expose President Obama’s treatment of Israel and rally American support for our ally. We’ve produced a hard-hitting ad that you can view here. We’re excited about this effort and we hope you will be too.
Obama Abandons Religious Freedom
President Obama is coming under fire for abandoning America’s commitment to religious freedom. That may not surprise you coming in the wake of the Pentagon’s decision to cancel Franklin Graham’s speaking invitation at a National Day of Prayer event. But the source of the criticism – Obama’s State Department – makes it newsworthy.
In 1998 Congress established the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to combat religious persecution in other countries. It works in conjunction with the Office of International Religious Freedom in the State Department, which is headed by an Ambassador-at-Large. According to reports, the Commission’s chairman, Leonard Leo, is chastising the Obama White House for being “insufficiently engaged” on the issue.
Among Leo’s concerns is that nearly a year and a half into the president’s term, Obama has yet to name the Ambassador-at-Large to head the Office of International Religious Freedom. Leo is also concerned about the apparent shift in the administration’s emphasis from religious freedom to freedom of worship. For example, Catholics in China are free to worship in Catholic churches, but those churches are not free to practice their faith without interference from the communist regime. Individuals in Muslim nations are free to worship Allah, but they are not free to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
THIS Is The Model?
With cap and trade energy tax hikes likely to come up for a debate in the Senate soon, I couldn’t help but comment on today’s news from Spain. How is Spain relevant to the Senate debate on cap and trade? Well, President Obama has repeatedly cited the Spanish experience with alternative energy as “a model for the creation of a green economy.”
By some estimates, Obama’s stimulus bill allocated $60 billion for green jobs. That’s a lot of green. So how’s that experiment in green jobs working for Spain? According to press reports today, the Spanish unemployment rate has surged above 20% — the highest unemployment rate in the 16-nation European Union.
It’s not surprising. A study released last year by the King Juan Carlos University in Madrid found that massive government subsidies for green energy jobs were causing significant job losses in other industries. And this is the model President Obama wants America to follow. Other studies (here and here) have concluded that cap and trade is a job killer.
If Obama and the radical environmentalists get their way, we may well get 20% unemployment too. A recent Harvard study found that achieving the administration’s proposed carbon emissions caps would cause gasoline prices to skyrocket to $7.00 a gallon. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what $7.00 a gallon gas would do to our economy.
See You In September
Recent headlines have highlighted the tremendous importance of men and women of faith being engaged in the public policy battles of the day. The National Day of Prayer was declared unconstitutional. The Supreme Court recently heard a case regarding whether Christian organizations must accept open homosexuals as leaders. (The decision could have serious implications for the Boy Scouts.) And, of course, the high court will soon have another vacancy. The list goes on.
With all the critical issues confronting our nation today, I hope you will join me in our nation’s capital, September 17th, 18th and 19th, for the Values Voter Summit. American Values is proud to co-sponsor this year’s Summit, along with our friends at the AFA Action, Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, Liberty University and Liberty Counsel.
Confirmed speakers include Rep. Michele Bachmann, Bill Bennett, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Star Parker, Phyllis Schlafly and many more. For more information, click here or call 1-877-372-2808 to register by phone.