End Of Day Report 06 30 10

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Ten Weeks Later…

The Associated Press reported late yesterday that the administration has finally accepted assistance from 12 countries that have offered to help in the Gulf Coast cleanup. According to the AP report, more than 30 countries have offered help, but it is unclear why some offers were accepted and others were not.

It’s been ten weeks since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every day since. Did it really take the bureaucrats ten weeks – 70 days – to decide to accept help? (Just wait until they are running our healthcare.) While Congress is investigating the culpability of Big Oil, I think we need an investigation of the competence of Big Government!

Gaming The System

The state-run healthcare system in Massachusetts has often been cited as the model for ObamaCare. But today’s Boston Globe has a very compelling report outlining one of the biggest problems with the program.

One of ObamaCare’s main selling points was that health insurance companies could never deny anyone coverage for any reason, no matter their condition. Theoretically, guaranteed coverage works only if there is an individual mandate that forces everyone to buy insurance.

If you don’t buy insurance, you’re subject to a fine. Constitutionality aside, many analysts fear that ObamaCare’s mandate isn’t strong enough and many folks will simply opt to pay fines instead of paying the premiums. But once they do get sick, then they’ll buy insurance because they can’t be turned down. When they regain their health, they’ll drop out again.

According to the Boston Globe that is exactly what is happening in Massachusetts. These “inactive members” are gaming the system and driving up costs for active members by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. And that’s just in one small state.

This experiment in socialized medicine has not reduced healthcare costs in Massachusetts. Costs have, in fact, skyrocketed, insurance companies are losing money, premiums are going up and Governor Deval Patrick has resorted to price controls.


End Of Day Report 06 29 10

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


The Kagan Hearings, Day One

The Senate Judiciary Committee began the confirmation hearing today of Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan would be Barack Obama’s second high court appointment in less than two years.

When President Obama initially announced Kagan’s nomination, there was considerable surprise and even skepticism given her background. She is the first nominee in decades to have no judicial experience. Even her legal resume is thin. The Washington Post described Kagan as “an especially elusive target: a politically savvy operator who has no record of judicial rulings and has spent much of her career carefully positioning herself for the next step.” Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) noted over the weekend, “Clearly this president is trying to get somebody through who has a very sparse record and who he believes will be a reliable vote on the leftwing of the United States Supreme Court.”

This morning, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) grilled Kagan about her decision as Dean of Harvard Law School to deny military recruiters full access to Harvard students, noting that she operated outside of the law and in violation of the law. Kagan banned recruiters in protest of the military’s policy against open homosexuality, calling the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law “a profound wrong” and “a moral injustice of the first order.”

But her actions were in direct violation of the Solomon Amendment, a federal law that requires universities to grant military recruiters full access to students. Kagan later joined a leftwing coalition that sued the Department of Defense seeking to overturn that law.

In 2004, the Supreme Court rejected Kagan’s position and upheld the Solomon Amendment. The decision was unanimous – 8-to-0. Not even one of the court’s leftwing justices – not Souter, not Ginsburg, nor the man she hopes to succeed, John Paul Stevens – sided with Kagan’s crackpot thinking. But Barack Obama thinks she’ll make a great justice.

In her testimony today, Kagan was unapologetic about her actions at Harvard. If she was so committed to advancing the homosexual agenda that she was willing as a law school dean to violate federal law, who doubts that as a Supreme Court justice she would have no problem striking down state constitutional amendments to find a right to homosexual “marriage”?

Kagan also confirmed that she would be a committed pro-abortion extremist on the Supreme Court. In response to questions from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) regarding Roe v. Wade and its companion case Doe v. Bolton, Kagan said, “I do think that the continuing holding of Roe and Doe v. Bolton, is that women’s life and women’s health have to be protected in abortion regulation.” Translation: There is no pro-life law that will survive under the so-called “health exception.”

Regrettably, America has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, laws that are grossly out of step with the American public, which increasingly identifies as “pro-life.” The problem is the manner in which courts have applied Doe v. Bolton, which held that laws restricting abortion must consider a woman’s health.

Liberal judges have interpreted “health” to include more than just a woman’s physical health, but also her “mental and emotional health.” The result is a legal loophole so broad that virtually no pro-life law can survive a “health” challenge. This is why America has such a pro-abortion legal regime that allows the killing of an unborn baby even in the eighth and ninth months of pregnancy. In her statements to Sen. Feinstein, Kagan reassured the pro-abortion crowd that she will aggressively defend abortion-on-demand.

You can learn more about Kagan’s abortion activism in this outstanding column outlining how she undermined efforts to ban the gruesome procedure of partial-birth abortion during her time in the Clinton White House.

Obama’s Commitment To Jobs

Barack Obama has said repeatedly that his administration’s number one priority is jobs. But who knew that meant destroying U.S. jobs? Here’s the latest example: Bucyrus International, a Wisconsin-based company that makes mining equipment.

Bucyrus recently landed a contract for $600 million to build equipment for a major project in India. The contract, which was contingent upon Bucyrus getting loan guarantees from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, would have created 984 jobs at Bucyrus. But it didn’t get the loan. Why not? Because the project in India is a coal mine.

Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export Import Bank, cited the “projected adverse environmental impact” of the mine. Hochberg said, “President Obama has made clear this administration’s commitment to transition away from high-carbon investments and toward a cleaner energy future.”

Unemployment is at hovering around 10% and Obama’s bureaucrats are fretting about coal use in India? This is insanity! Here’s a newsflash: America gets half of its electricity from coal! But if Obama’s gets his way, under his cap and trade plan your electricity rates will “necessarily skyrocket.”

But if it’s not coal in India, it’s something else, like an oil pipeline from Canada. We all know that we import too much oil from unfriendly and unstable places, including the Middle East and Venezuela. But we also get a lot of oil from our friendly neighbor to the north, and there is a lot of oil in the Canadian tar sands. Believe it or not, the radical environmentalists don’t want us using that either!

Friends, I’ve said this before but Obama’s devotion to the radical Left’s agenda is going to destroy this country. If his socialist tax and spend policies aren’t enough, his radical environmental policies will guarantee our economic decline and double digit unemployment for decades to come.

That’s why your financial support for Campaign for Working Families is so important as we head into the final stretch of the critical 2010 elections. Our best hope of stopping Obama’s radical agenda is to make major gains in Congress in 126 days. Help CWF make the most of our matching gift opportunity as we face our June 30th deadline. Please make your most generous gift right now at https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php.

End Of Day Report 06 28 10

Monday, June 28, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Potty Mouths?

What is it with our leaders and their sudden penchant for potty talk? A few weeks ago, President Obama suggested he was going to find out “whose a— to kick” in the Gulf oil leak. This weekend, Vice President Biden stopped by a custard shop outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a famous custard in a cone. When he was finished eating, Biden asked the shop manager what he owed him. The manager responded with a smile, “Don’t worry, it’s on us. Lower our taxes and we’ll call it even.” Biden was not amused. He retorted, “Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smart a— all the time?”

Biden doesn’t get it. I suspect the manager/entrepreneur in the custard shop WAS being nice. If he had actually told Biden what most small businessmen think about the economic policies being pursued in Washington – policies that expand government while shrinking business; policies that take more of our hard-earned money and give it to government bureaucrats – Biden would have been a lot more uncomfortable than he was when the manager simply requested a tax cut!

Supreme Court Stifles Free Speech

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a California law school can force a Christian student group to accept students who disagree with the group’s core tenets to run for leadership positions. The court’s 5-4 decision found that the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law can deny recognition and funding to the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) if it does not abide by the school’s “all comers” policy. That policy requires campus groups to open all positions to all students. CLS asks that voting members sign a statement of faith and regards “unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle” as inconsistent with that faith.

But, as CLS pointed out in its argument before the court, student organizations like La Raza are allowed to flout the “all comers” policy at Hastings. In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the decision highlights the inconsistent application of free speech rights that has become a hallmark of the Left. America’s legal system, he wrote, is based on the principle that “we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.’ Today’s decision rests on a very different principle: no freedom for expression that offends prevailing standards of political correctness in our country’s institutions of higher learning…I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that today’s decision is a serious setback for freedom of expression in this country.”

Joining the majority in its assault on free speech was Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring at the end of the court’s current term. To replace Stevens, President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan, whose confirmation hearings began today. Nobody should have any question about how Kagan would have voted in this case. When she was dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan barred military recruiters from using the career services office on campus because she disagreed with the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuals in the military. It’s clear that if Kagan is confirmed, she will fit in well with the liberal wing of the court.

A Roadmap To Energy Freedom

The Left’s solution to America’s dependence on oil is to enact cap-and-trade legislation based on the dubious science of man-made global warming. Obama is now shamelessly exploiting the Gulf oil leak to push “cap-and-tax.” But there’s a better response, and the electrification of our transportation sector is an important part of it. In my Human Events column, I discuss the importance of embracing forms of energy, like natural gas, clean coal and nuclear power, that don’t involve the transfer of immense amounts of wealth and capital to countries that hate us. You can read my column here.

End Of Day Report 06 25 10

Friday, June 25, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Letter To The President

Actor Jon Voight has evidently decided that he’s ready to retire. He’s become increasingly outspoken about his conservative views, and his latest open letter to President Obama may guarantee that his days in Hollywood are over. In accusing the president of “putting Israel in harm’s way” and creating a “civil war” in Arizona, Voight voices the opinions of millions of Americans. We’ve posted the letter on our website, which you can read here.

When Will Pelosi Demand That Kanjorski Resign?

If Rep. Paul Kanjorski were a Republican, he would be packing up his office today and booking a one-way ticket home. Wednesday, Rep. Kanjorski was making an “impassioned plea” for “needed government programs” when he made the following remark:

“We’re giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately. But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people — and they’re not minorities and they’re not defective and they’re not all the things you’d like to insinuate that these programs are about — these are average, good American people.”
So in Rep. Kanjorski’s construction, minorities are not “average, good American people.” And what exactly does he mean by “defective”? In one amazingly bigoted statement, Rep. Kanjorski managed to defend Big Government spending while offending blacks, Hispanics, Asians and presumably the disabled.

Rep. Kanjorski is unapologetic and insists his comments were taken out of context. Tell that to Trent Lott. If he refuses to apologize, Speaker Nancy Pelosi should demand his resignation. If he refuses to resign, the voters of Pennsylvania’s 11th District should refuse to reelect him.

See You In September!

Mark your calendars now and make plans to join me in our nation’s capital on September 17th, 18th and 19th for the Values Voter Summit. My non-profit group, American Values, is proud to co-sponsor this year’s Summit, along with our friends at AFA Action, the Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, Liberty University and Liberty Counsel.

Confirmed speakers include Rep. Michele Bachmann, Bill Bennett, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Star Parker, Rep. Mike Pence, Phyllis Schlafly and many more. This year we’re pleased to welcome the stars of “19 Kids & Counting,” Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. In addition to this outstanding line up of speakers, there will be educational sessions on a wide range of issues such as:

* American Apocalypse–When Christians Do Nothing, Secularists Do Everything–The Case for Christian Activism
* Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty
* Social Justice: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
* The Falsehood of the Inevitability of Same-Sex “Marriage”
* The Economic Impact of Illegal Immigration
* A Special Polling Presentation: Who are Tea Party and Christian Voters and What Do They Believe?
* Establishing a Culture Impact Team In Your Church

American Values, is hosting a sponsoring lunch Saturday afternoon, where I will offer some thoughts on current events and take questions from the audience. Later that evening, there will be a Gala Dinner honoring my good friend Don Wildmon of the American Family Association for his lifetime of dedication and commitment to the values we cherish. For more information, click here or call 1-877-372-2808 to register by phone.

End Of Day Report 06 24 10

Thursday, June 24, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


“Change Of Personnel, Not Policy”

At the White House yesterday, to the surprise of no one, President Obama accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal. Having been put in the difficult position of sacking the battlefield commander, President Obama then pulled the proverbial rabbit out of a hat.

To the surprise of virtually everyone, President Obama announced that General David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command, would take over in Afghanistan. This is somewhat of a demotion for Petraeus – as CENTCOM commander, he was technically McChrystal’s boss. But there is probably no one better suited for the job.

There is considerable irony in Obama’s selection of General Petraeus. During the Iraq war, then Senator Obama vehemently opposed the surge in Iraq, which was brought to a successful conclusion under Petraeus’ leadership. Senator Obama also conveniently missed a vote in the Senate condemning Moveon.org’s despicable “General Betrayus” ad.

In his announcement yesterday, President Obama stressed that his decision was a “change of personnel, not a change of policy.” That’s unfortunate because the successful strategy that General Petraeus pursued in Iraq was not built on a deadline for defeat or a timetable for withdrawal. Without a change in policy, it’s doubtful that a change in personnel will make much difference. I am hopeful, however, because Petraeus may be the one man who can convince President Obama to change his policy.

One person who was not surprised by the announcement was my friend Bill Kristol, who wrote two days ago that if McChrystal goes, Obama should pick Petraeus. In a separate column, Kristol recommended that Obama “not waste this crisis” but instead go even further and change his policy. Here is an excerpt:

“Barack Obama’s commitment [to Afghanistan] is famously and publicly uncertain. No one—not his lieutenants, nor his cabinet, nor his generals, nor the American people, nor our allies, nor the Afghans, nor our enemies—can be sure whether the president wants to win the war or just to end the war. …The imposition of a troop-withdrawal deadline, in particular, has poisoned our Afghanistan strategy. …

If the United States fails in Afghanistan, it won’t be because Gen. McChrystal or his staff were indiscreet or insubordinate… Indeed, if the war can’t be quickly won in Afghanistan, it won’t be quickly lost there, either. And in fact it can be won, though it will take some time. The war can, however, be lost rapidly in Washington.”

The Battle Here At Home

While the news of late has refocused our attention from the oil leak to the war in Afghanistan, I want to look ahead to the war being waged for the future of our country. A major battle – perhaps even a decisive one – will be decided in 131 days. Are we focused? Are we prepared? Are we committed to victory?

I’m writing this item because I have received a surge of despondent emails in recent weeks from good folks who feel like there is nothing they can do to make a difference. I won’t deny that these are difficult days in Washington, D.C. But we cannot give up and retreat now. This is our country and we must fight for it!

I am focused on the one thing that will make a tremendous difference – winning the November elections! Anything else – from internet conspiracy theories to calls for impeachment – are distractions. (See next item.) We must win in November. If we do, we can stop a lot of Obama’s agenda. If we fail this November, we may never get another chance.

Several weeks ago, we outlined a “Blueprint for Victory.” What we described in that plan is exactly what the Democrat National Committee and Obama’s Organizing for America are doing right now – against us! They are spending $50 million to register new voters and turnout first-time Obama voters from 2008. They are going door-to-door, precinct-by-precinct. They are asking their supporters to find one more vote for their side.

Why? Because they understand that elections have consequences. They believe that there is a big difference between the two parties and that it matters a great deal which party controls Congress. They are engaged and fully committed to this fight. We must be too! Let me remind everyone who cherishes faith, family and freedom about simple things that each of us can do in the days ahead.

* Find one person who voted for Obama in 2008 and convince that individual to vote conservative in 2010. Many of you can start with a family member, friend or co-worker. Don’t waste time trying to convert die-hard liberals, but concentrate on folks who generally share our values but who got swept up in the hype about hope and change.

* Make sure all your like-minded friends and family members are registered to vote.

* Volunteer for conservative candidates. Campaigns for office are expensive, labor-intensive efforts–our candidates need help!

* Donate to conservative groups who are on front lines fighting for our values. I know many of you support your church and other ministries. But we cannot ignore the political arena. Of course, I hope you will support CWF too, and I will be asking more directly in coming days.

Stay Focused!

I’m also getting a lot of messages from good folks desperately grasping at straws, looking for a silver bullet, focused on things that won’t make a difference. Worse, there are all kinds of wild conspiracy theories out there burning up the Internet – everything from desert detention camps to martial law and the suspension of elections. Virtually all of them are nonsense.

But there are some things that could happen in the next few months that we should be concerned about. Here are a few to watch for:

* Eight Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama Monday after learning of a possible illegal immigrant amnesty by executive order, a Plan B if Congress fails to pass amnesty legislation this year. According to the letter, the administration is exploring a massive use of “deferred action or parole” for illegal aliens currently in the country. This would be a gross abuse of power as “deferred action or parole” decisions are supposed to be made on case-by-case basis, not “wholesale.”

* As I’m sure many of you have noticed lately, insurance companies are raising rates. But wasn’t the new healthcare “reform” law supposed to make healthcare more affordable? Only in the minds of delusional liberals do government mandates result in lower prices. In the real world, government mandates always have one guaranteed consequence: higher prices.

Fearing that these higher prices might be the death knell of ObamaCare, the president summoned insurance executives to the White House this week. He read them the riot act, warning them not to “enact unjustifiable rate increases.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama also warned them that the government would hold insurance companies accountable for rate hikes. How?

One inside story has it that the Department of Health and Human Services may institute rate freezes or price controls. Price controls never work. But given the administration’s socialist sympathies and the unilateral shutdown of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, I wouldn’t be surprised if they try them.

* If the Gulf drilling ban is reinstated and other radical environmental policies lead to higher gas prices, don’t be surprised if Obama taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to temporarily inflate supplies and lower the price of gas just before the election. As the name implies, the Strategic Reserve is intended for national emergencies, like the supply disruption that occurred after Katrina or a possible war with Iran. Sadly, it has been subject to political manipulation in the past.

* We need to be vigilant about Democrat dirty tricks, like fake “Tea Parties.” We know Harry Reid’s operatives are behind the formation of a “Tea Party” party that will be on the ballot this November in Nevada. Rep. Alan Grayson, the obnoxious Democrat from Orlando, Florida, is behind a similar effort. These underhanded tactics demonstrate how desperate the Democrats have become. They know they can’t win on their own, so they are resorting to dirty tricks to divide the conservative vote.

* And the biggest “dirty trick” of them all would be a post-election lame duck session where Reid and Pelosi try to ram through the worst of their agenda before the new Republican majorities are sworn in. Lame duck sessions are legal and would even be supported by the American people in the case of national emergency that justified immediate action. But it would be unconscionable to abuse the rules just to stick it to the country after having been rejected at the ballot box.

End Of Day Report 06 23 10

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer



There is breaking news that President Obama has sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal and will replace him with Gen. David Petraeus, currently head of the U.S. Central Command. It’s unclear how this decision will affect U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

Obama Is Not King

Yesterday, a federal court reminded the president that, in spite of his repeated disregard for the rule of law, he is not king and there are three independent branches of government. In striking down Obama’s six-month drilling ban, the court sided with those who argued that the ban amounted to an unconstitutional seizure of property without due process. The oil companies can’t afford to let these rigs sit idle – it’s costing them, according to one report, as much as a million dollars a day! If they can’t drill in the Gulf, the companies will tow these rigs to wherever they can drill and they will likely sign long-term contracts – meaning that those jobs in the Gulf won’t be coming back in six months.

Judge Martin Feldman was very critical of the ban, writing, “The blanket moratorium, with no parameters, seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger.”

Judge Feldman also called the administration’s justification for the ban “misleading.” Consider this excerpt: “Much to the government’s discomfort and this Court’s uneasiness, the summary also states that ‘the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.’ As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading.”

Two weeks ago I reported that seven experts referred by the National Academy of Engineering had been asked to review safety recommendations for the administration. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar added the drilling ban to the report he sent to the White House AFTER these scientists had reviewed it. They have publicly opposed the drilling ban and objected to the use of their names to defend it.

The judge also noted the ban’s impact on the economy: “Some of the plaintiffs’ contracts have been affected; the court is persuaded that it is only a matter of time before more business and jobs and livelihoods will be lost. The effect on employment, jobs, loss of domestic energy supplies caused by the moratorium as the plaintiffs (and other suppliers, and the rigs themselves) lose business, and the movement of the rigs to other sites around the world will clearly ripple throughout the economy in this region.”

Undeterred, the White House said yesterday it would appeal the decision and seek an immediate stay of the judge’s order. In addition, Ken Salazar stated that he intends to issue a new drilling ban in a matter of days. There are thousands of rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico. If there are safety violations that justify a shut down, then shut down the violators. Otherwise, stop punishing the hard-working families of the Gulf!

Speaking Of Making Things Worse…

The federal bureaucracy has struck again. Last week the Coast Guard ordered oil-sucking barges to shut down operations while it attempted to verify that each barge had the requisite number of life jackets and fire extinguishers. Now there’s news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has ordered a halt to the construction of sand berms.

The sand berms are artificial islands intended to block oil from reaching Louisiana’s sensitive marsh lands. Earlier this month, the federal government approved the construction of six barrier islands, and BP agreed to put up $360 million to pay for the work. When state officials develop a plan and BP steps up to pay for it and the Feds step in to stop it, that does nothing to boost public confidence. It’s yet another example of Big Government bungling.

A recent CBS/New York Times poll found some sobering news for the administration. When asked if they believed the Obama Administration was “doing all it can be reasonably expected to do” to clean up the spill, just 28% said yes, while 67% felt the administration could be doing more. Getting the bureaucrats out of the way and preventing them from stopping more work would be the best thing that the administration could do for the clean-up effort and for itself.

Democrats Preparing Tax Hikes II

Yesterday I warned you that the second-highest-ranking House Democrat had laid the groundwork for raising taxes on the middle class by using the deficit as an excuse. Now more congressional Democrats are jumping on the bandwagon. When pressed to square their call for higher taxes with President Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000, these liberals are throwing Obama under the bus. Consider these quotes:

* Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “You could go lower, too — why not $200,000? With the debt and deficit we have, you can’t make promises to people. This is a very serious situation. We have to be very careful what we do to further reduce tax revenues.”

* Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND): “I don’t think there’s any magic in the number, whether it’s $250,000, $200,000 or $225,000. The larger question is whether we’ll be able to extend the tax cuts for middle-income folks.”

* Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): “I’m not hard and fast on $250,000. Quite frankly, it could be somewhat lower than that.”

I somewhat agree with Senator Feinstein: This is a very serious situation – that has been caused by decades of Big Government liberals making promises to people they knew they couldn’t keep. The solution is not more revenue and more government, but less spending, less government and more freedom! That won’t happen unless we elect more conservatives and fewer Democrats to Congress 132 days from now.

A Good Night

The runoff results last night in South Carolina and the primary results in Utah have confirmed what we noticed several weeks ago – that there is a very strong anti-establishment wave spreading among the electorate.

In South Carolina, Nikki Haley won a landslide victory in her runoff election against Rep. Gresham Barrett. Haley built a solid reputation as a conservative reformer willing to take on the “good old boys” in state government and her own party when necessary. She suffered disgusting smears against her faith during the race, and we stepped in to defend her. I consider her win a great victory for the conservative cause and for the Republican Party.

Rep. Tim Scott won big in his runoff election for the open First Congressional District. Scott is a solid conservative who will become the first black Republican elected to Congress in eight years, since Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma retired. In a bit of historical irony, Scott defeated Paul Thurmond, son of South Carolina’s legendary Senator Strom Thurmond.

In the Fourth District, incumbent Republican Bob Inglis was trounced by prosecutor Trey Gowdy – 29% to 71%. Inglis is a good man with a good voting record. But in recent years he’s developed a “maverick” image that ran contrary to the deeply conservative nature of his district. He voted against President Bush’s successful surge in Iraq, voted for the TARP bailout and voted to censure fellow South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson for his “You lie!” outburst aimed at President Obama. Inglis’ drubbing is a good reminder for all Republicans: Don’t get Potomac Fever and forget your base!

In Utah, Republican voters picked Mike Lee over Tim Bridgewater for the U.S. Senate nomination. Bridgewater was the top vote-getter at the state GOP convention which denied Senator Robert Bennett a fourth term. But Bennett endorsed Bridgewater during the primary and many speculate the endorsement backfired, making Bridgewater the “establishment candidate” and benefitting Lee as the outsider, just like Haley, Scott and Gowdy.

Lastly, Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell won a special election to the Texas State Senate last night by defeating a well-heeled insider lobbyist. I know Brian well – we attended the same church in northern Virginia when he was stationed at the Pentagon. He was there on 9/11 and suffered serious burns over 60% of his body.

After years of rehabilitation, he founded an outreach ministry to burn victims. Once again, he’s answered his country’s call to service. I am proud of the support that CWF was able to provide to Brian’s campaign, and you should be too. Our work is made possibly only because of your generosity! You can read more about this genuine American hero and his experience on 9/11 here.

End Of Day Report 06 22 10

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


The Enemy Speaks

On Sunday, Adam Gadahn, Al Qaeda’s American-born spokesman wanted for treason, issued another videotape taunting America and Obama. He promised that more Americans would die in attacks bigger than 9/11 unless the United States withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan, ends support for Israel, ceases involvement in the affairs of Muslims nations and frees all Muslim prisoners.

Yesterday, the Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, appeared in federal court in Manhattan and proudly said, “I want to plead guilty and I will plead guilty a hundred times over until the United States pulls its troops out of Afghanistan, stops its drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan, stops the occupation of Muslim lands and stops killing the Muslims.” He added that he considers himself a “Mujahid, a Muslim solider.”

By their rants, it is obvious that Gadahn and Shahzad vehemently reject the position of the Obama Administration, which has gone to great pains to insist that the war we are fighting has nothing to do with Islam and that “jihad” is a noble term.

During World War II, when the Nazis told us that they were willing to die for Hitler because they were Nazis, we believed them and acted accordingly. When the kamikazes told us they were willing to die for the emperor because he was god, we believed them and acted accordingly. Who do you believe better understands today’s war – the Islamofascists who started it or the politically correct crowd that occupies the White House?

Islam is our enemies’ motivation, their encouragement and the cause they are willing to die for. They are thugs and murderers and they are committed to their cause. At some point, Obama and his advisors need to do a reality check.

The General And Obama

It is hard to get a rise out of the president. When he talks about the 10% of Americans who are unemployed, he looks flat-lined. When he talks about the Gulf oil spill he seems uninterested. “No Drama Obama” doesn’t get excited about much until someone dares to criticize him. Just ask Joe the Plumber or Rep. Joe Wilson. Or General Stanley McChrystal. Consider this headline from Politico: “Furious President Obama summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C.”

General McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was recently profiled in a Rolling Stone article that will hit newsstands later this week. In the article, McChrystal reportedly described Obama as “unprepared” and described his meeting with the president as “disappointing.” This morning, the talking heads were demanding that McChrystal be sacked for insubordination. He probably will be. If so, it will be the second time Obama has dismissed the top commander in Afghanistan. Just 13 months ago, Obama fired Gen. David McKiernan and replaced him with Stanley McChrystal.

But, here’s the predictable pattern. When Joe the Plumber accused Obama of being a socialist, the issue became Joe the Plumber. It wasn’t long before the most intimate details of Joe Wurzelbacher’s life were on the evening news. When Joe Wilson accused the president of lying about his healthcare scheme, Wilson was slammed for his impolite behavior. When Gen. McChrystal criticizes the president as unprepared, it’s McChrystal who is forced to apologize for daring to speak out of line.

If the “main stream” media were doing their job, perhaps they should be asking if General McChrystal’s criticism was correct. On MSNBC this morning, Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs shocked interviewer Contessa Brewer. When asked about Gen. McChrystal’s criticism of Obama and that of his advisors, Col. Jacobs said, “Those views [in the military] are widely held. They’re not just held by McChrystal’s staff for example.”

Democrats Preparing Tax Hikes

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two House Democrat, addressed a liberal think tank yesterday and told his audience, “as the House and Senate debate what to do with the expiring Bush tax cuts … we need to have a serious discussion about … whether we can afford to permanently extend them.” Translation: Your taxes are going up. What about Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000? Well, that promise is as good as the one about you being able to keep your current health insurance under ObamaCare’s coming regime.

The simple truth is that you can’t raise taxes high enough to cover all of Obama’s spending without destroying the economy in the process. A report by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that “individual marginal tax rates for every bracket and corporate tax rates must more than double” in order to pay for expected increases in entitlement spending. Doing so, however, “would significantly reduce economic activity” and “would probably not be economically feasible.”

That CBO report was released in 2008 – BEFORE Obama’s trillion-dollar “stimulus” plan and his trillion-dollar socialized medicine scheme! We don’t need higher taxes. What we need is a serious discussion about whether we can afford more Big Government. In 133 days, the American people will have the opportunity to act on what they decide about that question.

By the way, it was reported this week that three-quarters of the participants in Obama’s $75 billion mortgage bailout program had dropped out. Why has the program been such a gross failure? (I hope you’re sitting down for this.)

According to the Associated Press: “A major reason so many have fallen out of the program is the Obama administration initially pressured banks to sign up borrowers without insisting first on proof of their income. When banks later moved to collect the information, many troubled homeowners were disqualified or dropped out.”

This was a major mistake of the Community Reinvestment Act repeated all over again. And one more example of Big Government liberals creating a problem and then selling their ideas as the solution to the problem. Guess what? As a wise man named Ronald Reagan once said, “Government isn’t the solution; government is the problem!”