Friday, July 30, 2010
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 95 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!
“Osama bin Laden: Made In The USA”
Rep. Peter King (NY), ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, is stepping up his demands for an investigation of the planned Ground Zero mega-mosque. Rep. King wants to know where the money is coming from. While speaking at the Heritage Foundation this week, King said, “It is going to cost over $100 million, I believe. The people who are involved in the construction of the mosque are refusing to say where their funding is going to come from.”
While the imam directing the mega-mosque project has been portrayed in the media as a paragon of tolerance and bridge building, I noted last week that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has been connected to extremist Wahhabi teachings. Now a CBS interview with Imam Rauf, taped just two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, has resurfaced. Consider this excerpt:
Bradley: Are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?
Faisal: I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.
Bradley: You say that we’re an accessory? How?
Faisal: Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the U.S.A.”
So that’s why we need a 13-story mega-mosque at Ground Zero – to make sure we understand that 9/11 was our fault; that Osama bin Laden was “made in the U.S.A.”
We have no intention of letting this issue fade away. While I don’t expect this Democrat Congress to heed Rep. King’s call for an investigation, I hope that the next Congress will be under new management and will take this issue far more seriously.
Where’s The Recovery?
The Obama/Biden “Summer of Recovery” tour bus hit a road bump today. According to a Commerce Department report released this morning, the economy grew at a sluggish 2.4% pace in the second quarter. While any growth is better than no growth, it’s not enough to create jobs and bring down unemployment. But the road to recovery could get a lot rockier in the months ahead.
In Wednesday’s message, I warned that more congressional Democrats seem willing to let the Bush tax cuts expire. Fox News has obtained a report from Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation outlining what that will mean for many families if the Democrats get their way. Consider this excerpt:
“The study found that raising just the lowest income tax rate from 10 percent to 15 percent would cost 88 million taxpayers an average of $503 next year. Lowering the child tax credit from $1,000 to $500 per child would cost 31 million families an average of $1,033 in 2011; the reinstatement of the so-called marriage penalty… would cost 35 million couples an average of $595 each.”
And that would be in addition to a new $1,800-a-year national energy tax that a majority of House Democrats voted for last year.
Share this message with friends and family members who don’t think elections matter or who say there is no difference between the two parties. We have 95 days left to convince them otherwise.
GOP Fighting Hard
Conservatives on Capitol Hill are fighting hard every day, and I want to share some examples that I hope will encourage you for the brutal election battles ahead.
* Last month, I wrote about the danger of the Democrats using a post-election lame duck session of Congress to ram through whatever radical ideas they could before the new Congress is sworn in. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) has introduced a resolution that would essentially adjourn this Congress after the election — preventing it from meeting unless there is a national emergency. The nine-page resolution reads like an indictment of Democrat malfeasance, and you can read it here.
* Last week a congressional report found that ObamaCare would in fact provide taxpayer funding of abortions. As a result, 13 senators – all Republicans – sent a letter demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services “act immediately” to prevent any abortion funding. In addition, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) yesterday introduced legislation that would “establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding for abortion.”
* The newest member of Congress, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), who won a special election with support from CWF, introduced his first bill this week – legislation to prevent implementation of ObamaCare by cutting off all funding for the massive trillion-dollar program.
* Last night, House Republicans derailed a $11 billion Democrat tax hike that came out of nowhere. H.R. 5893 was introduced Wednesday and brought to the floor for a vote yesterday afternoon. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) offered an amendment that would have repealed the outrageous 1099 reporting requirements in ObamaCare. Rather than risk allowing the GOP to score even a small repeal victory, Democrats cancelled the vote and pulled their tax hike legislation off the floor.
Have you heard about any of these things in the “mainstream” media?
Fear And Envy
When I say that there are brutal battles ahead, I mean brutal. Obama’s message of “hope and change,” which galvanized so many to his cause, has given way to “fear and envy.”
The Democrats have nothing positive to campaign on. This administration has produced one record deficit after another. Unemployment has gone up since Obama took office. The stimulus bill is a colossal failure. Far from uniting us, Obama has divided us, as some Democrats now admit.
But Democrat leaders are now embracing that division. At a press conference in Washington this week, Democrat National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine unveiled his “Republican Tea Party Contract on America.”
The point of the event was to divide conservatives by portraying the Tea Party as a fringe movement. Democrat members of the House took turns denouncing the “extreme racist views” of some in the Tea Party. And Democrats plan to paint candidates who support the Tea Party movement as extremists.
This is precisely what Harry Reid is trying to do to Sharron Angle in Nevada. The Democrat mantra this campaign season will be “You’ve got to reelect us because the Republicans are crazy.” But for all of Reid’s radical rhetoric, the latest polls suggest his race remains a dead heat.
In addition, the Democrats will resort to class warfare, telling folks, “If you’re poor, it’s because that guy is rich. And we’re going to take it from him.” That is what redistribution of wealth is all about – envy. That is what socialism is all about. But socialism has never made anybody wealthy – except for elite government leaders.
The Democrats know their majority is in danger. This week, they bought $50 million of TV time in 54 Democrat-held House districts across the country. They are on defense, getting desperate and resorting to dirty tricks. But we cannot underestimate what their multimillion dollar smear campaign can do to confuse the American public.
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