End Of Day Report 07 30 10

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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End Of Day Report 07 29 10

Thursday, July 29, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 96 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Obama And The Mosque

Have you noticed how President Obama seems to be everywhere, all the time, with an opinion on everything? Yet he has been strangely silent about the effort to build a 13-story mega-mosque at Ground Zero in New York, the site of the attack by Islamists on 9/11. Surely the issue is more than a local concern.

Ground Zero belongs to all Americans. It is hallowed ground. Three thousand of us were brutally murdered there by jihadists who killed us because we were “infidels.” Their fellow jihadists are even now plotting to deliver greater sorrows to us and all free men.

The group that is planning to build the mosque refuses to disclose where the estimated $100 million needed for construction is coming from. This has produced legitimate national security implications that are a federal responsibility.

The president was quite vocal when he did not want Jewish homes built in certain neighborhoods of Jerusalem. So why the silence about building on the sacred land of Ground Zero?

Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and urge the president to oppose building a mosque at Ground Zero.

Thoughts On Arizona Ruling

* Once again Big Media is doing a lousy job explaining the ruling. Though Arizona was prohibited from enforcing the most important parts of the law, other important aspects of the law take effect today. According to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who was one of eight state attornies general to support the Arizona law in court, prohibitions against sanctuary cities in Arizona and tough penalties for those who hire illegal aliens will be enforced.

* The Left and its media have their own goal here – to demonize Arizona and demoralize anyone else from doing anything about illegal immigration. If conservative politicians in other states try to enact similar laws, the media and left-wing activists will point to this ruling and say, “Don’t bother wasting taxpayer resources on a lost cause. Oh, and by the way, you’re a racist.”

* The judge argued that immigration is a federal responsibility. Here’s an idea. If I were governor of Arizona or one of several other states struggling with illegal immigration, I would send a bill to Washington, D.C. It would demand repayment for 100% of the costs associated with educating illegal aliens, providing medical treatment for illegal aliens, criminal justice issues related to illegal aliens and unemployment benefits for workers who have lost jobs to illegal aliens. If the bill is not paid within 30 days, I would sue the Obama Administration in federal courts.

* Reports here in Washington say that insiders at the White House were gleeful over the ruling. “We’ve won another one,” was one unattributed quote. They may want to put the corks back in the champagne bottles. The “victory” they just won flies in the face of what 60% of the American people want.

It is a perfect example of what is feeding the sense among millions of Americans that they don’t count anymore – that left-wing elites are calling the shots: A liberal judge appointed by Bill Clinton hears a suit brought by a so-called “Justice Department” that won’t prosecute an open-and-shut case with videotaped evidence against the New Black Panthers. The judge buys the government’s argument that essentially says, “We don’t care.” “We don’t care about the burden put on Arizona’s taxpayers. We don’t care about unemployed Americans who can’t find work. We don’t care about the drugs coming over the border.” Is this really a “win” for the Obama Administration to be bragging about with an election just 96 days away?

* If every citizen who supports the Arizona law went to the polls and voted against every candidate and politician who is closest to Obama on this issue, then the Democrats would not lose just a few dozen seats, they would lose 200 seats! Federal law could then be changed to allow states more flexibility.

* There will be an appeal based on the blocked sections of the law. That case will go to the 9th Circuit of Appeals, which will probably rule in favor of the Obama Administration and the ACLU. Keep in mind that the 9th Circuit is the most left-wing court in the country – nearly half of its decisions are overturned. If the Arizona law goes to the Supreme Court, there is a decent chance our side will prevail.

Border Security Is National Security

The Obama Administration’s refusal to allow Arizona’s law to take effect could have tragic consequences. Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report warning that a number of Mexican drug cartels “specialize in smuggling special-interest aliens into the United States.” What is a “special-interest alien”? Let me put it this way: A majority of the nations on the list of “special interest countries” are Muslim.

This is not news. In 2006, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before Congress that government agencies had broken up a Hezbollah smuggling ring in Mexico. Four years later, we’re still arguing about what to do about it. Meanwhile, the drug cartels have evidently learned a few tricks from their terrorist partners – they are now using car bombs in tactics nearly identical to Hamas and Hezbollah.

Arizona is feeling the brunt of the drug wars. According to the GAO report, “Assaults, kidnappings and hostage situations attributed to this conflict are increasing, particularly in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.” Obama’s lawsuit against Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law is like rubbing salt into an open wound.

Rangel Refuses To Resign

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has been formally charged by the House Ethics Committee with 13 violations stemming from a two-year investigation into his finances. The 40-year incumbent and former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee is refusing to resign and could become the first member of Congress to face a public trial since 2002, when Ohio Democrat Jim Traficant was expelled.

When Democrats took over the Congress in 2006, Nancy Pelosi promised the American people that she would run “the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history.” Instead, we’ve gotten thousand-plus page bills written behind closed doors, stuffed full of socialism and rammed through in the middle of the night.

Under Pelosi and the Democrats, Congress’ approval rating has collapsed to its lowest level ever. The American people deserve better. In 96 days we can start over with new leadership and a conservative Congress that will bring real change to Washington.

End Of Day Report 07 28 10

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 97 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

BREAKING NEWS

There is mass confusion in the media regarding a federal court ruling on Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law set to take effect at midnight tonight. Most media outlets are reporting that the judge struck down the law that allows police to inquire about a suspect’s immigration status once they have been detained for another offense.

Some are reporting that the judge merely issued a temporary injunction against enforcement of the law until a full trial resolves the constitutional issues at stake. We will ascertain the facts and report back to you tomorrow.

Good News In The Gulf?

ABC News and the New York Times have reported in recent days that the oil in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon leak is rapidly disappearing. Consider this from the ABC report: “The numbers don’t lie: two weeks ago, skimmers picked up about 25,000 barrels of oily water. Last Thursday, they gathered just 200 barrels.” So where did all that oil go?

Jeffrey Short, a former government scientist who studied oil spills, told the New York Times that “as much as 40 percent of the oil in the gulf might have simply evaporated once it reached the surface.” Forty percent is a pretty big number. Moreover, as the Times notes, “An unknown percentage of the oil would have been eaten by bacteria, essentially rendering the compounds harmless and incorporating them into the food chain.”

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not downplaying the seriousness of the disaster. Everyone wants clean oceans, clean beaches and oil-free seafood. Nor am I suggesting that BP should be exonerated. It should pay for the damage done to the hardworking families of the Gulf region. The spill effectively shut down the summer tourist season in Florida and has cost many in the Gulf fishing industry dearly. It has also provided an excuse for the Obama Administration to attack oil drilling.

But from day one of the leak, the “mainstream” media grossly failed to provide any semblance of perspective or balance in covering this story. Big name journalists hyperventilated on screen about the Gulf of Mexico becoming another Dead Sea. They parroted talking points from left-wing environmental groups. The media hyped the story, scared tourists away from beach communities and fueled an atmosphere of overreaction in Washington.

There is no doubt a lot of work left to do in the Gulf – especially in the Louisiana marshes affected by the leak. But we should not allow misguided policies like the drilling ban to compound the misery.

S.O.S – Stop Obama’s Spending!

That is the urgent message from the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest economic forecast, released yesterday. It comes on the heels of the Obama Administration’s updated estimate of the current fiscal year’s budget deficit – $1.47 trillion, another record. According to the Associated Press, “The government is borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends.”

Faced with such stark numbers, the CBO warned yesterday that deficits of this magnitude will cause our debt to become “unsupportable.” In short, America is at risk of becoming like Greece. Far from the “Summer of Recovery” that the administration is portraying, we are in fact on the fast track to bankruptcy.

So how is the majority party in Congress responding to this crisis? The Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill reports today that House Democrats are again entertaining the idea of raising taxes on the middle class, which would break President Obama’s oft-repeated promise not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year.

Democrats don’t have to do anything to accomplish their goal – the Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year. If Congress does nothing, tax rates go up – and not just on the “rich.” What Democrats frequently ignore during their media appearances is that George W. Bush and the Republican Congress cut taxes across the board. Bush even cut the bottom tax rate by 50%!

It’s not just the “rich” who pay the higher tax rates. Most small business owners file their taxes as individuals, so higher taxes on the “rich” means higher taxes on small businesses. If small business owners are paying more in taxes, they will have less money to hire new employees.

We must address the deficit, but raising taxes is not the answer. By definition, a deficit means you are spending more money than you make, living a lifestyle you can’t afford. We can’t afford the government we have today, so the first solution ought to be to cut spending. You don’t need an advanced degree in economics from an Ivy League institution to comprehend that. Every family that balances its budget at the kitchen table gets it. Even the bean counters at the CBO get it.

While warning of the danger of unsustainable deficits, the CBO report also states, “To the extent that additional tax revenues were generated by increasing marginal tax rates, those rates would discourage work and saving, further reducing output and incomes.” In other words, tax hikes will hurt the economy. The problem isn’t a lack of revenue. The problem is Obama’s spending.

“Our Divisive President”

An op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal caught my attention. The authors rip into Barack Obama for dividing Americans by class, race and party, and cite several examples, including the Cambridge cops incident, the president’s cynical exploitation of the immigration issue, the lawsuit against Arizona and the refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation. Here is the thrust their column:

“Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf. …By dividing America, Mr. Obama has brought our government to the brink of a crisis of legitimacy, compromising our ability to address our most important policy issues.”
What makes the column significant is that it was written by Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen, Democrat Party activists and insiders who worked for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Their critique further undermines the absurd charges of racism that are routinely lobbed against the Tea Party movement by liberal media and political elites. If Democrats like Caddell and Schoen see what we see and are speaking out against it, then the backlash against Obama could be bigger than the polls are measuring right now.

End Of Day Report 07 27 10

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 98 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

“Fiesta de Té”

The liberal elites have been trying to paint the Tea Party movement as racist. But events in a small California city suggest otherwise.

There is a taxpayer/citizen uprising taking place in Bell, California, against corrupt government officials. It has already claimed the scalps of several top city leaders. The liberal media is trying hard to ignore it, but the story is beginning to break out. It’s a story of Big Government excess and greed against a low-income minority community.

Bell is a small city of about 40,000 residents, 10 miles south of Los Angeles. According to various reports, about half its residents are foreign born (mostly Mexican), its per-capita income is just under $25,000 and more than 25% of its residents live below the poverty level.

Somehow this small, impoverished community was paying its city manager more than $787,000 a year. The police chief made more than $450,000 a year, and the assistant city manager was making more than $375,000 a year. The three individuals were the highest paid city officials in the country. Part-time city council members in Bell were making nearly $100,000 a year.

Granted, what was happening in Bell, just one small town in California, is an extreme example. But throughout the country, liberal politicians and public employee unions have been extraordinarily generous with the people’s money. So much so that many towns now can’t afford the bureaucracies that have been built, and entire states like California, Illinois and New York are facing bankruptcy.

Public records indicate that 62% of Bell’s registered voters are Democrats, 18% are independents and just 13% are Republicans. As the Orange County Register notes, “Democratic Party members represent Bell voters in every level of government.” From the halls of Congress, to the state legislature in Sacramento, to all five members of the city council – every elected politician in the area is a Democrat.

But proving that opposition to out-of-control Big Government is not a fringe or racist movement, Bell’s outraged residents took action. They stormed city hall with homemade signs and demands for less spending and smaller government. Given the community’s demographics, many referred to it as a “Spanish Tea Party.”

They formed a group called the “Bell Association to stop the Abuse,” BASTA, which is Spanish for “enough.” The protestors forced the resignation of the city manager, assistant manager and police chief. Yesterday, city council members agreed to slash their salaries by 90%. The mayor and vice mayor announced that they will finish their terms without pay.

The NAACP, MSNBC, other left-wing networks and liberal politicians might want to rethink their ludicrous claim that opposition to Big Government amounts to racism. And minority voters ought to rethink their allegiance to the party of Big Government.

Speaking Of Big Government…

The New York Times reported last weekend that the new British coalition government, facing a crippling national debt, has proposed “the most radical reorganization” ever of the nation’s socialized healthcare system. What is so “radical” about the plan?

According to the Times, it seeks to “decentralize” British healthcare, giving more power to local doctors and patients, as well as “shrink the bureaucratic apparatus.” The report adds, “Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost because layers of bureaucracy would be abolished.” After decades of experimenting with socialized medicine, the British are taking steps toward a more market-oriented approach and shedding “layers of bureaucracy” in the process.

Meanwhile, America is going in the opposite direction with ObamaCare’s trillion-dollar price tag, higher taxes, new commissions, czars and regulations. Worse, President Obama has appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to make it all “work.” A New York Times article yesterday quoted Berwick in 2008 as saying, “I am romantic about the [British] National Health Service; I love it.”

Evidently, many of the Brits who have to live with it aren’t quite so fond of it. A new Rasmussen poll finds that likely voters in America aren’t too keen on the idea either – 58% favor repealing ObamaCare before it goes into full effect.

Will Reid’s Energy Bill Benefit BP?

The Washington Times reports today that the Senate may begin debate this week on an energy bill that has been largely crafted by Democrat Leader Harry Reid. A key element of the bill involves increasing the liability of energy companies engaged in offshore drilling. But as the Times notes, the legislation “poses no great threat to giants like BP.”

In fact, industry experts are warning that if this bill passes, then only big companies like BP will be able to afford the increased risk of offshore drilling. While ostensibly written to punish BP, Reid’s bill would benefit BP.

A majority of U.S. oil companies are small, independent firms that cannot afford to take massive liability risks. Many would be forced out of the offshore drilling business, giving giant firms like BP a monopoly. But it could do even more damage.

Some industry experts fear that the Reid bill could cost even more jobs by discouraging all companies – even big ones – from drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. One analyst warned, “This would effectively eliminate deepwater drilling in the Gulf and send oil companies to other countries to do the drilling. …the U.S. runs the risk of losing a large source of energy that is not coming from a foreign source.”

Just one more example of “Big Government knows best.”

End Of Day Report 07 26 10

Monday, July 26, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 99 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who responded to our urgent and unusual Sunday appeal for support. Your generosity is very encouraging to me and my team here at CWF!

In case you missed yesterday’s message, we’re fewer than 100 days away from the November congressional elections. While the polls are moving in our direction, recent fundraising reports are leading many to question the strength of the conservative movement. Just consider this excerpt from a story in today’s Washington Times:

“In some key races that may decide control of Capitol Hill this fall, it’s coming down to a battle of Democratic money versus Republican momentum. …Still, in state after state, the 2010 midterm elections present an almost clinical test of the power of money to affect the results at the ballot boxes. With history, punditry and a rising number of polls pointing to major Republican gains, money may prove the last line of defense for Democrats.”
If you have not yet responded to yesterday’s urgent appeal, go online right now to https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php to make a special gift through our secured website.

Yesterday we asked for $100 — one dollar for each day until the elections. If you can’t afford to give $100, please give what you can. No gift is too small, and every dollar quickly adds up!

My friends, I am convinced that if we can close this financial gap, conservatives can score major victories this November. If we can overcome the Democrats’ “last line of defense,” we can take back Capitol Hill. I would hate to think that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid might cling to power because of a handful of races.

Help us make the most of every opportunity. Please go to https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php to help us stop Obama’s socialism!

Obama, Lockerbie & BP

America’s relationship with Great Britain, one our strongest allies, has soured in recent years. The special relationship got off on the wrong foot when Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill that had been given to George W. Bush by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair after 9/11. It got worse with a buffoonish exchange of gifts between Obama and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

It didn’t help at all when the Scots decided last year to release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Two hundred seventy people were killed, including nearly 50 American college students who were returning from overseas studies. Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison, but was granted a “compassionate release” last August on the grounds that he was suffering from terminal cancer and had only days to live.

In recent weeks, there have been revelations that BP lobbied the British government for Megrahi’s release in return for a lucrative Libyan oil contract. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on BP’s role this week.

It was against this backdrop that David Cameron, the new British prime minister, visited Washington last week in an attempt to reset Anglo-American relations. At the White House, the prime minister and the president both condemned Megrahi’s release, with Obama saying:

“I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed, and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber. And my administration expressed very clearly our objections prior to the decision being made and subsequent to the decision being made. So we welcome any additional information that will give us insights and a better understanding of why the decision was made.”
This weekend a shocking report broke overseas that casts doubt on just how “surprised” President Obama really was about Megrahi’s release. England’s The Sunday Times reported yesterday that “the U.S. government secretly advised Scottish ministers that it would be ‘far preferable’ to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.”

Richard LeBaron, a top U.S. embassy official in London, sent a secret memo to British and Scottish officials advising them of the U.S. position. As the The Sunday Times noted, Scottish officials believed LeBaron’s memo demonstrated the Obama Administration’s “half-hearted” opposition to Megrahi’s release.

In the wake of the controversy that erupted, Scottish officials are demanding that even more details of U.S. involvement, including a phone conversation between Attorney General Eric Holder and British ministers, be made public. It is hard to imagine that one of our closest allies would release a convicted terrorist who murdered scores of Americans, over our objections. But it now appears as though Megrahi was released with a “wink and a nod” from the Obama White House.

What could possibly be the administration’s motives for doing so? Was this one of the White House’s misguided attempts to “reach out” to the Muslim world? From attempts to shut down GITMO to efforts to appease Iran’s Islamofascist regime, it sadly fits a pattern of weakness we have seen from day one.

It’s hard to say if this story will have legs. The left-wing “mainstream” media certainly has no interest in pursuing it. But one well-connected Washington insider thinks it could be explosive. Click here to listen to an interview with former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova.

A Chilling Warning To Churches

After reporting on the Ground Zero mega-mosque last week, I received a disturbing e-mail from a supporter in Michigan. Evidently, the FBI sent a warning letter to Oakland County churches last week warning them of “suspicious activity.” For those not familiar with Michigan’s geography, Oakland County is just north of Dearborn, often described as America’s most Muslim city. Here is an excerpt of the letter:

“Dear Worship Coordinator:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Oakland County Resident Agency, would like to bring to your attention suspicious activity occurring on several occasions over the last several months at Oakland County places of worship. Visitors to these places of worship have shown particular interest in the layout of the building; have questioned personnel as to where people congregate; when the worship center would be populated; and where Christians could be found in the building.”
That is a chilling warning from the FBI that suggests churches in Oakland County are possibly being cased. A FBI spokesman said there was no indication of a threat, but added, “We’re simply passing along information we received to area churches indicating that suspicious activity is going on, in an abundance of caution.”

The New Abortion Pushers

Statistically, it’s been a rough few years for the abortion-rights crowd. The numbers of abortions, abortion providers and abortion facilities have declined, and numerous polls have discovered a majority pro-life America for the first time in decades. But this is no time for pro-lifers to relax. Abortion remains the most common surgical procedure for American women. And many of the pro-life political gains of the last decade are being rolled back by the most pro-abortion president and Congress in history.

As I explained over the weekend in my Human Events column, the most important effect of the abortion-movement’s strategy to impose abortion will be to force pro-life doctors and hospitals to choose between participating in the moral evil of abortion and abandoning the field. You can read my column at http://www.humanevents.com.

Urgent! for 07 25 10

Sunday, July 25, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 100 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

URGENT APPEAL — PLEASE RESPOND

There are 100 days until the 2010 mid-term elections. On the Lord’s Day I want to ask you to do two things. First, please pray for our country as Dr. Charles Stanley urged his congregation to do in his powerful July 4th “Turning the Tide” sermon.

Second, I urgently need your immediate financial support. Please go online right now to https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php to make a special one-time gift of $100 through our secured website.

That’s just one dollar for each day until the elections. A dollar a day to send Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to the unemployment line. A dollar a day to stop Obama’s socialism!

My friends, I know it is Sunday, but this request is urgent. Please go to https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php to make a special gift right now.

In Wednesday’s report, I gave you some positive news about the polling data on the November elections. Republicans have the lead in the polls. But since Wednesday, I have read some very disturbing news – the Democrats are continuing to outraise us.

There are roughly 70 competitive House races this year. But in many critical contests, our candidates are trailing in fundraising.

Right now, I’m concerned about several things:

Will we have the resources to respond to the Democrats’ negative ads and dirty tricks?

Will we have the resources to take advantage of every opportunity?

Will we have the resources to turn out our voters?
But what I don’t understand is how the Democrats are continuing to outraise us when the polls are so against them. Are conservatives taking this election for granted? Is the Left more committed than we are? We’ll find out in 100 days.

Let me know you’re still in this battle. Please support Campaign for Working Families with a special $100 gift today.

Help us “Stop Obama’s Socialism” by making sure CWF has the resources we need to defeat the liberal Democrats and elect more pro-family, pro-life conservatives to Congress.

Thank you and God bless you!

End Of Day Report 07 23 10

Friday, July 23, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 102 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Domestic Terrorism On The Rise

Zachary Chesser, 20, of Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested this week and charged with domestic terrorism. Was Zachary a member of the NRA? Was he a pro-life demonstrator? An anti-illegal immigration activist? Or, worse, a Tea Party member? No, he was none of those things. Like so many before him, Chesser is a convert to the “religion of peace.”

Despite living in one of the wealthiest communities in America, just outside of Washington, D.C., Zachary Chesser was charged in federal court this week with trying to join the jihadist group Al-Shahab, based in Somalia. Earlier this month, Al-Shahab claimed responsibility for the bombing in Uganda that killed 75 people for the “sin” of watching the World Cup soccer games.

ABC News reported yesterday that in the past 18 months, 34 Americans have been charged for having ties to international jihadist groups. Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism adviser, told ABC, “This is what we have feared for a very long time – that finally the ideology of radical Islam is effectively reaching into the United States… In the last six to nine months, the FBI has seen more domestic Islamist extremist activity than at any time since immediately right after 9/11.” So much for President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world.

While the Left hyperventilates over the alleged racism and potential threats posed by the Tea Party, it is ignoring a far more serious and growing threat – radical Islam in America.

And while we’re on that subject, Andrew Bostom has a disturbing column in today’s New York Post linking the imam of the proposed Ground Zero mega-mosque to extremist Wahhabi teachings. As Bostom notes, “This fact alone should compel Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg to withdraw their support for the proposed mosque.”

A number of folks have emailed in recent weeks asking what they can do in their communities about the growing threat of radical Islam. Here’s one idea – find out what is in your children’s textbooks and take action. Chances are the books are biased against Christianity and Judaism and present a highly sanitized version of Islam.

I wrote about this issue last year, and today I learned that the Texas Board of Education may consider a resolution at a September meeting to address many of the concerns I raised. God bless Texas!

ACTION ITEM: Click sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us?subject=Rives Resolution’ target=’_blank’>here to e-mail the Texas State Board of Education to express your support for the Rives Resolution. Be certain to request that your message is sent to all board members.

Arizona Trial Begins

The Obama Administration pressed its case against Arizona yesterday in a Phoenix federal courtroom. While I hesitate to read too much into the judge’s questioning, at a minimum she seemed skeptical of the Obama Administration’s arguments and appeared to appreciate the tremendous difficulties Arizonans are confronting every day due to our porous borders.

According to one press report, Judge Susan Bolton “repeatedly questioned Justice Department attorney Edwin Kneedler to explain how specific provisions of the law intruded on federal authority.” Bolton even asked, “Why can’t Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have entered the United States illegally?” She also noted, “You can barely go a day without a location being found in Phoenix where there are numerous people being harbored.”

Meanwhile, in Washington this week, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) put the Senate on the record regarding Arizona’s anti-illegal law. DeMint offered an amendment to cut off funds for the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against Arizona, but Senate Democrats voted it down 43-to-55. Ninety-three percent of Senate Republicans supported the DeMint amendment, while 88% of Senate Democrats opposed it. Click here to find out how your senators voted.

See You In September!

The 2010 Values Voter Summit is just weeks away and I hope to see you there! American Values, my non-profit organization, is proud to co-sponsor this year’s Summit, along with our friends at AFA Action, Family Research Council, Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel and Liberty University.

Confirmed speakers include Rep. Michele Bachmann, Bill Bennett, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Star Parker, Janet Parshall, Rep. Mike Pence, Gov. Mitt Romney, 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?
* Why Christians Should Support Israel
* Establishing a Culture Impact Team In Your Church

American Values is hosting a lunch Saturday afternoon. I will offer some thoughts on current events and take questions from the audience. 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.