End Of Day Report 09 30 10

Thursday, September 30, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 33 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

A Rush For The Exits

With their poll numbers collapsing, many members of Congress are in a rush to get out of Washington, desperate to get back home and hit the campaign trail. As the House of Representatives took up the resolution to adjourn, House Republican Leader John Boehner turned the routine vote into a referendum on the Bush tax cuts. Boehner urged his colleagues to “Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress a chance to vote on extending [the Bush tax cuts.]”

As the votes were being cast one endangered incumbent after another broke ranks from the Democrat leadership and voted against adjourning. In the end, Speaker Pelosi prevailed by one vote – 210-to-209. By one vote, the majority party succeeded in preventing the House from considering the Bush tax cuts, leaving a tremendous cloud of uncertainty hanging over small business owners and middle-class families.

President Confronted Again

Kudos to David Greenspon! The successful small businessman confronted President Obama in Iowa yesterday over his plans to raise taxes on the men and women who are doing the most to create new jobs in this tough economy. Here’s what he told the president:

“One of the things that concerns me is the repeal of the Bush tax cuts. The repeal – I don’t care if it is 5 percent – that’s 5 percent that would create a job. Five percent on millions of dollars of profit creates many jobs. …As the government gets more and more involved in business and more and more involved in taxes, what you’re finding is you’re strangling those job-creation vehicles.”

At that point, Obama cut off Mr. Greenspon and his microphone was taken away. Obama told him, “Your taxes haven’t gone up in this administration.” Wrong, Mr. President. There are dozens of tax hikes in the healthcare bill and more coming on January 1st.

These kinds of confrontations seem to be happening more often as Americans who live in the real world get an opportunity to question Obama directly. It started with Joe the Plumber who confronted then-Senator Obama about the candidate’s instincts to “spread the wealth around.” Recently, Velma Hart, a disillusioned supporter, expressed her exhaustion in defending his policies. In each case, Americans are holding the country’s leadership accountable for their hopes and dreams. Welcome to the real America, Mr. President!

More Defections

The looming tax hikes are making a lot of Washington politicians very nervous, and more are defecting from the tax-and-spend agenda every day. Among the many taxes congressional leaders want to raise is the capital gains tax – a tax on investment. Barack Obama wants to increase the capital gains tax by at least one-third.

During the 2008 debates, ABC’s Charlie Gibson questioned then-candidate Obama on his plan to raise capital gains taxes when the evidence shows that less revenue is received from the higher rates. Obama’s immediate response was, “I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” It was a classic example of class warfare and envy – using tax policy to achieve some progressive ideal irrespective of the actual outcome (less revenue).

This week nearly four dozen House Democrats rejected the president’s “fairness” argument for raising capital gains taxes. The Associated Press reported, “47 House Democrats are telling party leaders they want to continue Bush-era tax cuts on investment income, breaking ranks with President Barack Obama and exposing divisions among Democrats…”

You Can’t Keep What You Have

Here’s the latest example of ObamaCare taking away the health insurance folks have today: According to the Wall Street Journal, some 30,000 hourly McDonald’s employees may lose their health insurance. Why? An analysis by McDonald’s executives concluded that ObamaCare mandates that take effect next year will make their current health insurance plan “economically prohibitive.”

When the economy was creating jobs under conservative administrations, liberals would derided those jobs as “burger-flipper jobs,” when in fact many successful people have started their careers that way. (Such as Dave Thomas and Ray Kroc.) Granted, these entry-level jobs aren’t ones folks aspire to stay in forever. But liberal policies are taking away private health insurance options from those who can least afford it and shoving them into the government-run Medicaid program – in 2014.

End Of Day Report 09 29 10

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 34 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

“The Thrill Is Gone”

Facing the prospect of an electoral wipeout in just over a month, Barack Obama left Washington, D.C., to rally the American people to his cause. So, naturally, he went to the university town of Madison, Wisconsin – a hotbed of left-wing activism. And sure enough the president drew a crowd. But how was he received? Suffice it to say, “the thrill is gone.”

Blues fans will recognize that line as the title to a well-known song by B.B. King. It aptly applies to Americans’ view of Barack Obama today. Observing the crowd of students yesterday, an ABC reporter noted, “Their enthusiasm was well under control.” CNN reported, “The overwhelmingly student crowd cheered happily, but without the wild excitement they gave candidate Obama two years ago.”

One student said, “The enthusiasm is definitely down. … People can’t live up to all your hopes and dreams. Obama made a lot of promises.” One Wisconsin political science professor said, “The enthusiasm gap is real. …The euphoria has gone away.”

Islamist Terror Plot Uncovered

Last week we reported that European counterterrorism officials were scrambling. France’s top security official warned, “All the lights are red. They are flashing from everywhere… objectively, there are reasons for worry.” While there was silence from the White House, something serious was obviously being planned.

Today we know what it was. A major plot against European cities has been broken up. According to various news reports, terrorists in Pakistan were plotting “Mumbai-style commando raids” on “economic or soft” targets in England, France and Germany, possibly targeting American tourists at major hotel chains. Officials are not saying whether the United States was targeted in the plot.

We learned of the planned attack after interrogating a suspected terrorist who was intercepted on his way to Europe. It is noteworthy that the jihadist is German. K.T. McFarland, a national security expert in three administrations, said recently that there are German villages in Pakistan where blue-eyed, blonde-haired German converts to Islam are training to commit acts of terror against the West.

Notice her statement – converts to Islam. Journalists are required to convey certain facts, and yet professional reporters often write news stories that ignore those key facts, like the common bond of the attackers – their Islamic faith.

Liberal elites want to tell us that only a small, insignificant percentage of Muslims are terrorists. But in his new book, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair argues that there is a division within Islam and not just between those who espouse violence and those who do not.

Blair argues that the more serious division is between Muslims who simply want to live their lives and those who are dedicated to establishing Sharia law. Among the latter group, some are open about it; some do it through deception, like the ones who want to build a mosque at Ground Zero; while some pursue their goals through violence.

But the number of Muslims who support the establishment of Sharia law – irrespective of the method – is quite large. They may not take up arms or strap on bomb belts to wage jihad, but they encourage it financially or by other means. This “soft jihad” of creeping Sharia law is a threat to the values of individual freedom and religious liberty. It must be fought as vigorously as terrorism.

A Pre-Arranged Question?

As 2010 looks more and more like 1994, the Obama White House is obviously relying on Bill Clinton for political advice. In recent months we’ve seen polls that suggest Obama has a religion problem. It’s not hard to understand why. He attended a bizarre church and has devoted much of his presidency to defending Islam, while ignoring Christianity, and until recently had attended church only about three times since taking office.

Now, with the elections looming, there appears to be a religion offensive underway. The president made headlines recently by attending church in Washington, D.C. And yesterday, at a campaign stop in New Mexico, Obama was asked “Why are you a Christian?” To his credit, Obama offered an answer that Billy Graham would find hard to fault. But it seemed at odds with past remarks.

However theologically correct his answer was yesterday, there is no escaping the fact that he attended a church for 20 years where the teachings were frequently at odds with the Gospel. He has shown little interest in matters of faith during his entire career. But now that his polls are low and his agenda is on the ropes, Obama has found religion.

You Can’t Keep What You Have

During the debate on healthcare reform, the “salesman-in-chief” repeatedly promised us that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” We’ve known for some time that that isn’t going to be the case for most folks when ObamaCare begins in full force come 2014. But seniors in New England found out recently that change is coming early.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts’ second-largest insurance provider, has announced that it is dropping Medicare Advantage. Lynn Bowman, vice president of customer service at Harvard Pilgrim, said, “We know that cuts in Medicare are being used to fund national healthcare reform.” Now, because of federal regulations and mandates, more than 20,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire will have to switch to more expensive alternatives or give up the additional coverage completely.

Contrary to the hopes of liberal politicians everywhere, 57% of likely voters want to repeal ObamaCare. As the consequences of this “reform” become more obvious, that number will likely rise.

End Of Day Report 09 28 10

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 35 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Democrats’ Disgusting Smears

Yesterday, I told you that the Democrats were getting desperate and going negative with multi-million dollar ad campaigns. Here are a few examples of just how disgusting the Democrat smear campaign is this year.

* Left coast Obama socialist Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) has a relatively safe Democrat seat. Sanchez won her seat after a very close contest in 1996 against conservative stalwart Bob Dornan. Her victory was tainted by credible evidence of voter fraud. Over the past ten years, however, she has won reelection with 60% of the vote or more. But she is in the race of her life this year against Assemblyman Van Tran.

In a recent interview with the Hispanic TV network Univision, Sanchez made this outrageous statement: “The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, trying … to take this seat and give it to this Van Tran, who is very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic.”

Van Tran is a Vietnamese immigrant whose family fled the communist takeover of Vietnam. He is hardly “anti-immigrant.” But he is anti-socialism, which is why he is running against Sanchez and her support for Obama’s left-wing agenda.

* Retired Lt. Col. Allen West is running against incumbent Ron Klein (D-FL). West made headlines in 2003 for his service in Iraq when he used “enhanced” interrogation methods against a captured terrorist to save the lives of his men. During his service in Iraq, his family fell behind in their bills.

Desperate to exploit anything they could find, Florida Democrats put out a mailing attacking West as a deadbeat and tax cheat. Even worse, they publicized his Social Security number in the mailing, which went to tens of thousands of liberal activists. West is an authentic American hero, but that isn’t stopping the Obama/Reid/Pelosi smear machine.

* But the worst smear of the season – so far – goes to Florida Democrat Alan Grayson. Grayson is attacking his opponent, former State Senator Daniel Webster, as “Taliban Dan.” The ad calls Webster “a religious fanatic” for his unapologetic pro-life values and for allegedly suggesting that wives should submit to their husbands. Grayson’s ad so grossly distorts Webster’s remarks that even the liberal media are coming to Webster’s defense.

An analysis by FactCheck.org concluded, “Grayson has lowered the bar even further. He’s using edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said.” The Orlando Sentienal wrote, “The Grayson campaign edited the original video, chopping it up and taking Webster’s words out of context.”

In a separate ad, Grayson impugns Webster’s patriotism for not serving in Vietnam. With Taps playing in the background, the narrator says, “It breaks an old soldier’s heart to think that Webster could ever be elected to Congress. He doesn’t love this country the way I do. Daniel Webster doesn’t care about us.”

FactCheck.org called the ad “vicious,” and stated, “…the ad’s charge is disproved by the very documents that the Grayson campaign provides to support their claim. …They show that far from refusing to serve his country, Webster reported for a military examination as soon as he graduated from college, only to be disqualified on medical grounds.”

Alan Grayson should be ashamed of himself. But, then again, this is coming from the same man who stood on the House floor and defended ObamaCare by saying that Republicans wanted sick people to “die quickly.”

Unfortunately, these are the kinds of messages that many Democrats are broadcasting over the airwaves with the millions of dollars they have amassed in their campaign war chests. Hope and change has given way to fear and loathing.

But who is really surprised? These are the same folks who have ignored their constituents for the past two years. They voted to restrict our freedom and passed thousand-page bills without reading them. They voted for higher taxes, job-killing legislation and amassed record amounts of debt in the process. Now, desperate to hold onto power, they are willing to smear any conservative who dares to oppose their Big Government, tax-and-spend, socialist policies.

I’m sharing these facts with you so that you will know the truth and understand exactly what we are up against in the next 35 days. Please share this information with friends and family members so we can spread the word and fight the Democrats’ disgusting smear campaign.

This is also why I frequently come to you to raise funds for conservative ads that counter these vicious attacks. Every dollar you donate to CWF empowers us to do more to make sure this election is not stolen using slash-and-burn tactics and Election Day fraud.

End Of Day Report 09 27 10

Monday, September 27, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 36 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Mahmoud’s Secret Meeting

President Obama has repeatedly promised to meet with Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator face-to-face and with no preconditions. Ahmadinejad was in New York for several days last week, but presumably the president had prior commitments as no face-to-face meetings between the two heads of state took place. But some Obama supporters did sit down with Ahmadinejad last Tuesday.

According to the New York Post, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party “shared a hush-hush meal” with Ahmadinejad at the Warwick Hotel on Tuesday. Other sources say “progressives” also attended, including former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA). One can only imagine the conversation that took place.

Fighting Voter Fraud

There has been a lot of coverage in recent years about voter fraud, but the issue is getting renewed attention as we approach another major election. This time new questions are being raised about exactly how widespread the problem really is.

Fox News reported Saturday that the Texas secretary of state and Harris County district attorney are investigating a group called Houston Votes. Leo Vasquez, the Harris County voter registrar, said, “The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by [Houston Votes].”

The scandal was uncovered by a small group of Tea Party activists who were determined to do something. They served as poll watchers in 2008 and were shocked at what they saw. After the election, they formed a group called “True the Vote” and began combing through publicly available records. When they found one precinct in Harris County, Texas, with 24,000 registered voters, they realized the problem was much larger than expected.

They found voters registered at vacant lots. They found a halfway house for eight people with 40 registered voters. They found one woman had been registered six times on the same day and, of course, illegal aliens who were registered to vote.

Then they discovered that the voter registration work had been done by Houston Votes and that the organization was connected to the SEIU, a major left-wing labor union to which Obama has attributed his electoral success.

Here’s what you can do: Make sure you and all your like-minded friends and family members are registered to vote. There are only seven days left to register to vote in most states, so don’t delay. Use this link to register online. Then, make plans to get all your friends and family members to the polls on Election Day.

What A Joke

Just when you think Congress can’t sink any lower in the polls, the politicians invite comedian Stephen Colbert to testify about immigration reform. If you’re not familiar with Colbert’s shtick, he’s a faux Bill O’Reilly, a pretend conservative talk show host who always goes over-the-top to mock conservative positions.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Border Security and International Law, invited Colbert to talk about the plight of migrant workers in America. He accepted and testified as if he were the character on his TV show. The hearing quickly devolved into a complete mockery. At one point, Colbert tried to submit images of his colonoscopy into the congressional record.

Congress has time for a comedian’s colonoscopy, but it doesn’t have time to renew your tax cuts? As a result, millions of Americans may receive a smaller paycheck on January 1, 2011.

End Of Day Report 09 24 10

Friday, September 24, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 39 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

“Ahmadinejad: 9/11 Truther”

The phrase “9/11 truther” refers to those folks who have a bizarre fever that leads them to believe that our own government actually attacked us on 9/11, not the Al Qaeda jihadists who proudly took credit. Unbelievably, polling found that this view was held by a significant percentage of individuals on the Left, but also by some on the Ron Paul Right.

It is also embraced by radical Islamists, including Shiite fundamentalist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. He believes it is his job to bring about the coming of a Muslim “messiah,” the 12th Imam, who will rid the world of unbelievers. So Ahmadinejad has an interest in creating strife.

Yesterday, Ahmadinejad went before the United Nations – in New York City – and spouted his outrageous slander. Here’s what he said:

“…some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.”
The American delegation walked out as did representatives from the European Union, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and New Zealand. What does it say about those who remained and listened to Ahmadinejad’s rant? Would Obama have walked out had he been there? Or would he have politely sat there, as he did when Nicaragua’s socialist leader, Daniel Ortega, lectured him for 50 minutes at last year’s Summit of the Americas?

Ahmandinejad does this because he has seen nothing but weakness from our president and feels free to continue to insult us. Obama has been his enabler. Not long after coming into office, Obama launched his world apology tour. He has promised to meet with Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator. When Ahmadinejad was on the ropes after massive uprisings, Obama stayed silent for days while the Islamic regime brutally suppressed and murdered political dissidents.

Polls show that Americans are increasingly frustrated with President Obama’s domestic policies, but they continue to give him positive ratings on foreign policy. That could change very quickly. After nearly two years of outreach and pandering aimed at enticing Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program, nothing has been accomplished. When we wake up to headlines that Tehran has tested its first atomic weapon, how many will be applauding then?

The Do-Nothing Democrats

Democrats and President Obama have been promising 95% of Americans that their taxes won’t go up at the end of the year when the Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire. So what are they doing about it? NOTHING.

I was astonished to read this morning that Democrat leaders on Capitol Hill have decided to cancel any votes on preventing the tax hikes before the elections. Republicans are unanimous in making sure that no tax hikes take effect that would only make the Obama recession worse.

This week, more than 300 economists signed a letter to Congress warning that the impending tax hikes “would constitute a profound and damaging ‘anti-stimulus’ that would harm our prospects for expansion in the near future.”

Every day more and more Democrats are coming around to that same conclusion. But Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are so determined to raise taxes on successful small businesses, entrepreneurs and job creators that they are willing to risk raising taxes on everyone to get their way.

Nevada Brawl

Remember how last summer’s town hall meetings got heated when concerned citizens turned out to question lawmakers about ObamaCare? It didn’t take long for the Democrats to call in reinforcements, and soon union thugs showed up and citizens were beaten up. Now it’s happening on the campaign trail.

A fight broke out last night during a debate between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle. But the fight wasn’t between the two candidates and it really wasn’t a debate. Sharron Angle was there to answer questions live, while Harry Reid appeared in a pre-taped video presentation.

The crowd was stacked against Angle, which this report from National Review Online makes clear. As Sharron Angle was making her closing remarks, Reid supporters rudely got up and began to leave. That’s when the fighting started.

In the past, people often attributed such violence to passionate youths – kids being kids. But this is beyond “youthful indiscretion.” Remember the hundreds of people arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention? Remember the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia? Violence and intimidation are becoming standard practice for the Left as it attempts to shut down debate and drive men and women of faith out of the public square and into the closet.

Don’t be intimidated. Fight back by getting active!

Redouble your efforts in support of pro-family, pro-life, pro-free enterprise candidates and causes. Carol is doing her part by setting up a voter registration table at our church in early October, where she will help folks complete voter registration applications. Then she will take all the applications to the county voter registration office. If everyone does their part, just think of the tremendous difference we can make!

End Of Day Report 09 23 10

Thursday, September 23, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 40 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

“A Pledge To America”

House Republicans today unveiled their much-anticipated Pledge To America, which many pundits are comparing to the 1994 Contract With America. With the elections now 40 days away, House Republicans understand that most voters want something to vote for; they want to know what the GOP would do differently.

Polls show that most Americans realize that the Obama socialists have led us down the wrong track. House Republicans have provided an outline of what they would do differently. On balance, I think it is a good document that outlines a conservative vision for putting America back on the right track.

The editors of National Review Online praised the pledge as “bolder” than the Contract With America, writing, “The pledge commits Republicans to working toward a broad conservative agenda that, if implemented, would make the federal government significantly smaller, Congress more accountable, and America more prosperous.”

As expected, the document is heavy on economic issues, and Republicans can’t be faulted for focusing on the voters’ main concerns – jobs and the economy. Here are some key objectives:

* extending the Bush tax cuts for all Americans, including entrepreneurs and small business owners

* terminating TARP

* freezing federal hiring

* rolling back spending to pre-stimulus levels

* cancelling any remaining stimulus spending

* repealing Obama’s takeover of healthcare

The pledge also promises to “honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.” In addition, the document promises to end taxpayer funding of abortion. We are gratified that congressional leaders like Rep. Mike Pence sought our input on these values issues and made sure they were included.

There is much more in the 20-page document, which you can read here.

Some media pundits are already attacking the pledge as not being detailed enough. But these are the same pundits who aren’t telling you that the Democrats still haven’t passed a budget yet. Why not? Because they don’t want you to know the budget details before the election!

ObamaCare: A Six-Month Check-Up

One of the first lessons everyone learns in life – sometimes the hard way – is that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Today marks the six-month anniversary of ObamaCare becoming law. As the law begins to take effect, many experts are now questioning whether its promises were too good to be true. Let’s consider some of those promises and what has actually happened.

* We were told that ObamaCare would lower healthcare costs. How many of you have seen your insurance rates decline? In fact, premiums are going up by double digits in many states, according to the New York Times, “largely to address the expanded benefits [that Obama/Reid/Pelosi mandated] under the new federal law.” You just can’t get something for nothing.

* We were told that ObamaCare would save the government money. But yet another report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency, finds that ObamaCare will in fact increase healthcare spending as it provides coverage to more than 30 million people. This should be no surprise. Obama’s claim that he could cover more people and still reduce costs was absurd.

* We were told that ObamaCare would cut the deficit over ten years. But this was based on unrealistic promises such as slashing $500 billion from Medicare and reducing payments to doctors by 20%. Few outside experts trust the cost projections and some suggest ObamaCare will cost nearly $2.7 trillion over the next ten years, adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt.

* We were told that if you like your current coverage, you’ll get to keep it. But even the Obama Administration knows that is not true, estimating that as many as 67% of individual policies and 80% of small business policies will be forced to change as a result of the 3,000-page law.

ObamaCare is already costing jobs and contributing to the nation’s unemployment crisis. The New York Times reported yesterday that many insurance companies were “scrambling” to comply with the law, and many were cutting jobs to compensate for the costs associated with ObamaCare.

According to the Times report, “Adjusting to the new terrain could push some insurers out of business, health care analysts say. …many of the markets where they operate will become much less profitable. ‘A lot of health plans will struggle and fail,’ said Jeff Fusile, a health care partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

Unfortunately, this is what happens when government mandates manipulate the free market, and it’s why command economies don’t work. Try as they might, liberal politicians simply cannot override the fundamental laws of economics.

End Of Day Report 09 22 10

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 41 DAYS UNTIL THE 2010 ELECTIONS!

Keep Working!

No doubt you’ve seen the polls on the elections. They look good, don’t they? Take them with a grain of salt, and don’t stop praying and working. Here’s why.

It is clear that 2010 is going to look a lot like 1994 – there is a growing backlash against the Democrats sweeping across America. But will it be enough? While the minority party almost always gains seats in mid-term elections, the average mid-term gain would not be enough to overcome the Democrats’ huge majority, even in the House. Some smart people are concerned we could fall short.

For example, the president of the Chamber of Commerce has said privately that he fears Republicans will end up three or four seats short, leaving Nancy Pelosi in the Speaker’s chair and Barack Obama setting the agenda. On his morning radio show, Bill Bennett asked Newt Gingrich about that prediction, and Newt replied, “It could be anywhere from 30 seats to 80 seats.” To off-set some anticipated losses, Republicans need to pick up at least 45 seats.

This is not meant to discourage you. No one should be throwing in the towel. I think Newt is right – we could pick up 80 seats – but only if we redouble our efforts today. How many friends and family members have you registered to vote? Use this link to sign them up.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding Barack Obama. But the average man and woman, like Velma Hart, is concerned about the policies coming out of Washington, D.C. They are furious about the out-of-control spending, the regulations and the tax hikes that will cripple businesses and cost even more jobs. They are worried about saving for the future, the assault on our values and America’s prestige in the world. Talk to them about these issues.

How many friends and family members have you registered to vote? Use this link to sign them up.

I continue to get questions about Christians who are confusing the gospel of Jesus Christ with Big Government socialism and social justice. They couldn’t be more wrong. Christ encouraged us to be compassionate to our neighbor; He did not argue that government should redistribute wealth. Christ never used class warfare. He never suggested that someone else was starving because another man was eating well. That is envy, and it is wrong.

Don’t waste your time trying to convert those who drank the Obama kool aid. There a lot of folks out there like Velma Hart who are exhausted and disappointed. Talk to them. Tell them, as Ronald Reagan understood, that government is not the solution to our problems, and that America’s best days are ahead of us if we will unleash the power of free markets and America’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Targeting The Tea Party

The New York Times recently reported that the White House and Democrat operatives were considering a major assault against the Tea Party as a way of energizing their demoralized base. Of course, they would portray the Tea Party as an extremist, fringe movement and warn of dire consequences if its candidates were elected to public office.

The White House denied the accuracy of the story, but the NAACP is working hard to pull off an October 2nd rally specifically aimed at countering the Tea Party movement. You may recall that the NAACP recently condemned the Tea Party as racist.

The list of sponsors for the October 2nd rally reads like a “whose who” of left-wing extremists. The usual suspects are all there – Big Labor, the teachers’ union, at least a dozen homosexual rights groups. Other partners include the Communist Party of the USA, Democratic Socialists of America and the radical anti-war groups Code Pink and ANSWER.

And these folks are calling the Tea Party extreme? This coalition is so “main-stream” that the leader of one sponsoring group was fired by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for his connections to the terrorist group Hamas. But, really, who do you think has more in common with the average Joe – the Tea Party or the group Queers for Economic Justice that is sponsoring the NAACP rally?

Obama’s Values

A recent poll found 46% of Americans don’t believe Barack Obama shares their values, while just 43% believe he does. This poll comes on the heels of others finding that more Americans today believe their president is a Muslim in spite of his non-stop exposure during the past 19 months. Why is the president so disconnected from the American people?

One reason is because he doesn’t speak to them. In a speech to the Hispanic Congressional Caucus this week, Obama cited the founding principle of America, telling his audience, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

That famous line is found in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence, but the president made a glaring and probably intentional omission: He left out God.

I say the omission was intentional because this president is quite fond of claiming that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation and that Muslims were influential in our founding. And he frequently gives atheists and non-believers a “shout out” in his speeches.

I’m not the only one who has noticed this. Terry Jeffrey, editor of CNSNews.com, devoted an entire column to Obama’s efforts to “diminish God’s standing in America,” and I suspect most Americans don’t appreciate it.

By the way, Obama, who the media claims is the smartest man ever to sit in the Oval Office also told his audience that Mexicans were in America before our founding, even though Mexico didn’t become a country until the early 1800s, well after America achieved independence. But why nitpick over details about our history and founding?

Is Obama Hiding Something?

That’s the question asked today by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who notes that security at the CIA has been ramped up while top intelligence officials in Europe are scrambling. Meanwhile, there is silence from Obama.

Is something up? Bernard Squarcini, France’s top counterterrorism official, said Saturday, “All the lights are red. They are flashing from everywhere… objectively, there are reasons for worry.” That’s a pretty serious statement.

Here is an Associated Press headline from yesterday: “Interpol Worried About Spike In Extremist Websites.” Over the weekend, I read a report that caught my attention: John Brennan, Obama’s National Security Advisor, and his Canadian counterpart were in Saudi Arabia days ago meeting with the king and the Saudi intelligence chief. Maybe it was just a routine courtesy visit. But the Ignatius column suggests it could be much more.

While we cannot live in a constant state of fear, we know this administration is naïve about national security. It dares not speak the word “terrorism,” instead preferring euphemisms like “man-caused disasters.” It thinks jihad is a noble term. It is reaching out to our enemies in Iran, while pressuring Israel to make concessions for peace. But surely if we were at risk, we’d be hearing from the White House, rather than the Washington Post, right?