End Of Day Report 11 29 10

Monday, November 29, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

“Jihad In The Cause Of Allah”

When news broke of Friday’s arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud for plotting to detonate a bomb at the annual Christmas tree lighting in Portland, Oregon, Big Media tried their politically correct best to describe the jihadist wanna-be. He was referred to as a “teenager,” “college student” and “American.” What he wasn’t called, although it was obvious, was “Muslim terrorist.”

Mohamud was thwarted in his deadly plans when the FBI became aware of his efforts to contact jihadists in Pakistan. Several undercover agents then worked with him to determine how far he would go. The answer was very far indeed.

On Friday night, he tried to detonate what he believed was a massive truck bomb in the crowd of Christmas revelers. Agents swooped down on him as he yelled the now familiar jihadist battle cry “Allahu Akbar.” His goal, he told the FBI, was simple: “I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave dead or injured,” he said.

Don’t miss the symbolism of Mohamud trying to blow up Americans attending a Christmas tree lighting. While our leaders constantly tell us that we are not engaged in a religious war, the jihadists firmly believe they are. The irony is that “progressive” Portland long ago banned Christ from its downtown public square. The lefties who run Portland have no use for the icons of traditional Judeo-Christian civilization. But for the devout Muslim Mohamed Osman Mohamud, even a tree without the manger was a target worth destroying.

On Sunday there was a small fire, apparently arson, at the Salam Al-Farisi Islamic Center, where Mohamud attended. While there are no suspects, Portland Muslim leaders immediately held a press conference to express their fear and demand police protection. It seems to me that Portland’s residents have more to fear. They, after all, were the intended targets of the jihadist plot. But the “Muslim as victim” narrative is now well ingrained in American society.

Portland’s Muslims have little to worry about. In spite of the media’s hype, “hate crimes” against Muslims remain very low. In fact, figures released last week show that in the U.S. reported hate crimes against Jews are seven times more frequent than reported hate crimes against the followers of Islam. Instead of posting guards at mosques, the authorities should be guarding synagogues, churches and Christmas displays.

Leftists Attack America

The latest round of released documents from WikiLeaks is being described as an attack on America. Politico ran the story of the 250,000 leaked State Department cables with this headline: “WikiLeaks target: American power.”

The German paper Der Spiegel calls the leaks “a political meltdown for American foreign policy.” It continues: “Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information… Never before has the trust America’s partners have in the country been as badly shaken.”

An analysis in the liberal British paper The Guardian concluded, “The impression is of the world’s superpower roaming helpless in a world in which nobody behaves as bidden.”

While one British historian remarked that the leaks reveal “how serious the threats are,” it is worth noting that WikiLeaks is led by leftists who see America — not Iran, not China, not North Korea, not Hezbollah — as the greatest danger to world peace. Yet disclosures that make the “world’s superpower” appear “helpless” are likely to embolden the world’s thugs and lead to more conflicts.

They were helped in their anti-American crusade by Private Bradley Manning, a disturbed Army intelligence analyst whose ex-boyfriend, according to the New York Times, is a “self-described drag queen.”

Normally these folks would be thrilled to have someone like Barack Obama in the White House. But no matter how much it might embarrass Obama and his government, bringing down America is their greater cause.

The White House has condemned the leaks. But just imagine the reaction if WikiLeaks were run by conservatives! We’d be hearing over and over again how it was all part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to undermine the Obama presidency. The Justice Department would have already prosecuted those responsible.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who is expected to chair the House Homeland Security Committee next year, said these leaks are “worse than a military attack.” He is asking Secretary of State Clinton to designate WikiLeaks as a foreign terrorist organization. I’d be happy if the White House could at least admit that WikiLeaks is a bunch of leftists who are undermining America.

We Stand With FRC

Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) added the Family Research Council (FRC) to its list of “hate groups” for adamantly opposing the radical homosexual rights agenda. As you may know, I ran FRC from 1989 until I jumped into the 2000 Republican presidential primary.

While I was there, FRC opposed same-sex “marriage,” opposed Bill Clinton’s attempt to end the military’s ban on open homosexuality and we published papers warning about the promotion of the radical homosexual agenda in the public schools. Those issues were well worth public debate then and they are today.

Nothing has changed at FRC since Tony Perkins took over. It was not a “hate group” when I ran it and it is not a “hate group” today. What has changed in recent years is the aggressiveness of the “tyrants of tolerance.”

The Left has been on a cultural jihad to label traditional conservative values as “hate” and beyond the pale of public discourse. Those who demand tolerance for every imaginable “lifestyle” are incredibly intolerant of conservative views, and they seek to silence us all. They would shut down any defense of traditional marriage and the sanctity of life as “hate speech.”

And it’s not just “hot button” social issues that have enraged the Left. Look at how the political and media elites responded to the Tea Party movement. It was mocked and labeled “racist.”

This attempt to delegitimize normal conservative values — traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, limited government — is rooted in a disturbing authoritarian impulse that threatens our liberty. It must be resisted, and that is why we stand with FRC.

If the Family Research Council can be labeled a “hate group” today, Campaign for Working Families may be labeled as such tomorrow. If freedom of speech can be considered a “hate crime” today, then religious liberty will be at risk tomorrow.

Please, my friends, share this message with your pastor. If he believes that he can continue to preach the truth of Scripture in this country without fear of being labeled a “bigot” or accused of “hate crimes,” he is sorely mistaken.

The Pretenders

The WikiLeaks scandal is a perfect example of liberals who want to engage the world not as it is but as they would like it to be. Such left-wing pretenders are the subjects of my weekly Human Events column, which you can read here.

End Of Day Report 11 24 10

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Be Thankful

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, millions of Americans are hitting the roads or heading to airports to be with friends and family. I love this uniquely American holiday. But it’s not just a day off work, a day devoted to parades and football, not even turkeys and pumpkin pies. As the name implies, it is about giving thanks to God for the blessings we enjoy.

Thanksgiving traces its origins back to the Pilgrims – those hardy pioneers who arrived on the shores of North America and, against all odds, carved a nation out of the wilderness. They came to the New World not seeking fortune, but in search of freedom, and, more specifically, the freedom to worship God as they wished.

Testifying to the strong religious foundation of this country, thanking God for His blessings was a routine experience in our early years. The first official National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was issued by the Continental Congress on November 1, 1777 in celebration for the victory against the British at the Battle of Saratoga. In 1941, as America confronted a world at war, Congress voted to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation as president, Ronald Reagan wrote:

“America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. …

“As we celebrate Thanksgiving … we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance.

“Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.
What are you thankful for? A job? A warm home? A loving family? Good health? All of the above, or something completely different? Perhaps it has been a difficult year for you. Loved ones may have passed on or perhaps they are deployed overseas. Perhaps you, like so many others, are struggling in this difficult economy.

In spite of the personal and national challenges we face today, I believe all of us can be thankful to be Americans. We are the descendants of the patriots who declared that “All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Those words inspire us still and bring hope to millions around the world. With all of America’s problems, we are still the nation that represents man’s last best hope on earth.

As President Reagan so often encouraged us to do, I pray that each of us in the weeks ahead will work harder to make America an even better place – a “shining city upon a hill.”

Tomorrow, when Carol and I celebrate Thanksgiving with our family, we will pray for America, for our leaders, for our men and women in uniform and for all of you. This may sound trite, but I feel I don’t say it enough: Our work would not be possible without you, and we are very thankful for your friendship and generosity. God bless you, my friends, and thank you for being our partners in this great adventure.

Our offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. This will be my last “End of Day” report until Monday, November 29th.

End Of Day Report 11 23 10

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Korea On The Brink

I woke up this morning to the disturbing news that North Korea had attacked a small island in a disputed region near its border with South Korea. For an hour, North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire as the island’s 1,700 residents were sent scrambling into bomb shelters. Two South Korean Marines were killed, more than a dozen were wounded, and scores of homes were set on fire by the North’s bombardment.

The Associated Press reports that South Korea returned fire with self-propelled howitzers and fighter jets. Officials said there may be “considerable North Korean casualties.”

There is speculation that this attack was a preemptive strike by the North to distract the world from the latest revelations of its illegal nuclear weapons program. Experts don’t believe North Korea could have constructed its latest uranium enrichment facility without outside help. But who would help them — Syria, Iran, Pakistan, China, Russia?

Regardless, North Korea’s belligerency is a growing problem. This attack is just the latest escalation of violence by the North. In March the communist regime torpedoed a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors. And yet after each provocation, the world backs down. The “bully” gets his way.

Liberal commentators mocked George W. Bush for calling Iran, North Korea and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq an “axis of evil.” But Bush was right. There is evil in the world. There are evil men who oppress their own people and who seek to subjugate others. Whether it is against Islamic terrorism or North Korean communism, those who cherish freedom must be willing to defend it.

The People Demand Profiling

Today’s Washington Post has a front page story about a poll that purports to show public support for the new TSA airport screening procedures. According to the ABC News/Washington Post poll, 64% of Americans support the full-body scans. But the public is divided on the enhanced pat-downs — 48% say they are justified, while 50% say they are not.

But also contained in this report is a burst of common sense from the American people: “One possibility that could generate public support is the use of profiling at airports… Overall, 70 percent of Americans back the idea.” According to the poll, 85% of Republicans support the use of profiling, as do 71% of independents and even 59% of Democrats.

Only 25% of the public oppose profiling. But, of course, it is the one thing our politically correct elites absolutely will not do.

Mosque Wants Your Money

Here’s a story that may compete with the TSA for “Outrage of the Week.” The developers of the Ground Zero mosque have reportedly applied for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation (LMDC). The money is coming from a pool of $20 billion in federal aid given to New York to rebuild after 9/11.

Of course, we’ve been told ad nauseam by political and media elites that Imam Feisal Rauf has every right to build there. And he and his supporters have reassured us that they are only doing this in the interest of promoting dialogue, diversity and tolerance.

But repeated polls have found overwhelming public opposition to the construction of this “Islamic community center” so near Ground Zero. And now the developers want to erect this monument to “Islamic tolerance” with your tax dollars.

Obama Below 40%

The latest Zogby poll finds Barack Obama’s approval rating has fallen below 40% for the first time in his presidency. It now stands at the politically toxic level of 39%. What’s more, Zogby finds Obama is losing hypothetical 2012 match-ups to Mitt Romney (38%-to-44%), Newt Gingrich (39%-to-43%) and Jeb Bush (38%-to-40%). He’s essentially tied with Palin (41%-to-40%).

Obama is clearly in trouble. Another recent poll found that just 43% of voters think he deserves reelection. Some Democrats are even calling on Obama not to run again.

It’s far too early to pick winners and losers in 2012. But if recent elections have proven anything, it is that anything can happen.

In 2008, Barack Obama came from nowhere and stunned the Democrat establishment by defeating the Clinton machine. John McCain picked Sarah Palin, a relatively unknown candidate, as his running mate and she has electrified conservative audiences ever since. In 2010, the GOP and the Tea Party movement made history, sweeping many new faces into office. In fact, many conservatives are eagerly seeking a fresh face, desperately searching for “the next Ronald Reagan.”

That’s why I would not write-off “dark horse” candidates in 2012, folks who in normal times wouldn’t stand a chance. These are not normal times. Today National Review Online takes a close look at one such candidate, my good friend Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana.

End Of Day Report 11 22 10

Monday, November 22, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

A Night To Remember

Last night I had the great pleasure of attending and delivering the keynote address at the 113th annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis dinner in New York sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Carol and I joined more than 700 people at the dinner, where I was given the Defender of Israel Award.

Also honored were my long-time friends Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and Fox News contributor, who received ZOA’s Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism, and Harley Lippman, founder and CEO of a major technology company, who received the Louis D. Brandeis Award. Remarks were also delivered by Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and a rising star in Israeli politics.

The Zionist Organization of America is one of the oldest pro-Israel groups in the United States. It is led by Mort Klein, a tireless supporter of the American/Israeli alliance. My remarks centered on the great danger the West faces as we battle Islamic extremism and its jihad against Judeo-Christian civilization.

I was struck during the evening by the strength of the growing alliance between Christians and Jews. Also of note was the increasing frustration and anger among American Jews over the policies toward Israel that are coming from the Obama Administration.

There will be tough days ahead as we confront the relentless Islamo-fascists, but I am more convinced than ever that we will prevail. Failure would mean another Dark Age. We cannot allow that to happen.

Help Us Hold Them Accountable

Thanks to the great results on November 2nd, there is a huge new class of freshmen Republicans coming to Congress next year. Most of them are solid conservatives. But it won’t take long for the left-wing special interest groups and the liberal media to start demonizing them for the ideas they put forward. We need to support them, encourage them and hold them accountable. Here’s how you can help.

Our website offers a great resource called Megavote. Each week that Congress is in session, you will get an e-mail letting you know how your elected representatives have voted on key issues, as well as updates on upcoming votes on pending legislation. This is a great tool for knowing what is happening on Capitol Hill and staying one step ahead.

Once you know how your elected officials are voting and which issues are coming up for votes, you can use our online Congressional Directory to quickly and easily communicate with Congress. I hope everyone receiving this daily report signs up for Megavote today. Working together we can hold our elected officials accountable and make a difference for our values.

Tea Party Conservatives Respond

Last week a dozen Tea Party activists signed on to a letter to Congress urging them to abandon social issues and focus exclusively on economic matters. The letter was sponsored by the homosexual rights advocacy group GOProud. This week, more than 150 Tea Party organizers sent a separate letter to congressional Republican leaders rebuking the GOProud letter, stating “America is a conservative country. We expect conservative leadership…”

The letter lists seven demands: defund ObamaCare; seriously reduce spending; defund the “liberal-political complex” including ACORN and Planned Parenthood; disallow any increase in the debt ceiling without a plan to cut spending; permanently extend the Bush tax cuts; vote down amnesty legislation; retain the 1993 law banning open homosexuality in the military.

Friendly Fire

As night follows day, cultural conservatives have come to expect Republican election losses to be followed swiftly by charges that they are what’s keeping the party from enjoying permanent majority status. What’s novel this year is that cultural conservatives are under fire following an election in which the Republican Party experienced its largest victory in generations. As I argue in my Human Events column today, this squabbling is unfortunate because it’s wrong and it is a distraction from the real intra-party battle within the Democratic Party. You can read my column here.

End Of Day Report 11 19 10

Friday, November 19, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Hajj And The Hate

As you may know from the news coverage or from material your kids might be learning in school, Muslims worldwide are celebrating the Hajj. For those who don’t know, the Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest site in Islam.

The Hajj is an obligation for religious Muslims who are able to make the trip. It is something they must do at least once in their lifetime. President Obama issued a statement on Monday which read in part, “On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season — Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.”

A letter from Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, was read at the Hajj this week. The ayatollah urged Muslims to engage in “struggle and resistance against the aggressions of the United States and the Zionist regime.” According to one report, tens of thousands of Muslims chanted in unison, “Allah is the greatest,” “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” I guess the ayatollah didn’t get Obama’s memo about our “best wishes” to the “religion of peace.”

For confused liberals like Christiane Amanpour, let me make this clear: I do not believe all Muslims are terrorists. That said, when the “supreme leader” of a nation urges the “faithful” to wage jihad, and when the “faithful” respond with “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” I think it is supremely foolish to pretend that there is no religious component to the war we are fighting.

It’s like suggesting that World War II was a war against Nazis, but that it had nothing to do with fascism. To deny that the jihadists are motivated by their faith is as delusional as to trust Adolf Hitler to secure “peace in our time.”

Speaking of Delusional…

Sometimes Washington can be so frustrating that you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Today, Charles Krauthammer opted for comedy in a scathing editorial that mocks our politically correct culture. In taking on the absurdity of our latest airport screening procedures, Krauthammer observes:

“…everyone knows that the entire apparatus of the security line is a national homage to political correctness. …Wizened seniors strain to untie their shoes; beltless salesmen struggle comically to hold up their pants; three-year-olds scream while being searched insanely for explosives, when everyone — everyone — knows that none of these people is a threat.

“…This has nothing to do with safety — 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals, and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling — when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable, and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.”

Reining In The Regulators

At a time when unemployment is higher than it has been in decades, Washington bureaucrats have declared war on American businesses. According to Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, job creators are confronting “a regulatory tsunami” from the federal government: 200 rules from the EPA, 100 regulations from the Department of Labor, 183 new agencies under ObamaCare and 540 rules and 170 reports from the financial regulation bill.

If that’s not bad enough, we learned this week that unrepentant progressives are demanding that Obama do even more regulating after losing total control of Congress in the recent elections. The American people clearly voted for less government and against Obama’s agenda, but progressives are determined to stick it to them!

John Podesta, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, published a detailed report calling on Obama to “use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.” According to Podesta, Obama should use his “substantial executive authority to make and implement policy …using authorities … such as executive orders, rule-makings, agency management and public-private partnerships.”

In other words, Podesta and his fellow progressives are demanding that Obama ignore the American people and Congress and implement his left-wing agenda by regulatory fiat.

The most serious threat comes from the “Employment Prevention Agency” using its powers to implement some kind of carbon cap and trade scheme. Senator-elect Joe Manchin (D-WV) crowed recently about Harry Reid’s promise to him that cap and trade was dead in the Senate. Cap and trade was died in the Senate well before the election. The danger now is that the EPA will act unilaterally to impose a policy so radical that it could not pass when Democrats had 59 votes in the Senate. What are Manchin and Reid going to do about the EPA now?

While I’m pleased that the Chamber of Commerce is speaking up and fighting back, more CEOs and entrepreneurs — our job creators — need to speak up. Unfortunately, too many are afraid to cross the administration. They are afraid that government goons might show up to “audit” their books. “Gee, Mr. CEO, that’s a real nice company you got there. It would be a real shame if a surprise SEC investigation tanked your stock price.”

Don’t think it can happen? That’s the subject of a disturbing column by Charles Gasparino in yesterday’s New York Post.

I know it’s popular to bash Wall Street and Big Business right now. But Gasparino’s column is worth reading as a warning against Big Government statism and how it stifles business and job creation. For more on this subject from the perspective of small business start-ups, read this report from the Wall Street Journal.

Democrat Disarray

While the media continue to obsess about divisions between the GOP and the Tea Party movement, the real divide is among Democrats. Politico reports that Senate Democrats met for three hours yesterday to figure out what went wrong on November 2nd.

Senators described the meeting as a “raucous caucus” and “the most frank exchange of views I’ve ever seen.” Many senators, such as Florida’s Bill Nelson, reportedly complained that Barack Obama had become a “serious liability.” (Remember when Obama reassured nervous Democrats that he would be “the big difference” between 1994 and 2010?)

Some expressed frustration with the White House’s preoccupation with unpopular priorities like ObamaCare and cap and trade. But liberals, like Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders, took the opposite view, arguing Democrats suffered because Obama was too moderate and the left-wing base abandoned them as a result.

Bill Nelson is right to be worried. The political landscape in 2012 is much more favorable for Republican Senate victories than it was this year. With your continued support, we’ll do everything we can over the next two years to stop Obama’s socialism by defeating Barack Obama and taking back the Senate in 2012!

End Of Day Report 11 18 10

Thursday, November 18, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Fire Eric Holder!

Attorney General Eric Holder should resign or be fired in the wake of yesterday’s Ahmed Ghailani verdict.

Ghailani was the Al Qaeda operative responsible for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200 people. He was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

The evidence against Ghailani was overwhelming. And the Obama Administration was eager to use the Ghailani case as a “trial balloon” to prove its moral superiority over the Bush Administration by trying foreign enemy combatants in civilian courts.

There was no reason, beyond satisfying their own ideological agenda, for Obama and Holder to try Ghailani in a civilian court. Many legal experts warned that it would be a dangerous gambit. Congressional Republicans repeatedly expressed strong opposition to the administration’s efforts to shutdown GITMO and try these jihadists in civilian courts.

But just as they ignored the polls and the public outrage over ObamaCare, the radicals in the administration pressed on. The Obama/Holder Justice Department charged Ghailani with 285 counts, ranging from conspiracy to murder. Yesterday, Ahmed Ghailani was found not guilty on 284 counts. He was convicted on one conspiracy charge.

How did the slam dunk case against Ghailani fall apart? The rules between civilian courts and military commissions are vastly different. For example, in October a federal judge dealt a major blow against the prosecution by preventing a key witness from testifying against Ghailani. Why? Because Ghailani had been subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” and those techniques yielded the name of the witness.

In other words, the enhanced interrogation techniques that we were using against these jihadist thugs (which Obama banned immediately after taking office) worked. They produced evidence of Ghailani’s guilt, but that evidence was not admissible in a civilian court.

Thankfully, Obama failed to shut down GITMO, as he promised, in his first year in office. His promise to give these foreign jihadists the same legal rights as American citizens nearly resulted in one of them walking free. Unbelievably, Obama has no idea what to do with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

I know some in the administration like to euphemistically refer to terrorism as “man-caused disasters.” But the real man-caused disasters are the policies coming out of this naïve White House. President Obama, our commander-in-chief, should stop these reckless policies now, and he should start by holding Eric Holder responsible for the Ghailani travesty. If Obama does not, the voters will hold him responsible in two years.

Government Motors Spinning More Than Wheels

Desperate to change the subject from recent election losses and the Ghailani trial, the White House is spinning today’s GM IPO (initial public offering) as a stunning success of government intervention. The spin is not right. Where to begin…

For starters, GM bondholders, including many retirees, were wiped out. Under the usual rules, bondholders are supposed to be first in line in any bankruptcy. But Obama wiped them out in order to bailout the United Auto Workers union, which is a major source of support for Obama and his fellow Democrats.

Second, according to one report, the government is taking a $9 billion loss on this sale of new GM stock. GM still owes taxpayers roughly $40 billion, and one analysis suggests that the stock will have to increase roughly 60% just for the government to break even.

Additionally, think about this situation from the standpoint of Ford. It was responsible in its borrowing and it thrived without taxpayer money. GM was reckless and got into huge problems. Taxpayer money was used to bail it out and now “Government Motors” is emerging with a debt-free balance sheet. How many future car sales will Ford lose because the Obama administration treated GM more favorably for its bad business practices?

This is a lot like the mortgage fiasco. Two guys buy into the same neighborhood. One does so only after years of savings and careful planning, while the other gets in over his head with a no-money down loan. The second guy gets a bailout or mortgage modification, while the responsible man looks out his window and sees his neighbor with new patio furniture thanks to the money he has just saved.

GM should have been held to the same standard and played by the same rules that apply to you and to me and to every other business. Bankruptcies take place all the time. There are laws and procedures designed to handle such cases. Instead, the unions called up the White House, and Obama put up $50 billion of your money.

By the way, the same administration that accused Republican candidates of sending jobs overseas rigged this IPO so that the Chinese and Saudi investors got major stakes in the new Government Motors. So much for this administration’s “America first” investment policies.

Difficult Choices

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll clearly demonstrates the difficult choices facing the new House Republican majority next year as it tries to rein in federal spending. According to the poll, the public opposes by wide margins the main options for restoring fiscal responsibility. For example:

* 70% of respondents were “somewhat or not at all comfortable” with cutting spending on Social Security, Medicare or Defense. But those three programs alone account for nearly 60% of the entire federal budget, and seniors voted heavily for Republicans on November 2nd.

* 59% were uncomfortable with raising taxes or limiting deductions. That’s fine with me, but there aren’t many options beyond raising revenue or cutting spending.

* 57% were uncomfortable with gradually raising the retirement age to 69 — over the next 60 years!

Clearly something has to be done to get the deficit under control. Pro-growth policies that spur economic development and allow the free market to create wealth must be a top priority. But spending must be brought under control.

My advice to congressional Republicans, especially newly-elected members of the Tea Party movement: Pick your battles carefully in the days ahead. Anything you do will be demonized by the Democrats and the left-wing media. (Remember the “Gingrich who stole Christmas”?) Any cut will be painful to some constituency somewhere. So start where you can muster the most support.

* Cutoff taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood. Most Americans don’t want their hard-earned money going to pay for abortions. Make Obama and the Democrats defend it.

* Defund the National Endowment for the Arts, National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In this age of economic distress, satellite radio and hundreds of cable channels, Uncle Sam has no business bankrolling any of it. There is plenty of private support for the arts, and I’m confident Big Bird can feather his nest without taxpayer subsidies.

* Stop the failed stimulus spending. Return unspent stimulus funds to the Treasury.

* Cut congressional salaries and Capitol Hill budgets. Freeze federal salaries, too. Let Barack Obama choose between the taxpayers and public employees’ unions.

Obviously, much more needs to be done. But if the GOP starts with these items, regains some credibility when it comes to fiscal responsibility and leads by example, the public will follow. Most importantly, it will establish a clear contrast of competing visions for the future of America — free markets and limited government versus Big Government socialism — as we head toward 2012.

End Of Day Report 11 17 10

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Germany On Alert

German officials increased the nation’s security measures today after intelligence reports indicated a terrorist plot was imminent. Thomas de Maiziere, the country’s top security official, said, “…we now have additional, relevant indications of possible danger that security authorities agree justify our current assessment that we are now facing a new situation.”

While officials believe the new plot is targeting Germany, the last time European intelligence picked up hints of a planned attack it turned out be Al Qaeda’s mail bomb plot against the United States.

Balancing Security And Privacy

As you know, I am a strong supporter of the security measures that our government has had to take since 9/11. I travel frequently, and given Al Qaeda’s obsession with airplanes, most of the airport precautions seem reasonable to me.

But in recent days a huge controversy has erupted over the new full body scanners, which leave little to the imagination. Despite assurances of privacy, images from the body scanners have been posted online. In addition to this “virtual strip search,” the Transportation Security Administration has instituted new pat down procedures that can only be described as the equivalent of a physical checkup at your doctor’s office. These new security procedures were the subject of a Senate hearing yesterday.

The public’s outrage has gained momentum after a protest from John Tyner of San Diego. Tyner refused the full body scan and was informed that he’d be subjected to a pat down. When Tyner was informed that he would be subjected to a “groin check,” he told the TSA agent, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.” The TSA agent called over additional officers and supervisors, who told Tyner that if he refused the search, he wouldn’t be allowed to fly. That is exactly what he did.

Unbelievably, the TSA is now threatening to charge John Tyner and fine him $11,000. The government is going after Tyner more aggressively than it investigates obvious Muslim extremists. If only some Army investigators had shown as much passion going after Nidal Hasan before he killed 13 soldiers as the TSA is in going after Mr. Tyner!

Tyner’s experience sparked an online effort urging travelers all across the country to opt out of the full body scans on November 24th. If you think there has been a grassroots rebellion against government bureaucrats, you’ve not seen anything yet if the government caves in to CAIR’s demands that Muslim women not be required to go through the same intimate searches.

Earlier in the week, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was non-committal when asked whether the TSA would subject Muslims to the same screening procedures. In her response, Napolitano referred to “adjustments” and “more to come,” as if some special policy was being considered.

Yesterday, in response to a question from Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), the TSA administrator said that there would be no religious exemptions. That’s good. Americans will not tolerate their 80 year-old grandmothers and seven year-old daughters being frisked while “Mrs. Mohammad Abdullah” breezes through security check points.

Another Seat For Conservatives

A conservative candidate prevailed yesterday in an important election — not for Congress, but as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The nation’s Catholic bishops broke with tradition by denying the top spot to the previous vice president, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson. Instead, they chose New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to lead the conference. According to the New York Times, Bishop Kicanas was identified with the Church’s “social justice” wing, whereas Archbishop Dolan was considered more conservative.

Indeed, Archbishop Dolan was instrumental in the formulation of the Manhattan Declaration, which affirmed the right to life, the sanctity of traditional marriage and the importance of religious liberty. The Declaration was supported by many of the nation’s Christian leaders.

While I’m not suggesting that Dolan’s election is a victory for the Tea Party movement, elections do have consequences. I have to wonder whether the results of November 2nd inspired conservative bishops to break with tradition and back a more conservative candidate.

Cheney Brings Down The House

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is not exactly known for his stand up comedy routine. But he brought down the house during his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Taking a jab at President Obama’s stimulus program, Cheney remarked, “Of course, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is nothing to look at just yet. …But this may be the only shovel ready project in America.” The crowd roared! You can watch his remarks here.

The Moral Deficit

I don’t have to convince most readers of this report that our politicians need to be concerned not just with our nation’s fiscal deficits, but also with its moral deficit. But there are still those within the Republican coalition and beyond who disagree, and we are aggressively fighting their demands that values issues be dropped from the agenda.

In an op-ed for USA Today, I argue that if our politicians want to regain the trust of the American people, they will need to address not just matters of the pocketbook — but matters of the heart, too. You can read my column here. Thank you.

Media Notice

On Monday, I told you about GOProud, a group of pro-homosexual rights Republicans. It had gotten more than a dozen Tea Party activists to sign a letter urging new members of Congress to abandon values issues. Tomorrow on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, I’ll be on debating Christopher Barron, co-founder of GOProud, about the importance of values issues in the conservative movement. Don’t miss it! Click here to find station listings in your area.