End Of Day Report 1 28 11

Friday, January 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Sir, You Are No Ronald Reagan!

I did a double take the other day looking at the latest cover of Time. The left-wing magazine’s editors “photoshopped” a picture of Ronald Reagan embracing Barack Obama. The cover story is titled, “Why Obama [Loves] Reagan and What He’s Learned From Him.”

After the Democrats’ “shellacking” on November 2nd, Obama realized that he’d better reconnect with the American people fast or he would be the next one to get shellacked. So what did Obama do? The man who has vowed to fundamentally transform America is now trying to fundamentally transform himself into Ronald Reagan. It may sound absurd, but the effort is very real.

It was no accident that the White House announced that Mr. Obama would be reading a biography of Ronald Reagan during his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. It was no accident that days before his State of the Union address the president wrote an op-ed praising the Gipper. It was no accident that his State of the Union address used Reaganesque symbolism even as he defended big government. And it is no accident now that the big media elites who hated Reagan are now trying to wrap Obama in Reagan’s arms.

This is only the beginning, my friends. The “extreme makeover” of Barack Obama into Ronald Reagan will go on for the next two years. While Obama once commented on Reagan’s transformational presidency, it wasn’t out of appreciation for his conservative views. It was a grudging admiration for his ability to lead. And Obama wants to lead us in the opposite direction. In fact, in his own autobiography, Obama wrote the following about Reagan:

“When classmates in college asked me just what it was that a community organizer did, I couldn’t answer them directly. Instead, I’d pronounce on the need for change. Change in the White House, where Reagan and his minions were carrying on their dirty deeds… Change in the mood of the country, manic and self-absorbed.”

To borrow a phrase: Mr. Obama, I knew Ronald Reagan. I worked for Ronald Reagan for all eight years of his administration. And you, sir, are no Ronald Reagan!

A Wake Up Call

Events overseas are dominating the news today. The anti-government protests that started in Tunisia are spreading throughout the Middle East. There are riots in Yemen, Egypt is in chaos and there is reportedly growing tension in Jordan. On the surface at least, the governments of these nations are key U.S. allies.

The Iranian state-run media appears to be encouraging the unrest in Egypt, and there are reports that radical Islamists are taking advantage of the crisis. The Egyptian government has shut down the Internet, Twitter and cell phones. But the government can’t control the mosques. Many Islamists will be taking their marching orders directly from their imams.

These are perilous and unpredictable times with tremendous implications for the United States and for real allies like Israel. The stock market plunged this morning on the news of growing violence in Egypt, and oil prices jumped. The instability in the Middle East should refocus our attention on the need to secure America’s energy independence.

President Obama has his own ideas about how to do that — mostly by relying on “alternatives” that are decades in the making and which require massive taxpayer subsidies to work. As we see from the news today, we may not have decades before there is another oil embargo. We could wake up tomorrow to find that hardline Islamist regimes have taken over these countries. What if this unrest spreads to Saudi Arabia?

Would you rather rely on American workers in the Gulf of Mexico and pipelines from Canada for our oil supply? Or should we continue to neglect our own resources and just hope that we will still have a supply line from the Persian Gulf? It’s not realistic to suggest that America could be totally independent from foreign oil in the short term. But we have tremendous domestic resources that we can tap, which would create jobs in America now. Chasing after windmills won’t cut it.

In yesterday’s report I noted that German officials are concerned that “green” mandates will lead to blackouts. Spain, another country that invested heavily in “green jobs,” reported last week that its unemployment rate is above 20%. In France, alternative energy mandates have created huge market distortions, while fueling job growth in China.

As you may have gathered, I care a great deal about this issue. Energy independence is vital to our national security and our economic security. America is not lacking for solutions to our energy needs. From the Bakken formation to the Gulf of Mexico, from Alaska to the Marcellus reservoir, we have the solutions. Unfortunately, the radical environmental movement and Obama’s EPA have declared war on the American energy industry.

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End Of Day Report 1 27 11

Thursday, January 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Repeal It!

Not surprisingly, President Obama felt compelled to defend ObamaCare in his State of the Union address Tuesday night after the Republican-led House voted to repeal it. (It’s worth noting that there were more votes for repeal — 245 — than there were for its passage last year — 219.) While conceding that this disastrous law needed to be “fixed” by correcting some minor flaws, Obama made it clear that he would not tolerate attempts to repeal it. But yesterday brought more evidence that this budget-busting, job-killing socialized medicine scheme is beyond “fixing.” For example:

Richard Foster, the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testified before the House Budget Committee and once again dismissed two of the Democrats’ central claims about ObamaCare — that it would somehow save the government money and that people would be allowed to keep their current policies if they liked them.

In response to a question from Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Foster said that the idea ObamaCare would save money was “false, more so than true,” and that it was “not true in all cases” that folks who like their current policies would be able to keep them. (Read more here.)

The pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories announced that it is cutting nearly 2,000 jobs. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the company is attributing the job losses to “new fees and pricing pressures associated with the healthcare reform law and a ‘challenging regulatory environment.'” Coincidentally, Obama’s home turf of northern Illinois will be hit the hardest, losing nearly 1,000 jobs.

More evidence of just how onerous ObamaCare is comes directly from the Obama Administration itself. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued more than 700 waivers to a host of charities, businesses and other organizations. If ObamaCare is so great, why are so many — including several left-wing labor unions which supported ObamaCare — asking for waivers? Republicans in Congress are demanding to know the answer.

Yesterday, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced a bill to repeal ObamaCare. His legislation has already attracted 39 co-sponsors — all of them Republicans. Click here to urge your senators to support the DeMint repeal bill.

Are You Ready For Blackouts?

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama expressed his intention to mandate the use of alternative “green” energy sources when he said the following: “So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.”

For the record, about half of our electricity currently comes from coal, but Obama wants to bankrupt coal companies. (His words, not mine.) Natural gas and nuclear power provide about 20% each. Coal, gas and nuclear power generate 90% of our electricity. Wind power provides about 2% and solar provides 1%.

Germany is often cited by liberals as a model of “clean energy investment,” so how’s that going for them? Not well at all. As Christopher Horner warns in the Daily Caller, the German Ministry of Economic Affairs is concerned that the country will experience blackouts because it is not able to meet European Union “clean energy” mandates of just 20%! Spain has also come up short in its pursuit of mythical “green jobs.”

If the nations with the most “investments” in “clean energy” can’t make them work, why should American taxpayers be forced to repeat their failures? Our economy will need fossil fuels for many, many years. Obama’s attempts to deny reality are delusional.

Never Again

Sixty-six years ago today, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps, was liberated by the Soviet Army. More than a million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there. In 2005, the United Nations designated January 27th as “International Holocaust Memorial Day” to honor the victims of the Holocaust and to inspire the nations of the world to make sure such genocide never happens again.

Speaking before the Knesset yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an indictment against the “world community” for failing to condemn repeated calls for a new Holocaust. Here are excerpts of his remarks:

“I think one thing is clear: the fact that global anti-Semitism is renewing and expanding is obvious. If anyone thought that anti-Semitism stopped after World War II and the Holocaust, it is now evident that it was only a hiatus. …

“There is an ayatollah regime … and it knowingly and openly calls for the elimination of at least another six million Jews, and yet nobody says a word. Here and there they mention it, but where is the fury, the rage, the international uprising that should have come from the advanced international community against clear statements calling for the destruction of the same people? It doesn’t exist. …

“There are many good-hearted people and countries around the world. They feel in their hearts what I think, but that’s not enough. Facing a regime which calls for our destruction and which is arming itself with weapons of mass destruction, a stronger mobilization of countries should have emerged. …

“It is not only a threat against us, because it always begins with the Jews but never ends with the Jews. The hatred of Jews kindles an overall fire, and I expect that on this day, when I applaud the world for marking the most heinous crime in world history and the history of our people which was perpetrated against our people — I hope others will also learn the lesson. We already have.”

End Of Day Report 1 26 11

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Friends, I want to apologize in advance for the length of today’s report, but early polling suggests that Obama’s bizarre speech last night persuaded some Americans that he is on the right road. Nothing could be further from the truth. Below is my reaction to the State of the Union address. Please share it with friends and family members. If we are going to prevail in 2012, we must persuade those within our spheres of influence that there is a better way than the big government, big spending, big taxes road we are on. Trust me, there is.

Obama And America

It was impossible to ignore the president’s rhetoric about America last night. He repeatedly referred to the “American Dream” and the rights enshrined in our Constitution. Like virtually every U.S. president before him, Obama seemed to be pointing to what historians have called “American exceptionalism,” the idea that we are a unique nation founded on the notion that our liberty comes from God.

But in 2009, on foreign soil, Obama was asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism. His answer was revealing and disturbing. He said, “I believe in American exceptionalism just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism…” Translation: Everyone thinks their own country is the greatest, but in fact we are all the same.

And Obama hasn’t been the only one who seemed agnostic about the meaning and worth of America. The first lady infamously said in a speech that she had never been proud of America until her husband was on the cusp of securing the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination.

But now it is 2011. The president’s pollsters have no doubt discovered that most Americans are not ambivalent about America. Most of us see our country as a good and decent country whose history of sacrifice for the freedom of others does indeed make it exceptional.

So now, as part of Obama’s “extreme makeover,” he has cleaned up his rhetoric about the nation he governs — this “shining city upon a hill” as Ronald Reagan described it. Sorry, but I don’t buy it. American presidents have always been humbled by being chosen to lead this great nation. From day one, Obama has always seemed to feel that America wasn’t great until it elected him. That is why he repeatedly said his goal was to transform America. For two years he has tried his best to transform us — into a nation where government grows while everything else shrinks.

“O” Needs To Stop Praising China

Midway through his remarks last night Obama began singing the praises of China’s great accomplishments. He said, “nations like China … started educating their children earlier and longer, with great emphasis on math and science. They’re investing in research and new technologies. Just recently China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.” For a second there I thought I was listening to China’s State of the Union address.

China is doing a lot of investment. A lot of it is from the massive trade surplus they run from robbing us through both industrial espionage and stealing the technology of U.S. companies operating in China. The White House announced with great fanfare last week the sale of Boeing jets to China. But after China steals the technology from the American-made planes, it will start its own major aircraft manufacturer whose jets will be manufactured cheaper than Boeing’s. Then what? Perhaps another major U.S. industry will be on the ropes.

Obama’s policies of over-regulation, his attacks on our domestic energy industry, his massive deficit spending and over-taxation, and his weakness in negotiations are letting China and others beat us in the marketplace. China is getting stronger vis-à-vis the U.S. because Obama’s policies are making us weaker.

Reality Check

Here are a few “reality checks” on the substance of President Obama’s State of the Union address:

* As I noted yesterday, the main themes were contradictory. The president called for doing “big things” and making more “investments” (translation: more spending), while proposing a spending freeze and acknowledging the need for entitlement reform. Obama did his best to cloak his calls for more government in Reaganesque rhetoric. Obama’s penchant for “big things” — the failed stimulus, cap and trade, ObamaCare — was rejected by the voters just a few months ago.

But you have to give Obama credit for one thing: He’s got chutzpah. Two years ago, Obama demanded a trillion-dollar stimulus bill for “investment” in infrastructure and promised us that the unemployment rate wouldn’t rise above eight percent. He got the “investment.” Two years later, very little money was spent on infrastructure, unemployment is above nine percent, and now Obama has the audacity to try to sell us on high-speed rail. A salesman with that track record would be fired. Hopefully, in two years Obama will be.

* Even some of the liberal media found Obama’s speech wanting. The title of today’s Washington Post editorial says it all: “A Disappointing State Of The Union Address.” The Post was upset because he showed no leadership in dealing with the exploding deficit.

* Obama’s spending freeze is a farce. The portion of the budget that Obama suggests freezing represents only 12% of total federal spending. His “savings” from the freeze amount to approximately $40 billion a year over a ten-year period. That’s peanuts compared to the $1.5 trillion deficit we will run this year alone.

But let’s consider the logic of this “freeze” for a moment. Suppose your son or daughter comes home from college and says, “I’ve maxed out my credit cards spending $5,000 more per year than I am making. What should I do?” No parent would tell that child, “Here’s what you do: Just freeze your spending at the $5,000 deficit level each year and we’ll hope that sometime in the next five years everything works out for the best.” Every parent would demand a radical reduction in spending. Obama’s “freeze” results in us being deeper in debt each year.

* Obama again played the class warfare card last night, saying, “Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break. It’s not a matter of punishing their success. It’s about promoting America’s success.”

Obama’s planned tax hikes kick in for folks making $200,000 and more — not $1 million. This rhetoric is intended to play on our worst instincts — envy and coveting what someone else owns. But, more importantly, Obama again revealed his socialist instincts with the suggestion that “America’s success” depends on redistributionist policies, on “spreading the wealth around” as he told Joe the Plumber.

* Obama’s ideological crusade against the oil and gas industries continues. As I pointed out yesterday, one of the fastest ways President Obama could spur job creation and lower unemployment would be to tap the vast resources America has been blessed with. Instead, the president doubled-down on his commitment to “green energy.”

I believe we should conduct research into alternative fuels and sources of energy, and if any of that research yields new breakthroughs, that’s great. So far, it has not. The “alternatives” we have today are not nearly as efficient as oil, natural gas and coal, and they require massive taxpayer subsidies. For example, ethanol is one of the worst ideas in decades. Even Al Gore has publicly admitted using our food supply to make fuel is foolish. But Obama’s EPA just ordered a massive increase in its use.

Obama’s “solution” to America’s energy needs is to mandate the use of alternative fuels that are exponentially more expensive. That will add a tremendous burden to families and small businesses, leading to even more job losses. Ignoring our own proven resources, while mandating the use of inefficient and expensive alternatives is irresponsible at best.

The Tipping Point

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the Republican response following President Obama’s address. It is always a daunting challenge to follow a president’s state of the union speech. The president enjoys the benefit of a live audience and all the pomp of the office. But Rep. Ryan delivered a sober assessment of the fiscal state of our union, promised to cut spending and offered a clear contrast about the role of government. While Obama defended big government, Ryan pledged to reduce it. Here is an excerpt of his remarks:

“We believe government’s role is both vital and limited — to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

“We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility. We believe, as our founders did, that ‘the pursuit of happiness’ depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.”
Rep. Ryan warned, and rightly so, that America is at a “tipping point.” He noted that the European experiment in big government socialism has resulted in a “day of reckoning” for Greece, Ireland, England and other nations. America must change course now to avoid a fiscal train wreck.

This year featured an additional response to the State of the Union address, delivered by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on behalf of the Tea Party movement. Rep. Bachmann did an excellent job explaining the many failures of the Obama Administration. She closed her rebuttal by comparing the threat posed by our national debt to the threats we faced in World War II. We triumphed then and we can prevail again.

Ryan and Bachmann both appealed to American exceptionalism. I wish they would have emphasized it more. In the days ahead the GOP must avoid the trap of appearing to be nothing more than a party of bean counters. We Americans want to feel good about our country. We want to know that there is a hopeful future for our children and that America is respected around the world. We know there are problems, and we want solutions.

The Republican message must offer fiscal responsibility, but it also must present a bold, positive vision for the future that harkens back to Ronald Reagan’s “shining city upon a hill,” not Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge. In politics perception often becomes reality. Remember the “Gingrich That Stole Christmas”? That is exactly how Obama attempted to frame the debate last night with his pitch for “big things.” Obama wants to steal Reagan’s rhetoric and use it to promote the “dead hand” of big government.

America is at a tipping point. The battle for 2012 — and the heart and soul of America — is on. I promise to “fight the good fight” to ensure that our values of faith, family and freedom prevail, and I know you will too!

End Of Day Report 1 25 11

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

State Of The Union Preview

Tonight President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. There will be one major difference for the president this year: Instead of being greeted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a large Democrat majority when he enters the House chamber, Obama will be welcomed by Speaker John Boehner and a new Republican majority that recently voted to repeal ObamaCare, the crown jewel of his administration.

I understand if you don’t watch tonight’s speech — I will watch it for you. If you do tune in, here is a preview of what to expect this evening.

* Expect constant pictures of “date night” — Republican and Democrat legislators sitting together in the new spirit of bi-partisanship. While polls show the public likes the idea, I continue to believe that this is worse than silly. In fact, I think implying that the differences in Washington exist simply because members of Congress don’t have enough contact with each other is worse than deceptive.

From debates over government control of our healthcare and the meaning of marriage to an unborn child’s right to life, the ideological divisions are deep and profound. To suggest that there is some mythical middle where all knowledge and wisdom exist is grossly simplistic. It also plays into the hands of the liberal media and political elites who turn compromise into a one-way street or, more appropriately, a hard left turn.

* To address voter concerns about his record deficits, ABC News reports that President Obama will call tonight for a spending freeze and a ban on earmarks. That will be a good applause line, but here are a couple of observations to keep in mind: Obama’s current budget is yielding a deficit of roughly $1.3 trillion. How do you close that gap? Not by continuing to spend the same amount of money. That wouldn’t work for any family facing a budget gap, and it doesn’t work in Washington either. Clearly, the president is once again laying the foundation for massive tax hikes down the road. The solution is to cut spending. Today, the GOP-led House passed a resolution instructing the Budget Committee to cut non-security spending back to 2008 levels.

As for earmarks, I know it is popular among many conservatives to rail against them, and I want most of them stopped, too. But if Congress doesn’t have any ability to specify how certain dollars are to be spent (earmarks) then that discretion is left solely to Obama’s bureaucrats in the federal government. There is some evidence that politics may have played a role in how stimulus funds were awarded, and Obama’s environmental policies seem determined to punish energy-producing states that didn’t vote for him. It’s a win-win for Obama on earmarks: He gets to look like a fiscal conservative by calling for a ban on earmarks, and, if he actually gets it, he’ll get more power over how your tax dollars are spent.

* The centerpiece of the president’s address will be his expected call for a new round of stimulus spending. Only this time he’ll call it “investments.” If that sounds familiar it should. As the National Review’s Rich Lowry notes, “In his 1993 State of the Union address, Pres. Bill Clinton used the word about two dozen times, right before a liberal bender that ended the Democrats’ 40-year grip on the House.”

* While the president will spin new government “investments” under the guise of job creation, don’t forget that his administration, led by the EPA, aka the “Employment Prevention Agency,” is stifling job growth in critical industries. In fact, as Jonah Goldberg recently argued, if Obama were serious about job growth one potential solution is at his fingertips: “Drill, Baby, Drill.” But the administration’s radical green ideology has blinded it to the reality of high unemployment and rising gasoline prices.

* Just as important as what the president does talk about is what he chooses to leave out of his speech tonight. The Washington Post reported this morning that the White House has informed key congressional Democrats that Obama will not endorse the debt commission’s recommendations for reforming Social Security. It’s worth remembering that the debt commission was Obama’s idea — but now he won’t even embrace its findings.

This should be a warning to Republicans to watch out for liberal traps. There is no question that we have to get spending under control, but Social Security — the biggest federal program — may be the least popular one to cut. But it may be the easiest to fix, while Medicare and Medicaid spending is out of control and much harder to address.

The March For Life

The pro-abortion media did their best to bury coverage of the pro-life march yesterday. For the last two years, there have been a lot of demonstrations in Washington. There have also been unofficial crowd estimates for every group, whether it was the Tea Party, the unions or even comedians. But not so for pro-life Americans.

The Washington Post gave little coverage to the March for Life and provided no crowd estimate. On ABC News last night we heard a lot about Oprah’s long-lost sister but nothing about the thousands of Americans who braved freezing temperatures to take a stand for the sanctity of life.

Among seasoned observers that I have heard from, a conservative estimate of yesterday’s attendance was 250,000. If 20,000 folks showed up to march for same-sex “marriage,” it would have garnered massive attention. Yesterday, more than 27,000 young people showed up at the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory for a mass before the march. Every year more and more young people show up at the March for Life, which must drive the Left nuts.

Dozens of members of Congress attended the March for Life. Many of them, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, spoke at the event. There were similar pro-life events around the country. Even in liberal San Francisco, estimates are that tens of thousands of people turned out to support the sanctity of life.

The March for Life is always a highlight of my year in Washington. The good folks who come here each year give me hope that someday our nation and our leaders will see Roe v. Wade for what it is: a rejection of our nation’s highest ideal — that liberty is a gift from God and that each of us has been endowed by our Creator with the right to life.

End Of Day Report 1 24 11

Monday, January 24, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama — The Abortion President

This weekend President Obama issued a statement from the White House celebrating the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Consider these opening lines:

“Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I am committed to protecting this constitutional right.”

Most Americans don’t equate abortion with healthcare, as the president did in his statement. And if the president believes that the government should not intrude on private matters, then ObamaCare is a gross violation of the president’s own “fundamental principles.”

There is also a lot of irony here. Liberals are always playing the “compassion card” — whether it’s healthcare as a new right, giving endless unemployment benefits or in arguing for genteel politics. Yet Obama is celebrating a court decision that, just like Dred Scott, declared that there are some individuals in our society who possess no rights we are bound to respect. As a result of that decision, more than 50 million innocent lives have been destroyed.

In fact, legal abortion has been particularly devastating to black babies. A recent survey of abortion statistics found that nearly 60% of pregnancies among “non-Hispanic Blacks” in New York City end in abortion.

While the left likes to talk about compassion, it has launched an assault against some of the most compassionate in our society today by trying to shut down pregnancy resource centers. If the left wants to do more than just talk about civility, it should reconsider its ardent support for the intentional destruction of innocent human life. As I argue in my weekly Human Events column, civility begins with how we treat the innocent child in the womb.

The Deregulation Charade

Barack Obama has gone through an amazing “redo” since his “shellacking” in the November elections. According to the Obama White House and its accomplices in Big Media, the president now favors lower taxes, less regulation, free enterprise and civility in political discourse.

As everyone knows, or should know, the redo isn’t a repudiation of his left-wing ideology — it’s just camouflage. In tomorrow’s State of the Union address, Obama will demand more spending but he will call it “investments.” He remains committed to raising taxes on our most successful job creators. Then there is the idea that Obama is now a great advocate of less government regulation thanks to his recent order directing the bureaucrats to consider whether a regulation hurts job growth.

The Wall Street Journal did a little digging and discovered a loophole the size of an ocean liner in Obama’s recent order to the bureaucracy to deregulate. It also directs them to balance concerns about job growth against “values that are difficult or impossible to quantify including equity, human dignity, fairness and distributive impacts.”

The Environmental Protection Agency, increasingly known as the “Employment Prevention Agency,” has already issued a statement that Obama’s new deregulation rule would not require it to alter a single current or pending rule. Since the EPA is daily using regulation to destroy jobs in the oil and coal industries among others, it should be clear that this reform is no reform at all. It is just a smoke screen designed to hide a radical agenda.

America’s Humiliation

Our relationship with China is in shambles. Despite Big Media’s glowing accolades for Obama’s performance at the White House state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao, the Chinese communists’ contempt for America was on fully display — even at the state dinner!

According to various news reports, Chinese-born pianist Lang Lang played a song called “My Motherland.” It comes from a 1956 film entitled “Battle on Shangangling Mountain” — a communist propaganda film celebrating the killing of U.S. soldiers in the Korean War and China’s support for communist North Korea. Stephen Yates, an expert on China who served as a top advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, said that playing the song at the White House was “offensive, knowingly so to anyone who recognized the tune.”

That’s not hyperbole, and Lang Lang knew exactly what he was doing. After the White House state dinner, he wrote, “Playing this song praising China to heads of state from around the world seems to tell them that our China is formidable, that our Chinese people are united; I feel deeply honored and proud.”

Chinese nationalist bloggers are laughing at us. The New York Post quotes one as writing, “Those American folks very much enjoyed it and were totally infatuated with the melody!!! The U.S. is truly stupid!!” The Daily Caller quotes a former Chinese Army doctor who lives in the U.S. as saying, “In the eyes of all Chinese, this will not be seen as anything other than a big insult to the U.S. It’s like insulting you in your face and you don’t know it. It’s humiliating.” The doctor is right.

This ought to be a major story, and someone at the State Department, the National Security Council or the White House should lose their job. But the left-wing media are trying hard to ignore it. From bowing to foreign kings to repeatedly reaching out to Islamic Holocaust-deniers to having communist propaganda played in the White House, the Obama administration has seemingly been involved in one foreign policy humiliation after another. Unfortunately, thugs around the world won’t simply ignore America’s perceived weakness — they will seek to exploit it.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Remembering Lost Generations

This weekend and into early next week, the pro-life movement will be reminding America of the carnage of abortion-on-demand. The pulpits of many churches will be “flaming with righteousness” during Sanctity of Life Sunday sermons. If your pastor does not discuss the sanctity of life this Sunday, encourage him to speak up. It is impossible to argue that abortion is not a moral issue.

On Monday, January 24th, the annual March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), mother of five children and a foster parent to 23, will deliver the keynote address.

The indomitable Nellie Gray has organized this event every year and has steadfastly refused to move the date to one that would promise more hospitable weather in order to draw attention to the generations of citizens lost since Roe v. Wade. Nevertheless, come rain or snow, hundreds of thousands of Americans will march Monday in Washington, and predictably the media will ignore them because their cause runs contrary to the worldview of our media elites.

This is a good time to recommit to your local pregnancy resource center. Every year I speak to many groups, but I most enjoy opportunities to address pregnancy resource centers because of the outstanding work they are doing changing and literally saving lives.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to remind folks once again about why public policy is so important. The men and women we elect to public office appoint and confirm the justices who sit on the Supreme Court. There are four justices on the high court who realize Roe is terrible law. There are four justices who will fall on their sword to defend abortion-on-demand. The deciding vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, seems to have no firm philosophical convictions. If he retires or if one of the conservative justices retires in the next two years, Obama will have an opportunity to tip the balance and abortion-on-demand, not to mention a radical redefinition of marriage, may be enshrined in our laws for generations to come.

The always-insightful columnist Michelle Malkin has an op-ed today describing how the indifference to life created by Roe v. Wade and promoted by the abortion industry produced the Philadelphia “house of horrors.”

An equally disturbing aspect, which I noted in Wednesday’s report, was the willful ignorance of state officials. I know a lot of state legislators read this daily report. I hope they will do what they can in the days ahead to make sure that health “clinic” inspection and reporting laws in their states are enforced and strengthened.

Those of us who believe in the founding promise of America — that all men are created equal and are endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life — must continue to “fight the good fight” until the day when all of America’s children are welcomed into the world and protected by our laws.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

House Repeals ObamaCare

Big media did its best to yawn at yesterday’s big news — the House vote to repeal ObamaCare. But many conservatives ran for election on this issue last year, and yesterday, in the one house of Congress that they control, they followed through on that promise.

Even though Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is refusing to allow a vote on the House’s repeal bill, Senate Republicans aren’t rolling over. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is introducing legislation identical to the House’s repeal bill, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that the Senate will hold a vote.

In a statement yesterday, McConnell said, “I want to congratulate our colleagues in the House on this important first step. …The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want to vote on this bill. But I assure you, we will.” McConnell is a master of the Senate’s arcane rules, so his promise should be taken seriously.

And House conservatives aren’t done. With the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this weekend, House conservatives are introducing legislation today to ban taxpayer funding of abortion in all federal programs, including ObamaCare.

In addition, the House will vote today on a resolution instructing committees with jurisdiction over healthcare issues to start working on free market alternatives to ObamaCare. The Judiciary Committee, for example, will hold hearings today on tort reform, which could lower healthcare costs.

In an op-ed in USA Today, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), a pro-family champion, noted that Republicans have put forth ideas on healthcare. Here is an excerpt of his editorial:

“For the record, Republicans worked for years to improve America’s health care system. We created popular Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare prescription drug coverage. We created Health Savings Accounts. We created the medical insurance tax deduction for the self-employed. We fought for medical malpractice reform and cost-saving association health plans — only to see them filibustered in the Senate.”

By the way, conservatives in the House of Representatives aren’t the only ones who want ObamaCare repealed. This week six more states joined the federal lawsuit filed by Florida, bringing the total to 27 states that are suing to overturn ObamaCare.

Here’s more: Our friends at the Weekly Standard note that in the past two weeks four major polls — CNN, Quinnipiac, Gallup, and Rasmussen — found the public in favor of repealing ObamaCare.

It’s worth mentioning that there are 13 Democrats serving in the House who voted against ObamaCare last year. I suspect that they won reelection in no small part because of their opposition to this government takeover of our healthcare system. But yesterday only three of them — Boren (D-OK), McIntyre (D-NC) and Ross (D-AR) — voted to repeal ObamaCare.

Liberal Paper Scolds Obama

No one questions the liberal credentials of the Washington Post and that is what makes the paper’s morning editorial so significant. The Post called out Obama for making Chinese President Hu Jintao look good on human rights. Here is an excerpt of the Post editorial:

“The most significant statements at the joint news conference of President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday came in response to questions about human rights. Asked how China’s abuse of its own people affected relations between the two countries, one of the two leaders responded in a perfunctory manner, offered excuses for Beijing and concluded that disagreement on human rights ‘doesn’t prevent us from cooperating in these other critical areas.’ The other forthrightly stated that ‘a lot still needs to be done in China in terms of human rights.’ Disappointingly, that first speaker was Mr. Obama; the relatively honest statement came from Mr. Hu.”