End Of Day Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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Obama Demands Tax Hikes

In his first press conference in weeks, President Obama came out swinging and left no doubt that tax increases are a key demand to any debt limit deal. While the president gave lip service to tackling entitlement spending, he also said, “…we’re going to have to tackle spending in the tax code.”

Such absurd euphemisms indicate how conservatives are winning the battle of ideas. Obama will not utter the phrase “tax increases,” and he knows spending is unpopular, so he wants to “tackle spending in the tax code.” What on earth does that mean? How does the tax code spend money?

President Obama wants you to believe that the government “spends” when you get a tax cut. This only makes sense if you start out with the assumption that all money belongs to the government and not the individual who earned it.

But don’t worry. The president has his proposals to solve our debt crisis. He returned to the theme of class warfare, this time throwing out a new focus group tested applause line: “Ask … constituents if they’re willing to compromise their kids’ safety so some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break.”

Really? We have a $1.5 trillion deficit and President Obama rushes to the microphones to complain about tax breaks for corporate jet owners? I’m not sure that strategy is going to work. One veteran journalist wrote: “If President Obama’s news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight…: Make it a clash of classes. … In Obama’s world, [liberals] are for kids and [conservatives] are for corporate jets.”

My staff has been furiously searching the Internet to find out exactly how much money the government is “spending” on tax breaks for corporate jet owners. Unable to find the figures, we have asked our friends on Capitol Hill.

But since the president raised the issue at his press conference today, it must be a huge sum that would go a long way toward closing our budget gap. Why hasn’t anyone thought of it before? Probably because it wouldn’t amount to a drop in the bucket. It is just one more example of the kind of rhetoric that makes cooperation in Washington more difficult.

What About Entitlement Reform?

President Obama said entitlement reform was on the table, but he evidently needs to have a longer conversation with members of his own party. Today’s Washington Post reports that a bi-partisan plan by Senators Joe Lieberman and Tom Coburn to save $600 billion by raising Medicare’s eligibility age to 67 and instituting some means testing for benefits was blasted as “a bad idea” by Harry Reid and labeled “unacceptable” by Nancy Pelosi.

Okay, so what is their plan? Well, congressional liberals don’t exactly have one. President Obama, you may recall, gave a speech several weeks ago about deficit reduction. So they have a speech. But the director of the Congressional Budget Office said, “We don’t estimate speeches.”

When ObamaCare was up for debate in Congress, Reid and Pelosi used strong-arm tactics and parliamentary tricks to ram through their unpopular proposal. Buried inside the bill is a rationing commission, or the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This board consists of 15 unelected bureaucrats who will decide which services and procedures Medicare recipients can and cannot get.

Talk about bad ideas. In fact, the IPAB is such a bad idea that liberals are now calling for its repeal. But since Pelosi and Reid got what they wanted, they are unwilling to entertain other ideas, even relatively modest ones like raising the eligibility age by two years.

And we’re supposed to believe they are serious about spending reform?

Committed To Raising Taxes

Here’s something else to consider. In the current debate over the debt limit, many conservatives are arguing that the August 2nd deadline is artificial and that, if the deadline is reached without a deal, the U.S. would not default on its obligations. Senator Pat Toomey has gone so far as to introduce legislation to make sure that does not happen if the debt ceiling is not increased.

Liberals are acting like this is the end of the world. If we don’t raise the debt limit by August 2nd, they contend, fiscal Armageddon will be upon us and the world financial system will collapse. And any deal on raising the debt ceiling MUST include tax increases.

Conservatives contend that our debt problem is not caused by a lack of revenue, but rather by a spending problem. Liberals are insinuating that we must raise the debt ceiling to avoid default or the world will face a second Great Depression. Yet they are so committed to raising your taxes in order to maintain their spending habits that they are willing to risk a financial calamity if they don’t get their way.

Will we embrace big government, socialist spending or will we return to the principles of lower taxes, less spending, smaller government and more freedom?


End Of Day Report

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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The Media’s Double Standard

In an interview this morning, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos posed a question to Michele Bachmann which to some conservatives sounded like a veiled threat. At the end of his interview with her, Stephanopoulos asked:

“One final question. I think one of the most impressive things that people find in your background is the fact that you and your husband have helped raise 23 foster children and I know you want to shield them. But are they prepared and are you prepared for the loss of privacy that comes with the presidential campaign? And is that something you are concerned about for them?”
Contrast that question by Stephanopoulos with this statement by Michelle Obama, who was recently asked by a CNN reporter if her family was ready for the “vicious” campaign:

“You know … we’re ready… Our children, you know, could care less [sic] about what we’re doing. …Fortunately we have help from the media. I have to say this: I’m very grateful for the support and kindness that we’ve gotten.”
Why should Michelle Obama be worried? Her last name is not Palin; she’s not conservative. The media are protecting the Obamas. Michelle is “very grateful” for the “help from the media.” But the same media leftists who desperately tried to dismiss Jeremiah Wright, and who eagerly tore through tens of thousands of old Palin emails, are now scrutinizing Michele Bachmann’s foster children. Big Media’s double standard is disgusting.

That is why it is so important for folks like you to share this report with friends and family members. Big Media will be in the tank for Obama. It will be up to you to provide a balanced perspective and the facts the media won’t bring up.

Liberal Intolerance

The left is constantly demanding tolerance from conservatives. The irony is that the left has little tolerance for conservatives. Case in point: Last night, while taking his family to an outdoor movie, Glenn Beck was accosted by “tolerant” leftists. At one point, a man yelled out, “We hate conservatives here.” You can watch Beck talk about the experience here.

Here’s something else to consider. Liberals often claim that legalizing “gay marriage” won’t affect anyone else. Really? Tell that to Dr. Frank Turek, who lost his job at Cisco over his belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. By the way, Turek never raised the issue while on the job, but that didn’t matter.

Religious liberty and homosexual rights are on a collision course, and the left has no tolerance for traditional values. In fact, one legal expert has warned that “religious rights … are likely to be ‘obliterated'” by left-wing judges.

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A Lawless Administration

A big USA Today story is certain to get your blood boiling. According to research conducted at Syracuse University, the Obama Administration, which has dramatically increased government spending, is prosecuting 20% fewer fraud cases against people ripping off welfare, food stamps and other programs.

Why is this important? As USA Today notes, “The drop in prosecutions comes as a lackluster economy has swelled the size of government benefits programs. …Auditors say the risk of fraud has grown along with the size of those programs.” This finding comes on the heels of a Government Accountability Office report warning that Uncle Sam doled out $125 billion in “improper payments” last year alone! But the Obama Administration seems to be turning a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse.

And while the so-called Justice Department is ignoring fraud, the IRS is reportedly stepping up taxpayer audits. In other words, those who are cheating the system are less likely to face prosecution, while those who are paying for Big Government are more likely to face government harassment.

But that’s not all. The Houston Chronicle reports that administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security are actively engaged in a “back-door amnesty” effort by systematically dismissing immigration cases. The Chronicle reports, “Nationally, the number of dismissed cases increased about 40 percent during the 2010 fiscal year.” We reported on this growing controversy last year.

The Administration was quick to deny the charges, but the evidence is very clear. One Immigration and Customs Enforcement union president is even accusing the Administration of a “cover-up.” Tre Rebstock, who represents rank-and-file ICE agents, said, “They did it. And then they lied.”

And it is still going on. Left-wing media are celebrating a move by the Obama Administration to “use its executive authority to shape immigration policy.” Just this month, ICE director John Morton urged prosecutors to use wide discretion in deportation cases. In other words, ignore Congress and ignore the law.

This is not an isolated incident, but rather part of a disturbing pattern of behavior. The voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers was dismissed. When Congress failed to pass cap and trade legislation, Obama’s EPA stepped in with onerous regulations. When ObamaCare started to create headaches, the administration started to issue waivers, even though Congress never gave it the authority to do so.

As we prepare to celebrate July 4th, let’s hope more Americans rediscover the passion our Founding Fathers had for freedom, and why they risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create a nation founded on the rule of law and the belief that our rights come from God, not government.

End Of Day Report

Monday, June 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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Obama’s In

It was announced Friday that President Obama would personally engage in the stalled debt talks. You may recall that Thursday key conservative leaders abandoned the talks led by Vice President Joe Biden over the issue of taxes. Today the president is reportedly meeting with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The media hailed the announcement as some sort of breakthrough. But this is the same president who has repeatedly produced budgets with trillion-dollar deficits.

Liberals claim they are willing to accept $2 trillion in spending cuts. This is largely smoke and mirrors. The overwhelming majority of those cuts is expected to come from savings from the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan. And as we learned earlier this year, the president is not even willing to cut taxpayer-funding for abortions.

The media is also demanding to know what conservative members of Congress are giving up in exchange for these cuts. They are being asked to vote to increase the debt limit. That is what they are giving up, and that ought to be sufficient. But, no, liberals and the left-wing media think we should also increase taxes, saying we must have more revenue.

Conservatives don’t necessarily disagree — they want more revenue for deficit reduction too. But there is a dramatic disagreement over the best way to raise it. While liberals want to increase tax rates so that families lose more out of each paycheck, conservatives want to adopt pro-growth policies that will grow the economy and in the process generate more revenue by creating more jobs.

Anti-Americans In The Rose Bowl

The U.S. soccer team lost to Mexico Saturday 2-to-4. By most accounts, the U.S. team deserved to lose. They did not play remarkably well and Mexico was clearly the “home” team favorite of the crowd. The American players were booed, the national anthem was interrupted by air horns and the entire post-game interview was conducted in Spanish. What makes this game remarkable is that it was played at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, not Mexico City.

Al Gore’s Reproductive Footprint

Al Gore’s climate change hypocrisy knows no bounds. These days Gore, a father of four, is lecturing families to have fewer children to “stabilize the population” and help avert the climate crisis he continues to warn is imminent. Gore and the other population doomsayers argue that the planet would be better off with fewer people. You can read more in my weekly Human Events column.

End Of Day Report

Friday, June 24, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

U.S. Prisons Manufacturing Jihadists

Last week, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, held his second hearing on Islamic radicalization in America. The focus of this hearing was radicalization in our prison systems. Predictably, King was pilloried in the “mainstream” media and by left-wing activists for being a xenophobic, religious bigot. The critics claimed there was no evidence of a serious Islamic problem in the U.S. prison system. Unfortunately for the critics, reality intruded.

Late yesterday afternoon, news broke that two Muslim converts, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, formerly Joseph Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh, formerly Frederick Domingue, Jr., had been arrested for plotting to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle, Washington. This recruiting station also contains a daycare center. ABC News reports that the men met in prison, where they were exposed to the teachings of Islamism.

Reuters adds that Abdul-Latif, inspired by Nidal Hasan’s murderous rampage at Fort Hood, tried to recruit a third individual, telling him, “If one person could kill so many people, three attackers could kill many more.”

In addition to these men, there is the case of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, aka Carlos Bledsoe, who attacked a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2009. In short, while we spend billions of dollars and lose thousands of young heroes fighting jihadists abroad, new enemy recruits are being “drafted” at taxpayer expense right here in U.S. prisons.

Obama’s Oil Deception

I want to comment again on yesterday’s decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This decision has nothing to do with your pain at the pump, and everything to do with the pain Obama and his party are likely to feel at the polls next year.

As I noted in yesterday’s report, the Obama Administration has done little to increase the supply of oil and much to restrict domestic oil production. Oil prices are high in part because oil is a commodity and the market looks forward, not backwards. Major industries that rely on oil, looking at what the Administration has done, are betting that prices are going to remain high in the future because there will be less supply on the market.

For example, it has been noted that the number of operational rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was cut in half after the BP spill last year. Why? Because of the Obama drilling ban. It was reported in February that the Administration was holding up more than 100 drilling permits.

By the beginning of June, just 15 deep water permits had been approved. As a result of the Gulf drilling ban and the lag time in processing permits, Gulf oil production is expected to fall significantly, by as much as 20% in 2012 and beyond.

But again, we don’t have to guess about this. Obama’s green agenda relies on making traditional energy more expensive. The first thing Obama’s Interior Secretary did when he took office was to cancel scores of drilling leases. His Energy Secretary once advocated $8.00-a-gallon gasoline. A Harvard study estimated that Obama’s cap and trade scheme could result in $7.00-a-gallon gasoline. And Obama himself promised to bankrupt the coal industry.

Here’s something else to consider. Do you recall how dismissive the Democrats are whenever we talk about drilling in Alaska? They say the additional million barrels a day won’t make any difference. Today’s Wall Street Journal notes the irony of the Administration releasing 1.5 million barrels a day for the next 30 days — for the purpose of lowering the price of oil and gas.

When Barack Obama took office, the national average for a gallon of gasoline was $1.84. Oil and gas prices have been going up for the past two and half years. Yet Obama did nothing. But now that he is in full campaign mode and his poll numbers are falling, the oil is flowing — not from increased domestic production, but from a source that he can easily control when it suits his interests.

Our Embarrassed Elites

In a Washington Times op-ed this week, I took NBC to task for being too embarrassed to recognize that God is an honored part of America’s history and heritage. But I didn’t stop with NBC because the problem didn’t start with NBC. Click here to read more.

Homosexual “Marriage” Coming To Your Hometown Soon?

Same-sex “marriage” is coming to your town and every American community coast-to-coast if Barack Obama is reelected. How do I know that? I know because of the kinds of judges he appoints and because of what he said at a fundraiser last night in Manhattan.

At that event Obama told hundreds of homosexual activists that while his views are evolving, “…if you keep up the fight, if you will devote your time and your energies to this campaign one more time, I promise you we will write another chapter in that story.”

In other words, give Obama a second term and the next chapter in Obama’s evolution will be the imposition of same-sex “marriage” on every state in the country.

My friends, I am deeply encouraged by the commitments that are coming in to support our efforts to defeat Obama and his socialist allies next year. The stakes in this next election could hardly be greater.

If you have not yet responded to yesterday’s special request, please take a few moments this weekend to pray about your commitment to our shared values and let me hear back from you. Use this link to respond.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, June 23, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Huntsman’s Non-Traditional Campaign

More than one commentator has remarked in recent days that Jon Huntsman is running a non-traditional campaign. They are right. Earlier this week we reported that Jon Huntsman’s supporters were caught bussing in voters to a major straw poll. That in itself is a common tactic.

What raised eyebrows was that Huntsman’s supporters were fishing for bodies by telling folks that they didn’t even have to be Republicans! Now we are finding out that last weekend’s efforts were a preview of Huntsman’s strategy to capture the GOP nomination.

In an interview with Politico, Huntsman stated that his campaign is relying on votes from non-Republicans to capture the nomination, adding “we’re putting that [strategy] to the test.” Referring to key early states, Huntsman said: “When you look at open primaries in both New Hampshire and South Carolina, I think it’s a wide open affair, I really do.”

Many conservatives will be furious with a candidate who openly encourages Democrats and Independents to vote in Republican primaries. It is bad enough that Democrats nominate candidates like Obama. I don’t want them to pick our nominee too!

Paul & Frank: Together Again

Sure we have a lot of problems, including the Obama Great Recession and a massive and growing debt. But never fear — our loyal public servants have ideas! The latest idea comes from Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank, who today are introducing legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

This is the second time that Paul, a libertarian favorite, and Frank, a hero of the radical homosexual rights movement, have teamed up. The first time was a few months ago when they partnered on a plan to gut the U.S. Defense budget. Perhaps they will start a new political movement: the More Pot/Fewer Guns coalition! In fact, the defense cuts they proposed were so extreme, some observers thought they were smoking something when they proposed them.

Seriously, folks, will America really be better if more of us are “stoned”? Is a drunker, higher, spacier electorate the solution to our ills? Is this what we have come to? Have we traded Ronald Reagan’s “shining city upon a hill” for “Let’s get high”?

And while I’m asking questions, let me pose this one: Since Ron Paul presents himself as the only true conservative in the race for the GOP nomination, why has he twice partnered with the most vicious conservative hater in the U.S. Congress, Barney Frank?

Obama Still Doesn’t Get It

Amid growing concerns about high gas prices and a double-dip recession, the Obama Administration, in coordination with other nations, announced today that up to 60 million barrels of oil would be released from emergency stockpiles. Half of that amount, 30 million barrels, is coming from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Oil prices dropped quickly on today’s surprise announcement of more supply.

My car, just like everyone else’s, runs on gasoline. Just like you, I am happy when the price goes down. But the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was not meant for price manipulation. Today’s decision is just one more example of the Obama Administration “winging it;” going for political expediency over sound policy; short-term “highs” that leave us with hangovers later.

To begin with, today’s decision should clearly put to rest any lingering assumptions about the economic success of the Obama stimulus boondoggle. If the economy were humming along, as we were promised it would be by now, we wouldn’t be releasing oil from the emergency stockpile. “Shovel-ready” sounded good in February 2009, but today the unemployment rate is higher and we’re another trillion dollars deeper in debt.

Oil prices are up because of instability in the Middle East, where Obama’s policies are clueless at best, and frequently counterproductive. For all the hype about the “Arab Spring,” a recent poll out of post-Mubarak Egypt finds that Osama bin Laden is nearly twice as popular as Barack Obama. The Libyan intervention was supposed to take “days, not weeks.” Little has been done to stop Iran’s nuclear program, and today Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody.”

And why should he be? Obama just announced that he is leaving Afghanistan no matter what the situation is on the battlefield. Of course, he didn’t put it that way, but that was the unmistakable signal to the rest of the world in last night’s White House address.

Today, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of Congress that Obama’s withdrawal plans are “more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept.” If the world’s thugs perceive that America is burned out and in retreat, the world will become a more dangerous place.

Meanwhile, Obama’s domestic policies are hostile to domestic energy production. Just consider this statement from the Energy Department today announcing the release of oil: “The decision today is intended to complement the production increases recently announced by a number of major oil producing countries. The United States welcomes those commitments and encourages other countries to follow suit.”

So, while today’s action concedes that more supply equals lower prices, the Obama Administration has done nothing but stand in the way of greater domestic energy production. Instead of encouraging other countries to boost their production, we should be boosting our own, which would have the additional benefit of creating jobs here in America.

If we want to see energy prices fall long term, we need to get the radical environmental movement and the EPA under control. We need to free our domestic energy industry from the shackles of excessive regulation and lawsuits, and encourage it to do what it does best — provide the energy that powers our economy.

Kyl/Cantor Out

Today, Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor bailed out of the debt negotiations being conducted by Vice President Joe Biden. Kyl and Cantor did the right thing.

The sticking point was the Democrats’ continued insistence that we raise taxes in the middle of a weak economy, something Republicans have refused to go along with. But Democrats are demanding higher taxes. President Obama painted himself into a corner on this issue after promising last year that he would not renew the Bush tax cuts again.

But the debt problem facing America is not a lack of revenue. It is an addiction to spending. And the unsustainable promises made to public employee unions are a perfect example.

If you want to understand better why conservative politicians like Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and others are taking so much flak, consider this: An academic study released yesterday found that states and localities would have to raise taxes on average by $1,400 a year, every year for the next 30 years — not for new roads, schools or prisons, but just to pay their pension liabilities!

Are you willing to subject your family to those kinds of tax increases? That is the decision you will be facing when you walk into the voting booth next year. Voters in Wisconsin will be making that decision in special elections next month.

Conservatives realize that the cost of Big Government has become unsustainable and must be cut back. Democrats just think you haven’t been taxed enough yet. This is just one more reason why the next election is so critical to our country’s future. Will we double down on bad bets and become like Greece? Or will we return to the conservative values of lower taxes, smaller government, less spending and more freedom?

If you have not yet responded to my special request this morning about your level of commitment to defeating Obama next year, please let me hear back from you. Use this link to respond.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Help Us End The Obama Nightmare

Go to https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php right now to help us defeat Barack Obama and his socialist allies in Congress. This request is urgent, my friends. In a matter of days, we have to report our financial strength to the Federal Election Commission. We are counting on your help to make a strong showing in this mid-year report.

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2012 Update

  • Fresh off his formal announcement speech in which he pledged to run a civil campaign against Barack Obama, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman didn’t waste any time taking on GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. In an interview with ABC News, Huntsman said, “If you’re talking about free market health care, the kind we did in Utah, and the kind that is needed in this country, then he [Romney] has little credibility. Little credibility based on the model that was created in Massachusetts.”

    While challenging Romney over ObamaCare, Huntsman joined Romney in refusing to sign a pledge regarding pro-life appointments and promising to end taxpayer-funding of abortion. He ran to the left of Barack Obama by stating that he wanted to pull out of Afghanistan even faster. And Huntsman told reporters that he would not interfere with New York’s attempts to redefine marriage. I assume that means he would not support a constitutional amendment defining marriage in all fifty states as the union of one man and one woman.

    Perhaps that is why Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid said yesterday, “If I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman…”

  • In addition to Romney and Huntsman, two other candidates have so far refused to sign the pro-life pledge — former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who also favors drug legalization, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

Bad News For Barack

The latest Bloomberg News poll contains some very bad news for President Obama. Here is a sample of the poll’s findings:

  • On policy matters, 57% of those surveyed disapproved of Obama’s handling of the economy and job creation. When asked the best way to generate economic growth, 55% said spending cuts and tax cuts, while 34% said government spending.
  • 61% said they were not willing to pay higher taxes to reduce the deficit, while 36% said they were. Only 34% of those surveyed said they were “better off” today compared to January 2009, while 44% said they were “worse off” since Obama took office.
  • Looking ahead to 2012, 61% of those surveyed agreed with the statement that if the economy is not “substantially better” next year it will be “very hard” to vote for Barack Obama.
  • Just 31% of likely voters said they would “definitely vote” for Obama, while 40% said they would “definitely vote for another candidate.”

Time’s Up!

President Obama will address the nation tonight to explain his plans for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Press reports indicate that as many as 30,000 troops may be leaving the country — 10,000 this year and 20,000 next year. There are sharp divisions between the White House and the Pentagon, with field commanders objecting to Obama’s plans. But we should not be surprised — this is exactly what Obama said he would do.

In December 2009, President Obama announced he would send reinforcements to Afghanistan after weeks of indecision and heavy pressure from the U.S. military. On that occasion, Obama said, “I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.” But in the very next breath Obama told us and the Taliban, “After 18 months our troops will begin to come home.” Time’s up.

The blistering reaction to the president’s self-imposed deadline in 2009 was remarkable — mainly because it came from many in the left-wing media. Veteran CBS anchor Bob Schieffer said, “I just don’t understand the logic of how that works. …This is not a football game, where the time runs out. To win this war, you have to defeat the enemy.”

Here’s one more: “Where’s the hope? … If I were with the Taliban right now, I’d put a little Post-it up on that month in 2011, and say: ‘This is when we do OUR surge.'” That wasn’t Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, but MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

We’ll see what the president has to say tonight. But I find it disturbing that we have reportedly entered into negotiations with the Taliban at the very time we are about to begin a major withdrawal. This president told ABC News that he was uncomfortable using the word “victory” and he is proving it.

The Culture War

In addition to NBC’s boneheaded decision to cut God out of the Pledge, a few items in the news lately have caught my attention. While seemingly unrelated, they are all evidence of the left’s war against free enterprise and traditional values.

  • Warning To Parents! This week, Disney’s Cars 2 will hit movie theaters and is widely expected to be a big hit. But, according to director John Lasseter, the movie’s “uber bad guy” is — you guessed it — “Big Oil.” Millions of our children will be taught in this movie that our energy industry is evil.
  • Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart went on Fox News Sunday last weekend and denied that there was a left-wing bias in the media — not even at the New York Times. But Stewart also emphatically declared that Fox’s conservative viewers are ignorant and that every poll proved they are “consistently misinformed.” As usual, reality is very different from the left’s view of things. Politifact labeled Stewart’s claim “false.” In fact, Fox viewers are among the best informed, according to a recent poll.
  • Al Gore, guardian of the planet, has jumped on the population control bandwagon. Speaking in New York City this week Gore appeared to compare children to pollution. Gore said, “One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women. You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management…”

    Whatever Gore was referring to, it is undeniable that many on the left view humanity as a virulent disease that is giving Mother Earth a fever. Many committed environmentalist are refusing to have children.

    Abortion-on-demand and euthanasia fit neatly into the green agenda. It is why liberal politicians will fight to prevent Wal-Mart from opening new stores, even though it creates jobs. And the same politicians will fight to protect taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood, whose main goal is to ensure that unborn children don’t make it out of the womb alive.

As I have often said before, the culture war is real and only one side can prevail. Whose values will we pass on to our children and grandchildren? The next election could well decide the outcome. Please go to https://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_contribution.php right now to make the most generous commitment you can.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Huntsman Joins The Hunt

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman officially kicked off his presidential campaign this morning at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, where Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in 1980. In his announcement speech, Huntsman warned that America in 2011 is facing decline, just like it was in 1980. With the Statue of Liberty in the background, Huntsman said:

“President Reagan launched the 1980 general election here in an earlier time of trouble and worry. He assured us we could ‘make America great again,’ and under his leadership we did. I stand in his shadow as well as the shadow of this magnificent monument to our liberty.”
Huntsman pledged to run a civil campaign that would boil down to competence on the economy. In a shot at Obama, he said, “We need more than hope. We need answers.” Huntsman pledged to make the “hard choices” necessary to prevent further decline.

While most candidates are devoting a lot of time and energy to Iowa, Huntsman is running a different campaign. He’s largely ignoring the Hawkeye State, counting on strong performances in New Hampshire and Florida. In fact, the former Utah governor raised eyebrows when he located his national headquarters in Orlando, Florida. This strategy did not work particularly well for Rudy Giuliani.

Huntsman’s campaign is already on shaky ground with some conservative activists. Huntsman made headlines for finishing second at the Republican Leadership Council’s big straw poll last weekend. But it has since been reported that his supporters bussed in voters and stressed that they didn’t even have to be Republicans. Most conservatives don’t want Democrats picking their nominee, and they won’t be happy with campaigns that rely on liberals to manipulate votes.

In addition, Politico reports that the Huntsman campaign is attempting to raise money from the homosexual community due to his support for so-called civil unions, a red flag for me. I can’t find much evidence that social issues matter to him. For another perspective on Huntsman’s background and record, click here.

So far, Huntsman has barely registered in the polls. At this point it is difficult to see how he becomes the GOP nominee. But some pundits speculate that he could play the role of spoiler. If Huntsman gains traction, it is expected that his support would likely come from Mitt Romney. By taking votes away from Romney, a more conservative candidate could possibly squeak past him in the early voting states.

With the official start of summer, the GOP race is just heating up. Stay tuned!

Another Union Bailout

The Associated Press reports that the National Labor Relations Board is likely to issue a new ruling that dramatically strengthens the hand of labor bosses seeking to unionize companies.

Under existing law, once a union gathers enough signatures to force a vote on unionization, an election must take place within 45 to 60 days. The new rule would reportedly speed up the election to just 10 or 20 days.

The reason for rushing the vote is obvious — Big Labor is hoping to catch businesses off-guard, leaving them with little or no time to educate employees about the downsides of unionization. This is just one more example of how the Obama Administration is using the power of big government to reward its political supporters, while creating more obstacles for businesses in an already uncertain economic environment.

No More Waivers

The Obama Administration is no longer issuing waivers for ObamaCare. But don’t be quick to celebrate. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the waiver program is being terminated now.

As we have reported, the administration has granted nearly 1,400 waivers, with many going to labor unions and other left-wing groups. Chic businesses in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco-based congressional district got their share of special favors — I mean waivers — too.

Members of Congress and outside groups have been demanding to know on what basis these waivers were granted. Despite assurances that the process is completely transparent, the administration has yet to produce a set of objective standards or even basic information such as how many waivers were requested and how many were denied.

It was recently reported that the healthcare “reform” law contained no language whatsoever authorizing the administration to issue waivers. Moreover, conservative groups were starting to request waivers, and there was growing grassroots pressure to have governors request waivers for entire states.

But seeing as how the left got the bulk of the waivers, and given all the negative attention the program was creating, it seems someone in the Obama Administration decided that it was best to stop issuing the waivers now rather than defend the indefensible and unpopular waivers next year.

More Problems With ObamaCare

If the waivers weren’t enough evidence of just how poorly written the mammoth law is, there is news today that a “glitch” may allow millions of people, including some with incomes up to $64,000, to qualify for Medicaid! That’s right — $64,000 may make you eligible for a government program to help the poor.

Medicare’s chief actuary, Richard Foster, said, “I don’t generally comment on the pros or cons of policy, but that just doesn’t make sense.” Believe it or not, the Associated Press reports that “administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers say it’s not a loophole but the result of a well-meaning effort…” A well-meaning effort to socialize America and bankruptcy us even faster, perhaps!

The Solution For Judicial Activism

Do you remember the outrageous decision by Judge Fred Biery? He’s the extremist who earlier this month threatened to send high school graduates to jail if they prayed or merely uttered the words “prayer” or “amen” during their graduation ceremony. Thankfully, his decision was overturned on appeal.

On the “Bauer & Rose Show” this weekend on Sirius/XM Radio, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reminded the audience that there is a solution to judicial activists like Biery. Congress has the power to regulate the jurisdiction of the courts and it can even abolish them! That may sound radical, but, according to Gingrich, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation eliminating half of the federal courts.

The point is simply this: Congress is not powerless to defend our cherished values. It requires only the courage to act.