End Of Day Report

Friday, July 29, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

2012 Update

  • Independent voters are abandoning President Obama according to the latest Pew Research Center poll. In May, Obama enjoyed a seven-point advantage with independents, but today those critical swing voters would back a generic Republican candidate in 2012 by a margin of 39%-to-31%. That represents a 15-point swing among independent voters in the past two months.

    Take note: 30% of independent voters remain undecided. Obviously that sizeable bloc could tip the balance either way. That is why many conservative leaders believe it is essential that congressional Republicans avoid doing anything in the debt limit debate that could result in their getting blamed for the bad economy, which appears to be getting worse.

  • Wednesday I took Texas Governor Rick Perry to task for his comment that he was “fine” with same-sex “marriage” in New York, even though he and the overwhelming majority of Texans oppose same-sex “marriage.” The problem with Perry’s “state’s rights” argument is that the militant homosexual rights movement has no intention of allowing each state to define marriage for itself.

    In fact, the attorney general of New York this week filed a lawsuit seeking to have the Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional. If that happens, Texas will be forced to recognize the “gay marriages” performed in New York. So much for states’ rights and the Tenth Amendment.

    I’m pleased to report that Governor Perry clarified his remarks this week in an interview with my good friend Tony Perkins. During the interview, he made it clear he recognizes the threat that legalized same-sex “marriage” in New York poses to the traditional definition of marriage in Texas.

    Moreover, Perry expressed his support for a federal marriage protection amendment, adding, “Indeed to not pass the federal marriage amendment would impinge on Texas, and other states not to have [same-sex] marriage forced upon us by these activist judges and special interest groups.”

    I am also pleased to report that a federal judge has dismissed the case brought by a fringe atheist group against Governor Perry’s participation at an August 6th prayer event in Houston.

Take Two

The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on a debt ceiling bill yesterday, but Speaker John Boehner was forced to delay the vote when it became clear that he did not have enough votes to pass his bill. The liberal media was quick to seize on this setback as evidence of conservative dysfunction and “the crumbling of John Boehner’s speakership.”

In order to attract additional support from conservative holdouts, Boehner added a provision requiring congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment in order for a second debt limit increase to be approved. This has reportedly secured the necessary level of GOP support to pass the bill. A vote has been scheduled on Boehner’s legislation later this evening.

After that, the debate moves to Harry Reid’s Senate. Members of Congress have been advised that they will remain in session through the weekend. Stay tuned!

Your Feedback

Thank you, my friends, for the tremendous response to yesterday’s message. Your feedback was overwhelmingly positive and supportive of our view that conservatives need to stand united and work toward our common goal — removing Obama and electing a conservative majority to the Senate in 2012. As Charles Krauthammer argues, then and only then can we hope to effectively govern the country. Here are some excerpts from his column today:

“We’re in the midst of a great four-year national debate on the size and reach of government, the future of the welfare state, indeed, the nature of the social contract between citizen and state. …The sausage-making may be unsightly, but the problem is not that Washington is broken… The problem is that these two visions are in competition, and the definitive popular verdict has not yet been rendered.

“We’re only at the midpoint. Obama won a great victory in 2008 that he took as a mandate to transform America toward European-style social democracy. The subsequent counterrevolution delivered to that project a staggering rebuke in November 2010. Under our incremental system, however, a rebuke delivered is not a mandate conferred. That awaits definitive resolution, the rubber match of November 2012. …

“But reversal … is simply not achievable until conservatives receive a mandate to govern from the White House. …And under our constitutional system, you cannot govern from one house alone. Today’s resurgent conservatism, with its fidelity to constitutionalism, should be particularly attuned to this constraint, imposed as it is by a system of deliberately separated — and mutually limiting — powers.

“Given this reality, trying to force the issue — turn a blocking minority into a governing authority — is not just counter-constitutional in spirit but self-destructive in practice. …

“Obama faces two massive problems — jobs and debt. …Obama is desperate to share ownership of this failure. Economic dislocation from a debt-ceiling crisis nicely serves that purpose — if the Republicans play along. The perfect out: Those crazy Tea Partyers ruined the recovery!

“Why would any conservative collaborate with that ploy? November 2012 constitutes the new conservatism’s one chance to restructure government and change the ideological course of the country. Why risk forfeiting that outcome by offering to share ownership of Obama’s wreckage?”

Stella’s Here!

Carol and I are pleased to announce the birth of our first granddaughter, Stella. She is the first child of our daughter Elyse and her husband, Jake, who live in Washington, D.C. We are thankful and grateful to God for her arrival and safe delivery.

Join Me In D.C.

Mark your calendars now! The 2011 Values Voter Summit will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., October 7th through the 9th.

Confirmed speakers include House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, former Senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, Bill Bennett, Gen. William Boykin, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin, Phyllis Schlafly and others. This year’s summit will feature a gala dinner honoring former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese.

There will be educational sessions on a wide range of issues, including secularism and the future of America, the welfare state and the family, the Tea Party movement and much more. My public policy group, American Values, will host a lunch on Saturday, October 8th.

Register now at www.valuesvotersummit.org. I look forward to seeing you there! 


End Of Day Report

Thursday, July 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Do We Want Obama To Win?

Here we go again. Republicans and conservatives in the last 48 hours have formed the battle formation they seem to prefer the most: THE CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD.

John McCain took to the Senate floor yesterday and blasted Tea Party purists. Oh sure, he took shots at Harry Reid too. But the media predictably highlighted only the slap down of the Tea Party folks.

How did that help the cause, senator?

A Tea Party leader spoke at a rally on Capitol Hill yesterday and demanded that Speaker Boehner step down from his leadership post. Really? And be replaced by whom? No Speaker — not even “Captain America” — could perform miracles and run the U.S. government from the House of Representatives.

How did firing at Boehner help the cause?

Conservative websites like the Free Republic (which I love) were filled with postings from grassroots activists, many demanding cuts of $6 trillion this fiscal year. Many posters threatened never to vote Republican again. Talk of a third party filled the blogosphere.

How would permanently splitting the conservative movement help the cause? Is it realistic to think that conservatives could in two years, with control of just the House of Representatives, repeal 40 years of big government liberalism?

Reality check for John McCain, my Tea Party friends and fellow conservatives: The mess we are in is not the fault of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. America is not headed toward a cliff because of the Tea Party movement. We are in this position because the man in the Oval Office is willing to do virtually anything to get his way — even when it deeply damages our constitutional republic.

He has ignored federal court rulings (the drilling ban). His lawyers argue that our Constitution requires us to buy what he wants us to buy (the insurance mandate). He and his attorney general have “decided” that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional — a call only the Supreme Court can make.

He routinely uses raw class warfare in an attempt to divide our country. He has alienated our allies while apologizing to our enemies. He has accumulated more debt in less time than any president before him, and he demands more spending now. While jobs evaporate, he demands higher taxes on job creators. The list goes on.

Conservatives do not run Washington, D.C. Obama does. The media carry his water, and countless bureaucrats rush to work every day excited to impose his regulations on our economy and our families. As each day passes, there are more federal judges willing to do his bidding because he appointed them.

Disagreements on strategy are inevitable. But there should be no disagreement on our most important goal — ending the Obama presidency, taking control of the Senate and maintaining control of the House. Only then can we do the things that we desperately need to do.

Disband the circular firing squad. Tone down the family feud and aim your ire where it belongs — at Obama and his big government army. 

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

2012 Update

  • There is a new Gallup poll out today on the 2012 GOP primary campaign. The race is extremely fluid. Among the field of announced candidates, it is essentially a three-“man” contest. Mitt Romney remains the clear frontrunner with 27%. Michele Bachmann is second with 18%. Ron Paul is third with 11%. No other candidate received double-digit support.

    Add in some other possible contenders and it becomes a “free-for-all.” For example, with Palin, Perry and Giuliani in, it’s Romney (17%), Perry (15%), Palin (12%), Giuliani (11%) and Bachmann (11%). That’s five candidates bunched within six points of each other, and Romney and Perry are statistically tied for first.

  • While the conventional wisdom suggests that Texas Governor Rick Perry would be a strong candidate if he got into the race, he recently stumbled on a fundamental issue — the meaning of marriage. Asked what he thought about New York legalizing same-sex “marriages,” Perry said:

    “Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”
    The answer was disappointing because I know he is against same-sex “marriage” and I understand he supports a constitutional amendment. Surely he knows that the militant homosexual rights movement does not believe in the 10th Amendment and won’t let the meaning of marriage remain a state’s rights issue.

    In fact, the Attorney General of New York filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday seeking to have the Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional. If that happens, then Texas will be forced to recognize the “gay marriages” performed in New York.

    Federalism is an important value for many conservatives, but it is not our most important value. I was recently interviewed by RealClearPolitics about Perry’s comments and how they might impact the 2012 race. You can read more here.

  • A Rasmussen poll released yesterday on the 2012 general election found Barack Obama losing to a generic Republican candidate 42% to 48%. While it would be a mistake to take the election for granted at this stage, several recent articles — here and here — make it clear that Obama’s reelection is by no means a given. We can end this nightmare in November 2012! That leads me to the next item in today’s report, as events in the next few days could dramatically impact the outcome of next year’s presidential contest.

Obama Doesn’t Want A Deal

With each passing day, I’m becoming more and more convinced that President Obama does not want a deal on the debt limit. He wants a default. Despite all his public statements in recent days about compromise, the president has been negotiating without details, offering deals he can’t deliver and moving the goal posts at every opportunity. He constantly demonizes Republicans and promotes class warfare. This is not a man who wants a deal.

Why would Obama want a default? Senator McConnell put it best recently when he said that Obama “owns” the economy right now. The stimulus bill was his bill. Unemployment today is higher than when he took office. There are trillion-dollar deficits in all of Obama’s budgets. ObamaCare, well, that’s obvious. That isn’t much of a positive record for Obama to run on next year. So, he is desperately looking for a way to deflect blame for the lousy economy away from him and his failed policies, and to the GOP and conservatives.

He wants an excuse to send out tens of millions of letters, instead of checks, on August 3rd blaming Republicans for Social Security and other payments either not going out or being dramatically reduced. He wants the financial markets in chaos. George Soros will gladly help make it happen. It’s worth remembering that in a post-Labor Day Gallup poll, the McCain/Palin ticket was leading Obama/Biden by 10 points among likely voters — until the 2008 banking crisis erupted.

Obama is headed toward a massive defeat UNLESS he can blame the economy on the GOP. If this current stalemate continues beyond August 2nd, every media outlet will eagerly parrot Obama’s talking points. This leads us to the current dilemma facing the GOP on Capitol Hill: What is the debt limit end game? How does the GOP avoid falling into Obama’s trap and getting blamed for the consequences of a default?

This question has led the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Rep. Paul Ryan, former Senator Fred Thompson and other conservatives to suggest that we have likely gotten as much out of this debate as we could hope for. The GOP has stopped an Obama tax increase and forced Democrats to agree to spending cuts, even though the cuts are far less than what we wanted.

What more can be gained by risking a default? Paraphrasing Barry Goldwater, my friend Bill Kristol wrote this morning, “victory over Obama is no vice. And losing to Obama is no virtue.”

A lot of conservatives are saying that politics do not matter. That’s ridiculous. If Obama is reelected, if Harry Reid remains the Senate Majority Leader and if Nancy Pelosi returns as Speaker of the House, nothing we accomplish now will matter. It will all be undone within days of Obama’s second term.

Our ultimate goal has to be to send Obama back to Chicago. Then and only then can we save our country from a debt crisis, restore American prestige abroad and break our drift toward European socialism.

Imagine No GOP Majority

I’m hearing from more and more frustrated conservatives saying that House Republicans aren’t doing anything. This makes my blood boil! House Republicans have done a lot.

Yesterday they voted 279-to-147 to require Obama to approve the construction of a new oil pipeline from Canada so that we could get more oil from an ally, rather than the Middle East. Even 47 Democrats voted for this bill once it reached the floor.

But the most useful thing House Republicans have accomplished is preventing the worst of Obama’s agenda from going forward. Just imagine if there was no GOP majority today. Think about where we would be if Nancy Pelosi were still Speaker.

Two years ago we were debating an $800 billion stimulus bill, massive cap and trade energy taxes and a trillion-dollar socialized medicine scheme. If Pelosi were in power today, we would likely be fighting a massive amnesty bill and huge tax increases right now.

I’m not suggesting that your frustration isn’t valid — just that it is misplaced. The pipeline bill the House passed yesterday will not become law. It will die in the Democrat Senate. Not because of Mitch McConnell, but because Harry Reid controls the majority. You are frustrated because we have not been winning enough elections.

Again, we need to stay focused on the real goal — winning the 2012 elections. We need to stop forming circular firing squads and remember who our friends are.

Christians United For Israel

The Christians United For Israel Washington Summit concluded last week, but the impact of that tremendous event is still being felt. During the summit, David Brog, CUFI’s executive director, and I sat down for an interview with CBN’s Erick Stakelbeck, talking about the importance of the U.S./Israeli alliance and Christian support for Israel. You can watch the interview here. 

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Robs Reagan’s “Grave”

Of all the distortions and deceits in Obama’s address to the nation last night, none was more infuriating than his blatant attempt to rob Ronald Reagan’s legacy and use it for his own big government, high tax agenda. Obama pulled a small quote from a Reagan speech and suggested that he was merely following in “the Gipper’s” footsteps.

I began following Ronald Reagan from the age of 18. Later, I left a good job in Washington, and Carol and I lived on our savings in order to allow me to join the Reagan campaign in 1980. From 1981 through the end of his presidency, I proudly served in the Reagan Administration in several positions, including as the head of the Office of Policy Development at the White House.

If Ronald Reagan were alive and active today, I believe he would be fighting non-stop to defeat the Obama agenda. Obama represents everything Reagan devoted his life to stopping. Reagan would be mortified by the damage this president has done to our country.

Reagan said government was the problem; Obama thinks government is the solution. Obama is obsessed with raising taxes; Reagan lowered the top marginal tax rate from 70% to 28%! Reagan was pro-life; Obama is not willing to prevent even one abortion out 1.5 million a year.

Reagan believed the United States was a “shining city upon a hill;” Obama apologizes to thugs and tyrants for America’s alleged sins. Reagan wanted government out of our lives; Obama wants government to direct everything we do — from what we eat to what light bulbs we use. Reagan respected “heartland values;” Obama said middle Americans were “bitter” and cling to their “religion and guns.” Reagan respected the office of the presidency; Obama uses it to promote class warfare and to divide us.

Mr. Obama, keep your hands off Ronald Reagan!

The Great Exaggerator Speaks

Now let’s take a look at some other things Obama said last night. As usual, it was a campaign speech intended to appeal to independent voters. But, once again, Obama’s rhetoric bears little resemblance to reality. Here are my responses to a few of the worst exaggerations and deceptions in his speech.

  • Obama’s socialism was on full display last night. He characterized the GOP plan as one in which “nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scale.” For the record, the top 1% of earners already pay roughly 40% of all income taxes collected. Think about that for a moment. If 100 people go out dinner, 1 person is going to pay 40% of the bill. To Obama that somehow equals “nothing.”
  • Obama again singled out tax breaks for corporate jet owners. Really, Mr. President? Obama is running an annual deficit of $1.5 trillion. The corporate jet tax, most recently renewed in the stimulus bill, would save $300 million a year. Just $1.4997 trillion to go! That is a sound bite, not a solution.
  • Obama said that some Americans should “give up tax breaks [they] don’t need and didn’t ask for.” Here we go again. This is so typical of the left. Liberals know what is best for you, and they think that all money belongs to Washington. Liberals will decided how much of your hard-earned income you “need” and how much of it they will allow you to keep.
  • Obama specifically referred to “millionaires and billionaires,” adding “I think these patriotic Americans are willing to pitch in.” One, Obama’s proposed tax hikes won’t impact just “millionaires and billionaires.” His new taxes start on those making $200,000, which includes many small business owners. If Big Government takes more money away from small business owners, that is less money they have to hire new employees. Raising taxes on job creators won’t lower the 9.2% unemployment rate — it will make it worse.

    Two, if “patriotic” millionaires and billionaires want to “pitch in,” the IRS gladly accepts donations! Obama could borrow Mike Huckabee’s idea and set up a “Tax Me More” fund. It was a failure in Arkansas and in every other state that tried it. But perhaps “patriotic” liberals could be persuaded to donate to it instead of Obama’s reelection campaign.

  • Obama rejected the GOP’s “cuts only” plan, and said that any deal to raise the debt ceiling should be a “balanced” approach that includes tax hikes. But earlier in the day Obama endorsed a plan by Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid that did not have any tax increases. So, while the Republican House and Democrat Senate seemingly agree that tax hikes should be off the table, Obama positioned himself to the left of Harry Reid by demanding higher taxes.

    Now, if Obama wants to argue that Harry Reid is unbalanced that is his prerogative. But even a liberal pundit at CNN conceded that “nobody today is talking about tax increases, except Barack Obama.”

  • Half way through his speech, Obama made this incredible claim: “Understand –- raising the debt ceiling does not allow Congress to spend more money. It simply gives our country the ability to pay the bills that Congress has already racked up.” That statement is half true. It allows America to make payments on the spending that Congress has approved this fiscal year, and we’re currently borrowing roughly 40 cents of every dollar spent.

    But it just doesn’t pass the straight face test to say that raising the debt limit “does not allow Congress to spend more money.” Of course it allows Congress to spend more money. That’s the whole point of raising the debt limit — especially raising it by more than two trillion dollars, far more than is needed for the current fiscal year.

End Of Day Report

Monday, July 25, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Norwegian Terrorist No Christian

Both the Washington Post and the New York Times have run headlines labeling Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, a “right-wing Christian.” These are the same two newspapers that go to great lengths to avoid using the word “Muslim” to describe Islamist murderers.

They regularly warn us not to jump to conclusions about any jihadist attack, and they lecture us not to reach any conclusions about the role the Muslim religion might have played. All of these “rules” have apparently been cast aside as the two papers, and countless other commentators, try to make Breivik into a conservative Christian.

I can assure you that Anders Breivik was not a follower of Jesus Christ. I can say that with confidence because neither he nor anyone else can cite one word from the teachings of Christ that would justify his evil actions. His murderous rampage is a repudiation of the whole body of Christ’s teachings. The same cannot be said about the teachings of Muhammad, which contain many statements that can be used to justify murder.

No one can find one Christian theologian, reputable pastor, denominational leader, Christian author or philosopher who will attempt to defend Breivik’s actions. Unfortunately, many imams, Muslim leaders and mosques will defend Islamists who intentionally kill civilians, including children.

In Breivik’s 1,500 page “manifesto,” it is clear that he hates Islam and wants Europe to rediscover its Christian culture. Breivik likes violent video games. His favorite TV show is Dexter, a series that glorifies a serial killer. One also finds in his ramblings that he is a follower of Charles Darwin, seldom if ever prays, says it is possible to be a “Christian atheist,” and adds, “I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person.”

Breivik doesn’t have to pretend he is a religious man — the Washington Post and the New York Times will pretend for him.

How Did We Get Here?

The media fog hanging over the debt limit negotiations is very hard to see through. We are just days away from reaching the default deadline, and the world financial markets are beginning to react to the possibility that the gridlock in Washington will continue beyond August 2nd. Here is a brief summary of what has happened in the last few days.

The media are once again blaming Republican intransigence for the stalemate. Over the weekend, Speaker John Boehner walked out of talks with President Obama for the second time. The issue, once again, is taxes.

Speaker Boehner and President Obama had agreed on $800 billion in new revenues. Speaker Boehner insists these were not tax increases, and I believe him. (Revenues can be raised in a variety of ways that do not include tax increases, such as asset sales, tweaking cost of living increases, etc.) Evidently the absence of tax hikes was a problem for Democrats.

As we reported Friday, Senate Democrats were “volcanic” when they were informed that Obama was negotiating a deal with Boehner that did not include tax increases. Obama blinked, and demanded an additional $400 billion in tax hikes.

This is what defines the modern Democrat Party — it is constantly demanding more and more of your hard-earned money. Moreover, Obama set the new figure of $1.2 trillion in revenues as a floor, rather than a ceiling. That is what led Speaker Boehner to abandon his talks with the president. He was right to do so.

The media talking heads are telling you that Republicans are blocking a deal. What is really preventing a deal is the Democrats’ demand to raise taxes on small businesses and job creators in the middle of a recession. Are Democrats willing to risk a default in order to raise taxes? Let’s hope we don’t find out.

California Families Fight Back

Pro-family organizations in California are launching an effort to put the state’s new law (Senate bill 48) mandating the teaching of “gay history” on the ballot so that the voters can have the final say. However, they are facing a huge task — they must collect 500,000 signatures in less than 90 days.

If this measure is not repealed by the voters, it will impact children and families across the country. Even the San Francisco Chronicle admitted, “The provision on [homosexual] inclusion in textbooks could reach beyond California, too, as many book publishers tailor their texts to California’s standards because of the state’s large population.”

If you live in California and would like to help get this measure on the ballot, go to stopSB48.com. If you have like-minded friends or family members who live in California, please share this with them.

Gang Warfare Over Debt Ceiling

I’ve seen many political “gangs” come and go in my decades in Washington.  In recent years there has been the Gang of 14 (judicial nominations), the Gang of 12 (immigration reform) and the Gang of Ten (energy).  And now we have the much-hyped Gang of Six senators whose goal is to reach a compromise on public debt.

But it will take a much larger gang of 150 million or so voters going to the ballot box on Nov. 6, 2012, to make the changes necessary to put America on the road to financial recovery. You can read more in my column this week at humanevents.com

End Of Day Report

Friday, July 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: There was a massive car bomb explosion in Oslo, Norway, this morning. It was followed by a second attack at a youth summer camp. Dozens are reported dead. A jihadist group is claiming that the attacks are in retaliation for, among other things, the publication of cartoons that allegedly mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

There are many who hope and suggest that the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan will bring an end to Islamic terrorism. It will not. We will simply see more attacks in places like Oslo, London, Paris, Berlin and anywhere else that radical Islam comes into contact with Western Civilization.

Who Are The Extremists?

For weeks Big Media has been bashing congressional Republicans as “extremists” for being unwilling to compromise in the debt limit debate because the GOP doesn’t want to raise taxes. Republicans won a sweeping victory last year on the platform of keeping taxes low and cutting spending. If anyone should be compromising now, it should be Obama and congressional Democrats, who went on a massive spending binge for the last two years, producing unsustainable annual deficits of $1.5 trillion.

Today the headlines are filled with news of bitter Democrats who are furious that Obama might cut his own deal with Speaker John Boehner. According to various reports, Obama’s budget director was summoned to Capitol Hill yesterday by Senate Democrats. The meeting was “volcanic” and “explosive.” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said, “I haven’t seen a meeting like this in my 35 years in Congress.” The issue: Democrats were rejecting any spending cuts and demanding that tax increases on investors, small businesses and entrepreneurs be part of the deal.

So, which party is refusing to compromise? Oh, that’s right — the one most responsible for the explosive growth of government and the worst record of fiscal responsibility since FDR!

As families are cutting their budgets and tightening their belts, Democrats are demanding more of your hard-earned money. Are they so extreme that they are willing to risk a default in order to raise your taxes? Don’t hold your breath waiting for the media to report that little fact.

Our good friends at Concerned Women for America are running a great humorous TV ad poking fun at the Democrats’ addiction to spending. You can watch it here. Congratulations to CWA under the bold leadership of articulate conservative Penny Nance for this great ad campaign.

Another Business Leader Speaks Up

Let’s hope Steve Wynn has started something. Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus gave an interview with Investor Business Daily this week taking President Obama to task for his performance on the economy and job creation. Here are some excerpts:

IBD: What’s the single biggest impediment to job growth today?

Marcus: The U.S. government. Having built a small business into a big one, I can tell you that today the impediments that the government imposes are impossible to deal with. Home Depot would never have succeeded if we’d tried to start it today. …

IBD: If you could sit down with Obama and talk to him about job creation, what would you say?

Marcus: I’m not sure Obama would understand anything that I’d say, because he’s never really worked a day outside the political or legal area. He doesn’t know how to make a payroll, he doesn’t understand the problems businesses face. …

IBD: Why don’t more businesses speak out?

Marcus: They are frightened to death — frightened that they will have the IRS or SEC on them. In my 50 years in business, I have never seen executives of major companies who were more intimidated by an administration.

IBD: What’s your message to the business community?

Marcus: It’s time to stand up and fight. These people in Washington are out there making your life difficult, and many of you won’t survive. Why aren’t you doing something about it? The free enterprise system made this country what it is today, and we’ve got to keep it alive. We are on the edge of the abyss. …”

Patriotism Produces Republicans (And Vice Versa)

A recent Harvard study made headlines for its conclusion that children who attended July 4th parades were more likely to become Republicans later in life. Another study from researchers at the University of Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University finds that images of the American flag also influence voting behavior toward the GOP.

According to the study, “A single exposure to a small American flag during deliberation about voting intentions prior to a general election led to significant and robust changes in participants’ voting intentions, voting behavior, and political attitudes, all in the politically conservative direction.” [Note to GOP candidates: Include the American flag in every ad!]

While it would be easy to dismiss these studies as insignificant, I think they speak volumes about the political left today. For decades the left has associated itself with anti-Americanism. Our college campuses are filled with professors who preach that America is an evil, colonial power that does more harm than good. Hollywood elites swoon over the likes of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and other brutal, left-wing dictators.

For decades leftists have burned the flag. Obama began his presidency with a worldwide apology tour. Is it really surprising that voters think of Republicans when they see the U.S. flag?

Join Me In D.C.

Mark your calendars now! The 2011 Values Voter Summit will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., October 7th through the 9th.

Confirmed speakers include House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, former Senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, Bill Bennett, Gen. William Boykin, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin, Phyllis Schlafly and others. This year’s summit will feature a gala dinner honoring former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese.

There will be educational sessions on a wide range of issues, including secularism and the future of America, the welfare state and the family, the Tea Party movement and much more. My public policy group, American Values, will host a lunch on Saturday, October 8th.

Register now at www.valuesvotersummit.org. I look forward to seeing you there! 

End Of Day Report

Thursday, July 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Gang’s Bad Deal

More details are emerging on the tax and spending deal offered by the Senate’s Gang of Six. The more we learn, the less there is to like. Cutting spending and reforming the tax code are laudable goals. But this plan is a non-starter. Consider these reviews:

  • The editors of National Review: “Some Republicans are getting desperate over the debt-ceiling debate, but we hope not desperate enough to embrace the Gang of Six proposal. It may be the worst of the debt-ceiling compromises placed before them to date.”
  • The Heritage Foundation: “Under the Gang of Six Plan, Congress will pass some easy stuff now, but punt the hard stuff to the future… There’s plenty in the Gang of Six Plan for President Obama — he gets his tax hikes and, in reality, he gets to borrow lots more money. But the American people don’t really get much of anything, except the usual empty promise of action in the future.”
  • House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan: “The plan is not a budget. It is a set of talking points and graphs that outlines an ambitious proposal that has serious flaws…”
  • Keith Hennessey, a former senior White House Economics advisor: “I strongly oppose the Gang of Six plan. I think it is absolutely terrible fiscal policy.” Hennessey provides a thorough analysis here.

The negative reviews keep pouring in. Investors Business Daily labeled the plan “Washington at its worst,” noting that it assumes all of the Bush tax cuts would be allowed to expire, so it has massive tax increases built into its assumptions.

The Gang of Six is getting a lot of positive press attention because it is bi-partisan — three Democrats and three Republicans. But I have to wonder what those Republicans — Chambliss (GA), Coburn (OK) and Crapo (ID) — were thinking? All three represent solidly conservative states. They should feel no pressure to give in to Obama’s expansion of big government.

As the Heritage Foundation notes, the deal makes a lot of promises and leaves the details to be worked out later. Exactly where will those details be worked out at some future date? In various SENATE committees.

That’s right — we’re supposed to raise the debt limit now and put our faith and trust in Harry Reid’s Democrat committee chairmen to cut spending and reform the tax code — all in the middle of the most crucial election in generations! I don’t think so.

The Left’s Denial Of Common Sense

There was a very telling exchange at yesterday’s Senate hearing on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. My good friend Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family was testifying in defense of normal marriage. He pointed to government survey data that showed children are better off when raised by nuclear families. What followed next could have passed for a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

Senator Al Franken (D-SNL) objected to Minnery’s definition of a nuclear family. Franken said he was familiar with the study and noted that it did not specify the gender of the parents. (Thus, there is no evidence whatsoever that children raised by a mother and a father are better off than children raised by two daddies.) Senator Franken then impugned Minnery’s character and/or intelligence, saying, “I, frankly, don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways.”

Here is the study’s definition of a nuclear family: “One or more children living with two parents who are married to one another and are each biological or adoptive parents of all the children in the family.”

While Franken may be technically correct — that definition might possibly include two men “married” in Massachusetts who adopted children — to accept Franken’s premise, you have to deny common sense. I strongly suspect, given that homosexuals account for at most roughly 4% of the population and that the survey studied married couples, that there were few, if any, homosexual groupings in this survey.

This is a good example of what happens when you elect a left-wing comedian to Congress, or a community organizer to the presidency. Whether it is economics (government spending and taxes create jobs) or social policy (mothers and fathers don’t matter), the left is so out-of-touch that when reality conflicts with its ideology, it is reality that has to give way.

Liberal Rhetoric Goes Ballistic

Elizabeth Warren, one of Obama’s many policy czars, accused House Republicans yesterday of trying to “kill” her consumer protection agency. They weren’t trying to reform it, they were trying to murder it!

And conservatives concerned about out-of-control spending aren’t being fiscally prudent, they are “financial terrorists.” Former Harvard president and Obama economics advisor Larry Summers had this to say recently about the debt ceiling debate:

“Is the president right to not yield to terrorism? Yes, the president is absolutely right to not yield to threats to send the country into default. …The financial terrorism threats are untenable.”
The left’s rhetoric grows more intense by the day. Conservatives are being labeled terrorists. We are accused of letting children with Down syndrome and handicapped seniors fend for themselves. You haven’t seen anything yet. Whomever the GOP nominates for president next year will be subjected to the most brutal, hate-filled campaign in history.

2012 Update: Barack On The Brink

  • The Democrat firm Public Policy Polling finds that for the first time in its surveys President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are tied at 45% in a national head-to-head poll of registered voters.

    However, in a statement accompanying the poll, the firm’s president noted, “Obama’s numbers are worse than they appear to be on the surface. There’s a very good chance Barack Obama would lose if he had to stand for re-election today.” That’s because undecided voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama’s performance. If you allocated their vote based on their approval rating of Obama, he would lose to Romney 52% to 48%.

  • A new Rasmussen poll finds Romney leading Obama 43% to 42% among likely voters. Other GOP challengers are within striking distance: Obama leads Texas Governor Rick Perry by just five points (44% to 39%) and Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann by only seven points (46% to 39%). Notice that in each matchup Obama is below 50%, which usually spells big trouble for an incumbent president.