Friday, August 26, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
the second time this week a poll finds Obama struggling in the critical
swing state of Florida. According to the latest Mason-Dixon poll, just
41% of likely Sunshine State voters approve of Obama’s job performance,
while 56% disapprove. And if the election were held today, Obama would
lose the state 43% to 51% to Mitt Romney and 45% to 46% to Rick Perry.
Obama narrowly edges out Michele Bachmann 46% to 44%.
left-wing group Democracy Corps, founded by Clinton strategist James
Carville, warned this week that Obama is losing support among key
liberal voting blocs. Among unmarried women, support for Obama is down
12 points compared to 2008. When he won the White House, Obama enjoyed a
30-point advantage among young voters. Today, his advantage has been
cut in half. In addition, voter enthusiasm among these groups is down,
suggesting that turnout among liberal voters may not match the levels we
saw in 2008.
The Obama campaign knows this. That’s why it launched a massive voter registration and turnouteffort this week. In addition, USA Today
recently reported that Obama is “significantly outpacing the
fundraising activity of the previous five presidents during their first
terms.” What is he going to do with all that money? Trust me, it won’t
be a positive campaign about hope and change. Obama’s only hope is to smear his GOP opponent and turn out liberal voters based on their fears.
conservatives could also help Obama win. Why would any conservative
want to help Obama get reelected? I ask myself that very question every
time I get an email from someone threatening to vote for a third party
candidate. And new polling released yesterday by a Democrat polling
firm only confirms the obvious — divided we fall. looked at seven hypothetical 2012 three-way races. Here is their conclusion:
“ we took a look at seven possible independent candidates against Obama
and his strongest GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, and found Democrats
remain pretty united behind Obama, and six of the seven possible
independent candidates would hurt Romney more than the president.”
A Tale Of Two Recessions
In today’s Wall Street Journal,
Stephen Moore pits “Obamanomics vs. Reaganomics.” It is a very telling
tale of how two men with very different ideas about government tackled
two recessions with very different results. Here are some excerpts:
“The two presidents have a lot in common. Both inherited an American
economy in collapse. And both applied daring, expensive remedies. Mr.
Reagan passed the biggest tax cut ever, combined with an agenda of
deregulation, monetary restraint and spending controls. Mr. Obama, of
course, has given us a $1 trillion spending stimulus.
end of the summer of Reagan’s third year in office, the economy was
soaring. The GDP growth rate was 5% and racing toward 7%, even 8%
growth. In 1983 and ’84 output was growing so fast the biggest worry was
that the economy would ‘overheat.’ By the end of Reagan’s first term,
it was Morning in America. Today there is gloomy talk of America in its
“The Godfather of the neo-Keynesians, Paul
Samuelson, was the lead critic of the supposed follies of Reaganomics.
He wrote in a 1980
monster would take ‘five to ten years of austerity,’ with unemployment
of 8% or 9% and real output of ‘barely 1 or 2 percent.’ Reaganomics was
routinely ridiculed in the media, especially in the 1982 recession.
That was the year MIT economist Lester Thurow famously said, ‘The
engines of economic growth have shut down here and across the globe, and
they are likely to stay that way for years to come.’ The economy would
soon take flight for more than 80 consecutive months.”
Ronald Reagan believed government is the problem. Barack Obama believes
government is the solution. We’ve tried it his way for the past two
and a half years, and the results are painfully obvious. What the
left-wing naysayers said would happen under Reagan is taking place right
now under Obama! Unemployment is above 9%. “The engines of economic
growth have shut down.” Today, GDP was again revised downward, to just
1%. Are you better off today than you were four years ago?
It doesn’t have to be this way. The tale of this recession can have a
happy ending too. To paraphrase Reagan, “A recession is when your
neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job.
Recovery begins when Obama loses his job!”
This “tale of two
recessions” is a great story, particularly for younger Americans who may
have fallen for the hype about hope and change. Share it with them.
It’s a story that cannot be told often enough throughout the course of
the next 14 months.
Ahmadinejad Again Vows To “Eradicate” Israel
Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed again this week to wipe Israel off the map. In an interview
with a Lebanese network, Ahmadinejad said: “Iran believes that whoever
is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime
(Israel) as [a] symbol of suppression and discrimination. Iran follows
this issue (the eradication of Israel) with determination and
decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and
Nearly 80 years ago, elites on the left dismissed and
isolationists on the right ignored another anti-Semitic madman’s calls
for genocide. Thanks to their ignorance, Hitler’s Holocaust almost
succeeded in eradicating European Jews. And that ignorance cost us
dearly as the world was plunged into a second devastating world war.
Today, Obama continues to dither while Iran inches closer to becoming a
nuclear power. Even libertarian Ron Paul openly advocates abandoning
our strategic interests in the Middle East. Both Obama and Paul are
Foreign policy is one of the most difficult issues for
individuals to influence, but we are not powerless. Given this news, I
want to encourage everyone to participate in the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem on Sunday, October 2nd. For more information, please visit daytopray.com.
It’s been a tough week in Washington. Tuesday’s once-in-a-century
earthquake rattled everyone’s nerves, and now a hurricane is bearing
down on us. As a result, we’re shutting down early today so our staff
can make last minute preparations for Hurricane Irene.
week Carol and I will be enjoying some rest and relaxation with friends
and family. So, barring any breaking developments, the “End of Day”
report will be on hiatus until Tuesday, September 6th. I hope you and
your family enjoy a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!