End Of Day Report

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 342 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Obama Ratchets Up The Rhetoric

Barack Obama was in Scranton, Pennsylvania, today selling his Social Security payroll tax cut. Not surprisingly, he ratcheted up his class warfare rhetoric in his sales pitch to this largely blue-collar area.

I think tax cuts are great. And I think it is telling that even Obama’s economic advisors are strongly recommending that this tax cut be not only renewed, but also expanded because of its economic benefits. But Obama and his liberal congressional allies are proposing to pay for this “middle class” tax cut by raising taxes on small business owners and entrepreneurs. They are, once again, dividing us — pitting one group of Americans against another.

As one commentator noted, Pennsylvania “has voted Democratic in the last five presidential elections.” That Obama felt the need to deliver this speech in Scranton suggests the Democrats are afraid of losing the Keystone State, and with good reason. I think the good people of Pennsylvania should remind themselves of two things, and hopefully the state GOP will help them remember.

Just a few years ago, Obama went to San Francisco and mocked the very people he spoke to today. As the 2008 Pennsylvania primary approached, Obama was asked at a fundraiser filled with left-coast liberals why he was having a hard time connecting with folks in small towns in states like Pennsylvania. Obama responded that economic difficulties lead those middle Americans to become “bitter, and that they cling to guns or religion … as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Unfortunately for Pennsylvanians, economic conditions haven’t gotten any better during Obama’s time in office. In fact, they have gotten worse. When Obama took office, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 6.8%. Today it is above 8%. If voters in Pennsylvania are bitter, Obama is a big part of the problem. And that leads to the second thing I hope folks there remember.

Scranton is sitting on top of massive wealth — huge natural gas deposits locked in the Marcellus Shale formation. Yet the Obama Administration and its radical environmentalist allies are hostile to the oil and gas industry. Rather than supporting successful industries and utilizing proven resources, Obama has wasted billions of hard-earned tax dollars chasing after windmills and other so-called alternative energy projects, while doing everything he possibly can to stifle domestic production of traditional energy sources.

In Defense Of Capitalism

Like Georgia small businessman Bill Looman, Leon Cooperman, CEO of Omega Advisors, has had enough of Obama. Monday Cooperman sent a blistering letter to President Obama, taking him to task for his “desperate demagoguery.”

The entire letter is worth reading, and we will post a link on our home page at cwfpac.com. But Cooperman also defends capitalism, and I want to share that portion of his letter.

“Capitalism is not the source of our problems, as an economy or as a society, and capitalists are not the scourge that they are too often made out to be. As a group, we employ many millions of taxpaying people, pay their salaries, provide them with healthcare coverage, start new companies, found new industries, create new products, fill store shelves at Christmas, and keep the wheels of commerce and progress (and indeed of government, by generating the income whose taxation funds it) moving.

“To frame the debate as one of rich-and-entitled versus poor-and-dispossessed is to both miss the point and further inflame an already incendiary environment. It is also a naked, political pander to some of the basest human emotions – a strategy, as history teaches, that never ends well for anyone but totalitarians and anarchists.”
Cooperman is right. Capitalism may not be perfect, but socialism does not work. Just look at Greece. Please share this message with friends and family members who may be tempted by the siren’s song of the Occupy Wall Street movement or on the fence about supporting Obama next year.

Has The War With Iran Already Started?

There are a lot of reasons to think that a war with Iran is looming. But a series of recent events might lead one to suspect it has already begun.

Two weeks ago, an explosion near Bid Kaneh virtually destroyed an entire military industrial complex devoted to Iran’s ballistic missile program, killing a major general and more than a dozen others. Earlier this week, another explosion occurred in Isfahan, seriously damaging a key nuclear facility.

Intelligence experts doubt both explosions were accidents. Gen. Giora Eiland, a former director of Israel’s National Security Council, said, “There aren’t many coincidences, and when there are so many events there is probably some sort of guiding hand, though perhaps it’s the hand of God.”

Tuesday, in a scene awfully reminiscent of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran. The British government evacuated its embassy staff, and Britain has expelled Iranian diplomats in London in retaliation. France has recalled its ambassador from Tehran, and the Norwegians closed their embassy as tensions rise.

The Christmas Wars Begin

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is taking heat today for announcing that the official lighting of the state’s “holiday tree” will take place on December 6th at the capitol building. State lawmakers and religious leaders are not happy.

In protest, State Rep. Doreen Costa (R) will put a Christmas tree in her office. Costa said, “Anybody that wants to go see a holiday tree can do so, but I will be decorating a Christmas tree. It may only be a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree, but at least it will be a Christmas tree.” Bishop Thomas Tobin called Chafee’s rhetoric “most disheartening and divisive,” adding that it was “an affront to the faith of many citizens.”

Meanwhile, homosexual rights groups have once again launched an effort to boycott the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign because of its opposition to homosexuality. You’ll probably run across one of the Salvation Army’s bell ringers in the days ahead, and I encourage you to support their efforts. You can learn about other ways to donate to the Salvation Army here.

Also, our friends at Liberty Council have put together a “Naughty & Nice” list identifying retailers that are Christmas-friendly and those that are not. It is good to see many major retailers on the “Nice” list such as Walmart, which has told employees and greeters they are free to say “Merry Christmas.” You can thank Walmart here.

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End Of Day Report

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 343 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

OWS Just Getting Started

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement seems to be petering out. Many big city Democrat mayors who trashed the Tea Party have started turning on the left-wing “occupy” movement, fed up with its impact on local businesses and city budgets, not to mention its increased criminal activity. But don’t think the movement is dead. It is only regrouping for bigger fights next year.

Last week I reported that some OWS founders were promising that the movement would return in the spring with a “marked escalation of … rush-hour flash mobs, bank occupations, ‘occupy squads’ and edgy theatrics.” But there’s more. Consider this excerpt from a lengthy New York magazine report this weekend:

“Among Occupy’s organizers, there is fervid talk about occupying both the Democratic and Republican conventions. About occupying the National Mall in Washington, D.C. About, in effect, transforming 2012 into 1968 redux.”
Along those lines, far-left radical Cornel West told MSNBC yesterday that there was a coming fight in America over what would be funded with our limited tax dollars. West is right. Fitch, another credit rating agency, warned yesterday that it would likely downgrade U.S. bonds unless there was significant action taken to reduce Obama’s massive deficits by 2013.

Of course, what kind of action will be decided by the 2012 elections. Conservatives want to rein in spending and create jobs with pro-growth policies that will increase economic growth. Obama and his socialist allies want to raise your taxes.

Professor West sees Occupy Wall Street as critical to maintaining Big Government’s grip on your wallet. He called for yet another “war on poverty,” adding, “It’s a major question of priorities here. That’s why the Occupy movement is so important because some of this is going to be fought in the streets.”

Cornel West was a big Obama supporter in 2008 and remains a leading “intellectual” of the left. Yet he predicts on national TV that the violence we have seen in Athens, Greece, is coming to a city near you and there is silence from the White House and the liberal establishment.

From the mass arrests in New York to the riots in Oakland, OWS has already demonstrated that it is capable of “fighting in the streets.” Even more disturbing were the findings of Democrat pollsters who surveyed OWS protestors and found that “nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.”

Using Government To Oppress

If you need more evidence of why government should be limited, consider the examples of the Richmond Tea Party and a Georgia businessman.

A local Tea Party group recently sent a $10,000 invoice to the City of Richmond, Virginia, demanding a refund of all the permits and fees it paid to hold rallies in Kanawha Plaza — the same place where Occupy Richmond has camped out at no expense. In response, the City of Richmond has launched an audit of the Tea Party for failing to file necessary monthly reports related to excise taxes for admission, lodging and meals.

I applaud the Richmond Tea Party for demanding its money back, and I hope other groups do the same. These “occupy” encampments are straining city budgets and costing taxpayers millions. I suspect few if any of them have paid for permits and other fees that are usually required for large public gatherings. But this fits the occupiers’ general sense of entitlement. Just like demanding forgiveness of their student loan debts, they expect hardworking taxpayers to pick up their tab.

Several months ago, Georgia businessman Bill Looman got fed up with the state of the economy and posted signs in his trucks that read, “New Company Policy: We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone.” Pictures of the signs went viral online last week, and the left went ballistic. Looman was forced to shut down his company’s website and disconnect his phone because of threats from “tolerant” liberals.

Then the Secret Service showed up because someone reported him as a threat to Obama’s safety. According to Looman, “They gave me the typical interview to see if I was a threat. We actually had a good meeting and when they left, they were under the impression that they wasted their time.”

Far from being a threat, small business owners and entrepreneurs like Bill Looman are the backbone of this great nation. It is their initiative and hard work, not Obama’s class warfare or the whining of the OWS crowd, that we should be encouraging and need more of.

Powell Disappoints Again

Colin Powell once again demonstrated why he has been such a disappointment to conservatives. Powell could not resist his liberal instincts when prodded by Christiane Amanpour, host of ABC’s “This Week.”

With Amanpour bemoaning the “divisive” and “poisonous” tone of American politics today, Powell took the opportunity to call for more compromise in Washington. But when liberal elites like Powell and Amanpour talk about compromise, they mean that conservatives should surrender and liberals should get whatever they want. Thus, Powell blamed the Tea Party for the gridlock in Washington.

While bashing the Tea Party and saying nothing about Occupy Wall Street, the former general and George W. Bush’s Secretary of State seemingly rejected the principles that many conservatives once thought he embodied. But Powell’s comments really shouldn’t surprise anyone. After endorsing Obama in 2008, Colin Powell became the liberal media’s favorite Republican. Sunday he once again lived up to their expectations.

Will Cain Carry On?

Herman Cain’s campaign encountered yet another major distraction yesterday when an Atlanta Fox affiliate broke the news that a woman has come forward claiming to have had a 13-year affair with the GOP candidate.

Ginger White provided the station with cell phone bills showing 61 calls and text messages from Herman Cain, some “as early as 4:26 in the early morning, and as late as 7:52 at night.” According to the Fox reporter, “We texted the number and Herman Cain called us back. …He said she had his number because he was ‘trying to help her financially.'”

Cain categorically denied having a physical relationship with Ms. White, and like previous accusers she also has a significant history of financial and legal trouble. Nevertheless, National Review reports that Cain told his staff this morning he is “reassessing” his campaign in view of this “recent firestorm” and will make a decision “over the next several days.”

End of Day Report

Monday, November 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 344 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Thankful For His Luck

Not surprisingly, the theme of President Obama’s weekly address last week was Thanksgiving. But to the shock and dismay of many, he failed to mention God even once in his statement to the nation. Twenty seconds into his remarks, Obama said that he and his family will enjoy great food, a little football and reflect “on how truly lucky we are.” My first thought was that his good luck also happens to be our bad fortune.

I have no doubt that most Americans expected to hear in a Thanksgiving message from the president a sense of gratitude and thanks for God’s blessings. America remains a deeply religious nation. A June Gallup poll found that 92% of Americans believe in God. A 2007 Pew survey found that 69% of Americans think “it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs.”

But Barack Obama seems to have an aversion to public professions of faith. He has gone out of his way to insist that America is not a Christian nation, to say we are one of the largest Muslim nations and to include references to “non-believers” in his speeches. Several months ago, he took a lot of heat for quoting the Declaration of Independence and repeatedly dropping the reference to God each time. Whatever the explanation for this disconnect, if not hostility to faith, it is astonishing that the political geniuses at the White House are so tone deaf to the signal Obama sends every time he gives God the cold shoulder.

Obama Writes Off Reagan Democrats

We have been saying for months that Barack Obama has abandoned the traditional middle class. Now the left’s “paper of record” — the New York Times — admits it. In analyzing Obama’s path to reelection next year, Thomas Edsall writes, “…preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.”

In other words, Obama is writing off the Reagan Democrats — those folks in Middle America who he claimed “bitterly cling to their guns and religion.” His reelection strategy will hinge on expanding his 2008 base of well-educated, upper-class whites and minority voters. Edsall notes this strategy “proved highly successful twice (2006 and 2008) but failed miserably in 2010, and appears to have a 50-50 chance in 2012.”

What might this strategy look like? It could mean that Democrats are prepared to give up once-reliable blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin, while redoubling their efforts in “purple” states like Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia.

Regardless of the strategy Obama pursues, the results of the past three years are obvious: Obama’s presidency has been a failure. Since his inauguration, the unemployment rate has gone up, gas prices have gone up, food prices have gone up and the national debt has exploded. Overwhelming majorities believe America is on the wrong track and is a nation in decline. Millions of our fellow countrymen are losing hope.

Obama has had his chance. We can’t afford four more years of more of the same. It’s time for a change.

Speaking of change, Barney Frank, a thorn in the side of conservatives for years, announced today that he won’t run for reelection in 2012. That makes Frank the 17th House Democrat to announce his retirement this year.

While Democrats and their liberal media allies keep speculating about Obama’s coattails making Nancy Pelosi Speaker again, Frank’s retirement and those of his liberal colleagues suggest they don’t believe the spin. Ideologues like Frank would not be voluntarily leaving Congress if they thought they were on the verge of another two years to cram their socialist, anti-family agenda down our throats.

Newt’s Big Endorsement

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign got a big boost yesterday, picking up the endorsement of New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader. You can read the paper’s endorsement here.

Ironically, the Union Leader’s endorsement could have a greater impact in Iowa than in New Hampshire. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has a huge, perhaps insurmountable, lead in New Hampshire, making the Iowa caucuses all the more important. There is a movement among Iowa conservative leaders to unify behind one candidate who can be a credible alternative to Mitt Romney. The Union Leader’s nod might persuade some Iowa conservatives that Gingrich has the momentum to take on Mitt.

A Bitter Harvest

Egyptians went to the polls today for the first in a series of elections that will determine the future of post-Mubarak Egypt. It is widely expected that the radical Muslim Brotherhood will prevail in today’s balloting. If so, we should expect conditions in Egypt and the Middle East to deteriorate.

Why do I say that? According to one report, thousands of Egyptians attended a Muslim Brotherhood rally Friday at “Cairo’s most prominent mosque,” where multiple speaker denounced the “treacherous Jews” and “Zionists occupiers.” A verse from the Koran that “one day we shall kill all the Jews” was repeated by speaker after speaker.

Once again the radical Islamists’ denial of reality was on full display. One cleric told the crowd, “We shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem).” The first fruits of the “Arab Spring” are proving to be a bitter harvest indeed.

Super Committee Represents America

In the aftermath of its failure, just about everybody seems to agree that the congressional deficit reduction super committee’s demise resulted from both parties’ unwillingness to put the country’s interests ahead of their own. But the deep divisions that made the Super Committee’s task hopeless from the start merely reflect the deep divisions in the country. In 2012, the American people must decide which side will prevail. Read more in my weekly Human Events column.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Be Thankful

I love Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday.  It’s not just a day off work, a day devoted to parades and football, or a day to eat turkeys and pumpkin pies.  As the name signifies, it is about giving thanks to God for the blessings we enjoy.

But today many in America are not particularly thankful. We have seen them on the streets in our major cities, occupying parks and other public venues. To them America is an oppressor, our culture is backwards, free enterprise is a failure.

Many more Americans, while not so negative, unfortunately feel our nation is in decline today. Even our president says we’ve become “lazy,” “soft” and that we have “lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness” to do great things. I refuse to believe that!

Last week, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, wrote a column on job creation for the Wall Street Journal. Its premise is that freedom breeds success. I’m not going to quote his policy prescriptions here, but I do want to share with you his view of America.

“Is the United States exceptional? Of course we are! Two hundred years ago we were one of the poorest countries in the world. We accounted for less than 1% of the world’s total GDP. Today our GDP is 23% of the world’s total and more than twice as large as the No. 2 country, China.

“America became the wealthiest country because for most of our history we have followed the basic principles of economic freedom: property rights, freedom to trade internationally, minimal governmental regulation of business, sound money, relatively low taxes, the rule of law, entrepreneurship, freedom to fail, and voluntary exchange.

“The success of economic freedom in increasing human prosperity, extending our life spans, and improving the quality of our lives in countless ways is the most extraordinary global story of the past 200 years. Gross domestic product per capita has increased by a factor of 1,000% across the world and almost 2,000% in the U.S. during these last two centuries.

“In 1800, 85% of everyone alive lived on less than $1 per day (in 2000 dollars). Today only 17% do. If current long-term trend lines of economic growth continue we will see abject poverty almost completely eradicated in the 21st century.”
In spite of the challenges we face today, I believe all of us can be thankful to be Americans.  We are the descendants of the patriots who declared that “All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  

Those words inspire us still and bring hope to millions around the world.  With all of America’s problems, we are still the nation that represents man’s last best hope on earth. I pray that in the weeks ahead, each of us will work harder to give this nation a “new birth of freedom” so that America can again be a “shining city upon a hill.”

Tomorrow, when Carol and I celebrate Thanksgiving with our family, we will pray for America, for our leaders, for our men and women in uniform and for all of you.  We are very thankful for your friendship and generosity.  God bless you, my friends. And thank you for being our partners in this great adventure.

Our offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday.  This will be my last “End of Day” report until Monday, November 28th.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 350 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

2012 Update

Three polls released in the past 24 hours suggest that Newt Gingrich is now the GOP front-runner. That makes five polls in 12 days finding Newt leading the pack.

A lot of people in Washington took notice today when Gingrich announced his foreign policy team, which is led by two of the most respected foreign policy experts on the right — former CIA Director James Woolsey and Reagan National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane. These additions show that Gingrich is building a serious campaign structure.

Tonight the GOP candidates will meet for their 11th debate, co-hosted by CNN, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. Tune in at 8:00 PM ET to watch the candidates debate foreign policy at Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C.

Democrats And Voter Fraud

As we get closer to the 2012 elections, concerns about voter fraud are once again coming to the fore. National Democrats recently staged a series of high profile events designed to cast voter ID laws as racist throwbacks to the Jim Crow era.

Today’s Daily Caller features an interview with former Rep. Artur Davis, a black Democrat from Alabama, that turns the Democrats’ spin upside down. Davis backs the laws, saying they are needed to “protect African-Americans from corrupt political bosses — many of them African-Americans themselves — who run Democratic Party machines in the South.”

Davis’ experience is not unique. While most of the states passing new voter ID laws elected Republican governors and legislatures in 2010, one state stands out like a sore thumb — liberal Rhode Island, where the issue was pushed by minority legislators. In signing the law, liberal governor Lincoln Chafee said, “Notably, I spoke with representatives of our state’s minority communities, and I found their concerns about voter fraud and their support for this bill particularly compelling.”

Meanwhile, the fallout continues from Minnesota’s marred 2008 election that sent Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. According to Jeff Davis of Minnesota Majority, 113 people have been convicted of illegally voting in that election and 200 more cases are pending. “It’s mind-boggling to me that as a tiny non-profit corporation, we netted more than double the number of convictions in one year than the U.S. Department of Justice was able to find in five,” said Davis.

Voter fraud is real. It is an insult and an injury to our republic that it happens. There should be bi-partisan agreement to stop it. Unfortunately, the left’s outrageous attacks against voter ID laws are more evidence of how deeply divided our nation has become. From Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers to the media’s blindness to ACORN’s corruption, Democrats and their liberal allies refuse to deal with it because voter fraud often benefits them!

There is a solution: Every conservative must work even harder to make sure we win in a landslide. The left can’t cheat if the results are not close.

“This Conscience Thing”

There she goes again. In a recent “lifestyle” profile in the Washington Post, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi picked a fight with the Catholic Church. Last month during a debate on legislation to strengthen conscience clause protections for pro-life hospitals and medical professionals, Pelosi accused Republicans of voting to let women “die on the floor.”

Asked if her comments were over the top, Pelosi stood by them. She added, “I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it … but they have this conscience thing.” Yes, Nancy, they do have a “conscience thing,” thank God. If only more of our politicians had the same.

Speaking of Consciences…

The Corzine/MF Global scandal is getting worse. Forensic accountants at Deloitte and Ernst & Young have reportedly discovered that as much as $1.2 billion of investors’ money could be missing.

By the way, the other thing missing in this whole scandal is Jon Corzine. Where is he? The former Democrat governor and senator was always eager to get his face on TV. Even after losing office, he was a frequent guest on cable news shows. Now he’s nowhere to be seen.

But maybe there is a silver lining here. Joe Biden once claimed that the administration got a lot of economic advice from Corzine because he was the “smartest guy” Biden knew.

Happy Baracksgiving!

I know it’s not polite to bring up politics at the dinner table, but there is too much at stake in 2012. Help us spread the word about Obama’s failed presidency by sharing our latest web video with your friends and family members this Thanksgiving weekend. Post it to your Facebook page and Tweet it. Thank you!

End Of Day Report

Monday, November 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 351 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Happy Baracksgiving

When Americans get together Thursday, they will give thanks to God for the many blessings in their lives. Yet we have a president who seems to think we should be thanking him!

Check out our latest video here. Obama has been a disaster! Unemployment is up. The national debt is up. Gas prices are up. The list goes on.

Please show this video to your friends and family members this Thanksgiving. Share it with others online. Tweet it. Post it to your Facebook page. The numbers don’t lie. America can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.

My friends, we will take advantage of every opportunity we can to defeat Obama and his socialist allies — from traditional media like radio and TV ads to social media like Facebook and Twitter. We’ll even use good old fashioned direct mail. And we are counting on your help — not just financially but also in spreading the word about our work. Our previous video has been viewed nearly 90,000 times. Working together we can take America back!

Super Failure?

The congressional deficit reduction super committee is rapidly running out of time to negotiate a deal, and press reports suggest there likely won’t be one. Already there is a growing chorus of talking heads saying how sick and tired they are of Washington, how our leaders just can’t do anything anymore, how our system is broken. I often see this same sentiment in the emails I get every day.

Sorry, but I dissent. In my view, the failure of the super committee to reach common ground reflects the growing divide in America today.

If you are reading these daily reports, you believe in lower taxes, smaller government and traditional values. If you start your day off at the Daily Kos or at an “Occupy” rally, then you probably believe in higher taxes, bigger government and liberal values. If you put six “End of Day” readers and six Daily Kos readers in a room, it’s unlikely either side would budge on core principles.

It’s the same with the super committee. Democrats believe the problem in Washington is a lack of revenue. Republicans believe the problem is too much spending. This is what we have elections for, but gridlock occurs when there is divided government. If Obama and his allies win in 2012, they are promising to raise your taxes to pay for all their spending.

What Does OWS Want?

Since the protests began, we’ve been asking, “What is the Occupy Wall Street agenda?” This weekend, the editors of Adbusters magazine, which is credited with starting the movement, published an op-ed in the Washington Post explaining what OWS is all about. So, what is their agenda? Here it is:

“This primal cry for democracy sprang from young people who could no longer ignore the angst in their gut — the premonition that their future does not compute, that their entire lives will be lived in the apocalyptic shadow of climate-change tipping points, species die-offs, a deadening commercialized culture, a political system perverted by money, precarious employment, a struggle to pay off crippling student loans, and no chance of ever owning a home or living in comfort like their parents.”
So this is what the left has produced. Environmental alarmism has some folks convinced we’re on the verge of mass extinction and that our lifestyle is to blame for global warming. How do they explain the fact that the planet was hotter before we had SUVs? How do they explain the warming that has been detected on Mars?

They complain about a political system “perverted by money,” but say nothing of union money or George Soros’ money. They complain about high unemployment, but do they question the role of big government? No. Sadly, they go on to rail against corporations and job creators.

And exactly who forced them to take out those “crippling student loans”? As for owning a home and living in comfort like their parents, they should learn from their parents, most of whom worked very hard and saved up a long time to buy a home they could afford.

Some on the right have said, “Don’t worry. The occupiers will be gone with the first frost.” The editors of Adbusters are promising otherwise. Here’s how they put it:

“The people’s assemblies will continue with or without winter encampments. What will be new is the marked escalation of … rush-hour flash mobs, bank occupations, ‘occupy squads’ and edgy theatrics. …In this visceral, canny, militantly nonviolent phase of our march to real democracy, we will ‘float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.’ We will regroup, lick our wounds, brainstorm and network all winter. We will build momentum for a full-spectrum counterattack when the crocuses bloom next spring.”
In other words, they are promising to be more disruptive, making life miserable for even more people. They plan to come back in full-force in the middle of one of the most vicious political campaigns in our history. This is a witch’s brew. The Obama reelection effort by itself will bring emotions to the boiling point because Axelrod & Co. have already indicated they are going to run a “slash and burn” campaign.

America is deeply divided. Our nation is at a tipping point. Will we follow Europe down socialism’s dead-end road and into bankruptcy? Or will we once again embrace the values that made America the envy of the world? This coming election will likely decide the direction we take. That is why it is so crucial for every conservative to be fully engaged in the weeks and months ahead.

My Friend Ed Meese

Over the weekend, I re-read Friday’s report and felt I should revisit the item on Attorney General Eric Holder. In that item I referenced my good friend Ed Meese, who served as Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General. In no way was I comparing Meese to Holder, who I believe has done some deeply questionable things. From Fast and Furious to refusing to prosecute the New Black Panthers to attacking state efforts to secure our borders, Holder is a political hack.

In contrast, Ed Meese was a constitutional scholar and the conscience of the Reagan Administration. He popularized the concept of original intent in jurisprudence and is among the most ethical and honorable men I know. He was attacked by the left because he was such an effective advocate for our values.

Ronald Reagan once said, “If Ed Meese is not a good man, there are no good men.” I agree. And I am proud to call Ed a friend.

End Of Day Report

Friday, November 18, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 354 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Democrats Defeat Balanced Budget Amendment

As I reported yesterday, the national debt now exceeds $15 trillion for the first time in our nation’s history. Barack Obama has increased the national debt at a faster pace than any president in U.S. history. According to CBS News, “The national debt increased $4.9 trillion during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush. The debt now is rising at a pace to surpass that amount during Mr. Obama’s four-year term.”

In response to Obama’s out-of-control spending, Speaker John Boehner demanded a vote on a balanced budget amendment as part of the recent deal to increase the debt limit. A May Mason-Dixon poll found that 65% of Americans support a balanced budget amendment, including 81% of Republicans, 68% of independents and 45% of Democrats.

Just hours ago, the House of Representatives, under Speaker Boehner’s leadership, did vote on a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. Needing a two-thirds majority to pass, the amendment failed 261-to-165. Democrats defeated it. House Republicans were virtually unanimous with 98% supporting the amendment. But it still fell 29 votes short because only 13% of House Democrats voted in favor.

Remember that when you go to the polls in 354 days. Barack Obama is adding to the national debt faster than any president before him. As a result, America is now $15 trillion in debt. Yet he and his party oppose a balanced budget amendment that would stop the reckless spending that threatens to bankrupt us.

Corruption & Corzine

If Occupy Wall Street wants to improve its image, it should stop harassing school children and focus on fighting something really immoral — like corruption. How about Jon Corzine and MF Global?

As you may know, the company recently declared bankruptcy — the eighth largest bankruptcy in American history. Even worse, hundreds of millions of investors’ dollars are missing, most likely stolen and lost trying to cover bad bets at MF Global. And yet this scandal is also missing from the front pages and the evening news.

It has been covered up and ignored by the liberal media because Corzine didn’t fit the left’s narrative of greedy Wall Street bankers as conservative Republicans. Like Bernie Madoff, Corzine is a liberal Democrat and a former senator and governor of New Jersey.

I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating. We are urging our friends in Congress to make corruption and reform major issues. The American people need to have confidence in our government and laws. Where were the regulators? How is it that the MF Global scandal could still happen in the post-Enron, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank environment?

It’s good that the House is holding hearings on the Solyndra scandal. But they need to hold hearings on MF Global too. Haul Jon Corzine up to Capitol Hill and force him to testify on how he gamed the system.

By the way, if you want to know how close Corzine was to this administration, check out this video of Joe Biden saying that they got their stimulus ideas from Corzine. The vice president also said, “He’s the smartest guy I know in terms of the economy and finance.” That explains a lot!

How Long Can Holder Hold On?

While Big Media are doing their best to ignore the various scandals and controversies surrounding Attorney General Eric Holder, congressional Republicans are turning up the heat. As more information comes to light about Operation Fast and Furious, which resulted in the death of a Border Patrol Agent, more members of Congress are demanding Holder’s resignation. To date 51 congressmen have called for Holder to step down.

Yesterday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) added his voice to the growing list of lawmakers demanding the attorney general’s resignation. Rep. Westmoreland said:

“Fast and Furious played fast and loose with the American public’s safety, leaving a U.S. Border Patrol agent dead and DOJ-purchased guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords. To say this program was a failure and an embarrassment to the U.S. justice system is an understatement. …[Holder] is the head of the Department of Justice and the buck stops with him. It’s time for Mr. Holder to hold himself accountable.”
In addition, CNSNews reports that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is demanding that Holder provide written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding “Justice Elena Kagan’s possible involvement in President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation or litigation that was filed … during the time she was solicitor general.”

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked for essentially the same information back in July. In late October he finally received a reply from an assistant attorney general essentially saying, “Stuff it!” Chairman Smith sent Holder a letter the next day demanding to know on what legal grounds he was refusing the committee’s request. He gave Holder until November 4th to respond. Holder never did.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Holder was pressed to explain why he ignored the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and whether and when he would comply. Holder answered, “I’m not familiar with that request. I’d have to look at it.” I suspect Chairman Smith’s request ended up in the same circular file with the Fast and Furious memos that Holder never read either.

Once again, the Democrat double standard is on full display. Ed Meese and Al Gonzales, Attorneys General for Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, were forced out of office by partisan attacks from liberal politicians and their media allies. Now we have an attorney general whose mistakes resulted in a border agent dying, who defies Congress and is running the Justice Department as it if were a subsidiary of the Democrat National Committee.