End Of Day Report

Thursday, December 29, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Santorum Surging?

Iowa’s political landscape seems to be shifting yet again amid an avalanche of polling data and campaign defections. Recent polls suggest Newt Gingrich is fading, while Rick Santorum appears to be surging.

According to the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls, Santorum’s support has doubled in the past week, surpassing Michele Bachmann’s and Rick Perry’s. In fact, the latest CNN poll finds Santorum is running third behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

However the race turns out, I’m glad to see Rick Santorum getting a second a look. Again, I’m not endorsing anyone and none of the candidates are perfect. But Rick Santorum is a solid conservative across the board — a man of deep faith, pro-life, pro-family, pro-free enterprise and committed to preserving America’s leadership in the world.

I have personally seen Rick Santorum champion values issues when many in Washington would have preferred to talk about anything else. And in the recent Republican debates, it was often Rick Santorum who made the connection between the strength of our families and the strength of our country. It was also Rick Santorum who frequently challenged Ron Paul’s nuttiness on foreign policy.

I have been puzzled by the hesitancy of Iowa conservatives to embrace Santorum, a true Reaganesque conservative. But as previous front-runners have peaked too early, perhaps Iowans are warming up to Santorum at precisely the right time!


End Of Day Report

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Stand With Me!

My friends, I want to remind you about the matching gift campaign that is underway for American Values, my non-profit public policy organization. As you are considering your year-end charitable contributions, please go to ouramericanvalues.org to make a tax-deductible gift online.

Or you can mail a check to:

American Values
2800 Shirlington Road
Suite 950
Arlington, VA 22206

Be certain your letter is postmarked by December 31st.

As a non-profit organization, American Values can also accept corporate gifts, stock gifts and foundation grants. Gifts to American Values are fully tax-deductible and will be matched this week, so be as generous as you can. Thank you!

Leftists To “Occupy” Iowa Caucuses

The Associated Press reports that hundreds of left-wing activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement have so little respect for the democratic process that they are vowing to disrupt campaign events and perhaps even the Iowa caucuses next week. According to the AP article, “The activists are promising to interrupt candidates at events and camp out at their Iowa campaign offices. They say they want to change the political dialogue…”

And what exactly is on the occupiers’ minds? One Occupy Des Moines organizer rattled off a list of issues starting with — wait for it — campaign finance reform! That was followed by student loan debt.

As we have reported in the past, the occupiers’ solution to the student debt issue is not for students to take responsibility for the loans they took out, but to put the rest of society on the hook for their obligations. Their bigger problem is the lack of jobs in Obama’s economy, which is hampering their ability to pay back their loans.

Disrupting the caucuses won’t be too hard for these radicals. Some of them may very well show up to vote for Ron Paul and then proceed to disrupt the rest of events. Yet another poll — one conducted by the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling — found that “Paul’s strength … depend[s] on a coalition of voters that’s pretty unusual for a Republican in the state. …Paul has a 39-12 advantage with … independents or Democrats.” That should be a big warning to conservatives who think Ron Paul is a champion of their values.

Obama Disrespects Our Troops

Here’s another disturbing report from the Associated Press: “Americans probably won’t be seeing a huge ticker-tape parade anytime soon for troops returning from Iraq.” Two New York City councilmen — not surprisingly both Republicans — are calling for a ticker-tape parade similar to one held at the end of the first Gulf War, which was paid for with private donations.

As one of the councilmen said, “The sports celebrations that we’ve had in New York for the Yankees and the Mets were amazing. But these are the real heroes.” I agree. The Associated Press article notes, “In Washington, federal agencies take the lead on planning parades, and so far nothing is in the works.” Why not?

In the 60s and 70s, left-wing radicals infamously spit on our soldiers returning home from Vietnam. Barack Obama is smarter than that. Yet his administration is not taking the initiative to organize a national salute our heroes. Perhaps he’s too afraid of offending the radical left-wing base of his party as we approach the 2012 elections. But as Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”

Corzine & The EPA

What do Jon Corzine and the Environmental Protection Agency have in common? One bankrupted a state and then lost more than one billion dollars of private investors’ money in the MF Global scandal. The other is trying to bankrupt American industries with job-destroying regulations. But there may be even more in common.

The Washington Times reports that Bradley Abelow, the former chief operating officer at MF Global, is also chairman of the EPA’s financial advisory board. How did Abelow get that job? According to the Times, both Abelow and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had previously served as Jon Corzine’s chief of staff when he was governor of New Jersey.

Our Cultural Elites & Faith

Tim Tebow is making headlines again, albeit thanks to a disgusting tweet by Bill Maher. Tebow’s faith and the reaction of our cultural elites were also the subject of my Human Events column this week. You can read more here.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Stand With Me!

My friends, I want to remind you about the matching gift campaign that is underway for American Values, my non-profit, public policy organization. As you are considering your year-end charitable contributions, please go to ouramericanvalues.org to make a tax-deductible gift online.

Or you can mail a check to:

American Values
2800 Shirlington Road
Suite 950
Arlington, VA 22206

Be certain your letter is postmarked by December 31st.

As a non-profit organization, American Values can also accept corporate gifts, stock gifts and foundation grants. Gifts to American Values are fully tax-deductible and will be matched this week, so be as generous as you can. Thank you!

Iowa & Ron Paul

We are seven days away from the Iowa caucuses, and conservatives and the GOP are on the verge of getting a big black eye if Ron Paul emerges as the top vote-getter. While some conservatives are attracted to Paul by his limited government rhetoric, there is more evidence that his support is coming from those outside of the GOP.

For example, Paul is very popular on college campuses. But these institutions have been infested by leftist professors who preach to their students about the alleged sins of America. Not surprisingly, Barack Obama was also very popular on college campuses four years ago.

That Paul’s support is coming from those outside of the GOP mainstream is not surprising given that many of Paul’s views are outside of the GOP mainstream. Now consider the comments of Eric Dondero, a former top congressional staffer and traveling aide to Rep. Ron Paul.

Yesterday Dondero published a lengthy critique of his former boss in which he calls Paul’s foreign policy views “sheer lunacy.” Here are some excerpts:

  • “[Paul] wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”
  • “He strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that ‘saving the Jews,’ was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just ‘blowback,’ for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such.”
  • “Ron Paul was opposed to the War in Afghanistan, and to any military reaction to the attacks of 9/11. …He immediately stated to us staffers, me in particular, that Bush/Cheney were going to use the attacks as a precursor for ‘invading’ Iraq.

    “He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps [that] the attacks were coordinated with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time. He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration.”

You can read Dondero’s entire column here.

Christmas Is About…Obama!

As I was leaving Washington last week to spend Christmas with my family, my thoughts were on Christ’s birth and on the virtues of hearth and home. But not the Obama campaign. To them, Christmas was not a time to promote Christ, but an opportunity to promote Obama!

Last week, the Obama team blasted out a new web video urging young people to use their time at home this Christmas to confront friends and family members on behalf of Barack Obama. In a message to its supporters, the Obama camp wrote, “this holiday season is the perfect chance to talk to your friends and family about why you’re working to re-elect President Obama.”

The Obama campaign’s first inclination is to always divide us — by race, by income levels, etc. Now it has used one of the most sacred times of the year to divide families for its own political purposes. Little in Washington surprises me anymore, but this crass exploitation of Christmas for Obama’s reelection was stunning.

The Cost Of ObamaCare: Job Creation

Andrew Puzder admits he is not an expert on healthcare policy. But this CEO who employs more than 20,000 people knows a thing or two about job creation. Puzder just published an op-ed warning that job creation would be one of the biggest costs of ObamaCare. Here is an excerpt:

“Our company, CKE Restaurants Inc., employs about 21,000 people (our franchisees employ 49,000 more) in Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants. For months, we have been working with Mercer Health & Benefits LLC, our health-care consultant, to identify Obamacare’s potential financial impact on CKE. Mercer estimated that when the law is fully implemented our health-care costs will increase about $18 million a year … a 150 percent increase from the roughly $12 million we spent last year. …

“To offset higher health-care expenses, we will have to cut spending on new restaurant construction, one of our largest discretionary spending areas. But building new restaurants is how we create jobs. An $18 million increase in our costs would more than consume the $8.8 million we spent on new restaurant construction last year, leaving nothing for growth. We will also need to reduce our general capital spending, which also creates jobs and allows us to improve our infrastructure and maintain our business. In summary, our ability to create new jobs could vanish.”
A link to Puzder’s full column can be found on our website.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, December 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Hope And Blessings

Christmas is a time of hope and blessings. But this year it will be punctuated with grief and sorrow in our home. This week, we paid our final respects to Carol’s brother, Bill Hoke, who passed away after suffering a massive heart attack. His unexpected death was a stark reminder that our time on this earth is fleeting and that we may be called home at any moment. So cherish your time with friends and family this Christmas.

Carol and I do have the joy of looking forward to a new grandchild in the New Year. The addition to our family renews our commitment to “fight the good fight” for family, faith and freedom. The Scriptures teach us that children are a blessing from God. It has also been said that the birth of each new child is a sign that God has not yet given up on this world.

That was never more true than the night two thousand years ago when the Son of Man was born in Bethlehem; born to bring the hope of salvation and the blessing of eternal life. No headline, no sorrow of life should turn our hearts from the love of God and the greatest gift ever given!

When the Christ Child came into the world, his cry pierced the night and split all of human history in half. I cannot predict what will transpire in the weeks and months ahead, but I know that one day every head will bow and every knee will bend before the King of Kings. The final victory has been won. All that is required of us is that we choose life.

And thinking about the miracle of the virgin birth, each year I can’t help but think of Christmas’ unique role in the birth of America. It was on Christmas night in 1776 that General George Washington crossed the Delaware River in a daring surprise attack on the Hessian mercenaries. Washington’s victory at the Battle of Trenton was a turning point in the American Revolution. Surely God was there, and I believe that the God of Abraham is with us still!

May each of you feel the presence and warmth of the Living Lord this season. As the anticipation of Christmas reaches a crescendo, may we not forget what defines the holiday — the birth of Christ, God’s gift to man, that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.

Merry Christmas, my friends. And may each of you enjoy all of God’s richest blessings in the year ahead.

NOTE: Our office will be closed tomorrow and Monday. The “End of Day” will resume Tuesday, December 27th.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


2012 Update

  • The Iowa caucuses have been scrambled once again. A new Rasmussen poll found Mitt Romney leading the pack with 25% of the vote, compared to 20% for Ron Paul and 17% for Newt Gingrich. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum received 10% each. No other candidate was in double digits. Rasmussen also notes that “Paul has a wide lead among non-Republicans who are likely to participate in the caucuses.”
  • Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum both received major endorsements yesterday. My good friend Don Wildmon endorsed Gingrich, while two Iowa pro-family leaders backed Santorum.
  • Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will reportedly announce next week that he is ending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and will instead seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination.
  • A new Gallup poll finds that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are essentially tied with Barack Obama, with both Republicans attracting 48% support. The bad news is that Obama earned 50% against both Gingrich or Romney. Now, here’s the good news: Gallup surveyed registered voters. But Republicans historically perform better among likely voters.

    The poll’s findings make one thing very clear: With Obama at 50%, we have a lot of work to do, my friends. We can take nothing for granted in the weeks and months ahead!

Justice Targeting Voter ID Laws

Obama’s Justice Department declared a jihad against state voter ID laws last week. After the 2010 elections swept Republicans into power, several states passed voter ID laws in response to the ACORN scandal.

Attorney General Eric Holder declared in a speech that preserving ballot access for all voters is a “moral imperative,” and for that reason these commonsense protections against voter fraud will face tough scrutiny from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Pardon me if I seem skeptical, but this is the same outfit that saw fit to dismiss charges against the New Black Panthers! Holder has zero credibility here. (By the way, 90 members of the House are co-sponsoring a resolution of “no confidence” in Attorney General Holder.)

We have to produce an ID to buy alcohol and other products. We have to produce an ID to drive and to board an airplane. We have to produce an ID to cash checks. Yet the leaders of one party say that it is an onerous burden to ask citizens to produce an ID when they cast their ballots. The American public overwhelmingly disagrees.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 70% of likely voters support voter ID laws, including 64% of independent voters and even 54% of Democrats. Meanwhile only “22% of voters believe [such] laws … discriminate against minorities and low income Americans.”

So why are Obama and Holder going down this road — especially as we are about to begin one of the most critical elections in our nation’s history? The Democrat Party benefits from this type of fraud. They know they would likely lose many close elections if we got really serious about the integrity of our elections.

Yet they will use this issue in a perverse attempt to convince minority voters that conservatives are racists who don’t want them to participate in our democratic republic. As a historical reminder, Jim Crow laws were concocted by Democrats, not Republicans. Moreover, many reform-minded minority politicians actually support voter ID laws!

Solyndra At Sea?

Here we go again. As the Obama Administration does everything it can to prevent the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, it is ordering the Navy to buy so-called “green” biofuels. I say so-called “green” bio-fuels because as Andrew Stiles points out: “A University of Virginia study recently concluded that though such fuels ‘offer a higher level of energy output and require a minimum level of land area to develop, the production of such fuels results in significantly more environmental degradation.'”

And while it would be nice to develop domestic sources of alternative energy, it would be even better if they were economically viable. Currently, the Navy buys jet fuel at $4 a gallon. According to Stiles, the biofuels cost $15 a gallon, “That’s 375 percent more expensive than the standard JP-5 fuel the Navy uses.”

Let me remind you what President Obama’s former National Security Advisor, Gen. Jim Jones, said last week about the failure of this administration to develop a serious energy policy:

“If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart.”

Kudos To Rep. Scott Rigell

A controversy has erupted in the halls of Congress in recent days. Evidently, members have been told that they are not allowed to wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Chanukah” in their official correspondence. Thankfully, several members of Congress are working to overturn this ridiculous ban.

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) produced a short video making fun of the Capitol Hill Scrooges. You can watch it here.

I’m pleased to report that Rep. Rigell was one of the candidates who benefitted from CWF’s million-dollar ad campaign last year. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to run hard-hitting TV ads against the liberal incumbent Democrat, who squeaked in when Barack Obama narrowly carried the district in 2008. With your continued support, we will end the Obama nightmare and help elect more conservatives like Rep. Rigell who will unapologetically fight for our values!

Thank you

All day long messages of condolence have been pouring in to my Inbox in response to the passing of Carol’s brother, Bill Hoke. I can’t thank each of you personally, but I want to express my thanks here. Carol and I are deeply comforted knowing that so many good friends are praying for us and the Hoke family. Thank you.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Will Iowa Matter — Part II?

I asked that question yesterday after new polling data indicated that Ron Paul had taken the lead in the Iowa caucuses. Today Politico takes up the issue. Veteran activists are warning that a Paul victory could be a “mortal” threat to Iowa’s first in the nation status.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad admits that if Paul finishes first, “People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third.” Worse, others fear that Paul will run as a third party candidate if he loses the nomination. He’s done it before. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a stalwart conservative champion, warned, “If we empower somebody who turns around and elects Obama, then that’s a major problem for the caucuses.”

Now It’s Paul’s Turn

Now that he has taken the lead in the Iowa polling, Paul is starting to experience the same kind of scrutiny that has torpedoed previous front-runners. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are making the effort to demonstrate just how far out of the mainstream Paul is on many issues.

For example, the latest edition of The Weekly Standard examines Paul’s relationship with several newsletters published under Paul’s name when he was out of Congress during the late 80s and early 90s.

While Paul has denied writing the articles, they were filled with anti-Semitic and racial bigotry, were written in the first person, contained no bylines and published under such names as “Ron Paul’s Freedom Report” or the “Ron Paul Political Report.” Readers were clearly left with the impression that Paul himself had in written the columns.

Even if you take Paul at his word and grant that he did not write the columns, there is still the issue of his frequent appearances on conspiracy-oriented talk shows, including some with hosts who promote the obscenity that George W. Bush and/or the Israeli Mossad attacked America on 9/11.

Here’s one last point to consider. I’ve noticed that many people, including those on the far-left, are rallying to Paul as the “anti-war candidate.” I could not disagree more.

Paul’s foreign policy would have countless dictators and tyrants salivating as America retreated. Like pacifist appeasers of past generations, Paul’s policies would guarantee a war — and one we would likely lose after he lost all of our allies.

“Hi, I’m From The Government, And I’m Here To Help”

Ronald Reagan once described that phrase as “the ten most dangerous words in the English language.” We got another example of why that is true this morning when AT&T abandoned its plans to buyout T-Mobile.

Barack Obama has made a big deal about expanding broadband access to more Americans. He wants the government to do it with billions of your hard-earned tax dollars. Not surprisingly, it will take years to accomplish too.

The AT&T/T-Mobile deal would have allowed private enterprise to fill much of that gap more quickly. AT&T had pledged to bring thousands of jobs back to America. T-Mobile is struggling to compete and survive. But AT&T pulled the plug on the deal today after facing one government roadblock after another, from the Obama Justice Department to the Federal Communications Commission.

Every administration has a legacy. JFK stared down the Russians during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ronald Reagan helped end the “evil empire.” The epitaph of this administration is still being written, but it could well be known as the most anti-business administration in generations.

The Occupy Wall Street crowd may be happy with Obama’s anti-business record and rhetoric, but they are hurting many working families. For example, as this administration has done its best to restrict domestic energy production, it comes as no surprise that gas prices are setting new record highs and consuming more and more of family budgets.

A Brother Goes Home

On Saturday morning, as Carol and I rose early to a day of last-minute Christmas preparations, we received heart-breaking news. Carol’s only brother, Bill Hoke of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, had suffered a massive heart attack and had gone home to be with the Lord. Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley, and two wonderful daughters, Jennifer and Christine, his mother, Jean Hoke, and another sister, Marian.

We are all heartbroken at the loss of this good man. His passing is a reminder that our time here is fleeting. While we mourn his departure from us, we take comfort knowing that Bill has gone to “Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,” where a place has been prepared for him.

In this busy season, I would be greatly gratified if you would take a few moments to cover Bill’s family and mine in prayer. Thank you.

End Of Day Report

Monday, December 19, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Media Bias

Two items in the news today demonstrate the media’s bias against conservatives and how reporters twist and misrepresent statements to fit their ideological agenda.

Do you know that Newt Gingrich wants to arrest judges? That was the inescapable conclusion from the chatter by the talking heads this morning regarding Gingrich’s appearance on “Face The Nation.”

Gingrich has made reining in rogue judges a centerpiece of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. He said that as president he would ignore court rulings that impede on national security and would ask Congress to subpoena judges to explain outrageous rulings that defy logic and public opinion. When asked how he would enforce such subpoenas if the judges refused to testify, Gingrich said, “…you instruct the Justice Department to send the U.S. Marshal.”

Gingrich was merely answering a process question, but liberals and their media allies went ballistic over that comment, and for obvious reasons. For decades the left has relied on unelected judges to push through the courts key parts of the liberal agenda, like abortion on demand and same-sex “marriage,” that could never pass at the ballot box.

Do you know that House conservatives want to raise taxes on middle class families? That is the spin coming from the media elites after House Republicans rejected the Senate’s two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

Here’s the truth: The House passed a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut last week, which is what President Obama has been asking for. It was the Senate that managed to approve only one-sixth of what the president wanted. Experts are now warning that the two-month extension “could create substantial problems” and “cannot be implemented properly.”

Rather than continue to have this debate every other month for the next year, the House leadership is demanding a better bill that gets it done now so that families can have some certainty in their paychecks next year!

Former Obama Security Advisor: Build The Pipeline!

A major sticking point in the payroll tax cut debate has been President Obama’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to our Gulf Coast refineries. Congressional conservatives attached an amendment to the payroll tax cut demanding the administration make a decision on the pipeline in 60 days, rather than waiting until 2013.

Friday, retired General Jim Jones warned that we can’t wait to build the pipeline and that failing to do so would damage America’s national security. In a conference call with reporters, Gen. Jones said:

“If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart.

“The delay, and possible rejection of this pipeline, could have significant and long-range national security implications for our nation.”
What make Jones’ remarks so striking is that he served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor from 2009 through most of 2010. General Jones clearly gets the strategic importance of this pipeline. Hopefully the president will take the advice of his former advisor and build the pipeline.