End Of Day Report

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 251 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

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Friends, after a brief analysis of the state of the GOP contest, I am reporting on a couple of disturbing issues today. Each one highlights the attack on our values. But, first, I want to encourage you to go to CWFPAC.com right now and help us make the most of our matching gift opportunity.

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Romney Bounces Back

First, I want to give you a brief summary of yesterday’s primaries. Governor Mitt Romney regained his footing last night by easily winning Arizona, and narrowly winning his home state of Michigan (41% to 38%) over Senator Rick Santorum. Here is the delegate count as of now:

  • Romney: 167
  • Santorum: 48
  • Gingrich: 38
  • Paul: 27

All four candidates will stay in the race through “Super Tuesday” on March 6th.

In Michigan, Romney did best among voters who said they were looking for a candidate who can beat Obama, and Santorum did best among strong conservatives and those who said moral character was their most important issue. For the record, both Santorum and Romney are in dead heats when matched against Obama.

Why Hasn’t Romney “Closed The Deal”?

In every primary, Governor Romney has far outspent his competition, but he is still having trouble convincing conservatives to rally to his banner. History teaches us that no matter how electable a candidate appears, if he doesn’t excite the base, he won’t ultimately win (Bush’s reelection in 1992, Dole, McCain). So why have so many strong conservatives supported Santorum and Gingrich, and before that Bachmann, Cain or Perry?

Romney said something yesterday that I think highlights the problem. Asked why conservatives have looked at so many alternatives, he replied:

“It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign that if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusatory and attacking President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. You know, I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support.”
Bingo! The governor wants to avoid saying “outrageous things.” He doesn’t want to be “accusatory” and engage in “attacking” the president. And that is the problem. Romney is worried about “outrageous” rhetoric, but the problem with Obama is his outrageous policies. Those policies are destroying our economic health, undercutting our standing around the world and pushing radical attacks on family, religious liberty and the sanctity of life. Conservatives are desperately looking for a fighter who will unapologetically champion faith, family and freedom!

I begged John McCain to aggressively take on Obama’s radical agenda, including his decades-long relationship with Jeremiah Wright, in the 2008 campaign. He refused because he did not want to sound “outrageous.” It may have cost him the election.

Whoever gets the GOP nomination will be savaged by Obama and the Axelrod political kill machine. Our eventual nominee may want to “play nice.” But if he does, he will be yet another failed GOP presidential candidate, and our country will suffer the consequences of four more years of Obama’s extreme agenda.

Pelosi’s Priorities

This week Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) convened her own “hearing” on Obama’s contraception mandate. Unlike the official hearing held by House Republicans, Pelosi’s hearing was not about religious liberty, but about why taxpayer’s should be forced to pick up the tab for promiscuous college students.

Sandra Fluke, a “reproductive rights activist” and a student at Georgetown Law School (a Catholic institution) was there to explain the burden students are enduring paying for their own contraception. It’s Leap Day, not April Fool’s Day. I am not making this up, folks. Here is part of Fluke’s testimony:

“Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown’s insurance does not cover contraception). Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during [three years of] law school. … Just last week, a married female student told me that she had to stop using contraception because she and her husband just couldn’t fit it into their budget anymore.”
So now she is claiming a “right” to free contraception paid for by you, churches and insurance companies. One conservative columnist checked with a local drug store and discovered that it sells condoms for a dollar. He writes: “That $3,000 would buy her 3,000 condoms — or, 1,000 a year. …Assuming it’s not a leap year, that’s 1,000 divided by 365 — or having sex 2.74 times a day, every day, for three straight years.”

The Weekly Standard reports that a Washington, D.C., Target pharmacy sells generic birth control pills for $9.00 a month. That would be $324 over three years. According to a Target employee, “That’s the price without insurance.”  And yet another conservative journalist noted, “There are three federally funded Planned Parenthood clinics in Washington, D.C., — none being more than 3.2 miles from the Georgetown Law School,” where contraceptives are often free.

If this is the best case Obama and Pelosi can make for forcing religious institutions to violate their core values, I think we can win that debate — IF we are willing to fight it. And what does it say about our culture today when a young female student at a Catholic institution can without any shame whatsoever suggest that she is entitled to contraception at taxpayer expense?

My friends, this is a perfect example of Pelosi’s priorities, why Barack Obama must be defeated and why ObamaCare must be repealed by a conservative Congress.

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Talking Points

Periodically, we are going to provide you with short, pithy one-liners to use as talking points with friends or family members who may be on the fence about the election. Given Pelosi’s hearing and Obama’s plans to cut healthcare benefits for our active duty and retired military personnel, here is our first talking point:

“Barack Obama is trying to cut healthcare benefits for our soldiers while he is trying to force the Catholic Church and other religious institutions to provide free contraceptives to college students.”

Resign, Hillary!

Hillary Clinton was addressing a town hall meeting with students in Tunisia last weekend. During the question and answer session, she was confronted by the anti-Semitism that is so prevalent in much of the Middle East. Sadly, she failed to repudiate it. Here is a transcript of the session provided by the State Department:

“QUESTION: My name is Ivan. After the electoral campaign starts in the United States … we noticed here in Tunisia that most of the candidates from the both sides run towards the Zionist lobbies to get their support in the States. And afterwards, once they are elected, they come to show their support for countries like Tunisia and Egypt for a common Tunisian or a common Arab citizen. How would you reassure and gain his trust once again given the fact that you are supporting his enemy as well at the same time?”
Clinton had a golden opportunity to, first, denounce the obvious anti-Semitism in the question, second, reiterate America’s strong support for Israel and, third, reassure Ivan that Israel is not automatically the enemy of the “common Arab citizen.” She did no such thing. Unbelievably, she reinforced his bigotry! Here is her stunning response:

“SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, let me say … that a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention. There are comments made that certainly don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy… I mean, if you go to the United States, you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim Americans everywhere. That’s the fact. So I would not pay attention to the rhetoric.

“Secondly, I would say watch what President Obama says and does. He’s our President. He represents all of the United States, and he will be reelected President, so I think that that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our President believes. So I think it’s a fair question because I know that — I sometimes am a little surprised that people around the world pay more attention to what is said in our political campaigns than most Americans… So I think you have to shut out some of the rhetoric and just focus on what we’re doing and what we stand for, and particularly what our President represents.”
Excuse me? Is Clinton implying that mosques and Muslims “everywhere” in America somehow represents our foreign policy? Is she suggesting that the strong pro-Israel comments regularly made by Republicans and even on occasion by Barack Obama are just “rhetoric” that should be “shut out”? It would seem so. Hillary Clinton should step down immediately as Secretary of State.

But, while I vehemently disagree with Clinton that Obama will be reelected, I do agree that we should pay more attention to what he actually does. I think Obama’s has repeatedly sent “a very clear signal” that he is in fact the most anti-Israel president to ever sit in the Oval Office!

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 252 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

“Five Years From Now When I’m Not President Anymore”

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Courting Reagan Democrats

Supporters of Mitt Romney are upset with Rick Santorum for reaching out to Democrats in advance of today’s open primary in Michigan. That seems bizarre because Governor Romney’s supporters were quick to tout his “electability” by pointing to the large crossover vote he won in other open primary states, including New Hampshire.

Have we forgotten about the Reagan Democrats, or the 40% of union households that vote Republican? These folks make up a significant percentage of the vote in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and, yes, Michigan. Santorum has every right to court their votes now because we will need them in November to win!

And unlike Ron Paul, who appeals to Democrats by being more liberal than Obama on foreign policy and military issues, Santorum’s conservative values are well-established. Moreover, if the Republican nominee is going to have any chance of beating Obama in Mid-West or Rust Belt states, values issues will have to be featured prominently.

And contrary to all the claims of electability, Mitt Romney continues to have problems with conservative AND independent voters. According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, Romney’s support among “very conservative” Americans is “down 16 percentage points over the past two weeks.” The Post also reports, “Political independents split about evenly on the president and Santorum alike… Romney remains underwater among independents.”

Obama Demands Our Heroes Sacrifice More

Veteran military affairs reporter Bill Gertz broke a story yesterday that has Washington buzzing. According to Gertz’s report, Obama’s latest budget proposes massive cuts to the military, including medical care for our soldiers, sailors and airmen. Consider this excerpt:

“Under the new plan, the Pentagon would get the bulk of its savings by targeting under-65 and Medicare-eligible military retirees through a tiered increase in annual Tricare premiums that will be based on yearly retirement pay.

“Significantly, the plan calls for increases between 30 percent to 78 percent in Tricare annual premiums for the first year. After that, the plan will impose five-year increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent—more than 3 times current levels.

“According to congressional assessments, a retired Army colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048.”
The proposal has touched off a firestorm inside the Pentagon and among veterans’ advocacy groups, who blasted the Obama plan as a “breach of faith.” There are no such benefit cuts planned for federal workers or the Pentagon’s civilian workforce. Only retired and active military personnel are being asked to take this hit.

Moreover, just like Obama wants to raises taxes as a matter of “fairness,” the plan’s tiered system means-tests military benefits, treating them much like welfare benefits. One congressional aide interviewed for the story said, “It doesn’t matter what the benefit is … under the rationale that if you raise your hand and sign up to serve, you earn a base set of benefits, and it should have nothing to do with your rank when you served, and how much you’re making when you retire.”

Some on Capitol Hill suggested the plan was drafted with the intention of forcing retired members of the military out of Tricare and into ObamaCare and its nightmare of regulations and bureaucracy. “When they talked to us, they did mention the option of healthcare exchanges under Obamacare. So it’s in their mind,” another aide said.

It wasn’t that long ago that Obama and the Democrats were up in arms and in the streets after the governor of Wisconsin asked state employees to contribute more to their health care and pensions. Now Obama is trying to take another pound of flesh from our hero vets. Instead of apologizing to the jihadists in Afghanistan, Obama should be apologizing to our men and women in uniform who have already sacrificed so much!

A Sleeping Giant Awakened

Democrats think they have found their “wedge issue” in the recent controversy over “free” contraception, but I believe Obama has awakened a sleeping giant — America’s vast silent majority of men and women of faith. More Catholic leaders are speaking out against Obama’s HHS order forcing them to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, and in very stark terms.

In case there is still any confusion out there about exactly what Obama is attempting to do with his latest big government mandate, consider the parable of the Kosher deli. It’s not in the Bible, but it was part of Bishop William Lori’s testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee earlier this month. Read more here.

In a powerful Lenten message, Francis Cardinal George of Chicago warns that Obama is forcing the Catholic Church to “give up her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” In his letter, the Cardinal wrote:

“What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A Catholic institution, so far as I can see right now, will have one of four choices: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the church will not be permitted to have an institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for insurance policies that cover abortifacient drugs, artificial contraception and sterilization. This is not economically sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a non-Catholic group or to a local government. 4) Close down. …

“Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship — no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long cold war to defeat that vision of society. …

“The state is making itself into a church. The bishops didn’t begin this dismaying conflict nor choose its timing. We would love to have it ended as quickly as possible. It’s up to the government to stop the attack.”
Cardinal George closed his message by urging Catholics and others of good will to work and pray that the church and society would be delivered from the “involuntary penance” and “suffering” that is being imposed upon them now. You can read the cardinal’s message here.

End Of Day Report

Monday, February 27, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 253 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Smearing Santorum

Big media continue to distort virtually everything Senator Rick Santorum says. In the latest examples, the media are horrified that Santorum takes issue with John Kennedy’s Catholicism speech, and they are trying to convince you that Santorum doesn’t want your kids to go to college. Now let me set the record straight.

It’s not surprising that Kennedy’s speech is hailed by the media as the standard for religious tolerance in America. In the speech, Kennedy says, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” Kennedy went on to make it clear that his faith would be strictly private and have no bearing whatsoever on his policies or actions as president. Kennedy gave this speech, swearing his allegiance to secularism, largely in response to anti-Catholic bigotry and misguided fears that the pope would be running America.

Of course, the left would prefer an America where faith doesn’t matter, where Obama’s understanding of the Gospel prevails over Franklin Graham’s, where Nancy Pelosi’s Catholicism prevails over Rick Santorum’s. But the morning headlines of yet another school shooting speak volumes about America’s growing virtue deficit. The left does not understand that most Americans do not “cling” to their faith out of bitterness, as Obama once suggested; rather they celebrate their faith because it defines who we are.

On the college flap, Santorum said, “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” Santorum was making two points, both of which the media conveniently ignored.

First, in a nation that builds things there should be millions of jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. For many young people, a two-year degree at a community college or vocational school should be fine. Sadly, we can’t keep many kids in high school, and too many high school graduates can’t read or write above the 7th grade level.

But I think what really drove the talking heads nuts was when Santorum said that too many of our university faculties are dedicated to creating new liberals. As Santorum said, “There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test who aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”

Obama Down Again

After weeks of fawning media coverage about the improving economy, Obama’s approval rating is falling once again. In today’s Rasmussen poll, Obama is down to 45% — a four-week low. Fifty-three percent of likely voters disapprove of Obama’s job performance. In other polling, three of the GOP contenders are statistically tied in match-ups against Obama.

I continue hearing from folks who think Senator Santorum is “too conservative” to win. But a recent Rasmussen poll found that Santorum is running eight points better among independent voters than Mitt Romney in four “must win” states. Against Obama, Santorum wins these voters by five points, whereas Romney loses them by three.

Don’t fall for the media’s spin. Campaigns will ebb and flow. This election will be brutal, but Obama is not guaranteed to win it. His policies and his apologizing are deeply unpopular. (See next items.) We can win. We must win!

The Apologizing Continues

USA Today reports that a top Pentagon official went to Sterling, Virginia, Friday to address the Koran burning controversy in Afghanistan. I suspect many of you are asking, “What does Sterling, Virginia, have to do with events in Afghanistan?”

As it turns out, Sterling is home to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS Center, which hosts one of the largest mosques in the country. And Peter Lavoy, the acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, was there to apologize for the burning of Korans at Bagram Air Force Base.

Lavoy told the audience, “I come here today to apologize on behalf of the Department of Defense for the incident that took place in Afghanistan this week.” Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the ADAMS Center mosque and president of the Islamic Society of North America, said, “It was very satisfying … to hear an apology three times in one speech.”

So now we have to apologize to Muslims in Sterling, Virginia, too? On Fox News Friday, Charles Krauthammer unleashed a rhetorical broadside against the administration:

“We have gone from apology here to abject self-debasement and groveling. And groveling to whom? To the mob. We should have had a single apology coming from the commander on the ground and that’s it. … And have we heard a word from any Islamic leader anywhere about the radical Muslims in Nigeria who are not only burning the churches, but are burning women and children who are Christians in the churches?
On CNN today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) insisted that the Republican presidential candidates were “at war with Islam” because they were critical of Obama’s apology. The president, meanwhile, was being responsible and “showing leadership,” trying to defuse a delicate situation when “lives are at stake.”

But it was Senator Durbin who once accused U.S. troops of behaving like Nazis and who compared GITMO to a “gulag.” Durbin was awfully worried about the jihadists at GITMO, but where was Durbin’s concern for the lives of U.S. troops then?

And what about the argument that Obama is being a responsible leader, trying to calm the situation? The rioting continues, and nine more people were killed over the weekend. As Krauthammer explained, Obama’s apology was interpreted as weakness:
“I’m not sure the argument that … you have to do it to protect our soldiers, is correct. The fact is that after the president apologized and after we have been on our knees groveling there was an increase in the violence. I mean, it isn’t as if it has any effect whatsoever. It whets the appetite. People love to see America on its knees. …

“The reason we’re apologizing is not because of politeness or showing respect. A single apology would have done that. It’s the fear of violence. People don’t object if Mormons are mocked on Broadway, if Christian crucifixes are put in bottles of urine and displayed in a museum because the violence isn’t a factor. People are afraid. You do a cartoon of Muhammad and you get beheaded or shot. It’s a matter of fear. It’s not respect. …all of this stuff is cravenous.”

ObamaCare, Tax Hikes Unpopular

According to a new Gallup poll, just 20% of Americans believe the individual mandate in ObamaCare is constitutional, while 72% believe it is unconstitutional. Even 56% of Democrats believe the mandate is unconstitutional! And only 38% of voters in 12 “swing states” think ObamaCare is a “good thing” for the country, while 53% believe it is a “bad thing.” This was the issue that Obama spent the first two years of his presidency trying to ram down our throats while the economy cratered.

(By the way, in this Gallup poll, Santorum beats Obama by five points in the swing states, whereas Romney beats Obama by only two.)

And what is Obama’s big idea on the economy? Raise taxes. Democrats think they have a winning formula in making “millionaires and billionaires” pay their fair share. But what do most Americans think that “fair share” should be? About 30% — lower than the top tax rate that the wealthy already pays and much lower than it would be if Obama got his way. According to an analysis of the poll, “Only 4 percent thought it was appropriate to take 40 percent [in taxes], which is approximately the level that President Obama is seeking from January 2013 onward.”

End Of Day Report

Friday, February 24, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 256 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Santorum Defies Conventional Wisdom

The talking heads and party hacks keep insisting that Rick Santorum is only hurting himself when he talks about his pro-life values. They are wrong! Consider this from the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll:

“The Post/ABC poll, conducted on the heels of a week of scrutiny of Santorum’s conservative views on a variety of women’s health issues, shows that his popularity among GOP women has moved up 13 points since January, with the biggest bump in the past week, so that 57 percent hold a favorable view. … Romney has higher negative ratings among GOP women than Santorum does – 28 percent to 18 percent – and those negative ratings of Romney have grown over time.”

Obama Grovels To Our Enemies Again

Barack Obama began his presidency by launching a world-wide apology tour, and he’s still at it. Radical Islamists rioted in Afghanistan this week when word spread that U.S. troops at Bagram Air Force base had burned Korans. The Korans were disposed of after being confiscated from prisoners who were using them to spread jihadist messages.

Al Qaeda and the Taliban are stoking the violence, urging Afghans to attack and kill westerners in revenge for “insulting the Holy Koran.” So far, nearly two dozen people have been killed, including two U.S. soldiers. They were gunned down by a member of the Afghan Army who acted on the Taliban’s advice to local security forces to “turn their guns on the foreign infidel invaders.”

Faced with such savagery, Barack Obama did what comes naturally to him — he apologized. In a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama expressed his “deep regret,” extended his “sincere apologies” and promised to hold “accountable those responsible” — referring not to the rioters and murderers but to the soldiers who burned the Korans. Adding insult to injury, this letter was delivered to Karzai on the same day our two soldiers were killed.

I don’t recall Obama apologizing to the Christians whose churches were firebombed by the radical Islamists in the new Egypt he helped to create. Where was Obama’s apology for the Bibles that were burned in Afghanistan?

It is the Afghan government that should be apologizing to us for the mobs in the streets who are so filled with hate and ignorance! These riots and the deaths that have resulted are further evidence that radical Islam has a problem with violence. Of course, Israelis know this all too well. But too many in the West simply cannot fathom it, and our own leaders are to blame.

In the wake of 9/11 and the bombings in London, Madrid, Bali and Beslan, too many politicians rushed to tell us that terrorism had nothing to do with Islam. That is utter nonsense, akin to saying that World War II had nothing to do with fascism or Nazism. It has everything to do with Islam, and the terrorists admit it when they scream “Allahu Akbar” before blowing themselves up!

Obama Has Gas Worries

Among the biggest threats to the family budget right now are skyrocketing energy prices, and the White House is clearly worried. Yesterday, Obama flew to the key swing state of Florida, where motorists are feeling the pinch of some of the highest gas prices in the country.

And what hope did the president give to struggling families? Virtually none. In fact, Obama actually mocked the idea of drilling for more oil. He told the audience, “Anybody who tells you that we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth.”

The American people aren’t stupid, and I suspect they know who isn’t telling them the truth. They know that the gas they put in their cars comes from oil, and they know that oil comes from drilling. Yes, it really is that simple. And this White House has been the most hostile administration in history to our domestic energy industry.

Yet more and more experts believe that U.S. energy independence is possible in the next ten years if — and it is a big if — Obama and his radical environmentalist allies aren’t calling the shots.

Unfortunately, Obama thinks we are stupid. He’s made this statement before, but he repeated it again yesterday:
“In 2010, our dependence on foreign oil was under 50 percent for the first time in over a decade.  We were less reliant on foreign oil than we had been.  In 2011, the United States relied less on foreign oil than in any of the last 16 years.  That’s the good news.”
Not really. We are using less foreign oil mainly because Obama’s economy stinks. And that is not good news — unless your real goal is to boost dependency in order to grow the government and justify a “fundamental transformation” of America into a socialist welfare state. But I digress…

Obama did offer one solution: He wants to double down on bad bets like Solyndra and algae. Yes, algae. So, Obama wants to raise taxes on oil companies in order to invest in algae. Did anyone drive to work today in their algae-powered car? We’ve had the failed stimulus bill, ObamaCare and yet another budget with a trillion-dollar deficit. Is it too much to ask that one of Obama’s policies be grounded in reality?

My friends, I could go on for pages, but I won’t. For more on this critically important issue, click here, here and here.

You are going to be bombarded with a lot of misinformation in the next 256 days. Don’t fall for it. Don’t let your friends and family members fall for it either. The stakes are too high.

Obama can be beaten. Voters want ObamaCare repealed and they want spending cut. They know we can’t afford another four years of Barack Obama!

The Democrats’ Radical Agenda

If you need more evidence of the Democrats’ radical agenda, consider the issue of same-sex “marriage.” In recent days, three Democrat-dominated state legislatures — Maryland, New Jersey and Washington State — have approved laws allowing men to “marry” other men.

In New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill and offered to put it on the ballot so the people could decide. No doubt fearful that the issue might backfire on them at the ballot box, Democrat leaders refused. Meanwhile, pro-family groups are working to organize ballot challenges to the laws in Maryland and Washington State.

While some Republicans may want a “truce” on values issues, it is clear that the Democrats intend to fight and win the culture war. Conservatives need to fight back! There are bigger issues at stake, including religious liberty.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, February 23, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 257 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

20th Debate

Last night’s debate in Arizona was the 20th time the GOP candidates have faced off. It was the last debate before Super Tuesday and could be the final debate of the primary. (I would not be at all surprised if an NPR-sponsored forum in Oregon next month is cancelled.)

It was also the first debate in which my candidate, Senator Rick Santorum, was in the front-runner position based on national polls. According to the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls, Santorum leads Mitt Romney 34% to 28%, followed by Gingrich at 14% and Paul at 12%.

Bizarre Moments

Last night, Santorum and Romney clashed repeatedly, resulting in some really bizarre moments. At one point, Governor Romney tried to blame Rick Santorum for ObamaCare!

Clearly stung by the comparisons between RomneyCare and ObamaCare, the Romney camp searched hard to find some way to deflect the attack. Here’s what they came up with: Romney blamed Santorum for backing Arlen Specter in 2004. Five years later, Specter switched parties and ended up being a vote for ObamaCare. Thus, it’s Santorum’s fault. This was a huge stretch, and I’m not sure most viewers could follow that thought.

Another bizarre moment came when Congressman Ron Paul accused Santorum of being insufficiently pro-life. Excuse me? Santorum voted for major appropriations bills that included money for Planned Parenthood, therefore, according to Paul, Santorum supports Planned Parenthood. Right? Not exactly.

Rick Santorum has repeatedly fought Planned Parenthood funding. He voted for the larger bills only after the smaller fights over that specific issue were done. He has made it clear from day one of his campaign that as president he would defund Planned Parenthood.

Paul plays this game in reverse when it comes to earmarks. He routinely asks for earmarks, but then votes against the final bill knowing full well it will pass and he will still get his earmark. This way he can claim to be a champion against wasteful spending while never technically voting for the earmark he asked for!

But let’s take an even deeper look at this. Who is being attacked right now by the media, Planned Parenthood and all the other pro-abortion groups? It’s not Ron Paul. It’s Rick Santorum, who has been savaged for the past two weeks for being too pro-life. And what is Ron Paul’s record? His libertarian philosophy leads him to routinely vote against pro-life legislation. For example:

  • Paul voted against the Child Custody Protect Act and similar legislation three times. These bills were intended to strengthen local parental notification laws by making it illegal to take a minor girl across state lines to get an abortion in violation of her home state’s parental notification laws.
  • Three times Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which would make it a separate crime to injure or kill an unborn child in any assault against a pregnant woman.
  • Paul twice voted against the Human Cloning Prohibition Act.
  • While not pro-life issues, Paul has also opposed school choice legislation, border security legislation and twice voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment.

My point is simply this: Conservatives supporting Ron Paul should understand that he is not a conservative. He is, first and foremost, a libertarian. Paul ran as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 1988 and libertarianism remains his philosophical worldview today.

A Paul/Romney Alliance?

Conservative insiders in recent weeks have started to speculate about a trend in the campaign. Every time somebody emerged to challenge Romney, Ron Paul did his best to slice and dice them. First it was Michele Bachmann who found herself caught in Paul’s crosshairs. Then it was Rick Perry. Then it was Newt Gingrich. Now it is Rick Santorum. Today, Rush Limbaugh said that there was something fishy going on.

It’s hard to find any negative words from Ron Paul regarding Mitt Romney. When asked to describe his fellow Republicans on the Jay Leno show several months ago, Paul slandered Michele Bachmann by saying she “hates Muslims” and he attacked Santorum saying he disliked gays and Muslims.

This “alliance” has not been lost on the media. NBC’s political director Chuck Todd asked yesterday: “Just what has Romney promised Ron Paul?”

There are whispers that Ron Paul is trying to pave the way for his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who shares many of his father’s views, to be Romney’s running mate, perhaps in exchange for not running as a third party candidate in November. Asked recently about running with Romney, Rand Paul said he would be “honored to be considered.”

On his show today, Limbaugh also blasted Paul’s “irresponsible” approach to foreign policy. In last night’s debate, Paul defended the mullahs’ pursuit of nuclear weapons because we were somehow threatening them! If Romney wins the nomination and selects either Paul as a running mate, I believe this could be an impossible sell because it will compromise virtually everything Romney has said about Obama’s weak foreign policy.

Newt’s Moment

As has often been the case during these debates, Newt Gingrich provided the most memorable moment. When CNN’s John King raised the issue of contraception, Gingrich set the record straight as to why contraception has become an issue (Obama’s overreach) and then blasted the media for never raising questions about Obama’s extreme record of supporting infanticide. Watch it here.

Whoever wins the GOP nomination (assuming it’s not Gingrich) should watch these debate tapes and learn from Newt’s ability to disarm the liberal media by refocusing the debate where it belongs.

Take Away

Here is my bottom line: As I have said from the beginning, all the candidates have flaws and downsides. Ultimately, I don’t think last night’s debate will have much impact on the race.

But when I look at this field in search of the candidate who ably represents all three legs of the conservative Reagan coalition, who has the ability to connect with the millions of Reagan Democrats, many of whom are working class people, and has consistently lived out the values that matter to values voters — hands down Rick Santorum is the one who stands out.

Obama Sings While America Sinks

My poor shoes got another workout last night. Not on the treadmill, but flying across the living room. I threw them at the TV again as the nightly news put another pro-Obama ad disguised as news in their evening broadcast. This time it was Obama crooning at a White House party. A few weeks ago, we saw him belting out Al Green tunes at a New York fundraiser.

Meanwhile, you’re on your way to paying $4.00 or $5.00 dollars a gallon for gas. Long-term unemployment is the worst it has been since the Great Depression. Iran is marching toward nuclear weapons while promising another Holocaust. And we are marching toward the abyss of bankruptcy. But don’t worry — Obama is having a blast, partying with the likes of Mick Jagger and B.B. King.

Now just imagine for a moment how the media would have reacted if George W. Bush had been throwing regular parties in the White House in which he belted out country music songs. Do you think there would have “heart-warming” scenes of President Bush signing on the nightly news? Not on your life!

If Bush had been caught signing at such lavish events, you would have heard endless commentary by the talking heads about how tone deaf he was or how out of touch he was. I can hear it now: “Doesn’t the president know there are still caskets coming home from Afghanistan? Doesn’t he realize how hard it is for folks on Main Street? John Smith facing foreclosure because of Bush’s bad economy doesn’t have anything to sign about tonight!”

The media’s double standard is disgusting, and to most conservatives it is obvious. But for many of our friends and relatives, who may not follow the issues as closely, it is not. Please share these reports with them. Help them see through the spin and bring them to our side. Working together we can take America back!

End Of Day Report


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 258 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Tune In Tonight

Tune in to CNN tonight to watch the final Republican presidential debate before next week’s key Arizona and Michigan primaries, as well as Super Tuesday on March 6th.

There is a lot at stake in tonight’s debate. Can Rick Santorum keep his momentum surging with a strong performance? Can Mitt Romney reinforce his front-runner status? Or will Newt Gingrich regain his footing and once again become a serious force in the primary?

I am rooting for Senator Santorum, who I have endorsed and who is currently being savaged by the Obama campaign and its media allies. Quite frankly, I think Santorum scares the left in America because they know he can bring working class voters to the conservative banner and defeat Obama in November.

Tune in tonight at 8:00 PM ET.

Adelson Doubles Down

For the moment the race appears to be a two-man contest between Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Mitt Romney. In the national polls, Santorum leads Romney 34% to 28%, while Speaker Gingrich and Congressman Paul are at 14% and 12% respectively. The results are similar in Arizona and Michigan too, where Santorum and Romney are polling significantly better than Gingrich or Paul.

But Newt Gingrich isn’t likely to drop out anytime soon. In fact, his campaign has just purchased 30-minute blocks of airtime in upcoming primary states featuring a speech on energy independence. That’s a big bet for someone running so far down in the polls. But Newt has an ace up his sleeve: Sheldon Adelson.

The wealthy casino magnate has been bankrolling a pro-Gingrich “super PAC” to the tune of $10 million already. Adelson says, “I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.” That’s small change for Adelson, who is worth an estimated $25 billion. As long as Adelson keeps his checkbook open, Newt will likely keep running.

Let me say this in Adelson’s defense: Reasonable conservatives can and do disagree about which candidate would be the best person to nominate. But we all agree that Obama must go. In a recent interview with Forbes, Adelson explained why he is so willing to put his money on the line:
“What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economy we’ve been experiencing for almost four years. … the redistribution of wealth is the path to more socialism, and to more of the government controlling people’s lives. …

“I see that the things that made this country great are now being relegated into duplicating that which is making other countries less great. … I’m afraid of the trend where more and more people have the tendency to want to be given instead of wanting to give. People are less willing to share. There are fewer philanthropists being grown and there are greater expectations of the government. I believe that people will come to their senses and not extend the current Administration’s quest to socialize this country. It won’t be a socialist democracy because it won’t be a democracy.”
If you need an example of what Adelson is talking about and why it is so important that we take back the White House and the Senate this November, click here to see yet another top Obama adviser making the absurd argument that unemployment benefits stimulate the economy. America can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama!

“The Power To Tax Is The Power To Destroy”

It is a well-regarded economic principle that if you want more of something you subsidize it to promote it, and if you want less of something you tax it to penalize it. Today’s Wall Street Journal has crunched the numbers on Obama’s latest budget and it seems that Obama’s tax increases, particularly on dividends, are intended to destroy wealth creation in America. Consider this excerpt from the Journal’s editorial:
“Mr. Obama is proposing to raise the dividend tax rate to the higher personal income tax rate of 39.6% that will kick in next year. Add in the planned phase-out of deductions and exemptions, and the rate hits 41%. Then add the 3.8% investment tax surcharge in ObamaCare, and the new dividend tax rate in 2013 would be 44.8% — nearly three times today’s 15% rate.

“Keep in mind that dividends are paid to shareholders only after the corporation pays taxes on its profits. So assuming a maximum 35% corporate tax rate and a 44.8% dividend tax, the total tax on corporate earnings passed through as dividends would be 64.1%.”
We’ve been down this road before. Higher capital gains and dividend taxes yield lower revenues because they discourage and punish investment. Lower tax rates yield greater revenues because they encourage investment. It is playing out right now in England, where a higher tax on the “rich” has generated far less revenue than anticipated.

It’s not a complicated concept to grasp — unless you are a committed socialist who ignores sound economic policy in favor of abstract concepts like “fairness” or “spreading the wealth around.” (Who could that be?)

But even worse, this massive new tax hike would disproportionally impact seniors and retirees, many of whom live off of investment income. And because interest rates are so low right now, many have been forced to invest in dividend-paying stocks. According to IRS data “Almost three of four dividend payments go to those over the age of 55, and more than half go to those older than 65.”

As the Journal concludes, Obama’s wealth-destroying, job-killing policies to soak the rich “will drench almost all American families.” Obama’s socialism will destroy this country, just as similar policies have brought Greece and much of Europe to the brink of bankruptcy and worse.

Will Supreme Court Punt On ObamaCare?

Our friends at FreedomWorks reported this morning about a disturbing development that could lead the Supreme Court to delay a final decision on ObamaCare until 2016. Yes, you read that right.

It is just speculation at this point, but the justices have increased the amount of time they have allotted for oral arguments, specifically on whether the mandate is a tax. (You may recall that I addressed this issue in last Wednesday’s report.)

Now here’s the concern: “First enacted in 1867, the Tax Anti-Injunction Act sweepingly forbids any court from hearing any case in which any person attempts to prevent the assessment or collection of a tax. Once the tax has been assessed and collected, however, a court may hear a case on it. …The first time the IRS can levy the mandate penalty/tax won’t be until folks file their tax returns, in mid-April 2015. The slow judicial process will likely delay a final Supreme Court ruling until mid-2016.”

We will keep you posted.

End of Day Report

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 259 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Santorum Under Siege

Senator Rick Santorum has been under siege by the mainstream media for several days now over comments he allegedly made about Barack Obama’s “faith.” Just to be clear, Santorum wasn’t talking about Obama’s faith, but his environmental policies, which are being dictated by the radical environmentalist movement. The “phony theology” Santorum was referring to was the left’s extreme environmental views, not Obama’s faith.

The left-wing blogs and talking heads went ballistic. Headlines like this one soon appeared: “Santorum: Obama Believes In ‘Phony Theology’ Not Based On Bible.” The spin was the same in every story — Rick Santorum is an extremist for daring to question Barack Obama’s faith. The media’s hyperventilating speaks volumes about the left’s ignorance and ulterior motives.

The liberal media couldn’t make the connection between the radical environmental movement and the zealotry with which it pursues its agenda and a “phony theology.” Moreover, the media are determined to portray Santorum as an extremist, fixated on religion and social issues. So even when he is talking about manufacturing and the need to develop our own energy resources, the media hear conspiratorial attacks on Obama’s faith.

Senator Santorum is not backing down. In explaining the controversy, he told Sean Hannity:

“I am not going to question … what the president believes in when it comes to his faith. But I am going to question what he is doing in this country, to drive up the cost of energy. …I’m out there on the campaign trail talking about energy, I’m out there on the campaign talking about manufacturing jobs, I’m talking about cutting the corporate tax for all businesses. And of course, you know, they want to talk about the issues [that] fit their narrative.”
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Barack Obama went to the National Prayer Breakfast and turned the Bible into the IRS and Jesus into a tax collector. He said his plans to raise taxes were not only good economic policy, but were also supported by his Christian faith. The implied message was that if you disagreed with Obama’s socialism you were a bad Christian.

A few on the right raised their eyebrows, but where were all the liberal talking heads then? Why were there no headlines like this: “Obama: Supply-Siders Believe In ‘Phony Theology’ Not Based On Christianity”? Or this: “Obama: Tax Hikes Make Me Better Christian”?

Unfortunately, our side did not make enough noise about this issue. Every Republican office holder should have issued statements demanding an apology for Obama’s abuse of Scripture to promote his socialist agenda. Pastors should have spoken up forcefully. And given Obama’s assault on religious liberty that has followed, let’s hope our shepherds find their voices in the days and weeks ahead.

Marginalizing Christians

I think the evidence is clear that there is a pattern here to marginalize Rick Santorum. It kicked into high gear during last month’s Republican presidential debate when George Stephanopoulos made birth control the number one issue. With sky-high unemployment, record deficits and Iran building nuclear weapons, it seemed odd that contraception was at the top of George’s list. But in hindsight it is obvious what is going on.

Last week, the media jumped all over a joke by Foster Friess, the biggest contributor to a pro-Santorum super PAC. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Friess if he was concerned about Santorum’s electability given some of his comments on social issues. (Again, note the not-so-subtle hint from the media — “Santorum is unelectable because he is an extremist.”)

Friess then joked about the contraception debate, saying, “In my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” Friess’ joke about chastity and abstinence was a perfectly valid message, and one that millions of Christian parents try to instill in their children.

But Mitchell was at a loss for words. She responded, “Excuse me. I’m just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly. Let’s change the subject…” Others in the media ran wild with the story, making a caricature out of Friess as a kook who really meant women could take aspirin for birth control.

Remember, friends, these are the same media elites who repeatedly referred to Tea Party activists as “tea baggers.” This is an extremely vulgar reference to a sexual practice that I won’t describe here. But it was their little inside joke, and they were all too happy to share it amongst themselves and with all the other leftists who despise conservatives.

Now we’re supposed to believe that they didn’t understand a joke about an aspirin between the knees, just like they couldn’t connect the dots between Obama’s radical environmental policies and a “phony theology.” Give me a break!

Paul: Social Conservatism A “Loser”

For all those Ron Paul supporters who still think he is the only candidate Christian conservatives should support, think again. On CNN this weekend, Paul said that social issues were “a losing position” for Republicans.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Republican Party is built on Ronald Reagan’s three-legged stool of economic conservatives, defense conservatives and social conservatives. Knock out one of those legs and the party falls apart. Paul is trying to knock out two of the three legs of Reagan’s winning coalition! Ron Paul is a libertarian. He is no Reagan conservative.

Don’t Be Discouraged

In Friday’s report I warned against big media’s non-stop effort to discourage conservative voters by convincing them that Obama’s reelection is a foregone conclusion. Whether it’s the improving economy or GOP infighting, Obama has a lock on reelection — or so their story goes. I have to confess that I was even starting to worry.

For example, Iowa is one of roughly a dozen swing states that will likely decide the outcome of the 2012 contest. Iowa voted for Bush in 2004, but Obama won it by 10 points in 2008. I was concerned that all the negative ads run by the GOP candidates bashing one another in the days before the Iowa caucuses might have put the Hawkeye State out of contention for us. So far that is not the case.

A new Des Moines Register poll indicates that Obama would lose the state to three of the four GOP candidates. It is encouraging to see that the negative campaign has not buried all of our candidates in this key state.

That said, it is worth taking polls at this stage of the campaign with a grain of salt, or perhaps the whole shaker. Polls are snapshots in time and can be useful for predicting what might happen tomorrow or a few days from now. But it is pointless to try to predict the November results now, which is exactly what the media are trying to do.

Eight years ago this month John Kerry led George W. Bush by 12 points. Even former North Carolina Senator John Edwards led Bush by 10 points. In January 1980, Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan by 30 points. Don’t give up!