End Of Day Report

Thursday, May 31, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 159 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Trouble For Obama

The latest data on the economy must have the Obama White House reaching for the Maalox. For example:

  • The ADP jobs report showed just 133,000 jobs were created, below the expected number, 150,000.

  • First quarter GDP was revised down from 2.2% to 1.9%, meaning the economy was growing at a slower pace in the first three months of the year than was originally thought.

  • While economists were predicting no change in weekly jobless claims, they actually jumped 13,000 from last week’s figures, to 383,000. But as we and others have noted, these government figures are increasingly suspect.

  • The housing market continues to remain weak as foreclosures accounted for more than a quarter of sales in the first quarter of the year. While it is good that these homes are selling, the large number of foreclosures means that home values remain depressed.

  • And earlier this week, it was reported that the consumer confidence index fell to 64.9 when economists had expected an uptick to 70. A reading of 90 or higher indicates a strong economy. But as Investor’s Business Daily commented, “Throughout Obama’s ‘recovery,’ the index has averaged 57.”


Clearly, the voters have lost hope in Obama’s change. None of this is good news for the president’s reelection prospects. Unable to campaign on a record of accomplishment, Obama will have little choice but to run the most negative, slash-and-burn campaign in history.

The Real War On Women

In response to the Democrats’ overheated rhetoric about the so-called “Republican war on women,” House Republicans have decided to call their bluff. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) introduced the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act to ban abortions performed solely based on the baby’s sex. Four states, Canada and most European nations ban sex selection abortions. A recent poll found that 77% of Americans oppose such abortions.

Predictably, the left howled with rage. Some liberals insisted there was no need for such legislation. But this week two Planned Parenthood clinics were exposed helping women who said they wanted to abort based on their babies’ sex.

And where does Barack Obama stand? Yesterday afternoon White House Press Secretary Jay Carney couldn’t say. But Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith later told ABC News, “The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.” In other words, Obama opposes the bill to ban sex selection abortions.

Today, the House voted 246-to-168 in support of the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act. Ninety-four percent of House Republicans supported the bill, while 85% of House Democrats opposed it. Unfortunately, the bill was brought up under a rule that required a two-thirds majority to pass. Because Democrats overwhelmingly opposed it, the bill received 59% support and thus failed to pass.

There seems to be no abortion the left would prevent, not even one that would destroy a baby just because she is a girl. That is the real war on women.

DOMA Struck Down

Just weeks after the people of North Carolina overwhelmingly reaffirmed the meaning of normal marriage, a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Again, we see how the left works. What they cannot achieve at the ballot box, the militant homosexual rights movement intends to force on us through the courts.

Liberals always denounce conservatives when we try to pass legislation defending traditional values. “You can’t legislate morality,” they say. But when unelected federal judges declare that marriage suddenly includes men “marrying” other men, they impose their values on the rest of society.

All law is someone’s version of morality, a decision that this is right and this is wrong. The question confronting us is who will decide. Men and women of faith must be engaged in the culture war over the values we will pass on to our children and grandchildren. And in this presidential campaign, there is a very clear difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney when it comes to the meaning of marriage.

By the way, Barack Obama and the NAACP may have endorsed the radical idea of men “marrying” other men, but many black pastors are not. As I wrote yesterday, the Conference of National Black Churches is meeting in Washington, D.C., this week and The Daily Caller decided to ask some of the attendees how they felt about this issue. Click here to see what they had to say.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 160 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Romney Secures Nomination

After taking 69% of the vote in yesterday’s Texas primary, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the final delegates he needed to secure the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Speaking to supporters in Las Vegas last night, Romney said:

“It’s an honor and a privilege … and a great responsibility. And I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to November 6, is also going to be long, it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be worth it because we’re going to take back the White House and get America right again.”
Congratulations, Governor Romney. In 160 days, we can and we must end the Obama nightmare!

U.N. Me

The United Nations has been in the headlines lately. Demonstrating just how impotent the organization is, more than 100 civilians were massacred in Syria last week in spite of the U.N.’s negotiated ceasefire. And days before that atrocity, news broke that the people charged with ending corruption and fraud within the U.N. “are often not qualified” and “hampered by potential conflicts of interest.”

Hard-working American taxpayers provide billions of dollars to the U.N. each year. And what are we getting for it? You can find out June 1st by watching “U.N. Me” in theaters or through video on demand.

While the film is rated PG-13, the subject matter it is definitely intended for the most mature teenagers and adults. But Ami Horowitz’ sarcastic wit keeps you entertained while the shocking details of corruption and incompetence grab your attention.

I’m proud to promote “U.N. Me” in order to expose this outrageous abuse of taxpayers’ money. Click here to watch a trailer. Then see the film in theaters this weekend or enjoy it in the comfort of your own home through iTunes or your cable company’s On Demand feature. Please tell your friends and family members about “U.N. Me.”

Another Democrat Abandons Obama’s Party

Yesterday I told you about Jo Ann Nardelli, the Catholic, pro-life, former Pennsylvania Democratic state committeewoman who joined the GOP when Obama and Biden embraced same-sex “marriage.” Today Artur Davis confirmed that he too is joining the Republican Party.

What makes Davis’ switch significant? If a former gubernatorial candidate and four-term member of Congress switched from Republican to Democrat a few years ago, the left-wing media would have gleefully reported that lawmakers were abandoning the GOP over George W. Bush’s extremism.

But even worse for the left, Davis is black! Imagine that — a black Democrat joining the Republican Party in the age of Obama. Read Davis’ statement explaining his switch here.

Lessons From The Medal Of Freedom Awards

President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to more than a dozen recipients yesterday. It is the highest honor the president can award to a civilian for their service to the United States. But the ceremony also provided two important lessons about this administration.

First, in spite of the tingling in Chris Matthews’ leg, this is not the smartest White House in history. The media rejoiced when Obama was elected because he would not embarrass us like that “cowboy” Bush. But Obama seriously offended our ally Poland yesterday when he referred to “Polish death camps” while honoring Jan Karski, who exposed the Nazi concentration camps in Poland. It may seem like a minor slip of the tongue, but Polish officials are furious, and blasting the White House for its “ignorance and incompetence.”

Obama’s decision to award the Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta highlights his ideological extremism. While Obama praised Huerta for her work organizing farm workers, he neglected to mention that she is an admirer of Hugo Chavez and an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. Huerta also made headlines for saying “Republicans hate Latinos.”

Is Obama Organizing Black Pastors?

One of the most frustrating aspects of my work is the reticence of many pastors to engage in the public policy process. Every election year left-wing groups send out intimidating letters warning pastors to not put their tax exempt status in jeopardy. Sadly, these letters have the desired effect of cowing many pastors into silence.

But the side that is committed to “fundamentally transforming” America is not so hesitant. This week the Conference of National Black Churches is meeting in Washington, D.C. Dominating their agenda today is role of the church in the 2012 election.

Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the keynote address this morning. Holder’s remarks were followed by a session on combating voter ID laws, which included representatives from the ACLU and other left-wing legal groups. This afternoon two top officials of the IRS addressed the conference. That was followed by panel discussion entitled “Voting Rights Call To Action.” Tomorrow the conference will hold a “conversation” about same-sex “marriage.”

There is tremendous irony in the fact that blacks are among the most religious Americans, yet they vote overwhelmingly for a party that is increasingly hostile to faith and family. But at what point do scriptural truths about the sanctity of life and marriage trump loyalty to a party or a person?

Land Under Fire

Dr. Richard Land is a fixture in Washington, D.C. He has been representing the public policy interests of Southern Baptists as president of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988. Dr. Land is a good friend and has been a stalwart ally in the fight for family, faith and freedom.

In addition to his Washington work, he also hosts a weekly radio show. Recently, Dr. Land commented on the Trayvon Martin case and expressed his outrage at the race baiting antics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Sensing an opportunity to take down one of the pro-family movement’s most influential leaders, the left pounced and accused Land of racism. In addition, charges of plagiarism were made against him.

I’ve known Richard for years and have always respected him as a man of the utmost character and integrity. It is inconceivable that these charges are true. But they remind me of the attacks on Rush Limbaugh and other conservative leaders, including me. The left never misses an opportunity to try to silence conservative voices, and it goes for the jugular every time.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 161 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Democrat Leader Bolts Over Marriage

Jo Ann Nardelli became a Republican last week, and made headlines in the process. Nardelli wasn’t just any registered voter switching parties. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee; president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women; vice president of the Pennsylvania State Women’s Caucus; and first vice president of the State Federation of Democratic Women.

A committed Catholic, Nardelli was always pro-life and hoped to change her party from the inside. But, according to a report in the National Catholic Register, Nardelli realized she was in the wrong party when Joe Biden and Barack Obama publicly embraced same-sex “marriage.”

After consulting with her priest, she made the decision to join the GOP. Like Ronald Reagan decades before her, Nardelli said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” Not surprisingly, she has been barraged by phone calls from angry liberals accusing her of betraying her party and being a bigot.

From time to time, we include action items in these daily messages. But I don’t think Jo Ann Nardelli needs any more phone calls. That said, I hope she gets three more — from Mitt Romney, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

Values voters are a key constituency of the Republican Party, and there are more folks out there like Jo Ann Nardelli. They may not agree with the GOP on marginal tax rates, but they know marriage is between a man and a woman.

Marriage Matters

Our friends at The Weekly Standard observed that last week’s debate between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) was largely uneventful. But Barrett may have doomed his chances in the recall election when he endorsed same-sex “marriage.”

In 2006, 59% of Wisconsin voters supported a constitutional amendment preserving the meaning of normal marriage. In a campaign almost entirely focused on economic issues, Barrett just highlighted the Democrat Party’s extremism and gave values voters a reason to turn out in droves.

Bishops Prepare For Civil Disobedience

From June 21st to July 4th, Catholic churches across America will take part in the “Fortnight for Freedom,” described as “special period of prayer, study … and public action [to] emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.” Church leaders are taking this extraordinary action in order to draw attention to “concerns over threats to religious freedom.”

And the bishops are preparing to go beyond prayer and protests. Taking their inspiration from the civil rights movement, Catholic leaders are warning their congregations that civil disobedience may be next. In a bulletin prepared for nationwide distribution next month, church leaders write:

“Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties. …This is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide [certain medical services] even when it violates our consciences.”

Obama’s Latest Whopper

Fearful that this election may well be a referendum on his economic record, Barack Obama wants voters to believe he is a penny pincher. Last week, he told an Iowa audience, “Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years.” On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer labeled Obama’s claim, “the whopper of the year” and “an unbelievable distortion of the truth.”

To begin with, it is factually inaccurate. As the Associated Press noted, this claim is based on spending from 2010 to 2013. It completely ignores all of the massive spending in 2009, including the $830 billion stimulus bill! And there are other accounting gimmicks too. For example:

“The federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also makes Obama’s record on spending look better than it was. The government spent $96 billion on the Fannie-Freddie takeovers in 2009 but only $40 billion on them in 2010. By the administration’s reckoning, the $56 billion difference was a spending cut by Obama.”
In addition, it is intellectually dishonest. Obama and his party firmly believe that government spending is the key to economic growth. That’s why Obama, Reid and Pelosi rammed through the massive stimulus bill. That’s why Obama constantly demands tax increases — so he can spend more of your hard-earned money. That’s why Obama and his socialist allies in Congress constantly fight GOP efforts to cut spending.

Like so many other issues, Obama is out of touch with mainstream American values when it comes to spending. A recent Gallup poll found that 46% of Americans consider themselves “economic conservatives,” while just 20% say they are “economic liberals.”

But Obama knows that identifying with the “tax and spend” crowd didn’t work well for Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis. So he’s trying to convince voters that he is a fiscal conservative. Don’t let your friends and family members fall for it!

Dishonoring Our Heroes

Chances are you have probably never heard of MSNBC host Chris Hayes. But he got his 15 minutes of fame this Memorial Day weekend for expressing his discomfort at referring our fallen soldiers as “heroes.” Here’s what he said:

“Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’? I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. …But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.”
Yes, Mr. Hayes, you are wrong about that, and a whole lot more. As one conservative blogger wrote: “This is a man who over and over again has spoken with greater reverence about the ‘Occupy Movement’ than he did today about our fallen service members.”

Hayes is a perfect example of the warped worldview that has infected the left from MoveOn.org to Code Pink, MSNBC and the DNC. It helps to explain why Mitt Romney has 24-point lead over Barack Obama among veterans.

Obama Advances The Culture Of Life

No one would have predicted it, but President Obama has created a more pro-life America. You can read more in my weekly Human Events column.

End Of Day Report

Friday, May 25, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Patriot Graves

Monday marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868, on the orders of General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Initially meant as a time to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War, the holiday’s significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. As they have done every year since 1948, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will place flags at more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They will remain at Arlington National Cemetery throughout the holiday weekend making sure that the flags remain upright.

There will be similar observances at national cemeteries around the country. In Fredericksburg, Virginia, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will place candles at more than 15,000 graves at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Taps will be played every 30 minutes.

Over time, Memorial Day weekend has become more of an occasion for relaxation than for reflection about our patriots’ graves and the values for which they gave “the last full measure of devotion.” This weekend, I encourage you to do both — relax and reflect.

Have that picnic, hug your kids and have some fun at the beach. But let’s also remind ourselves, and our children, about what happened at Concord Bridge, on the fields of Antietam and the beaches of Normandy and why we are in Afghanistan today. Explain to them the price that was paid to stop fascism and Soviet communism, why there was a Berlin Wall, what happened at Okinawa, at Ground Zero and over the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Here’s something else you can do. This Sunday, May 27th, is the first of three Voter Registration Sundays being organized by Father Frank Pavone and Priests for Life. My non-profit group American Values is proud to support these events. The ability to choose our leaders is a cherished right that our Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to give us. It has been secured by the blood of previous generations.

Every citizen owes it to our men and women in uniform today not to squander this right. Ask your pastor to participate in Voter Registration Sunday. Take a moment this weekend to make sure your friends and family members are all registered to vote.

Lastly, take a moment this Memorial Day to teach our children and grandchildren to love the things we love, and honor the things we honor. Finally, let’s remind ourselves as well as our children that liberty is a gift from God, and that each generation has paid in flesh and blood to preserve it. As General George Patton said, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

End Of Day Report

Thursday, May 24, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 166 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Obama DOJ Fighting For Transgendered “Justice”

There are a lot of reasons why Arkansas Democrats may have wanted to embarrass Barack Obama in Tuesday’s primary. It’s Hillary Clinton’s home state, and they are simply more conservative than he is. Here’s another reason: Obama is doing his best to embarrass the people of Arkansas.

The Daily Caller reports that the Obama Justice Department has ordered the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith to allow a 38 year-old male student to use the women’s restrooms. The “man” in question claims to be transgendered, and filed a complaint with the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights after rejecting the university’s offer to create more “gender-neutral” restrooms.

Predictably, the Obama Administration sided with the cross-dresser. An official for the university said, “[T]he DOJ complaint caused revisiting of our thinking. …In the eyes of the law, this individual is entitled to use the bathroom that she identifies with.”

I’m not sure what law entitles a man to use the women’s restroom, but I’m not at all surprised by this decision. It speaks volumes about the values that prevail in the Obama Administration and just how radical his agenda really is.

It’s no wonder they are so confused on the economy and think tax increases are a good idea. They don’t even know what marriage means, and can’t figure out that men go to the men’s room and women go to the women’s room! And where exactly does this fit into the Democrats’ rhetoric about a “Republican war on women”? I wonder how many women would be comfortable knowing that a 38 year-old man is in the stall next to them.

“Bias By Omission”

My good friend Brent Bozell has dedicated his life to exposing media bias, and this week we witnessed one of the worst examples of “bias by omission.” Here’s an excerpt of Bozell’s recent column:


“You’d think the largest legal action in American history in defense of religious liberty would be a major news story. But ABC, CBS, and NBC don’t judge news events by their inherent importance as relates to the future of our freedoms. They deliver the news according to a simple formula: Does it, or doesn’t it, advance the re-election of Barack Obama? If it doesn’t, it isn’t news.

“On May 21, 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations sued the Obama administration… Never has the Catholic Church — or any order, for that matter — undertaken something of this magnitude. It’s truly jaw-dropping that ABC and NBC completely ignored this action on their evening newscasts, while ‘CBS Evening News’ devoted just 19 seconds to this historic event. …

“This is the worst example of shameless bias by omission I have seen… This should be leading newscasts and the subject of special, in-depth reports.”
Bozell is absolutely right. The liberal media are in the tank for Obama, not just in how they spin the news, but also in what they fail to report. Of course, the Catholic Church’s lawsuit was the lead story in Tuesday’s “End of Day” report.

If your friends and family members are getting their news from the “mainstream” media, there is a lot they are not getting. That’s one more reason why it is so important for you to share these messages — so they can get the news the liberal media won’t give them!

Sabotaging Our Military

If you wanted to bring down the U.S. military, sabotage is certainly one way to go about it. A new report suggests it may well be happening. The Senate Armed Services Committee recently released the results of a year-long investigation into the use of counterfeit parts throughout the military. The results were shocking.

According to Reuters, Senate investigators “found 1,800 incidents of bogus parts in the Department of Defense supply chain in 2009 and 2010. The total number of suspected fake parts in those cases topped 1 million.” And the threat to our national security and the safety of our men and women in uniform isn’t the only concern. “The price tag for replacing a bogus memory device in a … missile, for example, was $2.7 million.” Where are these fake parts coming from? Mostly China.

This makes me livid! Yes, China is a major trading partner. But it is also a strategic competitor, notorious for stealing technology and producing counterfeit products. Our national security should not depend on communist foreign suppliers, whose interests frequently run counter to our own.

At a time when unemployment is unacceptably high, why aren’t we making these parts here? Using stimulus dollars to create jobs that support our national security would have been a far better investment than Solyndra, Obama’s bankrupt solar boondoggle.

It’s All About Obama

Speaking of risks to our national security, NBC News reported yesterday that the “Obama administration leaked classified information to filmmakers on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.” The military routinely cooperates with Hollywood to make their blockbusters as realistic as possible. But it appears that the Obama White House was a bit too eager help Hollywood make Barack look good.

Yesterday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, blasted the administration for the breech. In a statement, King wrote:

“After reviewing these emails, I am even more concerned about the possible exposure of classified information to these filmmakers, who as far as I know, do not possess security clearances. …the filmmakers were allowed an unprecedented visit to a classified facility so secret that its name is redacted in the released email.  If this facility is so secret … then why in the world would the Obama Administration allow filmmakers to tour it?”
Good question, congressman. But the answer is obvious. Obama is so full of himself that his staff is editing the biographies of past presidents to include Obama in their accomplishments. Why all the fuss about national security? The movie about the bin Laden raid, planned for release just 25 days before the election, is obviously all about Obama!

As it turns out, Sony has postponed the movie’s release until December. I can’t help but wonder whether the White House would have been so cooperative if the original release date had been December and not October.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 167 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

Obama Humiliated Again

It was a safe bet before yesterday that Arkansas and Kentucky would be in Mitt Romney’s column on November 6th. But if anyone deep in the basement of the Obama campaign headquarters was harboring dreams of potential upsets, their hopes were dashed last night when the primary results came in. Obama failed to get even 60% of the vote in either state, as 42% of Democrats in Arkansas and Kentucky refused to vote for Obama.

At least there was a challenger on the ballot in Arkansas for folks to vote for. But in Kentucky, there wasn’t even another name. Yet 42% of Kentucky Democrats voted for “uncommitted” over Obama. I don’t know which is worse: Losing 42% to “uncommitted” or, as happened in West Virginia, losing 41% to a convicted felon behind bars!

Gallup: “Pro-Choice” Support At Record Low

The latest Gallup poll on abortion has some really encouraging news: The number of Americans identifying as “pro-choice” has fallen to a record low of 41%. Meanwhile 51% of Americans describe themselves as “pro-life.” Even these numbers are somewhat misleading.

When asked about the legality or availability of abortion, only 25% took Obama’s radical view that abortion should be legal “under any circumstance.” An overwhelming majority — 72% — felt abortion should either be limited or “illegal in all circumstances.”

This news could not come at a worse time for Obama. In a craven attempt to pander to feminists, Obama picked a fight with the Catholic Church and other religious groups with his so-called “contraception mandate.” The move further highlighted Obama’s pro-abortion extremism.

It’s worth noting that the Gallup poll found a big swing among independent voters: A 10-point drop among independents who call themselves “pro-choice” and a six-point increase among independents who call themselves “pro-life.”

Having said that, it is up to the Romney campaign to embrace the pro-life cause, to reassure values voters that he stands with them and will be an advocate for the inalienable right to life.

Obama Tanking In Florida — Blame Gay Nuptials

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Obama losing Florida by six points — 47%-to-41%. That’s a really bad showing for the incumbent president in such a critically important swing state, and I expect the polling will tighten as we approach November 6th.

But here’s an interesting finding from the Quinnipiac poll: 25% of voters said Obama’s embrace of same-sex “marriage” made them less likely to vote for him, while just 11% said they were more likely to do so. Among independent voters, the figures were 23% (less likely) and 9% (more likely).

In short, the radical notion that men should “marry” other men is a political loser by a 2-to-1 margin. That’s not surprising given that 62% of Florida voters supported a marriage protection amendment in 2008. Again, this issue could cost Obama six or seven states like Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Nevada or Wisconsin — IF the GOP and the Romney campaign don’t run away from traditional values in this campaign.

Recession Around The Corner?

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is warning that the country likely faces another recession next year. Predictably, however, the media put most of the blame on scheduled spending cuts. Consider this excerpt from the Associated Press:

“The Congressional Budget Office report says that the economy would shrink by 1.3 percent in the first half of next year if the government is allowed to fall off this so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ on Jan. 1 — and that the higher tax rates and more than $100 billion in automatic cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies are kept in place.”
What the AP fails to mention is that the ratio of tax increases to spending cuts is roughly 5-to-1. The expiration of the Bush tax cuts at the end of this year would raise taxes by nearly $500 billion. By some estimates, the average family would see a tax hike of $3,000.

It doesn’t take an economist to figure out which policy — tax increases or spending cuts — has the greater negative impact on the economy. But the liberal media insist on echoing the left’s argument that it is spending cuts.

More ObamaCare Slush Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday that it has awarded a $20 million contract to a public relations firm to promote ObamaCare. So, the Obama Administration is about to spend $20 million of your money trying to convince you to like ObamaCare (and by extension Obama). This is little more than a federally-funded campaign commercial for the president’s reelection!

HHS says that the ObamaCare law mandated this advertising, so they are obligated by law to spend the money. I don’t doubt that at all. I’m sure Obama, Reid and Pelosi thought it would be a grand idea to spend millions of taxpayer dollars promoting their healthcare scheme in the middle of the president’s reelection effort.

But this PR firm has its work cut out for it. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 56% of Americans want ObamaCare repealed. And they had better hurry — the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling next month. Wouldn’t it be great if the court struck down the entire law, including the funding for this ad campaign!

End Of Day Report


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 168 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

The Catholic Church Goes To Court

More than 40 Catholic organizations — from individual dioceses to universities — filed 12 lawsuits in various federal courts this week. They are taking this extraordinary action in response to the Obama Administration’s mandate that religious organizations pay for abortifacients, sterilizations, contraception and other devices and pills that violate their core values.

In addition to the contraception mandate, there is the administration’s so-called “religious exemption compromise.” In reality, this compromise amounts to an unprecedented assault on religious liberty. On CBS’s “This Morning,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan explained the church’s position.

“I worry that members of [Obama’s] administration might not particularly understand our horror at the restricted nature of the exemption that they’re giving us, that for the first time we can remember, a bureau of the federal government seems to be radically intruding on what the term of a church is. …

“This is about religious freedom, it’s not about contraception. What we’re worried about now is the exemption given to the churches is so strangling, and so narrow and it’s also presumptuous that a bureau of the federal government is attempting to define for the church the extent of its ministry and ministers.”
This isn’t the first time that the Obama Administration has attempted to narrowly define the extent of a church and its ministers in an effort to expand government power at the expense of religious liberty. In January, the Obama Administration was smacked down by the Supreme Court for trying to dictate employment policies to a Lutheran school.

The court’s decision was shocking because it was unanimous, 9-to-0 — exactly the kind of bipartisanship everyone wants. Not one liberal justice on the court — including the two Obama appointed! — sided with the administration. The court’s January decision makes Obama’s contraception mandate seem shockingly arrogant, further reflecting Obama’s total disregard for the First Amendment and the Supreme Court.

Of course, the mainstream media stick to the administration’s talking point that this dispute is about making contraception more easily available to women. But in spite of all the rhetoric about a “Republican war on women,” the reality is that this administration is waging war on religious liberty — from promoting abortion on demand to redefining marriage.

Men and women of faith, especially Catholics, are taking notice. Obama won Catholic voters in 2008, but recent surveys suggest his support has fallen dramatically. In today’s Washington Post, columnist Michael Gerson suggests that Obama’s troubles with Catholic voters are just getting started. He writes:
“The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called all Catholics to 14 days of ‘prayer, study, catechesis and public action’ on religious liberty from June 21 to the Fourth of July. This is smack in the middle of the presidential season. It also, not coincidentally, starts around the Feast of St. Thomas More, who said, ‘I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.'”
Barack Obama has on occasion expressed his frustration with the Constitution he has sworn to uphold because it has limited his ability to impose his socialist change on America. Our founders wisely wrote the Constitution for precisely that very reason — to limit the power of government.

And they included the First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty not to protect the government from the church, but to protect the faithful from the government. That balance has served our nation well for many years. But like so many of our cherished values, it is under relentless assault from this administration and it is at stake in this election.

Bain Attacks Backfire

The Obama campaign recently shifted the focus of its attacks on Mitt Romney from women’s issues to his work at Bain Capital. The attack on Bain is a blatant effort to undermine Romney’s strength as a successful businessman, and it speaks volumes about the Obama campaign’s ignorance of the economy.

So much so, in fact, that even prominent Democrats are denouncing Obama’s attack on Bain. Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, blasted the Obama attack as “nauseating.” Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., agreed with Booker, as did former Obama car czar Steve Rattner. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell chimed in too, saying that Obama’s attacks were “very disappointing.” Click here to watch their remarks.

Needless to say, the Obama campaign wasn’t pleased that its surrogates dared to tell the truth. Within hours of making his critical remarks, Booker was backpedaling. On his “Hardball” show yesterday, Chris Matthews practically excommunicated Booker from the Democrat Party, accusing him of “sabotage.” As today’s Wall Street Journal noted, “It’s now an offense against Obama to defend capitalism.”

In 168 days, we will get the chance to defend capitalism from Obama!

Teachers Gone Wild

A recording of a North Carolina high school student being verbally abused by his social studies teacher has gone viral. In the recording, the student and teacher engage in a debate about the election.

It quickly turns heated, and the teacher warns the student that he can be arrested. Did the student threaten the teacher or the safety of other students? No. According to the social studies teacher, the student was being disrespectful toward Barack Obama.

Of course, you can’t be arrested for merely criticizing the president of the United States, and I have to assume that this social studies teacher knew better. Her threat was likely an attempt to silence the student. In response to the teacher’s bullying, the school district has suspended the teacher — with pay. In other words, she got a vacation!