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.