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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Romney Talks Culture In Israel

Mitt Romney is predictably being blasted by many commentators in the mainstream media for his assertion over the weekend that the stark difference in the performances of the economies of Israel and the Palestinian territories is rooted in culture and by extension in the values of the two societies.

“If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world, it’s this: Culture makes all the difference,” Romney said in Jerusalem. “Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

Never has the American left’s bankrupt worldview been so clearly demonstrated than in its reaction to Romney’s comments. A front-page Washington Post story today takes Romney to task for daring to mention the C word. The title of the Post article is, “In Israel, Romney wows crowds but puzzles with grasp of Palestinian relationship.” The story goes on to state that Romney’s “assessment is one not widely shared within Israel, and suggested a lack of sustained study or nuanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.”

Really? The cultural differences between Israel and the Palestinians are enormous, and it’s not hard to see how they affect their economies and much else. Israel springs from the same cultural and moral norms as we do. The Palestinian territories have a culture of death.

Israel was founded as a democracy and is rooted in the Judeo-Christian worldview. It believes, as we do, that every individual has inherent dignity and worth. The Palestinians are dominated by radical Islamists who treat their women like property, while teaching their children that there is no greater glory than to die as martyrs for Allah. In Israel and the west, there is a commitment to tolerance and religious liberty. In the Palestinian territories, there are no synagogues, and Christians live in constant fear of violence.

In Israel, you can turn on the television to the equivalent of Sesame Street and find characters asking Israeli children: If you have four pieces of candy and give one to the little boy down the street, how many will you have? In the Palestinian territories, there are kids’ shows with characters who ask: If four Jews are raping your sister and you kill one of them, how many Jews are still raping your sister?

The economic differences are huge. To take just one indicator, in Israel per capita GDP is $31,000; in the West Bank and Gaza it’s only $1,500. The suggestion that the Palestinians are struggling economically because of Israel is absurd. But to many on the left, it’s the only acceptable explanation, because they refuse to accept that one culture or set of values could be better than another.

It’s important to note that the same commentators who refuse to even entertain the idea that Israel performs better because of its culture and values are the same people who are unwilling to say that the United States remains a shining city on a hill because of our values and our Judeo-Christian worldview. The reaction to Romney’s remarks is a breath-taking display of the stupidity that defines that left’s cultural and moral relativism.

Don’t Forget Chick-fil-A

Tomorrow, August 1st, is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. And I am proud to join with Governor Mike Huckabee and others in encouraging people to show their support for the restaurant chain’s Bible-based value system by eating out at one of their locations. But remember: This can’t be a one-day effort. The left is planning a grinding campaign to drive Chick-fil-A out of business. You already know about the numerous liberal politicians who are threatening to prevent the restaurant from doing business in their cities. Several colleges have also moved to keep Chick-fil-A from selling its tasty chicken on campus. If there’s a Chick-fil-A close by, be sure to put it at the top of your list for good, affordable food.


End Of Day Report

Monday, July 30, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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Romney In Israel

Mitt Romney’s supportive statements in Israel over the weekend were a refreshing contrast to the last three years of Obama/Biden/Clinton surliness toward our reliable ally. He strongly defended Israel’s right to act against the Ahmadinejad regime, which continues to march toward nuclear weapons that threaten Israel and the U.S. Aware that Obama and the media would like to raise fears that a President Romney would lead us into another war, he counter-punched: “We are the true peacemakers. History teaches with force and clarity that when the world’s most despotic regimes secure the world’s most destructive weapons, peace often gives way to violence, to oppression, or to devastating war,” Romney said. There were echoes of Reagan in that assertion!

Of course President Obama has not bothered to go to Israel during his first (and hopefully last) term. He has devoted his time instead to trips to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – the Muslim nations to which he wants to get “closer.” Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel, where I serve on the board, has launched a new TV ad pointing out that our world-traveling president can’t seem to find time to visit our ally. The ad is very effective – I can tell because Nancy Pelosi and the other usual suspects are all squealing in anger about it! You can watch it here: www.committeeforisrael.com

Finally, in his remarks, Romney stated what the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge – that Jerusalem is “the capital of Israel.” Obama wants to divide that city and deliver half of it into the bloody hands of the Palestinian Authority. If he succeeds in that goal Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and perhaps even Al Qaeda will control and find refuge in the City of David. The jihadists appetite will grow not shrink. It must not be allowed to happen. As Romney said in the close of his speech, “May God bless America, and may He bless and protect the Nation of Israel.”

General Valerie Jarrett?

The Daily Caller reports today that a new book set for release on August 21st contains bombshell allegations that could rock the Obama White House and campaign. “Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisers Who Decide For Him” by Richard Miniter asserts that at the urging of top adviser Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to take out Osama bin Laden not once, not twice but on three separate occasions. The cancelations reportedly happened in January, February and March of 2011. Finally, on May 2nd, Navy Seals were allowed to take action according to Miniter’s book. He cites a source in the Joint Special Operations Command with direct knowledge of the operation.

Valerie Jarrett is known as one of the most trusted advisers to both Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. She is a doctrinaire leftist and has few friends in Washington. If “Leading from Behind” is accurate it means that Obama permitted a Chicago political hack to overrule the advice of top U.S. Military and intelligence officials. On what grounds Valerie Jarrett’s views would prevail is a mystery. A four month delay could have resulted in losing Bin Laden. Expect the White House and campaign to vehemently counterattack the Miniter book and its allegations.

Obama has shamelessly exploited the successful raid for political purposes. He famously gave himself credit in the aftermath of the operation, causing outrage in the Navy Seal community. His allies suggested Obama was “bold” and that it was doubtful Mitt Romney would have acted with the same decisiveness. The Miniter book paints a different picture – of a President unable to lead, meekly following his staff.

A Win For Religious Freedom

On Friday, Judge John L. Kane of the U.S District Court for the District of Colorado issued the first legal ruling against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. Judge Kane granted a temporary injunction protecting Hercules Industries, a Catholic, Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, from having to pay for its employees’ birth control.

Judge Kane said that the harm of preventing the government from enforcing Congress-approved regulations “pales in comparison to the possible infringement upon plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights.”

There will be many court battles ahead on this issue. But this is the first court to question whether Obamacare can be used to restrict religious freedom. Let’s hope that when other judges and courts across the country are given the chance to rule on the mandate, they will employ as much common sense and respect for religious freedom and the Constitution.

Leftwing Bigotry? Guilty As Charged

The left’s response to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s public affirmation of the traditional and biblical definition of marriage has once again exposed the gay rights movement’s intolerance for opposing viewpoints, an intolerance that often produces the very bigotry the movement says it exists to combat. Bigotry is defined as a stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own. As I write in my Human Events column today, under such a definition, the “tolerant” left can aptly be called bigots of the first order. You can read my column here.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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Obama’s Economy Stalling

The government’s first estimate today of economic growth in the second quarter came in at a depressing 1.5%. Welcome to the Obama “recovery.” It looks just like a recession.

Obama had the audacity this week to tell an audience that his policies have succeeded. But by every objective measurement, Obama has failed. Despite his massive stimulus bill, unemployment is higher today than when he took office. Gas prices are higher. The national debt is higher. Dependency is the only thing growing. Sixty percent of voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

How does any of that represent success? Maybe Obama’s own lack of success explains his resentment towards successful business owners!

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy

The front page of today’s Washington Post features a chilling article about the growing threat Iran poses to the U.S. Navy. With the help of Russia and China, Iran has made major advances in developing its anti-ship missile technology. Military experts are concerned that Iran’s new weapons and tactics “could strain the defensive capabilities of even the most modern U.S. ships.” The loss of one aircraft carrier could claim thousands of lives.

Meanwhile foreign policy analysts believe there is a 50-50 chance that Israel will be forced to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat before the elections, fearing that its window of opportunity is closing.

Obama has had three and a half years to deal with Iran. But he came into office believing that the U.S. and Israel were the cause of Iranian hostility. Obama thought he could sweet talk the mullahs.

So he sent letters to Ahmadinejad and videotaped messages promising to deal with the “Islamic Republic” based on “mutual respect.” For days he said nothing as the regime slaughtered pro-democracy protestors in the streets. But while Obama has wasted time, Iran has been building up its military assets.

Back in Washington, Obama’s Secretary of Defense is warning of “catastrophic cuts” to the Pentagon’s budget because Obama’s economic policies have failed to grow the economy and reduce the deficit. Under this president, our national security is declining along with everything else.

Where’s Jerusalem?

Jay Carney is not a household name, but those of us in Washington are familiar with the former Time Magazine reporter and Obama White House Press Secretary. Carney is a smart man. He graduated with honors from Yale. But yesterday Carney was asked repeatedly to identify the capital of Israel.  Carney repeatedly refused to answer the question.

Are we to assume that Mr. Carney didn’t know the answer, that Yale doesn’t teach geography anymore? No. Carney is just a left-winger working in a left-wing White House that sees Israel as the problem in the Middle East and is willing to sacrifice bits and pieces of it in order to satisfy the jihadists. They won’t say Jerusalem is the capital of Israel because they want to give half of it to the Palestinians, who don’t want half of it — they want all of it.

The capital of Israel is Jerusalem.  And David’s city, the Holy City, must remain the undivided capital of the Jewish state!

“I’m A Dreamer!”

Remember when Barack Obama announced his decision to impose the DREAM Act through executive fiat? He said that illegal immigrants who were brought here as children, who had graduated from U.S. high schools, earned a GED and were under the age of 30 would no longer be subject to deportation. We wondered how that order would be enforced. How was the government going to check the records of everyone who claimed to fall under the various conditions that Obama laid out? Now we know. They aren’t!

Here’s what Chris Crane, president of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, told senators yesterday:

“Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go. Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. … We believe that significant numbers of people who are not dreamers are taking advantage of this practice to avoid arrest.”
So if some illegal immigrant says, “I’m a dreamer,” it’s basically a “get out of jail free card” courtesy of Barack Obama. Since it is a blanket policy, and not just specific to Mexicans or Hispanics, even a jihadist who is in the country illegally, but has yet to commit any crimes, would also be released after claiming to be a dreamer, even if his dream is to murder thousands of Americans.

Catholics And Evangelicals Defend Chick-fil-A

The left’s assault on Chick-fil-A continues to build.  The mayor of San Francisco yesterday joined Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Boston’s Thomas Menino in denouncing Chick-fil-A. 

Truett Cathy and his sons built this fantastic company from a single restaurant into a $4 billion enterprise.  They have founded foster homes, established scholarship programs and given away tens of millions of dollars, in addition to providing thousands of jobs.  And because of the deep and abiding faith of its founders, the company is coming under assault from intolerant, left-wing, anti-religious bigots.

Chick-fil-A has its defenders too.  Deacon Keith Fournier, editor-in-chief of Catholic Online, has published a column entitled, “A Catholic Hooray for Chick-fil-A,” praising the company for its commitment to marriage and biblical values. The Reverend Billy Graham, one of America’s most respected religious leaders, also released a statement yesterday in support of Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family.   Below are excerpts of Reverend Graham’s statement:

“I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith. I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values. …

“Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s word. I appreciate the Cathy family’s public support for God’s definition of marriage.

“I also appreciate Governor Mike Huckabee’s leadership and for encouraging Americans to support Chick-fil-A on August 1. As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.”
I’m proud to stand with Billy Graham, Mike Huckabee and leading pro-family organizations in supporting the Cathy family and the great employees of Chick-fil-A.  Please make every effort to join us at your neighborhood Chick-fil-A restaurant Wednesday, August 1st.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, July 26, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Senate Votes To Raise Taxes

Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 51-to-48 to raise taxes on small business owners, investors and entrepreneurs starting January 1, 2013, and on everyone else in 2014. The Senate bill also raises capital gains taxes to 20% and increases the death tax to 55% on family businesses, farms and estates valued at more than $1 million.

This vote was entirely symbolic. Tax legislation must originate in the House, and the House leadership has made it clear that tax increases are a non-starter.

There is a lot of talk in Washington about the need to raise additional revenue in order to balance the budget. But that assumes the problem is a lack of revenue rather than too much spending.

According to a recent New York Times report, economists estimate that raising taxes on those making $250,000 and more would raise about $85 billion a year. Last year’s federal deficit was $1,300 billion. So even after raising taxes on the rich, we’re still $1,215 billion short. That’s why some politicians want to raise taxes on everyone else in 2014.

Emanuel’s Values

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a lot to say about values these days. Two weeks ago, Emanuel was lamenting the gang culture that has gripped his city. He was right to condemn the “wrong values” of the gangbangers who are murdering innocent children in the streets. But now he’s also condemning the values of many good and decent people in his city.

Mayor Emanuel weighed in on the Chick-fil-A controversy yesterday saying, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”

In a city the size of Chicago, I’m sure there are a whole lot of folks who share Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s view that marriage is between a man and a woman. Perhaps the mayor would like to discuss values with Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George or Dr. Erwin Lutzer of The Moody Church.

And when was the last time Rahm Emanuel stepped foot in a Chick-fil-A restaurant? Chick-fil-A’s employees are known for their respectful and welcoming attitudes.

Before running for mayor, Rahm Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff to Barack Obama. Before that he was a top advisor to Bill Clinton. It was Bill Clinton who signed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. And Barack Obama got elected telling the American people that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman. Emanuel gladly worked for two presidents who said they believed in traditional marriage and shared Dan Cathy’s views.

Lastly, think about the message the mayors of Boston and Chicago are sending not to Chick-fil-A but to every business owner in their communities and across the country. “If your religious views don’t toe the liberal line, we’ll crush your business!” That’s extortion. Is that “Chicago values”?

If Emanuel and other liberal politicians will so abuse and twist zoning regulations because someone happens to take Genesis seriously — that God created Adam and Eve — what else might they do? If these left-wing politicians can’t get something as simple as marriage right, how can business owners expect them to implement commonsense tax policies?

No To Chick-fil-A, But Yes To Nation Of Islam?

Here’s a good example of the left’s moral confusion. While Mayor Emanuel is banning Chick-fil-A, he is reportedly welcoming help from Louis Farrakahn’s Nation of Islam to combat gang violence. Explaining his position, Emanuel said, “People of faith have a role to play and community leaders have a role to play in helping to protect our neighborhoods and our citizens.”

So let me get this straight: A businessman who believes in normal marriage is not allowed to create jobs in Chicago because his Christian views do not represent “Chicago values.” But Farrakahn is allowed to police the city’s streets in spite of his extensive history of anti-Semitism and prejudice.

In Emanuel’s mind, Dan Cathy is an intolerant, disrespectful bigot, but Louis Farrakahn is a “man of faith” and a “community leader.”

But Wait… There’s More!

Roseanne Barr, that fount of wisdom, has chimed in too! Yesterday she tweeted: “anyone who eats S–t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.” How’s that for tolerance and respect?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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Polling As Propaganda

There is a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out that is making a lot of headlines today. And I want to take it apart for you because it is a bunch of junk. According to the poll, Barack Obama is leaving Mitt Romney in the dust. In June the candidates were basically tied, but now the claim is that Obama is leading by six points — 49%-to-43% — and closing in on that ever crucial 50% mark.

That’s terrible news for Team Romney, right? Wrong! Let’s take a closer look at the data. Obama’s 6-point lead comes from a survey that oversampled Democrats by 11 points!

It is unimaginable that Democrats would have such an advantage at the polls on Election Day. As Breitbart.com reports, that is “a level we haven’t seen in the electorate since the post-Watergate GOP meltdown.” In fact, Gallup is currently reporting a massive 12-point enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to voting this November, and it’s Democrats who are demoralized right now!

But even with that biased sample, there are bright spots in the poll for Romney.

  • Only 32% of registered voters think the country is headed in the right direction, while 60% say America is “on the wrong track” under Obama’s leadership.
  • Only 44% of voters approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, while 53% disapprove. And that’s supposed to be the biggest issue of this campaign, right?
  • When asked what worries them most about the future of the country, the decline of moral values tied with the growing federal deficit. (Note to the Romney campaign: Don’t neglect values issues!)
  • 55% of voters are less optimistic about the direction of the economy.
  • By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, voters think Obama is running a more negative campaign than Mitt Romney. That makes sense because Obama can’t campaign on his record, which voters disapprove of and don’t have much hope for anymore.
  • Things got really interesting when the pollsters tried to measure Obama’s popularity versus his policies. Two-thirds of voters said they liked Obama personally. The media have repeatedly seized on such findings to suggest that Obama is cruising toward reelection, if not sainthood. But 55% said they disapprove of many of Obama’s policies!

    Think about that. If you need surgery, what’s most important to you: your doctor’s personality or his skill? If you’re going on a business trip, do you care more about your pilot’s sense of humor or his competence?

  • While Obama’s 6-point lead among registered voters made the headlines, when the pollsters narrowed it down to “high interest voters,” those most likely to vote, Romney led 48%-to-46%. That fact got buried in the tenth paragraph of the NBC News report.

Normally, my friends, I would tell you to dismiss this biased poll as worthless. But I think it is very valuable as an example of how the media uses polling to mold public opinion, not to measure it. It shows us just how desperate the media elites are to cause us to sink into despair, while doing everything they can to convince liberals that all is well.

Obama Stung By Anti-Business Gaffe

When Barack Obama said that small business owners weren’t responsible for their success, the Romney campaign rightly jumped on those revealing remarks. Obama and his socialist friends have been clearly stung by the damage.

Obama has produced a response ad pretending he never said it, and a left-wing news site reports that Democrats are going “nuclear” against Romney’s use of Obama’s anti-business remark. Clearly, they are running scared. They know Romney has drawn blood.

Friends, let me remind you of the facts. In his autobiography, Obama said he chose his friends carefully. Whom did he choose? “The Marxist professors and structural feminists.” Interesting choice.

In his early runs for political office, he sought support from and was endorsed by the socialist New Party. Why?

He sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for nearly 20 years. What about Wright’s left-wing, anti-American theology held Obama’s attention for so long?

In 2008 Obama told Joe the Plumber he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” Now he’s attacking individual success and accomplishment, sounding every bit like a die-hard collectivist who hung out with “Marxist professors and structural feminists.” And, for whatever reason, Hugo Chavez thinks Obama’s a really good guy.

If I were in the Obama campaign, I’d be worried too!

The Culture War

Here’s the latest marker of the decline of Western Civilization. A hotel in England has decided to replace the Gideon Bibles it used to provide in every room. According to the hotel’s owners, no one reads the Bible and many dislike it. So the Bibles are being thrown out, and they are being replaced with “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

What a commentary on our modern culture! God’s instruction manual for life is out, and a book that suggests women like being physically dominated and abused is in. Somehow, I suspect the feminists would be up in arms if the author were a man.

Meanwhile, back here in the states, the left’s assault on Chick-fil-A is mounting. Radical homosexual activists are planning to stage nationwide protests on August 3rd with “Same-Sex Kiss Day.” But here’s something even more disturbing.

Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno is vowing to prevent the construction of a new Chick-fil-A store. Even though Chick-fil-A has already obtained a permit, Moreno is promising to block needed zoning approval. “You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right,” Moreno said.

Think about that, my friends. Chick-fil-A is not refusing to serve homosexuals. Yet just because of the deeply held religious beliefs of the company’s owners, this religious bigot is standing in the way of creating new jobs and a popular service for his constituents.

Now remember, we are talking about Chicago — the same city where each weekend dozens are shot and stabbed by thugs, and where most minority children are being raised in fatherless homes. But to this Democrat alderman, the big threat is not bullets or absent fathers — it is a fast food chicken company whose president believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

Men and women of faith must fight back!

You can start now by showing your support for Chick-fil-A. I’m proud to join Governor Mike Huckabee and other pro-family organizations in supporting Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1st. But we can’t stop there. We must defend our values at the voting booth on November 6th by supporting candidates who are unapologetically pro-family and pro-life!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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Top Democrat Blames Obama White House For Leaks

In recent months, a series of national security leaks resulted in glowing news articles about Barack Obama. No doubt the Obama campaign was thrilled, but the exposure of such sensitive information set off alarm bells in Washington intelligence circles and even resulted in a rare moment of bi-partisan agreement.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, told CBS, “This is the most highly classified information and it’s now been leaked … and that’s not acceptable.”

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, “A number of those leaks, and others in the last months … are frankly all against national-security interests. I think they’re dangerous, damaging, and whoever is doing that is not acting in the interest of the United States of America.”

In response to pressure, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two federal prosecutors to investigate the allegations and “to prosecute criminal violations discovered as a result of their investigations.” After closed-door hearings last week, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee told reporters that he was “pretty secure” that the Pentagon was not responsible for the leaks. So who is?

Yesterday Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, pointed her finger at the Obama White House. In remarks to the World Affairs Council, Sen. Feinstein said, “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.” Feinstein was, of course, quick to absolve President Obama of responsibility.

But in one of its columns on Obama’s weekly “kill list” meetings to determine the targets for future drone attacks, the New York Times noted that David Axelrod attended these sensitive meetings. Why was the president’s “closest political adviser” sitting in on such meetings, and was it pure coincidence that the secret information in those meetings became public? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

Gallup: Romney’s Bain Experience A Positive

The Obama campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars on negative ads in recent weeks trying desperately to turn Mitt Romney’s business experience into a liability. Despite the barrage of negative, and largely false ads, the two candidates are virtually tied in the polls.

Today the respected Gallup poll released the results of a new survey that suggest Obama’s campaign has wasted millions of dollars. According to the poll, 63% of Americans felt that Romney’s business background would help make good choices on the economy. Just 29% said it would lead him to make bad decisions.

Moreover, 61% believe the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to the private sector. According to Gallup, that is a record number of Americans saying government is too big!

And unless a Republican Congress and a Republican president are elected, government will only get bigger and take an even bigger bite out of your paycheck!

The Threat To Your Health Care

Barack Obama and his Democrat allies repeatedly promised that nothing in Obamacare would cause any American to lose their health insurance if they liked their current policies. But the Wall Street Journal reports today that survey of 560 companies found that nearly 10% of businesses plan to drop their health insurance coverage if Obamacare takes effect as scheduled in 2014. And as many as one third might do so depending on the impact of additional government regulations and tax increases.

These are not insignificant numbers. Well over 100 million people receive health insurance through their employer. But Obamacare actually provides perverse incentives for businesses to drop insurance coverage of their workers and dump people into Obamacare, creating a huge new burden for taxpayers.

Quite frankly I think Obama knew this would happen. He ultimately wants all health insurance to come through the government, not the private sector.

Obama Gets Big Endorsement

Barack Obama got a big endorsement last week, but I doubt you will see an ad bragging about it. In fact, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Just as he is trying to defend his collectivist, anti-business “you didn’t build that” gaffe, he gets a big wet kiss from Hugo Chavez!

That’s right — the guy in Latin America who is leading the socialist charge to nationalize major industries said last weekend that his pro-capitalism, free enterprise opponent in Venezuela’s presidential election was like Mitt Romney, and Obama “deep down is a good guy.”

Now why would a committed socialist like Hugo Chavez say Obama is really a good guy? I guess Chavez heard something from Obama he liked. I’m guessing it was Obama’s socialist, anti-free market rhetoric, as well as his big government policies!

The Tragedy Of Abortion

There is news today that a 24 year-old woman died last week after getting a botched, second trimester abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic. We are hearing about this because the young lady had friends and family who loved her, and her life was precious and valuable.

Sadly, every abortion always results in a death — the aborted child. In addition, every abortion results in the exploitation of a woman deceived by our culture and by the profiteers in the abortion industry.

America was founded on the belief that we are all endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life. But the left has confused liberty with licentiousness, and every day in America, thousands of innocent lives are sacrificed on the altar of choice. We are better than this. I will continue to work for the day when every child is welcomed into this world and protected under the law.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


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The Reemergence Of Men

The evil that was on such naked display as the killer opened fire in a crowded Aurora, Colorado, movie theater last week sickens us all. Such events inevitably lead to worries that they are symptoms of larger social and moral decay. That conversation and national debate is worth having, even in the middle of a presidential campaign that is supposed to be about only the economy.

Fortunately, even in the hail of bullets that struck down so many innocent people, there were examples of bravery and stout hearts. I was moved over the weekend by the evidence that at least three of the 12 people killed were men who died in the act of physically protecting the women with them.

In an age that so often disappoints, in a culture that emphasizes living for today and for yourself, in a society so permeated with feminist ideology that many men no longer know whether opening a door for a woman is an insult or an act of endearment, these three men, with only seconds to decide, chose self-sacrifice to the point of death for the women they loved.

I have worried that in our “anything goes” age, we are draining the “reservoir” of Judeo-Christian decency and morality that previous generations had filled. In an Aurora movie theater, Alex Teves, Matthew Robert McQuinn and Jonathan Blunk poured a fresh stream of love into that reservoir with their life’s blood. Their selfless acts provide us hope for the future. God bless them and their families.

Headlines Mean Headaches For Obama & America

According to a survey of future corporate profit estimates, several financial analysts are predicting that the United States is likely to enter a recession by the end of this year or early next year — if we aren’t already in one. As CNBC notes:

“Estimates for the third and fourth quarters have been dropped to levels not seen since the days of the 2008 financial crisis… That’s an ominous recession sign for an economy that has barely managed to attain positive growth this year.”
One analyst told the financial network, “We are fast approaching levels where these estimates are unambiguously pointing to the risk of a U.S./global recession later into 2012 and 2013.” This is bad news for millions of Americans out of work and looking for jobs.

Who are the voters blaming for the bad economy? According to a new poll conducted for The Hill, 66% of likely voters say that the weak economy is “the result of bad policy,” and 53% believe that Obama’s “wrong actions” have slowed the economy down. Fortunately, the voters seem to be losing patience with Obama’s penchant for blaming Bush.

China Targets Canada’s Energy

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China’s third largest state-owned oil company, announced that it was buying Nexen, a Canadian firm, for $15 billion in cash and at a 61% premium. While Obama has poured billions into alternative energy companies like bankrupt Solyndra, the Chinese are obviously eager to secure natural resources wherever they can find them. And they have been on a buying spree in recent years. CNOOC has bought stakes in two other Canadian companies in the past seven years.

Why does this matter? Because it is more evidence of how the misguided policies of the Obama Administration are hurting the United States. Canadian officials were stunned when Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, and vowed never to be “held hostage” to American politics again. Rather than moving its oil south, Canada is speeding up projects to move it west toward Asian markets.

Now Chinese companies are moving in to capitalize on the growing rift in U.S.-Canadian relations. And it’s safe to say that China’s state-owned oil companies won’t have the best interests of U.S. consumers in mind.

Let me remind you of the comments by General Jim Jones, Obama’s former National Security Advisor. Referring to the Keystone XL pipeline, General Jones said:

Jones is right. The Keystone XL pipeline is not an insignificant issue, and it’s a good example of Obama’s bad policies that voters likely have in mind. Thousands of jobs could have been created at a time when we desperately need them, and the project is “If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart. The delay, and possible rejection of this pipeline, could have significant and long-range national security implications for our nation.”
overwhelmingly popular with the American people. But when the time came to do the right thing for jobs and our national security, Obama caved to his radical left-wing allies.

Obama’s Toll On Small Business

President Obama usually trains his rhetorical fire on broadly unpopular groups such as “rich folks,” Wall Street “fat cats” and big corporations that he claims conspire to buy elections. But recently he targeted the engine of the American economy, small business. Lost in the uproar over Obama’s anti-business rhetoric is just how anti-business Obama’s policies have been. You can read more in my weekly column at humanevents.com.