End Of Day Report

Friday, June 28, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Senate Passes Amnesty Bill

Yesterday the Senate passed its quasi-amnesty bill on a vote of 68-to-32. Fourteen Republicans joined all 54 Democrats in voting for the bill. They are:

    Lamar Alexander (TN)
    Kelly Ayotte (NH)
    Jeffrey Chiesa (NJ)
    Susan Collins (ME)
    Bob Corker (TN)
    Jeff Flake (AZ)
    Lindsey Graham (SC)
    Orrin Hatch (UT)
    Dean Heller (NV)
    John Hoeven (ND)
    Mark Kirk (IL)
    John McCain (AZ)
    Lisa Murkowski (AK)
    Marco Rubio (FL)

Often people complain, “Why can’t Congress just work together and get something done?” Be careful what you wish for, my friends. More often than not, big, bi-partisan votes happen when Republicans cave and support liberal ideas.

The bill is now headed to the House. So far Speaker John Boehner is saying the right things. At a press conference yesterday, Speaker Boehner told reporters:

    “The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes.  We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.  For any legislation — including a conference report — to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.

    “Listen, immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security.  That’s what the American people believe, and it’s a principle that our majority believes in as well.  …And if immigration reform is going to work, it’s essential that the American people have the confidence that it’s being done correctly.  That’s how the House will approach this issue.”

We will do everything we can to hold their feet to the fire. Some groups are already coming forward to announce that House members who vote for amnesty will face primary challenges, and they should.

I was glad Speaker Boehner mentioned the “conference report.” Let’s assume the House comes up with a good bill that emphasizes security and guarantees that amnestied illegal immigrants can’t access welfare benefits. You would have two very different bills from the House and the Senate that would go to a conference committee of a few selected representatives and senators to work out the differences.

Time and again this closed-door, back room “conference” is where conservatives have been betrayed. We’re putting the GOP leadership on notice that we won’t fall for it again.

Perry Orders Legislators Back

Kudos to Texas Governor Rick Perry! Perry isn’t being pushed around by an angry left-wing mob and its liberal media allies.

After a liberal filibuster killed legislation to ban late-term abortions and other important bills, Perry called the Texas legislature back for a second special session. Perry said, “I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn.”

The media’s reporting on Wendy Davis’s filibuster speaks volumes about its liberal bias. This previously unknown state senator is now a “national political star” on the left. She has gotten glowing press coverage from virtually every media outlet.

Even the White House got in on the act with a tweet from Barack Obama. The mob that shouted down the people’s elected legislators was hailed as “democracy in action.”

Where was Obama’s voice when abortionist Kermit Gosnell was standing trial for “snipping” the spinal cords of live babies? Reporters had to be shamed into covering Gosnell’s trial.

Just imagine how different the coverage would be if a conservative legislator were filibustering a bill to legalize same-sex “marriage” in a liberal state and a crowd of evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox Jews turned out to support him. There would be no tolerance, much less praise, from CBS or the New York Times. They would be denounced as bigots and fascists attempting to thwart the will of the people.

Just How Loony Is The Left?

Pretty darn loony. Here’s a good measure: A Rasmussen poll this week asked voters to identify the nation’s top terror threat. Most said radical Muslims. But voters who approved of President Obama’s job performance were split: 29% said radical Muslims, while 26% identified the Tea Party as the nation’s top terror threat.

My friends, do you understand why I warned yesterday about the threat to religious liberty and Christianity? A quarter of Democrats believe the Tea Party is a greater threat to national security than radical Islamists! How many innocent people have been beheaded or blown up by Tea Party supporters?

When a poll came out some years ago indicating that quite a few conservatives thought Obama was a Muslim, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews would begin virtually every interview with a conservative guest by asking if they believed Obama was a Muslim or a citizen. No matter what the topic of the show was supposed to be, that is how Matthews would begin.

It was clear what he was doing. He was trying to force that senator or congressman to insult many conservatives or look like an extremist to the average viewer. Hello, Sean Hannity! Every liberal who goes on your show should be asked whether he agrees with the quarter of his party that equates the Tea Party with radical Islamists.

And here’s one more example of loony liberalism run amok. The FBI is seeking the public’s help in tracking down its most wanted terrorists. It produced a poster with the pictures of 16 terrorists with the captions “Faces of Global Terrorism” and “Stop a Terrorist. Save Lives. Up to $25 Million Reward.” You can see poster the here.

Last week left coast liberal Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) sent a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller complaining that the “ad featuring sixteen photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling.” But according to the Seattle Times, “Seven [of the 16] are from African countries, four are from the Philippines, one each is from Malaysia and Chechnya, and three were born in the United States.”

Nevertheless, Obama’s FBI dutifully complied and announced Tuesday that the posters would be taken down.

Stand With Israel

Join me in our nation’s capital for the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit!

Led by Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s Washington Summit will be held July 22-24. This year’s Summit features an outstanding lineup of speakers, including:

    Rep. Michele Bachmann
    Glenn Beck
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
    Sen. Ted Cruz
    Gov. Mike Huckabee
    And many more!

Reserve your seat today. I look forward to seeing you there!


End Of Day Report

Thursday, June 27, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

We MUST Keep Fighting!

Based on the messages I have received, many of you (and especially our friends in California) seem tempted to give up. Some are asking, “Why should we bother anymore?”

This may be shocking to you, but if we throw up our arms in frustration and surrender the political arena to the left, it will get a whole lot worse. We are headed toward the criminalization of Christianity. Let me explain.

If a family were teaching its children that the KKK is the correct model for society, people would rightly be outraged. If Child Protective Services found out, that family would face the possibility of having its kids taken away for psychological child abuse.

When it comes to same-sex marriage, the militant homosexual movement and its left-wing media allies have, unbelievably, taken the normal view of marriage and equated it with the kind of raw bigotry I just described.

If we stop fighting, in short order you will not be able to teach your children that God intended them to marry someone of the opposite sex.

You may say, “Gary, that will never happen!” That’s exactly what folks said about men “marrying” other men just 20 years ago.

As I wrote yesterday, this is about more than just marriage rights. It is not hyperbole to say that religious liberty is at stake. (Pastors, please pay attention!)

Think about the example I described above. There is legal precedent here. As Ben Shapiro explains, in 1983 the Supreme Court stripped Bob Jones University, which once banned interracial dating, of its tax exempt status. The court declared, “Government has a fundamental, overriding interest in eradicating racial discrimination . . . which substantially outweighs whatever burden denial of tax benefits places on [the University’s] exercise of their religious beliefs.”

Shapiro writes, “Internal Revenue Service regulations could be modified to remove non-profit status for churches across the country. …Should the IRS move to revoke federal non-profit status for churches, synagogues and mosques … the Court could easily justify that decision on the basis of ‘eradicating discrimination.'”

He goes on to note how this has already happened at the state level to some degree. Due to certain “anti-discrimination” laws, Catholic Charities was forced to stop its adoption services in Massachusetts. Legislation was passed in California to strip the Boy Scouts and religious youth groups of their tax exempt status.

These attacks will only intensify. You can read more on this subject in a column I wrote that was published in today’s Washington Times.

Please, my friends, instead of asking yourselves, “What difference does it make?” ask yourself, “What more can I do?”

I had several reporters point out to me that the only people they saw outside the Supreme Court yesterday were gay rights activists. Why were there not hundreds, or thousands, of men and women of faith taking a stand for our values?

We MUST fight back!

Scalia’s Warning

It used to be said that homosexuals were coming out of the closet and they wanted to force Christianity in the closet. It’s worse than that. If you think I am exaggerating, consider Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in yesterday’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In his majority striking down Section 3 of DOMA, Justice Kennedy accuses supporters of normal marriage of harboring an “animus” or hatred of homosexuals. Scalia’s dissent suggests that the majority’s arrogance betrays its own “animus,” one the left is about to unleash on men and women of faith.

    “In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to ‘disparage,’ ‘injure,’ ‘degrade,’ ‘demean,’ and ‘humiliate’ our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual.

    “All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence — indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.”

    “It takes real cheek for today’s majority to assure us, as it is going out the door, that a constitutional requirement to give formal recognition to same-sex marriage is not at issue here — when what has preceded that assurance is a lecture on how superior the majority’s moral judgment in favor of same-sex marriage is to the Congress’s hateful moral judgment against it. I promise you this: The only thing that will ‘confine’ the Court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.”

    “As far as this Court is concerned, no one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe. By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.

    “Henceforth those challengers will lead with this Court’s declaration that there is ‘no legitimate purpose’ served by such a law, and will claim that the traditional definition has ‘the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure’ the personhood and dignity’ of same-sex couples.”

    “In the majority’s telling, this story is black-and-white: Hate your neighbor or come along with us. The truth is more complicated. It is hard to admit that one’s political opponents are not monsters, especially in a struggle like this one, and the challenge in the end proves more than today’s Court can handle. Too bad.”

    “We might have covered ourselves with honor today, by promising all sides of this debate that it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution. We might have let the People decide. But that the majority will not do.”

The Next Assault

The radical gay rights movement is not resting on its laurels. It is already planning the next assault. According to The Hill, it is preparing to launch a massive lobbying campaign for the “Respect for Marriage Act.”

The bill would “fully repeal DOMA and ensure that ‘state of ceremony’ takes precedence over ‘state of residence’ when the government decides whether a gay couple is eligible for tax breaks, entitlement benefits and other federal programs.”

In addition, there are efforts underway at the state level to repeal marriage amendments in at least three states — Arizona, Florida and Ohio.

Polygamists are also celebrating yesterday’s rulings. Kennedy’s “logic” that it is bigotry to limit marriage to what it always has been opens the door to any redefinition. If society has no right to define marriage as the union of opposite, complimentary sexes, then presumably it is also some form of “bigotry” to limit the number of people involved in a marriage.

I am pleased to report that not all the action is on the left. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) announced yesterday that he would sponsor a federal constitutional amendment to protect normal marriage. Responding to the Supreme Court’s decisions yesterday, Rep. Huelskamp said:

    “This radical usurpation of legislative and popular authority will not end the debate over marriage in this country.  Congress clearly must respond to these bad decisions, and as a result, I plan to introduce the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) to amend the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

High Court Rules On Marriage

Friends, we are still digesting the complex decisions handed down today by the Supreme Court regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. At first glance it appears to be a split decision, but not as bad as many feared it would be. We will have a special report later this afternoon with more analysis.

Buckeye State Buyer’s Remorse

When I read new polling data today out of Ohio, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Just 40% of Buckeye State voters approve of President Obama’s job performance, while 57% disapprove. That is Obama’s lowest approval rating ever in this key swing state.

But my astonishment soon turned to anger. Why? Because for the second time in a row, we lost Ohio to Obama. The reasons are many but the conclusion is obvious. The state is dominated by blue-collar working-class people, who tend to be pro-life and oppose same-sex “marriage.” Yet they determined that the Republican standard bearer and the GOP generally did not care about people like them.

Of course part of the reason they believe that is due to the unceasing class warfare campaign that has been waged by Obama and his left-wing allies. Countless millions of dollars were spent depicting Mitt Romney as a job-killing “vulture capitalist” who was oblivious to the struggles of average people.

Here’s what has me so angry. We can’t control what Democrats say about conservatism. But we can fight to control the agenda the GOP offers to the American people.

If our party continues to talk about nothing other than cutting Social Security checks and tightening our belts, if it keeps falling on it sword to prevent tax hikes for billionaires and if it embraces an immigration bill that clobbers working-class wages, we will continue to lose elections to the likes of Barack Obama.

Listen to Republican politicians and count how often they talk about hard working families. Count the speeches devoted to ending the unholy alliance between Big Business and Big Government — crony capitalism. Count how many times you hear them getting tough on China and how it robs our economy of blue-collar jobs.

You will seldom hear these issues addressed because the party’s rhetoric is almost exclusively devoted to investment and Wall Street concerns. Those are important issues, but they are not enough to win elections.

And, of course, count how many times you hear Republicans talk about the sanctity of life, religious liberty and strengthening the family for everybody, including minorities. All too often they are giving it lip service. Yet they can’t figure out why Ohioans are voting for Obama rather than taking a chance with Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.

You’ll hear a lot of rhetoric from Republicans about entrepreneurs. I am a big supporter of men and women who risk their capital to start new businesses. That should remain one of the main focuses of our message.

But most Americans will not start their own business. Most Americans will work for someone else, and the conservative message has got to appeal to those millions who live paycheck to paycheck.

The Left Fights To Win

Last night the Texas legislature failed to pass an abortion reform bill that would have banned late-term abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to a January Gallup poll, only 27% of Americans believe abortion should be “generally legal” in the second trimester and just 14% believe abortion should be legal in the third trimester.

This should not be a controversial issue. So what went wrong? Once again the left resorted to mob action to defeat the bill. Hundreds of screaming pro-abortion protestors shouted down legislators as they tried to conclude the session.

We are seeing this tactic over and over again. Do you remember the riots that occurred in California after Proposition 8 passed? Do you remember the mobs in Madison, Wisconsin?

This strategy is being used right now in North Carolina, where voters have elected a Republican majority to the state legislature for the first time in modern history. The GOP is undertaking needed reforms, but day after day rent-a-mobs are showing up to harass conservative legislators.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer recently threatened “massive demonstrations,” “a million people on the Mall in Washington,” unless the House passes the Senate’s amnesty bill. Increasingly the left is using intimidation to turn America into something we won’t recognize.

Among the dozens of things the conservative movement needs to do when it comes to building assets — more funding and better technology — we’d better start finding ways to get conservatives to “vote with their feet” in order to counter the increasing use of political mobs by the left.

Radical Islamists In The White House

The  Investigative Project on Terrorism released a disturbing report today indicating that radical Islamist leader Sheik Abdullah Bin Bayyah attended a meeting at the White House earlier this month with top administration officials — at the request of the Obama Administration!

According to a White House spokesman, those in the meeting discussed “a wide range of issues including poverty, global health efforts and Bin Bayyah’s efforts to counter the Al Qaeda narrative.”

Bin Bayyah may not be a card-carrying member of Al Qaeda, but he’s far from a “moderate.” He is a supporter of Hamas, which carries out homicide bombings and calls for Israel’s destruction. In 2004 Bin Bayyah supported a fatwa calling for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

If this report is accurate, members of Congress should be holding hearings and demanding resignations.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Thank You!

We are still waiting for pledges to come through the mail, but initial results indicate that we will meet our summer fundraising goal. Thank you, my friends!

We don’t get government grants and we don’t automatically tap paychecks like the Big Labor unions. Your generous financial support is the only thing that keeps us going. I am humbled by your confidence in our work, and I promise to continue the good fight for faith, family and freedom!

Sarah Slams Senate Immigration Bill

In a Facebook post Sunday evening that was liked by more than 3.5 million people, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed the Senate’s immigration bill and ripped into Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Palin wrote that Senate Democrats were trying to “Pelosi” the amnesty bill — “They’ll pass it in order to find out what’s in it.” She blasted Senate “amnesty supporters” for repeatedly voting down strict border security amendments, and Palin included Marco Rubio among the “amnesty supporters.”

Palin also echoed remarks I have been making: We cannot trust this gang to secure the border. She wrote:

    “If D.C. expects us to just sit back and ‘trust’ them despite our permanent political class and Washington bureaucrats proving themselves so very untrustworthy, then I have a bridge to somewhere in Alaska to sell them. Our government is awash in one scandal after another involving blatant lies and violations of our basic liberties, and the leader of the pack ventures out on one road trip after another to avoid accountability.

Harry Reid has vowed to ram the bill through the Senate before the July 4th recess. Yesterday Barack Obama said he wanted the House to “get this done” before August. There is a reason they are in such a rush.

The left is worried that protests and demonstrations against the bill during the summer August recess could persuade House members to oppose it. And they should be worried about protests — it’s a terrible bill!

Don’t wait until August, my friends. Members of Congress are scheduled to be back home next week for the July 4th recess. Contact your local congressional offices then. (You can find local contact information at our online Congressional Directory.)

A Victory For Common Sense

The Supreme Court today struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The act routinely subjected the laws of nine states and many other local jurisdictions to the intense scrutiny of the Justice Department whenever they sought to change any aspect of their election laws.

For example, Attorney General Eric Holder used the Voting Rights Act to block popular voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina. While congressional and state redistricting was left to most state legislatures, certain states were required by the Voting Rights Act to get “preclearance” or approval from the Justice Department in order to complete their plans.

Today the Supreme Court declared that regime unconstitutional. The court’s majority objected to the fact that the law relied on “a formula based on 40-year-old facts, having no logical relationship to the present day.” Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts rightly observed, “Our country has changed.”

Indeed it has. America has elected and reelected its first black president. During his campaigns, Barack Obama won two southern states — North Carolina and Virginia.

Senator Tim Scott, a black man, now represents the state of South Carolina. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both Hispanics, represent Florida and Texas. Susana Martinez, who is Hispanic, is governor of New Mexico. Brian Sandoval, also Hispanic, is governor of Nevada. Indian Americans Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina are governors of their respective states.

The Voting Rights Act seems unnecessary when states like Louisiana and South Carolina are electing minorities to high office.

This ruling was a victory for common sense. Tomorrow morning we will find out whether the court has enough common sense to uphold the definition of normal marriage.

Obama Declares War On Coal

President Obama delivered a speech today which the New York Times labeled “a sweeping plan to address climate change.” In reality he is declaring war on the coal industry and your wallet.

Don’t take my word for it. The New York Times quoted Daniel Schrag, a member of Obama’s presidential science panel, which is advising the White House on this issue. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants,” Schrag said. “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. …a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

This is not a sudden shift. Don’t forget that in 2008 Obama promised to bankrupt the coal industry.

Combatting climate change might sound like a laudable goal to some. But this is a very radical idea. In fact it is so radical that Obama could not get it passed by the Democrat Congress in 2010, when his party controlled a super-majority vote in the Senate.

There were plenty of reasons why many Democrats opposed Obama’s climate change plan then and those reasons are still valid today. Here are just a few:

  • Higher energy costs. Even with low natural gas prices, coal still produces most of our electricity.
  • Higher gas prices. If you think gasoline is too expensive now, just wait until Obama’s carbon tax kicks in. A 2010 Harvard study estimated that to achieve Obama’s climate change goals, gasoline prices would have to rise to $7 a gallon.
  • Higher food prices. Carbon taxes and regulations would have a tremendous impact on the price of fertilizers and pesticides, not to mention all the goods in your local grocery store that are transported by trucks paying $7 a gallon for diesel!
  • More foreign aid. Obama is pledging billions of your hard-earned dollars for “international climate mitigation and adaption projects,” but many developing nations are demanding far more.
  • Science far from settled. Forty years ago, scientists were concerned about global cooling. Global warming isn’t happening as predicted. And I don’t think the warming on Mars is the result of our SUVs.

Everybody wants clean air and clean water. But as I wrote yesterday, climate change is just one more way for liberals to justify higher taxes and big government control over our lives. Sadly, the environmentalist movement has been hijacked by radical socialists.

End Of Day Report

Monday, June 24, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Border Compromise Is A Bad Deal

We told you last week that the purpose of the big border security amendment compromise was not to stop illegal immigration. The purpose was to fool enough of the public so that enough senators would feel they had cover to cast a vote for what is becoming the immigration reform equivalent of Obamacare.

This is a massive bill full of contradictions and loopholes. Here’s more proof. Senators supporting the Corker/Hoeven “border surge” amendment say this deal will build the border security fence. There is already a law on the books (the 2006 Secure Fence Act) calling for a border fence and they didn’t do it. It is infuriating and insulting. Why should we trust them this time? As it turns out, we shouldn’t.

Breitbart reports that there is language in the Corker/Hoeven amendment giving Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discretion over whether to build the fence.

Democrat politicians spent the weekend on Spanish language shows reassuring the Latino community that citizenship will come before border security. That is not what most Americans want.

A recent CNN poll found that 62% of Americans said the main focus immigration policy should be “increasing border security to reduce or eliminate the number of immigrants coming into this country without permission.”

Moreover, there is a report today that the new “border security” amendment includes stimulus funds demanded by Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders. Why are Republicans like Bob Corker and John Hoeven trying to satisfy a socialist like Bernie Sanders?

Friends, this is a good reminder about the importance of our work here at CWF helping real conservatives win primaries. If you have not yet responded to our recent appeals for support, now is a good time to make that donation — especially when it will be doubled!

Amnesty Hurting Rubio

For those, including myself, who had high hopes for Marco Rubio, he is suffering badly for his association with this Senate amnesty bill. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 73% of Republicans had a favorable opinion of Florida’s freshman senator back in February. Today, his favorability rating is down 15 points to 58%, and this battle is not yet over.

In 2010 Rubio ran a solid conservative campaign in Florida after defying the Republican Party establishment by opposing the sitting governor, Charlie Crist. In that race, Rubio was a strong proponent of border security and blasted an “earned path to citizenship” as “code for amnesty.” Yet after just a few years in Washington, D.C., he is day-by-day frittering away the goodwill of those who elected and supported him.

For example, Senator Rubio had previously insisted on an open and fair debate in the Senate. He told Rush Limbaugh in January that he would not support the bill if it was written in secret and rushed to the floor.

But that is exactly what has happened now with this latest “border surge” amendment, which has added 120 pages to a bill already over 1,000 pages long. Harry Reid is demanding a procedural vote on the new bill today, and it is doubtful many senators have read the whole thing. Nevertheless, Rubio appears to be standing with the “Gang of Eight” rather than standing by his previous statements.

I still think Rubio could have a bright future ahead of him. But conservative activists will likely not be as enthusiastic about supporting him in the future. The senator will have to spend considerable time repairing frayed relationships and rebuilding trust that has been needlessly lost.

Obama Aims To Control The Weather

Stung by recent polls showing a huge drop in support among younger Americans, Obama is moving to shore up his left-wing base. Tomorrow he will deliver a speech trotting out his plans for dealing with climate change. Once again, Obama will be resorting to unilateral actions. The speech reportedly will be heavy on executive actions and EPA regulations given the split control of Congress.

The hubris of the left is amazing. Given all the things government can’t do, liberals want us to believe that it can stop long-term trends in the climate? Like so much of the left-wing agenda, climate change is just another excuse for even bigger government, more regulation and more control over our lives and the economy.

For example, Fox News reports that the administration has just reduced the amount of federal land available for oil shale development by two-thirds.

One industry analyst reacted to this decision by saying, “What they basically did was make it so that nobody is going to want to spend money going after oil shale on federal government lands.” Just as the United States is poised to lead the world in a major energy revolution, the Obama Administration steps in the way.

Silencing Dissent

Here’s a shocking story from Maryland about the left’s instinct to silence dissent. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting today at Carroll County Community College.

Unbelievably, a local Democrat county official contacted “the Community College’s campus security, the State Police, and the county sheriff’s office,” concerned about the event. Was he worried about radical Islamists? No. He demanded that a local Tea Party group be banned from the town hall event, claiming that it engaged in “violent tendencies.”

This smear against the Tea Party is outrageous and it is completely false. It is the political left that routinely engages in violence and intimidation.

Liberal politicians had high hopes that the Occupy Wall Street movement would become a potent grassroots movement. Instead, it quickly developed a lengthy rap sheet that eventually generated a lot of bad publicity.

End Of Day Report

Friday, June 21, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Farm Bill Defeated In House

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted down a $940 billion farm bill. The House leadership faced a revolt from both sides of the aisle. Conservative Republicans were angry over too much spending on subsidies, and liberal Democrats were upset over how much was cut from food stamps.

Speaker John Boehner was not able to keep his troops in line as 62 Republicans voted against the bill. Some conservatives are taking comfort in that fact, believing Boehner won’t be able to keep them in line on the immigration bill or other key issues that stray too far from the conservative view.

Here’s another reason the bill failed. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) offered an amendment that — horror of horrors — allowed states the option of adding a work requirement to receive food stamps. Every House Democrat but one voted against the Southerland amendment, and after it passed dozens of them refused to vote for the final farm bill.

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, said, “I had people that came up to me and said, ‘I was going to stick with you, but this [Southerland amendment] is too much.'” Peterson later told reporters, “Because what they’re upset about on the food stamps is the block granting that they did back in ’96, and what the Southerland amendment does is exactly the thing that they’re upset about.”

Ever since Obama took office, Democrats have tried to reverse successful welfare reforms. On Obama’s watch there has been such an explosion in the use of food stamps that Republicans are trying to apply a modest, common sense reform to the program — work for welfare — but Obama’s allies in Congress don’t want reform!

More Bad News For Obamacare

The past week brought more bad news about Obamacare. Here is a brief summary with links to each story.

  • They’ve already got our phone records and emails. Now, thanks to Obamacare, government bureaucrats will have access to your health data.
  • Obamacare is hurting job growth and the economy. According to a recent poll conducted by the Gallup organization, 41% of business owners have stopped hiring because of Obamacare.
    Thirty-eight percent said they had reduced “plans to grow their businesses,” 24% said they were considering dropping their insurance coverage, 19% said they had “reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act” and 18% said they had cut back on hours.

  • It’s not just the private sector that is cutting back on workers’ hours because of Obamacare. Local and state governments are finding that they can’t afford it either.
  • Obamacare’s state exchanges are supposed to be up and running as of October 1st. But the Government Accountability Office doesn’t think that is very likely.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, June 20, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Amnesty Insanity

There is news today of an agreement that will improve the border security aspects of the Senate’s quasi-amnesty bill. The deal supposedly involves doubling the Border Patrol by adding 20,000 new agents, hundreds of miles of border fencing and surveillance drones to track illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border.

We will provide more details as we have them, but I’m skeptical. Security has been promised repeatedly for thirty years. It hasn’t been done.

For months the Gang of Eight has been promising that its bill would secure the border. Yet those Senators have voted down every significant border security amendment, including one for additional fencing. Not surprisingly, the Congressional Budget Office determined that the Gang of Eight bill would not significantly improve border security.

But suddenly today there is a breakthrough on security. We’re just supposed to trust that they got it right this time. By the way, in 2006 Congress passed the Secure Fence Act calling for 700 miles of additional fencing along the border. Only 35 miles of it got built.

When Democrats got their first look at the bill several weeks ago, liberals and their pro-amnesty allies were trying to conceal their glee. Politico reported that the bill was “far more generous to their constituencies than Democrats and Hispanic activists expected. … their side made off with more policy victories than it could’ve predicted.”

Why don’t our Republican friends understand that the level of trust for anything favored by Obama, Schumer and Pelosi is less than zero? After healthcare reform, why would we trust this crowd with comprehensive anything?

And who is going to decide that the border is secured? If it is left to some Obama agency I guarantee it won’t happen. Don’t forget that this administration is laying off hospital workers at Walter Reed and air traffic controllers rather than EPA bureaucrats. How long until the new Border Patrol agents are laid off? Obama’s got that big African vacation to pay for.

As Rush Limbaugh said today, no one is talking about how to stop illegal immigration, but how to get to 70 votes in the Senate. This latest “deal” is only meant provide cover for senators to vote for amnesty. Like the definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results — we’ve been down this road before. Let’s try something different.

Drop the comprehensive part and focus on border security first. The border needs to be secured before any kind of legalization is even contemplated. Make members of Congress go on the record every year by voting to certify whether or not the border is secured.

Once illegal immigration has been reasonably reduced and the border is under control, then we can start talking about what to do with the illegal immigrants “in the shadows.”

Obama Bashes Catholic Education

During this week’s trip to the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, Barack Obama attempted to address the problem of sectarian violence, but seemed to suggest that religious education should be banned. Here’s what he said:

“If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden — that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.”
That statement is absolutely stunning! Whatever point the president was trying to make about sectarian violence in Northern Ireland was completely lost by his absurd example. As Fr. John Zuhlsdorf put it:

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a foreign visit to an Islamic nation where he told people on his arrival that they shouldn’t have madrasas.  Can you? Did he when visiting, say, Israel, say ‘You Jews shouldn’t have synagogue schools and you Muslims shouldn’t have mosque schools.’  I can’t remember.  Did he?”
Sadly, Obama’s dismissive remark of religious education is illustrative of his administration’s hostility to Judeo-Christian values. For example:

  • The Obama Administration tried to kill the voucher program for low-income students in the District of Columbia. The most of the beneficiaries were minority students.
  • While Obama is demanding amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, he has decided that there is no room in America for one religious homeschooling family that legally applied for asylum. The Obama Administration wants to send the Romeike family back to Germany, even though their children will likely be taken away from them because they refuse to bend to Germany’s Nazi-era state education laws.
  • Under Obama, there has been growing hostility toward Christianity in the military.
  • The administration is using Obamacare to browbeat Catholic institutions and other religious organizations and businesses to accept practices that violate their religious beliefs.

From bowing to radical Islamic groups on the FBI’s surveillance of mosques and bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia and sending private letters to the ayatollah, the only faith Obama seems to have any genuine tolerance for, in domestic and foreign policy, is Islam.

Obama’s Assault On The First Amendment

Gary Pruitt, president of the Associated Press, blasted the Obama Administration yesterday during a speech to the National Press Club. He accused Obama’s Justice Department of acting as “judge, jury and executioner” in the massive seizure of the AP’s phone records. Worse, he said that sources are no longer talking to his reporters out of fear of government prosecution. Here are some of his remarks:

“What I learned from our journalists should alarm everyone in this room and should alarm everyone in this country… This chilling effect is not just at AP, it’s happening at other news organizations as well.
“Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me it has intimidated sources from speaking to them. Now, the government may love this. I suspect they do. But beware the government that loves secrecy too much.”

I am not in the habit of defending the liberal media. It refused to vet Obama and now it is having buyer’s remorse. But Pruitt’s point is especially valid coming at a time when the administration is facing so many investigations for corruption and abuse.

Now more than ever, we need whistleblowers to come forward. We need people inside the government to report wrongdoing and we need journalists willing to expose it.