End Of Day Report

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obamanomics Failing Middle Class Americans

Continuing his series of economic speeches, President Obama spoke at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, yesterday. During his remarks Obama pitched his latest plan for a “grand bargain” on the economy — corporate tax cuts, more infrastructure spending and the elimination of federal government spending cuts forced by sequestration.

Let’s think about that for a moment. Barack Obama is running around the country giving speeches about helping middle and working class Americans. But as Rep. Paul Ryan noted, Obama is really pitching a “grand bargain for big business.”

Obama is proposing to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%. Don’t get me wrong — I think tax cuts are good economic policy. But on January 3rd of this year, Obama signed the fiscal cliff deal that raised the top tax rate on individuals and small businesses owners to 39.6%. That “deal” is expected to take $60 billion a year out of the hides of families and small business owners.

Don’t forget that the president recently suspended Obamacare’s employer mandate for companies with more than 50 employees, but he is refusing to suspend the individual mandate. So Obama is giving Big Business tax cuts and breaks from Obamacare that small businesses and families can’t get.

As for infrastructure spending, there’s an argument to be made for more roads and bridges. But this president mocks the Keystone pipeline and wages a war on coal while he sinks your hard-earned tax dollars into green-energy boondoggles like Solyndra.

Now get this: While Obama chose the Amazon facility to highlight the importance of the private sector, he launched into yet another defense of Big Government, bemoaning the sequestration spending cuts as well as the recent downsizing of government workers at all levels. Obama said:

    “If those [government] layoffs had not happened, if public sector employees grew like they did in the past two recessions, the unemployment rate would be 6.5 instead of 7.5. Our economy would be much better off, and the deficit would still be going down because we would be getting more tax revenue.”

Really, Mr. Obama, that’s your big idea — grow the government? By the way, sequestration, which Obama rails against, was his idea!

Obamanomics isn’t working, and today’s GDP figures speak for themselves. The U.S. economy grew at a sluggish pace of 1.7% in the second quarter of 2013, and first quarter growth was revised downward to 1.1%.

More Bad News

The latest headlines about Obamacare must have folks in the White House reaching for the Maalox. As states rush to set up their mandated Obamacare exchanges, there has been a steady stream of headlines warning of massive premium hikes thanks to Obamacare — 40% increase in Florida, up 72% in Indiana, up 88% in Ohio.

The results were so bad in Georgia that officials there are asking for an emergency delay after discovering that premiums could rise as much as 198% for some plans.

Liberals counter that these higher premiums will be offset by taxpayer-funded subsidies. But many Americans will have to lookout for the Obamacare “subsidy cliff,” as one recent study described it.

The taxpayer-subsidized premiums that an individual or a family qualify for are pegged to a specific formula. Earn one dollar more than the allowed amount and you lose 100% of the subsidy. As the study notes, this perverse setup may “incentivize some to earn less.” Consider the following example based on details for a family of three from New York’s Obamacare exchange:

    “The second lowest silver plan … would cost $12,784 before subsidies. …if the family earns $78,120 they will only be required to spend $7,421, with the government subsidizing the rest. That’s a total savings of $5,363! $78,120 – $7,421 = $70,699 of take-home income after health insurance.

    “What happens if the family earns $78,121 dollars? Suddenly they lose the entire amount of the savings and are actually worse off than they were before. $78,121 – $12,784 = $65,337 of take-home income after health insurance. In fact, assuming the family of three wanted to keep the same plan they would need to earn $83,483 just to get back to where they were before.”

This example also demonstrates what a massive redistribution of wealth scheme Obamacare really is. In this example, 7% of a New York family’s income is subsidized by Obamacare. The left knows that government dependency is its ticket to power, and through Obamacare it is looking to get more and more people hooked on Big Government.

The GOP’s Civil War

The Republican Party appears to be the middle of a civil war over immigration reform. The Washington Times reported yesterday that top party donors, former officials and traditional allies in the business community are mounting a full-court press to pressure Republican House members into supporting the Senate’s quasi-amnesty bill.

That bill only survived because Republicans were promised a “surge” of new agents to help secure the border. Most Senate Republicans refused to fall for that ruse, but enough did. And it really was a ruse.

According to Politico, Senator John McCain suggested yesterday before a Big Labor forum that the so-called “border surge” amendment would likely be gutted during final negotiations after the House passes its own immigration legislation. McCain said, “We don’t need 20,000 additional border patrol agents. …I voted for it so friends of mine would be comfortable that we are securing the border.”

The good news is that Senator Jeff Sessions is still fighting to defeat the Senate’s amnesty bill by reframing the entire debate. In Sessions’ view, the focus shouldn’t be on illegal immigrants, but the impact on hard-working Americans.

In a memo to his Senate GOP colleagues, Sessions wrote that the elite view on immigration reform is “nonsense,” adding that Republicans should instead, “speak directly to the real and legitimate concerns of millions of hurting Americans whose wages have declined and whose job prospects have grown only bleaker.” I couldn’t agree more!


End Of Day Report

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

“No Jews Allowed”

Efforts to restart stalled Middle East peace talks began yesterday at the State Department. Unfortunately, we already have seen two outrages, one from Barack Obama and one from Mahmoud Abbas.

Friday afternoon, citing “the national security interests of the United States,” President Obama issued an executive order releasing approximately $150 million to the Palestinian Authority. Obama has the legal authority to issue such orders in spite of congressional opposition.

Nevertheless, what does it tell us about the “peace process” that Obama must bribe the Palestinians with our tax dollars in order to get them to the negotiating table? That taxpayer money should stay here for pressing needs rather than being used to prop up the corrupt Palestinian regime, which continues to honor jihadist homicide bombers.

Just how corrupt is the Palestinian Authority? Speaking in Egypt yesterday, Mahmoud Abbas said, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands.”

Sound familiar? Abbas sounds like Adolf Hitler and his “final solution” to the so-called “Jewish problem” in Europe. Abbas is talking like a 1920s-style segregationist saying that under his plan no Jews will be allowed to live in a future Palestinian state.

Ironically, America’s first president of color is silent about Abbas’s stated goal of a Jew free zone while he embraces the George Wallace of Palestine. There are a million Arabs in Israel. But not one Jew will be permitted in the Palestinian territories. And Abbas not only wants his Palestinian state, he also demands the right to flood Israel with millions of additional Palestinian “refugees.”

Yet in spite of this vile hatred and unreasonable demand, most of the pressure during these negotiations will come down against the Israelis. Already the Obama Administration has pressured Israel to release scores of convicted terrorists as a sign of “good will.”

And the front page of today’s Washington Post offers this headline: “As Talks Begin, Jewish Settlers Present Challenge.” So the “challenge” is not Hamas or Palestinian anti-Semitism, but Jews living in Judea and parts of Jerusalem.

Yet long before there were so-called “settlements,” Israel’s enemies had tried repeatedly to destroy it. The problem isn’t Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. The problem is that too many of Israel’s neighbors don’t believe Israel has a right to exist.

Kudos To Don Lemon

Last Monday Bill O’Reilly took on Barack Obama and the “civil rights industry” for failing to accurately define the problem facing the black community: “the disintegration of the African American family.” Predictably, O’Reilly’s comments were derided by many liberal commentators.

But CNN’s Don Lemon had a different take. Lemon, who is black and a homosexual, said, “[O’Reilly’s] got a point. In fact, he’s got more than a point. …But in my estimation, he doesn’t go far enough.”

Lemon then proceeded to address his black viewers directly and offered them a five-point plan to improve their own lot in life:

  • “Pull up your pants.” As Lemon noted, saggy pants comes from the prison culture, where prisoners are not permitted to have belts. And there is another connotation from the homosexual subculture that permeates many prisons.
  • He told blacks to reject the use of the “N” word.
  • Lemon told blacks to “respect where you live,” and stop littering.
  • He told them to respect education, saying, “Stop telling kids they’re acting white because they go to school or they speak proper English.”
  • Lastly, Lemon said this: “Number one, and probably the most important, just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. …More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison.”

I suspect there isn’t much Mr. Lemon and I would agree on. But when it comes to the persistent problems plaguing the black community, we agree completely. And I applaud him for having the courage to speak out on this subject. If only Barack Obama and liberal politicians would do the same.

Dr. Dean Disses Obamacare

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who has also been a practicing physician, published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this week that was surprisingly candid about Obamacare. Don’t get the wrong impression — Dean is not abandoning his left-wing policies.

But Dr. Dean is not a fan of one of Obamacare’s central components — the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Sarah Palin famously made headlines when she referred to Obamacare’s “death panels” and many conservatives have blasted the IPAB as setting the stage for rationing. Dr. Dean agrees, writing:

    “One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.

    “There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting — the essential mechanism of the IPAB — has a 40-year track record of failure. … Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical system simply becomes more bureaucratic.”

End Of Day Report

Monday, July 29, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Praises Ho Chi Minh

Last week President Obama met with his Vietnamese counterpart, President Truong Tan Sang, at the White House. During a photo-op, Obama repeated the canard of the left that Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s notorious communist dictator, “was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

What was Obama thinking? Four months ago Jane Fonda apologized for that terrible 1972 photo of her seated on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. She called it an “unforgivable mistake” that she would take “to my grave.”

There are more than 58,000 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It’s within walking distance from the White House. Yet last week our president praised Ho Chi Minh, who was a committed communist trained in Moscow in the 1920s.

Perhaps Obama was just humoring his guest, albeit at the expense of Vietnam veterans. But it is just as likely to be one more indication of his own leanings.

To the left, Vietnam was an unjust war. The radicals in the anti-war movement attacked our soldiers for being “baby killers.” They considered the communist North Vietnamese “the good guys.” Their reaction today would be equivalent to someone suggesting that the Taliban are “the good guys.”

Don’t forget that Barack Obama launched his political career in the living room of former radicals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And he sat for decades in the pews of a pastor who preached from the pulpit, “God damn America!”

What A Deal!

Liberal big city politicians love to make promises they can’t keep. Unfortunately many people rely on those promises for their pensions and their retirement security. So what do you do when the bills come due? Well, if you’re the liberals running Detroit, you dump folks into Obamacare!

The New York Times reports that Detroit’s plan is “being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.”

The timing is incredible. Starting next year, Obamacare will increase your health care costs and use your “premiums” to subsidize others who can’t afford the higher costs, including Detroit’s municipal retirees. So hard-working taxpayers all over America are indirectly bailing out Detroit’s liberal politicians without Obama ever having to admit it!

By the way, Obamacare dramatically expands the power and influence of the IRS. But the government employees union representing IRS workers is fighting tooth-and-nail to make sure they don’t have to participate in Obamacare. What does that tell you about the health care system liberals designed for the rest of us?

Obama Torpedoes The Pipeline

The New York Times interviewed President Obama last week and asked him about the Keystone XL pipeline. Proposed during the Bush Administration, the Keystone pipeline, which would transport Canadian shale oil to the U.S., is one of the most thoroughly vetted projects in modern memory.

It is overwhelmingly supported by the American people and would seem to be a slam dunk for an administration desperate to create jobs. But we are still waiting for a State Department review to be completed and released to the White House.

Whatever the State Department decides, Obama’s comments about the Keystone XL pipeline were clear: He’s against it. He mocked the potential for the project’s job creation, suggested that the additional oil might actually raise gas prices and reiterated his concern about “carbon in our atmosphere.”

“Go For It!”

The reaction to our Friday report about Obamacare was overwhelming. You want Obamacare stopped and you’re willing to shut down the government if necessary. That’s my instinct as well. But many of you questioned whether some congressional leaders had the guts to see it through. The always-insightful columnist Charles Krauthammer has pondered that concern, and concluded that they do not.

As much as he would love to defund Obamacare, Krauthammer believes the threat of a government shutdown is “really dumb.” Here is Krauthammer’s take:

    “Never issue a threat you’re not prepared to in the end honor and deliver on. And if the Republicans imagine they’re going to either stop the funding of the government or refuse the raising of the debt ceiling, they’re out of their minds. It would be a catastrophe in the end.

    “All the president has to do is wait and they’re going to cave. This happened on January 1 of this year. It happened with the debt ceiling. We know the end game. Why would you threaten something and demand in return something you know the president will never do? …The only alternative is to go over a cliff. It is really dumb.

    “You don’t engage in a tactic that you know from the beginning will lose… You can’t govern from a single house of Congress.”

Charles Krauthammer is identifying a key problem — the propensity of too many politicians to cave in!

End Of Day Report

Friday, July 26, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

A Tale Of Two Deaths

As we reported yesterday, President Obama lashed out at what he called “phony scandals” in Washington during a speech on the economy this week. The two big scandals in the news are the IRS/Tea Party scandal and the Benghazi cover-up.

Patricia Smith was on Fox News yesterday, and she did not take Mr. Obama’s remarks very well. You see, her son, Sean Smith, was killed during the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Nearly a year later, she is still waiting for someone in the Obama Administration to explain to her what happened on the night of September 11, 2012, and why her son died. Responding to Mr. Obama’s rhetoric, Mrs. Smith said, “He’s wrong. My son is dead. How could that be phony?”

Her comments led me to think about how her son’s death is being portrayed to the American people compared to the death of Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin is now a household name. I would not be surprised if 99% of the American people know who he is. And why wouldn’t they? Even now the stories persist about the tragedy of his death, how we can achieve justice for Travyon and advance the cause of racial reconciliation.

In contrast, I would be shocked if half of the public could identify Sean Smith as a victim of the Benghazi attacks. The media show little interest in finding out why he is dead. There are no calls by major news organizations and opinion leaders for justice for Sean Smith.

Trayvon Martin regrettably lost his life because of the actions of a neighborhood watchman, as well as his own actions. Reasonable people can disagree about whether George Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force. But that incident was elevated to a cause celebre. President Obama commented on it. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton exploited it. Vigils were held across the country.

These statistics speak volumes: A Google News search for “Trayvon Martin” yields 310,000,000 results. The same search for “Sean Smith” produces fewer than 49,000.

Smith wasn’t killed unintentionally. He was murdered by jihadists, avowed enemies of America. But Barack Obama effectively ignored Smith’s cries for help.

And the president who has ordered the Justice Department to continue investigating George Zimmerman is doing everything he can to prevent the truth from coming out about why Mr. Smith died.

Sadly, America’s lapdog media cooperates in this effort to keep Sean Smith “buried” while transforming Trayvon Martin into a national symbol. There is just no way to exploit Smith’s death in order to advance the liberal narrative.

I feel terribly that individual miscalculations on a dark street led to the death of an unarmed teenage boy. But I am just as disturbed that a great nation may let the death of a hero go unexplained, and may allow a president, having never been held accountable, to walk into the history books unmarred by such a scandal.

Shut It Down!

If you thought tensions in Washington couldn’t get any worse, think again. There are huge budget battles looming in the months ahead, and both sides appear to be hunkering down for a fight.

We got a preview of the president’s position this week with his campaign-style stump speech attacking Congress. Ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections, which historically are disastrous for the president’s party, Obama is doing everything he can to rally his base, hoping to avoid losing any more ground on Capitol Hill.

Even the Washington Post acknowledges that Obama is taking “a more confrontational approach” that could lead to a government shutdown due to his “repeated and little-noticed veto threats over the past few weeks.”

For their part, Republicans are vowing to keep spending under control, and some are also drawing a line in the sand on Obamacare. Sixty House Republicans and more than a dozen senators have warned the GOP leadership that they will oppose any government spending bill that funds Obamacare, even if it means shutting down the government.

At times in the past, I have been skeptical about the idea of shutting down the government because the American people would learn about it through the distorted lens of the left-wing media. But this time I am firmly in the camp of those calling for a government shutdown because the stakes are very high.

As one columnist put it recently, “Obamacare … is looking more and more like an unmitigated disaster.” (The entire column is well worth reading to understand why.) Every day brings more evidence that it is hurting economic growth and hard-working Americans who are seeing their hours and paychecks cut because of its onerous mandates and regulations. Even honest Democrats admit Obamacare is a “huge train wreck.”

Poll after poll suggests beyond a reasonable doubt that the American people do not like Obamacare. A new Fox News poll finds that independent voters want Obamacare repealed by a whopping 40-point margin!

Congressional conservatives should support a resolution that funds every government agency except for Obamacare, and let the chips fall where they may. Senator Marco Rubio makes the case in this opinion piece.

If there is a government shutdown, it won’t be because conservatives refused to fund the government. It will be because Obama is holding America hostage to an unpopular, unworkable disaster!

Ads should be run now so that the American people understand what is going on before the liberal media has a chance to twist the facts.

Feature a working mother who has had her hours cut back looking into the camera and saying, “Mr. President, I am begging you not to let your ego get in the way of America’s economic recovery. Don’t just suspend parts of Obamacare — stop it all!”

The polls clearly show that the American people are already on the side of those seeking to defund Obamacare. Strike now, and stay on the attack!

And I would say to congressional leaders that they are making a horrible miscalculation if they think business as usual will pass muster this time. They have it in their hands to rally the American people and inspire them by fighting against this unpopular law. Or they could further alienate voters by playing an “inside the Beltway” game.

What do you think? Is it worth risking a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare? I’d appreciate your feedback.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, July 25, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s Running On Empty

Since his reelection eight months ago, President Obama has been coasting, and it’s showing. His approval ratings are tanking. His signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, is as unpopular as ever. Seeking to regain his footing ahead of some critical budget battles in the months ahead, Obama decided to give yet another speech on the economy.

But how many times can this White House “pivot to the economy”? By one analysis, they’ve tried well over a dozen times. In fact, ABC’s Rick Klein said in February that Obama has “pivoted enough to have spun himself around, more than a few times.”

Indeed, Obama’s worn-out message seems to be wearing thin even among his loyal media cheerleaders. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank summed it up well, writing: “…just six months into his second term, Obama is fresh out of ideas. … And so the president, it seems, is going into reruns.”

Leadership requires more than just good speeches.

Phony Scandals?

There were a couple of things in Obama’s speech yesterday that warrant some discussion. Yesterday the president declared that Washington has been distracted by an “endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals.” Really?

When the IRS scandal broke, President Obama condemned the targeting of Christian, conservative and Tea Party groups as “outrageous.” Obama said, “There is no place for it, and [those responsible] have to be held fully accountable.” He went on to say, “I have got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this.”

Is this the phony scandal he referred to yesterday? More than three-quarters of the American people think this “phony scandal” deserves a special prosecutor.

Maybe Obama was referring to Benghazi. If that is a phony scandal, why has his administration gone to such extraordinary lengths to prevent the survivors from testifying? If it was phony, he should want everyone to know the facts.

The American people do not think these are “phony scandals.” A June Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 58% of Americans questioned the Obama White House’s honesty and integrity as a result of the Benghazi scandal, and 55% felt the same way as a result of the IRS scandal.

Obama’s Alternate Reality

After rehashing his class-warfare rhetoric, Obama then offered his audience a false choice between his left-wing agenda and a grossly distorted view of conservative values, saying, “That’s not the vision I have for this country.  It’s not the vision you have for this country.  That’s not the America we know.”

This is coming from a man who is clueless about what America is. He is committed to “fundamentally transforming” America into a European-style, socialist welfare state. He doubled down on Obamacare yesterday, even as members of his own party are turning against it.

America was founded on the notion that our liberty comes from God. But Obama is extremely uncomfortable with the concept of American exceptionalism. According to Obama, America is no more exceptional than England or Greece.

He has denied our Christian heritage. Speaking before foreign audiences, Obama has said, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation,” and “If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”

That is a bizarre and inaccurate statement. There are more Muslims in Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso and Kazakhstan! Yet Obama has the audacity to lecture us about the right vision for America.

Holder v. Texas

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that his Justice Department is seeking to force the state of Texas to abide by pre-clearance requirements to change the state’s elections laws. This is a process that prevents states from reforming their election laws without first getting the Justice Department’s permission. Holder’s declaration comes exactly one month after the Supreme Court’s decision that such pre-clearance requirements were unconstitutional.

Writing for the court’s majority, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act relied on “a formula based on 40-year-old facts, having no logical relationship to the present day.” But just like the George Zimmerman case, the left insists on finding racism where there isn’t evidence it exists.

In his speech, Holder promised that today’s action “it will not be our last.” A former Justice Department spokesman told the Washington Post, “It’s a pretty clear sign that a lawsuit against the Texas voter-ID law is also on the way,” and he suggested that Holder may go after similar laws in other states too.

Whatever one might think about its policies, you have to admire this administration’s determination. While conservatives tie themselves in knots worried about the niceties of polite discourse, this administration will do anything and everything it has to in order to advance its agenda.

Don’t like laws on marriage or immigration? Ignore them!

Don’t like the Supreme Court rulings? Disregard them!

Can’t pass cap and trade legislation through Congress? Regulate it!

Can’t make Obamacare’s mandates work? Suspend them!

This was not the vision our Founding Fathers had for a country dedicated to the rule of law. But if we are going to preserve the vision of our Founders, the next Republican administration had better be just as committed to fighting for conservative values so we can reverse the damage of the Obama nightmare!

The Left’s Pro-Abortion Extremism

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is in Washington, D.C., today for a series of fundraisers. As you may recall, Davis became the left’s latest heroine for filibustering a bill banning late-term abortions. House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading liberals were there to cheer her on at a breakfast event just blocks from Capitol Hill.

Davis is being coy about her future, but many Democrats are hoping she runs for higher office. They might want to think twice. Contrary to the many misconceptions of the liberal media, most Americans do not share the left’s tolerance for late-term abortions.

Today the Washington Post released yet another poll finding that Americans overwhelmingly support banning late-term abortions. Only 27% of Americans opposed banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A recent poll conducted for the left-wing Huffington Post found similar results.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

More Bad News For Obama

This afternoon President Obama delivered yet another major address on the economy. According to one top White House advisor, today’s speech was just the beginning of “a series of speeches” Obama will deliver over the next few weeks.

Why now? Some reports indicate that the White House is hoping it can frame the agenda for upcoming budget fights. Congress is getting ready to head out of town for its August recess. And with top congressional leaders gone, Obama can dominate the headlines. But based on the latest polling data, it appears as if Obama is really in damage control mode.

Yesterday, we reported the latest Marist poll that found Obama’s approval rating at a post-reelection low — a dismal 41%, and another poll that found many Democrats have turned against Obamacare. The news isn’t any better today. For example:

  • According to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, only 29% of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction.
  • While Mr. Obama is trying to take credit for an improving economy, Americans aren’t buying it. Just 31% believe the economy is likely to improve next year.
  • Only 34% said they believed Obamacare is a good idea. Anyone who thinks Obamacare is a good idea should talk to part-time workers in Florida, Nebraska, Ohio and communities across the country where hours and paychecks are getting slashed thanks to the new law.
  • Asked whether they wanted Obama or Congress to take the lead in setting policy for the country, 38% said Obama, while 48% said Congress. That’s an interesting finding because the liberal media constantly tries to inflate Obama’s standing by noting that he’s so much more popular than Congress. Yet the American people would still prefer Congress set the agenda rather than Obama!

In other news, Obama’s program to aid struggling homeowners is a failure. According to a new report, nearly half of the mortgages modified under Obama’s 2009 program are in default again. And taxpayers are still losing billions on Obama’s bailout of “Government Motors.”

Instead of just talking, maybe Mr. Obama should sit down and read a few economics textbooks!

Chaplains Must Be Religious

Here’s a sign of the confused times in which we live: The House of Representatives voted last night, largely along party lines, to prevent the Department of Defense from hiring atheist chaplains.

This amendment became necessary after a liberal Democrat proposed legislation in June authorizing the Pentagon to hire individuals who are “certified or ordained as secular humanists and ethical culturists or atheists” as chaplains.

You learn something new every day. I did not realize one could become an ordained atheist!

Summing up the frustration of many Americans, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) said the following in response to the left’s repeated assaults on religious liberty:

    “My constituents back in Oklahoma are shaking their heads. The secular left is so invested in ripping God from everything that I must stand here … to prohibit Obama’s Department of Defense from establishing an oxymoron  — atheist chaplains. Why does the secular left insist on ruining the integrity of the chaplaincy to serve their agenda of institutionalized godlessness?”

Rep. Bridenstine is right. This is where the left’s “war on faith” has taken us. Congress is now debating atheist chaplains. It seems ludicrous. That a chaplain should be religious goes without saying. But then again, our Supreme Court just ruled that men can “marry” other men too.

Sadly, this isn’t over. The assault on religious liberty in Obama’s military has gotten so bad that a number of groups, including my public policy organization, American Values, have formed a coalition to defend the religious freedom of our men and women in uniform.

Once again, I implore pastors and men and women of faith to get involved in the political process. The culture war is very real and our religious liberty is at stake.

A Disgraceful Campaign

Mark your calendars, friends. I could probably count on one hand the number of times I have agreed with the editorial page of the New York Times. But to my pleasant surprise, today is one of those days.

The New York Times is calling for Anthony Weiner to drop out of the mayoral race. His campaign is a disgrace and I have little doubt that should he be elected mayor of New York City, he would only disgrace the office and betray the public’s trust yet again.

Mr. Weiner warned us when he resigned from Congress in disgrace over a “sexting” scandal that more pictures and messages would likely emerge. And they have.

But no one expected, now that he is running for mayor, that these new messages would be unrelated to those that forced him from Congress. Sadly, that is precisely the case. Weiner’s “I warned you” defense is no defense at all. By the way, it has been reported that the young lady Weiner was most recently “sexting” was a field organizer for Obama for America.

Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, appeared with him yesterday to assure everyone that this public humiliation doesn’t change her opinion of her husband and that he is deserving of our votes. My heart goes out to her.

But I wonder if she understands how much she is hurting the cause of women. Like Hillary Clinton, who repeatedly tolerated her husband’s continued humiliation of her with his exploitation of other women, Huma has apparently decided that the prospect of political power trumps the abuse she is taking.

I remember when the feminist left went ballistic in the 60s when Tammy Wynette released the popular song “Stand By Your Man.” But feminist left-wing women in politics apparently are willing to be doormats for their men. A “war on women,” anyone?

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Week To Honor Prisoners?

If you are a jihadist who has declared war on Judeo-Christian civilization, and if you have been captured and taken off the battlefield, this may be the week you have been waiting for.

In Iraq, jihadists attacked two prisons, including Abu Ghraib. Official reports indicate that more than two dozen police and soldiers were killed, and dozens more were wounded, in the sophisticated attacks involving car bombs, suicide bombers and rockets.

The attacks freed more than 500 of the worst Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists, who may now wreak havoc in Iraq. Some may head to Syria to fight in the civil war there.

Meanwhile here in the U.S., Obama and his left-wing Justice Department have “stormed” Gitmo in an effort to “parole” as many as 71 of the 166 terrorists held there. This comes in spite of the well-documented history of Gitmo detainees returning to the battlefield after being released.

If that wasn’t enough, Obama and his left-wing State Department are “storming” the jails of Israel, pressuring Israelis to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners as a show of good faith to get stalled peace talks restarted. Speaking to the Christians United for Israel Summit today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) asked, “When do the Palestinians have to show good faith?”

As I suggested, if you’re a prisoner who has declared war on the West, this may be your week.

“We Are Going To Force It Through!”

The Christians United for Israel Summit isn’t the only big conference going on in Washington this week. Organizing for Action, the remnants of Obama’s reelection campaign, held an event last night for hundreds of hard-core left-wing activists. President Obama addressed the group as did House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrat Harry Reid and Cecile Richards, the president of the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood.

But what got my attention were the remarks of Jim Messina, OFA chairman and Obama’s 2012 campaign manager. Referring to the Senate’s quasi-amnesty legislation, Messina told the audience of liberal activists, “We are going to force it through the House!”

It’s obvious why Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Messina are so desperate to force amnesty through the House. A Pew poll of Latino illegal immigrants finds that they would “vote Democratic at an eight-to-one clip.”

What is less obvious is why any Republican would go along with them. According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 32% of Americans want the House to vote up or down on the Senate’s quasi-amnesty bill. A majority of Americans (53%) want the House to break up the bill and consider it in separate pieces.

A recent National Journal poll found similar results. When asked how the House should handle the Senate’s bill, only 29% said the House should pass it “as is.” Clearly, the Obama/Reid/Pelosi approach to immigration “reform” is not all that popular.

Obama Hits New Low

President Obama’s approval rating is at a post-reelection low. According to the latest Marist poll, just 41% of registered voters approve of Obama’s overall job performance and only 37% approve of his performance on the economy. Perhaps that is why Obama is planning yet another major speech on the economy tomorrow.

If Obama’s approval ratings continue on this trajectory, his political capital will quickly evaporate and he could well become a liability for Democrat candidates in next year’s critical mid-term elections.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that support for Obamacare is down too. A year ago, the public was evenly divided on Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, but now just 42% of the public supports Obamacare, while 49% opposes it.

Even worse for the White House, the Post poll found that some Democrats are “steadily turning against Obamacare.” Among “ideologically moderate or conservative” Democrats, support for Obamacare is down 11 points to 46%.

This may not seem like a big deal right now, but if Obamacare’s implementation continues to experience major problems, it could become an albatross around the necks of vulnerable Senate Democrats seeking reelection in 2014.