End Of Day Report

Thursday, October 31, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Everywhere you turned yesterday, the arrogance of the Obama Administration was on full display.

Speaking in Boston, Obama attempted to explain away his false promise that under Obamacare Americans would be able to keep health insurance plans they liked. Here’s what he said:

    “If you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law and you really liked that plan, you’re able to keep it.  That’s what I said when I was running for office.  That was part of the promise we made. 

    “But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is you’ve got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage…”

Yes, another lie. Insurance companies are not “deciding to cancel” your insurance. Obamacare forces the insurance companies to cancel those plans because Obama’s Big Government thinks its judgment is better than yours.

The Obama Administration knew Obamacare would force the cancellation of millions of individual policies. Obamacare’s mandates are leading to higher prices and rate shock. (See next item.) Yet Obama continues repeating what even the Washington Post considers to be a “whopper” of a lie.

By the way, while most news coverage of these cancellations has so far focused on folks in the individual market, it is likely that as many as half of all employer-provided plans may be cancelled too. In that case, tens of millions of Americans stand to lose the coverage they currently have.

But did you catch Obama’s condescending use of the word “substandard”? He said it twice when referring to policies that millions of Americans had chosen for themselves. Democrats love choice when it comes to destroying innocent unborn children. But they don’t trust you to choose an insurance policy that best fits your needs or budget.

While Obama was lying in Boston, his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, was barely able to contain her contempt during questioning from Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), who wanted to know who was responsible for Obamacare’s disastrous rollout.

Dutifully, Sebelius tried to assume responsibility, even though she acknowledged that she answered to the president. And when Rep. Harper asked whether Obama, as president, was ultimately responsible, Sebelius stumbled and eventually said, “Whatever.” You can watch the exchange here.

Obamacare is a disaster and we were lied to. “Whatever,” says Sebelius.

Four Americans were murdered in Benghazi and we were lied to. “What difference does it make?” said Hillary.

We are being governed by individuals who look at the American people with disdain.

Why You Must Pay More

Being able to keep your plan wasn’t the only lie we were told about Obamacare. On the campaign trail last year, Obama said, “You should know that once we have fully implemented [Obamacare] … your premiums will go down.” But premiums are not going down. Quite the opposite. Many people are finding that their costs are skyrocketing.

In fact, one Obamacare navigator in Colorado confessed that she has yet to sign up a single person. Why? “Thus far everybody has taken a look at the rates and they’ve walked out the door,” said Jennifer Abbott. “There’s sticker shock. They just can’t afford it.”

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg does a good job explaining why Obama’s Big Government healthcare scheme is raising costs. Rather than getting into the weeds of healthcare policy, he uses an analogy most people can understand:

    “Say I like my current car. The government says under some new policy I will be able to keep it and maybe even lower my car payments. But once the policy is imposed, I’m told my car now isn’t street-legal.

    “Worse, I will have to buy a much more expensive car or be fined by the IRS. But, hey, it’ll be a much better car! Why, even though you live in Death Valley, your new car will have great snow tires and heated seats.

    “This is what the government is saying to millions of Americans who don’t want or need certain coverage, including, for instance, older women — and men — who are being forced to pay for maternity care. Such overcharging is necessary to pay for the poor and the sick signing up for Obamacare or for the newly expanded Medicaid.”

Obama Hits New Low

As more and more Americans confront the reality of Obamacare, Obama is taking a hit too. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Obama’s approval rating has fallen five points in two weeks and hit a record low in that poll of just 42%.

A number of liberal reporters were in the dumps this morning due to the poor results for Obama. They tried to console themselves by pointing out that Obama was still more popular than Congress. But the poll also found that Democrats generally are taking a hit too.

Two weeks ago, during the height of the government shutdown debate, Democrats enjoyed an eight-point lead when asked which party Americans preferred to control Congress after next year’s elections. Now, their lead is down to just four points — meaning it is essentially tied when you consider that the poll gives Democrats a nine-point sampling advantage!

There was more bad news for the Democrats. By a 24-point margin, respondents said it was better for different parties to control the White House and Congress in order to “prevent either from going too far.” Obama can’t be voted out next year and Americans clearly do not want to give him any more power. The best way to prevent Obama from going too far will be for voters to defeat more Democrats!

There was another question in the poll that deserves mentioning. Only 34% of Americans thought the economy would be worse off next year. Yet 70% said the country was “on the wrong track.” What explains the gap?

I think it is everything else that Americans are experiencing: growing moral decline, abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, a shrinking middle class and a growing sense that our liberty is in danger. I hope the Republican Party is paying attention.

The economy is certainly an important issue, but a single-issue campaign focused exclusively on the economy failed to win last year and will fail in the future.

Mercy For The Mullahs — None For You

Obama wants Congress to delay voting on tougher sanctions on Iran. Seriously. Congress has a bi-partisan coalition that wants to strengthen sanctions on Iran’s murderous government to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Obama has sent his lobbyists to Capitol Hill to insist that Iran be given a respite.

Obama refuses to delay punishment for you under Obamacare, but he insists on a delay in punishment for the Holocaust-denying Iranian government.

Halloween Joke Of The Day

As many of you get ready for Halloween, whether you’re preparing for neighborhood trick-or-treaters or getting your kids dressed up, here’s a scary thought: Obama is going to dress up today and pretend to be the president!


End Of Day Report

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

On The Ropes; On The Attack

The Obama Administration is in full attack mode now after suffering through most of October’s disastrous rollout of Obamacare. Today Barack Obama is in Boston delivering yet another partisan speech attempting to rally his liberal base as he reels from multiple problems in Washington.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and also displayed a combative posture.

She repeatedly refused to provide any data about the number of people who have signed up for Obamacare. She claimed that Obamacare wasn’t causing any of the cancellations of individual insurance policies that are now taking place. By the way, the Healthcare.gov site was again offline this morning.

Republican congressmen did very well in questioning her. Sebelius was clearly on the defensive when confronted by the fact that Healthcare.gov is not secure and that hundreds of thousands of Americans likely provided their personal financial information on an unsecured site. Watch the exchange here.

Unfortunately, what was not made clear in today’s hearing is this central truth: The destruction of the individual insurance market is not an unexpected side effect of an otherwise marvelous program. The destruction of that market was and is a key goal of Obamacare.

Obamacare only works if millions of middle-class Americans have the policies they like taken away from them and are then forced into Obamacare, where they must pay more expensive premiums covering not only their needs but all the other people who are getting “free” or subsidized insurance from Obama.

Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial clearly outlines the strategy. Here are the key excerpts:

    “The law is systematically dismantling the individual insurance market, as its architects intended from the start. …the individual market works well for millions of people, who can choose from many plans –from Cadillac coverage to cheaper protection against catastrophic illness. The political problem for the White House is that these choices are a threat to ObamaCare. …

    “ObamaCare refugees aren’t merely facing higher costs. The plans they want and are willing to pay for have been intentionally outlawed. Ponder that one. … If these middle-class ObamaCare losers can be forced into the exchanges, they become financiers of the new pay-as-you-go entitlement. …

    “None of this is an accident. It is the deliberate result of the liberal demand that everyone have essentially the same coverage and that government must dictate what that coverage is and how much it costs. Such political control is the central nervous system of the Affordable Care Act, and it is why so many people can’t keep the insurance they like.”

Obama Administration Was Warned

Barack Obama contends that he didn’t know that the Obamacare website wasn’t going to be ready on time and he’s outraged by the “glitches.” New reports clearly show that the administration was repeatedly warned that Healthcare.gov had not been thoroughly tested and was not ready for prime time.

CNN reports that the administration received “stark warnings” from the lead company, CGI, one month before the October 1st launch. The company warned that there was “not enough time … to conduct adequate performance testing,” and that the potential effects would be “significant” and “severe.”

Three weeks later, the administration was again warned that the lack of security testing represented a “high risk.”

Folks, think about it. What was dominating the headlines in the days and weeks leading up to the October 1st launch of Obamacare? The threat of a government shutdown.

Why was the government at risk of shutting down? Because Republicans were demanding that Obamacare be delayed!

Administration officials knew Republicans were right, but Obama and his Democrat allies just couldn’t bring themselves to admit it.

Instead they rolled out a defective product, sold under false pretenses, and knowingly put the personal financial information of hundreds of thousands of Americans at “high risk.”

If this happened in the free market, not only would the company be out of business, but its executives would likely be in jail. Next November you’ll have the chance to fire the liberal Democrats who did this to us!

Four Pinocchios For Obama’s False Promises

According to a new Bloomberg News article, 700,000 Californians are finding out that Obama lied to them — they can’t keep their current health insurance policies no matter how much they liked them.

Adding insult to injury, only one-third are likely to qualify for subsidies in the Obamacare exchange, meaning the vast majority of them will pay significantly more for new coverage.

Today’s Washington Post “Fact Checker” revisits Obama’s oft-repeated promises about being able to keep your current health insurance plans and doctors if you like them. Obama gets the worst rating of Four Pinocchios for his healthcare “whoppers.”

The Failed Big Government Model

Big Government does few things well, and integrated healthcare technology clearly isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, Obama’s bureaucrats failed to learn from the billion-dollar disaster in electronic health records that was abandoned by the Defense Department and the Veterans Administration earlier this year.

Worse yet, the acolytes of Big Government are refusing help from the private sector!

Representatives from Amazon and Microsoft reached out to the administration to help after Obama touted his so-called “tech surge.” But, according to Reuters, “The Obama administration appears to have passed up offers from Amazon and Microsoft to help fix the federal government’s troubled healthcare enrollment website.”

No doubt many of you are wondering why they would turn down the help. The reason is simple: The Big Government socialists refuse to admit that the private sector/free market works better.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Lied, People Cried

For weeks the media ignored the victims of Obamacare while continuing to spotlight victims of the government shutdown. It took them a while, but now reporters have finally realized there is a huge story to cover here.

Yesterday, Lisa Myers of NBC News reported the following: “Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, ’40 to 67 percent’ of customers will not be able to keep their policy.”

Translation: The Obama Administration knew in July 2010 that millions of Americans would lose the insurance and doctors they currently have. Yet Obama repeatedly promised the exact opposite.

In June of 2009, Obama said, “We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” Watch him here.

Terri Flay of Manassas, Virginia, who is losing her current health insurance policy, said, “I keep playing that over and over in my head: that you can keep your health plan, period. But it isn’t ‘period.’ They put a gun to my head saying that I have to pay more…”

Any moment now I expect White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to say that Obama had no idea the regulations were causing millions of people to lose healthcare plans they liked. If he tries that, it would only add insult to injury. No cabinet secretary would let a president misstate facts to the American people over and over again. Her job would be on the line, and rightly so.

The truth is clear. The president lied repeatedly and now millions of Americans are learning the truth — they cannot keep their current insurance plans.

Obama’s Real Goal

Many conservatives have argued that Obamacare is intended to hasten the slide into a full-fledged, government-run socialist healthcare system known as the single-payer system. I agree.

But here’s something that many people still haven’t grasped: The millions of Americans who are losing their current policies are offset by millions of previously uninsured Americans, who are essentially getting “free” insurance through the massive expansion of Medicaid or with help from generous taxpayer subsidies.

In other words, Obamacare is another massive redistribution of wealth scheme. You don’t need to take my word for it. In March 2010, the New York Times described Obamacare as “the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality” in decades.

It belongs in the list of programs you already know about: The explosion of food stamps; Obamaphones, which you are paying for in your current cell phone bills; the abuse of the disability program; gutting welfare reform’s work requirement.

Obamacare was largely paid for by massive new taxes on working Americans such as the individual mandate. There is a new surtax on capital gains and dividends. There are new taxes on medical devices. There are taxes on tanning beds and even some health insurance policies. All of these taxes take money from hard-working Americans and redistribute it to those Obama and the left favor.

As most of us recognized at the time, everything you needed to know about Obama was revealed by an average plumber in Ohio. In 2008, long before CBS discovered Benghazi or NBC discovered Obamacare’s flaws, Joe the Plumber asked a simple question about Obama’s economic agenda and Obama answered, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

That quote summarized Obama’s socialist instincts. Then we saw how Joe’s life was torn apart by petty government bureaucrats because he dared to challenge then-candidate Obama. In his experience, we saw a forerunner of the IRS scandal, the intimidation of journalists and the NSA’s spying on Americans.

Obama Knew About Foreign Spying

NBC News wasn’t the only media organization questioning the credibility of the Obama Administration last night. We reported yesterday that administration officials were pushing back against reports that Obama had authorized spying on foreign leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Last night the Los Angeles Times reported that the State Department and the White House approved the spying program. The L.A. Times added that “Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry … believing the president has cast them adrift,” by claiming he didn’t know.

Our intelligence professionals are not the only ones upset. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted Obama’s alleged ignorance, saying, “It is my understanding that President Obama was not aware Chancellor Merkel’s communications were being collected since 2002. That is a big problem.”

Countdown To Iran’s Islamic Bomb

Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons may have already “passed a point of no return.” That chilling prediction was made yesterday by Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Association.

According to Heinonen, Iran may need just two weeks to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb. Iran’s nuclear program took a huge leap forward with the recent installation of advanced centrifuges, which Heinonen says will “radically reduce the so-called breakout time.”

The “good news” is that Iran is still likely a year away from developing the ballistic missile technology needed to deliver a nuclear weapon. But the clock is ticking and time is not on our side.

Two Cheers For Britney Spears

Now there’s a headline I never imagined writing!

Cargo ships along the east coast of Africa are having problems with Muslim pirates from Somalia. For insurance reasons, shipping companies have been hesitant to arm their crews. But they have found a secret weapon. Someone discovered that playing loud Britney Spears music keeps the pirates at bay.

One British security expert said, “Playing loud pop songs has been proven as one of the most effective ways of fending off attackers.  As a tool against pirates, it is pretty effective.” (It’s also fairly effective against parents!)

Finally something useful from Britney Spears!

End Of Day Report

Monday, October 28, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Healthcare.gov Monstrosity

With Halloween just a few days away, the thought struck me over the weekend that it is a blessing in disguise that many people can’t get into the Obamacare website. Those who do get in desperately want to get out once they realize how much Vampire Government is going to suck out of their wallets to pay for this monstrosity! Here are the latest horrifying headlines:

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that thousands of Californians are experiencing rate shock as they learn what Obamacare is going to cost them. There are winners and losers in Obamacare, and many middle class Americans are finding out that they are the “losers” stuck with unaffordable options.
  • CBS News continues the theme of rate shock with a report on Dianne Barrette of Florida. Barrette was recently notified that her $54/month policy was being cancelled. Her insurance company is offering her a new plan that costs $591 a month — more than ten times what she is currently paying. Like many Americans, Barrette is demanding to know, “…why I can’t keep what I have? Why do I have to be forced into something else?” 
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is raising the alarm about Healthcare.gov’s lack of cyber-security, warning that the entire site might have to be redesigned to prevent fraudsters from stealing your personal information.
  • Okay, so the website doesn’t work well and went down again over the weekend. What about that Obamacare hotline and the paid personal navigators? Without a working website, they don’t work either.

How all of this will play out a year from now at the ballot box remains to be seen. But as one veteran reporter notes [WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE], Democrats are starting to panic.

What Does Obama Know?

Last week news broke that the National Security Agency has been spying not only on our enemies and the American people but also on world leaders, including allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Foreign media reports say that Obama not only knew that the NSA was taping Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone but that he approved of the effort in 2010.

The NSA denies that Obama knew about that program until this summer, at which time the White House reportedly stopped the spying. There seems to be an awful lot going on in the Obama Administration that Obama does not know about. Perhaps it would be easier to ask, “What does Obama know?”

But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Mr. Obama did not know about the IRS scandal, the NSA scandals or any of the warnings leading up to Obamacare’s colossal launch failure. Who has he held responsible for any of these scandals?

One thing this president does know is basketball and golf. He’s played nearly 150 rounds of golf and every year he gives us his predictions for the NCAA basketball tournament. We don’t need to know his golf score, Super Bowl picks or NCAA bracket choices.

Before the next scandal catches him off guard, Obama should drop the clubs and brackets and start doing his job.

Eye On Benghazi

CBS News deserves kudos for revisiting another major Obama scandal — the Benghazi attacks — during last night’s broadcast of “60 Minutes.”

Reporter Lara Logan interviewed a former British soldier and security expert who was hired to train Libyan guards assigned to protect the consulate. But the State Department refused to arm the men he trained. When the jihadists attacked our consulate, killing our ambassador and three other Americans, the Libyan guards were unarmed and unable to do their jobs.

Logan also spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, a Green Beret who commanded a security team in Libya. Lt. Col. Wood warned Ambassador Stevens that Al Qaeda had published internet postings promising to attack “the Red Cross, the British and then the Americans in Benghazi.” He warned they had in fact carried out two of the three attacks and that our consulate in Benghazi was next.

Every warning, every plea for more security and help — even on the fateful night of September 11, 2012 — was ignored. Logan notes that in spite of the obfuscation that came out of the Obama White House following the attack, for “those who lived through [the Benghazi attacks], there’s nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming.”

If you missed last night’s “60 Minutes” broadcast, you can watch it here.

Obama Supporters Celebrate Abortion?

We know what Obama is doing to the economy and our standing in the world. And as the first president to endorse a radical redefinition of marriage, we know what he’s doing to our values. When it comes to the sanctity of life, conservatives have made considerable progress in recent years. But the left, led by Obama, wants to roll that back too.

For years Democrats tried to downplay the extremism of their left-wing pro-abortion allies. The procedure was described as a “necessary evil.” Bill Clinton said he wanted abortion to be “rare.” But under Obama that language was stripped from the Democrat Party platform and Obamacare is forcing religious institutions to pay for medical procedures they find morally objectionable, including abortion and sterilization.

Last week pro-abortion groups began a nationwide campaign encouraging women who have had abortions to proudly speak out about their experiences. The goal is to reverse recent gains by the pro-life movement and generate public support for “access to legal and safe abortion care in our communities.”

Translation: The left wants more of your hard-earned tax dollars to pay for abortions, but it must first convince you that the destruction of innocent unborn life is a good thing.

Can a presidential phone call of encouragement be far behind? After all, Barack Obama called Sandra Fluke to thank her for championing “free” condoms and birth control pills. And he went to Planned Parenthood’s national conference and concluded his speech by saying, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”

End Of Day Report

Friday, October 25, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

You Can’t Keep Your Plan

The Obama Administration yesterday attempted to deflect the bad news from the congressional hearings on the failed launch of Obamacare by releasing the latest enrollment figures for the program. According to an administration spokeswoman, approximately 700,000 applications have been received from Obamacare’s state and federal exchanges.

That may sound impressive, but it doesn’t tell us very much. To begin with, an application does not mean that anyone has actually signed up for Obamacare. According to one analysis, the vast majority of these applicants are not going to buy insurance policies in the exchanges. Instead, they are signed up for Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid coverage, which is essentially “free.”

Meanwhile, there’s more grim news today for Americans who buy their own health insurance. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is cancelling 76,000 plans in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. because of Obamacare.

But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what is happening in New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, 800,000 Garden State residents are losing their current policies.

Wednesday Speaker John Boehner predicted that by end of this month more people would lose their existing polices because of Obamacare than would sign up for Obamacare. He may be right!

In addition to the New Jersey cancellations, 300,000 people in Florida, 160,000 people in California and thousands of people in North Carolina and other states across the country are losing their existing coverage.

Time To Counterattack

Obama repeatedly promised that no one who liked their current insurance would have to give it up. With each passing day it becomes more evident that we were lied to.

Conservatives in Congress should act now to prevent the cancellation of insurance policies simply because they do not meet Obama’s big government mandates. Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is planning to introduce a bill next week called the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act.”

I predict that a vote in the House would be overwhelming to rollback these cancellations. I think many Democrats would vote with us. Then there should be a full-court press on Harry Reid in the Senate. Hit this issue every day. The people impacted by Obama’s false promise are furious and millions of other Americans are rightly worried that they will lose their coverage too.

Our friends at The Weekly Standard outline the strategy in more detail here.

Incompetence Or Intentional?

As one Obama idea after another unravels when it is confronted by reality, there is a growing debate among conservatives about whether the failures are intentional. Some believe, for example, that Obama pushes economic ideas that don’t work because he wants the U.S. free enterprise system to fail.

Now as Obamacare falls flat on its face, some are suggesting this failure is intentional since we all know that what Obama really wants is for healthcare to be completely run by the government — the so-called “single payer” system of pure socialized medicine. I have no doubt that is the ultimate goal. Obama and Harry Reid have said as much, and I have quoted them in previous reports.

But I am skeptical that this current fiasco could possibly lead anyone to conclude that the solution is even bigger government.

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh came up with an interesting explanation. As he explained, Obama knew Obamacare would only make our healthcare issues worse, thus providing an excuse for a full-fledged government takeover. But for that strategy to succeed, Obama would have to convince the public that the cause of the failure was due to insurance companies, greedy doctors and Republicans.

Unfortunately for Obama, his administration is so incompetent that it can’t even design a functioning website! This fiasco is hurting Obama and increasing public skepticism that government can do anything right.

Speaking of government, the arrogance of power was on full display yesterday when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked to respond to calls for her resignation over Obamacare’s disastrous rollout. Sebelius said, “The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for…”

Harry Wants Higher Taxes

My friend Rep. Paul Ryan and other congenitally optimistic Republicans have suggested recently that with the government shutdown behind us now is the time to negotiate a grand bargain on taxes and spending. With Republicans controlling only the House of Representatives, I don’t understand this optimism. Going into these negotiations, they are outnumbered 2:1 between the Democrat Senate and the Democrat White House. (It’s 3:1 if you throw in the liberal media!)

Well, guess who agrees with me? Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid. During an interview yesterday, Reid claimed that “everybody” wants to pay more taxes. But those darned Republicans just won’t let them. When asked about the chances of Congress and the White House reaching a grand bargain on taxes and spending, Reid said:

    “You keep talking about Medicare and Social Security. Get something else in your brain. Stop talking about that. … There is not going to be a grand bargain… [Republicans] have their mind set on doing … nothing more on revenue, and until they get off that kick, there’s not going to be a grand bargain on — there’s not going to be a small bargain.”

Folks, let me remind you that Obama and Reid raised taxes at the end of last year and that Obamacare is full of tax increases. In fact, that was the only way the Supreme Court agreed to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare — as a tax.

Christian Persecution In Obama’s Military

It’s happened again. Last week soldiers at Fort Hood — the same base where a jihadist killed 14 people — were told that evangelical Christians, pro-life activists and supporters of the Tea Party movement were extremists “tearing the country apart.”

Soldiers forced to sit through this “ideological reeducation” were stunned. “My first concern was if I was going to be in trouble going to church,” one soldier said. “Can I donate to Christian charities? What if I donate to a politician who is a part of the Tea Party movement?”

The material for that briefing came from the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center. That’s the same radical group whose “hate map” inspired a homosexual activist to attack the Family Research Council.

I am part of a coalition that is actively fighting the political and religious intimidation of our men and women in uniform. I’m pleased to report that the Secretary of the Army has ordered an end to these briefings. But how long before the Obama White House reinstates them?

My friends, I know many of you are frustrated with politics and want to give up. But whether it’s Obamacare’s assault on conscious rights, the IRS targeting the Tea Party movement or the Pentagon slandering Christians, the political left will not leave us and our children alone.

The culture war is real and only one side can prevail. Men and women of faith must not abandon the good fight for faith, family and freedom!

End Of Day Report

Thursday, October 24, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Millions Will Lose Current Policies

Yesterday I reported that hundreds of thousands of people had received notices from their health insurance companies cancelling their current policies. It turns out that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Millions of Americans are going to lose their existing coverage.

The Weekly Standard reports that health policy expert Bob Laszewski has analyzed the impact of Obamacare’s complex regulations on the individual health insurance market. According to his findings, 85% of existing individual plans do not comply with Obamacare. Translation: 16 million people will lose their current policies.

Think about that. That’s 16 million people, many are small business owners, who have been responsible enough to buy their own health insurance. Now Obama is telling them in effect, “You can’t keep your current policy, no matter how much you liked it. And, by the way, the new one will probably cost even more!”

Democrats Getting Desperate

The Obama White House and congressional Democrats are scrambling to respond to the Obamacare “train wreck.” They should have seen it coming. Not only did conservatives warn them years ago when they passed Obamacare without a single GOP vote, but even senior Senate Democrats tried to warn them.

Six months ago, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the principle authors of Obamacare, chastised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down. You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.”

What exactly did Baucus discuss with Sebelius? Perhaps he should be called to testify too. Not surprisingly, Baucus is retiring next year rather than face his own “train wreck” at the ballot box.

But realizing the mess they are in, the Obama White House and its Democrat allies are proposing a really radical solution: Now they want to delay Obamacare!

The administration announced it is delaying for six weeks the deadline to sign up for Obamacare and avoid the individual mandate penalty for not having insurance. The initial deadline was February 15th. Now it is March 31st. The White House took this step after increasingly nervous Senate Democrats up for reelection next year demanded it.

But Democrats are not stopping there. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is drafting legislation to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year.

Where have I heard that idea before? Oh, right — House Republicans proposed delaying the individual mandate by one year as part of a budget deal to avoid the government shutdown. For that they were denounced as “radicals,” “hostage takers” and worse.

Moral Relativism & The Left

Traditional morality teaches that lying, cheating and stealing are wrong. But the philosophical left argues that morality is in the eye of the beholder. If you’re serving the left’s greater cause, the ends justify the means. Lying can be okay in order to stop “Neanderthal” conservatives.

Over the years, the left has engaged in lying more and more frequently as a political tactic. When thousands of people came to Washington in March 2010 to rally against Obamacare, liberal members of Congress intentionally walked through the middle of that rally rather than use the vast complex of trams and tunnels that run underneath Capitol Hill, which allow members of Congress to avoid the “smelly tourists.”

As they walked through the crowd, some members of the Congressional Black Caucus claimed they were spat on. In this age of instant cell phone videos, no evidence was ever produced to support that outrageous charge. Yet that incident has been repeatedly cited as evidence of the rampant racism within the Tea Party movement.

I have experienced the same tactics. During a recent speech, I said that the nihilistic left wants to kill Judeo-Christian civilization. A leftwing blogger funded by George Soros and assigned to monitor my speech wrote, “Bauer just said liberals want to kill Christians.” That lie is now in the blogosphere and will be repeated over and over again. People who come across it will assume I am an extremist for saying something I never said.

Here’s the latest example. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Senate’s second-highest-ranking Democrat, who infamously compared our guards at Gitmo to Nazis, posted this on his Facebook page over the weekend:

    “Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?”

The public is being told over and over again that House Republicans are dominated by the Tea Party movement, which is dominated by racists. Now Durbin claims that one GOP House leader is so racist he can’t even stand to look at Obama.

Desperate for a top GOP scalp, the White House press corps pummeled Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday demanding to know who the offending congressman was. Alas, Carney had to disappoint them. He told the muckrakers that the incident never happened.

Nevertheless, Durbin is sticking by that lie and the post has not been removed from his Facebook page.

The Huffington Post said the story came from Harry Reid, who said he got it from a White House aide. You’ll recall that Harry Reid repeatedly claimed last year that “an extremely credible source” told him that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for ten years. That also turned out be false.

And that’s all you need to know about the state of political discourse in Obama’s Washington.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Blame Game Begins

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has dutifully tried to protect Obama, claiming he was unaware of Healthcare.gov’s problems. But behind the scenes her allies are pointing fingers at the Obama White House.

A source reportedly close to Sebelius and the White House told the New York Times, “she doesn’t have the responsibility or in many respects the kind of wide authority and access to the president that she really needs to make a difference.”

The Times continues, “The White House kept close tabs on the creation of the online exchange, with particular attention to the Web site’s design…”

So did Obama know or did he not know? You may recall that Obama claimed that he didn’t know about the political abuse at the IRS until he read “the same news reports” as everyone else.

Given the hype about Obamacare’s October 1st launch, it is inconceivable that the president did not know about the problems facing his signature initiative. There are two possible explanations for this discrepancy. Either Obama and Sebelius are lying, as the Times story suggests, or Obama is an incredibly uninterested president.

A little less golf and more attention to his job would seem to be in order.

Meanwhile, Obama’s left-wing allies are not happy. MSNBC reports that many liberal bloggers and columnists are grousing about having to defend the indefensible incompetence of this administration.

We Were Lied To

More Americans are finding out that they were deceived by Obama and his Democrat allies. It turns out that they cannot keep their current health insurance policy, even if they like it. Consider this excerpt from a recent Kaiser Health News report:

    “Florida Blue … is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people — about half of its individual business in the state.  Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.”

The report goes on to note that “Some receiving cancellations say it looks like their costs will go up…” For example, Kris Malean of Seattle is losing her current plan. The replacement being offered to her will cost nearly $950 more a year and comes “with a deductible twice as large as what she pays now.”

At a press conference today, House Speaker John Boehner made a stunning prediction: “I think what you’re going to see at the end of October are more Americans are going to lose their health insurance than are going to sign up at these exchanges.”

On a lighter note, last night Jay Leno joked that it was “easier to join al Qaeda using their website than it was to sign up for Obamacare.” 

Big Government Doesn’t Work

Here’s a testament to the inefficiency of Big Government. The Washington Post reports that so-called “healthcare co-ops” created by Obamacare are failing.

What was their intended purpose? According to the Post the Democrat-dominated Congress that gave us Obamacare also “decided to establish a network of nonprofit insurance companies aimed at bringing competition to the marketplace.”

In other words, liberal Democrats thought they knew better than the free market and decided to test their genius against private insurance companies. Predictably, the Democrat-designed co-ops are going bust.

Only two dozen ever got started and already one has shut down, while a second is “struggling” and “at least nine more are projected to have financial problems.”

When quasi-governmental entities have “financial problems” we know what that means: Taxpayers are “potentially on the hook for nearly $1 billion in defaulted loans…”

But wait…there’s more!

The Obama Administration unveiled a new “shop and browse” feature on its Obamacare website this week. This was supposed to be a major improvement. But CBS News reports that the price quotes are grossly inaccurate.

Reporter Jan Crawford found that “…people could end up paying double of what they see on the website.” CBS reports that “industry executives … could not believe the government is providing these estimates…” One insurance analyst told CBS that the price quotes were “incredibly misleading.”

If Obamacare is such a great deal, why is the government trying to mislead the American people?

Some tech experts are saying it could take six months to a year to fix Healthcare.gov’s many glitches. Not surprisingly, CNN reports that others say it would be better to “blow it up and start over.”

But no matter what the techies can do for the website, only the American people can fix Obamacare’s fundamental policy flaws by electing conservatives candidates who will repeal it!

Disgusting Democrat Demagoguery

Here we go again. Liberals and their media allies constantly blame hateful rhetoric on the right for the meltdown of civility in Washington. Yet while Republicans passed bill after bill to avoid the government shutdown, Democrats refused to consider them, all the while comparing Republicans to “hijackers,” “arsonists” and “terrorists.”

With the government shutdown over, have Democrats stopped the name calling? Not a chance! In fact, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) went a step further, sending out a fundraising email equating the Tea Party with the KKK. An image in Grayson’s email spelled out “Tea Party,” but the “T” was a burning cross. (See it here.)

And get this: The context of the email was a recent interview Grayson did with Al Sharpton discussing the government shutdown. Even when discussing fiscal policy differences, liberals like Alan Grayson inevitably resort to demonizing conservatives as racists.

If Barack Obama were serious about bi-partisan cooperation, which he isn’t, he would start by publicly condemning Alan Grayson.

Dismantling Our Foreign Policy

In addition to everything Obama is dismantling inside America — from our health care to the meaning of marriage — he is dismantling America’s foreign policy. Immediately upon taking office, he strained our relationship with Great Britain. Whatever your position on Syria, the British Parliament’s refusal to support Obama’s intervention showed just how strained our “special relationship” had become.

Obama has spent five years undercutting Israel. He did little in Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East and north Africa. The French and the Germans are furious over his vast spying network.

Now I’m no fan of the House of Saud. But since the end of World War II, the U.S. has maintained a stable “working relationship” with the Saudis in order to balance our interests in the Middle East. Thanks to Obama’s feckless policies, even the Saudis are turning on us.

The next president will not be playing golf or taking record numbers of vacations. He will have to work 24/7 to clean up what this one-man wrecking crew is doing to America’s standing around the world.