End Of Day Report

Friday, January 31, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

House Immigration Principles

Hold on to your hats, folks. House Republican leaders released their immigration reform principles at their caucus retreat yesterday, and all signs suggest we are headed for a bumpy ride. Reports indicate that the discussion over the principles revealed deep GOP divisions over policy and timing.

It is clear from reading the principles that House leaders were struggling to balance competing interests. There is a lot of language about border security. That’s good. It speaks of a step-by-step approach to reform and overhaul of the visa system. Fine. Obviously, criminal aliens and gang members would not be allowed to remain in the United States. But, unbelievably, Democrats have resisted this in the past.

Now for the more troubling elements. The Democrats’ DREAM Act is a central element of the plan. While rejecting a “special path to citizenship” for other illegal immigrants, millions would be permitted to “live legally and without fear in the U.S.,” but their eventual status is murky.

Democrats won’t accept anything that does not include citizenship — they want more left-wing voters. In fact, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka blasted the principles as a “joke” and a “hoax,” adding, “Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter.”

Of course the devil is in the details and we don’t have any details at this point, just a statement of principles. But the greatest concern is how anything gets negotiated with Democrats who control the Senate and the White House. The Republican House can pass a great bill, but once Obama and Harry Reid are done with it, it won’t be our bill anymore.

I agree with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said yesterday:

    “[House leaders] may or may not be right, but their argument is that we should focus exclusively on Obamacare and on jobs. In that context, why on earth would the House dive into immigration right now? …Rather than responding to the big-money lobbying on K Street, we need to make sure working-class Americans show up by the millions to reject Obamacare and vote out the Democrats.

    “…if we are going to fix our broken immigration system — and we should — it makes much more sense to do so next year, so that we are negotiating a responsible solution with a Republican Senate majority rather than with Chuck Schumer.”

A Moment Of Truth

Immigration reform, budgets and taxes are all important issues. But I believe America’s growing virtue deficit and the breakdown of the family are equally important, if not more so, to the survival of this great nation.

Strong families are the foundation of strong societies and parents are the greatest role models in a child’s life. Even when you think they are not paying attention, they are!

So when the Inspiration Network recently approached my public policy organization, American Values, with a unique opportunity to promote the family, I gladly accepted. Together we produced an ad about the critical role parents play in developing the character of their children. Watch it here. Your support for our work makes opportunities like this possible. Thank you, my friends.

When so much of the popular culture mocks and undermines traditional values, the Inspiration Network is a great alternative with family-friendly entertainment and classic shows you can enjoy with your kids. Please support them and their advertisers!

Obamacare Blunders On

Here are latest Obamacare blunders making headlines:

  • Obamacare was supposed to help cure the crisis of too many uninsured Americans, right? Well, it seems the uninsured don’t like Obama’s plan. A new poll by the Obamacare-friendly Kaiser Family Foundation finds that uninsured Americans disapprove of Obamacare by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
  • Obamacare was going to make health insurance more affordable, right? That’s not what is happening to thousands of businesses, including this Pennsylvania small business. Premiums went up 32% and deductibles went up much more. Millions of Americans have experienced similar instances of rate shock thanks to Obamacare.
  • Why are so many Americans paying more for their health insurance now? Because, as the Associated Press reports, Obamacare really was all about the redistribution of wealth.
  • Perhaps they thought they were signing up for Obama’s free health care, but rate shock might also explain why an estimated 20% of Obamacare “enrollees” are not paying their premiums.
  • Obamacare was supposed to provide more access to healthcare, right? Don’t tell that to a lot of sick children in Seattle. Hopefully their parents will vote Republican this November!

“No One Is Listening”

Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote a prophetic column last week. Referring to President Obama’s then-upcoming State of the Union address, Noonan wrote:

    “No one’s really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses.”

Peggy was right. The Nielsen ratings are in, and Obama’s address posted the worst viewership in 14 years. He’s been losing State of the Union viewers every year, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Re-runs always lose viewers.


End Of Day Report

Thursday, January 30, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s Iran Threat

I want to revisit one of most significant statements Barack Obama made in his State of the Union address. Toward the end of his remarks, while discussing his foreign policy agenda, Obama warned Congress that he would veto sanctions legislation against Iran. Here’s what Obama said:

    “But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.”

Of all the things the president took time to explain in a nationally televised address, Obama wanted the American people to understand that he would veto sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. That is breathtaking!

Let’s be absolutely clear about what has happened: The president of the United States has become the leader of the pro-Iranian lobby in the United States — all in the name of peace, of course.

Obama is doing everything he can to end the isolation of the Islamic Republic, which a succession of American presidents have done their best to establish. He is doing everything he can to prevent Israel from taking any military action to protect itself against an existential threat to its continued existence.

And while Obama is running interference for Iran, his Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, delivered a report yesterday to the Senate Intelligence Committee which states:

    “Tehran has made technical progress in a number of areas — including uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles — from which it could draw if it decided to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons. These technical advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons.” 

If we know this, Israel likely knew it sooner. That may well explain some tough statements from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week.

During a major speech, the prime minister insisted that Israel did not have to accept every American position. Referring to Iran, Netanyahu said that Israel would “only support an arrangement that ensures the complete dismantling of Iran’s infrastructure and capabilities to build nuclear weapons. We will not let Iran develop the capability to build nuclear weapons.”

Amnesty vs. Security

The push for comprehensive immigration reform appears to be gaining momentum. The issue is expected to dominate discussions among House Republicans, who are currently on their annual policy retreat in Cambridge, Maryland.

Obama and Democrats are demanding immigration reform. The Senate passed its quasi-amnesty plan last year. Major corporate interests are behind the push as well.

But while they are discussing the issue, I hope members of the House do not overlook what should be the most important element — border security. I specifically hope they are listening to the border agents themselves.

Tuesday, Chris Crane, president of the union representing officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, released a statement pleading with House Republicans to talk with ICE officers. Crane wrote:

    “Any immigration principles crafted by House Republicans should be crafted in consultation with the ICE personnel who know firsthand what is wrong with our immigration system and how to fix it. … ICE officers do not have the connections, funds or votes that powerful special interests and billionaire CEOs can deliver.

    “We are just 5,000 law officers responsible for enforcing immigration law for tens of millions of visa holders and illegal immigrants… But we hope to have justice and a concern for public safety on our side, and I hope House Republicans will support us in our uphill fight to ensure the constitutional rule of law in America.”

Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, also wrote House GOP leaders. Palinkas warned that the federal bureaucracy “is not equipped to handle [mass amnesty], and due to political interference in its mission, is not empowered to deny admission to all those who should be denied… We have become a visa clearinghouse for the world, rather than the first line of defense for a secure immigration system.”

The Intolerance of MSNBC

The liberals at MSNBC never miss an opportunity to smear conservatives as racists. The latest demonstration of liberal intolerance involves, of all things, a cereal commercial.

Cheerios is set to run a Super Bowl ad featuring a biracial family. The leftists at MSNBC then tweeted, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family.”

By the way, this is coming from the same network that was recently forced to apologize for mocking Mitt Romney’s biracial family.

Hillary, Huckabee, Ryan, Bush?

2016 is still years away, and while no one has officially declared as a candidate yet, there is no lack of polling data on the next presidential contest.

In a survey released yesterday by a reputable but liberal polling firm, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee led the field of potential of GOP candidates with 16%. He was followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (14%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (13%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (11%) and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan all bunched together at 8% each.

Today, we got different results from an ABC News/Washington Post. Ryan and Bush finished first, tied with 18%, followed by Christie (14%), Cruz (12%), Paul (11%) and Rubio (10%). The ABC/Post poll did not include Huckabee among its choices.

Hillary Clinton was by far the clear favorite among Democrat voters, taking 67% and 73% in the polls.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Day After
Last night the president delivered a prime-time speech to a nation that has largely concluded he is a failure. As we noted in yesterday’s report, only 31% of Americans believe the country is better off now than in 2009, when Obama took office.

The general consensus is that Obama’s remarks amounted to “small ball” with little substance beyond his threat to stretch the limits of his power and abuse the Constitution. I agree with Charles Krauthammer, who said:

    “Well, there wasn’t a lot in the speech. … You know, he brought out stuff he tried last year and that went nowhere… When he repeated Guantanamo, which is a cause he gave up on himself years ago, you knew that he’d sort of run out of ideas.”

Of course the liberal media are trumpeting Obama’s threat last night to end run Congress. During his remarks, Obama said, “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation … that’s what I’m going to do.”

Every judge across America and every member of Congress should be worried about this assault on their constitutional authority. Sadly, while Republicans are pushing back, since Robert Byrd passed away virtually no Democrat has had the courage to say, “Mr. President, enough! I may agree with you on the issues, but we are nation of laws, sir.”

Is A Backlash Building?

The media may swoon for Obama flexing his executive muscles, but the American people are not. A new Rasmussen poll finds that 69% of likely voters believe the president should work with Congress, while only 27% believes the president should go around Congress.

A CNN snap poll conducted among State of the Union viewers found similar results: 67% said they wanted Obama to compromise with Congress, while just 30% said they preferred for him to act on his own. By the way, the CNN oversampled Democrats by 19 points!

A Brief Rebuttal

I could write pages critiquing the president’s speech, but here are just a few thoughts.

  • Obama claimed to support an “all of the above” approach to energy. But his administration is attempting to regulate the coal industry out of existence. Obama called for higher taxes on energy companies and failed to mention the Keystone pipeline. His vow to protect more federal lands was a not-so-subtle suggestion that he intends to make even more land off limits to energy exploration.
  • His claim about cutting the deficit in half was laughable given that it exploded to record levels during his first term. In fact, the national debt increased more in Obama’s first three years than it did in all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency!
  • On climate change, Obama declared, “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” That was a completely disingenuous statement. No one is questioning climate change. What is debatable is the left’s obsession with global warming and the efficacy of the big government, redistributionist policies they propose to address it.

    Yes, the earth’s climate changes. But what if liberals (as usual) have it exactly wrong? There is evidence indicating we could be entering another dramatic cooling period.

  • One of Obama’s proposed unilateral actions is his “MyRA” plan — sort of a forced savings tax allowing the government to get its hands on even more of your paycheck. Asked about the idea this morning on CNBC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said, “I don’t know what it is. … If he’s saying he’s doing this without going through Congress, then I have no idea what he is proposing.”
  • And perhaps the best laugh line of the night came when Obama suggested he was “in the process of fixing” our “broken health care system.”

    Standing With Israel

    I am writing today from deep in the heart of Texas, where Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis who care about the U.S./Israeli alliance against our jihadist enemies are meeting in San Antonio under the auspices of Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel.

    I spoke to the group yesterday and confess I was concerned that my remarks might be too negative and depressing. I didn’t have anything to worry about.

    Other speakers included Israelis involved in the Israeli Defense Forces and with contacts in the Israeli intelligence community. They warned that the policies being pursued by the Obama Administration, including its foolish agreement with the mullahs in Tehran, may well lead to a horrible conflict and the use of the very nuclear weapons the president says he opposes.

    By the way, the text of that deal is being kept from the American people. The only possible reason to keep it secret is fear that the American people would be furious if they knew truth. Obama knows what he signed and the Iranians are saying, “We won!”

    Obama seems to have said to Iran, “If you like your nuclear program, you can keep your nuclear program.” And unlike his false promise to the American people, he seems prepared to keep this one.

    Referring to Obama’s quoting of the old John Lennon song, “Give peace a chance,” I noted in my remarks that while it is a catchy anthem, it is not a foreign policy. It would not have stopped Hitler, it would not have brought down the Soviet Union and it will not stop the jihadists who remain at war with us.

    What a mess the next president will have to clean up.

    House Bans Taxpayer Funding Of Abortions

    Just hours before the most pro-abortion president in our history addressed the nation from the House of Representatives, that chamber passed a bill to prevent your hard-earned tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 7 also prevents taxpayer subsidies in Obamacare from paying for insurance plans that cover elective abortions.

    The bill passed 227-to-188. Just six House Democrats voted for it.

    If you have a Democrat representative who says, “I am not pro-abortion,” ask if he or she supported this bill and double check their record. There are very few pro-life Democrats left in Congress today. And even if they are, their vote empowers radical leaders like Nancy Pelosi.

    For those who say in frustration, “There is not a dimes worth of difference between the two parties,” you only need to look at this vote to see there is a tremendous difference.

  • End Of Day Report

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    The State Of Obama’s America

    As Barack Obama prepares to deliver his sixth State of the Union address, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the state of Obama’s America is not well at all. Just consider these figures:

    • Only 28% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction.
    • 71% are dissatisfied with the state of the economy.
    • Just 31% of Americans think the country is better off than in 2009, when Obama took office.
    • When asked how they would described the country, 60% said “divided” or “troubled,” while 21% said “deteriorating” and 14% said “broken.” Only 3% offered that America today is “strong.”

    As America begins the sixth year of Obama occupying the Oval Office, “hope and change” have given way to despair and decline.

    Setting The Tone — More Division

    Historically, State of the Union addresses are presidential wish lists — key items on the president’s agenda that he wants passed by Congress. There will be some of that in Obama’s remarks tonight, but this year is different.

    Obama and his aides have already made it clear that they are prepared to bypass Congress. This morning the White House made good on that threat by announcing that Obama was unilaterally raising the minimum wage paid to federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour — a 39% raise — and indexing it for inflation.

    Obama will highlight this action in his speech tonight and then call for Congress to raise the minimum wage for everyone else. Of course the left is applauding this move. But it means that taxpayers will now have to pay more for those same services. Contractors bidding on future projects will have to factor those higher costs into their bids and will raise prices as a result.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) blasted Obama’s move saying, “The president just unilaterally, without Congress … made government that much more expensive. We all have to pay for it.” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) labeled Obama’s action “a constitutional violation,” adding, “We have a minimum wage. Congress has set it. …we’ve never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office.”

    As frustrating as Obama’s executive orders are, they can be undone by the next president. Add this to the long list of Obama’s actions that any GOP candidate worth his or her salt will promise to repeal on day one, along with all of Obama’s unilateral changes to Obamacare.

    By most accounts, Obama’s speech tonight is intended to set the tone for the year ahead in Washington and for the 2014 elections. We are hearing that the president will once again pivot to the economy, focusing specifically on economic inequality — a theme Democrats will try to exploit during the elections in their increasingly desperate hope to avoid the fallout from Obamacare.

    Speaking Of Obamacare…

    There is good reason for Obama and his Democrat allies to avoid Obamacare. Last week a Fox News poll recorded record opposition to the law. Fifty-nine percent of voters said they opposed the law, including 30% of self-identified Democrats and 64% of independents, while just 36% supported it.

    And there is plenty for people not to like. Here are a few of the latest Obamacare blunders making headlines:

    • Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who is retiring this year, suggested that Obamacare is in danger of entering the dreaded death spiral. “I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially,” Moran said. “I just don’t know how we’re going to do it frankly. If we had a solution I’d be telling the president right now.”
    • As a result of Obamacare’s growing problems, Moody’s downgraded the health insurance sector last week.
    • One of Obamacare’s major selling points was that it would to help tackle the problem of too many uninsured Americans. But it is making the problem worse in California. And the Wall Street Journal recently reported that “Only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured.”
    • Target announced that it is cancelling health insurance plans for part-time workers, forcing them into the Obamacare exchanges to take advantage of the taxpayer-funded subsidizes. Target isn’t the first company to do this and more are expected to do the same.
    • Some parents are finding that Obamacare won’t cover their children.

    Obamacare is not working, and Democrats have stubbornly defended it by often retorting that Republicans have no plan of their own. The fact is, Republicans have lots of ideas, which the media mostly ignore.

    Working to reclaim the high ground as the party of ideas and reform, Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) unveiled a GOP healthcare reform plan that may become a blueprint for the eventual repeal and replacement of Obamacare — if Republicans can take back the Senate this year and the White House in 2016. You can read more about it here.

    By the way, Senator Coburn, who is leaving the Senate this year due in part to a recurrence of cancer, said this morning that he has lost access to his oncologist since signing up for Obamacare.

    Conservative Opposition To Immigration Bill Growing

    Friday I reported that Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard was advising House Republicans against taking up an immigration reform bill this year. Amid growing reports that GOP leaders are preparing to embrace amnesty, the editors of National Review are now on record urging House Republicans to avoid committing an “unforced error” by taking up the controversial issue.

    A major reason cited to stay away from this trap is lack of trust in Obama, who “refuses to enforce key provisions of his own health-care law, let alone provisions of immigration law he finds uncongenial.”

    Hollywood Mocks Middle America

    The chasm between today’s pop culture and Middle America was on full display at the Grammy Awards. From same-sex weddings to semi-pornographic performances, left-wing Hollywood elites once again reveled in mocking the cherished values of millions of Americans.

    My friends, let me go back to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll I wrote about at the beginning of this report. The overwhelming majority of Americans feel our country is headed in the wrong direction. They feel it is divided, troubled and deteriorating. Granted, much of that concern stems from economic issues.

    But what took place at the Grammys was a perfect example of the culture war that is tearing our nation apart, as well as America’s growing virtue deficit. If men and women of goodwill of all races don’t step up soon, our budget deficit and growing military weakness won’t matter. Our virtue deficit will destroy this great experiment in ordered liberty under God.

    End Of Day Report

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Confidence Waning In Obama

    Leading up to tomorrow night’s State of the Union address, Barack Obama and his spokesmen are once again threatening to implement unilateral, constitutionally questionable executive actions if Congress will not bend to Obama’s will.

    On CNN yesterday, Dan Pfeiffer, a top Obama advisor, said, “He is going to look in every way he can with his pen and his phone to try to move the ball forward. We’re putting an extra emphasis on it in 2014.”

    Obama’s use of executive power is angering many Americans, including even a few liberals. Left-wing law professor Jonathan Turley, who has defended polygamy, said, “In my view, Obama has surpassed George W. Bush in the level of circumvention of Congress and the assertion of excessive presidential power. I don’t think it’s a close question.” Worse than Bush — that’s a big indictment from a liberal like Turley.

    And just as Obama is promising even more executive actions comes a new ABC/Washington Post poll showing that only 37% of the public has a fair amount of confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country.

    The Criminalization Of Conservatism?

    Is America on the verge of becoming a tyrannical police state? There are many ways in which the state can abuse its power. Among the worst is when law enforcement officials plant evidence to convict innocent people. A more subtle form of tyranny is the selective enforcement of the law in a way that targets political dissent.

    Last week conservative author, filmmaker and Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza was indicted for election fraud. The charge is that he convinced people to make political donations and then reimbursed them. That is a violation of the law. He is facing charges that, combined, could send him to jail for seven years.

    I know Dinesh D’Souza well — he worked for me in the Reagan White House. He is an extremely intelligent man and an articulate spokesman for conservatism. I won’t defend illegal behavior, but this case seems fishy.

    Historically, cases like this have been treated as misdemeanors and handled with fines, at least when the offender was a liberal. Usually it happens in hotly-contested elections where every dollar is critical.

    In D’Souza’s case, the race was never in doubt. The candidate D’Souza supported had virtually no chance. So why was the FBI targeting this race unless someone decided to go after Dinesh D’Souza?

    Gerald Molen, who produced D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” as well as “Schindler’s List,” fears the indictment may be political. “I’ve never had the occasion to think that I had to fear my government,” Molen said. “I never had the thought that I had reason to think I had to look over my shoulder until now.”

    If D’Souza broke the law, he should be held accountable. But given the harassment of conservatives in Hollywood, the treatment of Tea Party groups and Christian ministries and the targeting of James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas in New York, it is hard not to question whether justice in America today is indeed still blind.

    And add to that list of questionable activities what is beginning to look like a a political purge of top military officers. How is it that the administration did not act when Major Nidal Hasan was engaged in activities that should have set off alarm bells, but somehow it is routinely uncovering the officer who drank too much in Moscow, who used fake poker chips in Iowa or the top general who had an affair?

    Supremes Side With The Little Sisters

    Late Friday afternoon the Supreme Court handed the Obama Administration a big setback when it issued an injunction against Obamacare’s contraception mandate. The case involves a Catholic charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, which was facing fines of up to $1 million a year, if it refused to obey Obamacare’s mandates, which the Little Sisters believed would force them to violate the teachings of their faith.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, granted the Little Sisters a temporary injunction earlier this month while she referred the issue to the entire court. To be clear, this is not a ruling on the merits of the case — the court did not strike down the mandate.

    But some legal observers believe the real significance is that not a single justice issued a dissent against the injunction, which remains in effect until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case.

    If a majority of justices felt the injunction was justified, that suggests the mandate could be in real trouble when the high court takes up two challenges, including the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, in March.

    End Of Day Report

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    GOP Defends Marriage

    The outrageous decision by Virginia’s Democrat Attorney General, Mark Herring, to ignore the will of the people and the commonwealth’s constitution by refusing to defend Virginia’s marriage amendment has caused a firestorm. We called on Republicans in Richmond to respond boldly and they are.

    William Howell (R), Speaker of the House of Delegates, blasted Herring’s action for “the dangerous precedent it sets with regard to the rule of law.” Howell added that Herring had demonstrated “great disregard … for the legislative and democratic processes.”

    State Senator Richard Black said, “I don’t know what the difference between a dictatorship and this is.” Something is definitely wrong when 57% of the people can be ignored by a politician who won his office by just 900 votes. Delegate Robert Marshall said, “We appropriate money for people to defend the Constitution, not to attack it. This is a complete dereliction of his duty.”

    There have been calls for impeachment too, but the votes are not there since Democrats now control the state Senate. Fortunately, several members of the General Assembly are exploring other legal remedies, from defending the law themselves to suing Herring for the misuse of funds.

    Kristol Says “No” To Immigration Bill

    Bill Kristol, an influential conservative leader and editor of The Weekly Standard, had some good advice for House Speaker John Boehner. Don’t bring an immigration bill to the House floor! Here is Bill’s analysis:

      “[Boehner] should announce that he will not bring any immigration legislation to the floor this session. If there’s one thing that could blow up GOP chances for a good 2014, it would be an explosive debate over immigration in the House. The only sure way to avoid such a debate is not to let anything onto the floor in the first place.

      “Once even an innocuous-sounding measure gets passed, then the pressure to go to conference with the loathed Senate bill will be great. And whatever ultimately were to happen, activists would spend months worrying about and agitating against a betrayal by the leadership, business interests would spend months urging such a betrayal, and Republicans would be consumed by infighting and recriminations on an issue that does them no short-term political good.

      “Bringing immigration to the floor insures a circular GOP firing squad, instead of a nicely lined-up one shooting together and in unison at Obamacare and other horrors of big government liberalism. Since there really is no need to act this year on immigration, don’t. Don’t even try.”

    I agree. Don’t play into Obama’s hands and split the party!

    Huckabee: “We Have A War For Women”

    Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 competitor for the GOP presidential nomination Mike Huckabee spoke to the delegates gathered at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting yesterday. During his remarks, he directly took on the Democrats’ “war on women” mantra. Huckabee said:

      “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America. …Republicans don’t have a war on women. [We] have a war for women — for them to be empowered to be something other than victims of their gender.”

    Good for you, “Huck.” Of course, Democrats are blasting him for being insensitive. But his point about the growing dependency on big government, and how Democrats are encouraging greater dependency, is a discussion we need to have. As Margaret Thatcher famously said about socialism, eventually you run out of other people’s money.

    By the way, Huckabee is leaving the door open to another run for the White House in 2016. If his aggressive response to the left’s idiotic “war on women” meme is a sign of how he might campaign, he will be a formidable opponent, particularly for those Republicans who think the solution on values issues is to run for the hills.

    Liberal Intolerance In Texas

    The left loves to cloak itself in the language of tolerance. But as we routinely document in this report, the left is increasingly exemplified by intolerance. Of course, it gets a free pass from the media every time.

    The Tea Party was routinely maligned as racist by the Democrats and their liberal media allies. Ten thousand conservatives could show up at a rally, but the one guy with an obnoxious sign is elevated by the media as representative of all conservatives.

    Well, the left isn’t getting a free pass from me! The latest example of left-wing intolerance comes from Texas, where liberal activists were caught on camera mocking Attorney General Greg Abbott for being in a wheelchair.

    James O’Keefe, whose undercover videos brought down ACORN, has turned his attention to a major liberal effort to “turn Texas blue.” In his latest video, he filmed a bunch of liberals laughing about how Democrat Wendy Davis’ campaign slogan is “Stand with Wendy.” But, of course, Abbott can’t stand. Isn’t that just hilarious?

    They accuse Abbott of having a “personality disorder.” In one clip, a woman is heard rattling off a list of drawbacks to his candidacy — he’s ugly, inarticulate and “he’s in a wheelchair.” Now she is certainly entitled to her own opinion about his looks and speaking ability. But when did being in a wheelchair disqualify someone from serving in public office? It doesn’t seem to be an issue for most Texans — Abbot was twice elected to the state Supreme Court and is currently serving his third term as attorney general.

    And, of course, O’Keefe catches this liberal group involved in — you guessed it — voter fraud! To these left-wing activists, forging signatures on absentee ballots is just standard procedure.

    Government Too Big, Too Powerful, Not Working

    A Gallup poll released this week finds that 65% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with our system of government and how well it is working. That is a big increase from 2008 when just 48% of Americans felt the same way.

    At first glance this seems very worrisome. But Americans are not ready to scrap the Constitution and start over. They think big government is the problem, not our founding principles. The same poll finds that 66% of Americans are dissatisfied with the size and power of the federal government, up from 57% in 2008.

    We all know what has changed since 2008. The American people are increasingly worried that Barack Obama has massively grown and mismanaged the government and is threatening our liberties.

    Many Americans are unnerved by the incredible growth of the surveillance state under Obama. Yesterday the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to help balance counterterrorism policy with civil liberties, issued a report blasting the NSA’s massive collection of phone records as illegal and ineffective. The board recommended that the program be terminated and all records be destroyed. The Obama White House was dismissive and said it planned to keep the program in place.

    I take a back seat to no one when it comes to national security. Given that our enemies want to see a mushroom cloud over an American city, I believe we must go further than we would in normal times, just as we did during World War II, and these are not normal times.

    Having said that, this administration is out-of-control. Worse, it has shown a persistent impulse to use the power of government to punish and harass political opponents. How is it that conservative groups and Christian ministries can be subjected to harassment and abuse by the IRS and the FBI can find no evidence of wrong doing?

    Congressional oversight committees must continue to aggressively review how this administration is conducting itself in the name of national security.

    More importantly, if the American people are truly dissatisfied with the size and power of government, they need to elect more conservatives to Congress who will fight for smaller, more efficient government. You won’t get that from the party of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

    End Of Day Report

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Virginia Is For Lawlessness?

    Decades ago, Virginia tourism officials adopted the slogan, “Virginia is for lovers.” With the newly-elected governor and attorney general seem determined to change the slogan to “Virginia is for lawlessness.”

    Earlier this week we warned that Attorney General Herring had suggested that he might not defend the popularly enacted state marriage protection amendment. During an interview on National Public Radio this morning, Herring announced his decision:

      “As attorney general I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians’ rights. That’s what I have pledged over and over to do, is to put the law and put Virginians first. … It’s about what the law requires here, and we have concluded, I have concluded, that the law here is unconstitutional, and I think the Supreme Court … would find the law unconstitutional.”

    Incredible. Outrageous. Lawless.

    There is no “right” to same-sex marriage anywhere in the laws of Virginia.

    Herring is not putting the law or Virginians first. The people of Virginia overwhelmingly voted for the state’s marriage amendment. Herring, on the other hand, won his race by just 900 votes out of more than two million cast. Herring is putting his radical left-wing agenda first.

    It is not up to Herring to unilaterally decide whether the law is unconstitutional or not. When he was sworn in as attorney general, not as a judge, he took an oath to “support the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia.” Instead, he is ignoring that constitution just as Obama ignores the U.S. Constitution.

    Some conservatives and some Christians have argued that our position on same-sex marriage should be a federalist position — let the people of every state decide. But just as it did with abortion, the left will not permit that.

    The radical left is intent on taking the “anything goes” ideology that prevails in New York and San Francisco and imposing it on Middle America. It is using the courts to make law and invalidate the will of the people. The left will force same-sex marriage on every state in the union.

    The Virginia General Assembly can trace its roots back to the earliest legislative body in America. The House of Burgesses was in operation in 1619. It hosted leaders, who resisted the lawless tyranny of their day, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Patrick Henry.

    But today, Virginia’s governor has demanded that Obamacare be expanded or he’ll do it by executive decree. Now Virginia’s attorney general has decreed that he doesn’t care what the law says or what 57% of voters want. Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Henry must be rolling over in their graves.

    Iranian Nuclear Disaster

    Two weeks ago, President Obama said his nuclear deal with Iran would cause the Islamic Republic to “start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium and dismantling some of the infrastructure that makes such enrichment possible.”

    But in a CNN interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said this:

      “We [Iran] did not agree to dismantle anything. …If you find a single, a single word, that even closely resembles dismantling or could be defined as dismantling in the entire text, then I would take back my comment. …we are not dismantling any centrifuges, we’re not dismantling any equipment…”

    Zarif also insisted that the White House’s version of the deal “underplays the concessions [made by America] and overplays Iranian commitments.”

    Don’t dismiss Zarif’s comments. He is not the only one saying this. In recent reports we told you that Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator, said, “No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded. All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”

    Iran’s new “moderate” president, Hassan Rouhani, posted on his Twitter feed, “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will.”

    This deal is a disaster made between two governments that cannot be trusted. Iran is operating from a disgusting, but understandable, worldview. Tehran wants control over the Middle East. It wants America to retreat. Iran wants to “wipe Israel off the map” and lay low the “great Satan” — which is what it calls America.

    The dissembling of our own government is worse. Obama is bargaining away our security and the security of our allies, putting the lives of Americans and Israelis in jeopardy. The Iranians are lying in their own self-interest. The lies of our government are contrary to our own national interests and amount to little more than appeasement.

    Kudos To Cruz

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz fired off a blistering letter yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to thoroughly investigate the IRS/Tea Party scandal. The senator pulled no punches.

    Cruz blasted the appointment of an Obama donor to lead the Justice Department’s investigation and slammed Holder for lacking the courage of past attorneys general who appointed special prosecutors to investigate Presidents Nixon and Clinton. Here’s an excerpt:

      “Two hundred fifty-three days have passed since both you and President Obama professed outrage at the IRS’s wrongful conduct. To date, no one has been indicted. And it has been reported that the FBI plans not to file any criminal charges. …This is a sad state of affairs. The widespread perception of partisan bias, of manifest conflict of interest, besmirches the reputation of the Department of Justice. And it undermines confidence in rule of law.

      “I ask you personally to demonstrate the independence that so many of your predecessors have demonstrated, and act to preserve the integrity of the Department of Justice and immediately appoint a special prosecutor, with meaningful independence, to investigate the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups.”

    You can read the entire letter here.

    Kudos to Senator Cruz! This is exactly the kind of response that should be coming from every member of Congress who values justice and the rule of law.