End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 26 09

Thursday, March 26, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Democrat Divisions

As congressional Democrats take up President Obama’s massive $3.6 trillion budget, many of them are reaching for the Maalox. Consider some of today’s headlines:

* “Obama Tries to Unite Democrats On Budget Plan” –Washington Post

* “Dem Factions Curb Obama Budget” — Washington Times

* “Democrats vs. Democrats” — Politico

They have good reason to be worried. The Congressional Budget Office has warned that Obama’s budget will add nearly $10 trillion to the national debt in ten years. The Associated Press wrote, “President Barack Obama’s budget would produce … more than four times the deficits of Republican George W. Bush’s presidency.”

We are being lectured by socialist countries, including the communist Chinese, about excessive spending. This week, the Czech president of the European Union blasted Obama’s spending, saying, “The U.S. is repeating mistakes from the 1930s, such as wide-ranging stimuluses, protectionist tendencies and appeals… All these steps, their combination and their permanency, are the road to hell.”

In a rare moment in Washington, the political reality and the economic reality appear to be temporarily aligning. Congressional Democrats have read the CBO report and some know that they can’t spend us into oblivion. They also know that they are the majority party today partly because of voter outrage against fiscal irresponsibility in Washington. In reacting to Obama’s budget, one Senate Democrat said, “We’re going to go back and rework this whole thing.”

But that’s not stopping the White House and its radical leftwing allies. Obama is mobilizing his campaign apparatus to intimidate moderate Democrats worried by his socialist spending. Politico reports today that MoveOn.org, major labor unions and other leftwing outfits are running TV ads attacking moderate-to-conservative Democrats for standing in the way of their “progressive agenda.”

TAKE ACTION: Please contact your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose Obama’s outrageous budget. Click here to quickly and easily send a message to Capitol Hill urging your senators and representative to stop Obama’s spending.

The Republican Response

President Obama recently accused congressional Republicans of having no alternatives. That was a completely false statement. During the debate on the so-called “stimulus” bill, House Republicans drafted their own plan. But Democrats shot it down. Republicans have also offered an alternative plan to address the mortgage crisis.

Now, as Congress prepares to deal with President Obama’s outrageous $3.6 trillion budget, which raises taxes and takes the first steps toward socialized health care, House Republicans today unveiled their own alternative, while Senate conservatives, such as Iowa’s Charles Grassley, are advocating a spending freeze.

While the Left is divided and fighting itself, conservatives need to be united behind serious alternatives rooted in conservative values and principles. There are many good conservatives on Capitol Hill fighting hard every day for the values we cherish. Unfortunately, liberal Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, control nearly 60% of the votes in the House and Senate.

That means we’re not going to win many votes in Washington in the short term. But that doesn’t excuse us from working hard now to win the hearts and minds of voters across the country so we can retake Congress in 2010. Only by winning elections can we hope to stop Obama’s lurch to the Left and restore common sense to Congress!

Obama’s Slumping Support

Pollster John Zogby released a survey this week which found that fewer than half of the respondents felt President Obama was doing a good job. According to the Zogby poll, 49% said President Obama’s job performance was “excellent or good,” while 50% said it was “fair or poor.” While Zogby’s findings clearly stand out as unusually low compared to most polls, it does track the general trend for President Obama — downward.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen, one of the most accurate in the business today, has recorded a nine-point drop in the president’s approval rating and a 13-point increase in his disapproval rating since his inauguration. That’s a negative swing of 22 points in two months.

Like the president’s deficit spending, his polling numbers are unsustainable, pointing to the increased likelihood of a Republican resurgence in next year’s congressional elections – IF we can raise the funds to make it happen!

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End of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 19 09

Thursday, March 19, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Terrorists Coming To Your Neighborhood

When President Obama followed through on his promise to order the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay shut down, many wondered exactly what the president intended to do with the thugs still there. Now we are getting some clues. Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to reporters yesterday that the Obama Administration may release inside the United States some terror suspects currently being held at GITMO.

Holder said they would look at the prisoners on a case-by-case basis and determine which ones should be put on trial and which ones should be released. Among the possible outcomes, he added, “Among them is the possibility that we could release them into this country.”

Will everyone who wants a former GITMO prisoner as a neighbor raise their hand? What — no takers?

This president and his appointees have been sold to the American people as the brightest crew to ever run the country. As for me, I vote for common sense over IQ.

Washington At Its Worst

Yesterday’s Capitol Hill “show trial” of AIG chief executive Edward Liddy was disgusting. Of all the people in the hearing room, Liddy was the least responsible for the bonus fiasco. Liddy was asked by the feds to run AIG last fall. He works for a dollar a year. He basically took the job to help our country.

Yet the finger-pointing liberals in the committee room were the same Democrat politicians who, along with the White House, rammed through the “stimulus” bill without allowing enough time to read the details – and now a $165 million “detail” has come back to bite them.

Yesterday, Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Dodd admitted that he removed a provision from the bill that would have addressed the bonuses. And he did so after receiving a request from the Obama Administration! This admission comes after Dodd’s unequivocal denial that he had anything to do with it. By the way, the top recipients of campaign contributions from AIG are – drum roll please – Barack Obama and Chris Dodd.

And here’s something else you should know. This week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi promising to punish AIG for the bonuses. In his letter, Geithner wrote that AIG will have to pay back to the Treasury “the amount of the retention awards just paid.” And, “In addition, we will deduct from the $30 billion in assistance an amount equal to the amount of those payments.”

I hope you don’t miss what has happened here. This leftwing administration and its liberal allies in Congress approved of the AIG contracts, protected them legally in the “stimulus” bill and now they are going to “fine” AIG for obeying the law they wrote. That’s Washington at its worst!

But Obama and his liberal allies, rather than admit they caused the bonus problem, went back to the strategy that has worked so well so far – attack business, Wall Street, executives, and fan the flames of class warfare.

President Obama did his best imitation yesterday of a Latin American demagogue, telling a campaign rally (which campaign is this?) in California that families earning more than $250,000 a year “can afford” his tax hikes. “It’s not like suddenly they’re going to have to go to the poor house. But what that does is it allows us to pay for health care…” Translation: Anyone who fights against higher taxes doesn’t care about the sick and suffering.

For anyone falling for this, consider this fact. If you are a family of four living in New York, California or a lot of other high tax states and you earn $250,000, after state, local and federal income, sales and property taxes, you are fortunate to have $125,000 left BEFORE Obama raises your taxes. Does anyone think those “rich” people are why we are in trouble today?

The great British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once rightly observed, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s one lesson Washington liberals refuse to learn and Barack Obama seems determined to test.

The Israel Pledge

The United States and Israel have both held elections in recent months, and the results could not have been more different. America took a lurch to the Left with a president intent on cutting defense spending and negotiating with our enemies.

Israel elected a leader intent on keeping his country safe from Islamofascist terrorism and the Holocaust-denying dictator in Tehran, who is determined to develop nuclear weapons and constantly threatening to “wipe Israel off the map.” As Israel prepares to confront an existential threat, it needs America’s support now more than ever.

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), founded by Pastor John Hagee, once again is working to mobilize American supporters of Israel’s right to exist and defend itself against terrorism. It is critical that our leaders in Washington hear that message from millions of Americans today. And, as a member of CUFI’s Executive Board, I’m asking for your help.

Pastor Hagee is coming to Washington next week to meet with newly elected leaders in Congress. You can help him tremendously by signing The Israel Pledge online right now. The Israel Pledge says that you believe the Jewish state has a right to exist and a right to self-defense, and that you will stand with Israel until the terrorist attacks stop.

If you agree with those statements, please click here to stand with Israel!

End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 18 09

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Libs Gone Wild!

Congressional Democrats and the Obama White House are trampling over each other in a mad dash to get as far away from AIG’s bonuses as they can. Just two weeks ago, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner assured Congress that the Obama Administration was confident it knew how AIG was spending taxpayer money. Whoops! Today, the White House and Geithner are claiming ignorance.

Meanwhile, there is a sudden shortage of microphones in Washington as dozens of liberal Senators and Obama officials rush to condemn the bonuses they had to know about, but failed to prevent. Politico, an influential Washington publication, observed that “Congressional Democrats careened between the circular firing squad and the three ring circus.”

Why do I say Democrats had to know about the bonuses? Fox News and CNN are reporting that the so-called “stimulus” bill written by Nancy Pelosi and the White House literally protected those bonuses. Of course, no one will take credit for that.

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine sponsored an amendment that would have addressed bonuses at bailed out companies. But guess what? When Democrat leaders took the Senate’s version of the “stimulus” bill into closed-door negotiations with the White House and Speaker Pelosi’s office, the Snowe amendment disappeared and was replaced with language that protected all contracts written prior to February 11, 2009.

Here’s what Democrat Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee, said in self-defense during an interview with CNN yesterday, “Frankly it was such a rush – we’re talking about the stimulus bill now – to get it passed, I didn’t have time to and other conferees didn’t have time to address many of the provisions that were modified significantly.” Translation: He didn’t read the bill.

And who, by the way, is responsible for these supersized corporate bonuses in the first place? Bill Clinton and Congressional Democrats. That’s not partisan rhetoric – it’s the truth. In 1993, Bill Clinton and the Democrat Congress changed the tax laws on executive compensation, and they did it in such a way that one “compensation guru” described as, “utterly stupid. In 10 minutes even Forrest Gump could think up five ways around it.”

So let me summarize: Bill Clinton and congressional Democrats tinker with the tax laws to regulate executive salaries and create today’s system of corporate bonuses in the process. The Obama White House and congressional Democrats rush through a massive “stimulus bill” having not read it, fail to safeguard taxpayer money, some money gets paid in legal bonuses and now Democrats are attacking “Wall Street greed.”

Day by day, blaming George Bush and conservatives becomes less and less effective. The Obamabots are learning that they own the problems now and governing is a lot harder than it looks – particularly if you are a socialist neophyte.

But Will They Learn?

Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely Democrats will learn from the AIG mistake and slow down. Reporters and congressional staffers in Washington are referring to the Obama legislative “blitzkrieg” or “Big Bang” theory of Big Government. Just consider what Obama and the Democrats have proposed in recent weeks: The trillion-dollar stimulus, the $410 billion omnibus spending bill, a $3.6 trillion budget, a $1.5 trillion socialized health care bill and a $2 trillion carbon “cap-and-tax” scheme (yes, it really is that big!).

Obama is trying to ram through as much as he can while he can – before you have a chance to vote for “change” in 2010! And now he’s mobilizing his campaign apparatus to help him to browbeat wary members of Congress into toeing the “Obama line.” I think we need to put the brakes on everything. I know this episode will galvanize conservatives on Capitol Hill and across the country to fight even harder.

GOP Up!

If the latest Rasmussen poll on the congressional ballot preference is any indication, then change is coming to Washington in 2010. According to a poll released yesterday, if congressional elections were held today, 41% of voters would back Republican candidates, while 39% would support the Democrats. That’s a shift of six points in the past week, and more evidence that the American people are not buying into Obama’s radical agenda.

Shameful Savings

Today’s Washington Times reports on one way that the Obama Administration is looking to cut spending — by cutting health benefits to veterans injured in combat. Obama wants to force private insurance companies, rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, to pay for the costs of treating our wounded heroes, saving $540 million.

The commander of the American Legion called the plan “unreasonable.” A top official of the Disabled American Veterans said the Obama proposal was a “betrayal.” Glen M. Gardner, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, called the idea “unconscionable” and added, “it breaks a sacred trust that veterans have with their government.”

If the administration is looking to save money, I’d suggest they start by cutting the planned $900 million foreign aid package to “Hamastan” in Gaza that Hillary and Obama are pushing. Or how about cutting the billions of pork barrel projects out of the “omnibus” spending bill he just signed. Cancel funding for ACORN and Planned Parenthood. I’m all for saving money, but not on the backs of our veterans.