End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 27 09

Friday, March 27, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Welfare For Jihadists?

The Obama Administration is the “gift that just keeps on giving.” National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, speaking about those prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) who are likely to be released in the United States under new policies adopted by Obama, pointed out that the prisoners would have to get some sort of welfare to help them start their new lives in the good old US of A. Director Blair apparently thought about this quite a lot and concluded, “We can’t put them out on the street.”

It must be very hard for our enemies to fully understand American liberals. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a moment:

First, you are captured on the battlefield where you are trying to kill U.S. soldiers. Then you are imprisoned at GITMO and immediately provided expert medical attention and better nutrition than ever before. Soon lawyers from some of Washington’s most prestigious law firms offer to represent you free of charge.

Then a president is elected who went to a “church” for 20 years whose pastor loved to shout “God D— America” from the pulpit. Finally, you are told that the president intends to release you inside the country you dream will be destroyed some day, and the Director of National Intelligence wants you to be paid a stipend by those dreadful infidel taxpayers so that you can adjust to your new life. And just last week, that same president was floating the idea of taking away some health benefits from the soldiers who captured you!

While I ponder the meaning of all this tonight, I intend to stop by Arlington National Cemetery for a reality check.

Terror On The Border

In past reports, we have documented the terror on the U.S./Mexican border – 8,000 deaths in the past two years and hundreds of beheadings in a vicious war being waged by brutal drug lords. It is spilling over into American communities, and the Obama Administration is dragging its feet in responding. Today’s Washington Times should prod them considerably.

The Times interviewed Michael Braun, a former assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in its shocking front-page report today. According to Braun, the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah is working hand-in-hand with Mexican drug smugglers. For now, Hezbollah is using drug money to help finance terror operations in the Middle East.

But, Braun warns, “They [Hezbollah and the drug lords] work together. They rely on the same facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected. They’ll leverage those relationships to their benefit, to smuggle contraband and humans into the U.S.; in fact, they already are.” Today, it’s drugs and money. Tomorrow, terrorists and bombs.

As I have often stated in the past, border security is homeland security. Neither should be a partisan issue, left/right issue, Republican/Democrat issue. Terrorists don’t ask to check voter ID cards before committing their atrocities. Unfortunately, there is a very stark contrast between the two parties on both issues, and, today, liberal Democrats have total control in Washington.

Another Win!

It’s not often conservatives can celebrate a victory in Washington these days, but we won one today. There are reports that the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, after being thoroughly shamed and embarrassed, has relented and will be donating the $100,000 it received from Bernie Madoff to a victims’ trust. In previous reports we noted that Madoff was a major donor to the Democrats – giving 88% of his personal campaign contributions to Democrats, while 89% of the contributions from employees at his company went to Democrats.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to call the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee as we requested Wednesday. Your action made the difference!

Another Withdrawal

Another week has gone by and another Obama nominee has withdrawn his name from consideration for public service. Jonathan Cannon, nominated to be deputy director of the EPA, bowed out of the process this week after questions arose about America’s Clean Water Foundation. Cannon had served on the foundation’s board, but the foundation shut down after a 2007 EPA audit charged it with gross mismanagement of taxpayer funds.

The foundation received a $25 million grant from the EPA to study environmental risks at meat processing plants. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, “EPA auditors questioned the foundation’s accounting for almost all that money and alluded to allegations of embezzlement.”

Whoever is responsible for vetting President Obama’s nominees needs to withdraw!

Media Notice

We’ve had a busy and productive week making the case for our values in the media! On Monday, Politico featured an op-ed I had written about our misguided policies at GITMO. Today, we have a double-feature!

Townhall.com posted a column I wrote about the mainstream media’s “willful blindness” as to the root cause of so much of the violence and terrorism around the world. It’s evident when Ted Turner calls Al Qaeda in Iraq “patriots” and when Chris Matthews accuses pro-lifers of being terrorists.

And, in my weekly Human Events column, I offer some more thoughts on the audacity of the radical environmentalist movement. Whenever there is a crisis, real and imaginary, the Left’s instinct always is to presume that people are the problem.

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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!