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!