Capital Prayer Alert!

Friday, April 3, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters of Campaign for Working Families

From: Carol Bauer

As you know, my wife, Carol, prepares a prayer alert about once a month. We hope you will share Carol’s writing with your friends and fellow worshippers. Thank you for taking an interest in her monthly devotion. – Gary

Capital Prayer Alert

Spring has finally arrived in Washington. The gray and gloom of winter has slowly given way to the bright colors of spring in the form of crocus, daffodils and cherry blossoms. Interestingly, there were many in the electorate who thought they voted for a new season in politics, a clean break from what they saw as a gloomy era of partisanship. They thought they were going to get something bright, clean and fresh like the new season. Instead, what has arrived in the halls of Washington is a revved up version of partisanship moving along in fast forward to change the foundations of American society.

Those who predicted that the incoming administration would claim centrist ground have been proved wrong. From big ticket spending priorities and unimaginable national debt to government control of financial institutions, from a weak foreign policy to the promotion of a radical abortion position, the new president flits from one issue and venue to another pronouncing sweeping political changes that must be made NOW. You get the impression they don’t want us to have the time to examine the details of any of it lest we catch on to the wholesale effort to remake America. The initial warm glow is over, and in its place are the red hot choices that our elected officials must make, and in short order.

Pray for those who serve in the House and Senate and are in a position to put their stamp of approval or disapproval on the administration’s ambitious plans. Ask God to grant them insight, wisdom and boldness to ask the right questions. Prompt them to be creative in shedding light on the consequences of today’s decisions on tomorrow’s taxpayers, our children and grandchildren. Ask our Heavenly Father to raise up among them some heroes who would buck the prevailing political winds. May they be articulate and engaging as they give voice to our shared values.

Finally, pray that those who see themselves as elected to keep our country safe from outside forces and well grounded in the values that have served our country well will create opportunities to examine the fine points of the sweeping changes that are planned. Pray for time to look for, consider and evaluate unintended consequences.

The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is a time when Members of Congress are in recess and many will spend all or part of that time in their home states and districts. There will be town meetings, open office hours and various event settings where these elected officials will be present to listen to the voters. There have been times in recent years, during the debate over immigration “reform” for example, when Washington officeholders got an earful when they went home and returned to Washington with a different take on an issue that looked very different from the rarefied atmosphere of the nation’s capital.

One of the most effective ways to influence officeholders is with convincing facts – the number of jobs that will be lost in your company or community because of skyrocketing energy costs, how long business owners will wait to even think of new hiring based on increased employer health insurance costs, the effect of the departure of experienced leadership in local financial institutions as the federal government exerts more control, etc. The case can be made in person or in writing, but it must be made.

Pray for the will and discipline to make your case to those in a position to vote in Washington. They may be uninformed or wrongly informed about the long-term ramifications of critical votes they are about to make. Ask God for insights to illustrate your points effectively. Pray that your words and facts would be given a fair hearing.

Your prayers for our country, its leaders and the challenging road ahead can make a difference!

End Of Day Report Gary Bauer 03 23 09

Monday, March 23, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary Bauer

Terror Attack On Israel Fails

A terrorist effort to kill hundreds of Israelis in Haifa Saturday was narrowly avoided. A 200-pound car bomb, packed with ball bearings intended to rip through flesh, malfunctioned near a crowded shopping mall. The bomb was intended to go off following the end of the Jewish Sabbath, when the mall would have been filled with families. Thank God for this miracle.

But I can’t help but think how the reality of what was planned completely contradicts President Obama’s naïve and dangerous foreign policy. Since taking office, President Obama has bowed to Iran, did his first major TV interview with an Arab network, pledged a billion dollars in aid to the Palestinians in Gaza and has been hypercritical of Israel. Yet, in spite of the president’s “engagement and diplomacy,” the enemies of the United States and Israel did everything they could this weekend to kill countless civilians. The chances are very good that this bomb was constructed with some form of help from Iran. This is how the Islamic Republic responded to Obama’s video “olive branch” of “mutual respect.”

If the attack had been successful, I have no doubt that Secretary of State Clinton would have expressed her sorrow and President Obama would have said that terrorism was unacceptable. But in short order, the dead Israelis would have been forgotten and the world, including our White House, would have continued its constant demands that Israel make more concessions and give up more land for peace. Fortunately, this bomb failed. Unfortunately, the next one and the one after that probably won’t. No amount of appeasement will stop these thugs.

What’s So Funny?

I don’t know how many of you happened to tune in to Obama’s 60 Minutes interview, but it was a surreal event. President Obama was talking about the precarious position of the United States and the rest of the world as a result of the global economic crisis. He was warning that we still faced the possibility of “an even more destructive recession or potentially a depression.” And through it all, the president just kept on laughing – as though he had forgotten that this was 60 Minutes and not Jay Leno. The president’s odd demeanor got the attention of CBS’s veteran journalist Steve Kroft. At one point during the interview, Kroft asked the president of the United States: “You’re sitting here. And you’re – you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money.’ …Are you punch-drunk?”

That question may well be another “first” for President Obama. It’s certainly the first time I recall a president being asked if he was “punch-drunk.” But President Obama brushed it off with a laugh, saying, “No. No. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day.” Maybe so. But I suspect, rather than “gallows humor,” most Americans would appreciate steady leadership that is focused on the crisis at hand. Instead, Obama is jumping from one massive Big Government initiative to the next, while admitting that the economy stands on the brink of “an even more destructive recession or potentially a depression.”

No Joke

After we had “gone to print” late Friday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office issued its analysis of President Obama’s budget, and it blew away the White House’s estimates concerning the full impact of the president’s budget on the national debt. “Red Ink Red Alert” was the headline to a weekend editorial in the Washington Post. “Obama Sticker Shock” is how the Wall Street Journal described the CBO report today. If you thought spending was out of control during the last eight years, consider this from the Associated Press, “President Barack Obama’s budget would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade, more than four times the deficits of Republican George W. Bush’s presidency.”

Senator Judd Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, responded to the CBO report, saying, “The practical implications of [Obama’s budget] is bankruptcy for the United States. There’s no other way around it. If we maintain the proposals which are in this budget…this country will go bankrupt.” So far the administration has been cavalier in its reaction, dismissing the CBO report and indicating that it has no plans whatsoever to cutback on spending. That leaves only one option: massive tax hikes on everyone – and that’s nothing to laugh about!

While we’re on the subject, there has been a lot of debate in Washington about whether our policies at GITMO are creating terrorism. I offered my thoughts on that subject in a column today at Politico, and the answer may surprise you!

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