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Friday, January 13, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 298 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Barack Obama: The Six Trillion Dollar President
Yesterday, Barack Obama asked Congress for another $1.2 trillion increase in the national debt. And just how long will that last Mr. Obama? According to CBS News, "Treasury experts expect it to meet U.S. government borrowing needs through the remainder of 2012."
That means Obama is borrowing $100 billion EVERY month! For comparison, the deficit for 2007 -- the entire year -- was approximately $160 billion.
Our friends at CNSNews.com note that Obama is "on a pace to increase the national debt by $6.2 trillion by the end of his term on Jan. 20, 2013, according to the debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury. That $6.2 trillion is more debt than was accumulated by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined."
For comparison, when George W. Bush took office, the national debt was $5.7 trillion and increased to $10.6 trillion by the time he left office. That's $5 trillion in eight years, which then-Senator Obama condemned in 2008 as "unpatriotic." How does one describe increasing the national debt by $6 trillion in four years?
Remember this when you go to the polls in 298 days. America cannot afford another four more years of Barack Obama!
Washington Has A Rat Problem
It probably won't surprise you to hear that Washington, D.C., has a problem with rats. But in this case I really do mean rodents. City officials have been alarmed by the exploding rat population. And I am pleased to report they are finally taking action now that they have identified the source of the problem: The Occupy DC encampment. (Seriously, folks, I'm not making this up!)
Consider this excerpt from the Washington Post:
"The rat population around the two Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza has 'exploded' since protesters began their vigil in October, according to Mohammad N. Akhter, the director of the District's Department of Health. Akhter said in an interview Monday that city health inspectors have seen rats running openly through both camps and spotted numerous new burrows and nests underneath hay-stuffed pallets occupiers are using for beds."
Yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray asked the National Park Service to evict the protestors from one of their camps, but the Park Service has been unresponsive to the mayor's previous requests.
West To Pundits & Armchair Quarterbacks: "Shut Your Mouth"
No doubt you have heard about the latest "Abu Ghraib" incident -- a video of Marines allegedly urinating on the bodies of Afghan terrorists. Our media and political elites have offered their effusive apologies. As always, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) had some choice words of his own. Here is West's statement, courtesy of our friends at The Weekly Standard:
"I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
"The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
"As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell."
I suspect Rep. West speaks for many Americans.
"Hi, I'm From The Government, And I'm Here To Help"
Ronald Reagan once described that phrase as "the ten most dangerous words in the English language." This week brought us two more examples of Big Government run amok.
On Monday the New York Times reported that some oil companies are facing millions of dollars in fines for failing "to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law." But this isn't a case of Big Oil getting fined for doing something nefarious.
As the Times states, "the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. …Penalizing the fuel suppliers demonstrates what happens when the federal government really, really wants something that technology is not ready to provide." The Times also notes that one company that received more than $150 million in government grants to produce biofuels closed down last year "because it ran into technological problems." Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Not surprisingly, the second instance also involves the radical environmental movement and its efforts to undermine private property rights. The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a dramatic case involving Mike and Chantell Sackett, an Idaho couple who have been trying to build a home on a lot they purchased in 2005.
In 2007 the Sacketts began construction, but the EPA stopped them, claiming the area was a protected wetland. The couple is facing fines of -- you better sit down for this -- $37,500 a day!
While it is difficult to predict the outcome of cases based on oral arguments, several justices appeared stunned by the EPA's actions against the Sacketts. Justice Scalia accused the EPA of "high-handedness." Even Justice Breyer, one of the court's liberal members, seemed skeptical of the EPA's position. Justice Alito rhetorically asked the government's attorney, "Don't you think most ordinary homeowners would say this kind of thing can't happen in the United States?"
Ever since Barack Obama got elected promising to "fundamentally transform" America, many ordinary people have been frequently asking that very question!