Monday, April 16, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 204 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
On The Road With Obama
America's foreign policy and our image overseas have taken a beating in recent days.
Last week North Korea violated yet another agreement by allegedly attempting to launch a satellite into space. But this claim is just as ludicrous as Iran saying it needs a nuclear program for energy. North Korea was testing its long-range ballistic missile technology. A left-wing paper in England declared that Obama's engagement policy with North Korea was left "in tatters."
To add insult to injury, news broke over the weekend that Obama's entourage went wild during the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. While Obama was "scouting out" his next vacation spot, 11 Secret Service agents were suspended for attempting to solicit prostitutes. At least five members of the U.S. military assisting with presidential security are also being disciplined for "curfew violations."
Asked Sunday about this disturbing behavior, Obama reserved judgment, saying, "If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I'll be angry." If only Obama had been this circumspect when commenting about the Cambridge police or the Trayvon Martin shooting. In those cases, Obama rushed to judgment, accusing the Cambridge police of "acting stupidly" and stoking racial tensions in the Trayvon Martin case.
Less serious (but no less embarrassing) was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's dance performance at the Café Havana nightclub. Please -- a little dignity would be nice.
This comes on the heels of the recent scandal involving an outlandish Las Vegas conference held by the General Services Administration that cost taxpayers more than $800,000. It also cost former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson her job.
The irony is that Barack Obama has repeatedly lectured businesses and the American people about wasting money in Las Vegas. In 2009, he told business leaders, "You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas … on the taxpayer's dime." In 2010, Obama said, "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college."
Is anyone in charge? Where are the adults in the Obama Administration? The hypocritical double standard is outrageous, but it is typical of the left. Big Government liberals don't think the rules they make for the rest of us apply to them. They forget that they work for us! Let's hope the American people remind them by voting for smaller government and against Barack Obama and his socialist allies in 204 days!
Obama's Biggest Donor Bashes Ann Romney
If you thought the Hilary Rosen/Ann Romney flap over working mothers was going to be a 24-hour story, think again. Barack Obama's biggest donor has chimed in, with less than flattering remarks toward Mrs. Romney.
Bill Maher, who donated $1 million to a pro-Obama super PAC, defended Hilary Rosen and said this on his HBO show Friday night: "But what she meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her a-- out of the house to work." Real classy, Bill.
So far, Maher hasn't resorted to the kind of language he normally reserves for conservative women, but I'm afraid we'll be hearing more from Bill Maher as the year goes on. And I feel confident that no matter how outrageous his rhetoric is the Obama campaign won't return Maher's million-dollar donation.
The Do-Nothing Senate
A centerpiece of Barack Obama's reelection campaign will be efforts to attack congressional Republicans as a "do-nothing Congress." It's a false charge for one very obvious reason: We don't have a Republican Congress. While Republicans control the House, Obama's Democrat allies, led by Harry Reid, control the Senate and it is the Senate that is doing nothing.
The Republican-led House has passed dozens of pro-growth, jobs bills, but rarely do they even get a vote in Reid's Senate. Now, a report by the Secretary of the Senate confirms that the "do-nothing" label should be applied to Obama's Senate allies.
According to the report, the Democrat Senate is among the least productive in 20 years. Last year, it was in session for 170 days -- and those weren't even full days! Compared to 2009, there were 30% fewer bills introduced last year, 55% fewer amendments and 40% fewer roll call votes.
So the next time a liberal friend complains about the "do-nothing Congress," remind them that the problem is really the "do-nothing Democrat Senate." Then tell them to vote for change!
Losing Canada's Oil
Ever since Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have brought in more oil from our friend and ally to the north, experts across the spectrum -- from economics to national security -- have warned that we risk losing access to this vital resource to the Chinese. For example, General Jim Jones, Obama's former National Security Advisor, warned:
"If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart. The delay, and possible rejection of this pipeline, could have significant and long-range national security implications for our nation."
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that Canada is looking to "bypass" the U.S. with a $5 billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, "nearly tripling the capacity of crude oil it can ship to Canada's west coast." From there, the oil will be pumped onto tankers and shipped to China. Remember that the next time you fill up at the gas station.
How Romney Can Unite The GOP
After a long and bruising Republican primary season, two things are clear: Mitt Romney is the nominee but he still faces a challenge closing the deal with many conservative voters. In my weekly Human Events column, I offer some suggestions on how our likely nominee can unite the party behind the urgent task of ending the Obama nightmare.