Monday, November 14, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 358 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
ObamaCare To The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court announced this morning that ObamaCare will be on the docket this term. Arguments will be heard in March and a decision is expected in late June. It's not at all clear how the ruling will impact the 2012 elections.
Some speculate that a ruling against ObamaCare could fire up Obama's left-wing socialist base. Alternatively, a ruling in favor of ObamaCare could energize conservatives to fight even harder to defeat Obama and take back the Senate so the law can be repealed. Here are two things I know for sure.
First, Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the case. Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, she was Solicitor General of the United States -- the government's top attorney before the Supreme Court. The idea that she had no involvement in formulating a legal defense of ObamaCare in its early stages is laughable.
House Republicans have been pushing the White House and the Justice Department for months to release all relevant records on Kagan's involvement, but the Obama Administration is stonewalling.
Second, it will be tragic if there is a majority on the Supreme Court that believes the government has the authority to compel citizens to purchase products. If the government has that much power, then "we the people" have lost too much of our liberty.
Has OWS Worn Out Its Welcome?
After assaults, thefts, rapes, riots, outbreaks of disease, drug overdoses and deaths -- none of which occurred at Tea Party rallies -- it appears as though the Occupy Wall Street movement has finally worn out its welcome. In major cities across the country, police forces are sweeping out OWS camps, cracking down on illegal activity and dismantling tents and other makeshift structures.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter called a press conference yesterday out of concern for the "rapidly deteriorating conditions" at Occupy Philly. Mayor Nutter said that the group was fractured with internal divisions and that the people in the group had changed. He also said "public urination and defecation remain a significant health threat."
Police in Oakland, California, raided the Occupy Oakland camp this morning. According to Mayor Jean Quan, "The encampment became a place where we had repeated violence and, this week, a murder. We had to bring the camp to an end before more people were hurt."
While we can applaud the belated return of law and order to many of America's major cities, I doubt we have heard the last of the OWS movement. Barack Obama and many Democrat are emotionally invested in OWS. They had hoped it would be their ticket to power in 2012. OWS may hibernate over the winter months, but I suspect it will come back next year and under new management, taking its orders from Obama's reelection headquarters in Chicago.
Obama Sends Canadian Oil To China
The radical environmental movement scored a major victory last week. American consumers and workers lost out. Under pressure from no-growth green extremists, the Obama Administration announced that it would conduct yet another review of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport Canadian oil to Gulf coast refineries. This announcement is expected to delay a final decision on the pipeline until 2013 -- after Obama's reelection campaign. But it could be a moot point by then.
Yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the delay had produced "extremely negative reactions" in his country. In response to American reticence to accept Canada's oil, Harper said, "This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asian markets for our energy products. I indicated that yesterday to [Chinese] President Hu Jintao."
In other words, because of Obama's pandering to the radical left, the Keystone pipeline may well go west now, instead of south to the U.S. From there the oil can be put on tankers and sent to China, rather than be used here to reduce our dependence on imported oil from an increasingly unstable Middle East. The national security and economic implications of this decision are astounding.
And the left's environmental argument against the tar sands oil is nonsense. Does global warming only occur in America? Of course not! The oil will be used and the Chinese desperately want it. By caving into the radical environmentalists, Obama is practically handing it to the Chinese.
It was estimated that the pipeline project would have created 20,000 jobs and generated billions of dollars of revenue. In response to last week's announcement, Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, issued a statement condemning the administration. Here is an excerpt:
"Environmentalists formed a circle around the White House and within days the Obama Administration chose to inflict a potentially fatal delay to a project that is not just a pipeline, but is a lifeline for thousands of desperate working men and women. The Administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs -- job-killers win, American workers lose."
Remember that the next time Obama says "we can't wait" to create jobs in America. Obama is so hostile to the energy industry, and so beholden to the radical left, he's willing to wait at least another year and risk losing these jobs altogether.
Another Obama Scandal
First it was Fast and Furious. Then there was Solyndra. Now get ready for the Smallpox scandal. Today's Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama Administration aggressively pushed through a no-bid $440 million contract to produce 1.7 million doses of smallpox vaccine.
The Times notes that smallpox was eradicated in 1978 and the U.S. already has "$1 billion worth of smallpox vaccine" at $3.00 a dose. But the drug to be produced under Obama's no-bid contract costs $255 a dose, and "cannot be tested for effectiveness in people because of ethical constraints -- and no one knows whether animal testing could prove it would work in humans."
So why was it approved? Surprise, surprise -- the company that won the bid is controlled by billionaire Ronald Perelman, a major Democrat Party donor.
Cronyism and corruption could be a major campaign theme in 2012. A new book out by Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution shows that fully 80% of grants made by the Obama Administration for "green jobs" projects have gone to companies "run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers."
The Faithful Have Fled Obama's Party
Of all the divisions between Democrats and Republicans, the deepening religious divide may be the most important. As I write in my weekly Human Events column, devout Americans are abandoning a Democratic Party whose deepest devotion is to Big Government. You can read more here.
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