Thursday, December 8, 2011

 To: Friends & Supporters

 From: Gary L. Bauer


Who Is Your Favorite?

The GOP contest has changed a lot in recent weeks. The last time I polled our supporters, Herman Cain was the clear favorite. But he is no longer running.

Polls suggest the top three candidates are Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. I'm puzzled as to why my friends Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are not gaining momentum. Rick Perry is making a big ad buy in Iowa, while Jon Huntsman is betting big on a surprise showing in New Hampshire.

I'd like to hear from you again. All of our readers are welcome to respond, but I am especially interested in feedback from folks in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

Who is your favorite now? And given how fluid the race has been, who is your second choice? Please use this link to respond and keep your responses as brief as possible. Thank you!

Holder & Corzine In The Hot Seat

Attorney General Eric Holder and former Senator and Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ) were in the hot seat today on Capitol Hill. Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the Fast and Furious scandal, while Corzine testified about the MF Global scandal before the House Agriculture Committee.

Holder admitted that allowing guns to "walk" was "inexcusable" and "wholly unacceptable." He also acknowledged that weapons lost in the operation "will continue to show up at crime scenes on both sides of the border."

Remember this, friends, because liberals will undoubtedly claim that the violence is a reason to justify new restrictions on Second Amendment rights. But the Obama Administration, not American gun dealers, is responsible for this mess. In fact, CBS News reported yesterday that AFT agents "discussed using their covert operation 'Fast and Furious' to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales."

Meanwhile, in prepared testimony, Jon Corzine told the House Agriculture Committee that he was "stunned" to learn that more than $1 billion of investors' funds were missing. Where have I heard that before? Right -- that was Chris Christie who said he was stunned to learn just after taking office that Jon Corzine had left him with a $2.2 billion deficit.

 Corzine clearly has a history of losing people's money. When Corzine says he's "stunned" by missing money, there is a bit of a credibility issue at stake here.

Payroll Tax Cut For A Pipeline

Barack Obama has been pressuring congressional Republicans to renew his Social Security payroll tax cut. This is a tough issue for Republicans because it is so easily demagogued by the Democrats.

It's odd that whenever Republicans try to reform Social Security, Democrats scream like mad. Yet, it is okay when Democrats propose a massive cut to the program's source of funding, which for many people is the only contribution they make to a "retirement" fund.

Nevertheless, House Republicans have offered President Obama a compromise. They will renew his payroll tax cut in exchange for building the Keystone XL pipeline that will create tens of thousands of jobs and secure vital energy resources from our friend and ally Canada. That seems reasonable to me. Unfortunately, Barack Obama flatly rejected it.

Speaker John Boehner made the following statement today in response:

"You know the president says that the American people 'can't wait' on jobs.  Well guess what -- we agree wholeheartedly with the president. 

"The Keystone pipeline project will create tens of thousands of jobs immediately.  It has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.  It's pretty clear that the president's decided to push this decision off for a year -- conveniently until after his next election.  Well the American people 'can't wait,' as the president said, and at a time when the American people are still asking the question 'Where are the jobs?' I think this is a bipartisan proposal that the president ought to endorse."


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