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Thursday, February 16, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 264 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Santorum Surge Continues
The latest Rasmussen national poll finds Senator Rick Santorum leading the GOP race by double digits over Governor Mitt Romney. Here are the results of Rasmussen's poll of likely Republican primary voters:
In a head-to-head match-up, Santorum crushes Romney 55% to 34%. Rasmussen notes, "This is the first time any challenger has led Romney nationally in a head-to-head match-up… Nationally, Romney still wins 47% to 38% paired against Gingrich and 47% to 42% running against only Paul."
Looking at the data more closely, it is easy to understand why Santorum is doing so well: He has the highest favorability rating of all the candidates. And Santorum is the only candidate viewed "very favorably" by a majority of self-identified "very conservative voters" and "Tea Party members." In fact, 58% of both groups viewed Santorum "very favorably." These voters are the core of the GOP base.
Filtering The Media's Message
Last night's NBC News broadcast provided yet another example of why conservatives are facing such an uphill climb in this election. The story was Mitt Romney's troubles in Michigan, despite his father's tenure there as governor, and focused on Romney's opposition to the auto industry bailouts. Rather than allowing GM to go through regular bankruptcy proceedings, Obama short-circuited the legal process, used TARP funds to bailout the auto unions and put taxpayers on the hook.
But according to NBC, Romney wanted to kill the auto industry, while Saint Obama wanted to save it. This was a complete distortion of Romney's position. Instead of the news voters got the DNC's spin.
(Speaking of jobs, check out this graphic by our friends at the Republican Study Committee. In spite of the $1.2 trillion Obama spent with his stimulus bill to create millions of new jobs, we now have the lowest percentage of employed working-aged Americans in nearly 30 years.)
Meanwhile, the Washington Post broke a major story this week about how billions of so-called stimulus dollars "flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to … Obama administration staffers and advisers." Some of those companies, like Solyndra, have gone bankrupt. Did you see anything about the Post report on the evening news?
This is the kind of media malpractice we will be confronting for the next 264 days. And it is one more reason why it is so important for you to share these messages with like-minded friends and family members, so we can combat the liberal media's lies!
The Road To Health Care Rationing
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and senior policy adviser to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, has a very illuminating column in today's Wall Street Journal. The column sheds new light on Obama's contraception mandate and argues that ObamaCare will lead to higher health care costs, rationing and premature deaths.
In their wisdom, the liberal Democrats who wrote the ObamaCare legislation dramatically expanded the authority of United States Preventive Services Task Force. That might sound like some shadowy outfit from a B movie, but the members of this task force might be better known as ObamaCare's mandate makers.
Dr. Gottlieb writes that it is the job of this task force to "evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans." The committee will mandate some medical tests and treatments while refusing to cover others.
If the government tells insurers, "You MUST provide services A, B, and C, and, by the way, your profits are now capped," -- and that is exactly what ObamaCare does -- then they will have to cut back on other services. As Dr. Gottlieb explains:
"Health plans will inevitably choose to drop coverage for many services that don't get a passing grade from the task force and therefore aren't mandated. Insurance companies will need to conserve their premium money, which the government regulates, in order to spend it subsidizing those services that the task force requires them to cover in full."
Prior to ObamaCare, your insurance company determined the cost of your premiums based on your health factors and the level of service you wanted. If your rates went up, you had the freedom to find another company. But now, thanks to ObamaCare, your premiums will be decided by Big Government, which is adding more and more mandates, and there will be very little competition in the price as a result of all the mandates that every insurer will be required to cover.
By the way, the task force is not subject to any of the other rules and procedures that govern similar federal agencies. There are no requirements for it to hold public meetings or to consider public comments, there is no process to appeal its decisions and it cannot be sued. How's that for big government?
Tehran: A Global Threat
There were breaking news reports this morning from Kuwaiti sources that Israel had thwarted an Iranian/Hezbollah assassination attempt against Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during a recent visit to Singapore.
Israeli sources are denying this report, but what is undeniable is the global reach of Tehran's tentacles and the growing threat that Hezbollah poses to the United States. The terrorist group is responsible for the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina. It is increasingly active throughout Latin America and along the U.S. southern border.
Let me remind you about some of the warnings we have reported in the past two weeks:
- In congressional testimony the Director of National Intelligence warned that Iran may be preparing to launch terrorist strikes inside the United States.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that Iran released five top Al Qaeda operatives who had been under house arrest.
- Michael Braun, former chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Agency, testified before Congress about Hezbollah's growing influence in Mexico. Braun warned members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, "I don't want to sound too crude, but I think there's going to be hell to pay in the not too distant future."
As events this week in New Delhi and Tbilisi demonstrate, Iran has started lashing out at Israeli targets outside of Israel. It's probably only a matter of time before Iran, through Hezbollah, tries to strike at "soft targets" -- a synagogue, a Jewish community center, a school, an Israeli consulate, etc. -- inside the United States.