Thursday, February 2, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 278 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS

2012 Update

At the National Prayer Breakfast today Barack Obama said something that took people's breath away. He laid out his entire socialist agenda and essentially said, "Jesus made me do it." I'll write more about the specifics of his speech tomorrow.  But watch your nightly news broadcast tonight very closely to see how many pundits fret over the separation of church and state and clobber Obama for his faith-based policies. That's exactly what they do to conservatives every time we defend normal marriage or argue for the right to life. Surely, the media will hold Obama to the same standard, right? Don't hold your breath. It's okay for Democrats to preach from the Gospel of Redistribution, but it is an affront to the Constitution when conservatives try to defend traditional values.

 

Mitt Romney ran into a buzz saw yesterday. Romney made this remark during a CNN interview:

"I'm not concerned about the very poor -- we have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich -- they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."

Of course, the media and Obama's left-wing allies immediately took the first sentence out of context and attacked him. That's clearly unfair. But guess what? That's politics.

The more disturbing part is that this is not the conservative message. Our message is that conservative policies will lift the poor out of poverty. We don't argue that we want to make the safety net better or bigger, we believe that our policies will make it less necessary, and hopefully shrink it. That is the philosophy behind the mantra of less taxes, less spending and smaller government. That is not a "bash the poor" message, but one of greater personal responsibility, more freedom and more prosperity for everyone.

 

In yesterday's report I urged supporters to take arguments about electability with a grain of salt. Here's why: New polling data suggests that the strongest GOP candidate in the critical swing state of Ohio may in fact be Senator Rick Santorum.

Planned Parenthood Takes A Hit

The Susan G. Komen foundation, the nation's largest charity devoted to breast cancer research, announced this week that it is terminating funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. Various reports suggest the Komen foundation gave as much as $680,000 to Planned Parenthood last year.

The left erupted in fits of rage at this news. The radical group MoveOn.org has organized an online protest. Left-wing blogs and media are aiming their fire at Karen Handel, Komen's vice president for public policy. Handel once served as Georgia's Secretary of State and ran for governor in 2010 as a pro-life candidate.

According to the Komen foundation, the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood was the result of a new policy with "more stringent eligibility and performance criteria." Responding to the left's criticism, Komen's CEO Nancy Brinker said that she launched "a comprehensive review of our grants and standards" in 2010. For the record, Karen Handel was hired by the Komen foundation in April 2011.

Brinker went on say, "We will never bow down to political pressure. The scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization are profoundly hurtful to so many of us who put our heart, soul and lives into this organization."

One aspect of the Komen foundation's "more stringent eligibility" requirements is that no funds can be given to organizations under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Planned Parenthood is currently facing a probe by the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations to determine if taxpayer funds have been used to perform abortions in violation of federal law.

Reports, however, suggest that this change in policy may not result in a permanent ban on funding to Planned Parenthood, but rather a temporary suspension. While citing the congressional investigation as the reason for the cutoff, a Komen spokeswoman told the Associated Press, "We want to maintain a positive relationship with [Planned Parenthood]. We're not making any judgment." In other words, if the House investigation clears Planned Parenthood, the funding may well resume. (And, of course, if Nancy Pelosi were still Speaker, this investigation would not be happening at all!)

But the denial of funds could also be justified by "more stringent performance criteria" too. Planned Parenthood claims that it performs basic health services, but we learned last year that Planned Parenthood in fact does not do many mammograms.

Contempt Of Congress

Attorney General Eric Holder was in the hot seat again today, facing renewed questions about exactly how much the Justice Department knew about the botched gun-walking program "Operation Fast and Furious." Confronted with a new report that top Justice officials clearly had more knowledge than previously disclosed, Holder stuck to his past denials.

Members of Congress have repeatedly demanded that more information be released in order to determine who knew what and when. But faced with continued stonewalling by the Justice Department, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) warned the Attorney General, "I would urge the chairman to move on a contempt citation against you."

Holder isn't the only official facing such action. House Republicans have become increasingly frustrated by the administration's pattern of stonewalling every investigation. On Monday, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), who is leading the investigation into Solyndra, warned that his committee was also considering a contempt citation against the White House for "slow walking" the release of documents related to the bankrupt stimulus-funded company.
 

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