Thursday, October 20, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Thanks to the failed policies of the Obama/Biden Administration, the Misery Index has come roaring back. Here's how Reuters put it: "An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment."
The Misery Index is a combination of the unemployment rate and inflation. It is currently 13%. For the record, the Misery Index averaged 8.11% during George W. Bush's presidency. It reached all-time high of 22% under Jimmy Carter.
Unfortunately, there is even more bad news. Underemployment -- the combination of unemployed workers and those who can only find part-time work -- rose again in September to 26 million, "a number experts say is unprecedented."
Let me remind you that Obama told ABC News this week, "I believe all the choices we've made have been the right ones," and Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid said, "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers." Wrong, Harry!
As the saying goes, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." And the facts speak volumes -- Obama has failed. Too many Americans are losing hope. We need a change!
Barack & Joe: Take Your Own Advice!
2011 started off with the horrific shootings in Tucson, Arizona. A deranged gunman shot a Democrat congresswoman, members of her staff and others at a town hall meeting. The liberal media and the Democrat establishment rushed to judgment and condemned the Tea Party.
As it turns out, the assassin, Jared Loughner, was an apolitical radical who would fit in well with the Occupy Wall Street movement. A friend told ABC that Loughner was heavily influenced by a movie called "Zeitgeist." One left-wing reviewer described the movie as containing three central points: "Religion in general, and Christianity in particular, are systems of social control. 9/11 was an inside job… And, finally, International Bankers … control our money and our future…" But I digress…
Barack Obama used his speech at the nationally televised memorial service following the Tucson shootings to call for less over-the-top rhetoric and greater civility in public discourse. The media loved it and praised Obama for his wisdom and statesmanship.
So what we have heard from the Obama/Biden team lately? Well, according to Barack Obama, Republicans want "dirtier air, dirtier water, [and] less people with health insurance." Not to be outdone, Vice President Biden blamed the Bush Administration for an increase in crime. Yesterday Biden said:
"In many cities the result has been -- and it's not unique -- murder rates are up, robberies are up, rapes are up. And folks, there's a simple reason for that. It's been a perfect storm out there from the God-awful Ponzi schemes that the last outfit allowed Wall Street to engage in, resulted in this gigantic collapse of the financial industry."
As outrageous as that was, Biden was just getting started. Responding to critics of Obama's so-called jobs bill, which is another massive temporary stimulus spending bill, Biden said this:
"… it's not temporary when that 911 call comes in and a woman's being raped, if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape. It's not temporary to that woman. It's not temporary to the guy whose store is being held up and there's a gun pointed at his head, if a cop shows up and he's not killed. I wish these guys who thought it was temporary, I wish they had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun, or [to have] a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit."
Really, Joe? You wish Americans who are tired of your record deficits and out-of-control spending were mugged or raped?
So, let's recap. While conservatives have been told to tone down our rhetoric, Democrats have insisted that Republicans want "dirtier air, dirtier water, [and] less people with health insurance." We want women to be raped and store owners killed. We not only want grandma kicked out of her nursing home, we want her pushed off a cliff too. We want children with disabilities kicked out into the streets and forced to fend for themselves. And we also want to see blacks "hanging on trees."
Hope and change is gone. Fear and smear is all the Democrats have left. Their hyperbolic rhetoric is designed to accomplish one thing: preserve their grip on power so they can continue to grow the government. But that is a dead-end road. Greece is once again gripped by riots because the European experiment in big government socialism has bankrupted that country. Will we learn from Europe's mistakes? Will we be grown-ups? Or will we end up in flames like Greece? The 2012 elections will decide what path our country takes.
Faith Under Fire
Here we go again. If you believe that homosexuality is wrong or immoral, you probably can't work for a major law firm, ad agency or corporation today. (Just ask Dr. Frank Turek.) But now New Jersey is setting the standard that you may not even be able to teach. Viki Knox, a New Jersey special education teacher, may well lose her job for daring to express her belief -- not in the classroom, but on her personal Facebook page -- that homosexuality is a sin.
Knox was offended by a display at the school where she worked promoting "Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender History Month." A parent, offended by Knox's comments, contacted a local attorney, John Paragano, who referred the matter to the school board. Paragano argues, "She has a right to say it. But she does not have a right to keep her job after saying it."
(Knox, by the way, happens to be black. The teachers' unions won't defend her because they have fully embraced the homosexual rights movement. And in the liberal pecking order of minority rights, gay trumps black. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who many conservatives wanted to run for president, condemned Knox's views as "disturbing" and is promising a thorough investigation.)
My friends, I have warned for years that this issue will affect you. Millions of well-meaning Americans have fallen for "gay rights" because the movement has disguised itself under the cloak of tolerance. But their tolerance only goes one way. It is okay for the school to promote "lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender" issues to your kids, but it is not okay for a Christian to express her faith or utilize her free speech rights.