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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 329 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
What Scares You?
Who scares you? Is it a big corporation like Exxon or AT&T that sends a shiver up your back? Do you get goosebumps when you see a Wall Street executive or lose control of your bladder if a CEO of a Fortune 500 company crosses your path? Clearly the “Occupy” crowd thinks big business is scary. And Obama blames them for virtually everything. And twenty-six percent of the public apparently agrees, telling Gallup in a new poll that “big business” is a threat to the country.
But in the same poll a near-record 64% of American said it wasn’t business that scared them – it was big government! Americans are more worried about over regulating bureaucrats who tell us what we should eat, drive and drink, and big government agencies that are burying our country in thousands of pages of new rules and restrictions on our families and economy.
Eighty-two percent of Republicans said it was big government, not big business that gives them nightmares. Sixty-four percent of independents agreed. And even 48% of self-described Democrats, whose party is most closely associated with big government, also feared the army of bureaucrats more than the battalions of entrepreneurs.
Ronald Reagan often told us at the White House to trust the American people to see through the fog and ultimately reach the right conclusions. This poll confirms his observation.
Every day in Washington some elected official will say something that is so absurd you wonder how they ever got into a position of power. Yesterday it was again Senator Harry Reid’s turn to shock and amaze.
As you know, Reid is a leading advocate of raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires, even though most of his proposals also raise taxes on couples making more than $250,000. Conservatives respond that when government raises taxes on people at that level it hits the small businesses and entrepreneurs who create jobs. Logically we all know this is true. How many of us have ever been given a job by a poor man? Your employer now and in the future will likely be one of the successful individuals that liberals continually berate.
But on Monday Senator Harry Reid broke new ground. He said millionaire job creators are a myth. On the floor of the U.S. Senate Reid stated, “Millionaire job creators are like unicorns. They are impossible to find and don’t exist.”
Just think, folks – this guy is a key player in making economic policy in Washington, DC. In fairness I do understand his confusion. Reid is a millionaire, and I suspect he has never created a job!
Expect a Nasty, Brutish and Long Campaign
Nasty, brutish and short. That’s how philosopher Thomas Hobbes described life in the state of nature. As for what Republicans can expect in the year ahead from the Obama reelection campaign, nasty, brutish and long is the apt description. But there are hints that some Republicans want to go easy on Obama. In my Human Events column this week, I warn that Obama will be reelected unless Republicans are willing to fight back forcefully against a ruthless and desperate Obama reelection campaign. You can read my column here.