Tuesday, December 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Iowa & Ron Paul

We are seven days away from the Iowa caucuses, and conservatives and the GOP are on the verge of getting a big black eye if Ron Paul emerges as the top vote-getter. While some conservatives are attracted to Paul by his limited government rhetoric, there is more evidence that his support is coming from those outside of the GOP.

For example, Paul is very popular on college campuses. But these institutions have been infested by leftist professors who preach to their students about the alleged sins of America. Not surprisingly, Barack Obama was also very popular on college campuses four years ago.

That Paul's support is coming from those outside of the GOP mainstream is not surprising given that many of Paul's views are outside of the GOP mainstream. Now consider the comments of Eric Dondero, a former top congressional staffer and traveling aide to Rep. Ron Paul.

Yesterday Dondero published a lengthy critique of his former boss in which he calls Paul's foreign policy views "sheer lunacy." Here are some excerpts:

  • "[Paul] wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs."
  • "He strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that 'saving the Jews,' was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just 'blowback,' for Woodrow Wilson's foreign policy errors, and such."
  • "Ron Paul was opposed to the War in Afghanistan, and to any military reaction to the attacks of 9/11. …He immediately stated to us staffers, me in particular, that Bush/Cheney were going to use the attacks as a precursor for 'invading' Iraq.

    "He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps [that] the attacks were coordinated with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time. He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration."

You can read Dondero's entire column here.

Christmas Is About...Obama!

As I was leaving Washington last week to spend Christmas with my family, my thoughts were on Christ's birth and on the virtues of hearth and home. But not the Obama campaign. To them, Christmas was not a time to promote Christ, but an opportunity to promote Obama!

Last week, the Obama team blasted out a new web video urging young people to use their time at home this Christmas to confront friends and family members on behalf of Barack Obama. In a message to its supporters, the Obama camp wrote, "this holiday season is the perfect chance to talk to your friends and family about why you're working to re-elect President Obama."

The Obama campaign's first inclination is to always divide us -- by race, by income levels, etc. Now it has used one of the most sacred times of the year to divide families for its own political purposes. Little in Washington surprises me anymore, but this crass exploitation of Christmas for Obama's reelection was stunning.

The Cost Of ObamaCare: Job Creation

Andrew Puzder admits he is not an expert on healthcare policy. But this CEO who employs more than 20,000 people knows a thing or two about job creation. Puzder just published an op-ed warning that job creation would be one of the biggest costs of ObamaCare. Here is an excerpt:

"Our company, CKE Restaurants Inc., employs about 21,000 people (our franchisees employ 49,000 more) in Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants. For months, we have been working with Mercer Health & Benefits LLC, our health-care consultant, to identify Obamacare's potential financial impact on CKE. Mercer estimated that when the law is fully implemented our health-care costs will increase about $18 million a year … a 150 percent increase from the roughly $12 million we spent last year. …

"To offset higher health-care expenses, we will have to cut spending on new restaurant construction, one of our largest discretionary spending areas. But building new restaurants is how we create jobs. An $18 million increase in our costs would more than consume the $8.8 million we spent on new restaurant construction last year, leaving nothing for growth. We will also need to reduce our general capital spending, which also creates jobs and allows us to improve our infrastructure and maintain our business. In summary, our ability to create new jobs could vanish."

A link to Puzder's full column can be found on our website.


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