Tuesday, November 29, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 343 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
OWS Just Getting Started
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement seems to be petering out. Many big city Democrat mayors who trashed the Tea Party have started turning on the left-wing "occupy" movement, fed up with its impact on local businesses and city budgets, not to mention its increased criminal activity. But don't think the movement is dead. It is only regrouping for bigger fights next year.
Last week I reported that some OWS founders were promising that the movement would return in the spring with a "marked escalation of … rush-hour flash mobs, bank occupations, 'occupy squads' and edgy theatrics." But there's more. Consider this excerpt from a lengthy New York magazine report this weekend:
"Among Occupy's organizers, there is fervid talk about occupying both the Democratic and Republican conventions. About occupying the National Mall in Washington, D.C. About, in effect, transforming 2012 into 1968 redux."
Along those lines, far-left radical Cornel West told MSNBC yesterday that there was a coming fight in America over what would be funded with our limited tax dollars. West is right. Fitch, another credit rating agency, warned yesterday that it would likely downgrade U.S. bonds unless there was significant action taken to reduce Obama's massive deficits by 2013.
Of course, what kind of action will be decided by the 2012 elections. Conservatives want to rein in spending and create jobs with pro-growth policies that will increase economic growth. Obama and his socialist allies want to raise your taxes.
Professor West sees Occupy Wall Street as critical to maintaining Big Government's grip on your wallet. He called for yet another "war on poverty," adding, "It's a major question of priorities here. That's why the Occupy movement is so important because some of this is going to be fought in the streets."
Cornel West was a big Obama supporter in 2008 and remains a leading "intellectual" of the left. Yet he predicts on national TV that the violence we have seen in Athens, Greece, is coming to a city near you and there is silence from the White House and the liberal establishment.
From the mass arrests in New York to the riots in Oakland, OWS has already demonstrated that it is capable of "fighting in the streets." Even more disturbing were the findings of Democrat pollsters who surveyed OWS protestors and found that "nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda."
Using Government To Oppress
If you need more evidence of why government should be limited, consider the examples of the Richmond Tea Party and a Georgia businessman.
A local Tea Party group recently sent a $10,000 invoice to the City of Richmond, Virginia, demanding a refund of all the permits and fees it paid to hold rallies in Kanawha Plaza -- the same place where Occupy Richmond has camped out at no expense. In response, the City of Richmond has launched an audit of the Tea Party for failing to file necessary monthly reports related to excise taxes for admission, lodging and meals.
I applaud the Richmond Tea Party for demanding its money back, and I hope other groups do the same. These "occupy" encampments are straining city budgets and costing taxpayers millions. I suspect few if any of them have paid for permits and other fees that are usually required for large public gatherings. But this fits the occupiers' general sense of entitlement. Just like demanding forgiveness of their student loan debts, they expect hardworking taxpayers to pick up their tab.
Several months ago, Georgia businessman Bill Looman got fed up with the state of the economy and posted signs in his trucks that read, "New Company Policy: We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone." Pictures of the signs went viral online last week, and the left went ballistic. Looman was forced to shut down his company's website and disconnect his phone because of threats from "tolerant" liberals.
Then the Secret Service showed up because someone reported him as a threat to Obama's safety. According to Looman, "They gave me the typical interview to see if I was a threat. We actually had a good meeting and when they left, they were under the impression that they wasted their time."
Far from being a threat, small business owners and entrepreneurs like Bill Looman are the backbone of this great nation. It is their initiative and hard work, not Obama's class warfare or the whining of the OWS crowd, that we should be encouraging and need more of.
Powell Disappoints Again
Colin Powell once again demonstrated why he has been such a disappointment to conservatives. Powell could not resist his liberal instincts when prodded by Christiane Amanpour, host of ABC's "This Week."
With Amanpour bemoaning the "divisive" and "poisonous" tone of American politics today, Powell took the opportunity to call for more compromise in Washington. But when liberal elites like Powell and Amanpour talk about compromise, they mean that conservatives should surrender and liberals should get whatever they want. Thus, Powell blamed the Tea Party for the gridlock in Washington.
While bashing the Tea Party and saying nothing about Occupy Wall Street, the former general and George W. Bush's Secretary of State seemingly rejected the principles that many conservatives once thought he embodied. But Powell's comments really shouldn't surprise anyone. After endorsing Obama in 2008, Colin Powell became the liberal media's favorite Republican. Sunday he once again lived up to their expectations.
Will Cain Carry On?
Herman Cain's campaign encountered yet another major distraction yesterday when an Atlanta Fox affiliate broke the news that a woman has come forward claiming to have had a 13-year affair with the GOP candidate.
Ginger White provided the station with cell phone bills showing 61 calls and text messages from Herman Cain, some "as early as 4:26 in the early morning, and as late as 7:52 at night." According to the Fox reporter, "We texted the number and Herman Cain called us back. …He said she had his number because he was 'trying to help her financially.'"
Cain categorically denied having a physical relationship with Ms. White, and like previous accusers she also has a significant history of financial and legal trouble. Nevertheless, National Review reports that Cain told his staff this morning he is "reassessing" his campaign in view of this "recent firestorm" and will make a decision "over the next several days."