Tuesday, October 18, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
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Time To Celebrate
With all the bad news about the economy, you might have missed the "good news" this morning. Goldman Sachs posted a huge loss -- almost $430 million in the third quarter alone!
Isn't that great? Did you see the dancing in the streets by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd after this news? David Axelrod will no doubt release a statement today applauding this destruction of capital. Obama can proudly take credit for punishing the bankers, for bringing down this part of the evil one percenters.
I'm sure some in the OWS movement see this as a twofer: It's Goldman Sachs -- you know, "the Jews who control the international banking system." But even under Obama no profits means no taxes, and probably additional layoffs. But hey, that's just collateral damage in the cause of the greater good, right?
Obviously, I'm being sarcastic. Unfortunately, the folks occupying Zuccotti Park think they are being serious.
Be Careful What You Wish For
Seriously, folks, you may think that it is silly to suggest that some in the Occupy Wall Street movement might celebrate Goldman Sachs' troubles, but it's not. With each passing day we are learning more about the thugs taking to the streets. And while Obama is increasingly embracing the movement as his ticket to reelection, more serious Democrats are becoming alarmed at what they are finding.
Doug Schoen is one such Democrat. In an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, the former Clinton pollster warns Democrats not to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement. Schoen sent one of the top researchers at his polling firm into the OWS crowd to interview 200 demonstrators. Here are some of his findings:
- 65% believe government should provide "health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost."
- "48% say they will vote to re-elect [Obama] in 2012, while at least a quarter won't vote."
- 31% "would support violence to advance their agenda."
Schoen writes, "What binds a large majority of the protesters together … is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth…" He bluntly concludes, "President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement -- and it may cost them the 2012 election."
Schoen's instincts are right, but we can't take anything for granted. Obama will have a huge war chest and the best campaign that money can buy. (More on that later.) But it speaks volumes about Obama's instincts that he is so eager to align himself with these radicals, and it tells you all you need to know about what a second Obama term would look like. America cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama!
Americans Blame Obama
Here's more proof that Obama and his liberal allies are making a mistake bashing Wall Street. According to the latest Gallup poll, 30% of Americans blame "big financial institutions" for the poor economy, but 64% blame "the federal government." Last time I checked, Barack Obama was in charge of the federal government. But rather than take responsibility for his failed policies, Obama is desperately resorting to class warfare and envy.
Moreover, the latest CNN poll finds that 59% of Americans think Obama's policies will fail. Only 36% think Obama's ideas will work. This is bad news for Barack Obama and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Americans aren't buying their snake oil socialism!
Rush Criticizes Cantor
A few weeks ago, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made headlines for referring to the Occupy Wall Street protestors as "mobs." Cantor was right then. But last weekend, Cantor seemed to recant. He told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, "We agree that there's too much income disparity in this country." That didn't sit well with Rush Limbaugh, who criticized Cantor for accepting the left's flawed premise. On his show yesterday, Limbaugh said:
"This is called 'snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.' …So once again, the agenda is set by the left. They set a premise. We, instead of ignoring it or nuking it, accept it and then tinker with it. 'Yeah, well, we have a better idea. We have a better way of doing this, solving the whole notion of income inequality.'"
With all due respect to my friend Leader Cantor, Limbaugh has a point. The media misrepresent the Occupy Wall Street crowd as part of the mainstream. Thankfully honest Democrats like Doug Schoen are stepping forward to refute that lie. There is no excuse for conservative leaders in Congress to be cowering. They should be on the attack.
Call out the Occupy Wall Street movement for what it is -- a radical anti-free enterprise, socialist movement that is infected with anti-Semitism. If Obama and Nancy Pelosi want to embrace it, fine. Shame on them for doing so. But do not concede an inch. The stakes are too great.
Why Your Support Matters
I'm not asking right now, but I want you to remember this item the next time I do ask for your financial support.
In the past three months alone, Barack Obama raised $70 million for his 2012 campaign. What is he doing with all that money? According to the New York Times, Obama has already spent nearly $90 million on his reelection efforts. He has paid campaign workers in 38 states and 200 staffers at his reelection headquarters in Chicago. His campaign brags that in recent months it has opened "three new field offices every week."
The candidate who raises the most money most often wins. I'm not suggesting that that is right; I am merely reporting a fact. And the reason is simple. More money means a candidate can run a better campaign. He can get his message out, define his opponent through negative or contrast ads and do the hard work of turning out targeted voters.
A lot of things contributed to Obama's victory in 2008 -- the economy, unpopular wars, the chance to make history, etc. A lot of good people bought into the hype about hope and change. But money played an outsized role too. For example, a recent Politico article noted that Obama deployed a volunteer army of "about 20,000 strong working out of 50 offices…"
My friends, that wasn't one office in every state of the country -- that was 50 offices just in the state of Colorado!
Colorado had voted for the GOP candidate in eight of the previous nine presidential races. But it voted for Obama by nine points in 2008. That's the kind of a campaign that Obama's historic war chest enabled him to run. It allowed him to compete in and win reliably "Red" states like Colorado, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia.
Again, my friends, we cannot afford to take this race for granted. I know many of you are supporting your church, synagogue and other worthy causes. But for many liberals, government is their god, politics is their religion, and they are literally "tithing" to left-wing causes and candidates.
I don't believe we need to match the left dollar-for-dollar. But I do know that we cannot afford to risk being outspent as badly as we were in 2008. And that is why your support for our work is so important!