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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Obama On The Attack
In today's daily Rasmussen tracking poll, the number of voters who "strongly support" President Obama fell to a new low of 18%. His overall rating is in the low 40s. But the fact that only 18% strongly approve is a huge problem for an incumbent seeking reelection.
Faced with falling approval ratings, Obama is going on the attack. In Las Vegas yesterday we got a preview of what the 2012 campaign is going to look like: Slash and burn conservatives and the GOP.
Obama repeated the dubious claim that his so-called jobs bill would create two million new jobs. I've addressed Obama's false claim before, so I won't rehash it. But what struck me about the president's various speeches yesterday was how petty he was.
Instead of making the case for his new housing proposal, Obama spent much of his time attacking congressional Republicans. He even attacked Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell by name. At another venue Obama said this:
"I'm here to say that we can't wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won't act, I will. …There is no excuse for the games and gridlock we've seen in Washington. … Where we don't have to wait for Congress, we're just going to go ahead and act on our own."
Let me remind you of something. We are nearly three years into Obama's term. When Obama was inaugurated the unemployment rate was 7.2%. For his first two years, Democrats dominated Washington. With huge liberal majorities in the House and Senate, Obama got virtually everything he wanted, including a massive $800 billion stimulus bill and his socialized medicine scheme. And today the unemployment rate is 9.1%.
My friends, congressional Republicans and conservatives are not responsible for Obama's dysfunctional economy. But he is trying to pin the blame on them. As I have said before, hope and change is gone. Fear and smear is all the Democrats have left. Hoping to exploit the growing anxiety felt across the country, Obama has morphed "Yes we can" into "We can't wait."
Obama and his left-wing allies will spend hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps even a billion dollars, trying to convince you, your friends at work and church, your kids and grandchildren, that conservatives and the Tea Party are responsible for his mess.
Don't let your friends and family members fall for the left's spin. Use the information we present in this daily report, such as our debunking of Obama's jobs plan. Tell them that House Republicans have passed 15 bills that will help spur job creation but that the Democrat-controlled Senate won't act. Fight back! We can't afford four more years of Obama's failed policies.
A Taxing Debate: Flat Versus Sales
Tax reform is again taking center stage in the GOP presidential contest. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his economic plan today, which he calls "Cut, Balance and Grow" -- cut federal spending, balance the budget by 2020 and grow the economy.
The centerpiece of Perry's plan is a new voluntary 20% flat tax on personal and corporate income. The plan preserves the most popular deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions and state and local taxes for families with incomes under $500,000. It also eliminates the capital gains tax and the death tax.
Perry is also proposing serious entitlement reform, including personal retirement accounts for younger workers. You can read more about Perry's economic plan here.
Yesterday, Newt Gingrich previewed his economic agenda in an op-ed in Iowa's Quad-City Times. Like Perry, Gingrich is calling for a voluntary flat tax, but with lower rates of 15% for individuals and 12.5% for corporations.
The leading Republican contenders have all laid out broad economic plans. Mitt Romney's plan largely favors reforming and flattening of the existing code, while Gingrich and Perry are backing a flat tax. Herman Cain has proposed a combination of low flat taxes and a low national sales tax, with the ultimate goal of transitioning entirely to a national sales tax.
I'm not taking a position on the flat tax versus the national sales tax. But this is a crucial issue that deserves serious debate. Consumer confidence is down yet again. Housing prices are down. Wages are down. Unemployment is up. Inflation is up. The GOP contenders are offering bold economic reforms intended to dramatically spur growth so the economy can create millions of new jobs.
What is Obama offering? Another stimulus bill. It's the same liberal prescription of higher taxes, more spending and bigger government. But as we can see from Europe, that is a dead-end road.
We can't wait for Obama to get it right. We need a change to restore America's hope!
OWS And Its Extreme Supporters
The ads by the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) exposing the blatant anti-Semitism within the Occupy Wall Street movement have struck a nerve. J Street, a Soros-funded leftist group that claims to be pro-Israel and yet always takes the pro-Palestinian position, launched a vicious attack on one of ECI's board members.
Liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote a column attacking ECI for exposing the anti-Semitism within the OWS movement, claiming he couldn't find any. (Did you see the ad, Richard?) Disgraced politician Eliot Spitzer is also upset. Perhaps that's because we exposed him in the ad too.
Sadly reinforcing our point, Klansman and bigot David Duke released a web video endorsing Occupy Wall Street while also engaging in some of the worst Jew-baiting since Joseph Goebbels.
Praised by Barack Obama and leading Democrats, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to rack up a long list of extremist supporters -- from the American Nazi Party and the Communist Party USA (here) to pro-OWS demonstrators in Tehran and North Korea. But, according to big media, this menagerie of communists, socialists, anti-Semites, anarchists and drug legalizers represents middle America!