Wednesday, December 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Leftists To "Occupy" Iowa Caucuses

The Associated Press reports that hundreds of left-wing activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement have so little respect for the democratic process that they are vowing to disrupt campaign events and perhaps even the Iowa caucuses next week. According to the AP article, "The activists are promising to interrupt candidates at events and camp out at their Iowa campaign offices. They say they want to change the political dialogue…"

And what exactly is on the occupiers' minds? One Occupy Des Moines organizer rattled off a list of issues starting with -- wait for it -- campaign finance reform! That was followed by student loan debt.

As we have reported in the past, the occupiers' solution to the student debt issue is not for students to take responsibility for the loans they took out, but to put the rest of society on the hook for their obligations. Their bigger problem is the lack of jobs in Obama's economy, which is hampering their ability to pay back their loans.

Disrupting the caucuses won't be too hard for these radicals. Some of them may very well show up to vote for Ron Paul and then proceed to disrupt the rest of events. Yet another poll -- one conducted by the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling -- found that "Paul's strength … depend[s] on a coalition of voters that's pretty unusual for a Republican in the state. …Paul has a 39-12 advantage with … independents or Democrats." That should be a big warning to conservatives who think Ron Paul is a champion of their values.

Obama Disrespects Our Troops

Here's another disturbing report from the Associated Press: "Americans probably won't be seeing a huge ticker-tape parade anytime soon for troops returning from Iraq." Two New York City councilmen -- not surprisingly both Republicans -- are calling for a ticker-tape parade similar to one held at the end of the first Gulf War, which was paid for with private donations.

As one of the councilmen said, "The sports celebrations that we've had in New York for the Yankees and the Mets were amazing. But these are the real heroes." I agree. The Associated Press article notes, "In Washington, federal agencies take the lead on planning parades, and so far nothing is in the works." Why not?

In the 60s and 70s, left-wing radicals infamously spit on our soldiers returning home from Vietnam. Barack Obama is smarter than that. Yet his administration is not taking the initiative to organize a national salute our heroes. Perhaps he's too afraid of offending the radical left-wing base of his party as we approach the 2012 elections. But as Calvin Coolidge once said, "The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."

Corzine & The EPA

What do Jon Corzine and the Environmental Protection Agency have in common? One bankrupted a state and then lost more than one billion dollars of private investors' money in the MF Global scandal. The other is trying to bankrupt American industries with job-destroying regulations. But there may be even more in common.

The Washington Times reports that Bradley Abelow, the former chief operating officer at MF Global, is also chairman of the EPA's financial advisory board. How did Abelow get that job? According to the Times, both Abelow and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had previously served as Jon Corzine's chief of staff when he was governor of New Jersey.

Our Cultural Elites & Faith

Tim Tebow is making headlines again, albeit thanks to a disgusting tweet by Bill Maher. Tebow's faith and the reaction of our cultural elites were also the subject of my Human Events column this week. You can read more here.


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