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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 335 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
2012: America's "Make Or Break Moment"
Yesterday Barack Obama returned to his roots. He gave a campaign speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, and played up the fact that his mother was born and raised in the heartland state. But I'm not referring to his family's roots. Obama was in Kansas following in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt, who delivered a speech in the same town in 1910.
By that time in his life, Teddy Roosevelt was drifting to the left. Two years later, he abandoned the Republican Party and ran for president as a member of the Progressive Party. He lost. His third party bid helped elect another progressive, Woodrow Wilson. A good reminder for conservatives.
Just like Roosevelt in 1910, Obama was laying the rhetorical foundation of his next presidential campaign -- a campaign built on progressive ideals and class warfare. Obama spent half of his speech attacking the wealthy, banks and Wall Street. At one point during his speech, he said this:
"[T]here is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, 'Let's respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. 'If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes … our economy will grow stronger.' …Now, it's a simple theory. …But here’s the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked."
With that statement, Obama not only rejected the legacy of the Kennedy/Reagan tax cuts in the 1960s and 1980s. He also once again laid bare his own progressive worldview.
If the market doesn't work, if lower taxes do not work and if fewer regulations do not work, then the only option left is bigger government and higher taxes. That is precisely what Obama has offered for the past three years. And it has worked so well that the national debt has exploded to $15 trillion, the unemployment rate remains unacceptably high and his approval rating is mired in the low-to-mid 40s.
My friends, this report is read by a couple hundred thousand people a day. Most of us are not in the top 1 percent, however you define that term. Human nature being what it is, we all complain about various dealings we have with faceless corporations.
If you've been turned down for a loan by a bank, it doesn't feel good. Who likes it when you go to fill up your car or truck and the price at the pump has gone up? Wouldn't it be wonderful if insurance companies paid for every expense from hang nails to heart attacks, and it cost only $10 a week?
But most Americans develop a sense of maturity as they go through life. Unlike the Occupy Wall Street mob, we understand there is no such thing as a free lunch. Medical care has to be paid for. Banks have to be able to make loans and generate a profit in the process. Energy companies, and the incredible technologies they have developed, are part of the lifeblood of our economy.
Yet Barack Obama is at war with all these industries and quite a few more. He says he respects free markets, but he is constantly channeling not just Teddy Roosevelt but also Hugo Chavez and Karl Marx too. As Rush Limbaugh said today, "If you just substitute the word 'proletariat' for every time [Obama] said 'worker' or 'middle class' in his speech, if you substitute 'bourgeois' or 'capitalists' for the rich, this same speech could have been given by Lenin a hundred years ago."
Obama has few good ideas about how to create jobs and grow the economy. His trillion-dollar stimulus plan was a failure. If Obama's model worked, why is Europe collapsing?
Obama is a one trick pony, and his trick is very simple. Like all good socialists and the Occupy demonstrators, he thinks he can convince everyone else that they are hurting, not because he and his policies have failed but because someone else is succeeding.
I know most of you reading this are middle class people. Those are my roots. My father was a janitor. Please don't fall for it. The problem in America is not that someone is making too much. It is that millions of Americans aren't making anything at all because Obama keeps driving industry after industry into the ground.
Yesterday Citigroup announced 4,500 layoffs. One reason cited by Citigroup's CEO was "the most substantial regulatory changes we have seen in our lifetimes." Obama's regulations are making it impossible to keep people employed.
Obama does not understand the economy. He said that banks don't have a right to a "certain amount of profit." He also remarked that he felt like "a spy behind enemy lines" during his time in the private sector.
In his Kansas speech yesterday Obama also said, "This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class." I agree. 2012 will be America's make or break moment. If we don't vote to change course, another four years of Obama's job-destroying socialism will break us.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when more than 2,400 Americans were killed, a day that like September 11th "will live in infamy." Like many men of his generation, my father enlisted the next day and fought in the South Pacific. The whole nation united immediately.
It is heartbreaking today that millions of young people in our high schools and universities know little about how America helped save the world from fascism and totalitarianism. Our children live in the greatest nation on earth, yet many of them don't know it. Worse, many are taught not to believe it.
Of all the things that the cultural elites have done to hurt our country, erasing our memory is among the worst.