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Gary Bauer: End of Day 4-21-2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Radicals Ready Their Agenda

Liberal politicians in the House and Senate are gearing up for a major push to advance their radical agenda while they still have an overwhelming advantage on Capitol Hill.  Last week, Roll Call reported that a major homosexual rights bill called ENDA will be voted on in May. Reuters notes that cap and trade legislation will be unveiled in the Senate by the end of month, and Politico reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid met late yesterday and agreed to bring up an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants this year. Each issue is a priority of the far Left.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) elevates homosexual behavior to the same protected legal status as race and religion.  Business owners and institutions that adhere to Judeo-Christian values will be forced to compromise their beliefs if this legislation passes.  And this year, the Left has taken its extremism to a new level by including special protections for transgenderism and gender identity – whatever those are.  With unemployment hovering near 10% and out-of-control deficit spending, why is appeasing the militant homosexual movement so high on Congress’ “to do” list?

If that radical assault on our values wasn’t bad enough, Obama’s allies in the Senate are pushing legislation to tax and regulate carbon.  We live in a carbon-based economy, so when you hear “carbon,” think energy.  Democrats want to tax and regulate energy production.

Think about everything you do in the course of a day that requires energy in any form.  How many of you flip a light switch first thing in the morning?  Do you drive to work?  Use a computer or other machines?  Do you like air condition in the summer?  All of it will be taxed more if the Left gets its way.  If you thought unemployment was bad now, wait until this massive job-killing tax hike leads to $7.00 a gallon gas.

And then there’s “immigration reform.” With this leftwing president and this liberal Congress, it can only mean one thing: amnesty. Reports indicate that President Obama has already started calling members of the Senate to push the issue. But I don’t think the public is in any mood for amnesty. In fact, the Arizona legislature just passed one of the toughest anti-illegal immigration laws in the country. A new Rasmussen poll finds that 70% of likely voters support the law, including 69% of Independent voters and even 51% of Democrats. Moreover, 73% say that securing the border is more important than legalizing “undocumented workers.”

With unemployment so high, there’s no shortage of workers – there’s a shortage of jobs. This is not the time to legalize millions of illegal aliens. But Obama and his allies may well need millions of new voters as the country turns against their radical agenda.

Still Falling

A new Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters finds that President Obama’s 44% approval rating is “his lowest approval rating since his inauguration.” On specific issues, 55% disapprove of his handling of the economy and healthcare. Among Independent voters, Obama is running a 12-point deficit – 38% approve and 50% disapprove. According to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, “The White House had predicted passage of the health care overhaul would boost his fortunes, but that has not been the case, and that legislation itself remains decidedly unpopular.”

But at least that’s better than Congress. Just 20% of registered voters (16% of Independent voters) approve of Congress’ job performance.

While we’re on the subject of polls, a new CNN poll finds that 73% of Americans want President Obama to nominate a moderate (37%) or a conservative (36%) to the Supreme Court. But 61% expect Obama will nominate another liberal to the high court.

Interestingly, the same poll found increasing support for the right to life. Just 34% of adults said abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances, while 64% said abortion should be illegal or legal in only a few circumstances. Two years ago, those numbers were 37% and 61%.

Unfortunately, I guarantee that this president will nominate a liberal, pro-abortion justice who is committed to Roe v. Wade’s abortion-on-demand regime.

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