RUSH: We’ve only taken one phone call today, Mary Jo from Madison, Wisconsin. And just to remind you, I am not entirely comfortable with phone calls like that. I’m not into yelling and screaming with people, but it was required because she wouldn’t shut up. (interruption) Well, compared to others, yes, I was polite. But I spotted the filibuster going on. The worst thing, though, about Mary Jo, our first caller, the most alarming and dispiriting thing is something that we’re all fully aware of. Her thinking demonstrates just how far we have to go to roll all this back. It shows how far socialism has taken over in this country, how deep the roots of socialism are. This country will not survive very long with too many people thinking their neighbors owe ’em a living. Europe has shown us this.
Now, here we have Chuck Schumer, the Democrat Party, they have spent nearly $5 trillion in the last few years that we don’t have. They want you to believe that all we gotta do to be sensible here is cut another ten billion. They can live with that, that’s rational. But anything beyond ten billion is extremist and Draconian. But $10 billion in cuts, oh, yeah, they’re rational, they’re thoughtful, very moderate. If we go along with this, if we go along with the notion that, okay, five billion here, ten billion there, we’re making headway on reducing the budget and our deficit. We’re not gonna gain any ground at all. We’re not gonna impress anybody, and we’re not gonna make anybody like us, if that sadly remains the objective. They’ve spent nearly $5 trillion in the last few years that we don’t have. They want you to believe that if we cut another ten billion or so that they’re rational, thoughtful, and that they are moderate. That’s what they’re aiming for.
What it will prove is the opposite. They are destructive, diabolical, and a disaster. The Democrat Party is a disaster for this country. Barack Obama as a Democrat, as a socialist, is a disaster for this country. The Democrat Party is destroying the economic well-being of this nation. The Democrat Party is destroying the economic well-being of millions of American families. In the real world, 20% unemployment and underemployment, and despite trillions of dollars in deficits, massive government expansion, all kinds of programs supposedly to fix this, we had TARP, we had Porkulus, we had Porkulus 1, Porkulus 2, we’ve had all kinds of stimuli, and it was supposed to create jobs, and everybody knows, and everybody knew going in that it would not create private sector jobs. What it was and what everybody now knows, some with the courage to admit it, the stimulus bill was nothing more than a money laundering operation to make sure that state and federal employees did not lose their jobs, so that their union dues were continually paid, because those union dues end up in the various campaign headquarters and coffers of the Democrat Party. That’s what the stimulus was.
The stimulus was a slush fund. It was a pile of money, the percentage of which was earmarked for the Democrat Party, under the guise of creating jobs and rebuilding schools and roads and bridges and all of that that has not happened. It was never going to happen. The money was never earmarked for that. It was just said to be earmarked for that. And then when there wasn’t any noticeable improvement, what happened? Not an admission that, “You know, maybe this is not the way to do it.” No. Come back for more. Come back for more. Let’s be clear about this. The Democrat Party is not taking on the Tea Party. The Democrat Party is not taking on the GOP. Our leadership seems perplexed how to deal with Schumer and these guys anyway, they don’t know quite what to do.
The Democrat Party is taking on every family in this nation. The Democrat Party, as it attempts to prevail on issues that matter most to it, are taking direct aim at every family at this nation, every parent, every child. Because when the Democrat Party succeeds with this agenda, it is the people of the United States who suffer. And if that sounds a bit extreme for you, let me ask you to take a look at any protected constituency group of the Democrat Party and let me ask you, how are they doing? Outside of the unions, how are they doing? How are the unemployed doing? How are the African-Americans doing? How are the poor Latinos doing? How are the women doing? How are the children doing? Take a look at any constituency that the Democrat Party claims that they are there to defend, that they are there to protect, that they are there to promote. The Democrat Party sought to protect home ownership. How is that going? Take a look at those who have been foreclosed upon.
Virtually every constituency group that the Democrat Party claims to love, help, support, revive, what have you, is dying, except the public sector unions. The Democrat Party is known as the party of pro-choice. Who’s dying? Children in the womb. Who wins? Planned Parenthood, the Democrat Party. What do they get? Money. Where does it end up? Back in the coffers of the Democrat Party and its various campaigns. Yet we were told yesterday we’re the extremists, and we were told that that’s how we must be portrayed. The Democrat Senate caucus was told to portray the Tea Party as a bunch of extremists. So what we have right now is the Democrat Party versus the US taxpayer when they attack the Tea Party. We have the Democrat Party versus virtually every group of people in this country. There’s a little slack on the illegal aliens ’cause those are potential voters. Do what they can to help there.
It’s happening right in front of our eyes, the destruction of the engine that produces prosperity and wealth in this country. It’s being destroyed. And I submit to you the people doing the destroying are the extremists. Individually, collectively, we suffer.
RUSH: Sharon in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hi. You’re next on the EIB Network. Welcome.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: Very good. Thank you.
CALLER: Thrilled to speak with you. I think you may have answered my question already, but given your comments earlier in the program, I’d like you to address whether you truly think our president is a man-child who is naively doing the things he’s doing, or if you think that this is a systematic plan to take down this country, as many of us do.
RUSH: Well, let me answer it this way: If the end result is that the country’s being destroyed, does it matter why? Does it matter? Does it really matter if he’s doing it purposefully or is just naive?
CALLER: You can tell.
RUSH: Because regardless how you answer it, it’s happening. I’m not trying to evade it.
RUSH: I’m just saying regardless how you answer the question, it still is happening. I think it’s a little of both. I think there’s a glaring incompetence. I think there’s a huge lack of qualifications for this job that this man has. On the other hand, I think the way he’s been raised and educated, he does have it in for this country on many things. He thinks this country’s unfair and unjust. He thinks that this country has stolen a lot of resources from the rest of the world and it’s time for us to pay the price. I think it’s a combination of both of them.
CALLER: Well, I certainly agree with you, and I want to thank you for addressing the concerns of those of us who are out here working hard every day trying to raise children the right way. You know, when my 13-year-old son can say to me, “Mom, our money is worthless. It isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.” He’s 13.
RUSH: Yeah. Well, that’s —
CALLER: When my 17-year-old son can say to me, “China owns us,” it’s very discouraging.
RUSH: On one hand it’s discourages, but, look, it’s gonna take people with knowledge like your kids apparently have to stop this. You gotta look at this in both ways. It is what it is. We want to stop it; we want to roll it back. Having people who are informed and understand what’s happened and why is part of rolling it back, and you know the kind of people we’re dealing with. I mean, there are a lot of people who… I’ll tell you, folks, it’s always about the money — and I don’t care how virtuous you might think somebody or some group is. It’s always about the money, and when we talk about public sector unions and a number of things, they exist for a host of reasons. The Democrats want the money that their dues give ’em. The union workers themselves need to eat. They have to have houses. It’s all about money. It’s all about how much they can score and so forth. It’s just that they’re “scoring” at the expense of everybody else. They’re not producing anything. There isn’t any net growth. There’s just a wealth transfer going on here, and it’s out of kilter, and it’s way out of balance — and it’s not sustainable as it is for very much longer.
RUSH: Here’s Richard, Michigan City, Indiana. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Yes. Rush, it’s a pleasure to talk to you. It’s an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: I don’t want to hold you too long. I just wanted to tell you, I grew up as a young man from McKeesport, Pennsylvania. I heard you mention that one time on the radio but you never elaborated, but I moved the family out here to Indiana a long time ago, 40-some years ago, worked for the second largest steel mill in the nation —
CALLER: — Bethlehem Steel.
RUSH: And what their legacy costs, what it was I don’t know if Joanne or what’s her name was up in Wisconsin realizes it, but Bethlehem Steel was pushed against the wall with their legacy costs, and it came to a point where they had to turn out the lights, close the door, and let 95,000 employees go.
RUSH: Same thing with General Motors.
RUSH: They had to off-load their pension to the federal government. Now look who owns them?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with these people. I’m ashamed of the Democratic Party. And as a Hungarian, I cringe when I hear the name George Soros. He’s a disgrace to our nationality.
RUSH: Let me try to explain it to you from their standpoint. This might be a useful exercise. And, by the way, I mentioned McKeesport because that’s where the first radio station that I worked at when I left home was. It’s the Pittsburgh market, but it was a suburban station in McKeesport. It was WIXZ, salted rot and mold, played oldies. Well, it was solid rock and gold, WIXZ, “solid rock and gold,” the jingle. And I called it “salted rot and mold” ’cause after two years I’d heard every song on the playlist 20,000 times. At any rate, let’s look at this from their perspective. You mentioned Mary Jo who called. Now, I know a lot of these public sector union people have become activists. A lot of them are political, ideological activists in addition to whatever else they are.
Okay, you end up going to work for a union, a school teacher or whatever your job is that requires you to be a member of a public sector union. Let’s just say Wisconsin. And your union goes out and through the vehicle of collective bargaining they arrange a compensation package for you, and it’s gonna pay you X, and you’re gonna get your health care paid for, mostly, large percentage of it, you’re gonna have a pension and they tell you this and then every three or four years you’re gonna expect a bump in all of it. And along the way you think that you are a crucial cog in the wheel. You are educating the future of America. You’re making a difference. You are teaching the children. You’re doing all of these wonderful things. And besides that, you didn’t have to choke anybody or bend their arm to get this deal. Your union might have, but you didn’t.
Whether it’s General Motors or whether it’s the state, somebody agreed to this. And it goes on like this, and occasionally you might have to threaten to go on strike if your demands aren’t met, but eventually it all works out and you keep going on like this until one day the bottom falls out, and you hear that there just isn’t the money to pay you anymore. But yet the people saying this made a deal with you. This is what you’re gonna get. And then out of the blue they come out and say, “Sorry, we don’t have the money for it anymore.” What are you gonna do? I understand where these people are. I understand their mentality. Taking away their political activism for a moment — and it’s hard to do because it’s very much a part of who they are — but still, as far as they’re concerned, they made the deal, General Motors made the deal. Yeah, yeah, a lot of people don’t have it but they’re gonna give me my health care and a pension until I die, even after I retire. And, you know what? I’m only gonna have to work 15 to 18 years to be totally vested.
That was the deal and then somewhere somebody comes along and takes it all away from you. What are you gonna do? You’re not just gonna sit there and say, “Well, okay,” especially when you don’t know how to earn money any other way. And all along there’s probably a little voice in the back of your head that tells you you’re really not earning anything anyway. This is the government. The government owes you and the government owes everybody and in reality you ought to be getting even more than what you’re getting, but you’re satisfied. But then the bottom drops out. That’s why when Mary Jo called here I knew it was gonna be impossible but I really wanted to get her answer on why do you think your neighbors are obligated to pay you for nine months a year, twice what they make? Why do you think your neighbors are required to pay your health care until you die and pay your pension? I want to know. I would love to know when you first realized that’s what was happening and think that it’s justified.
I’d like to know the mind-set because, see, I don’t have that mind-set. I’ve never had it. And I really would like to know how those people think. Rather than sit here and assign an ideology to them, “Well, they’re liberals and they think they’re entitled and so forth,” which is probably true, but just in the human being sense, in the humanity sense, where does that attitude come from? Who teaches that? Well, we know guys like Alinsky, angry multiculturalists and leftists. People who hate the country end up telling other people that it owes you a living because it’s mistreated you, it’s screwing you left and right, all these rich people and it’s your money. You understand how these people get to the point that they are. They’ve had nothing but hatred and anger being preached to ’em for who knows how long depending on whether or not they grew up in a union household. This is what’s always bothered me about how much hatred for this country there is that it’s institutionalized in our education system. It’s taught. It’s codified. It’s part of the multicultural curriculum.
The multicultural curriculum is based on the premise that America is flawed, that America is a fraud, that America is a lie. I mean that’s the thrust, that’s the whole reason for multiculturalism in the form of a curriculum. So take these people and they’ve had all this stuff, they’ve soaked it up like sponges, and then the fateful day comes when everybody who thinks about it knows has to come, the money runs out. Well, it is kind of expecting a bit much for them to say on a dime, “You know what? You’re right. I have been earning too much. I shouldn’t be taking this much from my neighbors. I ought to be paying for my own health care and retirement.” That’s not something people are going to willingly agree to. That’s something that’s going to have to be enforced as a matter of law, as it’s happening now. There’s gonna be civil disobedience. There’s going to be riots. There will be burnings and so forth. We’ve seen it in Greece, wherever this happens.
The Democrat Party, the American left — look at it this way — have had their boot on the neck of the golden goose for 50 years, and that golden goose is down to its last breaths. And when the golden goose is dead, when the private sector no longer generates the wealth necessary, and it hasn’t for a long time, all of this is fake money, all of this is unreal. Everybody who has anything, from a state or federal government, has it because of debt, borrowing, or what have you. It isn’t real. The golden goose got killed off long ago, in terms of reality. This country’s not producing the wealth that will sustain all of the demands being made on the country. This country is not producing the wealth to provide for all the services we want: the military, border control. We’ve long ago passed this. This is why I keep talking about how nothing’s real anymore. All of this is borrowed time. And yet the people who are living on all of this illusionary money, they don’t want to give it up. Where else are they going to go to earn it? How are they gonna replace it? What do they know, other than having some thug negotiate a contract for ’em? What do they know?
Mary Jo, if you’re in Madison, or any of the rest of you, if you are a public sector employee and you’re mad as hell at me right now ’cause I don’t get it, because you think I have no compassion for you, because I don’t want you to have a decent life and decent living and so forth, when this does eventually implode, there’s one or two places you can go to complain. One would be Beijing. Go talk to the ChiComs. Another would be Havana. Go talk to Fidel Castro. Find some old Soviet communist still alive, go talk to him, because they’re the people responsible for it. The people who have made you believe that you can score all these riches, the people that have made you believe that all you need for everybody to be wealthy and fair and equal is a fair and just government redistributing wealth, when it all implodes, and it’s not working, and it’s not working now, don’t complain to me, because I’ve been telling you for years it won’t work. You need to go to the people who have been lying to you from the get-go telling you that it does work, ’cause they’re the ones that screwed you.
Governor Walker is not screwing you. Fidel Castro screwed you. Hugo Chavez screwed you. Che Guevara, I don’t care, whatever communist leader you idolize, they’re the ones that have screwed you. They’re the ones who lied to you. Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx, whoever, Hegel, whoever you believed, Barack Obama, whoever has told you that the redistribution of wealth, that liberalism, socialism makes things equal and fair, can create a utopia, that’s where you go to complain because those are the people who have lied to you.
RUSH: Tampa and Tony. Great to have you, sir. I appreciate your waiting. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks a lot, Rush. I’m calling you from Tampa where unemployment is 11.5%.
CALLER: Outside of Tampa, Fernando County, 14% unemployment — and that’s after a trillion dollars went down the proverbial rathole.
CALLER: What I wanted to say was my problem and our nation’s problem is not Moammar Khadafy. Khadafy’s not trying to destroy the economy. Khadafy is not every day of his life driving a stake through the heart and soul of this nation. It’s Barack Obama. There’s the problem: Obama. Not Khadafy. Khadafy does not want to usurp my freedom of speech. Khadafy doesn’t want to compromise our national security. It’s Obama. Let me tell you something, man. Every day of my life, every — excuse me. When Reagan was president —
CALLER: — the great Ronald Reagan was president.
CALLER: Every day I was employed, I was a truck driver. Every day that George Bush was president, number one, I was employed. Every day that George Bush number two was president, I was employed. Not until this hen-picked miserable little character came along has unemployed infested itself in my life.
RUSH: Henpecked? You’re not talking about Khadafy anymore.
CALLER: No, Khadafy isn’t henpecked.
CALLER: Obama is henpecked.
RUSH: Yeah. The only thing he does behind his wife’s back is zip her up.
CALLER: That’s right. That’s exactly right. One more thing, Rush, you were right about this Libyan thing being about 2012. For two years this miserable little turd has been urinating on the workingmen and women in this country. We’re “cowards.” Every radical that despises this nation has been in and out of that White House. The welcome mat has been out. The welcome sign is on for every radical that despises this nation.
RUSH: It’s an interesting scenario that you construct here. Who poses the greater threat to the United States economy: Moammar Khadafy or Obama and the Democrat Party? I don’t think there’s any question about the answer.