RUSH: Have you noticed Obama continues talking about he’s not a partisan. He told this crowd yesterday or a couple days ago, (paraphrasing) “If you’re looking for partisan rhetoric from me, you’re not gonna get it.” Have you noticed he’s still harping on the failed policies of the past? And what he means by that is life under the Bush administration. Now, I don’t know about you, but life under the Bush administration qualifies as the good old days. Weren’t the failed policies of the past under Bush far better than the failed policies of today under Obama? I mean, for crying out loud, folks, let’s be real. The failed policies of the past, George W. Bush, okay, unemployment 5% versus 9.1% with Obama. A GDP that was three times, gross domestic product under Bush three times what it is today. A deficit under the failed policies of the past that was minuscule compared to Obama’s deficit.
Under the failed policies of the past, we had a record 50 consecutive months of job creation, 50. That’s over four years, month to month consecutive growth in job creation. There was practically no inflation during the Bush years. The failed policies of the past. And even during the Bush years and the failed policies of the past people were able to fill up their gas tanks in their cars. Their houses were worth something during the failed policies of the past. People’s asset values still existed. Their homes were above water. Most of us would call that a golden age. You come to think of it, what Obama calls the failed policies of the past are what most of us would call American capitalism which is actually what has made us the richest nation in the world, but what Obama’s doing is trotting all this language out, “failed policies of the past,” needs a little more time for his policies to take effect. The failed policies of the past dug us in so deep we need even more stimulus. That’s what’s being bargained for here.
Trot out the same old lines to try to pitch for another round of stimulus spending. I mean, after all, folks, there’s an election coming up. Those votes are not going to buy themselves. Obama and the Democrats are so addicted to stimulus, they should follow Weiner into rehab. I like that name Huma Weiner. I wonder if his name weren’t Weiner, would this scandal be half what it is? I don’t know. At any rate, getting them to go to rehab would require one of the biggest interventions in American history, bigger even than the 2010 midterms. And here from the Weekly Standard, their blog, Jeffrey Anderson: “Obama Is 0-for-4 on ‘Extremely Important’ Issues.” And this we have also mentioned on this program countless times, that no matter where you look issue by issue by issue a majority of the American people oppose Obama’s policies and oppose Obama.
“A new CNN poll shows which issues Americans say will most influence their votes in next year’s presidential election. The issues that respondents most often listed as being ‘extremely important’ were the economy (51 percent), health care (45 percent), unemployment (45 percent), and federal deficits (44 percent). In another recent poll, CNN recently registered Americans’ verdicts on how President Obama is doing in meeting their expectations on most of these issues: By a margin of 17 points (58 to 41 percent), Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy.” And he wants to talk to us about the failed policies of the past. CNN poll: 58 to 41 percent, Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy. “By a margin of 17 points (57 to 40 percent), they disapprove of his handling of health care. By a margin of 30 points (64 to 34 percent), they disapprove of his handling of federal deficits.”
I also tell you this stuff for you to be confident, folks, and to not fall prey to the temptations of getting depressed. The media will not tell you anything. I don’t know if CNN’s had this on television. It’s on their website. I don’t know if you’ve seen this on CNN TV. This data is not widespread and not widely reported. “By a margin of 31 points (64 to 33 percent), they disapprove of his handling of health care. By a margin of 42 points (70 to 28 percent), they disapprove of his handling of federal deficits,” meaning debt and spending and stimulus and the so-called wonderful policies of the present to counteract the failed policies of the past. Obama is a twofer. He is on the wrong side of American opinion on almost every important issue, and on top of that he’s on the wrong side of history.
And try this headline. Folks, this is not good. “Iran’s President Calls for post-Soviet Security Alliance to Unite in Alliance Against West.” This is from the Associated Press, from Kazakhstan. Another way to put this, US enemies are having a coming out party with Iran. So how’s that Cairo speech working out for you? “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Wednesday for a security alliance of several former Soviet nations and China to form a united front against the West. Ahmadinejad’s address to fellow heads of state at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Kazakhstan will likely deepen suspicions that the bloc is intended as a counterweight to the United States across the region.” Of course it is.
“Much of Ahmadinejad’s fiery speech was devoted to leveling an exhaustive series of thinly veiled accusations against unnamed Western countries, which he described as ‘enslavers, colonialists, (and) invaders.'” That sounds like Obama. That sounds like the way Obama and most of the Democrats talk. So there you have it, failed policies of the past, the good old days, the glory days. The failed policies of the present are roundly disapproved in every corner of this country, wherever you go, in whatever demographic other than blacks. That’s the only area demographically where Obama still has major support.
And, by the way, grab audio sound bite number one here. Let’s go back to February 2, 2009. This is Obama on the Today Show being interviewed by Matt Lauer. Matt Lauer said, “At some point will you say, wait a minute. We’ve spent this amount of money.” Meaning the stimulus. “We’re not seeing the results. We gotta change course dramatically. At some point might that happen?”
OBAMA: Look, I’m at the start of my administration. One nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got four years —
LAUER: You’ll know quickly how people feel about what’s happened?
OBAMA: That’s exactly right. And, you know, a year from now I think people are gonna see that we’re starting to make some progress, but there’s still gonna be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s gonna be a one-term proposition.
RUSH: He’s pretty accurate in describing his future there. That’s Obama, being a one-termer if he didn’t fix the economy in three years, and it’s getting worse. Nearly two million jobs lost in the greatest economy and nation in history since Obama took office, nearly two million jobs lost, with all kinds of Keynesian federal spending designed ostensibly to create that many jobs and more.
RUSH: We go to Pittsburgh, we’re gonna start with Janice. Great to have you on the program. Hi, and hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you so much for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: My question is a numbers question. The number being reported is two million jobs lost, but each week we’re over 400,000. I get that in five weeks. Am I missing something? I mean —
CALLER: — the Louis Farrakhan million man math? Is it wrong?
RUSH: Those are the people filing continuously. Those are not brand-new, just-recently-out-of-work people. Those are people filing again to re-up for the continuation of their unemployment benefits, which now extended in 99 weeks. It’s almost two years now. So the weekly jobs numbers 455,000, it’s not 455,000 new from the previous week.
RUSH: Yeah. But it’s a grand total of — and even the two million number is a little nebulous because —
RUSH: — that number does not count the people who have given up looking for work. Those are just the number of jobs lost. The universe of available jobs in the country has also shrunk, gotten smaller by virtue of the regime’s done that themselves. They have just said, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics they’ve just said there are fewer jobs to be had, and the reason they’ve done that is to make the unemployment number stay at 9% rather than show up at close to ten or even higher.
CALLER: Right, which makes me wonder, then, how many people are actually working and paying taxes, and is that number available? That’s getting very low.
RUSH: Well, it is, but it’s a decresaing number and tax revenues are down. I mean people are not earning as much. I mean when you have people losing jobs the way they are and not getting raises and so forth, yeah, tax revenues are totally — see, that is another thing, Janice. The liberals all tell you we need to raise taxes, we need to raise revenue, and raising taxes does not raise revenue. Lowering tax rates increases revenue. Liberals are not about raising revenue. If they cared about raising revenue they wouldn’t create such deficits. They wouldn’t go into such debt. You know, the trouble here, Janice, is that the regime has been saying two million jobs lost from the recession since early 2009. I mean they’ve been using this number for almost three years now. It’s probably a heck of a lot more than that. Your instincts are right in that regard, even though these weekly numbers of 450,000, 420,000 are confusing ’cause it’s not that many new unemployed each and every week. Thanks much. Appreciate the call.
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