RUSH: Matt in Cabot, Arkansas, nice to have you on the program. Welcome, sir.
CALLER: Mega concealed-carry dittos O'Great Maha Rushie.
RUSH: By the way, concealed carry dittos, the permits are rising, ammo purchases, gun purchases skyrocketing in this country.
RUSH: Yes, Matt, what's up?
CALLER: Well, sir, I called this morning to tap into your infinite wisdom and help me process His Majesty's comments this morning of the doom and gloom. Going back to the magnificent one's comments last week, speaking to a group of his Hollywood groupies, did he not say that things were looking better and on an upswing?
RUSH: Well, what he said was the economy's coming back from the brink.
CALLER: And if they liked what they'd seen, "You ain't seen nothing yet"?
RUSH: That's right. "If you like what you've seen, you ain't seen nothing yet. The economy's coming back from the brink," he told a Hollywood fundraiser last Wednesday. That's exactly right, Matt. Now, you're not supposed to be that smart; you live in Arkansas. Obama thinks people like you are not supposed to be able to figure out his hypocrisy. But that's right. He did say that: "We turned a corner and you ain't seen nothing yet," and then we get... Grab sound bite 32 again, Mike -- or 31, whatever the hell it is. I've got two different sheets with two different numbers here. It's the first Obama, all right? Here, listen to this. Last Wednesday, he said he turned it around, the economy has bottomed out. It's coming off the wall or whatever he said, rebounding, and "You ain't seen nothing yet."
OBAMA: I will not pretend the hard times are over. Difficult days lie ahead. More jobs will be lost. More plants will close. More dealerships will shut their doors, and so will many parts suppliers. But I want you to know that what you're doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation, a sacrifice you may not have chose to make, but a sacrifice you are nevertheless called to make so that your children and all the -- of our children can grow up in America that still makes things, that still builds cars, that still strives for a better future.
RUSH: It's gonna get worse. It's gonna get so bad that you have no hope. Only your children or grandchildren will have hope, and that's because you are being called on to make sacrifices for them now. Except your children and grandchildren are going to be born broke, because Obama has spent money that has yet to be even earned. By people who have yet to be born. Patricia in Trumbull, Connecticut. Hi, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'm a couple years older than you, and I grew up being taught that you had to save money and have it before you could spend it and invest it. And I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone now, where, when I was growing up, Pravda told us the lies, and now it seems like Obama's White House press corps or press office and the websites are being run by the former types of Pravda. And now you're telling us that Pravda is telling us the truth about what's happening in the world. It's just mind-boggling that initially I called a couple of hours ago thinking I'm finally getting the picture from you. Obama is deliberately making the economic situation worse so that when it inevitably recovers somewhat, hopefully in 2010, just in time for the election, that that will help him show that he can claim credit for taking us out of the bottom. Is that it?
RUSH: Well, I... (sigh) We're going to have to define the economy "recovering." I don't know what it's going to be. See, I think for most people to think the economy is recovering, the unemployment numbers have to reference. And I don't think they're going to. All the experts are telling us that unemployment will lag, or employment will lag after the economy does turn. The real estate market has to stabilize and there has to be some indication that value is returning to assets in the real estate market. I just don't see it. People have to be unafraid to spend money or to borrow money, and I... Look, I guess it can turn around in nine months starting in 2010. Maybe a year because 2010 midterms, you know, middle of the year next year campaign starts and give it a year to turn around.
The US economy is very powerful thing but, I'll tell you what, it's taken a lot of hits. It's taking a lot of hits. Contrary to being revitalized and stimulated, it's being stomped on. It is being depressed by policies from the Democrat Party and this administration. Now, what you may be talking about is that the bulk of the stimulus money starts being spent in 2010, and people might see that as a sign that the government is finally doing something and therefore credit Obama. All of this is academic. But, you know, if they get their way -- if they get cap and trade, and if they get taxing the health care benefits as income, and they get their health care plan -- there's not going to be any economic recovery here.
The only segment that's going to be growing is going to be government and the only people that are going to be doing well are people that work for government. The private sector is not going to benefit, and I just... Here's the bottom line, folks. It's cut-to-the-chase time, okay? Okay? It can be as bad as it is now or worse a year from now, and if there is not a Republican Party running candidates opposed it, it isn't gonna matter. People can rise up all they want but unless they storm the gates -- which, you know, it doesn't happen in this country. Unless they've got alternative candidates to vote for that, will vote against this stuff, you tell me. You can talk about whether Obama is going to get credit for it. You know damn well he's going to try to get the credit for it. The state-run media is going to give him credit for it. It's going to be entirely up to an organized party that voices the truth and an opposition to give people an alternative to the Democrat Party to vote for, that get enough votes.
But Obama has taken care of that, see? He's just thrown out any voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia specifically. The secretary of state in Georgia wanted to purge the voter rolls to get rid of illegally registered people and dead people, and the US Justice Department -- again Eric Holder -- said, "No, you cannot do it. It would be discriminatory." So illegally registered voters stay on the roles in Georgia. ACORN got five to $8 billion worth of stimulus to run out, and you know what they do. They fraudulently register people to vote. So I don't know. I mean, the news today is very depressing so I'm not going to predict the future. All I know is that whatever happens that could be portrayed as good by the state-run media, will be credited to Obama, whether he asks for it or not. That's what state-run medias do. They credit the Grand Pooh-Bah.
RUSH: Ken in Livonia, Michigan. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Yeah, Rush, I was calling to kind of throw a wrench into Obama's plans for nationalizing the auto industry. A group of friends of mine recently had a conversation and what came out of that conversation I think was important, because I think a lot of Americans feel the same way. And that is, we would never buy a product from any company that was being controlled by the federal government. And a lot of that had to do with our hatred for socialism --
RUSH: Now, wait a second. Obama says he's not going to run the company, except for the most fundamental decisions.
CALLER: Well, Rush, we both know that Obama is lying through his teeth.
RUSH: All right, all right, all right. So you and your buddies aren't going to buy a car from a company owned by the government?
RUSH: Obama's got a plan for that, I hate to tell you.
CALLER: Well, we have a plan, too. And it's called we're going to try to vote him out of office.
RUSH: You're going to try to do what?
CALLER: Vote him out of office.
RUSH: Well, yeah. Good luck. He's in the process of stacking the deck against that option. Is there an alternative party out there?
CALLER: No, not yet.
RUSH: No, there isn't yet. There probably will be. You talk about putting a wrench in his plans, Obama is a wrench into everybody's future. You say you're not going to buy a car built by an Obama-run company, you're not going to have a choice once you get to 2016, the new CAFE standards, every company, every automobile company in the world that sells a car in this country is going to have to meet CAFE emissions standards that will in effect make every car a car you don't want.