RUSH: That may be, folks, the most expensive prostitute in the history of prostitution, and she's bragging about it. Mary Landrieu bragging about a $300 million payoff from Dingy Harry to get her vote on this health care scam on Saturday night. Greetings. It's great to have you with us. It's Thanksgiving week and the first wave of the Limbaugh clan begin arriving this afternoon. I always look forward to this week. I look forward to this time of year, every year. It's one of my favorite times of year. Hello, folks. 800-282-2882 if you want to be on the program. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Let me ask you a question. How many votes did Roland Burris get for his Senate seat? How many votes did the Democrat Senator from Colorado get for his seat? Zero. They were both appointed. The Senator from Colorado, Michael Bennet, said over the weekend he would gladly lose his seat to pass health care. I told you people this. I told you the Democrats are going to thin the herd. They are gladly willing to lose members. Everybody's talking about this, "Oh, no, it's a horrible thing that happened on Saturday." Folks, it was a fait accompli. Nobody was going to vote to not do a debate. I mean, even Lieberman voted for this, and he's not going to vote for the final bill. Now, when you hear a Democrat go on television and solemnly pronounce, as Senator Ben Nelson did: "No health care if no change in public option and abortion funding," or Mary Landrieu, "I will not vote for this as it is written," they are not espousing core beliefs. They are simply opening bids.
They are simply making opening bids to Harry Reid. Mary Landrieu has now shown that she can get paid off; other people are going to have their price. So when they come along and say, "I'm not going to sign this thing as it's written. Why, I'm not going to put my signature on this! I won't vote for it if there's a public option in there. I'm not going to vote for this if there's abortion funding," that's just BS. That's a signal to Harry Reid. That's just their opening bid: "What will you give me to vote for this thing? How much will you give me to change my mind?" Who will write the escape statement: "I voted against it before I voted for it." This is classic what's going on here, and it's right out in the open for everybody to see. Let's see, who voted for this? Robert Byrd from a stretcher practically; Tim Johnson, who we're never even allowed to hear talk because he hasn't recovered from his stroke; that stooge senator who replaced Ted Kennedy. How many votes did he get? Zero. The Senator who replaced Ted Stevens, Al Franken; and that moral paragon, of course, Roland W. Burris; and Michael Bennet from Colorado. That's the Democrat who was appointed to replace Ken Salazar. A lot of no-votes guys and here they are voting on something like this and here they're going to be voting on it again when and if that vote ever takes place.
Support for health care has now fallen to a new low in the Rasmussen Reports survey. Thirty-eight percent of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats. That's the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June. It doesn't matter because the people in Washington are oblivious. The Democrats could not care less what you or anybody else thinks about any agenda item they have. They have been dreaming of this their whole lives. They are on the verge, in their minds, of their own personal utopia -- and that is the destruction of capitalism and the United States as we have known it. The cap-and-trade bill is just another example of that as are all the agenda items.
RUSH: I got an e-mail over the weekend in my subscriber e-mail account and I have it printed out. I printed out my response, too. A woman was having dinner. She is middle-aged and she and her husband are having dinner with a 24-year-old soldier. They were talking about health care. The 24-year-old soldier said, "Look, if the government's going to require auto insurance, why can't the government require everybody to have health insurance?" She wanted to know what I would say. I wrote a page back. During the course of the program I'll share with you what I said to this woman. And she wrote me back. She's going to go out and buy Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny and give it to the soldier along with my reply and hopefully save one American from the abyss of big government liberalism: A soldier.
RUSH: Tina in Long Valley, New Jersey, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: It's an honor. I can't believe I'm talking to you. I'm talking to you because I am so angry. I feel like this vote on Saturday was a trick. I feel like they are sneaking this past us because they know that it's the weekend and it's before Thanksgiving and the holidays. We're busy with our family, with our kids. We don't have time to pay attention. And like you said: This bill is 2,000 pages and the other bill is 2,000 pages, and like many others, I'm trying to do what you said. I'm trying to be the go-to guy. But it's overwhelming. I mean, I'm going to see my family this weekend and I want to be informed. But, Rush, I have four kids. I'm busy. I'm so angry. I feel like this is a part-time job that I have trying to keep up with this.
RUSH: Let me comfort you just a little. There's nothing anybody coulda done about this vote whether it took place Saturday or Friday or today. It was always going to get 60 votes to start debate. It's a procedural vote, and that was always going to happen. Lieberman voted for it, and he's not going to vote for anything like this. He's going to join the filibuster.
CALLER: Well, that's what they say.
RUSH: I know.
CALLER: But, you know, I don't know who to believe anymore.
RUSH: Well, that's true, too. I have to give you that.
CALLER: You mentioned last week being the person to be informed.
CALLER: And that led me to read that article that you referred in the American Thinker. I read that, and that led me to read -- I'm reading right now -- The Road to Serfdom, and I am in shock and disbelief at how this is all happening again and these people are using the same words.
RUSH: They lie. They lie in the name of good intentions, compassion and fairness. They have created political correctness to censor any opposing speech.
CALLER: You know, I'm reading this book and I'm so angry again because all this information in this book is available to all these people who call themselves our leaders. They know all this! They know a little bit of socialism leads to more socialism which leads to totalitarianism.
RUSH: Wait. When you say "our leaders," do you mean Democrats and Republicans or just Democrats?
CALLER: Well, I guess I mean mainly the Democrats, but then I see Chuck Schumer on some morning show and I see him say the Republicans have no bill. And I don't know if that's true or not, but I betcha people watching think that it's true.
RUSH: See, that's just diversionary. The Republicans have ideas but that's not the plan here. The plan is to stop this. This has to be stopped. You ask, "Don't the Democrats know where they're taking us?" This is another hard one for people to believe. They know exactly where they're taking us.
CALLER: Oh, I believe it. I'm in. I believe it.
RUSH: Some people think the Democrats are delusional, that they're not going to lose seats. They're not delusional. They know exactly what they're doing.
CALLER: That's why it makes me so angry.
RUSH: They are willing to lose seats to get this passed.
CALLER: Because, you know, like you said: In the past when there have been troubled times with my husband and I with finances or whatever, I've always felt like it's going to be okay; and now I realize that I felt that way because the rest of that sentence was, "It's going to be okay because we live in America where there are second and third and fourth chances," and I hate to say this but I don't feel like that anymore. I don't feel it. I feel uneasy for my kids and for myself.
RUSH: Well, we're not quite to that point. We've got to stop health care. We do have a bunch of indebtedness. You're very right to be concerned about your kids and grandkids. This health care bill is largely a massive, massive tax increase -- which is what cap and trade would essentially be: A massive tax increase. This is still America and that means it's still worth fighting for, for you and your kids. It still is. It's why I'm here and not in New Zealand. It still is. You're doing the right thing by reading Hayek. That's a great book.
RUSH: Here is Karen in Fishers, Indiana. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, major mega Hoosier dittos. I'm a 17-year-listener. Thank you so much for all you're doing.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: You're welcome. I just wanted to call and tell you that basically I am very, very frustrated today when I'm calling Washington and I can't get an answer from anyone. I tried calling one of my senators, Evan Bayh. I live in Indiana. He's been a Senator for 11 years we have a 2,000-page health care bill floating out there, and I was told that he is "reserving judgment on it," hasn't made up his mind yet.
RUSH: Probably. May be true. This vote Saturday night was simply a formality. There wasn't going to be a Democrat that was going to vote "no" to start debate on this. I think people had unreasonable expectations about this vote on Saturday. It was always going to happen; it was a fait accompli. But they have shut the phones off. You can't get through to them. People were calling all day Friday and all day Thursday getting busy signals. The switchboard was practically shut down or overloaded. They're not talking to you. If you do get through you're going to get an ambivalent answer. "Well, he hasn't made up his mind yet. I'll get back to you," and so forth. They don't want to hear from you. They know what you think already. They know what you think, Karen. They know what 70% of the country thinks. They don't care! They're willing to lose seats to get this passed because they'll get their seats back in a couple years, they think, if they lose them in the first place.