RUSH: Some updates on health care coming in just a second, but let me get a couple things out of the way here. Algore, according to a blog here by Andrew Bolt at the AustralianHeraldSun.com, is just -- well, they say here falsifying the record. I think he's lying about these Climate Research Unit e-mails. "Al Gore has studied the ClimateGate emails with his typically rigorous eye and dismissed them as mere piffle: Question: How damaging to your argument was the disclosure of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University? Al Gore: To paraphrase Shakespeare, it's sound and fury signifying nothing. I haven't read all the e-mails, but the most recent one is more than 10 years old. These private exchanges between these scientists do not in any way cause any question about the scientific consensus."
Now, here again, we are in the Universe of Lies. I mean it's just stunning. "And in case you think that was a mere slip of the tongue: Question: There is a sense in these e-mails, though, that data was hidden and hoarded, which is the opposite of the case you make [in your book] about having an open and fair debate. Al Gore: I think it's been taken wildly out of context. The discussion you're referring to was about two papers that two of these scientists felt shouldn't be accepted as part of the IPCC report. Both of them, in fact, were included, referenced, and discussed. So an e-mail exchange more than 10 years ago," blah, blah, blah, blah. At any rate, the point here is that he's lying through his teeth about this. The most recent e-mail was November. They're not ten years old. They're Unix time stamped. They go through a long period of almost ten years with the most recent e-mail being in November. We've got e-mails from an AP reporter, Seth Borenstein, who is asking the people at the Climate Research Unit, (paraphrasing) "How do I handle this journal here that's got a lot of credibility that says that you guys are full of it, how do I handle this?" We've got the media asking for advice from the hoaxers.
"These private exchanges between these scientists do not in any way cause any question about the scientific consensus." There are about 450 academic peer reviewed journal articles questioning the importance of man-made global warming. I mean the sheer number of scientists rallying against a major intervention to stop carbon dioxide is remarkable. It's like Harry Reid is doubling down on the slavery comment. It's like Dianne Feinstein says it is entirely moral that pro-life American taxpayers should pay for abortions for people who want them in this country. It's not a moral question. These people are so radical that most people do not know how to deal with this. It's clear that the Senate Republican leadership doesn't know how to deal with this in the health care fight. Delay, delay, add amendments and so forth. This is unlike anything we've ever seen before. This has to be stopped. And, by the way, do not believe these stories that Reid's close to a deal. He's not close to a deal. He's at least four votes short. He's not close.
The game plan in this health care business all along has been to dispirit you, to cause you and others like you to not even try to stop it, to protest, to show up at rallies or any of that because they want you to think it's a fait accompli, a done deal. And it's not. This is all part of the strategery. There are stories out there today, "Reid announces deal," blah, blah, blah, blah. It's not the case. In fact, the Heritage Foundation today, and the reason I'm interspersing these two is because it's the same issue. Climate change, global warming, health care, it's all the same people doing it the same way, it's the Universe of Lies. There's nothing about any of this that is real except that it might happen. But nothing that they're saying about it to advance it is real.
Now, the Heritage people: "If you are one of the few Americans who still subscribes, your morning newspaper probably has a headline like this: Democrats Reach Deal on Health Plan. Don't believe it. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is still light years away from producing the 60 votes necessary to pass Obamacare out of the Senate." And whatever he's doing on the floor of the Senate is irrelevant and whatever Republicans are doing on the floor of the Senate is irrelevant because they don't have the votes to stop Reid. Reid is trying to blame all this on Republicans not going along. He's working the back of the room trying to make deals and buy off however he has to all of these recalcitrant senators on the Democrat side. That being said, our party is in a huge mess. Do you realize we're down to having to be concerned with what Olympia Snowe or Ben Nelson does? I have to tell you how offended I am over that, that we are held hostage to what Olympia Snowe or Ben Nelson does because our leadership has blown this in not taking it on ideologically. All kinds of parliamentary steps could have been taken, and I'm not talking about reading the bill. They coulda done that, but there are all kinds of steps that could have been taken to slow this down, to stop it, and to alert and educate the American people as to what's going on here.
But as usual it's left to us in the so-called New Media to accomplish this, and the Heritage Foundation is a great help today. "The few details that have leaked out about this new 'broad agreement' only reveal just how desperate Reid is to get any bill on to President Obama's desk by the New Year," and that's what this is about. It's about Obama building a monument to himself, the Democrats believing that they lost the House in 1994 because they didn't get this passed. "As leftist columnist E.J. Dionne has frankly admitted, the December deadline is a purely political invention, created for the sole purpose of enabling President Barack Obama to point to at least one accomplishment during his State of the Union speech in January." The ramifications of the passage of this, nobody's talking about. On the Democrat side, in the mainstream, it's an utter disaster, as you and I all know.
"Details of the agreement have not been made public, and Senate Democrats are refusing to make them public, and Senate Democrats are refusing to make them public until they hear back from the Congressional Budget Office," which is also being set up for a false score to show that this is revenue neutral, deficit neutral, it might even actually reduce the deficit. How stupid do they think we are? "Judging from what little has been selectively leaked to the public, this idea deserves to die: Doubling Down on Debt: Medicare is already bankrupting our country. In 2007 alone, Medicare was forced to draw $179 billion from the general revenues of the US Treasury. ... Death Sentence for Hospitals: The Reid Health Bill already delivers a huge blow to our nation's hospitals by cutting Medicare reimbursements to hospitals by hundreds of billions of dollars. ... That is why both the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals sent alerts yesterday urging their members to oppose the new Senate deal. A government-run health care coup."
Now, one of the things they're saying today is, "We're going to get rid of the public option, we're going to get rid of the public option. That's the only way we can satisfy a senator here or a senator there." They're not getting rid of the public option. "You might think that leftists who have been dreaming about single payer, government run health care for years would be upset about the new Senate deal. They are not. The existing Medicaid expansions in the bill, and the new Senate deal Medicare expansions, are just a continuation of the left's health care agenda since the defeat of Hillarycare: Slowly expand existing government programs so that all private health care is strangled out of existence." This is what I mean when I say the Universe of Lies, it's a tsunami of them. It is a veritable tsunami of lies. It's like Obama saying yesterday, "We've seen the largest contraction to expansion of our economy in my administration in more than the last 30 years." Sorry. We're still spiraling out of control economically in the private sector. There's no indication that it's going to get any better.
Meredith Whitney went on CNBC yesterday saying the government's out of bullets, meaning there's nothing left to spend and she's worried that consumers, because of lack of available credit, are going to effectively drop out of the financial system. You've got all these houses that are underwater, foreclosures continue, and he's out there talking about the largest contraction to expansion. They're out there saying, "We struck a deal here, we're not going to have the public option." If they're not going to have a public option then there's no reason to do this. And if they're not going to have a public option that was genuinely true, then you would have Democrats all over this country livid and doing their own protests. But they're not 'cause they understand the game and what's headed here. And then Dianne Feinstein said that using tax dollars from pro-life Americans to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion is morally correct. To say that that is morally correct, I mean that is an in-your-face, that is a thumb in your eye, that is a shut up, get outta here, and stop bothering me.
"When President Barack Obama gave one of his first national health care addresses in June, he instructed Congress: 'As we move forward on health care reform, it is not sufficient for us simply to add more people to Medicare or Medicaid.'" But that's what Obamacare has turned out to be, that's the sum total of what's happening here. In the midst of these mythical $500 billion cuts in Medicare, we'll see if those things ever actual materialize as well.
A brief time-out here, folks. Glad that you are with us. Telephone number again, 800-282-2882.
One more thing. Algore was on CNN yesterday warning the two or three people that watch CNN about imminent planetary doom at the hands of his favorite bogeyman, global warming. It was just seconds before the anchorette infobabe, Kiran Chetry, reported the monster storm paralyzing travel in more than a dozen states with winter still two weeks away. He's out there, "We face imminent destruction from global warming." Thank you, Mr. Vice President, and now for the next story, Global Warming Snowstorm Algore, paralyzing the upper Midwest two weeks before winter. Every time he shows up someplace, every time, it's almost comical, every time he shows up someplace there's either an outbreak of weather that is the exact opposite of what he's talking about, he never does seem to get embarrassed. That's why they stopped calling it global warming and now call it climate change so that virtually every perceived abnormality can be said to be caused by climate change.
RUSH: Back now to Dingy Harry, audio sound bite number five. This is important. He announces a deal, but he can't expose the details. So much for transparency. This is last night in Washington. He had a press conference out there.
REID: Tonight we've overcome a real problem that we had. I think it's fair to say that the debate at this stage has been portrayed as a very divisive one, and many have assumed that people of different perspectives can't come together. But I think that what we were able to work out the last few days which culminated tonight belays that fact. We have a broad agreement. We can't disclose the details of what we've done, but, believe me, we've got something that's good and I think is very -- for us it moves this bill way down the road.
RUSH: And, of course, now, the State-Controlled Media dutifully falls in line. Politico: "Reid: Dems Reach 'Broad Agreement,'" and the broad agreement has leaked and that is the public option will be replaced by a new national insurance plan offered by private insurers. (laughing) If private insurers don't want to do it then it doesn't happen. It's all smoke and mirrors anyway. Politico dutifully steps in line. LA Times: "Senate Democrats Reach Healthcare Deal on 'Public Option.'" And there's very little clarity in this story. The national plan would be issued by some nonprofit insurer and the government would oversee the plan. A nonprofit insurer that the government oversees? Sounds like the government to me. If this unknown nonprofit doesn't materialize, and we're led to believe here that somebody, some nonprofit has to step up, then an honest up front government plan is triggered. Folks, and this is his big deal because there are Senators who don't want the public option. So Reid is saying, (paraphrasing) "Okay, we won't have a public option. What we're going to have is a nonprofit insurer that we would oversee from the private sector," but if one of those private sector insurance companies doesn't step up or if a nonprofit doesn't step up then that triggers the public option. I mean, it's ridiculous. It is absolutely ridiculous.
They do not and, by the way, the main point here is do not fall for this business that they are close to a deal, that they had a major, major bridge that they crossed. That is not the case, as the Heritage Foundation says today: If you are one of the few Americans who still subscribes, your morning newspaper probably has a headline like this: Democrats Reach Deal on Health Plan. Don't believe it. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is still light years away from producing the 60 votes necessary to pass Obamacare out of the Senate." That's what is so frustrating. The reality here is so frustrating. I hate to say this 'cause I like these people, but the Senate Republican leadership strategy here was flawed because it allowed the Democrats to take the offensive, buy time to work out a deal. I don't know. I've never been in the Senate. I've never been elected. I'm not a parliamentary expert. But I know a disaster when I see it. And I know that it's gotta be stopped, and whatever parliamentary steps are available to people who do know what they are should have been taken, every blocking tactic they had at this. Push this past the end of the year. Make sure that nothing does happen before Christmas.
I get frustrated. I know you are, too. You're probably more frustrated than I am of these old Bob Dole types. Nothing against Bob Dole but it's a different era now. They have no idea what we are facing. They act like this is just another day at the office. And maybe in a couple years Republicans will get the power back and then we'll go back and be convivial and all get along and so forth. This has to be stopped. Millions of Americans feel this way. They don't have faith in our principles. They don't have the will or energy to go on offense. I'm talking about the Republican leadership, wherever you find it. And they're incapable of explaining our philosophy or our purpose. I really believe that the way to fight this is on pure ideological terms. Liberals are liberals, and it's not helpful to them when they are so identified. They go out of their way to avoid being called liberal. They don't like it. They talk about Republican versus Democrat, voter identification, conservative versus liberal is where you need to look.
Forty percent of Americans describe themselves as conservative, 36% independents, and 20% liberal. And these independents are abandoning the Democrat Party in droves. And a key point, they're abandoning the Democrat Party without the Republican Party giving them any reason to go to them. They're just abandoning the Democrats because they don't like what they see. There's a gold mine of an opportunity here to draw distinctions and contrasts rather than offer amendments to try to improve the bill and accept the premise that this is going to happen, we just gotta make it as less damaging as we can. I want you to look at it this way. We cannot allow our party to be based on what Olympia Snowe and Ben Nelson or Blanche Lincoln may or may not do. What's smart about that? You do that, build a strong future on a foundation with unreliable keystones.
RUSH: Anyway, back to this health care business, folks, our guys do not seem to understand that this is a new era. We are fighting radicals who will stop at nothing. Our guys are still living in the Bob Dole, Howard Baker days. Look, we cannot outvote Harry Reid. We can't outvote Harry Reid, so voting on one amendment after another sends the message that compromise in a deal are fine. No, no, no, it's got to be stopped. This bill needs to be killed and you use whatever tactics you have to expose the entire game and the process that they're doing, the substance. You go down fighting, not amending. There's a new poll out and it's the Politico: "The second leg of Quinnipiac's big national poll dropped this morning -- and it shows a serious erosion of support for Congressional health reform efforts and the president's performance on the issue -- along with an all-time low 46 percent approval rating, 46-44 approval-disapproval. Voters disapprove 52-38 percent of the health care reform proposal under consideration in Congress." Only 38% support health care, and yet they claim they're doing this for the people. Fifty-two percent want no part of it.
This is Pollster.com, another poll. "Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care plan, or do you not have an opinion? Thirty-nine percent support; 52% oppose." Nobody wants it. Well, not nobody, but the vast majority of do not want it. Senator Reid, why are you doing this? Why are you doing it? Don't tell us it's for the people, for our health care and our health insurance because the jig's up, people don't want any part of this. They know what it is.
RUSH: Laurie in Phoenix, thank you for waiting, I appreciate your patience very much. Hello.
CALLER: Hi. I appreciate you taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I just have a simple question that I've asked quite a few people and haven't gotten an answer, and all it is is, if we are not going to be paying for a public option, if that's off the table, what exactly is it that we're going to be paying a trillion dollars for?
RUSH: Well, that's a brilliant question. There will be a public option. This is all smoke and mirrors when they say they've got a deal here that eliminates it because it doesn't. It sets up a government-supervised nonprofit insurance company to start selling this. The answer to your question is found in the truth. It's not a health care bill. It is a massive expansion of government bill, I think 111 new bureaucracies, 118 new bureaus are created, it's a tax increase bill. There are tax increases throughout this thing. It is just an expansion of government for the purposes of redistribution of wealth, and it's being said it's a health care bill to improve the lives of the American people and provide more access to the health care system for the American people who were denied it. It's all a sham. It's all a giant hoax just like this climate change thing is. Your question alone even without the answer is a brilliant illustration of that. If there's not going to be a public option, like Harry Reid's saying today, then what the hell do we need a trillion dollars for? What are we spending it on?
CALLER: So you didn't really answer me, either, other than just more government.
RUSH: Yeah. Well, what do you think it is?
CALLER: I have no idea. I know that I pay for my health care, I'm a breast cancer survivor, my husband works two jobs so that we don't have to go under so that I can be taken care of, and I look at the amount of money that they want to spend and I think to myself, "Well, if it's really about taking care of a person like me who really needs to have some kind of help, wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to say, you know, these 13 or 25 or 30 million people that don't have coverage, let's just start a plan for them."
RUSH: You know what? With the $200 billion of unspent TARP money, you could insure the 30 million people who are uninsured, who want it, for four or five years, maybe more. We've run the numbers on this, 28 to $30 billion a year. So you could insure them for quite a while. No, your instincts on this are exactly right. I'm shocked and saddened, however, that you claim I didn't answer your question when I thought I brilliantly dove into it.
CALLER: Well, you did on the surface, but it still doesn't tell me where the money is going. If all it is is a bunch of new government programs, then how can they possibly call it a health care program? If it's not giving health care to people, a health care program --
RUSH: I can answer that.
RUSH: Because they're leftists! Because they're Democrats, liberals lie, that's all you need to know any time they tell you anything.