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Pelosi: We Must Pass Obamacare So Artists Can Quit Their Day Jobs

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RUSH: Pelosi was talking about how artists and photographers will now be able to quit their jobs if we pass health care. (laughing) This is what they're fighting for.

PELOSI: Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or, eh, a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance, or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk but not [be] job-locked because a child has asthma or someone in the family is bipolar. You name it. Any condition is job-blocking.

RUSH: So this is what the Democrats are fighting for. They're fighting for you not to have a job and still have health care so you can pursue your entrepreneurial risk of writing, painting, taking pictures. It's just such a pain in the rear end to have to have a job. It's so damn mean of this country to require people to have a job. It stifles people. It stifles creativity and economic growth to require people to have a job, to have health care. What a country. Man, are we horribly rotten mean to people. So Pelosi says go ahead, health care will allow people to quit their jobs and write, take pictures and paint while the rest of us work to pay for it. While the rest of us work to pay for these... never mind.

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RUSH: Now, I want to play this sound bite again from Nancy Pelosi. This is what Democrats are fighting for. Nancy Pelosi, this idiot Pelosi, thinks this country is Woodstock or Moscow or something. Listen to this.

PELOSI: Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or, eh, a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance, or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk but not [be] job-locked because a child has asthma or someone in the family is bipolar. You name it. Any condition is job-blocking.

RUSH: So they're fighting for people to be able to quit work while the rest of us pay for their health care while they go out and be artists and photographers and tend to bipolar kids with asthma or what have you, and we're going to pay for this. This idiot thinks this is Woodstock. I mean, it's right out of the San Francisco mentality. It's just breathtaking here.

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RUSH: I still can't get over this sound bite number four. Listen to this again.

PELOSI: Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or, eh, a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance, or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk but not [be] job-locked because a child has asthma or someone in the family is bipolar. You name it. Any condition is job-blocking.

RUSH: At least one of Pelosi's 25 kids or however many she has is a documentary filmmaker. One of her kids is a documentary filmmaker. I forget her name. (interruption) Yeah, it's the one that hassled and tailed Bush around during the 2000 campaign. (laughing) She really... I mean, she thinks of the country as Woodstock or as San Francisco.

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RUSH: Folks, we can time travel. Remember how I opened this program. In Greece, austerity cutbacks coming to a state near you, by the way. The media walked off the job to join the protest. Even uniformed police walked off the job to join the protest in uniform. Now, if you live in five or six states, probably more, you're not going to get your income tax refund this year for many, many months. All the while, you have to watch Washington pass health care reform, which is going to add to your taxes like you can't believe. They're going to be taking more money from you, denying you your overpayment, your refund at the state level, and guess what? Another reason why we will not hear the words health care reform after if Obama signs it is because what's up next? Immigration, amnesty and what does that mean? That means adding 25 million illegals to the health care rolls paid for by all of us, except for those who want to quit their jobs to become artists and filmmakers while the rest of us pay for their health care benefits. Why don't we just give them food and water, too, in addition to health care, if they're going to quit their jobs to follow their dream.

Back in the Depression in Hollywood do you remember the movie Holiday starring Cary Grant? Old, old movie. During the Depression they made movie after movie all about dropping out of the capitalist system to find yourself. Yes, you can look it up. All kinds of movies. Just drop out during the Depression, see what capitalism has done for you, just drop out and find yourself. So history repeats, cycles repeat, and it's all out there. So the question now, if this thing passes, Obama signs it and nobody wants it, what happens? Let's go to Greece. What happens? And then who joins who? I, for one, am going to be fascinated to watch.

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RUSH: Listen to Pelosi again. Oh! I got a note from my buddy Vince Flynn when he heard this. Let me find it. I want to print it out real quick. Vince has an interesting story about this. Here's Pelosi. This is from last night on MessNBC.

PELOSI: Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or, eh, a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance, or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk but not [be] job-locked because a child has asthma or someone in the family is bipolar. You name it. Any condition is job-blocking.

RUSH: I get angrier each time I hear it. So quit work. Indulge your fantasies. Become an artist or documentarian, photographer, what have you -- and let the rest of us pay for your health care bill. And, by the way, while you're out there finding yourself, if you happen to get pregnant and want to have an abortion, no worries! We'll pay for that, too. But I want to focus on something here. "Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance." Now, one of the things that Obama has promised is that you will not lose your coverage. If you like it, you'll be able to keep it. Here is Pelosi admitting: If you're able to quit your job and have "free," quote-unquote, health coverage, who is hell is providing it for you? Government.

Pelosi inasmuch as confirmed single-payer, public option, universal health care in this quote, while she's attempting to establish solidarity with the nation's freeloaders! She's encouraging the freeloaders to freeload. Isn't it such a shame that this country requires people to work to have health care? How inhumane is that? So we're going to enable you to quit! If you want to dabble sitting there writing things, taking pictures or painting garbage that nobody will ever be able to understand, go for it! And we'll give you your health care. And, by the way, when the 25 million illegals get amnesty? Hey, they're going to join you! We'll be paying their health care too. All the while the states are withholding your income tax refunds. All of this is your money. It's mind-boggling.

In Detroit, they're going to level the place just like Mao did. They're going to level blighted areas and turn it into farms, and they're going to tell people where they have to move. It's amazing. Vince Flynn sent me a note. "You know, Rush, when I was writing my first novel a friend told me I should apply for a grant from the government that was offered to support starving artists. I can't tell you how much this deeply offended me. I told her in very clear language..." and I know what Vince Flynn clear language is. "I told her in very clear language that I thought it was ridiculous to think that other Americans ought to pay for me to chase my dream. Anybody who understands pride and self-determination gets this. So I bartended at night, I wrote during the day, and I paid for my own damn insurance. I didn't expect anybody else to pick it up for me, and now we've got the Speaker of the House encouraging people to just check out!"

Just move to Haight-Ashbury. Just be done with it. Move out there and start painting murals or whatever you want to do, and all of your neighbors will come up and pay for your health care for you.

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RUSH: Oliver in Wichita. Great to have you on the program. Nice to have you here.

CALLER: Thank you very much. Thank you for doing the work, and I think you're more of a journalist than anybody else out there.

RUSH: Well, be careful, because I laugh, and journalists don't smile.

CALLER: Well, I know. I know you always say you're an entertainer, but I think you're more of a journalist because what you're saying I believe to be the truth.

RUSH: I appreciate that. Thank you very much.

CALLER: Well, here are the facts. I'm 27 years old. I've been on the taxpaying workforce for ten years. I've been living on my own for nine years. Everything I've ever bought I've earned, even health care. I mean, I've paid myself with cash. The only debt I have alone is my car. My point is, I'm an artist. I trained for three years at the Actor's Lab here in Wichita, Kansas, with Tracy Sloat to be an actor. I wanted to be an actor since I was five, and I paid for that tuition with my own money. I would love to move to New York and I would love to pursue my craft full time, but I'm not going to do so until I can save up the money making an honest living to do that -- and even when I move there, I will even get a job to supplement my income because savings, like a stimulus, does not last forever. I don't know why Pelosi would even say something like that. I mean, I wish she would stop to pursue art.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: You know, it would be terrible for the art community, but it would be great for our country.

RUSH: You're great! How old are you? How old are you, Oliver? Right, you're twenty-seven. When you tell people that you have paid your own way on all these things, are they proud or do they think you're "out of touch" and you don't know what life is really like in this country anymore?

CALLER: They think I'm proud, and they actually say, "I don't know anybody like you." (laughing)

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: They're usually adults. Actually, a son that works for the owners of the company I work for, he recently just got on unemployment. He quit the job to get unemployment to get about $460 a week, and he doesn't know why everybody doesn't get on unemployment so they can go to school or hang out. He wants to go, like, on a vacation every single month. He's in Cancun right now. He doesn't get why people don't do that. I'm like, "Well, because some people understand what this country was made and founded on."

RUSH: Oliver, have you ever said to this guy, "Zeke," or whatever his name is, "Zeke, have you ever stopped to think that it's people like me paying you to do nothing like this? Have you ever stopped to think that maybe you are stealing from everybody? You're capable of getting a job and you refuse to do it. You're going on vacation. Does it ever occur to you that it's people like me who are making it possible for you, and you don't even say 'thanks'?"

CALLER: Yeah. I've said that to other people. I didn't say it to him because things are tenuous at my job right now. He's the owner's son. And to be honest I was just in the position to lose my job and collect unemployment.

RUSH: Wait a second!

CALLER: But I fought really hard to keep it.

RUSH: Hold it!

CALLER: So that I didn't have to get unemployment.

RUSH: He's the owner's son?

CALLER: He's the owner's son, and he has quit every job there, like every department, to go to another one because he complained about it. He doesn't like it. He didn't like what it was about and everything. But he complained and everything. And they gave him another job, another job, another job to be here. Now he just quit to take unemployment because he wasn't making enough money.

RUSH: Good Lord.

CALLER: I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job (crosstalk) now.

RUSH: He doesn't even have the courage to sponge off his own father! He's got to sponge off the rest of us. This really offends me. The owner's kid quits every job and then signs up for unemployment. He ought to be sponging off his own dad! I know you can't say that; your job's tenuous. This guy really has no character. Zilch, zero. Nada.

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RUSH: Lynn in Delaware. Great to have you on the program.

CALLER: Hi. Are you there?

RUSH: Yeah, right here.

CALLER: Such a joy to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: I just wanted to say that I think Pelousy is speaking to the lowest common denominator of our society. And I loved the e-mail from Vince Flynn. I think he speaks for more of us than Pelosi in our pride in our country, and I completely agree with you that the outrage over this healthcare bill will not wait until November. The Tea Party Express is already on the road, and by April 15th it's going to make last year's protests with over a million people --

RUSH: The tea Parties are having rallies all over the country, one in Georgia, one over in Tampa on April 15th, tax day. They're going to have tens of thousands of people at these things. So, Snerdley, if you want to send in a report on how the Democrat Party has totally destroyed the black family as a human rights violation, do it. And if you want to send in a report that the Democrat Party is lining up seasoned citizens to have their health circumstances reviewed by death panels, feel free. Go right ahead. Just sign it Bo Snerdley when you send it in there, because citizens can do this.

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