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Republicans Must Decide What They Want to do When They Win

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RUSH: Brian in Albany, you're next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, hello. You are the most intuitive man on the planet, so I have two questions.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: Do you feel, with your intuition, that Boehner and McConnell have the conviction to repeal Obamacare even if we win the House and Senate?

RUSH: Here's what I actually think. I think that they are frightened that all of us are expecting them to repeal it, and they know they can't because they don't have the votes to override a veto. So they are frightened that we think they are going to have much more control of the government than they actually will. They are hoping we will be patient until the 2012 election, until Obama is hopefully defeated. They are hoping that we understand that even with big victories there's not a whole lot we can do except maybe stop or put on the brakes, the Obama agenda.

CALLER: Hm-hm.

RUSH: Because they don't have the White House. That is what my intuition tells me about where they are.

CALLER: I agree. And my other question is, intuitively speaking do you feel that Obama himself wants private industry to no longer be able to afford to provide health care so it will be a single-payer system?

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: I think your audience understands that. You've implied that, but do we need to understand that?

RUSH: Well, see, that kind of frustrates me because for a year and a half I thought I've made this pretty clear, that the whole point of everything in the health care bill is to price private sector insurance companies out of business leaving only one place to go, and that is the federal government. Obama himself, we played the sound bites of Obama back in 2003 saying, "We're not gonna get to single payer overnight, it may take 15 years, may take a while." We've played all these sound bites. We're going to have to do this piecemeal and get to the point where people will go to the federal government as last resort, because Obama knows people don't want to really have to go to the government for their health care or their insurance. Only the people he's convinced it's going to be free are going to do that. We've had a number of insurance salespeople and executives on this program call and update people on what the status of the business is at various stages of the implementation of Obamacare.

I think we've been pretty clear, but if I need to say it again and again and again, I will. The McDonald's thing, these waivers, is proof positive. If this were not an election year, there wouldn't be any waivers and these people would lose their coverage. It's just that simple. Thirty companies would not get waivers, and those employees would lose coverage, they would not have health insurance, and they would be clamoring. And somehow it would be the Republicans' fault. There would be a crisis; there would be an emergency. How we gonna get 'em coverage? I guess we'll have to speed up the federal exchanges, would be the answer, as the secretary may determine, in this case, the Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

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RUSH: Look, the way Obama's gonna get to national health care single payer is by basically being patient, having people demand it because it's all there's going to be. He's going to do the same thing with coal. He's not going to ban coal. He's not going to say coal's illegal. He's just, as he promised, gonna make it a losing proposition to go into the coal business. It's gonna cost you an arm and a leg if you want to have a coal fired plant. "If you want to do it go right ahead, but you're going to be paying me taxes like you can't believe. You're not going to make a dime and you're gonna lose millions doing it, but go ahead if you want to." That's how he's going to do it. The guy asked me, "What's your intuition on the Republicans?" and I think that they're hoping we realize that they don't have the power to control the government even after the election because they're not going to hold the White House.

One of the things that I think professional politicians are misunderstanding about this guy, and one of the reasons I think I do understand him, everybody in Washington is a professional politician, and a professional in anything thinks a certain way. A professional politician does not think outside the box. Obama is not a professional politician. Obama is a professional agitator. He is a professional revolutionary. He is a professional organizer. His handbook is Saul Alinsky, not whatever handbook inside-the-Beltway politicians use in their business. Clinton was a professional politician. Holding onto power, keeping his job was always number one, so that Hillary could then inherit his power. Obama doesn't think that way. He's not oriented to holding onto power. His mode right now is destruction. His mode, he wants to be an historic figure. He wants to rule the world. After he has worked his, quote, unquote, magic here in the United States, he wants to be asked to be secretary general or the guy that the UFO people want to meet when they land. You know, "Take me to your leader." He wants to be that guy.

Lincoln didn't think he would be reelected. He didn't care. And Obama sees himself as a new Lincoln. You have to think outside the box. In analyzing Obama, you can't put him in the professional politician box and predict what he's going to do. To understand Obama, to predict what he's going to do, you have to understand he's not a professional politician. He's got other objectives than professional politicians. And until our guys inside the Beltway understand that, until they're able to understand that Obama's not have the desires of the traditional political politician, professional politician, they're not gonna understand what's happening.

Marty in San Antonio, Texas, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you today?

RUSH: Very well. Thank you.

CALLER: Good. I've been a fan for going back like 15 years since the Clinton years.

RUSH: God bless you.

CALLER: I know. And guess what? I'm from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

RUSH: Are you really?

CALLER: I am, born and raised, and a Steeler fan since I could walk. But what I wanted to ask you about was basically what I call the relevancy of Congress.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: And to me that means -- and I think a lot of people don't think about that -- and that is, they're hoping that we take the Congress and the Senate back. And let's say that we do. So then what happens? They have all these expectations. And you were giving an example just before, you know, with what you were just saying. Let me give the example of like the student loans. The financial purse strings are held in Congress' hands, and with this Democratic Congress, they just gave that power away.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: And I know that a lot of times Congress has given away their power. That goes back to I believe Nixon, if not before then, and that has happened in many administrations. So what I mean by that is, even if we do take both houses back, with Obama doing the czars and a lot of the power being given to them, even if we do take it back, what is the relevancy of Congress going to be?

RUSH: That totally depends on what the Congress wants to make of itself. The Constitution is the Constitution. And if the Republicans who then own Congress want to hold Obama's feet and everybody else to the Constitution, then their powers will be theirs, even if Obama has usurped 'em. As you say with these czars and everything else. It just depends on what they want to do. It depends on what their objectives are. The House controls the money. Obama still doesn't have control of that. All spending bills, all tax bills still originate in the House of Representatives. Some people have asked me, "Well, Rush, couldn't they defund, not pay for some of Obama's health care provisions?" Yeah, they could. Will they? I don't know. If they try that, can you imagine? Nothing's gonna change in this regard. The Democrats and the media are going to be all over 'em. They're going to be the biggest baby killers, they're going to be starving more kids, there's going to be school lunch plan cuts all over again. You're gonna hear Republicans want to cut your Social Security, want to kick you out of your house, all of that's coming.

So it just depends on what their own agenda is and what their mettle is. They're not going to be irrelevant. Obama still had to go to them to get the spending for his stimulus bill. The Democrats gave it to him because they're in the same party. I don't care what question I am asked about this, what I think they're going to do with health care, whether they're gonna repeal it, are they going to be relevant or what have you, it all is up to them. We have a Constitution. Are we gonna hold the president's feet to it? Are we gonna start investigating some of this stuff that's happened? Are we gonna investigate the money going to the czars and what they're doing with it? I mean, if Darrell Issa wants, he can go to town on this. There could be endless investigations. It just depends what they want to do with it and what they think their mandate is after they win the election, which they're always looking forward to the next one, by the way.

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RUSH: Paul in Delray Beach, Florida. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, congratulations on your wedding. I thought Family Guy was awesome. Look, I'm a guy out here, a conservative guy, I'm with two-thirds of the country that are giving the Republicans a mandate to go and stop this guy, and then I tune into your show today, and it's clear to me that the Republicans really don't know who this is. And if they don't know who it is, how are they gonna formulate strategies to beat 'em?

RUSH: They know he's gotta be stopped, they know who he is. When I say that they're putting him in a professional politician box, I only mean in the sense they're looking at him as somebody who's gonna change and moderate his liberalism, because he's gonna want to be reelected. This is their theory in 2012. I don't think that's the case. I think he's gonna try to ramrod whatever.

CALLER: I'm with you. I think that's right on.

RUSH: They're just concerned that those of us who send them into Washington with these great majorities understand that they can't really overturn anything, roll anything back until they get the White House. They're not saying they're not going to stop it.

CALLER: I'm not worried about them not being able to do it. I'm worried about them not being willing to do it. I think about the budget battle in 1995, I think about power sharing. I mean these are not happy memories of the last Republican mandate.

RUSH: Well, if it makes you feel any better, the ranking Republican to whom I spoke today, I brought up that '95 budget battle, and I said, "They're gonna do it to you again. They're gonna let you exhibit the fiscal responsibility that they know has to happen, they're gonna blame you for it, they're gonna accuse you of starving kids with a school lunch cut and Social Security." I said, "You better have a plan better than you had in '95 dealing with it." The plan in '95 was nobody's going to believe this, who's gonna believe we want to starve kids? Well, by the time they had kids in New Orleans writing letters saying, "I'm starving, why won't you let me eat lunch," and so forth, look, they get it, they get it. And I think they're gonna surprise you, especially if this victory's as huge as it is. They know that it's not going to be this Pledge that's attracting the votes. It's helpful, but be confident. I am. This is just the first step of many of these steps that's going to have to happen. One election, and after this election's won, it's gonna get hard. The other side is just not gonna go away. They're not gonna say, "Oh, God, the country doesn't love us anymore, please forgive us." They're gonna ratchet it up. Always happens. Be ready. Be prepped.

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RUSH: Let me try to put this in perspective. Rolling back, not just Obama, but the Democrats of the last 50 years, folks, rolling this back is gonna take a long time, a lot of hard work, and it's going to be intense. It's going to be the intensity of football with a 162-game schedule instead of 16. That's how intense this is going to be. People take it seriously. So this is step one in November. It'll happen.

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