RUSH: "The Occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol Continues for a Third Day." Those are not my words. That's the headline of a story in the Communist Party USA's People's World website, and according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the AFL-CIO national president Richard Trumka is expected to join thousands of demonstrators at noon in Wisconsin today. That's sorta like the head of the Muslim Brotherhood showing up at Tahrir Square in Cairo. A check of headlines around the world is very upsetting. It is not comforting. None of this was supposed to happen. It was all supposed to be sweetness and light out there. Love and cherish, utopia, was supposed to have settled in by now. But it hasn't happened.
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It is amazing to look at this. This is the tipping point. It has been reached. "The Occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol Continues for a Third Day," and Richard Trumka, doing his best impersonation of the Muslim Brotherhood, is showing up in Madison himself today at 12 noon. Ladies and gentlemen, let me ask you some questions. Have any of you heard how poorly paid Wisconsin teachers are? Why haven't we heard that? That's right: Because they're not poorly paid. If the Wisconsin teachers are poorly paid, the media would be plastering their salaries and benefit schedules and pension plans all across TV news and the front page of every newspaper.
But they aren't doing that because the Wisconsin public sector salaries are way out of line compared to most people in the private sector. They cannot paint pictures of hardship. By the way, we always hear about liberals and everything they do is "for the children." Does this constitute "for the children"? Does this not look like a bunch of bullying to you? I thought we were teaching in schools about bullying and how not to be bullies and what to do if you are bullied -- and who now are the bullies? The Democrats, the leftists, their media supporters, the union members! Wisconsin has more than 300,000... Now, listen to this: Wisconsin has more than 300,000 public sector employees.
Now, reportedly many of them, such as teachers in Madison, get health care benefits worth more than $22,000 a year -- "free," quote, unquote. "Free," meaning they don't pay much for it, and that's one of the changes that the governor wants to implement: Have 'em pay a little bit of their own health care benefit. There are 300,000 public sector employees, many of them teachers with health care benefits worth more than $22,000 a year. You do the math. Just health care benefits: $22,000 times 300,000. Speaking of the media, where are all the headlines about the protesters in Wisconsin throwing a "temper tantrum"?
We always hear about Tea Party temper tantrums, voter temper tantrums. Here we have one. We have a genuine, petulant, immature, tireless bunch of bottom-feeder freeloaders acting in a temper tantrum. The unions in Washington are hiding behind "the children," the unions in Wisconsin are hiding behind "the children." They're using children as human shields, just like leftists and terrorists always do. Whoa! How else would you describe this? I have to admit, I'm seeing all these demonstrators and the kind of people involved... Now, I don't really hope this but I'm saying this to make a point. What would happen if the unions win and Governor Walker's reforms get defeated?
Then the unions won't be protected from layoffs as Mr. Walker has promised. Look, they have a balanced budget amendment that they have to abide by in the state of Wisconsin. If they don't get this, if this deal goes down, they are gonna be a lot of these people laid off rather than accept having to pay a little bit for their benefits. A lot of these people who are out screaming in Madison will lose their jobs if they win. There will be layoffs. And Walker's not backing down. We got the audio sound bites coming up. Have you heard Walker blame his predecessor? Have you heard Walker talk about the rotten situation he inherited, like our boy-child President Barack Obama always do?
Scott Walker's predecessor, the previous governor, left him a $3.6 billion budget deficit. Obama would be blaming his predecessor all day long in every public statement that he made, and the media would show Obama nothing but sympathy and would join the chorus: "Oh, how woe is Obama!" Oh, how woe is Scott Walker. Well, the difference is Walker's a Republican. He doesn't have time to blame anybody; he's gotta fix it. And the media would not be on his side anyway. Speaking of Obama, Obama has clearly taken the side of the union. "Obama Backs Union Uproar." The United States president is now interceding in a state matter. You know, folks, it's almost so that he wants a civil war of this nature.
It's almost as though he wants this unrest so that maybe he can pretend to be Abraham Lincoln and solve it and fix it. He's probably got his version of the Madison Address written, as opposed to the Gettysburg Address. Who knows? But Obama's constantly telling everybody: "We all have to make concessions in these difficult times. We all have to make sacrifices. Everybody has to have some skin in the game." Well, apparently he means everybody except the unions or any of the Democrat foot soldiers who might help him get reelected. They're having protesters bussed in from all over the country here. Ohio is next, Kentucky is next, Tennessee is next.
That's why this is the tipping point. Obama says Wisconsin balancing its budget is an assault on unions. Obama says Arizona protecting its citizens is an assault on federal law. Only a Central Planning authoritarian thinks this way. What's at issue here is an assault on states' rights -- and Barack Obama, the president of the United States, is leading the charge in the assault on states' rights. I've got a story here: The media is all concerned about the Republican "assault on Obama's budget." Let me tell you: The real assault is on Wisconsin; the real assault is in Arizona; and future assaults, federal assaults on states' rights are right around the corner.
From his unconstitutional mandate forcing individuals to buy government-approved health insurance, to suing Arizona, from smearing a police officer, to organizing unions, to agitate against the duly-elected state governor of Wisconsin, we have a pattern here of bullying and a flagrant disregard for states' rights being exhibited by Barack Obama. It's no wonder 26 states have sued the regime to protect themselves from Obamacare. The president is determined to run the country from the White House, and these puny Republican state governors are not to interfere. The great constitutional scholar, "Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" not only ignores rulings from the judicial branch, he ignores states and their laws.
Apparently, they didn't teach federalism in community organizing school, which is where Obama has his real degree. Look what's going on in Madison. Look at it. It's a perfect example of community organizing. It's a perfect example of community agitation. This is what we elected. We elected a guy who thinks Saul Alinsky was a Founding Father. Obama is organizing and encouraging teachers walking off their jobs; bullying everybody, forgetting the children. He's giving thousands of students a Get Out of Class Card because Democrats got shellacked in November, and this from a man who lectured the nation while making political hay after a tragic shooting spree by a madman.
Here's what he said: "At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds. If, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not -- but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation in a way that would make them proud."
Well, I guess we've forgotten about the dead in Arizona. We've forgotten about making them proud. We've forgotten about all this talk about civility. We have forgotten every word about it. Whoever wrote the memo and whoever distributed it, whoever read it, has forgotten it. Now bullying is being encouraged. Assaults on a state government are being encouraged. Cowardly Democrat senators flee the state of Wisconsin for a bar! A bar in Illinois! Maybe those Democrat senators who fled the state in the short yellow bus were confused. Maybe they thought that yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day is really March 17th, as you know.
But did you see where it was reported by the local news in Wisconsin that the senate Democrats there ended up in a bar across the border in Illinois with a leprechaun? They weren't running away. They were just feeling particularly Irish yesterday. So make of it what you will, but these cowardly Democrat senators get on a bus, leave town, leave the dirty work to a bunch of bussed-in agitators, and head to a place where they serve adult beverages across state line in Illinois while the president intercedes once again in a state matter, just as he has in Arizona. All of this talk post-Arizona was a bunch of BS (Barbra Streisand) meant to censor those who oppose our agitator-in-chief.
Well, let you and the American people see who the radical left is again. We saw 'em when they bribed senators to pass an unconstitutional health care law the American people don't want. We saw them when they took tax dollars to create a slush fund for their union foot soldiers (i.e., the stimulus bill). We saw them when they shut Republicans out of the House and Senate for two years. We saw the president appoint radical after radical as a "czar" to run our lives without benefit of confirmation hearings. So what we have on display is community organizers versus the American people and parasitic public sector unions against the people who pay them. It's parasitic public sector unions against the people who pay them. So let's play this out now.
The President wants to play petty political games with the budget to its shut the government down -- make no mistake, he does -- so that his State-Controlled Media can distract the nation from his economic and foreign policy failures? This country is in a mess. He promised the opposite. It is in an absolute, free-fall mess, defined as Barack Obama as normal. This is his comfort zone. This is what community organizers do before they remake their target. This is a political fight. It's gonna go on in state after state after state. This is a political fight the American people will win. The American people will not be distracted from the reality of Obama's games and his failures. The American people know that Barack Obama is not "the Gipper." He's not the "Comeback Kid." They know he has not moved to the center. Barack Obama is on his way to the bottom.
RUSH: You know, ladies and gentlemen, for decades -- I'm into my third decade hosting this program now -- we've been saying that all of this would eventually happen if there was no stopping this runaway train of liberalism; this constant, never-ending claim on more and more of public money, more and more public budgets. If there wasn't a stop put to it, we would eventually get to days of reckoning like this.
So those of us on the right have gone about trying to fix this in the correct, civil, constitutional manner. The first thing we did was write letters, sent e-mails, faxes. We made telephone calls, talked to our elected officials, went to town meetings. When that didn't work, we gathered to march and protest in unthreatening, polite ways -- and watched ourselves be denigrated, impugned, lied about, infiltrated, and the like. When that didn't work, we supported, financed, and got people elected who promised to fix this mess. Meanwhile, we took our objections to the court system, as in the case of Obamacare.
Half the states have now sued the federal government on Obamacare. We've done all this the way we're supposed to have done it, within the confines of the Constitution and the rule of law. The Democrats, the media have done nothing but ignore, lie about, demoralize, demonize, demean, and marginalize all of this effort over two years. Every effort has been made to impugn and lie about who Tea Party people, for example, are and what they're doing and what their objectives are. In the meantime, the real rabble-rousers, the real bullies, the people who are encouraging violence are on the left; vote Democrat.
They do all of this outside the bounds of civil discourse, and they're very happy and proud. They seem like they're eager for a civil war here, and their president seems to be encouraging all of this, which is why they feel enthused and emboldened. Is Governor Walker gonna try to sneak through his reforms on Christmas Eve when everybody's out of town during a lake duck session? Illegal use of the budget reconciliation process? Everything I've just described is how the Democrats got Obamacare through. Nobody wanted it. They had to lie about what's in it. They had to lie about what they were doing. They had to be extra-constitutional in their efforts to get it done. And all the while, we have to hear how the Tea Party, the "tea baggers" are the ones who pose a threat to, quote, unquote, "our constitutional way of life."