RUSH: House Democrats in Indiana have just fled the state. Indiana House Democrats have just fled the state to avoid a budget vote. They are "leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation," this from the Indianapolis Star. "A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana. The House [went] into session this morning, with only two of the 40 Democrats present. Those two were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don't do anything official without quorum."
"House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation..." Illinois and Kentucky are where they're headed. Democrats are fleeing. Democrats are on the run. Folks, remember after the November election I made mention of just how deep that election victory was at the state level, local level, statehouses. It is now coming home to roost, if you will -- and just a friendly reminder to the Democrat Party in Wisconsin. It was back in 2003 that Democrats in Texas, their representatives, ran to Oklahoma to high from a vote. The Democrats held a majority in the Texas House at that time: 88 seats to the Republicans' 63 seats. The Democrats had a majority in Texas when they ran away in 2003.
Today, the Democrats have 49 seats in Texas. The Republicans have 101.
Now, you Democrats... See, here's the thing, folks. They're showing you. All of you Democrat voters, they're showing you what's important to them. This is a frightening moment for any elected official. These Democrats in Wisconsin, Democrats in Indiana (and it will happen in Ohio, too) are faced with representing the voters or representing their donors -- and in their case they're siding with their donors: The union leaders, public-sector unions. Whatever they want is what the Democrats are going to do. That will take precedence over what voters, including Democrat voters, want. So it's not just those of you who vote Democrat. Those of you who are independent, those of you who vote, those of you who are participators in the American political process, take a look here. Democrat senators, legislators, are fleeing. They're running away, off the job, in Wisconsin and Indiana.
They're not representing you. They're representing their donors.
RUSH: American voters, a question for you. Look at me. 1995. Budget shutdown. Horrible thing! If you listen to Democrat senators, if you listen to Democrats, the 1995 budget shutdown was absolutely horrible. "How dare Newt Gingrich and the Republicans engage in that! How dare they? Why, even the sleigh ride concession at Yellowstone Park got shut down, and government employees -- those precious, most precious of Americans, government employees -- did not get their Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys, all because Republicans shut down the government." Fine. Who's shutting down the governments in Wisconsin and now Illinois? It's the Democrats -- and let me ask you voters this.
When is the last time Democrats ever ran out on your behalf? When is the last time Democrats anywhere ran off the job, simply left, on your behalf? Don't say Texas. In Texas, they ran out because they wanted to stop the Republicans from drawing the new districts, redistricting in Texas. In Wisconsin and Indiana, they're running out, they're walking off the job, they're fleeing, they're hiding. They are cowards! Not only are they leaving the state, they're going to "undisclosed locations." Why? Not for you. It's exactly what FDR warned about. Democrats in state legislatures are walking off the job in loyalty to union leaders.
They are walking... I cannot say this enough: They're walking off the job in expressed loyalty to their donors, the special interests, if you will. Not you. When is the last name they did anything for you? Look at who really matters to them? Not "the little guy." You're the little guy. You are paying these public sector union people. You are paying their salaries, you are paying their pension, you are paying their health care, you are paying their retirement. They are refusing to show up to work, and who sides with them against you, the little guy? Democrats, in Wisconsin and now Indiana. Ask yourself: When was the last time these Democrats were ever this loyal to you?
This is precisely what Franklin Delano Roosevelt was warning about. By every measure -- by every and any measure -- our public school graduates are as dumb as a bag of hammers. Now, if you or I failed at our jobs as badly as teachers in the public school system clearly have failed, not only would we be fired, we wouldn't be talking about lifetime pensions and health care benefits paid for by somebody else. We might be put in jail for fraud, for taking money under false pretenses. "What are you talking about, Mr. Limbaugh?" This! " Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education..." Not according to me. Not according to Sarah Palin.
But according to Obama administration: "Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest. In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009 -- the latest year available -- only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a 'proficient' rating while another 2 percent earned an 'advanced' rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below 'proficient,' including 44 percent who earned a rating of 'basic' and 22 percent who earned a rating of 'below basic.'"
They're not even teaching kids to read! They're on strike. Doctors are writing them phony medical excuses. They don't care about the children. They don't care about YOU. The senators, the elected officials? I think "donor" is too kind a word. They're not being loyal to their donors; they're being loyal to their paymasters! The reason these Democrats are fleeing cowardly, running away from their jobs in Wisconsin and now Indiana is because they fear the unions, their paymasters. They are telling you who they really think is responsible for them holding office, and it ain't you, and it's not your vote. It's union money.
That's to what they must be loyal. Not you. I don't care what anybody else tells you; you can watch the Drive-By Media, you can watch the State-Controlled Media, you can watch 'em try to spin this all day long, but in the rooms behind the closed doors -- in the deep, dark crevices of the minds of the upper echelon of the Democrat Party -- there is abject fear, because the jig is up here. Everybody can now see what's going on. What's left is the power play. Will the unions be able to hold onto this arrangement after everybody has figured out now what it is? That the teachers are not about the kids, that they're not about education. They are about the union, which is about the Democrat Party.
Folks, this is serious. I cannot emphasize: This is a potential Armageddon for the entire relationship of organized labor (public sector organized labor, SEIU, Trumka, AFL-CIO, you name it) and the Democrat Party, and are they just going to sit around and let their Armageddon to them? They're not. They're not gonna say, "Well, it was good while it lasted. We really scored big time while we were able to." This is their link to power. This is their link to money. A lot of liberals run around and tell you they do what they do for the decency and goodness of it. "It's not about money." It's always about the money.
Particularly people who tell you it's not about the money, it's always the money -- and believe me not only is this about the money, it's about easy money. This is about lifetime pensions; lifetime health care benefits; salaries that are, on average, double what people in the private sector make. For doing what? Nothing more than having a relationship with the Democrat Party, a mutual back-scratch arrangement. It's the reason the Reverend Jackson has any power and the Reverend Sharpton. They have jobs to do? Turn out a certain percentage of the black voter every four years to the Democrat and they get a table or a seat at the table at Democrat Party power. Same thing with that... What's that clown's name?
Ah, the guy that replaced Norman Lear at the People for the American Way, whatever this goofball's name? (interruption) No, not Ed Asner. I can't forget the guy's name. But his job, too, is like the civil rights coalitions: They exist for a specific reason; they have power because it's granted to them by the Democrat Party for voter turn out and fundraising. This is a serious moment of truth here -- and Governor Walker, by the way, is brilliant in making his distinctions between private sector unions and public sector. He's doing a great job of letting the private sector union people know this isn't about them. He's got no brief for them on this. That's not what he's doing. Two-thirds of Wisconsin public school eighth graders cannot read proficiently.
The teachers walk off the job because they want to be paid handsomely for the rest of their lives for this kind of absolutely horrible work! Can we talk about the merit in all of this at some point? I've heard people make comparisons to Cairo. In fact, I think I've got an audio sound bite somewhere here in the stack. It's some Democrat saying that the people of Cairo are at one with the people with of Madison and that the people of Cairo are sending a message to the people of Madison, Wisconsin, to hang in there. Well, again, let me shine the light of truth: Madison, Wisconsin, is not the next Cairo, Egypt. If anything, Madison, Wisconsin, is the anti-Cairo. The people we see protesting in Madison are the Mubarak apparatchiks who are trying to hold onto their privileges, despite the will of the people who are being exploited to pay for them.
The people protesting and in the streets in Wisconsin are not the equivalent of the people in the street in Cairo. The people who are protesting and who are in the streets in Wisconsin are the equivalent of those people living with Mubarak and working with and for Mubarak. The people in Wisconsin in the streets are trying to hold onto privileges. They were trying to hold onto that special status of government worker that says "elite." They have nothing in common whatsoever with the people in the streets at Tahrir Square (which is a circle) in Cairo. Again, the people we see protesting in Madison are the equivalent of Hosni Mubarak apparatchiks who are trying to hold onto their privileges despite the will of the people who are being exploited to pay for them.
Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, the state of Virginia does not allow their public sector workers to unionize? They don't. In fact, Virginia... It's interesting to note here, Virginia does not allow public sector workers to unionize, and Virginia is currently running a budget surplus. Virginia is cutting taxes. Now, is there a lot of starvation and other suffering being reported from the public sector employees in Virginia? Are they dying in the streets? Are there roads in Virginia? Are the hospitals open? Are people able to get food in Virginia? Yes, they are. In other words, the world has not come to an end because public sector employees are not unionized in Virginia. They aren't, they're not allowed to be, and yet Virginia is currently running a surplus and cutting taxes with a Republican governor.