RUSH: What's a few dead babies between friends? I mean that's really where we are here, folks, in discussing the pending government shutdown. We're talking about pennies, in addition to everything else. We are more than happy to fund Planned Parenthood. The Democrats are more than happy to fund Planned Parenthood, but they will shutdown this government if there is a rider to the continuing resolution that funds the military at war in Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq. So it's fine to pay Planned Parenthood. In fact, the regime is insisting on it, and they're calling this women's health. Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats are out there describing this as a Republican assault on women's health. Or alternately they say that the Republicans are focused on the usual social issues that the independents don't care anything about. But what it boils down to is what's a few dead babies between friends?
Obama's got no problems ordering a moratorium on drilling for oil, but he will not support a moratorium on drilling for babies. Remind me, who are the people hoping Republicans cave on a moratorium on abortion so the Obamas can take their vacation? Yeah, they're going to colonial Williamsburg. It's been a long time since they took a vacation. Rio. Yeah, it's been at least two weeks. So they got another vacation to Colonial Williamsburg. Obama's demanding this thing get settled in time so he can go to Colonial Williamsburg. He has threatened to withhold pay, compensation from our troops, but refuses to withhold money from Planned Parenthood. Now, how is that hope and change working out for you?
Eleanor Holmes "Nawton", as her name is pronounced by Al Sharpton, Eleanor Holmes Norton has called the government shutdown "the equivalent of bombing innocent civilians." She is mad because the Republicans want to eliminate federal funding for abortion. Are there any more innocent civilians than unborn babies? Are they not the essence of innocence? And in the middle of all of this, we have to understand that we're talking pennies. Sixty billion, 70 billion, a hundred billion, 30 billion, it's pennies compared to the debt. It's pennies compared to what Paul Ryan's budget is dealing with. Dingy Harry on the floor of the Senate, maybe one of the dumbest statements he's ever made, and that's a tough competition, there have been a lot of 'em. This morning Dingy Harry on the floor of the Senate told about the health risks to his wife and daughters and nine granddaughters if he agrees to the Republican cuts. Now he's one of the wealthiest guys in Searchlight, Nevada, one of the wealthiest guys in Las Vegas, one of the wealthiest guys in the country and apparently he will not spend a dime of his own money on his daughters, granddaughters, or wife's abortions. Well, because that's what women's health is in this debate. Don't think it's about anything else.
If this is offending your sensibilities it damn well should because that's what we're talking about here. The only women's health issue these clowns care about on the left is abortion but they don't dare call it that. They want to fund Planned Parenthood. Why? Planned Parenthood earns its money performing abortions. That's their definition of family planning. So no matter how serious the health threat, Dingy Harry says he will not spend a dime of his own money on his kids and grandkids' health, slash, their abortions. If the government money's cut off, they're toast. Dingy Harry's daughters and granddaughters are toast. He's not gonna take care of it. It's your job, don't you know. It's your responsibility.
Obama has canceled a campaign trip to Indiana so that he can continue to refuse to compromise on any budget plan and block any continuing resolution. Now, that's dedication, folks. He is dedicated to blocking it at all. In fact, he's so dedicated to creating a government shutdown he's even willing to give up his latest vacation to Williamsburg so he can be on hand on block any funding for US troops. He will not dare leave Washington. When there's a chance to block funding that would pay military people, he'll hang in there and make sure to block it.
The government shutdown has shut down all other stories, too, and that's a shame. The quagmire in Libya. We got a general saying we may be sending ground troops in there. Did you hear about that? Skyrocketing gas prices. How's that trade-in working for you? Even stories about the real long-term budget deficit or Paul Ryan's sensible plan to fix it, and of course Obama has got to be very thankful that everybody's sidetracked and focused on what adds up to pennies and abortion. No wonder he won't compromise. But remember, ladies and gentlemen, the media was telling us how important it is to compromise. Oh, yes. We must make sure the independents love everybody here. Compromise, we must compromise. Of course, they just mean it's important for Republicans to compromise and what that means is it's important for Republicans to give up. It's important for Republicans to cave. The news media has gone completely off the deep end with their Cassandra-like predictions of a cataclysm if there's a government shutdown.
The headlines are hilarious. I have three pages here of fearmongering headlines: "Workers Brace for Effect of Government Shutdown," AP; "Military Families Worry About Looming Shutdown," AP; "Government Shutdown Could Impact Local Weekend Events," NBC Washington; "Government Shutdown, Park Closures Would Deliver Economic Blow to Utah," AP; "Federal Government Shutdown to Cost Dayton $100M Per Week." Iran's Press TV: "US Government Shutdown to Halt Troop Pay," and they're celebrating. The Iranian news agency is reporting we don't get paid, military doesn't get paid. Doesn't Harry Reid, by the way, represent a state that has legalized prostitution? How concerned can he be about women's health?
Think Progress: "11 Ways The Tea Party-Inspired Shutdown Will Hurt The Economy." "Government Shutdown Could Hurt Housing." "Thirteen Ways the Government Shutdown Could Hurt You." "Government Shutdown Will Hurt Cape Fear Region." "Government Shutdown Could Hurt Small Business." "Government Shutdown Will Hurt Michigan's Children." "Government Shutdown Could Hurt Thousands." "Why a Government Shutdown Would Hurt Blacks More Than Most." Oh, yeah, minorities hardest hit during a government shutdown. "Government Shutdown: 13 Ways it Can Hurt You." "US Government Shutdown Could Hurt Recovery." "Does a US Government Shutdown Really Hurt American Foreign Policy?" "Report: Shutdown Would Hurt Military Families." "Government Shutdown Could Hurt Real Estate." I'm just halfway through three pages of fearmongering headlines from the media eagerly awaiting and hoping for a disaster from a government shutdown over pennies and abortion.
RUSH: The American people (those who have bought into this silly notion of a government shutdown) are being held hostage so that people can get government-funded abortions. Well, look, Obama has clearly said, he's not going to sign a compromise that would pay the military during a shutdown. He will not sign one that will do it; he will not include it as a separate bill. He won't sign that; it's a "distraction," and he won't go along for a defunding of Planned Parenthood. So Obama's position is, "I'm gonna go to the mat making sure women get federally funded abortions. I don't care whether the military gets paid or not. But, by the way, fix this so I can head to Colonial Williamsburg with my five women who hang around me."
RUSH: You gotta listen to this. Last night in Alexandria, Virginia, at a town hall, well-known Democrat Representative Jim Moran and an unidentified military vet have this exchange about a possible government shutdown and how it will affect the troops.
VETERAN: Why are you here tonight and not in Congress trying to figure out how to stop this from happening?
MORAN: This is --
VETERAN: I take exception to calling my comments "caustic."
MORAN: Oh, fine. Now I'm talking, and you can sit down when you finish!
VETERAN: I really do take exception to that --
MORAN: I'm sure you do! (huffs)
VETERAN: -- because I didn't say anything "caustic."
MORAN: All right.
VETERAN: Can you explain why the troops are not gonna get paid?
MORAN: You had an opportunity to speak. Now it's time to sit down.
VETERAN: Well, I take exception to you calling my comments "caustic."
MORAN: Sit down, please!
RUSH: That's Congressman Jim Moran telling a voter and a citizen to sit down when the citizen wants to know why troops are not going to get paid. The answer is because we must continue to fund Planned Parenthood. Now, I don't know. If you're like me, you've probably heard that the United States doesn't pay for abortions. It's called the Hyde Amendment, right? We don't pay for abortions. So what is all this? Well, it's about funding for Planned Parenthood.
"That's right, Mr. Limbaugh! That's exactly right."
This is the sometimes interrupting voice of the New Castrati.
"That's right! I interrupt you whenever it's necessary -- and we're talking women's health issues, Mr. Limbaugh! We're talking Planned Parenthood. It's extremely important and it must be funded regardless."
Right, well, what does Planned Parenthood do?
"Planned Parenthood is concerned about planning parenthood."
Right. Uh, like as in there won't be any parenthood.
"That's a wrong! That's a popular misconception!"
How is it, Mr. Castrati, that Planned Parenthood earns its money aside from government grants? It's the number one provider of abortion, and yet it gets federal money. What for? To buy staples? Letterhead? Bumper stickers and posters? So apparently the federal government is funding abortion -- and come hell or high water, they're gonna continue to fund abortion, calling it "women's health issues" or whatever.
Let's go to the phones. Why we gonna start? Theo in Woodside, California, great to have you on the EIB Network. You are up first.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'm a little nervous so you'll have to bear with me.
RUSH: All right. I'll be happy to.
CALLER: Oh, thanks. (giggles) I wanted to make a comment about Harry Reid's argument: If we have health care plan, then why do we need Planned Parenthood for women's health?
RUSH: Well, that's a great point. It's redundancy. If the Obamacare fails to get the abortion done, Planned Parenthood can come in and finish it.
CALLER: But if Harry Reid's arguing that we need it for women's health, for cancer screenings and all these various health things, isn't that what the government health plan will be doing?
RUSH: Yeah. I know. Nobody's cutting cancer screenings here. That's every bit the smoke screen as Senator Schumer suggesting that the Republicans want to cut "women's health services." It's all a smoke screen. You are exactly right. You are very perceptive.
CALLER: Well, thank you. (giggles)
RUSH: Very, very shrewd. You are exactly right. We got Obamacare out there. There's no way any of these allegations are true. It's like Jesse Jackson said this was a return to the Civil War. Have you heard that? Theo, thanks for the call. If the troops are not paid by their commander-in-chief, I have a question. If the troops still engage in battle, if they go to war and they execute the orders issued by their commanders -- if the troops are thus not paid by their commander-in-chief -- are they his slaves? What would you call it? Can those serving in the military just walk off the job? I don't think so.
So if Obama does not sign the bill to pay his troops, then it sounds sort of like forced labor to me. I mean, it's one thing, folks... We can all agree on this: It's one thing to have to pick cotton, but to be forced to risk your life overseas without being paid, that's the worst kind of forced labor to me. Are you kidding me? How can the president of the United States, on the eve of the anniversary of the Civil War -- the 150th anniversary -- threaten to withhold payment to Americans who not only risk their lives for their country but are required by law to serve or face court-martial after they volunteered? I believe desertion in wartime is still a capital offense.
But if these wars are just kinetic military operations, maybe an unpaid warrior who walks off the job only gets jail time. Because we're not the war. The regime won't say so. These are kinetic military actions. But I think the Reverend Jackson might want to rethink his Civil War analogy. I mean, it's getting ludicrous. Eleanor Holmes Norton is claiming this is the same thing as bombing innocent civilians? Jesse Jackson says the government shutdown would be a return to the Civil War? If the president refuses to fund the troops -- if the commander-in-chief refuses to pay the troops -- and congressman Jim Moran in Virginia tells a voter who wants to know why the troops aren't being paid to shut up and sit down -- and if these guys expect these troops to stay on the job -- it sure sounds like Obama has more in common with President Jefferson Davis than he does with President Lincoln.
RUSH: Let's be a little honest here, folks. Let me just perhaps verbalize what many of you are thinking. I've been thinking this ever since 1995. Won't it be a little disappointing if they don't shutdown the government? I mean, I'm hoping they do. Don't you? Don't you? I just want this thing shut down. We all know that a whole lot of the government actually won't be shut down. We also know the impact is nothing like what the liberals and the media tell us it's gonna be.
But wouldn't it be just and right if the government experiences a little bit of this recession like the private sector has? Okay, so some people aren't gonna get paid. So some people aren't gonna get a check. Welcome to the club! The private sector has been horribly impacted by this government. The private sector has horribly impacted by Barack Obama and his economic policies. The government has not been affected at all. The government has done nothing but continue to leech and grow. (interruption)
Yeah, I meant the line, Snerdley: Obama's got more in common with President Jefferson Davis in this whole mess than he ever had with Abraham Lincoln.
Damn right, and I meant to say it.
RUSH: I'll be a little bit disappointed if there's no government shutdown, been gearing up. I know, if there's a government shutdown the media's gonna be insufferable. If there's a shutdown, I mean we're gonna be looking at graphics of Boehner with horns on his head. I know all that. But they keep asking us about sacrifice. When are we gonna sacrifice for the Iraq war, they said? When are we gonna sacrifice? It's about time the government sacrificed a little. If there's one entity that never sacrifices, if there is one entity that never suffers, that doesn't hurt along with everybody in the private sector, and when you consider the government is responsible for that pain, maybe a little shared pain's not such a bad idea.
Snerdley, you look like you can't believe what you're hearing today. It's 23 years and you still act like, "I don't believe what I'm hearing today." Look, Snerdley cannot believe that I had the audacity to say that Obama looks much closer to Jefferson Davis than Abraham Lincoln. Look, if you're gonna have your military out there and demand that they put their lives on the line, and you're not paying 'em, you've got slavery. That's why I think the Reverend Jackson may want to redefine his thinking on this.
When has the government ever had any skin in the game? The government is always using our skin. Always. This is from Fox News: "In a letter to Department of Justice employees, the attorney general Eric Holder says uncertainty of the shutdown puts workers in a difficult position." Never mind that the article at Fox News goes on to say that only about 20% of Justice Department employees would face furlough under this so-called shutdown, which could last as long as two weeks, according to the department's 2011 contingency plan which was finalized yesterday. Not a single FBI official or US marshal in the field would be furloughed so we would continue to be able to watch Justified. Old Raylan, Harlan County, Kentucky, would still get paid and so the show would still be on the air.
Let's go to the audio sound bites, ladies and gentlemen. We'll start, President Obama last night, just to review all this, get us up to speed, here is Obama demanding an answer this morning.
OBAMA: What I've said to the Speaker and what I've said to Harry Reid is because the machinery of the shutdown is necessarily starting to move, I expect an answer in the morning. And my hope is is that I'll be able to announce to the American people sometime relatively early in the day that a shutdown has been averted.
RUSH: I'm sure he does hope he can announce to the American people the shutdown has been averted. Yes. I expect an answer in the morning. Well, the morning has come and gone, he didn't get one. And now everybody, from the left and the right, you can find it various blogs, newspapers, television networks, are starting to question Obama's leadership. In fact, you gotta hear this. Fineman thinks that Boehner is cleaning Obama's clock. Last night on Hardball, Chris Matthews, speaking to Fineman, Matthews said, "I feel for the guy. There's a lot of people behind him that he hasn't had to deal with before. These are not professional politicians behind him." He's talking about the Tea Party people. "Some have come in and they want to win, win, win, and not compromise."
FINEMAN: What I find interesting about this is I think in narrow sort of poker terms, Boehner is doing very well. I think he's cleaning the president's clock. I mean he's got the White House up to $35 billion or something like that.
RUSH: Jeez, $35 billion. We're talking pennies. Here is Boehner this morning talking about the federal budget negotiations, possible government shutdown, troop payment so forth.
BOEHNER: We're close to a resolution on the policy issues, but I think the American people deserve to know, when will the White House and when will Senate Democrats get serious about cutting spending? A bill that fails to include real spending cuts will hurt job growth and signal that Washington is not serious about dealing with its spending addiction. And I think the Senate should follow the House lead and pass the troop funding bill and do it today. I also believe the president should sign the troop funding bill into law. This is the responsible thing to do to support our troops and to keep our federal government open.
RUSH: Not gonna pay the troops. The regime is adamant about this, and they're also not gonna allow the defunding of Planned Parenthood. So abortions must go on. Democrat Party, President Obama, abortions must go on. But, if you're a citizen at Jim Moran's town hall and you stand up and you ask him why aren't the military gonna get paid, you'll be told to shut up and to sit down. Why doesn't the media ever remember that it was Obama who promised to cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term? They probably do. They're just not gonna report it. My question is what is he waiting for? He promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. It's time he got started on this. Yeah, paying the troops is a distraction, don't you know. This whole notion of a retired or a separate piece of legislation to pay the troops, that's a distraction.
I got an idea. Make the troops employees of Planned Parenthood. There we go. Make the troops employees of Planned Parenthood. Let's get the legislation on that rolling and then let's see 'em defund the troops. (laughing)
I checked the e-mail at the top. This is understandable. There are people who don't know who Jefferson Davis was, and depending on your age, if you're relatively young... look, you remember John Silber's survey of American textbooks, and the longest reference to Abe Lincoln they found was a paragraph. Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederacy. (interruption) Do they know what that is? He-he-he-he. Okay. That's a good question. For those of you in Rio Linda, the Confederacy, that was the South in the war against Northern aggression. They wore the gray uniforms in Gone with the Wind. (laughing) And Jefferson Davis was their president. These are the guys who got burned when Atlanta went up in flames. That's the Confederacy, and Jefferson Davis was the leader. And of course the Confederacy was the slave owners and the military representing the slave and plantation owners back in those days.
Here's Dingy Harry this morning on the Senate floor talking about women's health and a possible government shutdown.
REID: Anyone who says this debate is over abortion isn't being truthful. It's about simple health services.
REID: Republicans want to shut down the government because they think there's nothing more important than keeping women from getting cancer screenings? This is indefensible, and everyone should be outraged. The Tea Party, among others, but they are the biggest push, is trying to move its extreme social agenda, issues that have nothing to do with funding the government. They're willing, it appears clearly, to throw women under the bus, even if it means it will shut down the government.
RUSH: (laughing) The Tea Party is living rent free like I am in Harry Reid's brain. And we had a caller, Theo, earlier, how in the world? We're not defunding Obamacare here. By the way, it is Obamacare that is going to reduce the payments for women's cancer screenings, is it not? Is it not Obamacare that's gonna reduce the number of mammograms that they'll pay for? Isn't Obamacare going to reduce all these kinds of cancer screenings for women on the basis that they get too many of them, too often? Yeah. If the military all became employees of Planned Parenthood, then the left really could call the military baby killers and they'd be right for the first time.
RUSH: I checked the e-mail during the brief time-out, and man, there are some mad, angry people out there over my comment about the military being baby killers! Now, back off, you people. Let me put this in perspective. Here's the chronology. The military will not be paid if there's a government shutdown. Democrats in the Iraq war -- John Kerry, Jack Murtha, Harry Reid, any number of 'em -- called our military baby killers, terrorists. Any number of atrocities were being committed by our troops. Abu Ghraib, all of that.
Come forward to today where the regime will not sign legislation that pays the military (either separate legislation or a rider to the continuing resolution) because the Republicans are also demanding that Planned Parenthood be defunded. What does Planned Parenthood do? Kills babies. Planned Parenthood performs abortions. So all I said was, "Well, then, let's just make the military part of Planned Parenthood. Thereby they would get funded, and then we could call 'em baby killers and it would be true. It's a rhetorical device to illustrate the utter hypocrisy and how wrong and foolish the left is on this.
The Hyde Amendment. Let me try it this way. The Henry Hyde amendment, Harry Reid supported the Hyde Amendment for most of his career. Now, the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited federal funds for abortion, was essentially repealed by Obamacare. Even though it prevented federal funding of abortions, it was repealed. Obamacare repeals it. So we're returning to what used to be before Obamacare, and now they're calling that extreme? Supporting what Reid used to support now is too extreme? As usual these Democrats, the left, they're standing in quicksand as they make all of these statements.
RUSH: Matt in Ontario, California, welcome to the EIB Network. Matt, it's great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Happy Friday to you.
RUSH: Same to you, sir.
CALLER: Hey, you can't do that to me right before you come on.
RUSH: Hee-hee-hee-hee. I'm sorry.
CALLER: (laughing) Anyways, I was just wondering: You know the theory you have where everybody's knowledge of history starts at their birth?
CALLER: I was wondering: At what point did it become acceptable for elected US representatives to insult the populace? As an example, the Tea Party, or insert whatever party you want to.
RUSH: Well, the Tea Party, it precedes even the Tea Party. Try being a conservative. No, seriously. The Tea Party is --
CALLER: Try being a conservative in California. (laughs)
RUSH: Okay, exactly. You understand. I think the better question is: When did it become fashionable for members of Congress to openly disrespect their voters like Fortney "Pete" Stark does or that sound bite from Jim Moran that we have? You know, a military stands up, right?
RUSH: The military voter stands up and says, "Why aren't the military getting paid?" Shut up and sit down!
CALLER: For me personally it just keeps pushing me further right and I personally will never, ever consider anybody on the left ever again.
CALLER: It's rather despicable and I'm getting tired of it.
RUSH: Every one of you that says that, remember, now: There are people that vote for Jim Moran who just love him saying that to a military guy. They just love it!
CALLER: Well, the Kool-Aid crowd really --
RUSH: Let me tell you something: The left considers you and me a bigger enemy than militant Islam; and so when one of their elected guys come along and tells us to shut up and sit down, they are happy. So you want to know, "When did it all start? When did this open disrespect for voters and open insult to the American people start?"
RUSH: Gosh, it's hard to pinpoint it in the modern era, but it's, I think, fait accompli. It's part of the standard operating procedure of the American left and the Democrat Party.
CALLER: That I would agree with.
RUSH: I think politicians have always made fun of their voters.
CALLER: Yeah, but not openly in public like they are now.
RUSH: Well, to their core constituents they have. Look at Obama. He's out there in San Francisco, and he forgets that somebody from the Huffing and Puffington Post is there with a live mic.
RUSH: So he starts talking about the bitter clingers.
CALLER: Well, considering his intelligence, there you go.
RUSH: Let me tell you something: I don't doubt for a moment that there are elected Republicans who take my name in vain, probably many times today.