RUSH: Let me tell you what this Kabuki dance is leading up to. At least this is one of the many things I think it's leading up to. The news media, the Democrat Party, as you know, in unison, Fox News, everybody, Friday night, all weekend, "What a big win for Boehner. What a huge embarrassing defeat for Obama. Why, the man of the hour is John Boehner. Why, why, I mean there's no question about it." And, if that's the case, you can bet that it's not the case. Grab audio sound bite number one, just to illustrate. We have a little montage here just to remind you of how the media was reporting all this.
GOLER: Many analysts say that the winner was Speaker John Boehner.
WITT: John Boehner being a winner.
MCALLISTER: I think John Boehner was a big winner.
BROWNSTEIN: That is a big win. John Boehner was able to get a pretty good deal for them.
HARWOOD: John Boehner, everybody is pronouncing him the biggest winner.
AMANPOUR: This government shutdown deal was a victory for, by and large, Speaker Boehner.
RUSH: Yeah, right. Sorry, they're just too eager to say it, all these libs in the media. Now, where is this going? Now, it's certainly in their interests, the Democrats and the media, to pretend that we have just experienced Draconian cuts. That's what gets me. They are acting like this $38 billion is the equivalent of one trillion. They're acting like the federal budget has just been iced. That's what's wrong with this. There's no sense of proportion. They are acting like the bottom's been cut out of this. They are acting like their aorta has been split open, and it hasn't. This isn't even a stubbed toe and they're acting like they got stabbed in the heart, my friends.
So on Wednesday, Obama's giving his big speech here, and you know what he's gonna say? Among other things Obama's going to say, (imitating Obama) "Okay, we've listened to Republicans and we've cut spending." He's gonna talk about how monumental the cuts are here. He's even gonna take credit. He's gonna say, "I was there." So now it's time for compromise. Hello, tax increases. Now we gotta get serious. It's a campaign issue. It's time to get the left on board for the 2012 -- so acting like they've just been wounded to the heart with these cuts, and then going after tax cuts on the rich. All of this is a ruse designed to reignite the fire under the Democrat base, which is not happy, they're not energized, but this is the ruse to get them that way. And that's what this Kabuki dance is all about. "We gotta keep the government going somehow. We've done Draconian spending cuts. But that will not be enough. Now we have to raise taxes."
Obama will probably go on to say in his best Bill Clinton impersonation that he's worked as hard as he's ever worked on this, but there's no way we can avoid raising taxes now, especially with all of these cuts. You wait, see if I'm right. On Wednesday night Obama's gonna talk about these cuts as though they're 30 times as large as they really are. And Obama warned us, he warned us when he had the Bush tax cut extensions forced on him. He told us at the time he would never stop fighting to raise taxes on the rich, and by rich he means anybody with a job. Not $250,000, but anybody with a job. So whatever he says on Wednesday, it's gonna boil down to direct or indirect taxes on the rich, as a means of paying for this. But it's all about reigniting his base.
Now, to show you what I mean, I told you I got a bunch of stories here that indicate this is all a ruse, I mean they're just beyond the bounds of senseless. RJ Eskow at the Huffing and Puffington Post: "Why Progressives Keep On Losing and the Right Keeps On Winning -- Congratulations! The 'grand compromise' will cut nearly thirty nine billion dollars in needed government spending, which proves how 'serious' everyone is about reducing the deficit. The grand compromisers could have canceled the next ten years of tax subsidies for oil companies and cut the deficit by forty billion, but apparently that's not how serious people do things. If the Republican Party were singing to its base today, the song would be the theme from Friends, 'I'll Be There For You.' And the Democrats would be singing 'You Always Hurt the One You Love.' We're being told we should celebrate a 'compromise' in which Democrats gave up $38.5 billion in spending cuts, when the original Republican demand was for $32 billion."
Well, what he means by that, it was actually not 32. I mean the original was a hundred, but forget that. What this guy's talking about was that at some point in the recent negotiations the Republicans said, "Look, just give us ten billion," and Daley said, "No, we'll add 20." Anyway, "That means the Democrats only gave the Republicans 20% more (20.2135%, to be precise) than they originally demanded. Okay, guys. You get an extra 20% -- and not a penny more! Once again the unpopular views of a minority have been imposed on the majority. ... But progressives in this country should be asking themselves a serious question: Why does the Tea Party seem to be so much more effective than the left as a movement? It's a complicated question that deserves in-depth discussion, but some of the things that may be impeding progressives include excessive party loyalty, the desire for a charismatic leader and the urge to prematurely celebrate accomplishments that are flawed and incomplete.
"Why? Why did Tea Partiers win such a major victory? Money, for starters. The Tea Party's generously funded by billionaires like the Koch Brothers." I'm telling you, the longer I read this the more ridiculous it's gonna get to you. This guy is just beside himself at how big the defeat was, and how the Tea Party shellacked his side. And why does it keep happening? "And progressives can't be blamed for helping to elect a president who either misrepresented his positions on a number of issues or reversed himself once he was elected. (A sample: the health excise tax, which he opposed and later actively worked to enact; the individual mandate for health care coverage, which he opposed and then supported; some matters of civil liberties; and science policy). But it's not as if progressives don't have any cards to play. Their policies are very popular, while those of the Tea Party and the Republicans are equally unpopular." Really? Well, what about the elections, Mr. Eskow, last November?
"More people would like to see more done to end poverty." That we would. Your policies have exacerbated it, Mr. Eskow. "Despite the naysayers, the nation elected a President who presented himself as an unambiguous progressive and gave him both houses of Congress, too. So it can be done. So what keeps going wrong, over and over?" These guys ought to be the ones throwing a party. This guy is unhappy over 38 and a half billion dollars in cuts and somehow doesn't realize all that his president has done to destroy the private sector of this country, the engine of capitalism that people like this hate. This is what they want. They're getting what they want and they are miserable. "If progressives want to identify and work within the Democratic party, that's a worthwhile endeavor. But their relationship to the party should mirror what Thoreau said about his relationship to the world: Be in it, but not of it."
Anyway, this thing just keeps going, and it descends into more and more -- (interruption) I know. They're in an alternative universe. Listen to this. "The progressive inclination toward 'premature exhilaration' over flawed Democratic bills is often matched with a flawed sense of what's politically possible... and politically popular. The Right likes to call the health bill 'Obamacare.' A better name would be 'BaucusConradNelsonLincolnLiebermanAndSomeOtherSenatorsCare.' ... Instead the left was eagerly applauding a bill before it was finished, despite the fact that it was (and is) seriously flawed. ... A lot of progressives have been waiting, through decades of gloom and disappointment, for the next Kennedy-esque figure to lead them out of the gloom and rescue a suffering nation. This charismatic figure has no name, face, race, or gender. He or she is an 'X' to be filled in with the dreams and yearning of a movement that longs for leadership." Some thought it might be Hillary Clinton or even John Edwards.
"Whatever your feelings about President Obama, he's not "XFK." XFK never existed," and he ain't coming. "Say what you will about Rep. Ryan's budget proposal, it's a vision. … It may not be a good vision, but it's a vision. What's the progressive vision for 2021?" We don't have one. "Here's a start: First increase Social Security retirement benefits by 15%, across the board, by lifting the payroll tax cap and imposing a financial transactions tax. Second, increase income taxes on a sliding scale that goes up to 60% for the highest earners in the country. (It's been as high as 90% during periods of our greatest prosperity.) Third, add $500 billion to our stimulus spending over the next two years, and keep adding it until unemployment is down to 4%." (laughing) I'm serious, this is a guy from the Huffpo, he's so ticked off about the $38 billion in cuts he's got his own recipe for what ought to be happening in the alternative. "Fourth, immediately add a public option, 'Medicare For All' plan that's voluntarily available to Americans of all age brackets. ... Dream. Then demand your dream. It's working for the Tea Party, and it can work for you."
So I read this, this has gotta be a ruse. This has to be a ruse about how the Democrats are getting shellacked here. How many of you think Obama's losing? How many of you think the Democrats are getting shellacked at every turn? Unemployment is still 9%, and it's really higher than that. Gasoline is heading up to five bucks. Housing market is a disaster. People can't find work. The opportunity for prosperity is dwindling. These guys are getting everything they want. What their misery is rooted in is a mistaken belief that Obama policies will spread happiness around, make everybody equally happy and content. It doesn't do that. It makes everybody miserable. And what these guys are unhappy about is, I mean they're staring it straight in the face. Their policies don't work. Never in the history of the country has so much abject socialism been foisted on a culture and society at such a rapid rate. And it isn't working. And that's what's really roiling 'em. It's hilarious to hear the media tell it, you would think Obama has joined the Tea Party. Obama's celebrating the budget cuts, he's out there at the Lincoln Memorial, he's doing all this. This is not an accident and it's so far from reality that it's a ruse.
Paul Krugman in the New York Times, the president is missing. Obama is conspicuously failing. "What Have They Done with President Obama?" What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? "Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn't seem to stand for anything in particular?" Paul Krugman: "I realize that with hostile Republicans controlling the House, there's not much Mr. Obama can get done in the way of concrete policy. Arguably, all he has left is the bully pulpit. But he isn't even using that -- or, rather, he's using it to reinforce his enemies' narrative. ... Maybe that terrible deal, in which Republicans ended up getting more than their opening bid, was the best he could achieve." The really believe that $38 billion was more than the opening bid. They really think Obama added to the original Republican demand.
So, Mr. Krugman, you're just like this poor guy from the Huffpo. You are realizing he never was what you thought he was. You helped create a template of a phony. You created this messiah. We've got somebody about whom there are legitimate citizenship questions here serving as president. That's what the birth certificate thing means. That's what people are really wondering about. It's a citizenship issue. You guys pasted up an illusion. You created a fictitious character in the image that you hold dear and now reality is showing you that you lied to yourself and everybody else, too, and now you're asking, "Where's Obama? Where's the guy you elected?" Hey, he was at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday. He's gonna be making a speech Wednesday. He's the guy. He is who you elected. You guys created a lie and you fell for your own lie.
Now, the country's waking up to it so you somehow have to gin the left base up here to get their reelection efforts back on track 'cause you can't go back to 2008 anymore. You can't re-create those days. So the best you can do is to say poor old Obama got rolled, Boehner's a hero, the Tea Party is ruling this country and getting its way with everything it wants. (laughing) It's worse than an alternative universe. I'm telling you it's a ruse. And Boehner knows what's coming, by the way. He just this minute tweeted: "Tax hikes means more uncertainty, fewer jobs. Must cut spending. DC doesn't have revenue problems, it has spending problems." He knows what's coming. He just tweeted that.
RUSH: Okay. I asked earlier: What changed?
Last campaign, Republicans promised $100 billion in cuts if they were elected to run Congress. Then the $100 billion became $61 billion -- and, by the way, the $100 billion, if we are all honest... In fact, when that $100 billion was first announced during the campaign we all kind of scratched our heads and said, "What? Just a $100 billion? That's it, just a hundred billion? That was the pledge?" But regardless, let's stick to the subject for just a second. That was the pledge: $100 billion, then it became $61 billion prorated, and it ends up $38.5 billion. What changed? The answer is very simple.
What "changed" is the DC ruling class uniting in its effort to neuter the Tea Party. That's what changed -- and I remember we spoke about it on several occasions on this program. I warned you people many times: "The ruling class of Washington doesn't -- including the Republican element of the ruling class -- doesn't like the Tea Party, doesn't like something they can't control." The Tea Party doesn't have a leader. It's genuine grassroots. It consists of people who have never prior been active in politics, but they're so upset, they're so alarmed and they're so concerned, they are now. You ever stopped to think of this?
Intellectually, you and I know that the Democrat Party and the mainstream media hate John Boehner just as they would hate any Republican leader. They hated Reagan. It's nothing personal with Boehner. They just hate him -- and now, all of a sudden, they're praising Boehner to the hilt. Now, all of a sudden -- and you've heard it all weekend long -- Boehner is the big winner? It just doesn't connect intellectually. You know it and I know it. You may not have been able to put your finger on it at first, but you knew it didn't sound right. You knew it didn't make sense using intelligence guided by experience.
These guys don't like Boehner. Now $38.5 billion dollars is a big win? He snookered Obama? Wait a minute here. This doesn't add up. Unless -- unless -- this is seen as Boehner's victory over, not Obama, but the Tea Party -- and isn't it the case that the Democrats and the RINOs look at $38.5 billion as a victory over the Tea Party? Remember, Democrats, the media, liberals hate us. They fear us more than they fear Al-Qaeda. They think we are the biggest enemy they face. Anything that marginalizes us, they celebrate. If they think Boehner has marginalized the Tea Party -- if they think the Tea Party has been neutered within the Republican caucus -- then, yeah, it makes all the sense in the world to praise Boehner.