RUSH: I want to take you back to me. I love going back to me. I love going back to me as much as I love going back to anybody else. We're gonna go back to me March 5th of 2010, just a little over a year ago on this program, from this very studio, behind this very Golden EIB Microphone.
RUSH ARCHIVE: It's gonna be an ongoing daily struggle because these people are on the march, and they have only one intention, and that's to manage America's decline and see to it that it happens. Because they think we deserve to be a nation in decline. If I could wave a magic wand one time and make everybody believe something, for just two minutes, it would be this bunch of people in the White House and throughout Washington who are with Obama, been appointed by him or whatever, do not like this country as founded. They resent it, they think it's unfair, immoral, unjust, from our military to our capitalist system, and they are out to change it because we deserve a comeuppance. We've been too rich. We have stolen all the goods and services from around the world. We've kept the rest of the world poor while enriching ourselves, and even the people who really made this country, they've gotten the shaft, too, the blue collar. These people are gonna fix it. They're gonna give this country a bitch slap.
RUSH: Exactly right. Preside over America's decline. Here's the headline from MarketWatch: "IMF Bombshell: Age of America Nears End -- The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed." I don't know who nobody is, because we've noticed ever since the Obama regime was immaculated. "For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the 'Age of America' will end and the US economy will be overtaken by that of China. According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 -- just five years from now.
"It provides a painful context for the budget wrangling taking place in Washington, D.C., right now. It raises enormous questions about what the international security system is going to look like in just a handful of years. And it casts a deepening cloud over both the US dollar and the giant Treasury market, which have been propped up for decades by their privileged status as the liabilities of the world’s hegemonic power. According to the IMF forecast, whomever is elected US president next year … will be the last to preside over the world’s largest economy. Most people aren’t prepared for this. They aren’t even aware it’s that close. Listen to experts of various stripes, and they will tell you this moment is decades away. The most bearish will put the figure in the mid-2020s. But they’re miscounting. They’re only comparing the gross domestic products of the two countries using current exchange rates. That’s a largely meaningless comparison in real terms. Exchange rates change quickly."
It gets into minutia here. Forget exchange rates. Forget the value of the dollar. Well, you can't really forget it. We have a purposeful destruction of the US economy taking place right before our very eyes. We've got rising gasoline prices. We're approaching five dollars a gallon. What's the template? Obama's gonna make sure there isn't any gouging out there. And of course the oil companies are beginning to report their profits now, and that's a big target, so Obama's gonna go after that. The oil companies are the big problem. Forget the fact that the printing of all of this money is leading to all of this. All of this decline is traceable to the Obama administration. Every policy they have implemented has led us to this point. Folks, there can be no doubt among the intellectually honest. It is the preferred policy. The president of the United States routinely now gives speeches encouraging us to be happy with downsizing our lives, downsizing our cars, downsizing our economic expectations, downsizing our travel plans, downsizing everything, as though it is a moral imperative. We've lived too well for too long at the expense of others.
You see, that's the key. Everything this country has done has been on the backs of the disadvantaged or of the poor or minorities or whoever since we were founded. I never understood how the math on that works out, the rich got rich on the backs of the poor. I've never understood the mathematics of that, how it all works out, but they still persist with it. "The Age of America Nears an End." If we had a traditional president in the White House and a story like this, there would be outrage. There would be news conferences and press conferences about how this is not going to happen. There would be inspirational press conferences. The president of the United States would be urging the American people to roll up their sleeves, let's all get to work. Instead we have a president who is excusing sloth, who wants to reward it, who wants to convince everybody else that the working people are the targets, the people who are working and paying taxes are the problem. The people who are not working, can't work, won't work, what have you, they somehow are the chosen ones.
Grab audio sound bite nine. It's Christiane Amanpour. A favorite tactic of the left, you know, when it suits them they'll talk about Jesus Christ. When they can convince or try to convince everybody Jesus Christ was the patron saint of liberalism, then they will herald Jesus Christ. That's what he's good for as far as the left is concerned. He's the first liberal, a great socialist, Jesus Christ. He knew who to punish. Jesus Christ knew it was the rich that were the targets. Jesus Christ stood up for the downtrodden. Jesus Christ stood up for the slothful. Jesus Christ knew. That's how they cite Jesus Christ. And so yesterday morning on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour, she opened the show by saying this.
AMANPOUR: As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, we ask some of America's most influential pastors. In these turbulent times, has America lost its way? Taxes and budget cuts. What would Jesus do?
RUSH: You know what the real question is, Ms. Amanpour and the rest of you who seek to co-opt Jesus Christ as simply another prop in your march toward the decline of America, the question is not what would Jesus do, the question is not what would Jesus cut, the question is what would Jesus take? That's the question you never want to answer. That's the question you never want to ask. Who would Jesus Christ cite as the enemies in the United States and the world today? Who would Jesus Christ decide they got too much and we're gonna take it from 'em. You can try to co-opt Jesus Christ for your cause politically all you want, what would Jesus do? Has America lost its way?
No, Ms. Amanpour, it's exactly on the path you and your friends in the media and your president have chosen, the path toward decline, right on schedule.
Taxes and budget cuts, what would Jesus do? Well, what would Jesus take? That's the question people need to ask to put this in perspective. Of course the answer is, nothing. You want to start equating yourselves and your policies to Jesus Christ, you better first start asking, what did Jesus take, from whom, and how did he go about it? What was his plan for redistribution? Who were his targets? You want to be like Jesus Christ? You tell us. So there you have it, the age of America nears an end, and it says here that IMF dropped a bombshell and nobody noticed. A lot of people have noticed and are noticing, and they're doing everything they can to stop it, pure and simple.
Here's the State-Run Media setting up Obama's attack on the Big Oil profits. We have a montage from all over the place, CNBC, ABC, MSNBC, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Listen to this. It's audio sound bite number two.
WAPNER: One hundred fourteen billion dollars, that's what Exxon's revenues are expected to be.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Any anger you feel is likely to rise this week when oil companies report what are expected to be record profits.
JANSING: We're expecting for oil company profits to come out. They're going to be up.
BECKEL: Oil companies are announcing their first quarter profits, which are record profits.
LAKE: Speculation and oil company profits, and that's just inappropriate. No one has ever heard of a poor oil company.
BERRY: As oil prices continue to climb, look for profits to soar at Exxon-Mobil and Chevron.
CAMEROTA: Ten billion dollars, six billion in profits. That's awkward timing.
VARNEY: You can't expect the President to come out swinging against Big Oil.
RUSH: Yes, you can, of course, because it's right on schedule. It fits the template, come out, Big Oil is the problem, it always is. Even Fox gets sucked in. Try this miniature headline on Fox all morning long: "Democrats Call for Tax Hikes on Rich; GOP Calls for Entitlement Cuts." Now, what do you think the result of viewers looking at that headline is? Democrats call for tax hikes on rich; Republicans call for entitlement cuts. What Democrats support is the collapse of entitlements. Democrat policies bring about the collapse of this country. That's exactly what's going on. Even the headline writers at Fox can get this right. Yeah, the oil profits, really bad. You people in public sector, private sector unions where your pensions are invested, a lot of your pensions are invested in oil stocks, the same thing with seasoned citizens.
So you're gonna sit by while the ruling class makes a big show of going after oil profits and if they succeed in skimming them or doing whatever, that's your retirement, that's your portfolio value they're going after. If you own oil company stock you shouldn't mind a big profit. One of the reasons that profits are up is that prices are up and the reason prices are up is because we're printing money. Let's say we want to take away all the oil profits. You know, it's amazing. There were several stories in the news over the weekend that claim drilling for oil in the US will not help lower gas prices, but the same media assures us that raising taxes on the rich will solve the deficit. So how is it that more oil in the marketplace will not lower prices, but higher taxes on the rich will provide more dollars to reduce the deficit?
How does this work? It only works in Liberalville where lie after lie after lie to promote the agenda is the agenda. Just today I saw everybody's favorite, quote, unquote, "liberal," Bob Beckel once again demeaning the whole notion of "drill, baby, drill," right? We have been saying drill, baby, drill for 15 years. If we'd-a started drilling 15 years ago, then drill, baby, drill would have been a factor. As it is, Shell Oil has been told by the EPA, not the Congress, Shell Oil has been told by the EPA, "Sorry, you can't drill offshore in Alaska. You can't do it." The EPA's just shut 'em down. Who gets hurt?
RUSH: Let me ask you a question: How much profit has General Motors made?
We're sitting here talking about the evil oil company profit. We never talk about the real profiteer, and that's the US government via taxes. But how much profit did General Motors make? If we didn't pour tens of billions of dollars into General Motors, it would have failed because it wasn't making profits. So it has cost us a fortune as a nation to support a company that does not make profits. Now, what of these profits? When will the media tell us how much these companies net from sales after paying for the crude, the related expenses and massive taxes?
When they do these stories, why won't they tell us how much the government is taking from all of this? What is Obama's take? What's the state's take and so forth? When you start talking about all the profits of the oil companies, how are the feds doing? How are the states doing on this? Oil companies want to drill, they're not being allowed to drill, and yet we're getting stories of how they are gouging us! They're gouging us? They want to drill and they're being shut down by this regime from drilling! It's unbelievable.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number nine once again. Here's Christiane Amanpour opening her program, ABC News This Week yesterday morning.
AMANPOUR: As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, we ask some of America's most influential pastors: In these turbulent times, has America lost its way? Taxes and budget cuts. What would Jesus do?
RUSH: Imagine, folks, here we are being lectured about morality by a party that stands for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand. We are being lectured to on morality by a party that supports partial-birth abortion. (I'm not gonna get graphic and describe what that is, but you know.) We are being lectured about morality by a party led by a man who believes a baby who survives an abortion shouldn't, because that was the wish of the mother: Barack Obama as a state senator in Illinois. So, "What would Jesus do?"
Folks, I cannot tell you how righteously offended I am at these people who 364 days a year try to make a mockery of Christianity and Christians, on one day a year now try to come out and appropriate Jesus Christ as their own. Not because of His message, but so they can manipulate it and further their agenda. You talk about what would Jesus do? Would Jesus approve of politicians spending money we don't have on programs we don't need? Jesus warned against sloth and self-bondage. Would he approve of the Democrats creating an entire underclass dependant on government? They think so. That's how they define compassion. Would Jesus approve of people wasting their lives sitting around blaming all the problems on everybody but themselves?
Would Jesus approve of Democrats fanning the flames of class warfare for the sole purpose of being reelected? We could go on and on and on with these questions. What would Jesus take? They don't want ask that question. That must be what Obama was talking about last week. Let me find that sound bite. We've got it. I've kept this one going. It's the sound bite where Obama talks about there must be "something about the Resurrection." What number is it, Cookie? I know you're listening. I can't find it on the list here and I want this. I want to play this because it dovetails. I can't find it. Nobody's answering my question, but I saw it on the sound bite roster, and now for some reason I can't find it. Number eight, here it is. Yeah, number eight. Here we go. This is Obama, last Tuesday at the prayer breakfast in Washington.
OBAMA: As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, uhh, we are reminded that there's something about the Resurrection -- something about the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ -- that puts everything else in perspective.
RUSH: Well, now, we know what Obama was thinking about -- and old Christiane Amanpour, the way she opened her program. Now we know what Obama was thinking about. He must have been thinking about how the resurrected Jesus would raise taxes. That's right. That's exactly right. He was thinking about how the resurrected Jesus would raise taxes. "What would Jesus do?" and then, of course, "Who do we crucify next?" That would be the next question the White House will be asking. If they believe that Jesus would raise taxes, then we shouldn't raise taxes, otherwise we're establishing a government religion.
Isn't it interesting? These people want to go out and co-opt Jesus Christ one day of the year to advance anywhere agenda? It's fine and dandy when they somehow think that they can use it for a political purpose. Now, the oil companies, back to this. I made a point here about the fact that they want to drill; they're not even allowed to drill and they're being accused of gouging and so forth. Let me tell you, if the oil companies wanted to create shortages and wanted to drive up the price they wouldn't be seeking all of these permits to drill for oil, which they are doing. It's a sad state of affairs, folks, that we find ourselves in.
RUSH: Let's go to the Alicia in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. It's great to have you on the EIB Network. You're up first today. Hi.
CALLER: Oh, thank you, Rush. It's such an honor. Okay, just one real quick question: When did the word "profit" become a dirty word in this country?
RUSH: I think in politics, "profit" has always been a target of the American left. In my lifetime, to answer your question, the intense attack on profit occurred during the eighties with Reaganomics, supply-side economics (which worked). FDR talked about it in a negative sense. It's always been part of the class envy strategy that the Democrat Party, the American left has used.
CALLER: Maybe we should take an example from their book and just change the word? You know, when they don't like a word, they change it. Like, "taxes" are now "incentives" and stuff? Maybe we should change it to a little more than expenses.
RUSH: Well, taxes are "investments." They refuse to talk about "taxes" as anything but "investments." You know, I prefer education. I prefer that more and more people understand what a profit is. Profit has been impugned and denigrated as something evil. Profit = Theft to too many people, and the people that believe that or who are made to believe it have also been made to believe that the objective throughout society is that everybody has the same thing, that everybody has the same income, that nobody has anything more than anybody else -- and it's pure ignorance. But the thing that undergirds that, that makes these people believe in it, is this whole notion of "fairness;" and that really is where they focus on profit being unfair. "It's not fair, and who wants unfairness in this society?" That's how they play it.