RUSH: I was in Indiana -- actually Indianapolis -- Saturday night and Sunday for the Colts-Steelers. There's a story out of Franklin, Indiana: "In the business of selling sentiments, there's a card for everything, from traditional occasions to unique needs. Cards with sound, cards for holidays, cards for losing a tooth. Now Hallmark has unveiled 'layoff cards for' the unemployed. "Hallmark recently rolled out a new line of layoff greeting cards. Stores have a specific section for job loss and recession humor, offering words of support and encouragement. With the unemployment rate at nine percent, [Hallmark] says customers called-in the need.
"One card reads 'Don't think of it as losing your job. Think of it as a time out between stupid bosses.'" Don't think of it as losing your job, think of it as a chance to run around the house in your bedroom slippers. "'Yeah, I mean, that would be clever to give to someone,' said Linda Ralph, Martinsville. 'It would have to depend on the person and their situation.' ... 'Getting a card like that and somebody caring is fabulous,' said Michelle Crowthers-Lunczynski. 'The crazy part to think about this is there's so many people laid off.'" Stop and think about this: Layoff cards! The new Americana, courtesy "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm, mmm, mmm!" Unemployment and layoff cards are now a big deal.
RUSH: The California Democrat Party is among Solyndra's creditors. Remember I've told you that the Democrat Party and state and local union workers is a money laundering operation because the money ends up back with the Democrat Party. This is it, nailed this one. This is the Washington Times: "Out of the hundreds of out-of-work employees, vendors, investors and other creditors in the bankruptcy of government-backed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, one name stands out: the California Democratic Party.
Why California Democrats would be creditor to a company that received more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans to build a solar-panel plant isn't clear. Even party officials say they're not sure." Yeah, shazam, they don't know how this happened. The Democrat Party is a creditor. The Democrat Party is a creditor of Solyndra. It is a money laundering racket is what that was, as is much of what the Democrat Party is doing in other areas, financial support, but we gotta take a time-out now, we'll get to that. When we come back the Official Obama Criticizer.
Washington Times has the story. "Out of the hundreds of out-of-work employees, vendors, investors and other creditors in the bankruptcy of government-backed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, one name stands out: the California Democratic Party. Why California Democrats would be creditor to a company that received more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans to build a solar-panel plant isn't clear. Even party officials say they're not sure."
Really? They're not sure? Folks, the stimulus was a giant money laundering scheme for the Democrats and for Obama, and this is just more proof. We already have the proof, and it is proof. All the bailouts for the states went to keep teachers and other public sector unions employed because they pay dues, and those dues end up back in the Democrat Party. Obama gives half a billion dollars to Solyndra, and guess who one of their creditors is? The California Democrat Party!
And nobody can figure out how Solyndra came to list the Democrat Party of California among its creditors. Of course, the purpose of this is it's an ideal way to launder money for the California Democrat Party. The idea never entered their heads? It's just another way to recycle the money, folks. But it's not rocket science. Solyndra slipped up. They were just too honest. In fact, it probably didn't even occur to the Solyndra execs that anybody wouldn't have already known that this was their only real reason for existing in the first place. A repository. This was part of the slush fund, and it's more and more coming to light that this is precisely what most of the stimulus money is or what a great deal of it is anyway.
RUSH: I don't know. I don't know. This is not big news to me, but there's a big Drudge headline out there: "Taxpayers Paid For Fast and Furious." What don't we pay for? Who else was gonna pay for it? If the taxpayers don't pay for Fast and Furious, who is gonna pay for it? It's from Fox News. "Not only did US officials approve, allow, and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa Cartel, the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semiautomatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared." Well, yeah. Of course they did. Where else is the government gonna get the money if they don't print it?
"This disclosure revealed in documents obtained by Fox News could undermine the Department of Justice's previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a botched operation where agents simply lost track of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another," but now the federal government used taxpayer money to buy the weapons that were then transferred to criminals, drug cartel bigwigs. I don't have any doubt in my mind that Fast and Furious was a backdoor way of sabotaging the Second Amendment. There's no doubt in my mind that's what the regime had planned for it.
You know, you talk about these debates. Republicans... This is the way to look at this. The Republicans are answering more questions about Obama's policies than he is having to answer. Meaning: They, the Republicans are explaining in these debates and wherever -- me, I'm explaining -- Obama's policies more than he is being asked about them. The man most responsible for this disaster is the least available to answer for it. He doesn't take questions about it, yet you go to these debates and the Republicans are put on trial as though they're suspects and what would they would do -- and, of course, anything they would do to ameliorate, fix the situation, is looked upon as suspect.
Meanwhile, the guy who's actually engaged in all of this destruction never (or very seldom) has to answer any questions about it. It's gonna be the same thing here with Fast and Furious. He's not gonna get any questions about this. This happens to be a FoxNews.com story, but the regime bought the weapons. Up 'til now, the story was, "No, these people were allowed to buy them. The cartel was allowed to buy them. They'd come across the border, buy them in the gun shops in Phoenix and wherever, and take them back and forth across the border and so forth -- and we were gonna track 'em! We're gonna track 'em down and we'll find out what they do." That's not what it was about. Now we find out the government bought the guns for the cartel! The government paid for them, essentially.
RUSH: Snerdley wants to know if I think that Vick, Michael Vick, has a point that he's not having penalty flags thrown when he gets roughed up. Brady, Brees, you so much breathe on them, you get 15 yards; with Vick... I don't think so. I mean Roethlisberger could make the same beef, and doesn't. Any time somebody says, "Look, I'm not gonna whine about it," and then whines about it... That's what he did. "Look, I'm not here to complain. I'm just trying to alert the refs to what's going on." Look, if you don't want to get hit, don't hold the ball so long. If you don't want to get hit, don't run it so much.
Take your three-step drop and get rid of it. If you're gonna hold the ball in the National Football League and start dancing and running around, you're going to get hit. (interruption) Well, it could be offensive line's fault if you want to say breakdowns in line. Yeah. But if you start complaining about roughness in the National Football League, you ought not be in the league. It's the nature of the beast. Now, there are a lot of guys, a lot of players who think that the league targets others and ignores others. The Steelers. The Steelers to a man think that they're targeted, and a couple of them have been very vocal in saying so. But I don't think the way to go about it is to whine about it in a press conference and that's how it came off to me.
RUSH: A government shutdown is pending because of FEMA. FEMA needs their budget increased, and the Republicans are saying, "Well, fine, but if we're gonna be expand the budget we need some budget cuts somewhere along the line and we don't have the money." There's breaking news from the Associated Press: "A Senate aide says the government's disaster aid fund has enough money to last until Thursday, two days longer than earlier predicted.
"The change might point the way out of a standoff that is holding up passage of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown. Robert Sawicki, a spokesman for Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, said the latest estimate from FEMA is that it has $114 million left in the account. Landrieu chairs a key subcommittee, and told reporters last week the agency estimated the money could run out as early as Tuesday." Now, stop and think of this. Here we're going through, once again, all these silly gyrations about another continuing resolution all because the Democrats have not submitted a budget.
We're going through this all rigmarole again starting last week: "There might be a government shutdown!" Harry Reid is talking about one. "Republicans won't compromise; Democrats won't compromise. The precious independents are getting nervous, we're told, because nobody's compromising and nobody's getting along, and the reason is FEMA's demanding a whole lot more money and they're gonna run out of money," and now awful FEMA discovers they've got plenty. All of this has been for nothing. FEMA's got enough money to go beyond September 30th.
So all this has been a dog and pony show, and as the AP points out: "The difference is significant. If the most recent estimate is accurate, it's possible the agency won't need any additional funds until the new budget year begins, and the cause for the current outbreak of gridlock will disappear," all because FEMA didn't know that they actually had enough money, when they've had enough money all along. I'll tell you, every time this stuff comes up I feel played for a sap or a sucker of some kind.