RUSH: Have you heard about the memo from Chuck-U Schumer that's been floating around? Apparently it reveals how the current Democrat campaign strategy is to tie the Republican Party to the "radical" Tea Party. This is designed to scare the American public about "all those crazy mom and pop radicals in the Tea Party movement!"
Meanwhile, Obama and the rest of the top Democrat leadership are doing everything they can to show their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protestors. The Democrats claim that the Wall Street protestors represent hardworking, middle class Americans being screwed (somehow) by the Tea Party and the Republicans. That's how out of touch the Democrats are with the population of this country. There's a Rasmussen poll out today: 80%, nearly eight in ten Americans now see the country on the wrong track. "Sixteen percent of likely American voters still believe the country's doing well." I mean, this is... Eight in ten Americans now see the country on the wrong track. See, I have a problem with all this polling data.
If that's true -- if 80% of the American people think that the country's on the wrong track -- why is Obama at 40% in the polls or 42% in the polls? Some of this stuff just doesn't make any sense to me. But if that's true, 80% say the country's on the wrong track? Obama shouldn't even be a viable candidate, and yet Democrats are happy. The Democrats are at the top of the mountain. The Democrats think they have repelled the Tea Party. They are convinced the Tea Party's lost energy, lost members, lost membership. The Tea Party is shrinking in size. It's shrinking in energy. There is no leader. They think they have successfully characterized the Tea Party as a bunch of racist bigots, and they openly throw in with a created, phony group of people whose agenda is nothing more than Obama's and the Democrat Party.
Here's a list of proposed demands for Congress from the OccupyWallStreet.org forum (and, remember, this is the group formed by Adbusters, an anti-Semitic bunch of "anti-consumerists.") On their website, this is the Obama agenda: "Congress must pass HR-1489, return to prudent banking act, reinstating many provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act." Now, you think these clowns running around in lower Manhattan have the slightest idea that that's what they're marching for? "Number two: Use congressional authority and oversight to ensure appropriate federal agencies fully investigate and prosecute Wall Street criminals."
RUSH: Okay, so a question, ladies and gentlemen. The New York Times Magazine article this weekend featuring Republican establishment types quoted by name as attacking the Tea Party, suggesting the Tea Party is fading away, Tea Party members of Congress really not getting in on things, they're not getting down with the program, really a weird bunch of people. The Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, saying the Tea Party's a thing of the past, a bunch of racist thugs, they've lost their energy, they've lost their mojo, they have lost members. You don't even see 'em anymore. Where is the Tea Party, they say. We're just kicking ass. We've got the Wall Street crowd on our side. The Wall Street crowd, that's who's captured everybody's attention. The magic is no longer with the Tea Party; it's with the Wall Street crowd.
By the way, let me continue with a list of proposed demands for Congress from OccupyWallStreet.org. Number three: "Congress enact legislation to protect our democracy by reversing the effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision." Man, that really has gotten under their skin, Citizens United. Anyway, you can take a stroll down lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area and pick a random protestor and run any of these things by them, and other than putting a Wall Street guy in jail, they wouldn't know what you're talking about. Number four: "Congress pass the Buffett Rule on fair taxation so the rich and corporations pay their fair share and close corporate tax loopholes and enact a prohibition on hiding funds offshore."
Now, where is that story? What did I do with that story? Did I put that at the bottom of the stack by accident? Here it is. "Solyndra Funder Kaiser Paid Zero Taxes for Years."
This is Mark Tapscott, the Washington Examiner: "Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser has been in the headlines in recent months thanks to his role as a major investor in Solyndra LLC, the now-bankrupt California solar panel maker hailed by President Obama as a model for America's 'clean energy future.' ... Kaiser was a campaign 'bundler' - an individual who collects contributions to a candidate from others that are then simultaneously given to the candidate - who raised about $250,000 for Obama during the 2008 campaign, congressional Republicans and media analysts have speculated that the Solyndra loan guarantee was nothing more than using tax dollars to reward a political supporter."
No kidding. It's money laundering. And how much of the $250,000 gets back in Obama's back pocket? "But the Solyndra scandal is far from Kaiser's first brush with political controversy. As the Sunlight Foundation's Bill Allison reports today, Kaiser has become extraordinarily wealthy by taking advantage of the federal tax code in ways that some tax experts - including the IRS - believe to be illegal." So here you have a major Obama bundler, fundraiser, donor, recipient of crony capitalism largesse, big time investor in Solyndra, paying no taxes and no doubt supporting the Wall Street protestors.
"As Allison describes it in his Sunlight post today, 'in one six year period, during which he increased his net worth enough to land him on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, Kaiser reported taxable income to the Internal Revenue Service just once, totaling $11,699--equivalent to a full-time hourly wage of $5.62.'" And you won't see a word about this anywhere. You won't see anybody upset about it, won't be in the media anywhere. Big-time Obama bundler, multibillionaire paying no taxes. Zilch, zero, nada. And yet the Occupy Wall Street people demand that the Buffett Rule on fair taxation be passed so the rich and corporations pay their fair share. Close corporate tax loopholes, enact a prohibition on hiding funds offshore.
Number five: "Congress completely revamp the Securities and Exchange Commission and staff it at all levels with proven professionals who get the job done protecting the integrity of the marketplace so citizens and investors are both protected." You know, these protestors I'm sure don't realize how much time it takes to surf for pornography. You'll recall many Securities and Exchange Commission workers were busted for spending much of their day watching porn on their computers back in April of 2010. Remember that? None of them were fired though. They're unionized. I'm sure if the Wall Street protestors found out about this, they'd want in on the action. Okay, free porn, we want that, too.
Number six: "Congress pass specific and effective laws limiting the influence of lobbyists and eliminating the practice of lobbyists writing legislation that ends up on the floor of Congress." This is the official list of demands at OccupyWallStreet.org. It's the Obama agenda. Number seven: "Congress must pass the revolving door legislation, legislation eliminating the ability of former government regulators going to work for corporations they once regulated." There are laws on the books already addressing this, except for the news media. The news media can go through the revolving door any time they want. And number eight: "Eliminate personhood legal status for corporations." Whatever that is. (interruption) No, Citizens United is mentioned earlier as its own separate demand. Congress must enact legislation to protect our democracy by reversing the effects of Citizens United, it's number five. (interruption) How do they get what? Oh, well, that's two different things.
You're confusing, Snerdley. He's asking me, "How do you go from forgive all debt to this?" The forgive all debt came from a genuine Looney Toon individual walking the street. This is the official organization website. That Looney Toon doesn't have any idea what he's actually marching for. None of these Looney Toons have any clue what this is. The only thing on here that they would even recognize is putting a Wall Street guy in jail. That's it, pure and simple.
RUSH: So Republican establishment types who feed off of government are telling the New York Times (which is a liberal partisan outlet) that the Tea Party is crazy and impotent, which is then echoed by Chuck-U Schumer, who is a partisan liberal Democrat who knows that the Senate is about to be lost to his party. Do I get this right? And, by the way, Chuck-U Schumer is out there saying (impression): "Oh no, no, no! We're gonna win the Senate and we're gonna win it easily." I have it somewhere in one of my numerous stacks. In the old days I used to have stacks positive and negative -- and it was always one negative stack; the other were positive. Now I can barely struggle to find three positive things. "Chuck Schumer: Impossible for Democrats to Lose Senate in 2012." Right there it is in the LA Times. Impossible.
"'When you look at it from 30,000 feet, it looks bad,' Schumer said during a breakfast meeting at Third Way, the moderate Democratic think tank." There's no such thing as a moderate Democrat, by the way. "You look at it race by race, it looks good." Totally delusional, but they're being positive. You put the news out that the Tea Party's fading away and never really was anything. "Lose the Senate? Give me a break. We're gonna win the Senate." So the Republican establishment types (feeding off government) join with the Democrats in proclaiming the Tea Party dead and impotent.