RUSH: This is Newt, and this was Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. They had a Thanksgiving Family Forum. The presidential candidates had a faux Thanksgiving dinner at a Thanksgiving dinner table where they discussed things back and forth, and this is what Newt said about Occupy Wall Street.
GINGRICH: All the Occupy movement starts with is the premise that we all owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn't pay for to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn't pay for, to beg for food from places they don't want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes. Now, that is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, "Go get a job right after you take a bath."
RUSH: Now, Newt's catching flak for this, for being that direct and that blunt, and it wasn't just the bath business. It was the, "Go get a job." Now, can I share a personal experience with you? Way back... I mean, we're into our 23rd year now, I guess our 24th on this program. I can remember we started in 1988, so it had to be around then. It was the late eighties, into the early nineties, homelessness was always a big issue, and when talking about it on this program and sometimes during the Rush to Excellence Tour I would just say, "Have people ever thought about getting a job?" and I remember the reaction I got to that more often than not was, "Oh, easy for you to say!" as though it was insulting and insensitive to suggest that people get a job.
We're seeing the fruition here of 20-plus years of that kind of thinking. Newt says (summarized): "Okay, you people want access to all this? You want the public park you didn't pay for, you want to use bathrooms you're not paying for, you want to beg for food from corporations that you won't pay for, you obstruct those who are going to work who will pay the taxes that end up feeding you? Yeah, that's a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed and a moral sense in this country and why you need to reassert something as simple as, 'Go get a job right after you take a bath.'" That is considered shortsighted, insensitive, and insulting, to suggest they go get a job. Even in a good economy, the left will say, "Oh, easy for you to say! It's very insensitive."
This is a serious thing. When you can't say to somebody, "Well, go get a job then!" -- when that is insulting, when that is insensitive -- what if everybody decided to live like the people at Occupy Wall Street or Oakland or wherever? What if we all decided to live that way? What would happen? Now, I'm convinced that some of these kids at these Occupy movements, some of them are just there for fun of it. Their parents are rich and they feel a lot guilty so they're just having some fun. Others are there because they're true believers. But regardless they all think that the stuff that they have every day would continue to be there. I am convinced they have no clue how it comes to exist. They're not taught this. They're not taught Economics 101. It is genuine news to them when it's explained. (interruption)
Yeah, I'm looking at Fox right now: "Gingrich Rips Occupy Wall Street Movement with Bath Remarks." Since when is personal hygiene "ripping" somebody? In other words, what gives these people the right to urinate all over themselves and to create a public health menace? Why is it offensive? Why does Newt have to defend himself? Why is it "ripping" these people to tell 'em to clean up? Parents tell their kids all the time, "Little Johnny, little Adolf, go take a bath." Why does Newt have to defend himself like this? Why should anybody have to defend themselves when they say, "Hey, Wall Street crowd? Go get a job! Take a bath and go get a job! Take a bath and go do a job interview"? What, they have the right to their lice?
They have a right to the vermin among whom they live? They have a right to the scabies? They're the "Right to Lice" movement? They have a right to this stuff? No, I'm serious. I really am. I think you talk about moral decay, moral decline and so forth when all of this is good advice. "Mr. Limbaugh, Mr. Gingrich would not be seeking to give them good advice! He was insulting them!" No, no. Okay, wait a minute, Mr. New Castrati. Wait just a second, wait just a second. You may have a point. "That's right, Mr. Limbaugh! Mr. Gingrich was doing nothing but insulting the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street." So urinating on yourself -- urinating on other people, creating diseases, spreading diseases -- that's something you people want to have the right to do, and it's insulting when people tell you that you ought to clean up? Is that what you want us to believe? Because they do. It's exactly it.
RUSH: Snerdley, how long ago was it that we, on this program, described people in dire economic straits as living in Obamaville? That goes back a year, at least a year. Because I just got an e-mail: "You gotta call these Occupy things Obamaville." I said to him, "Well, we've been calling the general state of economic malaise in this country Obamaville. We've basically been calling the country Obamaville for over a year now it seems like. So a new pro-lice movement at Occupy Wall Street, pro-lice, and sing along, "All we are saying is, give fleas a chance. All we are saying is, give fleas a chance."