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Proportion of Married Americans Lower Than Ever

RUSH: This is Medical News Today:  "The proportion of American adults who are married today is the lowest ever, according to a new report published by Pew Research. Not only is marriage becoming progressively avoided, the authors added, but also people are waiting longer to tie the traditional knot. The average age for getting married is now 26.5 for females and 28.7 for males. The researchers ... who gathered data from the US Census, explained that if trends continue along their recent pattern, it will be very few years before the percentage of married adults is lower than single ones. The institution of marriage is gradually giving way to:  Cohabitation. Single-person households. One-parent families (single parenthood). Young adults continuing to stay with their parents for longer" due to the economy.

Now, this is really not so much about marriage. It's the result of marriage that this is about. This is about families. What this means is... Look at these numbers: Fifty-one percent of adults are married today. Fifty-two years ago the number was 72%. Seventy-two percent of adults were married 50 years ago; today it's just 51%. So we have 21% fewer people married. What does that mean? We have 21% less intact, mother-father, two-parent families than we had 50 years ago.

And families are kind of like our form of government: Neither is perfect, but they are the best proven method. Now, I wonder if anybody (besides me, El Rushbo) will make the connection to the increase in gangs, dropout rates, unemployment, increased dependency on government to the dramatic decrease in families. The government is taking over for one of the parents, happily so! The Democrat led government is taking over. The Democrat led government is becoming the family. Three meals at school all year, breakfast, lunch, and dinner? So when summertime comes, "Well, where they gonna eat?" You gotta keep the schools open to feed them, creating more dependency on government. Fifty years of socialism, feminazi-ism, the American family's breaking up.

This explains a lot, folks.

Christine O'Donnell Endorses Romney

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I saw that, Christine O'Donnell last night on Hannity endorsed Romney and said that the Tea Party was oriented toward Romney.  I'm sorry, I don't think that's accurate.  I don't think that's true.  And I think, if I had to hazard a guess -- people are asking me this folks, so I gotta hazard a guess here, an answer -- but Christine O'Donnell, who largely maligned her?  That's too strong a word.  Who was it that said they weren't gonna help, who was it that said she had no business being the nominee?  It was the Republican establishment, right?  All right. 

So she comes out now and endorses Romney, obviously attempting to ingratiate herself with the Republican establishment.  I mean, that seems obvious to me.  I could be wrong, of course.  And I'm not trying to be disparaging of Christine O'Donnell.  The two most vocal anti-O'Donnell people were Karl Rove and Mike Murphy, the political consultant.  Murphy, (impression) "Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm sitting here drinking my cocktail, yeah, I'm one of these consultants, yeah, yeah, okay, you run our campaign, then, if she's this magic, if you think she can win -- she can't -- you run her campaign."  But now that Christine O'Donnell has endorsed Romney, how does it make those guys feel?  Are they happy to have her on their team?  Think so?  Well, but she might bring some Tea Party votes.  Probably not happy about it.  But, anyway, it is what it is. People are asking me, "Did you see it?"  I saw it. 

Nothing is Real: Home Sales Overcounted for Years

RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, data on sales of previously owned homes from 2007 through October this year were made up by a factor of two.  They double counted.  Existing home sales will be revised down from 2007 to the present.  "The National Association of Realtors said a benchmarking exercise had revealed that some properties were listed more than once, and in some instances, new home sales were also captured."  Speaking of things being much worse than we thought, it turns out that the realtors have been exaggerating the number of house sales since 2007, due to double counting. 

Now, why would they have done that?  When I heard this news, and I realized that it's the National Association of Realtors, not the government, with these numbers.  The National Association of Realtors, what could they possibly gain from telling the public that housing sales were higher than they actually were?  The only thing I can think of is trying to save the market in terms of a perception.  We were heading and trending to homes being worth less than what was owed on them, the traditional underwater status.  They knew how bad it was and in an attempt to keep it from getting worse, exaggerated the health of the industry. 

Now, nowhere in this story, and this is Reuters -- and, by the way, Reuters is essentially unfazed as you read this.  No big deal to them.  I've read a number of other stories about this, and I can't find the number that will be revised, how far down.  All I know is, double counting.  We're assuming here that the sales of existing homes number was a multiple of two.  Now, I remember, we reported on this program back in February that the National Association of Realtors had been accused of over-counting home sales by as much as 20% and at the time the realtor scoffed at that whole thing but now it looks like that they're gonna have to come out and admit it.  But what this means -- remember I said throughout this year and even late last year, as the pension numbers became available, unfunded liabilities, pensions.  I said, "Folks, nothing's real." 

Nothing's real.  Everybody has what they have based on going into incalculable debt to have it, be it states or individuals. Nothing's real.  Nothing's real.  If this number can be so easily fudged -- and where is the journalist community, where's the curiosity here?  Where's somebody hearing the numbers, "Well, maybe we're not gonna accept what you say, let's dig deep and find it."  There wasn't any.  There's no curiosity about the truth of the unemployment numbers.  None.  So how much other stuff out there is not real?  How much else is being faked?  How many other things are we being lied to about?  The best guess is that we're being lied to far more than we're being told the truth, particularly when it comes to the state, the status of the economy.  And in large part, certain sectors of the economy, the American people, are just in denial about all this.  And it's true.  A lot of people don't want to face just how bad things are.  But most people can't escape it. 

A Clarification for Jon Meacham

RUSH: By the way, I meant to get to this yesterday and it got buried under a bunch of stacks.  On Monday of this week we played a sound bite from one of the Sunday shows, Jon Meacham who used to run Newsweek and is now at Random House, and we played the sound bite in which it sounded to me like Meacham was suggesting that the American people simply aren't smart enough to keep up with Obama.  And Meacham called H.R. and said, (paraphrasing) "You got it wrong, and we demand a correction."  And I said, "I don't have a correction, but I'll clarify, I'll read what Meacham wrote."  He said, "I'm writing because Limbaugh misunderstood something I said."  I guess he was on Scarborough's Monday morning show. 

He said, "When I said the country wasn't commensurate with Obama's gifts, I was talking about how Obama views the world, not how the world really is.  It was in fact other outside outlets that picked up the remarks, interpreted them to be an unflattering take on what I think the president's mind-set may be in the storm of the job.  I'm writing because I'd appreciate some kind of clarification just for the record."  So Meacham is saying that when he wrote that the country wasn't commensurate with Obama's gifts, he was unflattering the president, being unflattering.  And then he said it's his thinking the system, and really the country is not commensurate with his gifts. (paraphrasing) "What I meant to say was that Obama thinks the country is not commensurate with his gifts." 

Well, regardless, I remember praising Meacham.  I said, "Look, if you want to get rid of the guy, if you want somebody else to be the Democrat nominee, this is how you do it.  He's a narcissist.  You tell him that he's bigger than the country, far more talented than what this job is. This job is chump change compared to his abilities and his talents and so forth." 

Seattle Schools to Bring Back Junk Food?

RUSH: I just heard the news that the Seattle school system might bring back junk food. They say they have to 'cause they're losing so much money. 

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