RUSH: I've been asked if the media ran the same type of dispiriting campaign in 1994. Yeah. It's a staple. It is going to be more intense than it's ever been because back in 1994 they were just on the verge of losing their monopoly, and they weren't quite sure what was happening to 'em. This show was still a fad, there was no Fox News, basically CNN was it in terms of cable news. It doesn't seem that long ago, but 17 years, well, yeah, but the dispirit campaign is a constant actually. It's just gonna get ratcheted up.
Look at this. I mean what a coincidence. CNN just had a new poll released, and guess what? Obama's up 50% approval. Shazam, how about that. ABC/Washington Post, Obama up 50%. Here's CNN: "President Barack Obama's approval rating, a crucial indicator of his re-election chances, is on the rise, according to a new national survey."
CNN claims that this uptick is mostly due to the bickering over the payroll tax deal. They say, "The data suggest that the debate over the payroll tax is helping Obama's efforts to portray himself as the defender of the middle class."
Okay, so who are we to believe, Obama or our own eyes? Obama's not defending 'em. Obama is running against the middle class. That's the whole point of my first hour, working white class voters, Obama doesn't care. Obama can't win with 'em, his own people are saying so. And yet, here he is, defending the middle class with the payroll tax cut debate. This is exactly why they want a two-month deal so they could bring the argument back up again in two months next year during an election year because they think it is largely responsible to get Obama's approval numbers up. That's why they're happy for this.
You will not see this poll in the Drive-By Media. It's a Rasmussen poll: "60% Favor Building Keystone XL Pipeline." Here it is, I have it in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. "Most voters support the building of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas and believe it can be built without harming the environment." Of course it can. We have 625,000 miles of pipeline in this country, 625,000 miles. As I pointed out yesterday, the earth is just under 25,000 miles around at the equator. So 625,000 miles of pipeline and it doesn't leak and you know, folks, you people in New York, I'll bet you don't even know this.
You people that live in Jamaica, you know, out near the airport, JFK, do you ever see fuel trucks driving in and out of JFK? You don't. I mean you might see an occasional gasoline tanker to fuel gas stations nearby, but do you know that the jet fuel that fuels the jets, that powers the jets, do you know that the jet fuel is not trucked to JFK? Do you know that that's underground pipelines? That jet fuel, highly flammable jet A, kerosene, if you will, is just feet beneath your home, perhaps? Yeah, and other petroleum products. In order to get it in the quantities they need, they couldn't possibly truck it there, so it's in a constant pipeline. Jet fuel, underground in Queens. And when's the last time that there has been a rupture in that pipeline?
That's why I said, imagine you're president of the United States, and you're running for reelection, and you have to veto a project that will create 200,000 jobs when it's over and increase the amount of oil we have for ourselves without having to import it from a Middle Eastern country, you have to veto that in order to have a chance to win. No, terrorists have tried, Snerdley. In fact, two terrorists were arrested and jailed for life trying to blow up the JFK pipeline. It wasn't that long ago. It was August, 2010. (interruption) No, the security on it's amazing. But my point, it doesn't rupture and leak. There's all the arguments with the Keystone pipeline. You know, it would make a little sense if we didn't have 625,000 miles of pipe under the ground in this country already, but to say, yeah, it could leak, it could hurt the tundra in Nebraska, it could harm the horses. What a crock. You're president of the United States and you have to veto progress in order to have a chance to be reelected. I wouldn't want to be him. I'd rather be us.
RUSH: John in Tucson, Arizona. It's great to have you with us, sir, hello. Mr. Limbaugh, first of all, Merry Christmas.
RUSH: Same to you, sir.
CALLER: And a splendid new year and let me be the first to wish you a happy birthday next year.
RUSH: I appreciate that. Thanks very much. You are on the cutting edge.
CALLER: I do have a major question. I work with a nonprofit business group, I don't want to name it, but I see hundreds of business owners a month and try to get them engaged to stand up for free enterprise, and first of all I wanted to thank you also, I got turned on to you 21 years ago and you taught me how to think more clearly, and that's kind of taking whatever the media tends to say en masse, look at the opposite view and usually go that direction.
RUSH: I appreciate it. Thanks very much.
CALLER: Yes, sir. So my simple question is, in the Senate, when they have not been passing budgets over the last two and a half or three years since Harry Reid took over, I don't understand how they've been able to keep working with the federal budget, and maybe you could explain it.
RUSH: Yes. Very easily. If the opposing party is not willing to do anything about it, then this is what happens. If the Democrats refuse to produce a budget, and the Republicans go along with it, then there won't be a budget. That's where we are. The Democrats run the Senate so the Republicans can't do anything about it in the Senate. All you can do is belly ache. If you want to say it's a violation of Constitution or some other regulation, if somebody's not willing to make that charge and follow it up, then it's just gonna go on as it is with continuing resolution after continuing resolution. If the Democrats think there's a political advantage to it, not doing a budget and the Republicans aren't willing to do anything other than say, "Hey, they haven't produced a budget," then they're gonna keep doing it as long as they think it's an advantage. Until it could be made something that's an albatross around their neck, and you have to try to make that happen, they're gonna keep doing it.