TSA Detains Rand Paul
RUSH: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been detained by the TSA at the Nashville airport. He set off the alarms and refused a pat-down, so they detained him. He sent his dad a note about it and it's become a big story out there. Now, if this had been Ron Paul, you couldn't really blame the TSA. You have to admit, Ron Paul almost sounds like an Islamic terrorist sometimes. ha-ha-ha Gotcha.
Zero Hedge on Minimum Wage Households and Disposable Income
RUSH: A great post at ZeroHedge.com. Do you know, the head of a household of four making minimum wage has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year. Again, the head of a household of four making minimum wage has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year. Ladies and gentlemen, just a fascinating piece here from ZeroHedge.com. Let me read it to you. "Tonight's stunning financial piece de resistance comes from Wyatt Emmerich of The Cleveland Current. In what is sure to inspire some serious ire among all those who once believed Ronald Reagan that it was the USSR that was the 'Evil Empire', Emmerich analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that 'a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.'"
Stop and think of that. A one-parent family of three making $14,500 a has more disposable income -- take-home pay for those of you in Rio Linda -- than a family making $60,000 a year. "And that excludes benefits from Supplemental Security Income disability checks. America is now a country which punishes those middle-class people who not only try to work hard, but avoid scamming the system. Not surprisingly, it is not only the richest and most audacious thieves that prosper - it is also the penny scammers at the very bottom of the economic ladder that rip off the middle class each and every day, courtesy of the world's most generous entitlement system."
And then they have the chart here from Emmerich where he worked all of this out, self-explanatory. It's too many numbers for me to share with you on the radio. Zero Hedge, and the headline: "In Entitlement America, The Head Of A Household Of Four Making Minimum Wage Has More Disposable Income Than A Family Making $60,000 A Year."
And here's a pull quote from the story. "We have been writing for over a year, how the very top of America's social order steals from the middle class each and every day. Now we finally know that the very bottom of the entitlement food chain also makes out like a bandit compared to that idiot American who actually works and pays their taxes."
This article is from November of 2010, by the way. I'm told we did it back then. I don't remember. But, at any rate, this ties into what I was talking about in the first hour. The people who make this country work, play by the rules -- and I'm not trying to make these people the sole virtuous people in the country, but they try. They try to play by the rules. They try to live the best they can, you know, morality, keep their kids in school and all the right things. And they are the brunt of the jokes; they are the focus of evil; they're the blame; they're the racists, the sexists, the bigots, the homophobes. They're sick of it. They're paying the salaries of all these public sector union people. They're paying the pensions of all these public union people.
They're paying the salaries, they're paying the health care, they're paying these people twice what they earn and now they're gonna find out that somebody on minimum wage has more take-home pay than they do. That's the big bite that's coming out of them. And it is atrocious. And whether they know it consciously or just indirectly, they're very much aware that this system is all out of whack, that they are not the problem. They are portrayed as the problem, they're selfish, they're greedy because they don't want a tax increase. They don't like seeing their kids' futures being spent away into oblivion, and the resulting future tax rates to pay for it that they know their kids are going to have to pay. The piece was from 2010. So it's a year and a half old. Anyway, I just stumbled across it, and I'm sure in a year and a half of Obama it's even worse statistically than this is, but it's all laid out here.
TIME Compares Newt to Nixon
RUSH: TIME Magazine, they're party establishment -- maybe not Republican establishment, but they're party establishment -- and they are just beside themselves. Jon Meacham, who used to be at Newsweek... Such an incestuous bunch! These people leave one magazine, go to a newspaper, go to a network, go back to the newspaper, then go to work for a politician for a while and then become a press secretary and go back to the media. What an incestuous business! Anyway, here's Jon Meacham in TIME Magazine. Gingrich's win in South Carolina is bringing out the big guns. "Why Newt Is like Nixon -- Forget Ronald Reagan. Newt Gingrich's real political analogue is another angry striver: Richard Nixon.
"Like Nixon, Gingrich is smart, with a wide-ranging and entrepreneurial mind. ... Like Nixon, Gingrich is fluent in the vernacular of cultural populism, brilliantly casting contemporary American life in terms of an overarching conflict between 'real' people and distant 'elites'..." Now, everybody knows that's what Obama is doing! Obama's pitting the 1% versus the 99%. Newt's sitting here doing class warfare? Was Nixon known for class warfare? These people, they hated Nixon like you can't believe, for one reason. Well, two reasons. He outed and convicted Alger Hiss. He sent a communist to jail. They never forgave Nixon for sending a communist to jail -- and number two, he wiped some broad out of the race. Helen Gahagan Douglas. He beat some woman in a campaign. That's unforgivable. That's like shooting one in the head. You just don't do it; and he couldn't blame it on Sarah Palin, 'cause she wasn't old enough. No, I'm not kidding. They hated Nixon, they despised Nixon. So now Newt = Nixon.
Tyler Screeches National Anthem
RUSH: I don't think I've seen this kind of reaction to a national anthem since Roseanne Barr botched it in San Diego before a San Diego Padres game. Steven Tyler, the well known Aerosmith front man, sang a song some said was the national anthem prior to the AFC championship game. Everybody was complaining about Steven Tyler and his rendition of the national anthem. Come on, did he even know where he was? The guy is a good right-winger, you know, we gotta cut him some slack here. He was up there in Mr. Kraft's box. I mean you don't just get into Mr. Kraft's box being a reprobate. So, anyway, I know he screeched it and I know he missed a couple words, but come on, folks, it's our culture. He tried. He really tried. I mean he put out a great effort. It was on national TV, I mean the guy had to be nervous. He can't help the way he sings. Come on, compassion. Where is it?
NFL Championship Games Pull Big Ratings
RUSH: By the way, the AFC championship game was the highest rated in 18 years yesterday, the Patriots hosting the Ravens. The NFC game, the Giants and the Fort'iners, was the highest rated NFC championship game in 17 years.
Why Two If By Tea Doesn't Go Retail
RUSH: I wanted to give you an example here of the difference in private sector and public sector. We get questions all the time, "Rush, why can't we get Two If By Tea in the stores?" Well, there are two reasons. One of the reasons is something that I learned when I had my two books out. Once they hit the store, you lose control of the product. In the case of my books, they ended up in the cooking section, the prostitution section. The liberal clerks that worked there hid them, refused to put 'em on sale, told people that came in to buy them, "Sorry, we don't care it," or put the back cover out so nobody could find it. You just lose control of the product in the highly charged political world in which I live. That's number one. We like having the direct contact with everybody that buys Two If By Tea on the Internet. We have direct customer service contact with them and so forth. Once you go retail, that's a whole different approach.
But there's another reason that has to do with money. To go retail means startup costs to produce enough of the product in all of the flavors to cover the country. If you go retail, it better be in the store where people want to go buy. Now, you can't be in every store but it's gotta be in enough. The cost to bottle that large an inventory, that's a decision that we have to make. We're in the process of doing just that. Government doesn't have to do that. They don't have to worry about anything. Look at Solyndra, unlimited money. Just throw money, throw money at Solyndra, doesn't matter if it works or not. It's crony capitalism. They don't have near the same concerns.
Solyndra Throws Stuff Away
RUSH: There's a story I have here on Solyndra. I wanted to make a point about private entrepreneurism, capitalism, and so forth. The Solyndra story is from CBS San Francisco. "After filing for bankruptcy last year, Fremont solar company Solyndra still owes American taxpayers half a billion dollars. But CBS 5 caught them destroying millions of dollars worth of parts. At Solyndra’s sprawling complex in Fremont, workers in white jumpsuits were unwrapping brand new glass tubes used in solar panels last week. They are the latest, most cutting-edge solar technology, and they are being thrown into dumpsters.
"Forklifts brought one pallet after another piled high with the carefully packaged glass. Slowly but surely it all ended up shattered. And it’s not a few loads. Hundreds of thousands of tubes on shrink-wrapped pallets will meet a similar demise. Solyndra paid at least $2 million for the specialized glass. A CBS 5 crew found one piece lying in the parking lot. Solyndra still owes the German company that made the tubes close to another $8 million," and they're throwing the stuff away, with the imprimatur of Obama, with the approval of Obama.
Just throw it away. Doesn't matter, even though they owe the money. They're in bankruptcy. They've gotta pay things back. They're throwing the stuff away. Nothing like that could happen in the private sector. Nothing at all like that could happen. It's just striking out there.
Tall Men Have Less Heart Attacks
RUSH: This story is from the UK Daily Mail. Now, what's funny to me is the last line. Here's the headline of the story: "Men Over 6ft 'Face a 24% Lower Risk of Heart Failure.'" This is another one of these bogus health stories. They can't prove this. This is nothing more than fearmongering, all these health stories. But I want to read to you the last paragraph to tell you what the UK Daily Mail thinks of its readers. Ready?
"Heart failure affects around 900,000 people in Britain, mainly the elderly." Duh! "It occurs..." Snerdley, you listening? I want everybody to know when heart failure happens. "It occurs when their hearts are too weak to properly pump blood around the body and can be caused by heart attacks, which cause the organ to weaken." Did you know that? Did you know you could die from this? A heart attack will make your heart too weak to properly pump blood, and that can then cause the organ to weaken after a heart attack. Did you know that your heart gets really weak after a heart attack? It's right here in the UK Daily Mail, and men over six feet have a 24% lower risk. So what do you bet stretching machines in the UK are gonna be the next entrepreneurial fad? Go in there, "We guarantee to stretch you three inches." So what's the lesson here? Get taller. How absurd.
Crist Advisers Working for Romney?
RUSH: NewsMax, lead story: "Romney's Campaign Advisers are Charlie Crist's Political Aides." According to NewsMax, the firm of Stevens & Schriefer, a consultant firm, play the read role in crafting Romney's primary and national campaign strategy. They are Charlie Crist's advisers, the former governor of Florida. They advised him to embrace Obama and campaign as a moderate. That's who (according to NewsMax) Romney advisers are. I just got it. I don't have to time to delve into if right now, save it for tomorrow.