RUSH: The White House daily briefing is taking place right now. Jay Carney, Obama's spokesman, just said Obama believes it is wrong to "play politics" with the Keystone pipeline. That's right after Jay Carney admitted that Obama had been lobbying Democrat Senators to vote against it. We don't want to play politics. No. Obama doesn't like playing politics with the pipeline. And Obama doesn't like commenting on what pundits and other people say (and then he does it). He doesn't like playing politics with things (but then he does it and leads the way).
RUSH: Politico: "Obama Lobbying Democrats Over Keystone XL Pipeline -- President Barack Obama is intervening..." He doesn't like to "play politics" on things, remember. "President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks," and Jay Carney just admitted it. So you don't need "several sources familiar with the talks." The State Department ought to have a problem with this. I thought the president wouldn't rest 'til everybody had a job that wants one and the Keystone XL pipeline would create I don't know how many tens of thousands of jobs.
Can't have it now.
You know why?
You know why, folks?
You know why he's gotta oppose it?
Because of the same numskulls who actually believe watching a movie from iCloud will destroy the Appalachian Mountains! That's about it. The Keystone pipeline will destroy America, 'cause there's oil in it -- and it'll leak, and it will kill birds and animals and grass. It will the poison the planet and global warming, and we're all gonna die! Never mind we have I-don't-know-how-many hundreds of miles of pipeline already. It's just, frankly, ridiculous. In a sane world these people would be laughed out of the public square. Instead, in the mainstream media, they are given credibility. They are given a level of importance, positions of authority and power in the public arena during the debate. It's insane! Watching Star Wars? I don't care if every iCloud subscriber watches Star Wars, you're not destroying a mountain range. And of all people to accuse of this, Apple?
Here's Mitch McConnell. He was in Washington this morning on the Senate floor. This is during general remarks talking about the Keystone pipeline and Obama lobbying Democrat Senators to oppose it.
MCCONNELL: There's a report this morning that the president is personally making phone calls to Democratic Senators he thinks might vote for the amendment, asking them not to. And, frankly, it's hard to comprehend how out of touch, how completely out of touch he is on this issue. I mean, think about it. At a moment when millions are out of work, gas prices are literally skyrocketing, and the Middle East is in turmoil, we've got a president who's up making phone calls trying to block a pipeline here at home. It's really almost unbelievable.
RUSH: Except that it is believable, 'cause it's happening. He's not "out of touch," Senator. I know. "We must speak diplomatically. We're in the US Senate. We must speak diplomatically about the president." He is not out of touch by any stretch of the imagination. This is purposeful. I'll tell you what: Just in political terms, getting Democrats on the record opposing the Keystone pipeline is the equivalent of an early Christmas present for Republicans. To have these Democrats go on the record opposing the expansion of the domestic oil supply, opposing the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs, opposing American independence from foreign oil?
Republicans are going to need to pick up 14 Democrat votes for the amendment to pass. The vote on this is expected sometime after four o'clock today. And remember, almost a year ago (ten months ago in May) Obama approved a giant oil storage tank in the Gulf for Brazil. We are funding oil creation and expansion and exploration for Brazil and a couple of other Central American and South American countries. But not here. No, because the United States has to pay the price! We have to pay the price for our prosperity. We have to pay the price for how mean-spirited and extreme we've been to the peoples of the world. We have stolen their resources; it's time we paid the price.
(sigh) He's not "out of touch," Senator McConnell. He's entirely in touch. He has specific motives for this. And as you just detailed, Senator, they are not helpful. In fact, they are detrimental to this country. If I wanted to, I could go out there and I could get the audio of President Obama saying, "I won't rest until every American has a job." He says it over and over again. I'm sure you've heard it. The fact of the matter is, it's not that the president "won't rest until every American has a job." The president won't rest until he's killed every job related to the Keystone pipeline! And don't get me started on killing the health insurance industry. That's in a death spiral, too, thanks to him.
The president won't rest until every American has a job?
I'll tell you, he won't rest until every bundler for his campaign gets a cushy government job. "Baraka Obama" won't rest until every detail of his past has been hidden or white-washed or ignored. Barack Obama won't rest until gas prices in America are the same as they are in Europe. Barack Obama won't rest until taxes are higher across the board. Barack Obama won't rest until death panels exist to decide who gets medical treatment and who doesn't in this country. Barack Obama won't rest until every one of his enemies have been isolated and smeared. Obama won't rest until he can tell you what to eat, what to drive, what to purchase and when to do all of that. Barack Obama won't rest until the Commerce Clause is rendered meaningless and churches bow down to him.
That's what he's aiming for.
He "won't rest until every American has a job" while he lobbies Democrat senators to make sure that tens of thousands of jobs are not created!
RUSH: And we have news from TheHill.com. Dingy Harry all happy, Dingy Harry ecstatic, "Yippee!" in announcing that the Democrats will kill the Keystone amendment. "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Democrats have the votes to defeat a GOP-backed measure to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline." He went on to say, "'So the president has not come out saying, 'I oppose Keystone.' He opposes doing it in the manner that's been jammed down our throats,'" sort of like the way Obamacare was jammed down our throats. Obama has opposed it, folks. He has opposed the Keystone pipeline. He's opposed it today. He is calling Democrats urging them not to vote for it! It's only coming down the pike one way, but here you have it: The Democrat leader in the Senate is happy that they will not be adding to the domestic oil supply. He's happy that we will not be creating tens of thousands of new jobs. The Democrat Party Senate majority leader is ecstatic and happy today that we will not be adding to our oil supply or creating jobs. Your Democrat Party.
RUSH: Paul in Jacksonville, Florida. Thank you for waiting. It's great to have you on the program, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. This is Paul, as you just said. I just had a couple of comments here. One about why Obama likes that high gas price, and that's just trying to get more people onto food stamps.
RUSH: Well, I think he likes high gasoline prices because he wants to change what people drive. He wants... (sigh) What I'm gonna tell you is the truth. It's unbelievable. You don't want to believe it. It doesn't sound possible. Not in this country. It's so unbelievable, you're going to reject me saying it. You're gonna cast it off as, "Ah, that's a bit far out." Obama wants you to have less freedom, less mobility, less ability to move around. There are people like that. Most people that run countries are like that. We are the exception.
That's what's been so wonderful, what's such a blessing about the United States. Most of the people who have ever lived had lived under rulers, not people who govern them. He wants you to have less money. You're right: He wants you depending on him. Food stamps or whatever it is. But ultimately it's about usurping your freedom and transferring it to the government. He doesn't think you're smart enough to live your life responsibly. He doesn't think you'll willingly turn over your power to him. He's going to have to find ways to trick you out of it.
That's what's going on with this regime.
RUSH: It's this simple, folks. There is nothing President Obama has done that does not expand government's power and its control. Not a single thing. Everything he has done expands government power and government control. Every single thing.
And that cannot be an accident.