Crowd Size Worries Regime
RUSH: There's this from the Washington Examiner: "The recent frantic email theme to supporters from Team Obama about Mitt Romney's run-away fundraising successes has been expanded to the crowd size gap between the thousands who rushed out over the weekend to see Romney and new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan and the hundreds who cheered on President Obama. The big worry expressed in a new email from Obama's Chicago HQ: 'The Republican base is energized.'" They cite Romney/Ryan drawing 15,000 here, 15,000 there. Biden in North Carolina, 660 people the other day. Obama in Chicago, hundreds. Even a New York Times reporter, Jodi Kantor, tweeted that there were empty seats all over the place at a Chicago fundraiser where the price was 51 bucks and Obama couldn't even fill it then. And, of course, the rest of her journalist buddies got all over her, upset with her for doing that.
Ryan Popularity Rises with Seniors
RUSH: Paul Ryan moved in his favor from a 28 28 percent favorable-unfavorable view to 46 28 favorable this weekend among seasoned citizens, an ABC poll. If you go to Ryan's district in Wisconsin, it's a district that has voted for every Democrat president. There might be a couple of exceptions, but it's a very Democrat district. He wins it hands down. The support he has from seasoned citizens in his district is over the top. So when the seasoned citizens have had a chance to hear him explain the details of his plan, they love it. They're cool with it. But this ABC poll, Ryan's gone from 28 28, favorable-unfavorable to 46 28? Over the weekend. With senior citizens. Here's Obama two days in a row in Iowa.
Root: Ryan Should Shadow Obama
RUSH: Wayne Allyn Root. By the way, this is a good idea. Wayne Allyn Root, this is the guy that went to Columbia with Obama. The Las Vegas bookmaker. He's got a column today. And his idea is that Paul Ryan should shadow Obama, wherever Obama goes, hours later or the next day Ryan shows up. The same place Obama spoke, get a crowd in there and simply refute everything that Obama says. Just shadow him. Wherever Obama goes, Ryan follows. I love that idea. Do you know what that would do to Obama? No matter where he went, he knows the next day Ryan shows up. No matter how secret he keeps his agenda, he at some point has to show up. I love the idea.
Dems to Tout Failing Auto Bailout at DNC?
RUSH: How many times lately have we heard Obama take great credit for saving General Motors and restoring it to number one? We've heard that. And we've heard him say he wants to do that for every business. Well, what is that? Do you realize this guy, Barack Obama, ended up giving the United Autoworkers more money than we spend on foreign aid? For all of you who are diametric opposed to the foreign aid budget... It always comes up during budget discussions: Wasting money, saving money, the deficit.
"We ought to cut out the foreign aid budget, Rush, and some of that stuff! It's just a waste of money!" Detroit News: "The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout. That's 15% higher than its previous forecast. In a monthly report sent to Congress on Friday, the Obama [regime] boosted its forecast of expected losses by more than $3.3 billion to almost $25.1 billion, up from $21.7 billion in the last quarterly update.
"The report may still underestimate the losses. The report covers predicted losses through May 31, when GM's stock price was $22.20 a share." Now, if you come over here to the Heritage Foundation and their blog, The Morning Bell: "Taxpayers will lose even more on the auto bailout than previously thought, as the Treasury has just revised its estimate upward to $25 billion." Again: "This may still underestimate the losses to come -- yet President Obama plans to tout the auto bailout as a key accomplishment of his [regime].
"Politico recently obtained a draft of planning documents for the Democratic National Convention, finding a repeated focus on the auto bailout." Apparently at the Democrat convention, Obama and the regime are going to really make a big deal out of this. It's a big success story. The draft report that the Politico got hold of described the objectives of the convention thus: "Tell the story of the president’s accomplishments -- the auto rescue, manufacturing, ending the war, health care, energy -- as central to his fight for the middle class and America’s long-term economic strength."
Now the losses continue to grow at General Motors. There is no recovery. This is all bogus. Heritage Foundation asks: "As the losses continue to grow, will the President acknowledge that the only people truly 'rescued' were unions? ... More than $26 billion went out the door and into the UAW’s pockets. That’s bigger than the budget of the entire State Department. It's bigger than all U.S. foreign aid spending. It’s 50% more than NASA's budget -- and the UAW isn’t going to be exploring Mars any time soon."
These are staggering figures.
A union was given an automobile company and $26 billion! I hope Obama and the Democrats make a big deal out of this at the convention. I hope they do. I hope they cite this as a "success story." This is an example of how Obama "protects the middle class and economic growth." The automobile rescue, manufacturing, ending the war -- and, of course, health care! Oh, gosh, I hope they bring all that up. I really do.
RUSH: Let me tell you what everybody's reporting today. What everybody's reporting today is that the bailout of General Motors is an abject failure. The losses are mounting. No matter how many cars they're selling and no matter where they are selling, the General Motors bailout essentially did one thing. It kept the company alive so that Obama could send $26 billion to the United Auto Workers. Pure and simple. Look it, folks, General Motors is an iconic American company, and nobody hates being critical of it more than I do. What this guy has done is just unconscionable.
On a Mission to Destroy Penn State
RUSH: Folks, this story... Well, you tell me. The Associated Press: "Penn State has been put on notice by an accrediting organization that says the university's status is 'in jeopardy' based on recent developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, cited information in the school's internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh and the severe penalties imposed by the NCAA ...
"In an Aug. 8 notice, the commission said that Penn State remains accredited while 'on warning' but it wants a monitoring report submitted by the end of next month detailing steps taken to ensure full compliance with governmental requirements, that the university's mission is being carried out, that the commission will be fully informed[,] and that Penn State is complying with standards on leadership and governance as well as integrity."
We are talking about their accreditation as a university. Academic accreditation. If they lose that, they may as well close down. There's no reason to be in business. A degree from Penn State would be meaningless. It would be worthless. Losing your academic accreditation, that is the worst thing that could ever happen to a college. Now, why would they lose their academic accreditation? Are we supposed to believe that a sex scandal in the coaching staff of the football team means that they don't have the academic standards to teach college students?
What? What are you nodding at?
"It's totally ridiculous." I'm a little shocked by this. I'm a little shocked about it in a lot of ways. Ahem. I'd better be careful here. I'd better be real, real careful.
It is, but it happened in the football program. And they've already stripped that bare for all intents and purposes.
Sandusky, he'll never get out of jail. But even if he gets out of jail, this is real piling on. There are some people out there who really want everybody to understand they disapprove of this. This is an incredible amount of piling on. Also in the story here, the accreditation board is questioning Penn State's "financial security." Nothing will threaten their financial stability like threatening to take away their accreditation. It's looking like piling on, but there's something else here.
This looks like some people are out to destroy this university. I know what Sandusky did was reprehensible. But it's by no means the first time anything like this has ever happened anywhere. And the reaction to this incident is way out of proportion to the way it's been reacted to in other instances where adult child sexual molestation has taken place. Something's going on here. This is a huge threat to threaten to take away their accreditation. That effectively shuts down the entire school.
Lebanese Protest Exams
RUSH: Oh, and on a related subject, a companion story: "Dozens of people demonstrated outside the law courts in the Lebanese capital on Saturday." Capital of Lebanon, for those of you in Rio Linda. Do you know what that is, Snerdley, the capital of Lebanon? No. That's Syria. Tripoli is Libya. It would be Beirut. Anyway, "Dozens of people demonstrated outside the law courts in the Lebanese capital on Saturday to protest the use of..." Ladies and gentlemen, if you are listening to this program with your child, or if you become nervous at the discussion of certain uses of the female anatomy, then I'm going to count to five. I'm going to give you a chance to turn off the radio, because we don't like shocking people. It's not what we do here.
We don't just blurt things out for the express purpose of creating outrage so people will talk about it. We really don't want to offend you. If you're made uncomfortable by the discussion of certain uses of the human anatomy, by the time I get to one, if you haven't tuned out and you still hear it, it's on you. If you call and complain, nobody's going to have any sympathy for you because you've been warned. All right. Five, four, three, two, one. If you're still here, it's on you. "Dozens of people demonstrated outside the law courts in the Lebanese capital on Saturday to protest the use of anal 'tests' on men suspected of homosexuality." You see, that is a criminal offense in Lebanon. In every Arab country homosexuality is a criminal offense.
"The rally followed a July 28 police raid on a gay venue in a working class district of Beirut when 36 men were taken into custody and forced to undergo the examinations, reportedly to determine their sexual orientation. Lebanon-based HELEM --" That sounds like when you clear your throat, "-- Lebanon-based HELEM, considered the Arab world's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group, called for the rally under the slogan: 'Stand up against the tests of shame, vaginal or anal.' It also voiced solidarity with women subjected to so-called 'virginity tests.' 'We’re here because we want a clear statement from the ministry of justice that these kind of tests should be completely abolished and punished by the law,'" said one of the participants.
I read a story like this, in Lebanon, people suspected of homosexuality have to undergo anal tests, and I think about in this country the problem is Chick-fil-A?