Tagliabue Vacates All Player Discipline in Saints Bounty Case
RUSH: We have breaking news from the National Football League. The ex-commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, has vacated all player discipline in the New Orleans Saints bounty case. CBS Sports is reporting that the former commissioner has affirmed Roger Goodell's findings in the Saints bounty case, said (paraphrasing), "Yep, there was a bounty program. Yep, what Goodell's investigation found was indeed happening." But in a stunning turn of events, the ex-commissioner, Tagliabue, has vacated all player discipline.
"Tagliabue's bounty ruling was announced by the NFL and the former Commissioner, filling in for Goodell after the current commish recused himself from the appeal hearings, decided that while Goodell's findings were factually accurate, the 'entire case' was 'contaminated' by the Saints organization." Now, for those of you in Rio Linda, vacated means nobody's going on vacation here. It means that it's annulled, made legally void. Now, what does this do to the coach? Sean Payton has been on the beach all year in Dallas. What does it do to him? Haven't seen anything on that yet, or the defensive coach, Gregg Williams, who was at the helm of all the bounty stuff. But all of the player discipline in the Saints bounty case has now been vacated.
Californians Could Face ‘Double Taxation’ With State, Federal Carbon Taxes
RUSH: "Last month, environmentalists cheered as California launched a cap-and-trade program, but talks of a federal carbon tax raised concerns about double taxation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that while the chances of a federal tax on carbon emissions being adopted are still remote, California state officials are worried enough to have started discussing the prospect. 'We are aware that it is a possibility, and we have been considering it as of late,' said California Air Resources Board spokesman Stanley Young. 'We want to make sure that California companies continue to transition into the program without any sort of disadvantage. We promote the possibility of the federal government addressing climate change,' he said. 'And on our part, we’re prepared to align our program in a way that allows California to move forward.'
"One potential solution would be for Congress to exempt California companies that already participate in the state cap-and-trade program from a carbon tax. California officials have also indicated they could tweak their system to harmonize it with the possible federal tax." So California's passed a carbon tax. The feds are thinking about it. If the feds do, this leads to double taxation in California. State and federal carbon taxes.
Now, California just voted to raise taxes on itself with Proposition 30. Some Californians, more than you would expect, are gonna be paying a total of 53% in just income taxes, state and federal. Then the carbon taxes on top of that. And then there is the Obamacare tax on top of that. It's just the beginning. None of these taxes have hit yet. They're all gonna hit next year, some of them starting on January 1st. Some starting with the first paycheck of the new year. And at that point, we'll have a better indication on what people thought they were voting for.
California Expands Obamaphone Program
RUSH: Also out of California: "The unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed. The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones," an expansion of the Obama phone program, and free service. So the California unemployment rate is above 10.2%, state debt, $16 billion. People are leaving the state. Taxes are going up left and right, and the homeless and low income are going to be given free phones and free service.
The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with family. So California's gonna give the homeless free phones and free service so that they can apply for jobs -- ahem, ahem -- and stay in touch with family. Now, why don't the homeless live with their families, maybe, as a solution? It would make them un-homeless. Do you believe this? Gonna give the homeless free phones and free service so they can stay in touch with mom and dad, and apply for jobs. (laughing) Really!
Google's Schmidt Turns Down Secretary of Business Job
RUSH: Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the board of Google, has declined Obama's offer to be secretary of business. Well, I think he might have had to disclose where his billions are hidden from US taxes. No, wait, this is the regime. He wouldn't have to do that. He didn't want it. Actually, I'm not surprised. But it was offered, secretary of business, secretary of commerce. Eric Schmidt turns it down.
Elmo Puppeteer Enters Sandusky Territory
RUSH: Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash, faces his fourth underage sex accusation. "A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim that he engaged in underage sex with the former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash." You know, we're getting into Sandusky territory here. Four of 'em now. We're getting into Sandusky territory at PBS.
"On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers. All three cases allege civil -- in other words, noncriminal -- violations, and are pending in the Southern District of New York."
ESPN Orders Tebow Coverage Cutback
RUSH: The president of ESPN, John Skipper, has told producers that they need to spend less time talking about Tim Tebow. "I said, 'Guys, we didn't handle this very well.' Going to training camp wasn't a problem. We just stayed on it relentlessly and too long." So ESPN's president has told the anchors and the reporters, "No more coverage of Tebow. It's overblown. He doesn't deserve it. He hasn't done anything." Why is there so much coverage of Tebow, do you think? It's because he's Christian, and they can't believe it, and their waiting for Tebow to screw up big time. They can't wait for Tebow to have a giant moral decline. They want something big. That's why there's a body watch on Tebow. I have no doubt about it.