Woman Calls 911 for Cigarette Delivery
RUSH: This from Granbury, Texas. "Authorities in North Texas say a 48-year-old woman called 911 to have a deputy deliver cigarettes to her home." Not chicken McNuggets. This is not Port St. Lucie. Remember we had a woman there that went into a Mickey D's, there were no McNuggets, and she called 911 thinking she was calling the White House to complain about it.
"Hood County sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jividen says the woman, a Granbury resident, called 911 on Feb. 11 asking for the cigarettes. Jividen says the woman instead received a visit from two deputies and was arrested." She was arrested for occupying resources, delaying and using up resources. The sheriffs lieutenant said that the caller was very intoxicated when she dialed 911, which is a total shock. By the way, Granbury is 65 miles southwest of Dallas, just in case you want to know. So a 911 call asking for carton of cigarettes.
Well, I think she wanted to get an enforced sequester. I think she's obviously paying attention and cigarettes might not be available after the sequester. The sheriff's department might not have the gasoline to drive to deliver the cigarettes after the sequester. Well, look, you don't know, folks. There's gonna be cuts in everything. Why not 911 cuts? This woman may be way ahead of the game. She may have highlighted something that only a few people know and we'll soon learn. Well, if there are 911 cuts and the woman knew about it she had to get the request for cigarettes in before the sequester.
RUSH: Tiger Woods has spoken, saying what a great guy Obama is, what a great, great opportunity it was to be able to play golf with Obama over the weekend. Tiger out in Arizona for this week's upcoming PGA tournament. Oh, yeah, he's great, had a great touch, he said. He's great around the greens, great chipper, great putter. Such a great guy, and it was a lot of fun, and Tiger and the president won. So that's out there.
Rasmussen Consumer Index
RUSH: Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, dropped two points today to 95.3. The consumer Index is down three points from a week ago and two points from a month ago, but is up five points from three months ago. Did you follow all that? Twenty-four percent of consumers think their personal finances are getting better. Forty-three percent think they are getting worse, but don't worry because Obama's working on it. By the way, we have a series of audio sound bites coming up on the program where these people, whether they know it or not, probably inadvertently are confirming every aspect of my recently espoused theorem on how Obama gets away with wrecking the country while being perceived as trying to fix it.
Obamacare Pushes Kids Off S-CHIP
RUSH: Do you remember the S-CHIP program? That is State Children's Health Insurance Program. S-CHIP. That is the program that is almost 100% funded with sales tax revenue from the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, and I'm not making that up. That's why I've often said that smokers deserve recognition -- maybe a medal, certainly some sort of praise -- because they alone, with the purchase of tobacco products, are funding the program.
Well, it turns out now that there's trouble. This in the New York Post: "If you're a poor child, and you like your health plan, you can't keep it. In fact, it's now clear that ObamaCare will force tens of millions of Americans to accept inferior health coverage to what they have now. The most-threatened groups include: People who now get their policies from a job at a small business, those who buy individual coverage direct from an insurer, seniors who qualify for Medicaid as well as Medicare and kids enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program," S-CHIP.
It turns out here (and we're hearing about this way too late) they're taking kids out of the S-CHIP program and they're shifting them over to Medicaid. They're putting an added burden on Medicaid. I'm just guessing, but I would have to think that sales tax revenue on the sale of tobacco products ain't what everybody projected it to be, because they're out there demanding everybody quit smoking, plus once you buy a tobacco product you can't smoke it anywhere.
So it's getting harder and harder to fund the S-CHIP program. It says right here that the S-CHIP program "provides health coverage to nearly 8 million children of families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. The program has plenty of flaws, but it often gets kids enrolled in plans that are a lot better than traditional Medicaid..." So by being moved into Medicaid, they are not losing a blue chip plan, but their plan is getting worse. Their coverage is becoming less.
"At risk are kids whose parents earn between 100% and 133% of the Federal Poverty Level -- which comes out to $23,000 to $31,000 a year for a family of four. ... The provision makes these kids a 'mandatory Medicaid population,' so it applies to all states. As long as the parents are in that income zone, the kids are on Medicaid (even if the parents aren't)." Well, the reason this is important is Medicaid's in trouble like Medicare is in trouble, and all of these expenses are being shifted to the states.
This involves the exchanges and who's gonna pay for all this, and the Feds are basically saying, "We're kicking you out of our program." I have a bunch of stuff from yesterday's stack I didn't get to.
Ranks of Self-Insured Grows
RUSH: There's a story in that stack about a number of businesses who are beginning to self-insure. They're not subscribing to any health care plan. They are paying for their employees' health coverage as it is needed.
The companies are setting aside their own pool of money invested somewhere to cover these expenses, because it's cheaper to pay on a per capita basis as an employee gets sick and needs medical care. It's cheaper to pay for it that way than to go get on any kind of a policy, especially as mandated by Obama. I'll have more details as the program unfolds but that's the free market working (while there still is one). That's simply the free market at work, but that option is not gonna be around long.
Not once Obamacare is fully implemented.
Teaching White Guilt
RUSH: It was last week we did the story at the University of Wisconsin somewhere, and they got the idea from the University of Minnesota. They're teaching students how it's not "cool" to be white, and to feel guilty if you're white. The rest of the media is just picking up on this. The story has been out there now for five or six days, and you are now seeing cable news networks get into this.
I actually saw today on Fox, they had a panel on this, and an African-American woman said, "Oh, it totally makes sense because all we're trying to do is start a conversation. We need to talk about race in this country." We need to talk about race? We need to stop talking about race! The whole point of this is racism, and it's the left behind it. The left have always been the people who look at somebody and first notice them by the color of their skin and guessing what their sexual orientation is and guessing what their gender is and wondering if they had a sex-change operation.
They might even ask somebody. All of these things on the outside... Well, the sex change, the addadictomy... Well, that would be on the outside, too. But they see all of these surface things, and you actually had this woman defending this under the guise, "Oh, yeah, it's entirely worthwhile here, to start the conversation about race and it's understandable that white people should feel guilty. They should in some cases," and so forth.
I mean, folks, I don't know what to do about that, but that clearly isn't any good. That clearly isn't healthy. The very people who are out every day charging people with racism are the very people themselves engaging in it. By suggesting that the first thing that you notice about somebody is their skin color, and then these leftists are demanding what you think about that person. You think it cannot deteriorate any further, and it just continues to.
RUSH: Yeah, they're teaching university students that it's not fair to be white. How long is it gonna be before they start teaching people it's not fair to be legal, that being a legal citizen is unfair and discriminatory. Don't laugh. You ever think you would hear a university teaching a course to white people about how it's unfair, and they need to think of themselves as inferior because they're white? And the reason for that, well, we have to make amends for all of the transgressions and discrimination and slavery and racism of the past.
Lurch Devotes First Major Speech as Secretary of State to Climate Change
RUSH: The secretary of state, John Kerry, gave his first major foreign policy speech today at the University of Virginia. He's the secretary of state, and do you know what he spoke about? Climate change. John Kerry, in his first speech as secretary of state, said, "We as a nation must have the foresight and courage to make the investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust we keep for our children and grandchildren: an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms (sic), devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate."
That's what we gotta do.
We have to protect "the most sacred trust we keep for our children," the environment. This is not NASA. This is not the National Institutes of Health guy. This is the secretary of state. And he wasn't finished. He said, "And let's face it -- we are all in this one together. No nation can stand alone. We share nothing so completely as our planet. When we work with others -- large and small -- to develop and deploy the clean technologies that will power a new world, we’re also helping create new markets and new opportunities for America's second-to-none innovators and entrepreneurs to succeed in the next great revolution."
And then, "Kerry called for collective action to deal with this problem. 'So let's commit ourselves to doing the smart thing and the right thing and truly commit to tackling this challenge,' he said. 'Because if we don't rise to meet it, rising temperatures and rising sea levels will surely lead to rising costs down the road. If we waste this opportunity, it may be the only thing our generations are remembered for. We need to find the courage to leave a far different legacy.
"'We cannot talk about the unprecedented changes happening on our planet without talking about the unprecedented changes in its population -- another great opportunity at our fingertips,' he warned. But midway through the climate change section, Kerry paused. 'Can we all say thank you and to our signers?' the secretary of state said referencing those who were translating his speech into sign language. The audience applauded." So that's first major address by our new secretary of state.
I'll betcha the ChiComs and the Russians really stood up and took notice of this. You know what they heard? They're sitting there saying, "We cannot believe our good luck. This bunch of derelicts is actually going to invest in destroying their own economy! We don't have to do anything. We don't have to fire a shot. We don't have to spend any money. We just have to sit back and watch these fools ruin their country and their economy."
By the way, the Russian foreign minister finally returned Kerry's call. It only took about ten days. Did you hear that? Yeah, Kerry called somebody in Russia and they didn't call him back, and it made news every day that they didn't call him back. It probably took a week or ten days, and the guy called back.
85% Think Parents (Not Gov't) are Biggest Factors in A Child’s Success
RUSH: Rasmussen Reports: "85% Think Parents Are Biggest Factor in A Child’s Success." Not the government. Not Obama. Not a social program. Not having access to technology. It's the parents who are the biggest factor in a child's success. "Eighty-five percent of American Adults believe that parents play the biggest role in determining the future success and happiness of a child. Five percent (5%) feel friends play the biggest role, while three percent (3%) think siblings do. Two percent (2%) say teachers are the most important, and one percent (1%) think it's someone else."
One thousand American adults were surveyed February 11th and 12th. Not one person apparently said that the government is the biggest factor. Not one person evidently said that Obama is the biggest factor. On the other hand, only 85% think that parents are the biggest factor. Most of the others thought the schools, teacher, principal, Michael Jordan, Nike.
Panetta Okays Reverse Discrimination to Make Up for Past Discrimination
RUSH: Speaking of the Pentagon, chapter 431 million of The World Has Gone Mad. It's from Terry Jeffrey, the editor at the Cybercast News Service, a story from yesterday. "Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has unilaterally issued a directive stating that the US military will now extend certain benefits to unmarried domestic partners that were formerly reserved for married couples -- but will only do so if the domestic partners certify in writing to the Department of Defense that they are of the same sex. Heterosexual unmarried partners do not qualify for the benefits -- and thus are treated unequally by Panetta’s directive."
So the Pentagon has extended benefits, I don't know what they are, just it's money. The Pentagon has extended certain benefits only to unmarried partners of gay couples. A heterosexual couple, not married, the partner not in the military doesn't get the benefits. You have to be of the same sex. You have to be gay in order to qualify for this new benefit as announced by Panetta. "Panetta issued his directive in a Feb. 11 memorandum to the secretaries of the military departments and the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The subject line on the memo said: 'Extending benefits to same-sex domestic partners of military members.'"
So what this is is reverse discrimination to make amends for past discrimination. We're gonna shift the discrimination under the guise of making things equal, of evening things out, making things fair. No end in sight was stated for the program, and no exceptions will be allowed.
Alec Baldwin Did It Again
RUSH: So did you hear about Alex Baldwin? He did it again. He accosted somebody else on the street down in Soho or Greenwich Village, wherever it was. I think it was a New York Post reporter, and he started calling him names. I think the C-word. When all is said and done, they're thinking of charging Baldwin with a hate crime, and I'm thinking, "Here's a guy... How many times has this happened with Alec Baldwin?
We had the audiotape of the way he talked to his daughter on the phone message. "He's constantly doing this stuff, and yet no sponsors ever boycott 30 Rock. He's always hired to endorse for various sponsors on television." You know, leftists, I guess you can get away with anything. They don't hold you accountable for anything. Yeah, there are people pushing Alec Baldwin to run for mayor. The hate crimes are never gonna be held against him. He's a good liberal.
Biden to Women: Get a Shotgun!
RUSH: Vice President Joe Biden says to women: Don't go out and get a gun. Get a shotgun. That's what you need. Get a shotgun. Yeah, you'll hit more people with a shotgun.
That's our vice president and his latest safety tip.