RUSH: You want to hear the Limbaugh Theorem in action? 'Cause I can illustrate the Limbaugh Theorem using the president himself. My friends, a lot of pressure has been brought to bear on President Obama over the White House tours being canceled. Any number of people have offered to pay to reopen the tours. Individual citizens, any number of people have offered to do so. The regime has not relented on this. They claim it can't happen that way.
But the latest thing to happen is that Obama says he had nothing to do with it but is working on fixing it. That's the Limbaugh Theorem. This sequester is Obama's idea. Now, we've exposed this, thanks to that congressman from Baltimore County in Maryland, Dr. Andy Harris. Let me tell you something. That blew the lid off all this. What Dr. Harris did back on March 5th, we just played you those sound bites. You know, I think this is profound. Now, that's just me.
A lot of people think this is politics-as-usual, and it may be.
But to me this is far more than that.
We have a sequester. It's minimal. Its impact is minimal. It's 2.3% of government spending, but it's not actual cuts. The federal government, even with the sequester, is going to spend more money this year than without the sequester. The sequester does not cut anything other than the rate of growth. That's all it does. Yet the regime, the administration -- grab sound bite four. I want to make this point. Here's the president back on February 19th, the week of the sequester. Now, March 1st was the due date, and it's approaching, and this is what the president said awaited all of us...
OBAMA: Emergency responders, like the ones who are here today, their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays in airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.
RUSH: There you have it.
OBAMA: This is not an abstraction.
OBAMA: People will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again. The unemployment rate might tick up again.
RUSH: Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations! Children will lose their vaccinations! All of that was a lie, folks. I think this is serious, and that may be just me. It is politics-as-usual, but this approaches the bounds. Again, on this kid vaccination thing... I'm not gonna replay the sound bites. I just played them. But Dr. Andy Harris of Baltimore County, Maryland, had the CDC director at a witness stand at a congressional subcommittee hearing.
Dr. Harris got him to admit that Obama's budget cut $60 military from the CDC and child vaccinations were not gonna be affected. The sequester cuts half of that, $30 million, and Obama was running around saying 2,000 kids are gonna lose their vaccinations. It's just made up, and not only was it a lie; it was a purposeful, strategic lie. Many of those were told all over the country by any number of bureaucrats, from the defense department chief to you name it.
"Eight hundred people will be furloughed!" all of this, and the idea was: This country can't survive if this government gets even 1% smaller. Now the lid's off because the sequester is in full force, and the cops are still showing up everywhere, and the firemen are still showing up everywhere, and the kids are being vaccinated. But the White House tours were shut down. There are seven people in that office. They're self-guided tours.
You put a pair of headphones on, whatever audio source they use, and you guide yourself through the White House. There are some people in there, but it's individuals. These tours are scheduled well in advance by families coming to town to vacation. They don't get set up on the day you want to go. You gotta go through your congressman to get one set up, and you have to do it well in advance, in some cases a month or more in advance. They arbitrarily shut 'em down. It's totally unnecessary.
It's a targeted elimination of something to cause pain, to cause suffering.
The purpose of this from the president, from the administration's point of view, is to literally inconvenience people, at best. At worst, it's to actually inflict some harm. Now, I think this is serious stuff. I think it's dishonest; it's disingenuous. To have an administration perfectly willing to inconvenience people -- and, at worst, hurt them? And it's just as bad to scare people. You tell parents their kids aren't gonna be able to get their flu vaccinations or whatever, when it isn't true and you know it isn't true?
This is not what we expect of a president.
I don't care if it's politics-as-usual. That's not what we expect.
Well, I take it back. We do expect it from a Democrat president, sadly. We do expect it from a liberal president because they can't and never are honest about what they really believe. They would never get elected because they only have minority support. But here's the Limbaugh Theorem, now, perfectly illustrated by the president himself. It was on Good Morning America today. George Stephanopoulos was interviewing the president. He said, "You've been taking a lot of heat for the cancellation of White House tours. Secret Service says it cost $74,000 a week. Was canceling them really necessary, Mr. President?"
OBAMA: I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House, but what the Secret Service explained to us was that they're gonna have to furlough some folks. What "furloughs" mean is that people lose a day of work and a day of pay. And, y'know, the question for them is, y'know, how deeply do they have to furlough their staff, and is it worth it t'make sure that we've got White House tours if it means that you've got a whole bunch of families who are dependin' on a paycheck --
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no reconsideration.
OBAMA: -- who are going to see a 5 or 10% reduction in their pay. Well, what I'm asking them is are there ways, for example, for us to accommodate school groups, y'know, who may have traveled here with some bake sales. Can we make sure that, uh, kids potentially can still come to tour.
RUSH: Traveled here with bake sales? In order to tour the White House they saved up money via bake sales? He caused it! This is the Limbaugh Theorem proven. The White House tours been shut down. (impression) "I didn't do it. I didn't do that. The Secret Service did that! I had nothing to do with it. I'm fighting to get 'em reopened. I'm doing everything I can. I'm just an innocent bystander here. When I heard they were gonna close down the White House, I was outraged.
"'You can't do that! Students have been working with bake sales and everything to come here to see the White House.'" I mean, this is absurd, but this is it. This is the Limbaugh Theorem. White House tours are shut down and low-information voters say, "Aww, look! He didn't do it. He's trying to get 'em reopened for us. Those Republicans and whoever cut the budget, they're just trying to embarrass Obama. They're trying to make him look bad. They cut the tours. They shut the tours down! You heard the president say he had nothing to do with it," and that's it.
That's the president implementing the Limbaugh Theorem right before your very eyes.
RUSH: Jay Carney at the White House just now, mere moments ago, just contradicted the president, who said on ABC this morning that he had nothing to do with the White House tours being canceled. Jay Carney said the White House did get involved in canceling the White House tours. Now, that doesn't mean Obama. Obama said the Secret Service did it. He didn't know about it. Now he's trying to fix it. Jay Carney went out and said, "No, no, no, no, no, the White House was involved." What is happening here? This charm offensive, you know, that's being undercut now.
It's been revealed the charm offensive was a bunch of phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock 'n' roller BS. The charm offensive was aimed at the media to make them think the president was reaching out to Republicans. But a White House aide said to the media, "There's nothing going on here. This is just an attempt to fool you people." And now Carney blows the lid on Obama's claim the White House wasn't involved in the decision to cut the White House tours.
RUSH: I want to go back to President Obama with Stephanopoulos answering the question about White House tours and why did the White House decide to do it. I'm not gonna play the whole thing, Mike, just a couple/three sentences. Here it is...
OBAMA: I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House, but what the Secret Service explained to us was that they're gonna have to furlough some folks.
RUSH: Okay, stop the tape. "I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House, but what the Secret Service explained to us was that they're gonna have to" do. Here's Jay Carney's quote today at the press briefing. He said, "The Secret Service came to us with a decision that because of the sequester cuts, it would be impossible, in their view, to staff those tours. It was our job then to cancel the tours. The Secret Service cannot, because those are White House tours."
So Obama, again, how do we characterize this? Yeah, he lied, but some say it's unseemly to accuse a president of lying, and it may be unseemly. People don't want to believe that, but that's exactly what happened here. The amazing thing is that Jay Carney contradicted his boss within eight hours. Obama's on Good Morning America today saying, "Nope, nope, nope! The White House had nothing to do with it."
Carney said, "Well, we did. The Secret Service came to us with their decision that it would be impossible to staff the tours. It was our job then to cancel them." Now, I'm sure what Carney would say is, "Well, they told us they couldn't do it, though. We had to make the decision." I don't care if they want to play around with words. The fact is Obama said it was not a decision that went up to the White House, and Carney was saying, "We did make the decision. We're the only ones who can."
Then there's the lie about child vaccinations that we've exposed today. That happened back on March 5th during congressional testimony on all of this. Now we have Paul Ryan out there with his effort to balance the budget in ten years, and Obama is parroting Bill Clinton. It's amazing how things never change! Obama says he could balance the budget but he doesn't want to. Bill Clinton said the same thing back in 1995. (impression)
"You know, we could balance that budget. We could do it five years. We could do it eight years. We could do it ten years. We could do it. We could. Yeah, we could do it maybe in 12 years, but that's an arbitrary period. Why not seven years? But the fact is, well, I don't want to balance the budget. It doesn't mean that much. In fact, the more you balance a budget, the more you harm the economy." Obama's out saying the exact same thing!
Folks, I've been doing this long enough now I hear these cycles and I see there's nothing new on the Democrat side. There's literally nothing new. But here's the worst thing. Precisely because there's nothing new, there's no excuse for the Republicans not having been able to, in 25 or 30 years, come up with a strategy to defeat this stuff. That's what blows my mind. We've been through a budget argument in 1995, a budget shutdown.
Clinton cleaned our clocks. Republicans haven't learned a thing. The Republican Party has no more idea how to deal with the Democrats now than they did in 1995. It's the same stuff, and we know it. We know what they're gonna do. We know what they're gonna say. We know how they're gonna approach the American people; we know how they're gonna try to yank people's tears and tug their heartstrings and so forth. Yet in 25 years, we cannot come up with a way to defeat it.