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We Live in a Low-Information Universe

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RUSH: Yesterday morning in Washington, House of Representatives, the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on the possibility of another asteroid colliding with the earth.  The House committee hearing on another asteroid hitting the earth?  These people can't do anything right.  What do you mean, the House committee?  We have to turn to the House committee to know what to do if an asteroid's coming?  Anyway, Bill Posey, a Republican from Florida, is talking to the NASA administrator, Charles Bolden.  He said, "What would we do if you detected even a small asteroid like the one that detonated in Russia, that was headed for New York in three weeks? What would you do?  What would we do?  What could anybody do?"

BOLDEN:  The bottom line, as always, the funding did not come.

RUSH: Oh, jeez.

BOLDEN:  And so the answer to you is, if it's coming in three weeks, pray. If we find that out right now -- and that's not bad...

POSEY: That's reality.

BOLDEN:  That's not bad policy.  I am a practicing Episcopalian and I love what the Pope's doing right now. I’ll tell you. Things have happened. You got to pray. 

RUSH:  That's it.  We gotta pray because they don't have the funding.  (laughing)  Pray?  Don't have the funding?  By the way, I have decided, I saw something on TV today that has made me rethink the Limbaugh Theorem.  Andy Card was on Fox News this morning. He was being interviewed by Martha MacCallum.  And she asked him a great question that he just blew right by.  The essence of her question was, "Okay, we believe in smaller government."  Well, she didn't say we, but, "for people who believe in smaller government, you Republicans, that's going to mean that people's benefits get cut.  How are you going to explain that to them?"  He just blew right by it and started talking. 

His whole theme throughout this interview was how the Republican Party is exclusionary and it doesn't have a prayer if it doesn't become inclusive.  And I sat there and I looked at that, and I said, "Well, who are they excluding?  And who's running this party?  Who has been running this party?"  Ain't us, folks.  Who's been running the Republican Party?  It's not the conservatives.  So I thought, sitting there, the Limbaugh Theorem may have to be expanded to include some Republicans as well.  I'll explain that as the program unfolds before your very eyes and ears. 

Now, let's move on to Bernie Marcus. Bernie Marcus is one of the co-founders of Home Depot.  He was on yesterday with Neil Cavuto on Fox.  Cavuto said, "There was a front page story about how tax cuts aren't beneficial." He didn't say what newspaper, but he's asking Bernie Marcus, "What do you make of this?" 

"There was a front page story about how tax cuts aren't beneficial. In fact, you get more bang for the buck with tax hikes," this newspaper story said. "The whole world is upside-down but that speaks of an age in which we deny base economic principles and favor continuing big government." I don't know what newspaper it was.  It had to be the New York Times or the Washington Post, one of the two.  Tax increases are what make things work.  Tax cuts are not beneficial at all.  Here is Bernie Marcus's reply, cofounder, Home Depot.

MARCUS: I think that the American people haven’t awakened and I think that they haven’t understood.  Look, when January 1st came around I spoke with a lot of business people.  Speaking to small businesses, they all tell me the same thing. When January 1st came around and that first week of paychecks came in, and they got the benefit -- this benefit of having less money in their payrolls because of the tax increase, you know who they blame? They blame the employer. Nobody blamed the administration. 

RUSH:  Stop and think of that.  Here we were, folks, go back to the latter part of the year. Go back to the last two weeks of December, even the whole month of December, and we're all waiting for an event.  Something that is going to awaken the American people. Something that is going to open their eyes to the truth of Obama and his regime.  We've explained it until we're blue in the face.  We've tried everything we could think.  We've used every word there is.  We've tried every persuasive tactic that we know.  We've tried honesty. We've tried cajoling. We've tried anecdotes. We've tried illustrations. We've done everything we can except, I should say, an effective TV ad campaign.  But other than that we've done everything. 

Waiting for this seminal event, something that's going to awaken the American people so they realize what's happening, this is an offshoot of the Limbaugh Theorem. Obama does not attach to anything bad happening in the country.  His policies are universally opposed by people, but his policies are not deemed to have any effect on what's happening in the country as far as low-information voters are concerned.  It's the most amazing thing, even to this day I'm still amazed by it.  The American people, en masse, think the country's headed in the wrong direction.  They don't like Obama's policies but they love him, although his approval numbers are plummeting.  Well, I wouldn't say plummeting yet, but he's under 50% in more than one poll, that's right.  He's 47% in the Gallup poll, disapproval at 50. 

So his approval numbers are coming down, but they weren't in December.  So we're sitting around, "Okay, we've tried everything."  And people think, "Okay, wait 'til the payroll tax holiday ends and the first paychecks that people get in January, they're gonna see their take-home pay go down, and then they're gonna know."  What Bernie Marcus just said is that he talked to some of his business buddies, and they told him that employees are blaming the companies, not the government.  Employees are blaming the employer for their take-home pay being reduced.  How does that happen?  When did it ever start?  I have never, ever in my entire working life assumed that my employer had anything to do with the deductions in my paycheck.  I've always known what taxes are.  I've always known what the payroll tax is and how much it is. 

I've always known this. From when I was making a dollar and a quarter an hour when I was 16, I've known this. How does this happen? So I'm telling you, folks, we're dealing in a genuine low-information universe. It's perhaps worse than we even know. I was talking to a friend about this event this morning, and I came to a conclusion. I've mentioned on this program a number of times that we've exhausted all of our persuasive attempts, other than a concerted TV ad campaign.

We've exhausted every bit of persuasive talent that we have. We own talk radio, and Fox News for the most part. We've done everything we can, and yet no impact. So we've all been waiting for an event. And when I've said this, people have assumed I meant a hurricane or a tornado, some sort of natural disaster, a God event. No, no, no. I don't mean that. I'm talking about "event" in politics. Let me tell you what I think it's gonna be. It'll be something that will wake people up about Obama.

It isn't gonna be anything serious. It isn't gonna be anything substantive. Something like this is gonna happen: Obama is gonna be talking to somebody on open mike, and he's gonna diss Justin Timberlake's latest CD, and the country is gonna get outraged, and they'll turn on Obama. See, it's gonna be something like that, or he'll diss Beyonce. By the way, there are a lot of people dissing Beyonce. Have you heard about Beyonce? Have you heard what Beyonce did? Let me give you a little history on Beyonce.

Beyonce used to be the lead for a three-girl group called Destiny's Child, and their songs were attempts to inspire young women not to take any grief from men. Right, Mr. Snerdley? Essentially don't take any grief. Don't let these guys walk over you. Don't do this; don't do that. Walk away! You don't need to put up with that. She's done take 180. Beyonce, now having been married, having been impregnated and giving birth to Blue Ivy, is going out on a new tour and they may as well call it "the Bow Down, B-i-itch Tour."

She's got a new song. Can I say it? It's on the popular charts. "Bow Down, Bitches" is the new tune. A total 180. Beyonce's now saying, "Go ahead and put up with it," and you know why? I'll tell you why. Because she got married. She's married to the rich guy. She's even calling herself "Mrs. Carter" on the tour. She has shelved "Beyonce." She's no longer being called that. She's gonna call herself "Mrs. Carter" on the Bow Down, Bitches Tour. That's the title of the single that's fronting the tour.

The advice to these women is, "Go ahead and put up with it. Put up with it now. Bow down, b-i-itches," because why? She got married. She married the rich guy and she now understands. She now understands it's worth it to bow down, and so now she's passing on this advice. There's a big story about this in the UK Telegraph, a major story on...? Not Obama's trip to Israel. It's a major story about Beyonce's tour and what it's called and how she's Mrs. Carter and how she's now advising women to put up with it.

When you find the right guy, you put up with it, bow down, and the story in the UK Telegraph is written by an angry woman who feels betrayed by Beyonce. This woman is not gonna bow down. The woman who wrote this piece is not gonna do it. I have it here. I have so many stacks of stuff that if I get everything in this program, this is gonna be one for the ages. I've got 15 stacks here. I don't know where I put it. Right here.

Ah! Ah! Here it is. It's by Felicity Capon: "Beyonce's new single, Bow Down, marks a change in direction for the independent woman the US president handpicks to play at his parties. Felicity Capon explains why the lyrics leave a bitter taste." It's a huge story. So I'm telling you: The thing that's gonna shake this country up is gonna be Obama on an open mike dissing Timberlake's latest CD or his latest fashion line, or maybe saying something negative about Beyonce. You watch. Don't doubt me.

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