"Great Recovery" Not as Great as Expected
RUSH: Try this headline in the AP. "US Hasn't Seen Expected 'Great Recovery.'" (laughing) Really? It's an AP story. About nothing gets past these people, I'll tell you. "An economic forecast says the country's expected 'Great Recovery' hasn't materialized and the economy's fallen short of even normal growth. The Los Angeles Times reports the gloomy picture appears in the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast released Wednesday.
It says that real gross domestic product growth -- the inflation-adjusted value of goods and services produced -- is well below the 3-percent growth trend of past recoveries. The forecast says the country isn't creating enough good jobs." No shhhhh...
I read stuff like this, what have they been looking at? There isn't a recovery, great or otherwise. We're still in a recession. Look at the number of people on disability, over 10 million. The people not working, still eating, look at the number of people on Medicaid. Do you know the people on Medicaid in this country is larger than the population of UK and France combined? It's larger than the population of the UK and something, I forget which combined. The number of people on Medicaid is larger than two European countries combined, I think. Close.
Breadwinner Moms: Good or Bad?
RUSH: While I was gone, the Pew Center, the Pew Research Center released a study that revealed that mothers are the sole or primary provider of income in a record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 in the United States. In other words, women have become the primary breadwinners in 40% of US households.
Analyzing data from the Census Bureau for 2011, the report investigated changing gender roles, cases where married women out-earn their husbands -- I should say spouses now. He-he. It's not husbands anymore. And the income gap between married and single mothers was quite large as expected, but both groups of breadwinner mothers, married and single, have grown in size in the past five decades.
Erickson and Dobbs Roasted
RUSH: I guess some people went on Fox, who was it, Lou Dobbs and Juan Williams and Erick Erickson went on TV, said (paraphrasing), "Yep, yep, and that's exactly why the US culture is in a deteriorating position because women weren't meant to be breadwinners." They were meant to be -- what's the word -- mental block here -- I'm paraphrasing what they said. Apparently there was a lot of "how dare they" say that kind of reaction out there, to that notion. Because the conventional wisdom is that breadwinner mothers, that's ideal, because we can show our young women all the wonderful aspects of feminism that way. You don't have to depend on a relationship. You don't have to depend on a man to be happy or economically okay. You can show your daughters that it's perfectly fine to get out there and seek careers and this kind of thing. In fact, it was interpreted as just a marvelous sign of progress that women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of US households.
Now, the problem with this, who took it on the chin in this? I mean, for this to be good news for somebody, it has to be bad news for somebody, right? So for whom is this bad news? Men? Let me ask you, Snerdley. Snerdley said men. Let me ask you a question. Seriously, now. If we've gotten to the point where you now have a legitimate choice to stay home and eat bonbons, maybe mow the yard, otherwise eat bonbons and putz around on your computer while Mrs. Snerdley is out doing the grind and earning, aren't you cool with that?
You're not cool with that? Never? Well, what about single parents, single mothers, where do they rank in this? Because they are the real chosen ones in the American left's dissection of culture. Single mothers are the real heroes, not men. They're saints because they're the biggest source of poverty, which is what Democrats need, people in poverty. A permanent underclass.
The New Global Warming Spin in Europe
RUSH: Climate, global warming. We were in many places on our trip, but one of places we were was in Europe, and I was looking at the foreign press while in Europe. And they're big on this whole global warming. Everybody drives these tiny little smart cars and putt-putts and so forth because the roads are very small.
Anyway, I picked up on something that gives me a clue where the global warming activists are headed next. In Europe, they are saying that the reality, that there hasn't been any warming in 15 years has given us a second chance to get it right. So rather than accept at face value what it means, that their models were wrong, there hasn't been any global warming, there isn't any global warming, there isn't any manmade climate change, what instead they're sticking with is, of course there's manmade global warming, of course there's climate change. Something unexplained has happened in the last 15 years that's resulted in the temperature staying the same, and that's a godsend, gives us a second chance to get it right. And they're gonna make another full-speed-ahead push for more environmental legislation, carbon tax kind of proposals.
They've decided politically this is the way to go. They've been given a second chance. Keep a sharp eye, folks. I don't know if it's already surfaced in this country yet. If it hasn't, it will. The Algores of the world and whoever else, environmentalist wacko groups talking about this 15-year weird period where it didn't get any warmer when it was supposed to because our models said so, second chance. Second chance to stave off the disaster we thought would already have befallen us.