Sarah Murnaghan Gets Lung Transplant
RUSH: Well, an American citizen has survived Kathleen Sebelius. The 10-year-old little girl is getting her lung transplant even as we speak. The lung transplant operation is taking place, it will last several hours. And another American survives the Obama regime. What a great day.
Is Snowden's Story Unraveling?
RUSH: "Is Edward Snowden's Story Unraveling? Why the Guardian's scoop is looking a bit dodgy." Now, this is the UK Telegraph. They are a competitor to the UK Guardian. The UK Guardian story is written by Glenn Greenwald who is a leftist hack, and we must make that point. Greenwald is a blogger and a leftist, a so-called journalistic hack. If I'm not mistaken, it's the same guy who used to write for either Salon or Slate, one of those two. He used to post blogs all over the place. And frankly I was surprised when I saw his byline, wondering if it's the same guy, and picture-wise I think it is. I was surprised he was bylined in the UK Guardian.
Anyway, he had the story on PRISM. He had the story on Edward Snowden. Now there's a guy, Tim Stanley, in the UK Telegraph, who says that questions are being raised about Snowden's background and his motivations. "Now that the dust has settled after the Edward Snowden affair, it’s time to ask some tough questions about The Guardian’s scoop of the week. Snowden’s story is that he dropped a $200,000 a year job and a (very attractive) girlfriend."
Have you seen a picture of the girlfriend? Well, I haven't seen a picture, either, but this guy -- well, there you have it. H.R., who would know, said that she's not bad. She was a pole dancer, gymnastic pole dancer. Yeah. Yeah. Anyway, he left her on the pole, so to speak, he left the 200 grand, and "left Hawaii for a life in hiding in Hong Kong in order to expose the evils of the NSA's PRISM program. But bits of the story are now being questioned."
The first question people are asking: "Why did he go to China? It was always an odd aspect of his plan that he should choose as his refuge from tyranny a totalitarian state that happily spies on its own people and imprisons dissenters. True, Hong Kong itself has a tradition of resistance to dictatorship, but it also has a treaty with the US that would make it relatively easy for America to extradite their guy back. Perhaps Snowden simply has the worst lawyers in history?"
But that was a curious thing. Of all the places to go, Hong Kong, and then to claim that he's in a bastion of freedom when he's there. And yet while he's there in a bastion of freedom, he's holed up in a hotel that he won't identify. He's only left the hotel room three times. He's been there since May and living on room service.
The second aspect of the story that's somewhat curious is that his backstory is not entirely accurate. Booz Allen, the consultancy firm that does work for the NSA, says that his salary was $122,000. It wasn't $200,000. That's "40% lower than thought and a real estate agent says that his house in Hawaii was empty for weeks before he vamoosed. Does the fact that he only worked for three months with Booz Allen and the NSA suggest he was planning a hit and run all along -- that he took the job with the NSA with the intention of stealing the documents?"
The third aspect of the story that leads people to believe that it may be unraveling is that the regime "is pushing back on the definition of what PRISM actually is -- that it’s not a snooping program but a data management tool. The call logging accusations are pretty much beyond doubt (and reason enough to scream Big Brother) but the PRISM angle is a little less clear. Extremetech points out that it is a program that has hidden in public sight, that PRISM is in fact, 'the name of a web data management tool that is so boring that no one had ever bothered to report on its existence before now.'"
Now, in all fairness, "None of this debunks outright Snowden’s claims that the NSA is gathering data, that it has extraordinary power or that it has lied to Congress about it. But it does smack of a lack of fact checking on the part of The Guardian and it risks giving credibility to those who think this is a lot of fuss about nothing." And this Tim Stanley guy, by the way, is one in that camp. He thinks that this is a bunch of nothing. He thinks it's a lot of fuss about nothing. The PRISM program is a bunch of stuff about nothing.
So, look, this stands to reason that stuff like this would happen. This was a big scoop, and it only stands to reason that competing newspapers would want to try to take potshots at it. Now, Snowden told the South China Morning Post -- I don't know if Murdoch still owns that or not. He once did. It's a Hong Kong newspaper. Snowden said, "I'm here to reveal criminality." But he didn't reveal criminality. I mean specifically. He detailed process. The South China Morning Post is very pro-ChiCom, very pro-Beijing.
Yeah, it was Salon that Greenwald used to write for. Political activist. He's so far left, Greenwald worked for political action committees that were organized to defeat Democrats who were too moderate. Greenwald thinks the mainstream media is too conservative. That's who he is. Anyway, so he didn't make 200 grand. He may not have worked at the NSA that long.
Bush Now More Popular Than Obama
RUSH: There's a bit of news out there today, this has gotta frost Democrats. It has to frost Obama. And it's in The Politico: "For the first time since April 2005, Americans view former President George W. Bush more favorably than unfavorably, a new Gallup poll has found. According to the survey released Tuesday, 49 percent of Americans now view Bush as favorable, with 46 percent viewing him unfavorably. This, Gallup says, is the first time in more than five years that the president has held a more positive opinion."
And that puts him right up there with Obama. You know, Obama's hovering, I think, depending on the poll, from 49 to 52%. In fact, in the Gallup daily tracking poll, Obama's at 47, and Bush is at 49. Did you ever think you would live to see the day where that was the case, in any poll, where George W. Bush had a higher favorability rating than The One? Again in Gallup, it's Bush 49 favorable, Obama 47.
Doctors Opt Out of Insurance, Demand Cash
RUSH: CNNMoney.com: "Fed up with declining payments and rising red tape, a small but growing number of doctors is opting out of the insurance system completely. They're expecting patients to pony up with cash." You knew this was gonna happen. "Some doctors who have gone that route love it, saying they can spend more time with and provide higher-quality care to their patients. Health advocates are skeptical, worrying that only the wealthy will benefit from this system."
Let me -- (laughing) skeptical. Now, let me tell you what's gonna happen. In fact, an early prediction. Way back during the Hillary health care days because, you know, one of the reasons low-information voters support this is because they think that it's gonna equalize everything. By definition, it's going to take away from the rich and the rich are finally gonna find out what it's like to live like everybody else has to. The fact of the matter is that this is the model -- you go to the UK, go to Great Britain. They have national health care, except for the rich. They have their own hospitals. They have their own doctors. They opt out because they're able to, and there are doctors who will opt out because they've got patients who will pay them, and the same thing is going to happen here.
Every time low-information people end up supporting something they think is gonna stick it to the rich, they end up being the ones stuck. So this is gonna happen and greater and greater frequency. And what does this do, by the way? Doctors treating patients for cash. It used to be that way. You know, the medical profession in standard, normal, everyday cases, other than catastrophic accidents and things that have always been very expensive, it used to be, and you know, and I try to avoid being an old fuddy-duddy. But when I was a kid, you'd go to dentist, get treated, go home, and the parents get a bill at the end of the month. Same thing with the pediatrician. You go to the doctor, doctor sends a bill, and you pay the doctor cash, like you would pay any other vendor, like you would pay any other independent contractor.
This takes out the middleman. It takes out the insurance companies. It takes out the government. It eliminates them, and it makes everything cheaper, it makes everything more efficient for those that can afford to do it. And it is almost like medicine used to be before the government made it fair. This is how it used to happen.