Obama Approval Down to 43%
RUSH: CBS News says Obama's approval rating has dropped to 43%. Yep. Obama's approval at 43% in the CBS/New York Times poll. You probably will not see this reported. I doubt you will see it discussed, or talked about in too many places, but it is out there.
Oops! IRS Failed to Account for $67M in Obamacare Costs
RUSH: "The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report released today. The 'Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund' (HIRIF) was tucked into Obamacare in order to give the IRS money to enforce the tax provisions of the [Obamacare] law.
"The fund, totaling some $1 billion of taxpayer money, was used to roll out enforcement mechanisms for the approximately 50 tax provisions of Obamacare." There are 50 brand-new taxes. They're called "tax provisions" here. The IRS was given $1 billion to implement it, and $67 million of that is missing. They don't know where it is. It's an "Obamacare slush fund" is what this originally was anyway. A billion dollars to implement rules and regulations?
Not $1 billion to go hire people, a billion dollars to implement rules!
Anyway, $67 million of it is missing.
Walmart Cutting Orders for Christmas
RUSH: All of the economic news and data that you've recently heard from the Washington press corps that is actually government numbers, throw it out. Here's the real world.
Walmart "is cutting orders it places with suppliers this quarter and next to address rising inventory the company flagged in last month’s earnings report. Last week, an ordering manager at the company’s Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters described the pullback in an e-mail to a supplier, who said others got similar messages. 'We are looking at reducing inventory for Q3 and Q4,' said the Sept. 17 e-mail, which was reviewed by Bloomberg News." What this means is, this is the truth. I mean, this is the real world.
Now, Walmart's trying to spin this, obviously. They've got stock price and everything else to be concerned about. But they are cutting orders, they have an inventory buildup. So they have cut orders for this quarter and the next quarter, which is the Christmas quarter. They're not expecting a booming economy, at Walmart, for crying out loud. So all this talk about a rabid, rolling economic recovery heading right on, and the only thing we're missing is jobs being created, there isn't any. If the leading discounter is trying to get rid of inventory by not replacing it, is what this means, they're putting sale prices on things and they're not going to replace this inventory, they don't expect buyers in nearly the numbers that they're accustomed to. That is real-world economics.
Cholesterol Meds Affect Memory?
RUSH: In today's installment of health news, the UK Daily Mail, the headline: "Is Your Statin Affecting Your Memory?" How many of you people are on cholesterol medicine? I would bet you that every hand in this audience over 40 is raised. And why is that? Because the health industry has convinced everybody that cholesterol is an instant killer, that you're gonna die if your cholesterol is high. And so people are obsessed now with keeping their cholesterol in control, which I understand. If you are one, I'm not being critical. To each his own when it comes to your health. I am not a preacher, and I do not demand anybody to live the way I do, although I think it'd be great, but I'm not gonna demand it. But here is a medical report.
A new study has found that some commonly prescribed statins for cholesterol can impair brain function. All of these statins, many of them have been found to impair memory. Lipitor, however, does not, say Bristol researchers. "Pravastatin, with the brand name Pravachol, has been found to impair memory." Lipitor doesn't, say the researchers. "Statins taken by millions of Britons could lead to memory loss, researchers have warned. ... Statin patients feeling ‘fuzzy-headed’ and ‘befuddled’. The team also said it was ‘highly likely’ other statins affected memory loss. But other experts dismissed the research and insisted the benefits of statins outweigh any side-effects."
So if you're getting stupider it's okay because at least your cholesterol is in line. You know, the way I look at stuff like this, is this how Obama won the election, people just forgot how bad liberalism is? Is this a giant plot, get everybody on cholesterol medicine because it's known to affect people's memories? I'm just kidding. Just kidding. It's the latest health news out there. I'm not trying to scare you. The news is out there. So now many of you have to weigh your memory or your cholesterol, which is more important to you? I'd say for most people, probably wouldn't minding forgetting half of what they... (laughing)
Another NFL Suicide
RUSH: Another NFL player has committed suicide. Paul Oliver, 29 years old, played for the San Diego Chargers, shot himself in his home. We don't know anything yet as to why. Twenty-nine years old.