RUSH: Well, here we are, folks, on November 27th, and the real turkey is nowhere near ready yet. That's the Obamacare website. In fact, it isn't gonna be ready on November 30th. They said it would be. They said it'd be fixed and then they said it would be ready for 80% load, and now they are saying that it's not gonna be ready on November 30th, and Kathleen Sebelius is now saying that she never said it would be. So we just dreamed all that.
It's kind of like Mark Halperin of TIME Magazine. One of these guys that goes on campaigns with candidates, gets a lot of information, and saves it all for a book after the election. He learns things that could have impact on elections, but he saves them, and then he publishes them with his buddy, John Heilemann, in books that follow the election. And Mark Halperin was on with Steve Malzberg the other day at NewsMaxRadio.com in which he said that Obamacare has death panels and that are there people that are gonna determine who gets treated and who doesn't, that there will be rationing.
And everybody picked up on that because of course the Regime has been denying from day one that there were death panels, and Sarah Palin, of course, coined the phrase. So now Halperin is saying (paraphrasing), "No, I never said that. I never said death panels. I never said that." But he did, and he clearly implied it. He's a highly reputed journalist within the realm of reputed journalists.
Now, we all heard the Regime say their website was gonna be ready on November 30th. We all heard it. We heard Sebelius say it. We heard Obama say it, after he said he didn't know it wasn't working. The fact of the matter is -- and there's even more documentation of this today -- Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, the Regime knew in 2010 that everything that's happening was going to happen. Yeah, Malzberg said to Halperin, " Alright, so you believe that there will be rationing, AKA death panels." And Halperin said, "It's built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled."
Well, we've all known this from the beginning. It's right in the plan, for anybody that's read it. And Obama even admitted it. If you recall that woman at the ABC prime time special from the White House who stood up and asked the president if it'd be okay for her mom to get a pacemaker, she's a hundred years old. The woman wanted to know if Obamacare would pay for it because of her mother's spirit and will to live, and Obama said (paraphrasing), "Nope, nope, we can't take things like that into account. We can't accommodate for a will to live or spirit." I'm paraphrasing. "At some point we're just gonna have to give 'em the pain pill and tell 'em to enjoy the rest of their lives."
I said this over and over. I was literally stunned that in the United States of America a citizen was even asking anybody in government, much less the president, if her mother would be treated medically. A citizen of the United was actually asking the president if her mother would get a pacemaker at a hundred years of age under Obama's plan. Folks, no president ought to ever be involved in that kind of a family decision. Government's got no business being there, but, boy, there was Obama just eager as he could to say nope, can't take that into account. Will to live, spirit, too nebulous, too hard to measure. Just give 'em the pain pill.
What he meant was, we can't afford to give 100-year-old people pacemakers, and that's the death panel, that's the rationing. It clearly is there, and there's this board called the IPAB, and it's a bunch of people assigned by the health care act to actually make these decisions. So after confirming, yeah, death panels, yeah, it's built into the plan, it's not like a guess or like a judgment. That's gonna be part of how costs are controlled. Now, Halperin knew this when the bill was being debated.
This is my point. All these people in the media knew this. This is one of the many ways they shielded Obama from any vetting or any scrutiny or his bill. They knew.
Don't doubt me on this stuff, folks. The media knew. All this stuff that's happening now, they knew. They knew all these cancellations were gonna occur. They knew people were not gonna keep their policies. All of this was known. It was just covered up. So Halperin, after a trip to the Cory Booker, Lara Logan memorial woodshed, has suddenly changed his tune. He tweeted out last night: "In Mon intv I did not say 'death panels' nor do I believe ACA contains them. Was speaking of political/policy challenge of IPAB cuts. My bad."
So obviously somebody got to him and said, "What in the hell are you doing to us, pal? You can't tell people that." And he did a 180, just like Sebelius. We all heard November 30th, website fixed. Nope. Not gonna be. But that's okay, folks, because the Regime is now warning people not to go to the website. I kid you not. They are telling their foot soldiers not to send people to HealthCare.gov because it's gonna get too crowded and it'll crash again. Never mind they've spent over a billion dollars in advertising trying to get people to go to the website. They spent $600 million in three years.
Folks, do you realize in the same amount of time -- and I'm not making this up -- in the same amount of time this administration unable, with $600-plus million dollars, to get a website up and running, back in the 1940s this country defeated Germany and defeated Japan and was victorious in World War II. In the same amount of time that it took this country in the forties to win World War II in the Pacific and the European theaters, today, in the same amount of time, this government can't even build a website. That is not insignificant.
Go back to the 1930s, Great Depression, look at the building that occurred: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, the Hoover Dam. Today, in the same amount of time all those bridges were built, we haven't finished the environmentalist impact study of whatever it is somebody wants to build somewhere. We've handcuffed ourselves with overbearing government regulations at all levels: federal, state, local. It's a crying shame.
But now, after telling everybody it's gonna be fixed November 30th, after spending over a billion dollars advertising people to get there, now Obama is telling his foot soldiers to tell people not to go to the website 'cause it's not ready, and too many people will crash it. You talk about sending a mixed message. Messaging was supposed to be the one thing this Regime was good at. Remember the Yogi Berra quote about a restaurant? "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." The Obamacare website, nobody goes there, it's too crowded. Well, if nobody goes there, why is it crowded?
I love Yogi Berra. I met Yogi Berra once at a golf tournament in an elevator. He was great. I think it was at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic that I met Yogi Berra. He was everything that you would want him to be. He was great. Some of these Yogi-isms, and they're true, by the way. They're legit. They're not manufactured for him by a PR firm. Anyway, nobody is signing up for Obamacare because the website's too crowded. So the White House has come up with a solution for the crowds. They're gonna make people wait in line. They're essentially gonna ask people to take a number at HealthCare.gov, which they are expert at having people wait in line, post office, DMV, they know exactly how to make people wait in lines.
Investor's Business Daily, now Investors.com, is a credible source. They have has "written an editorial asking that we take another look at the well-documented theory that Bill Ayers cowrote Obama's big biography, Dreams from My Father. Obama is on tape many times asserting that he wrote it without any help whatsoever. But Ayers on three separate occasions has claimed that he wrote it. One time was at an airport outside check-in with the skycaps, and he was taunting some right-winger who had followed him around, and nobody believed him.
But the theory had been put forth by a number of analysts that -- and was about, by the way, well known that Obama was not a good writer, that he was late turning in manuscripts and chapters and everything for his books, and the word started spreading that it was Bill Ayers who actually wrote Dreams From My Father, and people started comparing other Ayers books to that one, and they found almost identical writing styles.
So today Investors.com is out claiming that Ayers has now confessed to writing Obama's book. Now, if this is true, folks, can you imagine what a betrayal this is? Why would Ayers do this now? Why would Ayers come out and admit it, unless he's just toying with the right wing in making it up. But now people don't believe that. Here's how the editorial from IBD goes.
"We know Obamacare was sold on a lie, but what about the Obama presidency itself? Rumors that Obama's violent leftist pal Bill Ayers ghostwrote the memoir that launched his political career may actually be true. Obama has always claimed authorship of his bestselling 'Dreams From My Father.' But Ayers is telling a different story. In promoting his new book, 'Public Enemy,' Ayers' publisher, Beacon Press, has written a blurb on Amazon.com that says Ayers 'finally "confesses" that he did write "Dreams From My Father."'
"The boast appears in other promotions for the book as well." So Ayers is out on the Amazon.com site, anyway, promoting his latest book by claiming he wrote Obama's. "[A] Baltimore bookstore -- Red Emma's -- last week posted a similar claim that Ayers penned Obama's memoir as part of an announcement for a book-signing event at the leftist coffeehouse." Red Emma's. That's a perfect name for a place a guy like airs to go.
"The reprehensible former terrorist," it says here, "twice before laid claim to Obama's book -- once during a post-election interview and again during a speech two years ago. In October 2009, Ayers told an interviewer at Reagan National Airport in Washington that he wrote 'Dreams From My Father.' Asked if he meant he 'heavily edited' the book for his friend, Ayers insisted, 'I wrote it.'
He added that Michelle Obama asked him to help [Barack], who had blown deadlines and was struggling with delivering a manuscript." So if this is true -- and, look, Investors.com is not a kook website -- this is a huge betrayal. It also would prove that Obama is lying about his relationship with Ayers, because if Ayers wrote his book, that means they go way back, and that means they're pretty tight. For Ayers to be able to get Obama's voice, they've gotta know each other far better than Obama has ever admitted.
RUSH: Hi. How are you? El Rushbo and the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. Great to have you here, folks, on the day before Thanksgiving. We're gonna start in Pittsburgh. This is Lynn. Great to have you. Hi.
CALLER: Hi there, Rush. Thanks a lot for taking my call today.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I wanted to mention something that's been bothering me from the very start of Obamacare. Anyone who knows about charitable foundations or has done work with charitable foundations, or even has dealings with charitable foundations, realizes that the people in this country are so willing to give, that generally these places can handle, you know, the children with the preexisting conditions, the extra money that it takes to handle certain disease or something. I mean, we have been giving for years and years and years, and I would like for those foundations to step forward and at least let everybody know that that money didn't go down a sinkhole. Say, yes, they have taken care of a lot of these people. That they haven't... You know, the country hasn't turned their back on the poor.
RUSH: Well, this is an excellent, excellent point. And I, as I am wont to do in my own inimitable fashion, want to build on this, because you have really nailed it. Because we are a compassionate country. And I'm like you. I just blanch when I hear members of this administration talk about cold-heartedness or mean-spiritedness or the rich and others don't care about the poor. It's the exact opposite.
The people of this country give more money in charity than any other. In fact, if I can... I have to do this, folks. The percentage charitable contributions by party is not even close. You look at Joe Biden, Algore, I mean they -- charitable donations are less than $500 a year. They give other people's money. They take other people's money and then they give it away, acting as though it's their own and claim credit for it. But people in general in this country have been more charitable than any other people in the world.
We do take care of the people who are unable to take care of themselves. What we blanch at is the notion that nobody can take care of themselves. The Democrats and the liberals want to assume that everybody's helpless and everybody else's hopeless because a select few are ripping them off or cheating them or stealing from them, and so the government has to come in and basically provide and take care of everybody to make it fair and equitable, and that's just wrong.
You are exactly right.
Americans have been propping up charities, creating charities, giving their time, giving their money to help those in need -- and we do it in record levels, and in record amounts. Yu're exactly right. Great, great point.
RUSH: By the way, folks, one thing about private charities. They are great. There is no question. But they can't hold a candle to capitalism. They cannot. It's nothing against charities, but the number of people lifted out of poverty by capitalism in the course of the history of the world is incalculable.
RUSH: John in Sacramento, my adopted hometown, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. Very glad you segued to Obamacare, the comments that I had related to money, to capitalism, to charitable giving, and I have a third point that I thought of during the break that is a bombshell related to your strategy about the refund, if you're willing. But the first point I had was that it's commonly misunderstood that money is the root of all evil. The truth is it's the love of money that's the root of all evil, and the people that exhibit the love of money the most are anti-capitalists, you know, people that it is shown in their charitable contributions on their tax returns. Romney gave much more in charitable contributions than any Democrat, and so it's really the love of money. And the people that are funneling all this money into their pockets are the liberals via Obamacare and many other vehicles. So that's point number one.
Point number two is that investors, capitalism is really the epitome of charity in that they're taking their money and they're putting it at risk, they're putting it out there, and they're entrusting it to other people to put it to work, to provide a quality good or service to people, and to make a profit on it. So they get a profit, and the workers get, essentially I want to say blessed, because they have an income, they have a fair wage, and like you said, money is freedom. They can take their income and their wage, they could go invest it and they could also have the opportunity to make more money and become investors themselves.
RUSH: That's right. That's right, John, all that's true, but it still ends up being unfair because some people end up with more money than others, and that just isn't right, that just isn't fair. So we need good people like Obama taking from the people who have more than they need, and who got it by cheating, and giving it to the slackers.