RUSH: How many of you use the Maps application in your cell phones? A lot of young people do, particularly young people that don't have cars and therefore don't have nav systems built in. They use the Maps app for transit directions, walking directions, driving directions, you name it. The Maps app is a huge thing, and guess what?
The New York Times has a story that the Regime, the transportation department, wants to regulate their use in the car. It's the same theory that you can't text or do this or that with your phone while driving. They want to try to eliminate people using the Maps app in their cell phones while they are in the car. Now, naturally the automobile manufacturers support this because they want people using the built-in navigation systems in the automobiles.
But federal regulators are gonna make a big pitch here, and while this may not matter much to you -- 'cause I just did a little brief test and the guys on the other side glass said, "I don't use Maps app. I know where I'm going. What do I need that for?" But young people use them daily like you would not believe. When they find out that their president wants to eliminate them using their Maps in their cars on their phones, there could be hell to pay for him.
It's one tiny little thing, like spying, that may not go over well.
RUSH: "Federal tax revenues continue to run at a record pace (in inflation-adjusted dollars) in fiscal 2014, as the federal government’s total receipts for the fiscal year closed May at an unprecedented $1,934,919,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement." Now, some people say, "Wow, Rush! Wow, that's really good! Take a look at all the money pouring in. Wow, isn't that cool?"
"Despite record revenue, the federal government still ran a deficit of $436.382 billion in the first eight months of the fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, 2013 and will end on Sept. 30, 2014. In the month of May alone, the federal government ran a deficit of $129.971 billion..." Now, one of the reasons all that revenue poured in in May is because of April and the quarterly tax estimates that independent contractors and quarterly filers have to send, in addition to people settling up by April 15th for the 2013 tax year.
The point about all this is, federal tax revenue set a record, and one of the reasons that's happening is because the federal government continues to gobble up sections of the private sector. But even with all that revenue, what's happening? Deficits are still soaring. It isn't mattering. Yet the Democrats still demand that we raise taxes, still say that people aren't paying enough in taxes!
In fact, they've given up trying to justify tax increases for the government's bottom line. They now just approach tax increases on the whole basis of fairness and income equality and the rich aren't paying their fair share. Not because of how few or much, little or more they're contributing to the government bottom line. (sniveling)
"It's just that they've got so much more than everybody else even after paying taxes. This isn't fair. It's not fair. We need to go get more from them, whether it matters a hill of beans or not." But it does matter a hill of beans, 'cause look what's happening. As federal tax revenues set a record through May, what's happening to economic growth? It is shrinking, it's contracting -- and the two go hand in hand.
Obama's tax revenue is not the result of new employees. It's not the result of more taxpayers being hired and more people working and therefore more people paying taxes. That's not how it's happening. If it was, that wouldn't be a bad thing. But that only happens when you engage in supply-side or trickle-down.
When you cut taxes, encouraging people to hire more people and create more taxpayers, more people paying taxes, increase federal revenue, it's all good that way. But this? Tax revenue climbing, growing to record levels like this while the economy contracts? It's just the latest bit of evidence of how the federal government is growing/expanding at the expense of everybody else.
RUSH: Mrs. Clinton, Hillary Clinton has complained that US politics is the most brutal in the world. "Asked about the prospects for female candidates in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton made a dramatic claim on Sunday. ... 'Politics is so unpredictable,' Clinton responded. 'Whoever runs has to recognize that the American political system is probably the most difficult, even brutal, in the world.'"
Now, this from somebody who has spent decades being loved and adored by the media. Somebody who has been propped up and lionized and puff pieced for decades thinks it's brutal. I guess beheaded Iraqis, tortured Egyptians, murdered Russian journalists, jailed Iranians, gassed Syrians, and all are unavailable for comment in this story. "The American political system is probably the most difficult, even brutal, in the world." Can you imagine what she would think if she were a conservative and the media was trying to destroy her every day?