RUSH: "The British survey company Ipsos Mori has released its first ever Global Trends Survey, summarizing views from 20 countries on issues ranging from privacy and technology to health and the environment. On the subject of climate change, US citizens revealed themselves to be more divided than any other nation; 54% of Americans agreed with the statement, 'The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.'
"While that's a slight majority, it ranks last compared to the other countries polled, including France (80%), Brazil (79%), South Korea (77%) and Great Britain (64%)." They're all between 65 and 80% who believe that man is causing climate change. Now, I don't believe the percentages here, but why would the US be the leading nation with the highest amount of doubt about the conventional wisdom of climate change?
Why do you think that would be? (interruption) I think that's exactly right: Me. There's just no other explanation. For 26 years, this has been a seminal issue -- a forefront, front-page issue. (interruption) Well, the weather has been helping me out, and of course it doesn't hurt to have the Gore phenomenon. You know, when he goes anywhere to make a global warming appearance, you can count on it snowing.
You can count on record-low, unseasonably low temperatures to greet an Algore global warming conference. It's ironically humorous. Australia. Great things are coming out of Australia on climate change. Australia's renewable energy industry has now ground to a halt. Their "investment in renewable energy all but dried up in the first half of this year amid uncertainty fuelled by the government's latest review of the mandatory target...
"In the six months to June, just $40 million was invested in large-scale renewable energy, such as wind farms -- the lowest level since the first half of 2001..." The Australian prime minister is basically just shutting down the entire global warming argument. He's leading the world on resisting the conventional wisdom of climate change, and now their renewable energy...
There's no such thing, by the way. "Renewable energy" is one of these word games that the environmentalist wackos use to make unsuspecting dullards think that there's some magical energy source out there that never gets used up. Now, you might say, "Well, Rush, we're never gonna run out of wind and we're never gonna run out of the sun." Yeah, but they don't do anything for you -- except kill birds.
You can't fly an airplane on solar power or wind power. You just can't do it. You can't drive. You can't ship a cargo load of goods and services over the ocean. You can't do anything that is necessary for economic commerce, and you are never going to be able to. There's never going to be an airplane that flies with windmills on it or solar panels on it.
It's just patently absurd, to which the wackos say, "Good! We need to get rid of airplanes. They're too polluting." Anyway, it's a great bit of news out of Australia that the whole movement is falling apart there, and it's happening because the leadership of the country is fearless in telling the truth about it.
RUSH: This next story is from the St. Louis Business Journal, and I want to read to you the headline: "Fed Study: Shorter Jobless Benefits Lead to Higher Employment."
Did you know that?
"If unemployment benefits were cut off earlier in 2013, the long-term unemployed would have been more likely to be re-employed, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. If the benefits, called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, expired earlier in 2013, 'workers with 46 or more weeks of continuous unemployment would have been 1.2 to 2.1 percentage points more likely to become re-employed,' the St. Louis Fed reported."
So what they're saying here, as a result of a massive Federal Reserve study, just to make sure that we've all got this straight, if you don't pay people to not work, they'll start working. Who would have thought? Who would have ever thought of that independently? That if you don't pay people to not work, they'll go out and find work.
Now, folks, I know this is funny, and in its own little self-contained universe, it is what it is. But stop and think for a minute. This is nothing more than what was for centuries, common sense. This is nothing more than A plus B equals C, one and one is two. This is simple mathematics. There is nothing complicated about this at all. And yet there are people shocked to learn, and it took a federal study to convince them, that if you don't pay people to not work, they'll go out and find a job sooner. Which must mean that these people think, you know, we gotta be compassionate and thoughtful, so if we just keep giving them unemployment benefits, it will help them find work. To me, this is a big indication of just how out of whack and how far and distant common sense has become.
RUSH: Chris Cillizza has written a piece in the Washington Post: "It’s Virtually Impossible to be a Successful Modern President -- Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail."
It's just too big. The bully pulpit has declined as a persuasion mechanism. There is no such thing anymore. The president just doesn't have the power he used to have. It's more than one man can do. It's just so bad, it's so sad. It used to be that the presidency was really, really, really cool and powerful, but now it's just so complicated that not even Obama can do it alone.
It's right on schedule, right on schedule whenever you have a Democrat president at the point of no return. And that's what this means. It means that at least Cillizza and some of the Democrats in the media have figured out that Obama's not gonna turn this around. Okay, time to bring out, "Nobody could do it then. If Obama can't make this work, if Obama, who's the best and the brightest and the smartest and all that, that there's ever been, if he can't make the presidency a successful thing for himself, then no other human being can."
They wrote this about Jimmy Carter, by the way, back in the 1970s. I forget who the reporter was, but this is nothing new. Newsweek in 2010 also attempted to explain the disappointment of Obama's presidency with a headline: " Is the Presidency Too Big a Job?" That was by Daniel Stone, four years ago. (imitating Stone) "Oh, no, I don't think any single human being can do this job." And now Cillizza has hit it.
RUSH: The Economist, the British version of TIME Magazine, has found out that socialists and communists lie much more often about what they believe than capitalists do.
"Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans’ willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8).
"The game was simple enough. Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number. If they picked the top and then rolled a two, for example, they would have an incentive to claim -- falsely -- that they had chosen the bottom, which would be a five."
And it turns out that there is a link between socialism and dishonesty, that socialists and communists lie about pretty much everything, but particularly about the economics of their belief system. They lie about how well they're doing. They lie about how well other people will do under their system. And of course when you stop and think about it, of course they do. They have no choice because socialism itself is a lie, just as liberalism is a lie. In fact, the headline of the story is: "Lying Commies -- new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity." It's just a great piece.