If you’re willing to
EJ: Well, I think
RUSH: Stop the tape. Hey? E.J.? You’ve got to learn to laugh. The president is trying to be funny. Resume tape.
EJ: — intend to push harder than anything like they got a mandate for in this election, and on Social Security reform, he’s going to have to answer so many questions: Who are the winners? Who are the losers? How is he going to pay the at least $1 trillion cost of the transition? I think Social Security reform could be, for President Bush, what healthcare reform was for President Clinton, because once you get down to the details, as you mentioned earlier, a lot of people begin to say, “Huh? This all sounded like a great deal. We were all going to get something out of it. No one would pay a cost.”
MURRAY: Well, but —
EJ: People have to pay a cost.
RUSH: Now, E.J., you know, you’re smarter than this. You’re the one with the degree and I’m not, but let me educate you on this. There’s a big difference between healthcare and Clinton, and Social Security and Bush. Bush is trying to take the government
If we decide to do this, they’re going to take 2% of current payroll taxes and let people invest 2% of the 12%. Forget this, you know, seven and five or seven and seven, the company matching. You’re paying it all! So let’s say your Social Security is 15%, the first 86 grand, whatever it is. Two percent of that goes into an account with your name and it gets managed and it grows and so forth. The other goes to the government. Okay. The theory is, “Well, it’s 2% the government doesn’t get and you add all that up, the transition cost, because we still have to pay the benefits of those that are retired.” That’s true. That’s true. The president said, “If it were easy, it would have been done already.” We’re going to have to find a way, because here’s the alternative.
We either come up with a way to do this and
RUSH: We’re up to audio sound bite #3: Nancy Pelosi, Miss America, digging in for a fight. Doesn’t sound like she’s going to be doing any reaching out or compromising here, folks. On the Today Show today, Matt Lauer interviewed Pelosi with Senator Mitchell McConnell and Mr. Lauer said, “In the press conference, the president said the following: ‘I’ve earned capital this election. I’m going to spend it on what I told the people I’d spend it on,’ which is you’ve heard the agenda: Social Security, tax reform, moving the economy forward, education, fighting and winning the war on terror.” Lauer then says, “Now clearly people like you and the senator are going to appear on programs like this in the days following the election and say, ‘Yes, we’re too divided. We got to work together,’ but it never seems to work out that way. Will it work out that way this time,” Miss America?
PELOSI: Well, I certainly hope so. The result of the election did not erase the fact that he had the worst record of job creation in seven decades [sic] —
PELOSI: — that many more people, millions more, do not have access to healthcare [sic], that we have a growing deficit [sic], and that the war in Iraq is going poorly [sic].
LAUER: But Congresswoman Pelosi, this doesn’t sound like the type of language that’s going to lead to unite on alcohol.
PELOSI: Well the president said when he ran the first time that he was a unifier [sic?uniter] and not a divider. He’s now saying he’s going to reach out. I hope that he will try to be president for all of the people, not just the people who voted for him.
RUSH: You know what’s happened here is, these guys all sounded contrite and, you know, Pelosi, we had the bite yesterday where she was saying: “Oh, yeah, we screwed up. We’re losing the values states. We don’t know what we’re doing wrong.” It sounded like they all got together last night on the phone and said, “What are we doing? We’re idiots! We got to go hardline. We don’t make…” and so they’re back on track. I mean, they’re re-running the Kerry campaign in this bite. Nancy Pelosi rerunning the Kerry campaign! This whole business about Bush saying he was going to be a uniter and not a divider. He tried. He brought Ted Kennedy up. He wrote No Child Left Behind, the education bill. Don’t get me started on this. I’m just giving you evidence here, more and more evidence these people have not gotten it.
I mean, this is a big slap up side the
PELOSI: Well, it’s a question of the president making the tax code more complicated in the first four years of his term and now saying, “Let’s simplify it.” We
RUSH: All right. So she’s not going to move anywhere. Gave a nice little bob-and-weave there, sort of a chuck-and-duck, but she’s not going to — they’re not going to — move anywhere near the president. They have no intention of moving anywhere near the president. “Just because the president thinks he has a mandate doesn’t mean that the Democrats don’t have a responsibility to point out the challenges we still face.” Go ahead. Rerun the campaign. Rerun it. See you in ’08. Okay. We’re going to skip #5, Altamont. We’re going to move on here. I mentioned this to you earlier. I watched this, actually. Don’t ask me why. It was on C-SPAN 2. You know, it’s odd enough that I’m watching C-SPAN 1. I was watching C-SPAN 2. I was. You know, I admit it. I’m surfing around and I’m actually looking for those postmortems featuring Democrats because it’s than any reality show out there, and I found one last night. There was a big panel at George Washington University, which is where they do crossfire in the afternoon. They didn’t even tear down the Crossfire set, except for “CROSSFIRE!”
The words weren’t there but all those colored little banners and things were there. They had Peter Fenn up there and you had Sarah Taylor from the Republicans; Bill Greener from the Republicans. You had Mark Mellman from the Democrats and they were all reviewing the election results and there’s this exchange between Peter Fenn. Now, Peter Fenn was one of Clinton’s big defenders during the Monica and impeachment stuff. Big Democrat consultant. Rich Democrat. Very rich Democrat inside the Beltway and Bill Greener, Republican guy, and this is an exchange here, and Peter Fenn, you’ll hear him start out by saying — and this is a smart guy, but he’s adopting… Who was it that we had this on Monday or Tuesday? Some crackpot. “We don’t understand! People are not voting in their own self-interests.” He says that people are “voting against their own personal interests.” Now, what wacko said this? It was some Democrat, obviously, couldn’t believe it. I mean, but it’s kookville, but here’s a mainstream Democrat consultant saying it and listen to the rest of the conversation, because what you’re going to hear Peter Fenn
FENN: Look, you know, a lot of people were voting
FENN: — they got a $3,500 —
GREENER: You guys really don’t get it. It’s amazing!
FENN: Well, let me tell you, in the next election, it may be amazing to
GREENER: That level of palpable, patronizing and condescension on the Wal-Mart voter so permeates what you say —
GREENER: — that it deafens what it is that comes through.
FENN: There’s knowing condescending about it.
RUSH: Well, you be the judge. You know the Democrats hate Wal-Mart because Wal-Mart big Republican donors. They love CostCo because it is owned and run and donated by a big liberal. The Wal-Mart voter? If you listen carefully and you go back to the archives, you will find that conservatives are always made fun of and laughed at because they are Wal-Mart voters. What’s a Wal-Mart voter? A Wal-Mart voter is an idiot. Wal-Mart’s where stupid fools go. No self-respecting liberal would ever set foot inside a Wal-Mart. They’re too good for Wal-Mart. They wouldn’t
Let’s see. I’m going to forget George Mitchell. I really don’t care. Can you believe the guy that’s CEO of the Disney or chairman of the board is up there on Democrat stages on Election Night during the last campaign? I can believe it. Paul McCartney? I don’t care what McCartney says. Elizabeth Bumiller? (reading) Buh, buh, buh. Don’t care what she says. Susan Page? Kwame Holman, I guess that… Let’s see. Who? Maybe grab #10 there Altamont. You want to hear McCartney? Why do you want to hear him? Do you really think you’re going to be surprised by what McCartney says about the election? Do you really think you’re going to be surprised what he says? Grab #8, Altamont. Some people want to hear Paul McCartney of the Be’
MCCARTNEY: I think it’s sad, really, because after 9/11, the perception and the feelin’ of support for the American people was tremendous, obviously, you know, and everyone sort of stepped up to the plate. I think that’s been eroded and I’m not really quite sure. I think it’s to do with the, uh, administration. So I think a lot of people over in Europe are a bit saddened that this has happened, and that America seems to be sort of ignorin’ a lot of the rest of the world and trying to — is just intent on going it alone. It’s a bit of a sad thing, you know. I mus’ say I was, you know, interested to see the result of the election.
RUSH: And then the anchor, Sam Rubin, asked McCartney, “What did you think of the result of the election? What did you personally think?”
MCCARTNEY: I personally wasn’t too keen on it. I was supportin’ the other guy.
RUSH: Really! Well, shocking news from across the pond, from Paul McCartney, supporting John Kerry. Tell you what, I’m glad I played that. I would have not known where McCartney came down on the political spectrum. Thanks, Mr. Snerdley, for making me play that. (Flawless Beatles impression:) “We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah. We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah.” Yeah… Yeah…