RUSH: What was the refrain all weekend long? ‘Obama won. Obama won.’ This so-called stimulus bill, of course, has little to do with stimulating the economy and everything to do with stimulating the Obama presidency. What did this thing cost, $789 billion that’s projected to run out to over three trillion? Doesn’t matter what it cost, could have cost two trillion, could have cost five trillion, even ten trillion, the cost would have made no difference. The story line was not about cost, the story line was not about results. It was about President Obama’s first test, would he get his way, how many Republicans would support him? Analysis of the contents, forget it. Synthesis of the comments, forget it, no way. And it gets even worse. Nobody read it before they voted for it, not one Senator, not one representative, not one journalist, no one read it before they voted for it. The very people who said the housing crisis was because borrowers didn’t read their mortgage terms, ‘What do you mean, you don’t understand ARM? What is it about ARM you didn’t understand?’ ‘Well, you never pointed out to me that it was in the mortgage.’ ‘Well, we did tell you about it, we told you to read it, adjustable rate mortgage. Means the rate could adjust.’ ‘Well, nobody ever told me that. You’re just a predatory lending bunch, that’s all.’
The same people, very people who said the housing crisis was because borrowers didn’t read their mortgage terms now tell us they didn’t read the Porkulus bill before they voted for it. By the way, Rasmussen with a survey out, 38% of the people support the Porkulus bill. The polling on this is so all over the ballpark, 38%. I saw, before it was passed, something like 62 to 69% were for it. I don’t remember what poll. Now Rasmussen, 38% say it will work. That means 58% don’t think it will. There are some undecideds in there. These people even came up with the phrase ‘predatory lenders,’ but I’ll tell you the more accurate term is ‘predatory spenders.’ Predatory spenders. I was watching MSNBC just a moment ago and they had a discussion on the following topic: Can Obama save your home? Wait ’til you hear the sound bites coming up on this. There’s already friction between the White House and the Banking Queen, Barney Frank, over the amount of money that’s going to be spent to help people pay their mortgages. The administration is saying, ‘Well, wait a minute, now, some of the restrictions that came out of this bill, we’re going to have to change those after the fact,’ and Barney Frank said, ‘Over my dead body you’re gonna change this stuff.’ Those sound bites are coming up. Sit tight. Hang tough.
Lots of stuff to do today, folks. It’s an amazingly active news day, despite the fact the president’s on the third day of a vacation. This guy’s taken more vacations than I have. By the way, you know it’s gonna work. He went to Chicago for a Valentine’s Day date and dinner at Table Fifty-Two, some big restaurant, with his wife. It means that Michelle Obama calls the shots here. That’s the one thing it means. We know she gets angry, we know she gets enraged, she called the shots here. He had to go home no matter what was going on. The stimulus bill still hadn’t been signed. It was going to be a catastrophe. What day did it pass? Friday, right? Government was going to end on Saturday, remember? And Pelosi had to get to Rome by Friday night. It was going to be a catastrophe, had to be signed, had to be done, still hasn’t been signed, and Obama is headed back to Washington today from Chicago, then he’s flying to Denver tomorrow. I’d just think he’d stay in Chicago and go to Denver from there and save a lot of fuel and save a lot of carbon footprints. He’s flying back to Washington. He’s going to fly to Denver, sign the stimulus bill in Denver. He’s going to head to Phoenix and save people’s homes. It’s a beautiful thing, folks. It’s just absolutely wonderful.
They’re arguing over $50 billion or $100 billion to pay your mortgage. Well, not yours. You’re probably paying yours. You don’t count, you don’t qualify. You can’t sue members of Congress, but a dereliction of duty lawsuit would be cool. Every congressman has to swear under oath that he did or did not read the bill before voting for it. I mean we are talking trillions of dollars here and a total reordering of the American culture, politically and socially. Trillion dollars. You know, during the Roaring Twenties, I wasn’t alive then, but I know a lot of people who were, and during the Roaring Twenties there was a notorious nightclub hostess called Texas Guinan, and when people showed up at a nightclub that she hosted she greeted them by saying, ‘Hello, suckers.’ Well, let me update it to ‘Hello, suckers.’ We were told that we were so near economic collapse, Congress had to approve the bill before they read it, Friday, or there might not even be a Saturday, Congress passed it on Friday, Obama signed it Friday night? No. Did he save the economy from collapse on Saturday? No. We’re talking collapse here for heaven’s sake! Did he sign it on Sunday and save America on Sunday? No. How about today? President, no.
Do you realize presidents can sign bills anywhere at any time? It’s not as though the bill has to be FedExed to Denver and there might be weather delays from over the weekend. We’re talking collapse here; we’re talking catastrophe, and the bill’s still not signed. You see, ‘crisis’ and ‘collapse’ were words, just words. The stimulus scheme that had to be voted on Friday will not be signed until tomorrow, so, ‘Hello, suckers.’ (laughing) Even after the passage the story line remains: ‘Obama won, the Republicans didn’t support him.’ Nobody’s asking, did America win? Because the Drive-Bys are equating Obama’s success with America’s success. The reason nobody’s asking, did America win, is because they know the answer. America did not win. Americans will be paying the price for years, if not decades to come. In fact, ladies and gentlemen, from Reuters: ‘President Barack Obama’s aides warned Americans on Sunday not to expect instant miracles from the stimulus bill that he will sign tomorrow.’ They said it will help eventually. By the way, Obama has said that things are going to get worse even after he has signed this.
He said even if he gets the bill, which he’s going to sign Tuesday, that it’s going to get worse. ‘There will be signs of activity very quickly,’ David Axelrod said on Fox News Sunday, ‘but it’s going to take time for that to show up in the statistics. The president said it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.’ White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, the brightest and most intelligent, most articulate, best press spokesman in the history of the White House, used similar language on Slay the Nation on CBS. ‘I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve seen this economy has gotten worse just in the last few months.’ Yeah, Dow Jones down 2,000 points since your guy was elected, Bob. The acceleration in job loss probably means this economy is going to get worse before it gets better. I think I’ve got the explanation for all of this. A little known story out there, the UK Daily Mail, I found it: ‘Alien Life May Be All Around Us (Or Even In Us), Says Professor.’ This explains it all. Do you remember the movie Men in Black? In fact, one of the things I regret most — nah, don’t regret it most, but I do regret this. The producers of that movie called the office and said, ‘Could we use five seconds of videotape from you on TV monitors showing you as one of the aliens that have come from outer space?’ They used Newt, and they had Clinton up there, and for some reason, I don’t remember why, we said no.
So this guy is saying essentially that’s what’s happened, there are billions of earths in our galaxy, meaning billions of places life could exist similar to us, or entirely different. This scientist, this professor, a cosmologist, Paul Davies, ‘said it was ‘entirely reasonable’ to believe that we share the planet with a form of life different to anything we know of. This ‘life, but not as we know it’ might be lurking in poisonous lakes or deep under the sea or could even be inside our bodies. Professor Davies said: ‘It could be right under our noses, or even in our noses. It could even be that ‘weird life’ and real life are intermingled.” If you think an alien is in your nose, try Zicam. (laughing) If it stops the common cold, it’ll kill an alien lurking in your nose. This is a dead serious story. ‘Calling on scientists to launch a ‘mission to Earth’, he said it was possible that life had evolved more than once, meaning we are not alone on our planet.’
A letter to the editor of the Reading Eagle newspaper, headline: ”Limbaugh Likened to Cult Leaders.’ Dear editor: There was a time when Rush Limbaugh was interesting and informative, and I got some good information and different views to think about in the news. Those days are gone. I compare Limbaugh of today to some of the cult leaders in our society: Jim Jones, David Koresh and Warren Jeffs. Limbaugh is acting like an absolute ruler who used manipulative methods to control the minds of their followers.’ Man, if that were only true. That has been my objective, by the way. This woman is Susan Miller. Susan, you’re on to something here. I have sought absolute ruler status. I’m not retiring ’til every American agrees with me. That would be absolute power, and I’m still on track for that, but if it were true, Susan, Obama would never have been elected, much less nominated because, of course, I ran Operation Chaos in order to create chaos and prolong the Democrat primary system. Ms. Miller continues in the letter, ‘The information he spewed has great power and influence on the minds of those who are unable to think for themselves.’
I don’t know if she’s talking about me or Obama. I think she’s given an accurate description of your typical Obama voter, those who are unable to think for themselves. ‘I am a registered Republican, but I’m sick and tired of listening to his ranting and raving about the new president. He stoops pretty low many times and thinks nothing of insulting people, calling them pet names and making fun of people — tactics of the classroom bully.’ Yes, this is so true, Susan, that the entire federal government is gearing up to put me out of business. Henry Waxman is looking into it now, Mr. Snerdley, and as I have predicted, they’re going to go about this at the FCC, and they’re going to go about this with regulatory restrictions on local ownership, station ownership, programming, not gonna call it the Fairness Doctrine. So you got Clinton, you got Hinchey, every day there’s somebody new weighing in on it. Harkin, and now Gibbs, or maybe it was Axelrod, one of the two in the Obama administration, was asked about this recently, they backed off. Obama previously said, ‘I’m not interested in the Fairness Doctrine.’ They backed off of that now, because Ed Morrissey over at HotAir.com, said, ‘You know, every Obama statement has an expiration date.’ That’s a great line.