RUSH: Unemployment is now at 9.5%; 467,000 jobs were cut in June. This is ‘far more than what was expected.’ Since President Obama took office, over two million jobs in less than six months, or close to six months, have been lost — and it is astounding, it is hilarious to read State-Run Media today try to go through the contortions of making this sound not as bad as it is. Here is… Let’s see. This is Reuters. ‘The June job losses were more than 100,000 greater than the 363,000 consensus of Wall Street economists polled by Reuters and that broke a four month trend…’ We’ve got more… Unemployment’s, what, more people out of work than since 1994! It’s incredible here. Why is it so hard just to report it’s worse than anybody predicted? What is so hard about reporting how bad this is? Well, because it doesn’t fit the template.
You see by now everybody was supposed to be happy and we were supposed to be digging ditches and building roads and bridges and new schools — and everybody was supposed to be wearing their Obama caps and uniforms and going, ‘Ooh, aren’t we lucky! Aren’t we cool,’ and it isn’t happening. Like I saw on TV this morning, this dunce reporter: ‘Is it time for a second stimulus?’ And the Obamaite actually goofed up and said, ‘I’m still trying to get my hands on the first stimulus.’ (laughing) Most of it hasn’t been spent, ladies and gentlemen. ‘Manhattan apartment sales plunged more than 50%. The average price dropped 21.4% to 24% from a year ago, down almost 25%,’ and they had computer problems at the New York Stock Exchange. Before that they announced the worst pre-Fourth of July trading day in history.
And our good buddies over at the Associated Press try to say in their report that the recession began in December of 2007 and that we’ve lost a total of six and a half million jobs since then. But that’s not when the recession began. The recession began in 2008. They say 2007, so they can blame all this on Bush — and even the Obamaite Lisa Jackson who was on TV this morning, kept talking about, ‘Well, it’s what we inherited. We inherited… We inherited…’ So they’re doing everything they can to blame this on Bush, to come out and say, ‘You know, it’s worse than we thought it was,’ which, by the way, I predicted they would say. ‘It’s worse than we thought it was,’ and so now Obama is going to head out there and he’s going to do a speech.
He’s going to talk about the unemployment numbers at two o’clock this afternoon. What do you think he’s going to say? He’s going to say, ‘It’s bad. But I want it to be bad. I didn’t know how bad because we didn’t know. We didn’t get the truth about how bad it was from what we inherited. But just think of how bad it would be if we hadn’t acted.’ That’s what he’ll say. You want to take any bets on this? ‘It could be worse, folks. If we hadn’t acted I shudder to think what our jobs situation would be in this country.’ It’s precisely the wrong kind of government intervention that has caused this and prolonged it, and he owns it, whether he wants to or not. The market was down, at one point today, 150 points on the news, on the unemployment news. I still maintain — and as you know, ladies and gentlemen, I’m not pulling any punches here.
I maintain that Obama’s stimulus bill is working exactly as intended: rising unemployment, crisis. This is what they want. Now, if it starts affecting poll numbers, which it has, you’re just going to see him out there trying to work his magic with his dulcet tones. Like at two o’clock this afternoon, he’s going to be out there trying to make it all seem okay and how bad it would have been if he hadn’t been elected, if he hadn’t done the stimulus. What we have today is just another day of evidence of the president’s successful assault on prosperity. Obama is winning, folks. If things get bad enough, everyone will have to look at the government for everything, including health care. Obama is remaking America just as he promised.
Let me ask you a quick question to illustrate my point here. If you wanted more people to demand free health care, if you wanted more people to demand a government health care program, wouldn’t you want to drive their bills through the roof? Wouldn’t you want to make ’em more and more unemployed because we don’t have ‘portability’ of health insurance. So the worse you can create economic circumstances and the more pain that you can create for people, the greater the odds are they will sign up for your agenda. This is by design, folks! This is chaos. This is ‘remaking America. ‘ Cap and trade, health care, unemployment numbers, this is what they intend to do: ‘Return the nation’s wealth to its, quote, unquote, ‘rightful owners,” and I don’t say that in a complimentary way. And the reason I am insistent and serious that this is being done on purpose is that (to borrow one of Obama’s lines) there isn’t an economist anywhere who would suggest doing this and keeping it up.
After one year of abject failure, compounding the problem, making it worse, they gotta be doing it on purpose. Now, if you want to give Obama some slack, you might say, ‘Rush, you know what? He came into office and he had an agenda. He’s going to do what he’s going to do regardless the circumstances he finds.’ So? Even if you want to cut him some slack saying that, you’re still talking about a guy who’s a lousy president, who’s not recognizing circumstance and doing his agenda anyway. He is destroying the private sector he wants to fleece. He’s fleecing it and destroying it at the same time. He’s taking it over. There’s evidence all over the place that Obama is remaking America just as he promised. He’s pushing, begging, pleading, kneecapping senators now to pass cap and tax. How many people have predicted good times are just around the corner since the moment he was inaugurated? Remember? I’ve got the quotes coming up from Larry Summers, all these economic experts told you how hot it was going to be, how wonderful it was going to be.
They said unemployment would peak at 8%. Now, I see MSNBC running a crawl that Obama said unemployment would peak at 9%. When he’s actually said, ‘It’s going to hit ten.’ It’s going to hit 10% and it’s going to hit 10% this year, and wait ’til you hear some of the audio sound bites. CNBC… I’m surprised that that network has not been shut down by Jeff Immelt at NBC, because he runs it, but that network today and this morning is just all over this, and it ain’t pretty, and it ain’t supportive of Barack Obama — and that’s not what they want at NBC. So if you like some of the people at CNBC, watch today and tomorrow ’cause next week there’s no telling if they’ll have jobs. We have sound bites from them coming up. We also have two sound bites from CNN about how wonderful the economy is and the evidence that it’s growing. The fact that you have less money is making you happier. You’re being more frugal! You finally have realized your responsibilities and become disciplined people. It’s just amazing.