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RUSH: All right, folks, here’s the way I see it. And as you know, I see things very clear. Oh, and, by the way, ’cause everybody’s concerned, I’m sure that you can hear that my voice sounds normal and energetic and not tired because I got four full hours’ sleep last night. So we’re back to normal here. Here’s how I see this. I see things very straight. I see things very clear. Obama’s health care plan will be, one, written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it — that would be John Conyers — his health care plan will be, two, passed by Congress that has not read it; number three, signed by a president who smokes; four, funded by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes; five, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese; and, six, financed by a country that’s nearly broke. What could possibly go wrong with this?

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RUSH: The Cash for Clunkers. Here goes another botched program. This is from The Politico: ‘Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood promised car dealers will be paid the money the federal government owes them through Cash-for-Clunkers, and he said the department will announce in coming days how much money is left and when the program will likely come to an end.’ (laughing) They don’t know how much money is left? ”I know dealers are frustrated, but they’re going to get their money,’ LaHood said at an event in Washington highlighting drunk driving. LaHood did not rule in or out the possibility of another round of money for the popular program. ‘We’ve got our hands full right now handling the money we have,’ he said,’ and get this: ‘LaHood acknowledged that because of the unexpected popularity of the program the Transportation Department ‘did not have enough people in place to really process the paperwork’ from dealers…’

If they didn’t understand the popularity of the Cash-for-Clunkers program, if that led to difficulties, imagine when health care is said to be free what kind of — what kind of problem they’re going to have with the unexpected popularity of the free health care plan. (laughing) These people are the Keystone Cops. From the Los Angeles Times today: ‘The government will announce a plan as soon as today for winding down the popular but problem-plagued ‘Cash-for-Clunkers’ program. The announcement by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came as a New York dealership group said that hundreds of its members had stopped doing clunker transactions because…’ What appropriate name for a government program anyway: The ‘clunker’ program.

‘[H]undreds of its members had stopped doing clunker transactions because of delays in getting reimbursed by the federal government. LaHood said, ‘I know they’re frustrated but they’re going to get paid.” Let’s play a game. Let’s imagine that the Cash-for-Clunkers program is government-run health care and let’s go through this story and let’s replace the word ‘dealers’ with ‘cancer victims’ and the word ‘paid’ with ‘treated.’ Shall we try this? ‘The government will announce a plan as soon as today for winding down its popular but problem plagued Cash-for-Clunkers program. The announcement by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came as a New York dealership group said that hundreds of its members…’ I’m sorry. ‘A New York cancer group said that hundreds of its cancer victims had stopped doing transactions with the government because of delays in getting reimbursed or treated.

‘New York cancer victims groups said that hundreds of its members had stopped doing transactions because of delays in getting treated by the federal government,’ and a government official says: ‘I know these cancer victims are frustrated but they are going to get treated.’ That is the way to properly analyze the program. As a result of the auto dealers being truthful about Obama’s incompetence, here and saying not be reimbursed, and now that their lack of trust has been made known… This is what’s happening. When these dealers opt out of it, they’re saying, ‘We don’t trust the government. We don’t trust Obama’s government to handle all this.’ Look for more dealer closings and an inquisition by Congress. Now, by the way, let’s not forget this: A few months ago Barack Obama made this promise to the American people about their warranties with car companies that he owns and operates. (laughing) Car companies he owns! (laughing) It’s true. That’s why I’m laughing. It’s ridiculous, but it’s true. Here’s what he said: ‘If you buy a car from Chrysler, General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired just like always. Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been because, starting today, the US government will stand behind your warranty.’ Right, the government isn’t even standing behind your purchase. The dealers are opting out because they can’t get paid. And who’s going to reimburse the dealers for warranty work? Obama. And Ray LaHood. And these people are still out saying they’re the only people that can handle delicate health care plans.

A quick phone call. Watertown, Connecticut. Mike, I’m glad you called. You’re up first today. Nice to have you on the program.

CALLER: It’s great to speak to you. It’s an honor. And if I can say something. The first four points, I believe it was four points, you made when you first came on the air today were excellent. Second thing I want to say: right side, left side, upside down, sideways, it doesn’t matter what side you’re from. What matters is what you say, the truthfulness behind it, and the consistency. And, Rush, you’re consistent, you’re truthful, and you’re getting out there and telling people what’s going on. Another thing: The government and Obama and his administration would like nothing more than to see the American people implode on each other at town hall meetings and calling us mobs and riots and sending in union worker thugs to do their bidding. They want nothing more than to dislike each other, to hate each other, to argue with each other. Anything to fearmonger and cloud the truth. That’s what they want.

RUSH: You know, you’re very right. They love the chaos, and they love pitting groups of Americans against each other.

CALLER: That’s it.

RUSH: You’re a very shrewd young man. It says up here that you’re 22 years old. You are very shrewd.

CALLER: I just… You know, I have a lot of friends, and there are — I want to say that the government underestimates the amount of information out there for people. You have to look, you have to find it, you have to find the truth — and thank God I found this radio station. Because there are things that you speak about that you would never hear about in mainstream news, that you would never hear at the table, and as far as death panels go, there’s no better way to call (static) Obama with all these things, what do you call it when a third party is called in with doctors and —

RUSH: Of course.

CALLER: — ethics professors and they’re going to be the ones making the decisions. The third party corporate association is nothing more than a panel of people deciding who gets to live and who’s going to die, who will be cared for and who’s going to be screwed. That’s all there is to it.

RUSH: Well, for 22 years of age you’re very shrewd out there and this kind of stuff is heartening. People of your age either are not yet interested or they have been brainwashed into thinking something opposite. So that’s great. I’m glad you called. I appreciate that.

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