RUSH: Rasmussen, Monday Morning Update: ‘Support for Health Care Plan Hits New Low.’ Forty-one percent now favor Obamacare. Fifty-six percent oppose it. Support among seasoned citizens has fallen to 33%. Now, if you want to know why this thing doesn’t get implemented ’til 2013, here is your answer. He’s gonna wait ’til after the 2012 election to make sure any of this stuff is implemented. Because once it hits, once the reality of it hits, he’s going to have a popular revolt on his hands and he wants three years or four years of his presidency left once the chaos begins. Let me tell you what this is. The desire to put this off to 2013 is a tantamount admission that he knows it will not be liked, that he knows people will hate it, that he knows people will oppose it. So look at this. We’re being told of this great sense of urgency, we had to get it passed into law before the August recess, and now we have to get it done by Thanksgiving, and we have all of these people working hard on it, and it’s gotta get done, it’s gotta get done, it’s gotta get done, we can’t wait but we’re going to wait to implement it ’til 2013 because Obama knows we don’t want any part of it, he knows we won’t like one bit of it. And if it got implemented soon after it was signed into law, he could kiss his reelection in 2012 good-bye. And he knows this.
So the sum total is he knows it’s bad, he knows it’s rotten for us; he knows it’s nothing anybody wants. He knows that once people are actually enrolled into his version of health care reform — and, by the way, this public option business, I keep hearing people talk about, ‘Well, we’re going to go forward without it.’ The whole thing is a public option. When the government does and takes over health care, the whole thing is a public option. It’s just semantics at work here that the Democrats are working on. Have you heard there was a proposal, bipartisan duo, Representative Brian Baird, Washington Democrat, Greg Walden, Oregon Republican, came up with a 72-hour resolution that would require all nonemergency legislation to be posted online in final form for at least 72 hours prior to a floor vote. Representative Baird said, ‘Members of Congress are too often asked to make decisions on bills that can be longer than telephone books and are only given a few hours to actually read them. Both parties are guilty and both should stop doing it.’ So they propose this 72-hour period, which ought not be necessary because Obama promised a week. Remember one of the favorite words he used to describe his administration: transparent. There would be a new transparency, and there would be an end to corruption.
Well, guess who’s putting the skids on this proposal? Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi does not want voters to see any of this sausage they’re making, and it’s understandable why. People have seen some of the sausage and it led to massive protests by, quote, unquote, unruly mobs at town hall meetings and at tea parties. So what we’re faced here with is a Democrat Party that knows you’re going to hate what they are going to love. You are going to revolt against what they are going to implement. They want to protect themselves from you having any idea what it is before it is implemented. Because after it’s implemented, it’s too late. And with its implementation, particularly health care, comes the right in the part of government to regulate and legislate every aspect of life, every aspect of your daily behavior. In other words, regulate your liberty, regulate your freedom. That’s why they’re not worried about it. You don’t like it, tough toenails. You don’t like it, take this. You don’t like it, big deal. You can’t do anything about it. The arrogance and the condescension in what used to be a representative republic is now turned into a nation of one-party rule where the biggest enemy that the leaders of this country think they face is their own people. Not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not Hugo Chavez. Not Daniel Ortega, not Khadafy, not the Russians, not the Norks, not the Chinese. The biggest enemy Obama faces, the biggest enemy Pelosi and Reid face, the American people.
RUSH: John in Paducah, Kentucky. Hello, sir. You’re next on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor to speak with you, first-time caller. I’ve listened to you for about a year. The reason I called is, you know, I was listening to Clinton’s comments earlier that you were playing. And I’m getting really sick and tired of all these politicians who say, ‘Well, the American people want. Well, the public want.’ How do they know? Because they weren’t talking to us. You know here in Kentucky I call my congressman and senators a lot and they don’t want to hear from me. I get some aide who claims she’s taking my comments and a couple weeks later I get some form letter that doesn’t even have an original signature on it, it’s been copied. So how do they know what we want? You know, I’ve heard people calling your show from other states.
RUSH: Let me tell you something.
CALLER: And their congressman is telling them the same thing, they don’t want to hear from us.
RUSH: They know what we want. That’s why they’re trying to ram it down our throats right now but not implement it ’til 2013. They can read the polls. It doesn’t matter to them. But you’re very shrewd. Do you remember during the Lewinsky circumstance, every night on CNN and MSNBC, it would be one Democrat consultant after another, it was either Lanny Davis or it was the idiot guy, his last name is Penn, Doug Schoen, whatever, they had a phrase. ‘The American people want this president left alone.’ It’s their arrogance. It’s their attempt to shape public opinion.
CALLER: Right. It’s just like with health care, you know, they claim that private insurance is nothing but corrupt and greedy and money hungry, and yet they are clinging to it like glue. They want nothing to do with this public option that they are trying to push on all of us. That should turn on a lightbulb in every single American.
RUSH: It has. Look, overall support is 41%, down from 42% last week, opposition 56%, and that is the magic bullet question: ‘Are you going to go on this public option you’re writing for us?’ ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, of course we’re not going to be doing that.’ I think the American people are up to speed on this a lot. Look, there’s a summary here that Rasmussen put out on Saturday of polls, and let me sum this up for you. Sixty-six percent of the country is angry with the radical, far-left agenda Pelosi and Obama are pushing on America. Thirty-six percent are very angry, and 59% say the current level of anger is worse than it was during the Bush years. ‘Few nations are as generous with their time and money as the US, but right now Americans are a suspicious bunch.’ This is Rasmussen, uploaded on Saturday. ‘Sixty-six percent –‘ that’s two-thirds ‘– 66% of voters nationwide say they’re at least somewhat angry about the current policies of the federal government. Thirty-six percent (36%) are Very Angry. Despite the high level of political anger last year that helped fuel President Obama’s election, 59% say the current level of political anger in the country is higher than it was when George W. Bush was president.’
Now, if this surprises you, understand why. You don’t see any of this anger reflected in media coverage. You see the tea parties and you see the town halls and you see the people being mocked and made fun of. The protest against Bush and all the anger was promoted and it was amplified and it was made to look like the whole country hated Bush, the whole country wanted to lose Iraq, the whole country wanted to get out, the whole country wanted Bush assassinated, the whole country wanted this, that, and the other thing. The country right now is angrier than it was at Bush but you don’t know it because it’s not being reported. Rasmussen says, ‘A lot of that anger is directed at the people who are spending billions and billion of dollars of taxpayer money. That helps explain why members of Congress have now surpassed corporate CEOs to hold the least favorably regarded profession in the country.’
Members of Congress rate lower than CEOs and the Democrat Party and Obama have launched an all-out assault on CEOs ever since February, been on TV 24/7. ‘Just 16% of voters give Congress good or excellent ratings now that it’s back from a rough-and-tumble August recess. That’s down seven points from its highest rating of 2009, reached in late May. Fifty-three (53%) percent say Congress is doing a poor job. Obama’s Approval Index ratings remain in negative territory as well in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. … Despite the president’s call for urgent action, Americans continue to send mixed signals about the dangers of climate change, and 47% reject the idea that they are selfish putting economic concerns ahead of the fight against global warming. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of adults take the opposite view and believe Americans are being selfish for putting the economy first.’
There is no agenda item that is crucially important to them that he’s winning on. There is no agenda item that the American people, by a majority, support. Not one. But you would never know it. But trust me. The anger out there is real and it’s not a phony, trumped-up rage, it’s not bought and paid for by the media. It is genuine. That’s why they’re actually frightened by it. And I’ll tell you, Obama is destroying the best economic system ever created. And the results are in. Free market capitalism has never let us down. From time to time we let the system down because we are all human, after all. But there’s no evidence of a better system than free market capitalism operating in a country which values individual liberty. On the other hand, there is ample evidence that regulators in Washington are deeply flawed in their thinking and corrupt in their behavior. Only a fool throws the baby out with the bathwater. Do you know where the phrase ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ came from? You have to go back to Tudor times. The Tudor people bathed once a year. They thought bathing caused harm. They bathed in May. They all got pregnant a week after that.
When they took the bath, the man of the house got the water first. He got out, then the mother, and then all the kids. They didn’t change the water. The last person in was the baby and by that time the water was so dirty that sometimes the kids got thrown out with the bathwater. So the phrase ‘don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater’ was born. They bathed once a year in the same tub. I know it’s difficult to believe out there. At any rate, Obama is sitting around destroying all this, and people see that it’s their future and their kids’ future, their livelihoods being destroyed. They want no part of it.
Fifty-two percent, the unemployment rate for young Americans has exploded to 52.2%, a post-World War II high. This is according to Obama’s own Labor Department. This means that millions of Americans are staring at the likelihood that their lifetime earning potential will be diminished and combined with the predicted slow economic recovery job-wise, their transition into productive members of society could be put on hold for an extended period of time. Fifty-two point two percent.