RUSH: This is the anniversary of the Porkulus slush fund, and 6% of the American people, only six, believe that it worked. Fifty-two percent of people in a CNN poll say Obama does not deserve a second term. They’re doubling down on the Big Lie. Only 6% believe it worked. Seventeen percent of Americans are unemployed. This is why Obama does not deserve a second term, and this is why a lot of Democrats are jumping off their sinking ship. Senate Republicans have assembled some examples here of stimulus spending on this, the one-year anniversary. Sheryl Atkinson, CBS News, number 1. ‘You probably wouldn’t guess that a martini bar and a Brazilian steak house would be on tap for stimulus funds. But in St. Joseph, Missouri the two privately-owned facilities are getting $100,000 of your tax dollars.’
2. ‘The State University Of New York At Buffalo Won $390,000 To Study Young Adults Who Drink Malt Liquor And Smoke Marijuana.’ 3. ‘The University Of Hawaii Collected $210,000 To Study The Learning Patterns Of Honeybees, And $700,000 Went To Help Crab Fishermen In Oregon Recover Lost Crab Pots.’ 4. ‘Half A Million Dollars Went To Arizona State University To Study The Genetic Makeup Of Ants To Determine Distinctive Roles In Ant Colonies; $450,000 Went To The University Of Arizona To Study The Division Of Labor In Ant Colonies.’ This is all stimulus spending. 5. ‘The Rodent Study At Florida Atlantic University In Boca Raton Used $15,551 In Stimulus Funds To Pay For Two Summer Researchers To Help Gauge How Alcohol Affects A Mouse’s Motor Functions.’
Do we have any doubt how alcohol affects human beings’ motor functions? 6. ‘President Obama’s Stimulus Plan… Is Now Paying Americans To Buy That Great Necessity Of Modern Life, The Golf Cart.’ ‘Thanks to the federal tax credit to buy high-mileage cars that was part of President Obama’s [slush fund], Uncle Sam is now paying Americans to buy that … the golf cart. The federal credit provides from $4,200 to $5,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle, and when it is combined with similar incentive plans in many states the tax credits can pay for nearly the entire cost of a golf cart.’ Stossel went out and bought one to test the theory. He’s driving around outside of Fox News headquarters there on Sixth Avenue, also known as the Avenue of the [Former] Americas. He explained the whole process. He got a golf cart and the rebates and the kickbacks paid for it. So he’s driving around and he’s telling New Yorkers walking by, ‘Thanks.’ He’s thanking them.
‘I want to thank you for buying me this golf cart.’ They’re looking at him, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ ‘Oh, yeah. You did it. The Obama stimulus.’ I’m thinking of going and getting one. You know, my property is pretty big, I’d just as soon ride a golf cart around and inspect it rather than have to take the Hoof Express. If I get a golf cart — golf cart paid by you, why shouldn’t I do it? Then I’ll come in here and highlight the process. Yeah, I should do it. I absolutely should do it. We’re not through. We’re halfway through the list here. . ‘Five Hundred Syracuse University Freshmen Will Divulge The Details Of Their Sex Lives … $219,000 In Stimulus Funds For The Study.’ 8. ‘Sunset Boulevard, Also Known As ‘The Sunset Strip’ And One Of The Most Famous Streets In The World, Will Be Getting A $7 Million Facelift After More Than 75 Years Of Use, With A Free Million Dollar Nose Job Coming From Uncle Sam.’
But, Rush! But, Rush! This is a stimulus-ready job! It’s not creating any jobs! It’s just giving union workers on the staff in LA some more make-work to do. It’s not creating any jobs. 9. ‘The Cactus Bug Project At The University Of Florida Is More Ambitious, Spending $325,394 In Stimulus Money To Determine How Environment Affects The Mating Decisions Of Females.’ Once again, I would do this for a dollar: ‘$325,394 In Stimulus Money To Determine How Environment Affects The Mating Decisions Of Females.’ 10. ‘A $498,000, Three-Year Grant’To Study ‘Social Networks Like Facebook.” Number 11. ‘$3.4 Million for a [frigging] Turtle Tunnel in Florida — The Other Third Of The Stimulus, Government Infrastructure Spending, Has Been The Most Controversial From The Start. Some Proposals Have Been Criticized As Wasteful, Such As … A $3.4 Million ‘Ecopassage’ To Help Turtles Cross A Highway In Tallahassee, Fla.’
On the one year anniversary of the stimulus, this is what we’re paying for. 12. ‘A Big Chunk Of The Money That Will Pay For A New Spring-Training Baseball Complex On Tribal Land In The East Valley Will Be Delivered Via A Financing Program That’s Part Of The Federal Economic-Stimulus Plan. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community says it may borrow as much as $30 million of the estimated cost of the $100 million complex near Scottsdale that will become the spring home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.’ 13. Jonathan Karl, ABC News: ”The Napa Valley Wine Train, To Tourists A Great Way To See America’s Most Celebrated Wine Region, To Others Exhibit A In What’s Wrong With The Stimulus.’ Sen. Tom Coburn: ‘What that is, is a situation where you see the wealthy or well connected get taken care of and the community suffers.’ KARL: ‘He’s talking about the Napa Valley wine train relocation project, 54 million stimulus dollars to build a new rail bridge, elevate and relocate 3,300 ft of tracks and put flood walls around the train’s main station.” 14. ‘$50,000 in Stimulus Funds for a Tennis Court in Montana,’ and, ‘$250 Stimulus Checks to Prisoners.’ Megyn Kelly of Fox said: ‘Thousands To A Million Of Your Stimulus Dollars Have Gone Straight To Convicts. That’s Right, The Feds Sending $250 Stimulus Checks To Thousands Upon Thousands Of Prisoners… We’re Talking First Degree Murderers Who Are Getting Your Money.’ I don’t know what for. I don’t know what for. But it’s the first anniversary of Obama’s slush fund.
RUSH: you just heard all of the waste in the slush fund, the Porkulus bill, right? You just heard it. I just went through it. Here’s what Obama said about that today at the White House, the one-year anniversary of his slush fund.
OBAMA: Joe and I were just talking in the back, when this thing passed, we said $787 billion, somewhere there’s going to be some story of some money that ended up being misspent, $787 billion spent out over 18 months, that’s a lot — that’s a lot of money, and it is a testimony to Vice President Biden and his team that, as Joe puts it, the dog so far at least hasn’t barked.
RUSH: So you just heard all that waste, but he said this morning there hasn’t been any. The Congressional Budget Office has come out and said that the actual cost of the stimulus is not the $787 billion — it’s actually a trillion, leaving out the earmarks it cost to get votes for this thing — the actual stimulus, 787, but the CBO’s come out and said, no, no, no, it’s $862 billion because of the increase in unemployment compensation benefits we’ve had to pay. And the White House is rejecting the CBO estimate of how much the stimulus act will cost. ‘They don’t know what they’re talking about over there.’ Isn’t it interesting the Congressional Budget Office is all knowing and all seeing unless they say something the White House doesn’t like. Now, Obama and Biden know that all of this money is being wasted and they don’t care. They don’t respect the taxpayers of this nation.
This administration has contempt for you. You are trashed endlessly, businesses are trashed endlessly. They don’t care where their money goes or how much more they’re going to take from people. They don’t care about any of this. They don’t care whether there’s waste or not. Biden’s not controlling anything. These people are out there saying that congressional gridlock and, you know, bye-bye Bayh is saying, no, no, no, congressional gridlock, excessive partisanship, gotta get out of there, it’s why the deficit’s so big. Oh. Well, let’s examine that. Congressional gridlock is the reason the deficit is so large. Somebody on my vast research team needs to find something out for me. Find for me what legislative budget cuts were on the table that were blocked. I want to know. ‘Cause they’re out there saying gridlock is responsible for the deficit, which means there had to be somebody out there trying to cut the budget but the Republicans got in the way. I want to know any legislation that was advanced and debated and voted on to cut the budget. Don’t bother looking, folks. There isn’t any. And there hasn’t been any.
To the phones. To Hartford, Connecticut. We start with Pete. Nice to have you and I’m really glad you waited, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, it’s a pleasure to speak with you. How you doing today?
RUSH: Very well, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Listen, earlier you mentioned how Obama is taking credit for this two million jobs saved which is obviously ridiculous. But if that’s going to be his measure then shouldn’t Bush get credit after the 9/11 attacks for saving all of the jobs, since Al-Qaeda was trying to ruin the country?
RUSH: You’re exactly right. That is why I said earlier I wanted to congratulate Bush for any and all economic growth that has or may occur during the Obama administration. Because the Obama administration’s doing zilch, zero, nada to cause any economic growth. Now, if they’re going to run out there and blame Bush, if they’re going to say that Bush is responsible for the downside of the economy, he deserves credit for any upside. I mean, for the economy to plummet, it has to have been up there somewhere, right? Who did that? Who put the economy up there for it to fall to these depths? It sure as hell wasn’t Obama, was it? So we gotta credit Bush. I mean if he’s gonna get blamed for this we gotta give him credit for getting it up there. The Big Lie, ladies and gentlemen. The Democrat Party, American liberalism, Barack Obama.
Gregie in northern Montana, welcome to the program, Gregie.
CALLER: Yeah, Rush, Vice President Hair Plugs was up on the talk shows this morning telling all American taxpayers got a real good deal out of the stimulus package. I got stimuled. First of January my federal income tax withholding went up 1.01%.
RUSH: Yeah, I know.
CALLER: And president teleprompter was telling us during his State of the Union message that only 5% didn’t get a tax cut, 95% of us got a tax cut and the other 5% didn’t get a tax cut and I must be part of the super rich because I got a tax increase.
RUSH: Yeah. What’s your income?
CALLER: About $950, with change, a month.
RUSH: So not even $12,000 a year, and you got a tax increase?
CALLER: Not even $12,000 a year. I got stimuled. Stimul you, stimul me, and stimul us. I wish these guys would go stimul themselves instead of us.
RUSH: Weren’t you a little shocked out there to get stimuled for a tax increase of 1% at less than $12,000 a year?
CALLER: Well, I don’t know. I wasn’t complaining too much when my pumpkin pies in the local bakery went up double. I didn’t complain too much. What really got my goat was president fat mouth Biden up there telling everybody that they got a good deal out of this stimulus package.
RUSH: Well, see that’s the nature of the Big Lie. You tell something —
CALLER: You’re right.
RUSH: — so audacious that nobody could possibly think they’d make it up.
CALLER: No. No. Well, Hitler used to do that. Goebbels was great for that, just tell a bigger lie and bigger lie —
RUSH: Hitler didn’t need Goebbels. Hitler was the architect of all this stuff. Goebbels, he just implemented it all. He didn’t need Bormann. He might have needed Rommel —
CALLER: — started it all (crosstalk)
RUSH: — and he might have needed Christoph Waltz, and Hitler might have needed Bormann.
CALLER: Yeah, that’s right.
RUSH: But Goebbels made movies out there.
CALLER: — totalitarians, not anything there — that’s what they want to do is spread the wealth around, but it comes out of my pocket, and your pocket.
RUSH: There’s no wealth being spread to anybody except unions. And, by the way, that Rodney Dangerfield bit where he’s talking the arrogant professor and he says, (paraphrasing) ‘Well, you gotta pay off the teamsters here if you’re going to use concrete in this building of yours,’ and the smug professor, ‘Mr. Melon, there may be kickbacks and bribes and Mafia payoffs in your world but not in the legitimate world we’re talking about.’ Really? I would say, ladies and gentlemen, that President Obama has mastered the art of union kickbacks, wouldn’t you? The only people making out like bandits during all this are the union people: state, federal, you name it, government union people. The unemployment rate among union people in the government is 3%. I mean that’s statistically zero.
RUSH: Dave in Vancouver, it’s great to have you here. Thank you so much for waiting. Great to have you on the program.
CALLER: How you doing? Mega dittos to you, buddy.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: Yeah. I’m a first-time caller and I have only been listening to you for about three or four months, and I’m in your corner.
RUSH: Well, three or four months and you’re in my corner, you’ve gone well past the minimum required six weeks to become addicted, so welcome to the EIB Network, sir.
CALLER: Yeah, thank you. These tax breaks that Obama’s been talking about, now, I’m a middle class blue-collar worker. Last year I made a little over a hundred thousand dollars, between me and the wife, and this year we just barely cracked 70. I lost my job, got a new job and all that kind of stuff, and I got a whole whopping $500 back from Uncle Sam in federal taxes on my tax return.
RUSH: Now, wait, wait, wait, wait just a minute. That does not mean you got a tax cut.
CALLER: No. No. What it means is I got raked over the coals. I lost $30,000 in annual income and I don’t get anything back from the federal government? What’s going on there? How do you call that a tax break?
RUSH: Well, wait a second, now. You didn’t get a tax cut, there’s no question you didn’t get a tax. Nobody got a tax cut. The tax cuts you’re talking about were one-time tax credits, you go out and buy a new muffler was what the original idea was. But you can’t compare when you get $500 back on your tax return. That just means that your withholding was adjusted in such a way that you paid more than you should have. So that $500 refund was you overpaid your taxes, and I’m sure that was due to the fact that you kept the withholding where it was when your income was at a hundred thousand dollars. So you did pay less in taxes but you did not get a rate cut so you didn’t make out, I mean you’re not ahead of the game at all other than the way you did it, you had a $500 lump there that you might otherwise not have had. That was just because you didn’t readjust your withholding to match — because you didn’t know. It sounds like you’re an independent contractor in a lot of ways, your income varies from year to year. But, Dave, it’s great to have you in the audience. Thank you so much.
RUSH: To Jimmy, Pascagoula, Mississippi. You’re next on the program, sir. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thank you very much. Longtime listener. Please indulge me to make my point. If Obama and the Demolition-crats want to truly create jobs, there’s over 250,000 structural steel bridges in the United States that fail at one per week. The bridge in Minneapolis had just been inspected by the process that they used for inspection (which is just visual) up until about a year ago. It had just been inspected one month prior to its collapse up there on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. They could create so many jobs putting people on the infrastructure, working on these bridges. In the United States right now, 250,000 structural steel bridges have fatigue and stress. Most of them were built in the fifties and sixties that trucks weighed a lot less, carried a lot less load, the amount of traffic that went across these bridges was nowhere near the amount of traffic that there is —
CALLER: — right now going across.
RUSH: And the kids going across were not nearly as fat which didn’t put as much pressure on these bridges.
CALLER: Exactly! And now there’s a company out that has an electronic fatigue sensing device that can structurally test these bridges down to one one-hundredth of an inch. I mean, that bridge was visually inspected so all they did was go to most of the stress points, look of them, and say, ‘Hey, it’s okay,’ but what about the fatigue of the fact that those bridges were engineered and designed to only carry traffic. Some bridges, if people truly knew how unsafe they were, they wouldn’t much less drive a 2,000-pound car across it.
RUSH: Wait a minute, now.
CALLER: They wouldn’t even walk across it.
RUSH: Jimmy, I thought the stimulus bill had fixed all these.
CALLER: Yeah, right. (laughs)
RUSH: Well, I mean, that’s what the purpose was, to fund ‘shovel-ready jobs,’ fix the infrastructure. Obama said today it’s been a marvelous success. He said it’s a marvelous success, Jimmy. Are you sure about your facts on this one?
CALLER: Oh, yeah. I’m very sure because I’m going to tell you what. Not only that, do you see steelworkers and the teamsters and all going to work right now? Do you hear of any large quantities of workers working on these bridges? No, you don’t because no one’s doing it.
RUSH: Well, it’s an excellent idea. Jimmy, I think these bridges just have to be patient. I think all that work that you’re talking about comes in 2013.