RUSH: Jordan in Daytona Beach, Florida. Welcome to the Rush Limbaugh program. Nice to have you here.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. How are you?
CALLER: I have a question for you that may seem obvious but I would first like to give you a premise before you answer my question.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: Okay. I attend college, and I’m in an American government class. There are 40 students in the class, and the professor asked us, ‘Who, of you, are content with the amount of taxes that come out of your paycheck?’ Only one in 40 students said that they were content with the amount of taxes that they’re paying to the government. However, when he asked how many people vote Democrat, it was almost half. Now, in addressing the kind of hypocrisy there that, you know, we know that the Democrats are not for tax cuts, they’re for tax increases —
CALLER: — my question for you is what is to make us think that the American people won’t believe the mainstream media once again and blame Republicans for all the mess that Obama and the Democrats have created?
RUSH: I love this question. You’re a college student, right?
RUSH: I’ve been getting this question for 25 years. Every year, multiple times a year, because your life experience is that the media’s going to blame the Republicans for whatever goes wrong, no matter who’s to blame for it, and therefore you don’t see any change. For me, in the last 25 years, there has been worlds of change. They still blame the Republicans, but they don’t get away with it as often as they do. Not nearly. Look at the Tea Party, look at the Drive-By Media shrinking, New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, they are shrinking, their influence and their sphere of influence is shrinking. They still do it, you’re right, the template is still blame Republicans for everything. I have a question for you. Of these 40 college students, how many of them in there actually get a paycheck to even know what their taxes are, that was my first reaction.
CALLER: Well, see, that’s what he asked, he said only answer if you have a job and pay taxes, but, you know, I would assume that these people who raise their hands are mostly making minimum wage and therefore they’re getting their taxes all back the next year. So I mean —
RUSH: That’s the point. You’re dealing with sort of a flawed test group here because their earnings are not nearly what they’re going to be.
RUSH: Well, what they were going to be before Obama. But your other question, what’s to say the Republicans won’t get blamed. They will be. In fact, let me prepare you. Let me give you my theorem as to what’s going to happen. The Republicans are going to win big the House of Representatives. I think that’s a given. Even if they don’t win the House, they’re gonna take away the Democrats supermajority. If they don’t win the Senate they’re gonna get close to that, but a lot of people think they’re gonna win the House. I think — and I’ve astutely pointed this out on previous occasions — I think that’s exactly what Obama wants. What does he need for his own reelection? He needs to run against somebody. He needs to have somebody to blame for the mess that he’s created. He can’t and doesn’t want to blame his own party, even now, even now he’s out there blaming — and the media — blaming the Republicans for all this mess when the Republicans can’t stop anything Obama wants to do. Well, it isn’t working. The thing here is that if the ‘blame the Republicans” technique was working, then the Democrats should be ahead in all of these polls. So you need to have some optimism out there. I understand why you don’t. You’re new to this, and you’re getting frustrated over what you see as a degree of unfairness, lack of balance, bias, or what have you. But they’re not getting away with it the way they used to. That’s my point to you.
RUSH: ‘Cause if they were, the Republicans wouldn’t be ahead of the game. But that doesn’t mean they’re gonna stop using the ploy. They’re gonna keep using the ploy. Obama has created a mess. It’s a bad mess. This is a mess that not even DDT could fix. It’s gonna take a lot of time and a lot of elections to fix this. But Obama wants to get reelected. He’s going to have to blame somebody. All politicians have to run against something. It’s going to be much easier for him to blame the Republicans, he’ll say, ‘We’re in big mess, got all these deficits, we got high deficits, we can’t keep spending our way in debt like this,’ he’ll say that, and ‘it’s Republicans who got us here. I had brave policies the first two years to try to stop this, but I couldn’t, and the Republicans did not support me at all and now they’re in charge and now they’re opposing everything I want to do, they’re opposing all of my brilliant solutions.’ That’s what’s going to happen and the media is going to be right in there echoing him, but it doesn’t work. It isn’t working now. This is what you have to realize. It isn’t working now.
If it were, if people thought the Republicans were in charge and responsible for the deficit, if they thought that Republicans were responsible for the unemployment levels, if they thought Republicans were responsible for this stinko economy, why would Republicans be looking at a landslide victory? So the voters know. But the voters have known before and the press has been able to talk them out of what they know. That’s what you instinctively are aware of. That’s why the battle continues. That’s why the war continues. Battles are won and lost but the war will go on and on and on. It’s great to have you engaged in it at your age and to have you observing the things that you’re observing. I’m glad you called. I appreciate it.