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RUSH: Let me take you back to recent history. During the riots in Greece, do you remember, ladies and gentlemen, on this program, we asked as an educational exercise: ‘Which side of the barricades would Obama be on? Would Obama be on the side of the government barricades or would he out there throwing the Molotov cocktails?’ Now we know. We knew back then, too, but now we know for sure which side of something like this Obama would be on. By the way, aren’t these anti-government protests going on in Wisconsin? The people elected a government. They elected a governor and a legislature. The legislature is acting; the governor is acting.

Half the legislature splits, leaves the scene. A mob shows up, protesting…what? Government! The duly-elected government. And Obama spoke out so quickly on this, ten minutes after the protest. It took him forever to fumble out something on Egypt, but here for once he moves fast. But these are anti-government protests that Barack Obama is encouraging! I just wanted to point it out: Barack Hussein Obama is encouraging anti-government protests. Here’s the dirty little secret, the bottom line, ladies and gentlemen: The unionistas, the rabble-rousers, the freeloaders, the protesters in Wisconsin have much chance of winning in the long run as do the protests in Greece or Spain or the youths burning cars in France.

There is no choice! They will have to lose. We do not have the money! They are $3.6 billion in debt in Wisconsin. You think they’re gonna be able to secure loans with this kind of thing going on? And borrowing money is not going to help the situation. They have a balanced budget amendment. We do not have the money! Either the states and the country will go bankrupt and collapse in total economic anarchy, or the unionistas will lose. There’s no other outcome here. We don’t have the money! It’s just that simple. We are either on the side of the Wisconsin protesters or we are on the side of our country, which can only have economic future if we make these cuts.

I didn’t set up these circumstances. I’m just commenting on ’em. But how else would you describe this? You’re on the side of the protesters or you’re on the side of the country. The country doesn’t have any money and the state doesn’t have any money. You got a bunch of people demanding money. Somebody tell me the win-win here. Wisconsin’s not a bank. It’s not the Federal Reserve. They can’t print any money. Didn’t Obama oppose the Tea Party rallies because they were anti-government protests? National Review Online, Katrina Trinko: ‘I think we’re focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budget, which they’re a long ways from doing.’

The governor of Wisconsin is telling Obama to stay out of his business.


RUSH: You’ve got chaos going on in the state of Wisconsin, and the governor, Scott Walker, says he’s not backing down and he told Obama stay out of Wisconsin’s business.

Take care of your own; stay out of ours. ”We’re focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budget, which they’re a long way from doing.’ Walker emphasized he has no wish to degrade public employees. ‘I’ve said repeatedly good, decent people work for the government, but they shouldn’t be excluded from what everybody else in society is going through in these tough economic times. We’ve all got to be in it together,” plus the fact that he doesn’t have the money to meet their demands and to pay them. He just doesn’t. It’s not there. Let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is yesterday in Madison at the state capitol, the Governor Scott Walker at a press conference.

WALKER: I continue to work, and I’m calling on the members of the State Senate to show up and do the job that they’re paid to do as well. On behalf of the people who pay their salaries, show up to work. They get paid to come to work and they should be coming to work. You can’t have ‘conversations’ if you’re not at work.

RUSH: Precisely! They don’t want to talk about it. This is pure intimidation. It isn’t gonna work. Last night he appeared with Greta Van Susteren. She said, ‘It was expected today there would be a vote in the State Senate and you need one more state senator to show up, a Democrat. Where are they tonight, do you know?’

WALKER: They’re hiding out in another state. They’re hiding out in hopes that somehow that will test the resolve. If anything, I think it’s made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger. They’re not gonna be bullied; they’re not gonna be intimidated.

RUSH: Bullied is exactly right. That’s what is being attempted here: Bullying! All the things these very people teach our children about: Bullying! All of the very things our teachers try to instruct our young skulls full of mush in how to deal with and how to punish bullies and what we need to do about bullies. If somebody, God forbid, gets hurt with all the heated protesting going on in Wisconsin, will the media blame Obama? He’s encouraging this. His websites are inspiring this. They are encouraging this. (interruption) I am dead serious with the question, Mr. Snerdley! I’ve had to sit here for 22 years and listen to how I’m responsible for all this, and I never once encourage anything like this!

You know, I’ve gotten… I can’t tell you, I’ve got three or four requests from people urging me to get the news out that there’s gonna be a Tea Party rally here or a Tea Party rally there. That’s not what the purpose of this program is. They’re gonna get there on their own, but Obama’s encouraging this. Now, if somebody gets hurt is somebody gonna blame somebody? Is the finger of blame gonna be pointed someplace? It’d be interesting to see. Public servants seem now to have become protected species, like snail darters. When else in history have public servants gotten more pay, better benefits, better retirement plans than the people who pay them?

You don’t overlook that aspect of this. Organizing for America, that’s Barack Obama’s website. His organizations are busing people to the protests. They’re making calls to whip up the protest, to heighten the rhetoric. It’s been Barack Obama who said, ‘They bring a knife, we bring a gun!’ Barack Obama: ‘Get in their face.’ He’s clearly an inspiration for this. On CBS Early Show today, co-host Chris Wragge interviewed Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin. Question: ‘Democrat state senators have all fled the state. Schools have been closed. The Statehouse for all intents and purposes is a closed house right now, and you’ve talked about potentially mobilizing the National Guard. Has your position softened at all here?’

WALKER: No. This is a bold political move, but it is a modest request of our employees. In fact, I should make it very clear: There are 300,000 state and local government employees. The vast majority of them for days have been showing up to work just like we paid them to do. The state senators who are hiding out down in Illinois should show up for work, have their say, have their vote, add their amendments. But in the end we’ve got a $3.6 billion budget deficit we’ve gotta balance, and I think for most people in the middle class outside of government they understand what we’re asking for is still a lot less than what most of our average taxpayers are paying.

RUSH: Once again the unionistas, the protesters in Wisconsin, have as much chance of winning in the long run as did the protests in Greece or Spain or anywhere else, because there’s no choice. They’ll have to lose. We don’t have the money! We do not have the money. Either the states and the country will go bankrupt and collapse into total economic anarchy, or the protesters will lose. There is no other outcome here. Even kicking the can down the road just delays the inevitable. (interruption) Well, I know it’s been kicked down the road, but some people don’t think this is the end of the road. Others do. This is what the governor is trying to say at the end of the road. He was elected to do this, just like Chris Christie was, just like Bob McDonnell in Virginia was elected. So Chris Wragge, co-host on CBS, says, ‘Well, you say this is a modest request you’re making of the teachers. Some state workers have been hit harder than others. The teachers union, which votes Democrat under normal circumstances, is hit very hard. Yet your cops, state trooper, firemen’s unions who all supported and endorsed you, they don’t get touched in any of this. Why is that?’

WALKER: That actually is not true. There 314 fire and police unions in the state. Four of them endorsed me; all the rest endorsed my opponent. For us it’s simple: We cannot compromise for one minute public safety in this state. We’ve seen what’s happened, unfortunately, with a number of our schools. It is illegal to strike in this state. We can’t compromise our public safety. The millions and millions of taxpayers in the state have a right to be heard as well, and we can’t raise taxes to balance this budget or we’ll cripple the economy that already has about a 7-1/2% unemployment rate. To show that we’re open for business we’ve gotta make it easier to put people to work here, and asking employees to pay half the national average for health care is truly a modest request.

RUSH: ‘[A]sking employees to pay half the national average for health care is truly a modest request.’ It seems to be. Chris Wragge, CBS co-host finally says, ‘But you understand their position with some of the state workers saying you’re essentially taking away their voice by trying to break these unions. You understand that?’

WALKER: Our workers have protections today; they’ll have protections after this bill passes. What you’ve got are union leaders who don’t like the fact that they’re not gonna be able to mandatorily enforce that every one of the workers here in state and local government have got to be a part of the union. That’s why they’re here, that’s why the national money is here, that’s why the national union leaders are coming here, and I think the majority of the taxpayers in the state understand.

RUSH: He nails it again. Absolutely nails it again. This is what the voters of Wisconsin voted for, make no mistake about it. Aren’t the protesters in Wisconsin trying to shut down the government? Aren’t we told that’s just about the worst thing in the world that could possibly happen, if somehow the federal government shut down, ‘Oh, no, no, no! What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do!’ They’re trying to shut down the Wisconsin state government. They have! The Democrats have shut down the Wisconsin state government.

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