And you go talk to some elderly members of Congress about this health care bill and what it’s gonna do to this country 10, 15 years down the road, and some of these members of the House and Senate who are in their seventies: “I don’t care. I’m gonna be dead.” That’s really their attitude about it. Under Reagan and Bush, the Republicans had control of the White House and both houses of Congress — how many old people died then? We can go back and count the numbers. How many old people died during the Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2 administrations? How many old people died because of the Republican budget every year? Answer: zero. And yet the same complaint, the same charge is made. And above all, most of all, you wonder about the idiots that hear it out there, average Americans who believe it, who buy into it.
RUSH: So back to your ABC News at the top of the hour, teacher and students who had long planned to come to Washington won’t be able to go to the zoo and the museums, all because of the Republicans, all because of Paul Ryan. Now, you and I hear this, we ask ourselves, “Who in the world is going to believe this?” And then we see New Yorkers totally acquiescing with the notion that you can’t buy a Happy Meal now because it’s not nutritious enough. We see New Yorkers totally acquiescing with this silly notion of trans fat in the foods. We see it. Let me tell you something. If you are a teacher and you have a class that you are planning on taking to Washington, and you might not be able to see the cherry blossom parade or you might not be able to go to the Air and Space Museum, or you might not be able to go to the latest liberal art because the government’s gonna shut down. You might not be able to go to the Washington Monument.
Let me tell you where you can go. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. They take no government money. Go to Mount Vernon. Take your students to Mount Vernon. Look at the 16-sided barn. Take a look at George Washington’s home where genuine American history was made. There is an educational center and a movie theater there that depicts aspects of George Washington and the founding of this country that you will not find in your own classroom, Mr. or Miss Teacher. And it’s open 365 days a year. So you can’t use the excuse of a government shutdown to not go out to Mount Vernon. A trip to Mount Vernon would be far more worthwhile than the cherry blossom parade anyway. And another added bonus, you will not find one stinking reporter at Mount Vernon because it’s not gonna be shut down. So there are places to go in Washington, or the environs, if this shutdown actually happens, which I don’t think is gonna happen. Go to the Mayflower Hotel. Ask to see Eliot Spitzer’s room, Client No. 9, any number of things to do in Washington. Go see Wilbur Mills and Fanne Fox. Gary Hart(pence) and take your pick. Ask for the White House tour. Look for the study off the Oval Office. Obama’s not there. Find remnants of Lewinsky era. The White House won’t shut down. Mount Vernon, try it. Serious.
RUSH: We have another montage, this one from Rush Limbaugh: The Television Show, 1995. A number of Democrats and media people here. This is during the era of the government shutdown debate back in 1995 and the school lunch cuts. There never were any school lunch program cuts, but that didn’t matter.
BARRETT: Why do the Republicans want to take apples and milk away from six year olds?
WOOLSEY: Starving children is not the solution to balancing our budget.
GEPHARDT: The Republicans are taking food out of the mouths of millions of needy and middle class children.
STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s cruel to kids.
DURBIN: Stop declaring war on our kids.
KENNEDY: War on their children. War on their children.
SCHROEDER: I also would like to speak to a moment about the mean-spiritedness I’m hearing about on the floor today.
VOLKER: But how could they be so mean-spirited?
GEPHARDT: These cuts are mean-spirited.
SERRANO: The mean-spirited Republicans…
WELLSTONE: It is mean-spirited. It is vicious.
NADLER: These Draconian, mean-spirited and immoral cuts in funding…
SCHROEDER: We’re seeing Draconian cuts in all sorts of social service programs…
WYNN: Once again, they’re playing Robin Hood in reverse taking from the poor to give to the rich.
GUTIERREZ: We’re gonna let the kids go hungry again.
LEWIS: They’re coming for our children. They’re coming for the poor. They’re coming for the sick, the elderly and the disabled.
RUSH: And we are coming for your elderly. Your elderly will die in the streets, corpses piling up because of the Republican budget.
(playing of Obama spoof)
RUSH: The EIB Network, El Rushbo, Barack Obama singing about his own plans, not Republican plans, Obama singing about his own plans because of his own death panels. The only senior citizens dead because of government action in this country will die because of Obamacare.
RUSH: By the way, if you are going to visit Washington and Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, stop by the NRA Museum and see the national firearms museum. You can see all of Charlton Heston’s guns there. It’s not far from Mount Vernon.
Tom in Newport Myers. Nice to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: It’s North Fort Myers, Rush.
RUSH: I never heard of either one of them, so fine. That’s Florida, right?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: That’s close enough.
CALLER: I told Mr. Snerdley I’m in a quandary. I’m a senior citizen.
CALLER: And when I do drop dead out in front of my house, do I do it on general garbage pickup days, recyclables, or yard waste?
RUSH: You mean because of the budget cuts?
CALLER: Of course, sure.
RUSH: Well, what were your options, again? Did you mention the garbage day pickup?
CALLER: Yeah, garbage pickup —
CALLER: — recyclable day, or yard waste?
RUSH: Nah, recycling is a waste of money, waste of time. Just put yourself in a trash bag.
CALLER: Okay. All right.
RUSH: Yeah, put yourself in a trash bag and put on the trash bag “Dead because of Republican budget cuts.”
RUSH: In fact, you know what would be a great concession? Get some Hefty bags, have some printed on ’em “Dead because of Republican budget cuts.” (laughing) Don’t do this. The media will find — (interruption) I mean just for your regular garbage, not for people, just for your regular garbage. You could do “this garbage due to Obama budget,” or some such thing. Have fun with it. Anyway, yeah, I’d do the trash bag routine. You don’t want to be incinerated out there, not in a public facility.
RUSH: Now, the real scandal, the dirty little secret here about the shutdown is — in fact, somebody just sent me a picture. At the front door — and I’m sure there are many doors to the Smithsonian — a big sign: “Sorry. Because of the government shutdown we are not permitted to open today.” The real scandal about the shutdown is that nobody — oh, so that picture’s from 1995. That Smithsonian picture is 1995. I’m sure they still got the sign, though, ready to hang in the front door. The real scandal about this is that nobody’s gonna be shut down, or very few are gonna be shut down. There were — let’s see the number — 2,748,000 plus civilian federal employees in the US as of January 2009. It’s surely much higher after another year of Obama. But Reuters is reporting that should the government be shut down, 800,000 employees will be idled. Only 800,000 out of almost three million. And you know where they’ll be, at the Washington Monument or at the cherry blossom parade, or other such places easily found by the media. That will be the criteria. (laughing)
Where can the media easily find evidence of the shutdown? Where can we find children crying over not being able to get in to see the Lincoln Memorial? Where can we find angry parents who have pictures of John Boehner with horns drawn on his head provided by the media? Does anybody notice when the government shuts down for the ten federal holidays we have every year? Do they notice when they shut down for snow days? In point of fact, there were government shutdowns every year that Jimmy Carter was president. They averaged 11 days each. There were six shutdowns during President Reagan’s two terms. Did anybody notice? Media didn’t even bother to report on it. But this shutdown, this, like the one in ’95, will be because of the Republicans. And so that’s why this one will be noticed and why all of the pain and the suffering and the tears will be noted because they will say that this one is the fault of the Republicans.
RUSH: Elaine in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Hi, Elaine, great to have you with us.
CALLER: Thanks for the opportunity to talk with you, Rush. I appreciate it.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I’m a retired teacher, and I just wanted to address what you talked about in the first hour about teachers or people planning trips to Washington, and they were disappointed because nothing’s gonna be open and all this because of the shutdown. That’s when a good teacher, you know, makes it the best lesson she’s ever had. You take the kids on a walking tour of Washington! You don’t have to go in the bookstores and the gift shops and all these places. You can stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and give the best history lesson ever. You’re looking out to the Reflecting Pool. To your left is the Vietnam Memorial. To your right is the Korean memorial. You’re looking just past the World War II memorial to the Washington Monument.
RUSH: Yeah, but all of that’s gonna be closed.
CALLER: They can’t close the streets and the sidewalks! You can walk past all these things. You don’t have to go inside to the top of the Washington Monument. Yeah, you get a great view of Washington but you can still see the outside of all these monuments.
RUSH: Yeah, that’s true.
CALLER: You can take a walking tour. You want to see the cherry blossoms? Walk to the Jefferson Memorial. It’s incredible. The walk is gorgeous and it’s beautiful. You can have your own history lesson right there without going inside any of these places.
RUSH: Well, that’s all very true. Like I said: Go to Mount Vernon.
CALLER: Right! Exactly, exactly. Go to the National Cathedral. You know, we don’t have to depend on the government to teach our kids history.
RUSH: Nope. Or go to the Arlington Cemetery. I know they’re not gonna shut that down.
CALLER: Absolutely! Absolutely! The greatest place in Washington is Arlington because you’ve got history from every aspect. You know, it just galled me to hear somebody whining about something like that in Washington when they don’t need those places to get educated.
RUSH: Well, that’s because these are political pawns. This teacher is nothing more than a political pawn. “Yeah, they can’t go on a tour of Washington. They can’t go on a parade because the Republicans shut down the government,” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. No, Elaine, you’re exactly right. Great call. Thanks very much. I appreciate it.
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