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RUSH: Here’s Obama in Chicago, Loyola University, he was a state senator then. This is October 1998.

OBAMA: What weÂ’re going to have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all. There has been a systematic — I donÂ’t think itÂ’s too strong to call it a propaganda campaign, against the possibility of government action and itÂ’s efficacy. I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution — because I actually believe in redistribution — at least at a certain level to make sure that everybodyÂ’s got a shot.

RUSH: Yeah, make sure everybody’s got a shot. So what does that mean? Everybody gets a certain amount of money, same amount of money. You take it from those who have it and produced it, give it to those that don’t, same amount of money and turn ’em loose and everybody’s gonna be cool. Is that what that means, everybody’s got a shot? What happens, Mr. President, if you do that, let’s say — pick a number — give everybody a hundred grand, just do it, for the sake of our little experiment here. What do you bet the people who didn’t have any money before you gave ’em will be out of that money inside of six months, and the people who had that hundred grand before you took it from ’em find a way to get it back?

What do you bet, Mr. President, in our little experiment, give everybody a hundred thousand dollars, the same people who didn’t have it before you gave it to ’em will end up not having it in a very short period of time. So what have you actually accomplished? It’s a one-time thing, right? Could we say, give everybody a hundred grand, give everybody a fair shot, and then after a year, we reassess. And what happens, Mr. President, when a lot of those people you gave a hundred grand to are back down to having nothing? Do you do it again? Do you do it every year? At what point do you realize this doesn’t work? Why would you ignore world history? This has never worked anywhere in the world.

See, that’s where we get caught up, folks. It’s not about working. It’s not about success. It’s not about making sure everybody ends up the same. It’s about making them think that’s what you care about. It’s making them think that you’re gonna be there to back ’em up when they bomb out. It’s about them thinking that you’re gonna be there to take again from the successful or the achievers and give back to the people who get screwed again. The theory, the reason people don’t have anything is they got screwed by the people who do have everything. People that have a lot stole it from the people who don’t have anything. So we gotta take it away from the people who have it, redistribute it for efficacy, and we have to resuscitate, this brilliant guy said, somehow resuscitate the notion — by the way, this is 1998. What’s going on in 1998? Who’s president in 1998?

William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, president in 1998. What’s going on then? I’ll tell you what’s going on, welfare reform, and that’s got Obama all agitated. Welfare reform.

People are being told, “Uh-oh, gotta work now to get welfare.” That’s what he’s all ticked off about. You got a Democrat president in 1998. What the hell’s he angry about? He’s got a big redistributionist in Clinton. He’s got a guy that raised taxes. What’s he ticked off about here? Well, it could be welfare reform, but more than likely it’s just who Obama is. Everybody’s got a fair shot. Do you give ’em a fair shot every year? You give a fair shot one time? Nothing’s gonna change. You give somebody that doesn’t know what to do with their life a hundred grand, it’s gonna be gone inside of, what, a year?

It’s been proven. I’m not just making this up. It’s been proven. But we didn’t need this tape. I like having it, who knows, it might persuade people who are just now starting to wake up and understand this stuff. You never know. Glad it’s out there. You and I, this audience, you didn’t need it to know it because we know liberals. And that’s why on January 16th, 2009, we said we hope Obama fails. Well, I did, and you agreed with me. I hope Obama fails. Some of you might have been frightened I said that, but I wasn’t. But now you all know. But, remember, October 12th, 2008, Toledo, Ohio, Obama’s campaigning, a guy minding his own business, Joe the Plumber says, “Your tax plan, Obama, it’s gonna tax me more, isn’t it?”

OBAMA: It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.

RUSH: Oh, you remember how fast the media hustled to try to spin that? They knew they had trouble there. They know that’s not what this country’s all about. They know that’s not what people are gonna vote for, spreading the wealth around. Democrats never run on that. They talk about it until it’s time to run for reelection, and then they drop that, start sounding conservative and they start doing this stuff after they get elected and are serving in office. “I just want to make sure that everybody’s who’s behind you, Joe, that they got a chance for success, too.”

You see, Joe, because you have success means you took success away from somebody else, ’cause Obama believes in a zero sum economy, a zero-sum game. Somebody gets a raise of a dollar, somebody had to lose it he believes. Somebody gets a job, somebody had to lose a job. Somebody has a successful career means somebody lost a successful career. So Joe the Plumber, you come along and do pretty well, we gotta make sure that people behind you have a fair shot, too, spread the wealth around. That’s how he thinks.


RUSH: Here is Allison in Woodbridge, New Jersey, as we head to the phones. Great to have you, Allison, hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you?

RUSH: Very well. Thank you.

CALLER: Good. I was just wanting to call you because my husband and I were sitting here having lunch, and we were listening to the clip of Barack Obama that you played from 1998, and my husband said to me — I can’t take credit for this; he came up with it, but he wanted me to call — that if you listen to him in that clip (giggle), he doesn’t falter. He doesn’t have any sort of a halting dictation, nothing. He speaks that straight as if that is what he truly believes. He doesn’t have the same tone as when we gives press briefings or interviews.

RUSH: Yeah, there’s no intellectual halting, “Uhhhhh.”

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Like where you’re thinking deep thoughts and considering all the various options.


RUSH: He was just rat-tat-tat right for it. He went for it right out of the gate. That’s your point, right?

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: Because that’s what’s truly within him that he believes. So, you know, that was just a simple point that we he came up with. We said, “Wow, did you hear him talk?”

RUSH: Was this news to you? Was this news to you, Allison, that he’s socialist?

CALLER: Noooo, no. (chuckles) I’m a Rush Baby from way back and you’ve got three Rush grandbabies in this house.

RUSH: Allison, thanks for the call. I appreciate it. Really that’s great. Three Rush grandbabies! You make my day. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.


RUSH: I have a story here from yesterday in the Washington Post, by guy named Sean Sullivan. Here’s the headline: “Romney Draws Attention to Obama ‘Redistribution’ Remark from 1998.” Listen to this. “Facing intense scrutiny over comments at a May fundraiser, Mitt Romney sought to change the subject on Tuesday by drawing attention to audio released online of President Obama saying in 1998 that he believes, to an extent, in the redistribution of wealth.” What do you mean, to an extent? It was full bore.

“The Drudge Report linked to audio uploaded Tuesday on YouTube that is described on the video Web site as Obama, then an Illinois state senator, speaking at a 1998 conference at Loyola University in Chicago. The audio clip is 96 seconds long. Toward the end, Obama says ‘I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everyoneÂ’s got a shot.’ The audio cuts off right after the word ‘shot,’ so it is unclear what is said next. The Obama campaign confirmed that is ObamaÂ’s voice on the recording and a spokesman moved to rebut RomneyÂ’s criticism of it.”

The Drive-Bys were hoping it wasn’t Obama. This guy at the Washington Post actually called the White House, “Is that Obama? (panting) Tell me it’s not Obama!” It is. Oh. No. They were hoping and praying it wasn’t really Obama. Here. This is what the Washington Post was hoping wasn’t Obama, had to call the White House to confirm it.

OBAMA: What we’re gonna have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all. There has been a systematic — I don’t think it’s too strong to call it a propaganda campaign against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.

RUSH: By the way, I don’t want to muddy the waters here. But when you hear Obama in 1998 say he wants to make sure everybody’s got a shot, what does he mean? A shot at what? Seriously. What do you think he means when he says he wants everybody to have a shot? Ahhh. Not so automatic, is it? You think you know what he means, and then when he poses the question, what does he actually mean here by everybody having a shot?


Wait a minute. Is that right? Is that right? So Snerdley says, “He wants everybody to have a shot at having money, but not having to work for it.” Really? That’s what he means? Everybody having a shot? I wonder how many people think that means that everybody has a job, everybody has a chance to work. You don’t think that’s what he means? No way? No way that that’s what Obama’s talking about? Not possible. So “everybody has a shot” is not code lingo for everybody has an opportunity to work and make something of themselves, that’s not what he means? Well, then you’re gonna have to tell me what he does mean.

He wants to give everybody some stash. Okay. You realize, to do that, if he’s gonna give everybody some stash, he’s gotta take some stash from somebody. Well, then you know what he’s doing. There goes bye-bye productivity, because the people from whom you’re gonna take the money and put in your stash to give somebody else are gonna stop working. Why, if the regime is gonna come take what you got, why work? All right, I just wanted to put it out there as a think piece, ’cause I just wonder how many people, when they hear President Obama say everybody’s got a shot, I’ll bet you a lot of people think that everybody has a shot, equal shot at working, at making something of themselves with a career. You don’t think that’s what he means?


RUSH: This is Mediaite, and it was about an hour ago. No! It’s not even 30 minutes ago this cleared. “NBC News Not Airing Obama’s ‘Redistribution’ Video Because They Have Not Yet ‘Authenticated It.'” I don’t know what good it does to say it, but, folks: I never, never have seen media this way. It’s almost indescribable.

Making up stories, refusing to run real stories. It’s making themselves look like utter fools. There’s no journalism, there is no media. There’s pure, full-fledged advocacy here. It’s breathtaking to behold this. They’re scared! They are scared. Folks, when Obama loses, I am worried about what’s gonna happen. The White House already said it’s him! The Washington Post already called the White House and asked, “Is that him?” The White House said, “Yeah,” and the Washington Post guy said, “Aw, damn it,” and ran the story.

But NBC says they haven’t “authenticated it” yet. I’m worried about what’s gonna happen when Obama loses. We’re not dealing with people to whom winning and losing is a natural ebb and flow in politics. And when you lose, you regroup, you come back and you go for the gold again. This is an entirely different bunch of people that we’re facing. I think they’re scared to death. The way the media’s behaving, they’re scared. You know, when they run stories like they were last night in The Politico…

Damn it, I wish I had it in front of me, the headline. It was over. There were two guys bylining the story about this. They said this is over. Romney stepped in it. He was dead and so let’s bury him. And I’m telling you: If they’re running stories like that, and it’s not even October yet, they’re worried. They’re trying to make that reality occur. But I shudder to think what’s gonna happen when he loses. Will they accept it? Will they, or will they refuse to leave?

Will they accept it?

One thing about these reporters. At least the reporters for Pravda and Izvestia had an excuse. They could be sent to the gulags if they didn’t do the right thing. These guys are doing it on their own! (interruption) No, no, no, no, no. Obama hasn’t threatened these guys with the gulags. He doesn’t have to. “NBC News Not Airing Obama’s ‘Redistribution’ Video Because They Have Not Yet ‘Authenticated It.'”


RUSH: Yep. It was Andrea Mitchell (NBC News, Washington) who announced that NBC and MSNBC were not gonna air the tape of Obama talking about how big a socialist he is until it had been “verified,” until it had been “authenticated.” Even though MSNBC had already aired it. Now, the Washington Post had already confirmed from the White House that it was Obama on the tape. Doesn’t NBC have any reporters at the White House? Is there nobody up there anymore?

Savannah Guthrie went to the Today Show so now there are no reporters up there? Do they have a White House phone number? What are they waiting on, a voiceprint analysis from the Muslim Brotherhood? “No, not ’til the Muslim Brotherhood tells us it’s Obama will we air it. It could have been the filmmaker that made that tape and tried to pass it off as Obama.”

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