RUSH: Obama got something else wrong at his press conference today when he said this: “Starting tomorrow, everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol — now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage — they’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. ThatÂ’s real.”
(paraphrasing) “The sequester means the people that clean up around here just got a cut.”
But Dana Bash over at CNN has since tweeted that’s not right. She said (paraphrasing), “Despite Obama claim pay cuts to begin for Capitol janitors and police, the sergeant-at-arms tells me that there are no plans for pay cuts yet.” And just like the education secretary, Arne Duncan, yesterday saying that teachers were already getting pink slips when they weren’t. Well, why shouldn’t they say this? They’re getting away with blaming all this on the Republicans. I’d go for it. If I were the Democrats, I’d be throwing everything I had at the Republicans right now, because for the most part it’s gonna stick. It’s gonna stick with my low-information voters. The media’s gonna help me make it stick.
By the way, Jeff Sessions, I love Jeff Sessions. Republican senator from Alabama, Jeff Sessions, pointed out that Obama’s golf weekend down here at The Floridian, the one in which he played a round with Tiger Woods, Obama’s golf weekend cost as much as 341 federal workers furloughed. So 341 federal workers furloughed is how much it cost Obama to do his golf weekend here.
We got Courtney in Wilmington, North Carolina, as we go back to the phones, Open Line Friday. Greetings. How are you?
CALLER: I’m good. How are you?
RUSH: Good. Thank you.
CALLER: I was calling today, my husband is an eight-year veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment and now works for the Department of Justice agency, and he is in receipt of his 14-day furlough notice, which is 112 working hours for our one-income family. We have two young boys. He and I had to sit down and figure out how to trim our budget in a matter of days so we can try to make it through this. However, these agencies can’t figure out how to trim their budget, instead passing it off to the middle income workers. You know, he sees so much government waste —
RUSH: Do you know how many children’s health programs there are? There’s like 26. Do you know how many programs there are to feed kids at school? There’s like 10 or 12 of those. My point is that there are all kinds of federal programs that are built on top of each other, redundant, that they could cut and not be cutting anything at all, and you wouldn’t have to be cut. You’re being cut on purpose. Obama wants pain like you are experiencing, and he wants you calling here and others like you calling the media and telling them about it, because he wants Republicans getting blamed for the tight economic circumstances that you’re now in because of him.
CALLER: That’s what’s so frustrating. In his agency alone there’s so much wasteful spending on a daily basis. You know, there’s no reason they need to drive 2013 government cars.
RUSH: Yes, there is. It’s just like when in your local community of Wilmington, if the mayor is facing tight budget circumstances, what’s the first thing he’ll tell you he’s gonna close? The fire department. And then, “Oh no, there’s not gonna be a fire truck if there’s a house fire.” And you beg the mayor not to shut down the fire department, and the mayor says, “Well, you have to agree to a property tax increase ’cause that’s what’s gonna happen if I don’t get more revenue.” And if it’s not the fire department, it’s the teachers. And if it isn’t the teachers, it’s the cops. And if it’s not the cops it’s all three of them until you finally agree to be squeezed out of a new tax increase. And the same thing is being done to you. It’s not necessary at all for your husband to be furloughed those days.
CALLER: No, it’s definitely not necessary. There are so many things that can be cut.
RUSH: We’re spending $3.7 trillion this year, this government is, $3.7 trillion. There’s no reason, these furloughs, Obama’s in charge of what gets cut. Now, he’s a gotta make the cuts in defense. The sequester requires that half the cuts come from defense. Are you telling me that there are not weapons programs temporarily be put on hold or some such thing? It’s absurd. You have to understand, I think you do. This is purposeful.
CALLER: Right. No, I understand exactly what he’s trying to do, but it’s ridiculous. Yesterday he said that people aren’t going to see immediate effects from it, but that’s not a true statement at all.
RUSH: No, it isn’t. It isn’t to you. But you are not the audience. Obama doesn’t care about the people that disagree with him. In his mind, you are very few in number, you’re a minority. Obama’s objective, and he’s using your husband to do it, and others like your husband, Obama’s objective is to eliminate all opposition, political opposition. This is about wiping out the Republican Party, that’s all this is, and you, your family, your husband is a mere pawn in this, Courtney. You are paying the price for Obama’s political ambitions.