RUSH: Just a year ago actually almost to the day, February 23rd — 2009, President Obama said, quote, “And that’s why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half at the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges that we have long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now in this administration for getting our spending under control.”
That was Barack Obama on February 23rd, 2009.
Now, when you hear that, what is your reaction?
Your reaction is, “Man, Rush, I’m glad you’re mentioning that because people find out what a liar Obama is, and people are finding what a failure Obama is! He promised to cut the deficit in half and he hasn’t done it,” and in normal times, that would be a perfectly logical reaction — and in fact, if this were normal times, I would bring this story to your attention. I would have led off the program with it today and I would have tried to convince people, “See, this guy told you a bunch of stuff he didn’t mean back in 2009.”
But that’s, sadly, not the way this is perceived. The vice president was at the White House today. Now, we already played the sound bite of the vice president saying, “The American people are tired of being tired. They just want to get up and get moving.” They’re tired of being tired? Well, “tired of being tired” of what? No job to go to? No prosperity to get? What are they tired of? He didn’t say. So there’s just a general malaise. People are fed up. They want to go out there and they want to do something.
“They’re tired of being tired,” in normal times, would be a huge indictment of this administration, but these are not normal times. In addition to the vice president saying people “are tired of being tired,” the vice president said that Americans no longer worry about the economy. He said, ” “The are no longer traumatized by what was a traumatizing event, the great collapse of 2008. They are no longer worried, I think, about our economy being overwhelmed either by Europe writ large, the EU, or China somehow swallowing up every bit of innovation that exists in the world.
“They are no longer, I think, worried about our economy being overwhelmed beyond our shores. But, and I don’t think … there is very little doubt in any circles out there about America’s ability to be in position to lead the world in the 21st century. Not only in terms of our foreign policy, our incredible defense establishment, but economically.” So, “The American people are tired of being tired,” and “they no longer worry about the economy,” and four years ago, Obama pledged to cut the deficit in half at the end of his first term.
He said he “refuse[d] to leave our children with a debt that they can’t repay, and that means taking responsibility right now.” But he hasn’t taken responsibility, see? That’s the key. He has remained an outsider. Even while occupying the Oval Office, Obama remains in campaign mode. But what the low-information voter makes of all this is that Obama has been trying for four years. The point that we haven’t yet arrived at — and I don’t know that we ever will with Obama — is people do not question his motives, and they do not question his intent.
They have swallowed all of that whole. They believe Obama really intended to cut the deficit in half. The reason he hasn’t is that there are people who don’t want the deficit cut in half, and who are they? They’re the rich, and they somehow benefit from a big deficit. Because, as far as the low-information voter is concerned, the rich got rich off the government. The government allowed them to get rich or gave them the money or there was some sort of arrangement, and that’s how the rich got rich.
What Obama is about is now taking it back, and when you take money from the rich, you lower the deficit. As far as the low-information voter’s concerned, “You lower the deficit when you raise taxes on the rich, because the reason we have a deficit is the rich have too much money.” I know this doesn’t make any sense to you. It doesn’t make any sense, period. It’s not logical. But we’re not deal with logic. We’re dealing with emotion.
So the people who voted for Obama — a majority of the voting public, by the way, low-information voters — don’t have any problem with hearing Obama intended four years ago to cut the deficit in half. They think he’s still trying. They think he’s been trying for four years. There are just some mean people standing in his way, mean people stopping him, selfish people who don’t want to give up what they have unfairly and illegitimately received. That’s the battle. I remember so many people on my side of the aisle thinking this class envy stuff stopped working a long time ago, and there may be an interval where it did.