Unofficial Summary of the Rush Limbaugh Show for Monday, June 27, 1994 by John Switzer Thi

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Unofficial Summary of the Rush Limbaugh Show for Monday, June 27, 1994 by John Switzer This unofficial summary is copyright (c) 1994 by John Switzer. All Rights Reserved. These summaries are distributed on CompuServe and the Internet, and archived on CompuServe (DL9 of the ISSUES forum) and Internet (cathouse.org and grind.isca.uiowa.edu). The /pub/jrs directory at ftp.netcom.com contains the summaries for the past 30 days. Distribution to other electronic forums and bulletin boards is highly encouraged. Spelling and other corrections gratefully received. Please read the standard disclaimer which was included with the first summary for this month. In particular, please note that this summary is not approved or sanctioned by Rush Limbaugh or the EIB network, nor do I have any connection with them other than as a daily listener. ************************************************************* June 27, 1994 BRIEF SUMMARY OF TOPICS: possum-killing charges dismissed against Washington man; Clinton attacks talk radio and Rush for negativism and cynicism; Clinton claims his crime bill is the "most important crime legislation in the history of the United States"; truth detectors are American people, who do realize that it's the Clinton administration which excels in negativism; National Taxpayers Union analyzes eight competing health care plans, and finds that Clinton's plan contains 1494 occurrences of words that would restrict Americans' freedoms; Democrats must pass health care bill this year, and Clinton will take full credit for it, so Republicans must stand united and oppose any plan that would eventually produce Clinton's goal of universal coverage; Clintons think if one person should stand in line for health care, everyone should; friend of Jimmy Carter says he's disappointed by how little ex-Presidents are being used with foreign policy issues; caller disgusted at Clinton's whining last Friday; stock market plunges and dollar falls, in spite of 16 nations' attempts to prop it up; could and should Congress force Joycelyn Elders to resign?; caller thinks popcorn made with canola oil is horrible; possible questions to ask Hillary about health care; editorial cartoons about Clinton and Rush; compromise health care bill fails in Senate Finance committee; Democrats' attacks against `religious right' and `Christian right' are part of their attempt to turn these people into the nation's latest demon; woman arrested for slapping her son in a store; Clinton's first reference to Rush was to imply that he was a racist; Clinton claims his crime bill is the "most important crime legislation in the history of the United States"; employer mandate could never provide universal coverage since there will never be universal employment; Hawaii's medical system financed by higher prices paid by tourists, but U.S. can't expect outsiders to pay for its health care system; Republicans had best be careful of alienating the "Christian right" and "religious right"; press is covering the Simpson murders because the people want to hear about them; Senator Moynihan presents his version of the Clinton health care bill, but Republicans must oppose any plan that could be used as stepping stone for universal coverage; Ten Commandments of the Religious Left; Forbes article on smoking points out that smokers might be different than non-smokers, in ways other than their cigarette habits; caller shocked at how America is treating Simpson murders as if it all were a TV show; Leon Panetta replacing Mack McLarty as White House Chief of Staff; Lloyd Bentsen not saying much about the falling dollar; Rush bets Clinton administration will eventually have to cut taxes; while in St. Louis, Clinton took credit for light rail system and youth jobs program that he had nothing to do with; Clinton's lawyer filed motion to delay suit over Paula Jones's charges until Bill Clinton is out of office; caller says that American people are truth detectors, and that Rush's show encourages people to think and discuss the issues; Clinton forced uniformed military members to serve hors d'oeuvres at the White House. LIMBAUGH WATCH June 27, 1994 - It's now (allegedly) day 524 (day 543 for the rich and the dead, and 134 days until the November elections) of "America Held Hostage" (aka the "Raw Deal") and 601 days after Bill Clinton's election, but Rush is still on the air with 640 radio affiliates (with more than 22 million listeners weekly world-wide), 234 TV affiliates (with a national rating of 3.7), and a newsletter with over 440,000 subscribers. His first book was on the NY Times hardback non-fiction best- seller list for 54 consecutive weeks, with 2.6 million copies sold, but fell off the list after Simon and Schuster stopped printing it. The paperback version of "The Way Things Ought To Be" was on the NY Times paperback non-fiction best-seller list for 28 weeks. Rush's second book, "See, I Told You So," was on the NY Times best-seller list for 16 weeks and has sold over 2.25 million copies. NEWS o A judge dismissed the charges against Steven Garity, who had been charged with intentionally running down eight possums outside Tumwater, WA on March 31. District Judge C.L. Stilz ruled that Tumwater's animal cruelty ordinance was unconstitutionally vague since it didn't specify what constituted "cruel treatment." Garity's lawyer noted during the hearings that the Washington state wildlife officials consider the possum to be a pest, but city attorney Pat Brock promised to bring the matter back before the city council, which could rewrite the animal cruelty ordinance. In a statement that implied Garity habitually ran over possums, Brock also said, "We'll have to think about whether the council wants to regulate the type of conduct Mr. Garity wants to engage in." LEST WE FORGET The following are from the Rush Limbaugh show on Monday, June 29, 1992: o At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new DEA office in New York City, President Bush stated "I stand against those who use films, or records, or television, or video games to glorify killing law enforcement officers. It is sick." Rapper Ice-T, however, defended his song "Cop Killer," saying that it was not a call for violence, but a "first person lament of a character fed-up with police brutality." o The US Supreme Court ruled on the Pennsylvania law that restricted abortions, saying that while states could restrict abortion, they could not outlaw it altogether. Rush noted, though, that the Court came within one vote of overturning Roe vs. Wade, and they would have done so had Justice Souter not voted with the majority. The Court upheld the provisions of the Pennsylvania law that required women to be told about fetal rights and alternatives to abortion; that required women to wait 24 hours after receiving this information before having the abortion; and which required unmarried women younger than 18 had to get consent from one parent or a court representative. Abortionists also had to keep records on the abortions that they perform. The only major part of the Pennsylvania law that the Court struck down was that requiring a woman to notify her husband before having an abortion. Carol from Nashua, NH was livid about Patricia Ireland's appearance on CNN's Crier and Company in which she said the Supreme Court's ruling destroyed Roe vs. Wade and would prevent women from getting abortions. Carol pointed out Ireland didn't speak for her nor did she see how giving more information to women would prevent them from getting abortions. Rush noted that Patricia Ireland was the ultimate feminazi with her claiming t obstacles had been placed in the way of women who want to get an abortion. However, this was not what the Pennsylvania law did; the law simply provided that women be fully informed as to their choices and wait 24 hours. Feminazis, though, get angry when women are talked out of abortions because feminazis want as many abortions as possible to happen. Cathy noted that the one pro-life advocate on Crier and Company made the point that the Pennsylvania law simply informed women about their choices. Ireland responded by saying "you're trying to force your Christianity on me," yet no mention of God or Christianity was made. It seemed to Carol that Ireland was so desperate to get women to have abortions that she was trying to brainwash women into believing that all pro-lifers were "right- wing religious zealots." Rush noted that the feminists were incensed when the Reagan administration forbid federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion. The feminists insisted women had to be told their full range of choices; thus, why had these same feminists started opposing full disclosure? If choice really was the objective of the feminists and pro-choice crowd, then what was wrong with a fully informed choice? o The Tailhook scandal was initially reported, with Lt. Paula Coughlin making charges that she was sexually harassed at a convention of Navy aviators. o The ACLU sued the city of Los Angeles and LAPD police chief Daryl Gates for allegedly violating the civil rights of homeless residents with the four-day dusk-to-dawn curfew that was instituted during the LA riots. Thus, Rush noted, the ACLU was complaining because the homeless were taken off the streets and put into shelters. o A judge saved Rush Limbaugh the dog, who bit two women in Chestnut Ridge, NY, from execution, but the judge ruled that the animal could be let outside only when it was muzzled and on a leash. Rush the host found this somewhat eerie since this was exactly what many feminists had been trying to do to him, and he hoped he'd never end up in this judge's courtroom. o EIB proudly aired a national commercial for a video on Ross Perot, "Texas billionaire and man of the people, the most exciting political personality in decades." "Ross Perot, Straight Talk" was Perot's one hour interview with David Frost, and sold for only $19.98 plus shipping and handling. Rush was surprised that Ross Perot had bought commercial time on his show, and thought it was a joke at first. However, he thought this was great - after all, how many Presidential candidates have sold videos before, especially when that video was of a show that was publicly aired a few weeks earlier? Who else would be daring enough to sell a video that people could have recorded for free if they really had wanted to keep this show for posterity? o Rodney King was released from police custody after his wife declined to press charges against him for injuring her during a fight. Rush bet that King could do anything and not be charged with it, and he wondered what possible reason King's wife could have to drop the charges. Bo Snerdley answered "5 to 8 million reasons," referring to how King might settle his lawsuit with the city of LA for that amount. o The Prime Minister of Norway stated that his country would start whaling again in 1991, and this was news that infuriated members of the International Whaling Commission in Scotland. Norway said it needed to kill 110 small whales because its industry needed them. o Tokyo zookeepers were worried that a local female gorilla named Daiko (pronounced Dike-Oh) couldn't mate (for some reason her name caused the EIB staff to begin laughing in an uproarious manner). Since Daiko had not shown enough interest in her mate, Sho, zookeepers wanted to encourage her to be more amorous by showing her videos of gorillas mating. The problem, though, was that there weren't many videos of this type available. "If there were a porno video of gorillas, we'd like to get our hands on it," stated one vet at the zoo. Rush suggested a number of porno gorilla videos that could help: "Daiko Does Dallas," "Debbie Does Botswana," "The Primate in Miss Jones," "Deep Banana" (the all-time best-seller), "Indiana Jones and the Monkey Spanker," "Getting Some Orangutan," and "Chimps With Wimps." o Rush received a letter from a man in Frederick, MD who was responding to a column by Suzanne Fields, who was upset that white males weren't responding to feminists and other liberals who attacked them and their culture. The letter writer stated his case as follows: "First of all, who am I? I am the most despised human on the face of this Earth, I am a WASP [White Anglo-Saxon Protestant]. I am the person who said that governments are instituted among men by the consent of the governed. I am the person who said that all men are created equal and are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I am the person who ended slavery as a way of life. I am the person who challenged the imperial might of Japan and the totalitarian might of Nazi Germany. I beat them both and then said to Communist Russia that I didn't want any part of its philosophy. "I am the person who unleashed the nuclear bomb on Japan that killed thousands, but which stopped a stupid, imperial war. I am the person who realized the horror of a nuclear war and went toe-to-toe with the Soviet Union for 40 years until it collapsed. I prevented a nuclear war because I knew the horrors it would involve. I produced a military force that no one can seriously challenge. In this I have made it possible for the world to live in peace. "I am the person who made education a must for all. I am the person who said we will put a man on the moon. I am the person who in 1944 produced more steel than in the entire history of the world. I am a proud, free person. "Mrs. Fields ends by saying `when real men fight back, it may be too late.' My answer to that is this - don't be ridiculous. Why fight an idiot culture? My way of life is not threatened by a Dexter Manly going through elementary and secondary schools and college without learning to read or write. My life is not threatened by women in the military who can't carry 80 pounds of ammo for an M-16 on their backs in an overland march. "I am not threatened by lies in our latest text books that say Harry Truman ended the Korean War by dropping an atomic bomb on North Korea, and that the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated during the Nixon years, not the Johnson years. I'm not threatened by global warming and other environmental hysterics, nor am I threatened by television sitcoms that make a joke out of my way of life. "I'm sitting here at my typewriter, a can of beer at the ready and an ash tray for my cigarette. I'm happy. Last year I made less than a welfare mom, unwed, and the mother of four illegitimate children. I watch as the President of the United States tries to find some handle to save him in a sea of nonsense. "I play and find only the dunk shot rule in basketball work against me. I think and find no one to challenge me. I believe in learning how to read and write, in doing algebra and higher mathematics, to conquer space, to love a woman of my choice, to raise children who will know both a mother and a father, and I know I'm right. "It is easy to answer Mrs. Fields' question and the accompanying cartoon as to why the white male hasn't fought back, hasn't raised his voice in protest, or hasn't formed a new society for white males only. We don't have to, we're not threatened by an idiot culture, we're not threatened by lies. The idiot culture doesn't amount to anything. "I'm the person who made this country. I'm the person who can say the best thing that ever happened to black people and females is that they live in the United States. I can challenge them on any protest. Who am I? I'm an American." o The Supreme Court also ruled that South Carolina property owner David Lucas could sue the state of South Carolina for compensation for restricting his use of his beachfront land. Lucas spent $975,000 for two beachfront lots, but was told two years later by South Carolina officials that he could not build any houses on the land because of environmental regulations. The Court's ruling allowed Lucas only to sue the state for compensation, but it did not guarantee him a victory in getting that compensation. ******** MORNING UPDATE President Clinton last Friday appeared on EIB's St. Louis affiliate KMOX, talking about the negativism and pessimism of talk radio. In particular, Clinton stated the following: <> After I get off the radio today with you, Rush Limbaugh will have three hours to say whatever he wants. <> Would you like to leave a message? <> And I won't have any opportunity to respond, and there's no truth detector. You won't get on afterwards to say what was true and what wasn't! Rush notes that his is the radio program which honors and celebrates the institutions and traditions which have made America great, and which trumpets how ordinary Americans can do extraordinary things if only the federal government leaves them and their freedoms alone. President Clinton rants and raves about how there are no "truth detectors" for the EIB Network, yet the reality is that America has millions of such truth detectors - they are the American people, who have already decided they don't want the Clinton health care plan. FIRST HOUR Rush replays the part of President Clinton's interview with EIB's St. Louis affiliate KMOX last Friday: <> Well, let me ask you something . . . I'm coming to St. Louis to inaugurate the Metro Link, a federal project, which is good . . . for St. Louis, to talk about the Summer of Service and the Crime Bill, the most important crime legislation in the history of the United States, and the National Service Program which is going to have thousands of young people working to make our communities safer. All of those things, initiatives under my administration, and you didn't ask me about any of them. <> Well, we have a lot of questions . . . working our way through a list. <> I'm not . . . I'm not frustrated about it, but I'm determined I'm going to be aggressive about it. After I get off the radio today with you, Rush Limbaugh will have three hours to say whatever he wants. <> Would you like to leave a message? <> And I won't have any opportunity to respond, and there's no truth detector. You won't get on afterwards to say what was true and what wasn't! Rush notes that his is a show that daily and relentlessly pursues the truth. And while he has 15 hours a week on the radio, he also has two and a half hours of his TV show each week; thus, if after all this, there is still one person who thinks the Clinton health care plan is what the President says it is, then Rush still doesn't have enough time. Clinton also has control of the White House and both houses of Congress, and every member of Congress has their own press secretary. The President and Congress have wide access to the media, and Clinton can call a press conference any time he wants. Thus, it's absurd to think that three hours a day of Rush can derail the Presidential agenda, although it's flattering that Clinton would give Rush this sort of power. Evidently, though, Clinton and the Democratic party have decided their key to winning the November elections is to demonize the entire right wing and conservative movement, with the focus on the religious right and radio talk show hosts. Rush admits, though, it's great to see radio being considered a major broadcasting medium again. However, the "truth detectors" are the American people, and as long as the facts get out, the truth will show through. Clinton also said the following on Friday: "I think there's too much cynicism and too much intolerance, but if you look at the information they [the American people] get, if you look at how much more negative the news reports are, how much more editorial they are, and how much less direct they are, if you look at how much of talk radio is a constant, unrelenting drumbeat of negativism and cynicism, you can't - I don't think the American people are cynical - you can't blame them for responding that way." Rush, though, points out that it was Clinton and Algore who excelled at cynicism during the 1992 campaign. If any administration has perfected negativism, scare tactics, and the politics of crisis, it's the Clinton administration. To them, every issue is a crisis which demands quick action. Rush, on the other hand, celebrates the traditions and institutions that have made America great, and which trumpets those extraordinary things Americans can do if only government leaves them alone. ******** Today's Wall Street Journal reports that the National Taxpayers Union of Washington, DC has analyzed the eight competing health care plans that are before Congress right now. These plans were analyzed according to how many times they used certain words, how they would change federal spending by 1999, the career limits they would place on those in the health care industry, and their use of price controls. Particularly interesting are the word counts - the Union counted up how many times the following words appeared in each plan: ban, enforce, fine, limit, obligation, penalty, prison, prohibit, require, restrict, and sanction, and the Union found that the Clinton plan excels at the use of these words. For example, "ban" never appears in the plan offered by Senator Phil Gramm and Rep. Richard Santorum (R-PA), but it does appear once in the Clinton plan. The word "enforce" appears once in the Gramm plan, but 83 times in the Clinton plan. Similarly, "fine" appears six times in the Clinton plan but never in the Gramm plan. Rush adds that the fines which would be levied under the Clinton plan include a fine which would be levied on those who decide to get medical treatment outside of their alliance, buying the doctor's services with their own money. This "crime" could result in a fine of up to $10,000, plus perhaps some time in jail. In short, the Clinton plan would fine people for how they behave today. The word "limit" appears 19 times in Gramm's plan, but 231 times in the Clinton plan. "Obligation" appears once in the Gramm plan, but 51 times in Clinton's, while "penalty" appears five times in the Gramm plan and 111 times in Clinton's. The word "prison" never appears in the Gramm plan, but is mentioned seven times in the Clinton plan. The word "prohibit" is mentioned five times by the Gramm plan but 47 times by the Clinton plan. "Require" shows up 54 times in the Gramm plan, but 901 times in the Clinton plan. "Restrict" appears only once in the Gramm plan, but 35 times in the Clinton plan. "Sanction" never appears in the Gramm plan, but 21 times in Clinton's. In short, the Gramm plan contains 86 occurrences of all these words, while the Clinton plan mentions them 1,494 times. Rush notes that the plan that's closest to Clinton's is that offered by Rep. John Chafee (R-RI), but that compromise plan basically failed in the Senate Finance Committee, so it, too, is basically dead. The Clinton administration thus has some problems facing it over health care, but the battle is not yet over. In particular, Republicans have to be very wary about what they stand for with health care, as Rush will describe after the break. *BREAK* Rush notes he is protesting government policies within the democratic policies of America. Unlike the current President, Rush didn't travel to a foreign country to protest his native land. He also isn't hiding what he believes and stands for. President Clinton probably won't get what he wants in health care this year, but the Republicans still have a major role to play. Regardless of the health care plan that will be signed into law this year - and the Democratic party has to come up with one or face major disaster in the November elections and beyond - President Clinton will sign it and take full credit for it, no matter what that bill will do. No matter what's in the bill, Clinton will take full credit for "the first comprehensive health care reform bill in history," saying he got most of what he wanted, and that whatever he didn't get is the fault of the Republicans. The press will support Clinton in this, as will the Democratic members of Congress, all of whom will sing the bill's praises, calling it the greatest legislative accomplishment in American history. Thus, what should the Republicans do? Rush would dare suggest that they should make it their goal to make sure that no health care reform bill is signed this session. The President's approval rating is at 46%, while 81% of the people are satisfied with their current health care. Republicans have to stand up, and if necessary filibuster to block this bill, so as to stop Bill Clinton and the Democrats from putting in motion a process that would have the government eventually take over one-seventh of the nation's economy. The people don't want government telling them what their health care should be, and this can be a winning issue for Republicans if they stand up for their principles. If they don't do this, Clinton and the Democrats will get some kind of bill passed, they'll proclaim it a major victory, and they'll blame the Republicans for everything they didn't get. *BREAK* Items o The Clintons are very egalitarian with their approach to health care, and perhaps the best way to sum up their approach is to say that Hillary wants everyone to wait in line the same time for health care. To her, if one person has to wait, everyone has to wait. This is the liberals' idea of fairness, and it's typical of how they seek fairness not by elevating those at the bottom, but by tearing down those at the top. o Last week Rush got some grief when he theorized that Jimmy Carter travelled to North Korea to meet with Kim Il Sung in part because he was desirous of improving his public image and standing in history. Seeing the accolades heaped upon Richard Nixon for his foreign policy acumen evidently inspired Carter to stop building houses and to start building a better foreign policy persona for himself. Rush was soundly chastised for daring to say this, yet this week's issue of U.S. News and World Report quotes a friend to Carter as saying that Carter feels very hurt by Clinton's reluctance to turn to him for help with foreign policy matters. In particular, Carter's friend found it strange that Clinton, who never travels to Camp David because of his allergies, flew there, in the height of allergy season, just in time to avoid meeting Carter when he arrived at the White House to discuss his trip. Carter also reportedly feels that the country doesn't use its ex-Presidents wisely enough in matters such as foreign policy issues. Phone Jim from Vancouver, WA Jim was incensed and disgusted to hear President Clinton whining last Friday; there's no place on the planet for whining men, especially when they are the President of the United States. Rush says the amazing thing is that Clinton thinks he is at a disadvantage over media time when compared to Rush; the Democrats have raised $41 million in soft money contributions, plus Clinton can call a press conference any time he wants, yet he's complaining that Rush's 15 hours a week are too much for him to go against. Jim agrees, noting that Clinton has the media twisted around his finger. Rush, though, hasn't heard of many people who thought Clinton's comments Friday were politically wise. Jim adds that Clinton is the one who's been excelling at negativism, both during the campaign and now, and he wonders why people don't see this. Rush thinks people are waking up about this; the administration has lost a lot of credibility, to the point that the people are dubious whenever they hear him say something now. From the campaign to now, the people have learned it's reasonable to doubt any claims that Clinton is making. Rush notes that the stock market had its biggest plunge since 1989 last week, even as the dollar is falling against foreign currencies. The U.S. along with 15 other nations tried to prop the dollar up, but they failed; not even these combined nations had the cash reserves to match those of individual investors, who currently don't feel confident in investing in the U.S., especially in 30-year Treasury Bonds. It could thus be asked why foreign investors don't feel comfortable investing in the U.S., and the answer has to be that the Clinton economic plan is what is worrying them. These investors don't think that the U.S. economy is going to grow much in the future, which is why they're not interested in buying into the U.S. dollar right now. *BREAK* Phone Bob from Charlotte, NC Bob asks if there's any mechanism that would allow members of Congress to force Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders to resign. Rush says that he, as a broadcaster, hopes Elders stays around. In fact, his TV show is preparing an entire program consisting entirely of the idiotic things that Elders has said. Republicans in the House have sent Clinton a letter asking for Elders' resignation, noting that she is an embarrassment, attacking Christians and other segments of the population, instead of attacking disease and such. Rush doesn't know if the President is willing to call Elders on the carpet, though, much less force her resignation. It is interesting, however, that on NBC's program on health care last week, it was former Surgeon General Everett Koop who was sitting next to Hillary, not Elders. Elders, though, is still in office, still making absurd comments, so whether she is going to be asked to resign, or even taken to the woodshed and told to keep quiet, remains to be seen. Phone Beth from Woodlands, TX Beth and her husband went to the theaters recently and tasted the new popcorn made with canola oil, and it was horrible. They complained to the manager, who responded with a politically correct reply; however, he did admit that other people had been complaining. Rush sympathizes with Beth, but given the hysteria about popcorn made with coconut oil, Rush suspects that theater owners are trying to protect themselves from lawsuits over how this "deadly" popcorn "kills." Rush notes he, as a powerful and influential member of the media, he can get coconut oil for his own use, and he makes a point of making such popcorn at home, just to show the Center for Science in the Public Interest that they can't cow everyone into submission. However, while Rush enjoys his personal victory in this, this issue shows just how little power Rush and his show really have - all it took was one press conference and a tiny soundbite to get coconut oil banned. Rush, in spite of all his "power" and "influence," couldn't stop theaters from getting rid of coconut oil, even though he has three hours a day to make his case. *BREAK* Phone Chris from Tallahassee, FL Chris has some business associates who have been invited to the White House to talk with Hillary about health care. These guys are working on a local Chamber of Commerce committee on health care issues, and got invited via their local congressional representative. Supposedly, the White House wants the input of these small businesses about how the health care would affect them, and Chris asks for some good questions they could ask of Hillary. Rush says if it were he asking the questions, he'd avoid talking about specifics, such as what will and will not be covered. This sort of thing would only give Hillary and her supporters the opportunity to claim that she's read all the alternative plans and studies, and to come up with a convoluted answer that would be hard to refute. Instead, Rush thinks the questions should be philosophical in nature, with Hillary being asked why she really wants to do something like her health care plan when the vast majority of American people are happy with their current health care and when costs are finally starting to go down. In fact, people should ask Hillary why, if her plan is so essential, that she's willing to let a congressional district in New York and the entire state of Hawaii opt out of it. *BREAK* SECOND HOUR Items o An editorial cartoon in the Washington Times has Rush standing on top of the United States and in front of the EIB microphones, saying "with talent on loan from God, having more fun than a human being can have." Rush has his hand on top of the head of President Clinton in the White House. Clinton is screaming "stop," and the cartoon is captioned "uh, oh - looks like free speech reform is coming soon." Another cartoon is in USA Today shows the War Room in the Pentagon, with one guy saying "The President has had it! He's finally committing troops!" Another guy asks "Haiti? Bosnia? North Korea?" The first guy replies, "No, the Rush Limbaugh Show!" o The caller at the end of the first hour wanted to know what questions he would ask Hillary about her health care plan. Rush forgot to mention the two main questions that everyone should ask about the Clinton plan: 1) what is this plan going to cost me and 2) what am I going to get for it? These are the major things anyone should be asking - employer, employee, unemployed person, etc. - because everyone should care about how much this plan is going to cost them. If the Clintons can't answer these questions clearly, then it's time to run in the other direction. o Rush returns to the plan proposed by the bipartisan subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee; the plan would impose individual mandates instead of an employer mandate, but would fall short of "universal coverage." The bill, however, failed to make it out of the committee, and subcommittee member Bill Bradley (D-NJ) tried to distance himself from the plan, saying that he regretted how the plan did not implement "shared responsibility between individuals and employers." Senator John Breaux (D-LA), the group's leader, noted that he voted against the bill when he realized nobody else was supporting it. Thus, why should he support something nobody else wants? Rush agrees - this is the Clinton health care plan in a nutshell, with most Americans not wanting the Clinton plan. o The Democrats are attacking the "religious right," also known as the "fanatical right," because Democrats must always have some sort of demon which they can focus their attacks on. They've used this tack against Reagan and Bush, but those two men are long gone, so they' need to find another enemy. Bill Bennett, though, once pointed out that the "religious right" is simply composed of people fed up with the lousy schools, ineffective criminal justice system, rising illegitimate births, and a growing lack of respect for the family. These people are fed up with these trends and want to do something about them. Rush thinks the "religious right" is basically trying to defend their country and what they think has made it great. They are not using "stealth campaigns," as claimed by Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA), but are rather very open and honest about what they believe, working at the grass roots level. These people are not lying about who they are, unlike liberal Democrats. Yet the religious right is being portrayed as 100% fanatical, evangelical, and fundamentalist, but the new chairman of the Texas Republican party is a Roman Catholic and anything but an extremist. The religious right is far more tolerant than most of those on the left and even more tolerant than many "mainstream" Republicans. Rush thus thinks the attempt to demonize these people will backfire on the Democrats. o Lynn Kivi was with her 9-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter while shopping in an Atlanta WinDixie store. The son was running around and being nasty to his sister, so Kivi warned him to behave. When he shouted back "I'm not talking to you," she slapped him once on the cheek. A store employee called the police, who arrested Kivi for slapping her child, violating a Georgia state law that allows "reasonable" forms of corporal punishment and discipline only as long as injury to the child is minimal. The mother was thus arrested and charged with cruelty to children, and released on $22,050 bail. If convicted of this charge, she could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Rush thinks that discipline is what needs to happen more often with some children, but now a parent is facing felony charges because of one slap. The mother was trying to discipline a misbehaving kid, but she was carted off to jail by puritanical thought police. This is the kind of thing people are fed up with, and Rush hopes this woman never goes back to a WinDixie store in her life. Who needs a store that has employees spying on its customers, helping the thought police to arrest a woman, treating her more harshly than some hardened criminals? *BREAK* Rush goes back in time to the White House Correspondents Dinner in May, 1993, an annual dinner in which the President appears and typically makes self-deprecating remarks. Rush was in attendance, so he heard the President make the following "joke": <> "I've been called too fat by Rush Limbaugh <>. Do you like the way Rush took up for Janet Reno the other night on his program? He only did it because she was attacked by a black guy! <> He's here, isn't he?" This was in reference to how in congressional hearings about the Waco massacre, Rep. John Conyers tore into Janet Reno in what Rush thought was a rude and insulting manner. Rush, though, while he commented on this, never once mentioned that Conyers was black, but this is how the President mentioned the incident, in a veiled attempt implying Rush was racist. Rush never injected race into this event, but President Clinton did. Rush waited to see if anyone would report this "joke" by the President, but it didn't make the news. Had Reagan or Bush said something like this about a journalist, it would have been big news, so Rush the next week mentioned it. Rush "apologized" to the President for daring to defend a member of his administration, confessing that he had failed to realize how liberals consider any criticism of a black person to be racism. Rush thus pledged that he would never again defend a member of the Clinton administration, even if that member was right, should that administration member be a white person being criticized by a black person. Then last Friday, Clinton launched again, claiming he would be "far more aggressive": <> Well, let me ask you something . . . I'm coming to St. Louis to inaugurate the Metro Link, a federal project, which is good . . . for St. Louis, to talk about the Summer of Service and the Crime Bill, the most important crime legislation in the history of the United States, and the National Service Program which is going to have thousands of young people working to make our communities safer. All of those things, initiatives under my administration, and you didn't ask me about any of them. <> Well, we have a lot of questions . . . working our way through a list. <> I'm not . . . I'm not frustrated about it, but I'm determined I'm going to be aggressive about it. After I get off the radio today with you, Rush Limbaugh will have three hours to say whatever he wants. <> Would you like to leave a message? <> And I won't have any opportunity to respond, and there's no truth detector. You won't get on afterwards to say what was true and what wasn't! <> Would you like to leave a message for him? <> All I'm telling you is, I'm going to be far more aggressive because the American people are entitled to know what is going on good in this country. I just got back from Europe, and the European press came up to me. After, on several occasions, members of the press in Europe said `what is going on in your country?" Rush notes that he was in Europe the same week that Clinton was in Europe, and the press was not at all kind towards the President. In fact, the foreign press has been far more critical of the President than the American press has been. And meanwhile, Clinton ignores how it's the American people who are the "truth detectors." There are those wondering why Clinton would make such pointed references to Rush, when he could have had George Stephanopoulos or someone else do it for him. The answer to that question would be interesting, Rush bets. *BREAK* Phone Mike from Roanoke, VA Mike first asks how businesses could pay for universal coverage of health care if there is never 100% employment. Rush notes this is not possible - the employer mandate cannot pay for everyone's health care, given that there will always be some unemployed. This question could also be asked as "if your health care coverage is paid for by your employer, who pays for the unemployed?" Rush has been asking this question ever since Clinton first unveiled his magic Health Security Card that would guarantee coverage to everyone, coverage which could never be taken away. As Mike has pointed out, the question to ask is who's paying for the unemployed, given that there is never "universal employment." Rush, though, points out that the employer mandate is really just smoke and mirrors designed to fool the people into thinking there won't be any tax increases to fund the Clintons' health care plan. The Clintons hope to use the employer mandate to convince America that no tax increases will be necessary, yet the mandate is a tax increase, given that it's the government telling businesses how they must spend their money. The only difference between the mandate and a payroll tax is that the money doesn't go to Washington before being dispersed. The Clintons are still trying to convince the nation that "savings" in Medicare will pay for their plan, but the employer mandate is really the hidden tax increase that makes their plan possible. Mike agrees, adding that this is his point - since the employer mandate can't possibly pay for universal coverage, there has to be an ulterior motive behind it, which in this case is wealth redistribution. Mike adds that Hawaii's medical care system is held out as a model of health reform, but in reality it's tourists who are paying a major portion of the state's health care bills. Similarly, under the Clinton plan it will be consumers at the stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc. who will be paying for everyone's health care, through the resulting higher prices. Rush notes that in New York tourists pay a 14% hotel tax, and this funds a lot of the city's welfare programs. Mike points out, though, that the United States is a net importer, so the country won't be having its health care paid for by outsiders, as Hawaii currently is. Rush adds that Hawaii has also gotten an exemption from the Clinton plan, just as Rep. Louise Slaughter's Rochester district has been exempted by Hillary Clinton. Yet if one district can be exempted, why can't individuals be given the same opportunity not to participate? Rush adds that these exemptions are not opinions, but truth, which Clinton ostensibly says he wants. Perhaps EIB needs a truth detector which will point out just how often Rush speaks the truth. Phone Joe from Pittston, PA Joe is sick of hearing about the "right-wing conservative conspiracy," as if Rush and Jerry Falwell were holding secret meetings to plan their takeover of America. It's gotten so bad that Geraldo even had a show about the "white right-wing conspiracy." Rush says Joe had better get used to hearing about the "right- wing fanatics" because the Democrats are going to harp on this point for months. Geraldo, though, had better stop doing nothing but cliches on his show and start taking a look at what is happening in America. How can the "right wing" be guilty of a conspiracy if they are working in the open, getting their names on ballots, and winning elections through the democratic process? This hysteria on the part of the left shows that they're panicking, but they aren't about to stop their demonizing of the right now. It's not coincidental that Rep. Vic Fazio, Joycelyn Elders, Mark Gearan, President Clinton, and others on the left have recently condemned the right wing as being full of fanatics. The Democrats have decided their newest demon will be the right- wing, and are trying to claim that conservatives are the latest danger to America. And the dominant media will be more than happy to repeat the left's charges without challenge. Joe notes that it's the Christians who are doing more than their fair share of charity work, yet the left continues to dump on them and attack them. Rush points out that Christianity is not a minority religion in America; in fact, there are a lot of Christians and they vote. Thus, should they think they are being assaulted on the basis of their faith, they will demonstrate just what "waking a sleeping giant means." The Republicans had best understand this, too - a lot of Republicans have won elections over the past year in part because of support from the so-called religious right. However, while the Republicans need to be careful, the Democrats are running the greater danger by attacking Christians. There are even those who are claiming that the rise of the "religious right" is no different than how the Nazi party rose in Germany. This is absurd, and it's going to backfire on those who make such absurd charges. *BREAK* EIB has prepared the "Ten Commandments of the Religious Left," to highlight just what those on the left are worshipping and trying to force onto the nation. The "religious left" is composed of people who have tenure at the nation's educational institutions, who run the White House, who run both houses of Congress, and dominate the dominant media. Rush will list all Ten Commandments later on, but he gives a preview of two of them: o "Thou shalt not commit adultery unless you aspire to high political office, use a condom, or you just can't help it." o "Remember the anniversaries of Roe vs. Wade and Anita Hill's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and keep them holy." Phone Al from Chicago, IL Al thinks that the news media and everyone else are spending far too much time on the O.J. Simpson case. This is way too much attention on a couple of individuals who had cheap and tawdry lives; Al doesn't know what Simpson did after leaving football, but it seems that most of his life after that point was meaningless. It's obviously a tragedy that two people were murdered, but Al is tired of hearing how O.J. couldn't have done these murders because "he's too nice a guy." There's a soap opera tinge to this case and Al is sick of it. Rush says that this story tells a lot about the press - the media follows the ratings, so the reason the Simpson case is being covered so much is because the American people want to hear about it. It's gotten so ridiculous, though, that the press is doing stories about itself, asking "has the press gone too far," and in these shows the press goes too far, even as it discusses whether it has gone too far. The press has even succeeded in getting a grand jury dismissed, although they weren't totally responsible for that. However, the fact is that the people are interested in this case, so the press coverage will continue. For example, the coroner's latest report says that Nicole Simpson was talking to her mother at 11 p.m., talking about the sunglasses, which by the way belonged to Nicole's mother, not Nicole. Thus, if Nicole was still alive at 11 p.m. and O.J. was on a plane at 11:45 p.m., then it means that O.J. had to really move to kill Nicole, get cleaned up, and make his flight. LAX is a huge airport, so "you gotta haul butt" to get through there. Meanwhile, Simpson's new lawyers say that he has a solid alibi and won't be pleading insanity. And the Associated Press is praising itself for how it used a prominent scientist to enhance the 911 tapes, discovering new tidbits about O.J. Simpson. Rush and EIB, of course, did this first last Friday. The point is, though, that the press is covering these murders because the people want to hear about them. *BREAK* Phone Rich from Long Island, NY Rich gives mostly dittos but thinks Rush has been slipping; Clinton made a direct challenge to Rush last Friday, but Rush ignored it. Rich thinks Clinton's comments last Friday was a challenge for a direct face-to-face debate. Rush doesn't think so at all, especially since he has already offered his show as a forum for use by Hillary Clinton to debate her health care foes. Besides, Rush suspects that the Clinton administration has finally learned its lesson: should these attacks against him continue, they will be done by Clinton's surrogates, not by the President himself. *BREAK* THIRD HOUR Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan has officially presented his new Finance Committee's health care plan - it would set the goal of universal coverage by the year 2002, and while it doesn't have the employer mandate, it would have "employer incentives." Reportedly, the White House is not impressed with the plan and is still trying to get universal coverage now. Rush notes that the Clinton administration, its future, and its reputation are now riding on getting a health care plan, which is why there will be a health care bill signed before the end of the summer. Regardless of what Hillary wants, Clinton has to get a health care bill of some type before the November elections. Thus, Republicans have to oppose any bill that has any resemblance to the Clinton plan in terms of universal coverage and employer/employee mandates, as these would open the door to the Clinton plan being adopted over time. Also, in spite of whatever bill is signed into law, Clinton will claim that it is the first massive overhaul of American health care in history and the first example of comprehensive health care reform. Clinton will then cover his rear by insisting that anything he couldn't get was due to Republican opposition and gridlock. The fact is, though, that Clinton can get such a bill only if some Republicans go along with him on it, so it's incumbent on Republicans to resist the temptation to compromise. Since Republicans will get the blame regardless, the GOP has to stand up for its principles, opposing the principle of nationalized medicine. Many Republicans are scared, though, of not signing onto a health care bill, precisely because they're afraid of being portrayed as obstructionists. But the point is that any bill, not matter what its compromises now, will be the first step towards universal coverage and eventual government takeover of the health care industry. If Republicans can oppose the Democrats' health care bill, they'll break the back of the Clinton administration politically, and they'll win big in November. After all, 81% of Americans like their health care, 75% like their health care insurance, and only 46% approve of Clinton's performance in office. The numbers are clearly on the Republicans' side. Unfortunately, few Republicans will agree with Rush about this, as they are afraid to be portrayed as being against health care. Republicans must take the offensive, though, pointing out that they are for reform, but not for the government takeover of a major American industry, with the resulting erosion of individual freedom. However, since the Clinton administration has in the past claimed a one-vote victory as a landslide victory, it should be clear that any health care bill passed will be called a major Clinton accomplishment and achievement. And the press will be more than willing to proclaim the bill to be a major victory for the Democratic party, with the U.S. finally being "in line" with the rest of the civilized world. ******** Rush now presents the Ten Commandments of the religious left, which is waging an all-out war against the so-called "religious right." The religious left does indeed have its own "religion," and its commandments are as follows: I. Thou shalt have no other God than thyself. After all, it is they self-esteem that counts. If thy don't love thyself, who will? II. Thou shalt not make any graven images out of any substances which cannot be recycled. III. Thou shalt not take the name of liberals in criticism, including feminists, racial minorities, or any person who thinks he is a victim of America. IV. Remember the anniversaries of Roe. vs. Wade and Anita Hill's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and keep them holy. V. Honor they mother. If she is dysfunctional, it's thy father's fault. VI. Thou shalt not kill, with these exceptions: life-forms under the second trimester and those opting for medically assisted suicides. VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery unless thou aspire to high political office, use a condom, or just can't help it. VIII. Thou shalt not steal unless thou are disadvantaged or upset with a jury verdict. IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness, unless thou are discussing the history of the 1980s, are campaigning for office, or can afford good legal counsel in the event you are discovered (or can ask the American people to pay your legal bills). X. You shalt not covet, unless of course you are the victim of gender-related oppression, institutional racism, or are still angry with Reagan's tax cuts. A possible 11th commandment would be "always consider ways to hide the real truth about thyself," while a 12th would be "never admit who or what you really are when campaigning for office." For the truly religious, there would also be the 13th commandment: "always blame someone else for things that you do, even insofar as blaming the entire society." *BREAK* Rush says Forbes is one of its all-time favorite magazines, and the article "Thank You for Smoking" in the July 4th issue is one reason why. The article is written by a non-smoker, who, like Rush, is on the side of freedom and against the idea that government can dictate how people should live. Rush digresses to add that Friday's Supreme Court decision affirming private property rights was a great decision, because the right to own property is essential to America's liberty. As to the Forbes article, it notes that cigarettes appear to cut the risks of prostate cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and certain other cancers by 30 to 50%. These aren't tobacco company figures, but rather come from the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the AMA, and the Journal of Epidemiology. These figures, though, don't mean that cigarettes have curative powers, but they do suggest that smokers are different from non-smokers in more than their cigarette habits. And if there are other factors that affect smokers positively, there could be factors that affect them negatively. The irony of the above statistics is that they affect only primary smokers; second-hand smokers don't get the benefits of reduced risk to these diseases. Thus, if second-hand smoke is really as dangerous as primary smoke, then why aren't its benefits similarly present? Rush wonders what will happen if some day someone discovers that nicotine prevents HIV. There's a political witch hunt going on and Rush is bothered by how government is acting, using its formidable powers to intimidate the public and business. Phone Nan from Vancouver, WA Nan was shocked by how some of the callers last Friday seemed to think that real-life murders are just like they are on TV. Nan's step-daughter was murdered, so Nan knows that these cases are not like TV; it's especially absurd, as one caller did Friday, to think journalists should be tracking down murder leads - this isn't the journalist's job. Rush notes he said much the same thing last week, when he posited the idea that some people were certain that O.J. Simpson was innocent because on TV and in the movies, the obvious suspect is never the guilty one. Granted, this case might be as complicated as some of those in the movies, but sometimes the obvious suspect is the guilty one. *BREAK* It's just been announced that the White House will hold a briefing at 3 p.m. EST this afternoon (i.e. immediately after Rush's show has been concluded for the day) to announce that Mack McLarty is out as Clinton's White House Chief of Staff. Leon Panetta, currently head of the OMB, will replace McLarty, who will continue to be a senior advisor to the President. Alice Rivlin will take over at the OMB. Rush doesn't know if Panetta will be a good Chief of Staff, but McLarty came into town with Clinton to handle the cover-ups. It appears the administration is not very happy with McLarty's performance in that role. Rush, though, wants to know where Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen was over the weekend; the dollar has been plummeting, in spite of western nations' attempts to prop it up, and any time the Clinton administration has been asked about this, fingers were pointed to Bentsen. However, Bentsen has been keeping a low profile, and is nowhere to be seen on the Sunday morning talk shows. Rush expected Bentsen to make some statement about the falling dollar. He adds that Bentsen used to be chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which means that had he not been named Treasury Secretary, he would have been in Moynihan's place, shepherding the Clinton health care plan through the Senate. Rush adds that one of the reasons the country was able to have a booming economy in the 80s with the deficits it had was because foreign investors were funding a large part of the deficit. This ticked Americans off at the time, but now these foreign investors are staying away because they don't have as much confidence in the future of the American economy under Clinton. Most investors are looking for investments that provide growth, and they obviously aren't seeing much potential for growth in the American economy. This is why the dollar is falling right now. The administration can respond to this either by raising interest rates to make U.S.-based investments more attractive, but this will also raise loan rates for American consumers and businesses. But if the American consumer responds to higher interest rates by sitting on their money, the only way out is to cut taxes to raise consumer confidence. Rush thinks the Clinton administration will do whatever it takes to get re-elected, so a tax cut might be in the administration's future. In fact, Clinton is quoted in Bob Woodward's book "The Agenda" as saying he'll use a tax cut in 1995 to get the economy going again should a recession be looming. Rush bets that Clinton will not only do some kind of middle class tax cut but also a capital gains tax cut. Phone Tony from St. Louis, MO Tony heard President Clinton speak on KMOX last Friday, and Clinton took credit for the opening of the Metro light rail system, even though this was first conceived and approved long before the Clinton administration. Rush notes Sacramento was building its own light rail system in the 80s, and it inspired him to come up with the "light rail burger" - it arrives 30 minutes late and costs $15. Tony says the St. Louis rail system is doing pretty well right now, with 24,000 riders a day, but it'll never be profitable on its own. Right now it runs to East St. Louis which features a gambling casino on the river. Tony was amazed that Clinton took credit not only for the light rail system he had nothing to do with, but also for the summer jobs program for kids, which has been going on for over a decade. Rush is not surprised at Clinton's taking undeserved credit, and he bets few St. Louis residents believed Clinton's self- congratulatory praises. This is why Rush has been warning about how Clinton will take total credit for any health care bill that's passed, whether or not that bill is what he wants. He'll take the credit for anything good and blame others, especially Republicans, for any problems. Tony doubts that many people caught Clinton's brazen assertion that he was responsible for these achievements. He adds that the rail system was even delayed for months because they had to move a cemetery to build it. Rush says Sacramento's light rail system opened to big fanfare in the mid-80s when Rush was working there; all the radio personalities were on hand for the opening ceremonies, and it wasn't a good omen that it was raining cats and dogs. When Rush last came to Sacramento a year and a half ago, the rail line still wasn't carrying the ridership that the officials hoped it would, so Rush wouldn't mind giving the Democrats credit for building what is essentially now an embarrassment. *BREAK* President Clinton's attorney, "Uncle Bob" Bennett, has filed a motion in Little Rock to allow the President to delay his response to Paula Jones's charges until after he leaves office or until the courts decide whether the incumbent President can be sued. Phone Gary from Springfield, MO Gary notes that it's not true, as Clinton said, that there aren't any truth detectors for Rush's show; he thinks there are millions of such truth detectors: the people. He and his family are a perfect example of this, given that its eight members or so are neatly divided between Rush Limbaugh fans and non-fans. From the discussions Gary has had with his family members, he thinks Rush's show inspires free thought and free expression in the people. He adds that most of his family have college degrees and most of the males have served in the military, but they still have differing opinions, and Rush's show encourages them to discuss and examine those opinions. Rush notes that last week President Clinton asked uniformed members of the military to serve hors d'oeuvres at a White House function because they ran short of service staff. Reportedly, those members of the military who were forced to do this were embarrassed. And Clinton also implied last Friday that there weren't enough liberal hosts on talk radio, as if all talk radio were conservative, but in fact, Rush would dare say that on many of EIB's affiliates, his is the only conservative show on the air. But even if liberals aren't as effective as Rush, then whose fault is that? The Clinton administration, however, wants to address this "imbalance" by getting rid of conservative hosts. The fact is that the marketplace is speaking about what the public wants from talk radio, but the liberals haven't figure this out yet. *BREAK* Phone Christina from San Diego, CA Christina is 22, and she and her husband have a combined income of about $20,000 a year. However, they have car insurance, life insurance, and health insurance, and even though her husband is in school, they still have a decent life that includes vacations. She thankfully was raised in a family that taught her you never get anything for nothing, but a lot of other Americans are just sitting around waiting for things to be given to them. This is unfair to those Americans who are working hard. Rush says that the only reason Clinton has gotten as far as he has with his programs and policies is because a lot of Americans want something for nothing. Christina thinks Rush should perhaps spend more time educating the country about such things. Rush says there is a tremendous percentage of the American people who think government is supposed to give them health care, a government job, and other benefits. This is worrisome, but Rush thinks he is sensing a backlash against this gimmie attitude.

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