RUSH: This is Pat. Hello, sir. Nice to have you on the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Just a quick comment on the FEMA fraud, the $1.4 billion.
RUSH: Oh, ho-ho-ho. Yes.
CALLER: It fired me up this morning to see the typical approach from the news media relative to: it’s all FEMA’s fault. I would just hope someplace we see the other side of that and hang some skins on the fence for the people who stole
RUSH: Come on! You have unreal expectations.
CALLER: Well —
RUSH: I have the story here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. I’ve got two stories. Some of things that were done with the money. (Laughing.) I’m sorry for laughing, and you don’t sound too agitated about it because tell me the truth. You’re really not that surprised, are you?
CALLER: (Chuckled.) I’m not surprised, but “agitated” isn’t the right description of how I feel.
RUSH: Wow. Okay, it’s even worse than that.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: All right. Thanks for the call. Let’s go through some of the details here. As the New York Post writes about it: “In a shocking rip-off of taxpayers, federal hurricane relief bought ‘Girls Gone Wild’ videos, Caribbean vacations and French champagne, as thousands of brazen scam artists bilked the government out of $1.4 billion… Although the aid was intended to shelter and clothe thousands of devastated [
It’s FEMA’s fault! All right, let’s stop there. Let’s just stop there. So much to say about this. All this money, anybody with
I don’t want to be too insulting here, but the bottom line is that this is human nature, and anybody — we get so caught up in, ‘Well, they’re victims!’ (gasp) ‘They’re victims, and we must show compassion. Here! Here, take this money,’ and we look the other way, and we say, ‘We are good people.’ Then we hear about the fraud. ‘Outrageous! How can this possibly be? How could the government let it happen?’ How could the government let it happen! If you have that idea, then you ought to be against every spending program that comes down the pike, because this is no different than any of them. You think this fraud is bad, try Medicare fraud. You think this fraud is bad, try welfare fraud. You think this fraud is bad, try Aid to Dependent Children. We had that. Try that fraud.
You think this fraud’s bad, they’re advertising for fraud from the food stamp program. You think this fraud’s bad, take a look at
You say, ‘Okay, son or daughter, I’m going to give you this. I’m going to give you a thousand bucks and I want you to go spend this on books and tuition and so forth,’ whatever. I’m just picking a figure here, and then you come to find out later, went to Blockbuster, went to some movies. You spend the money for them if you want to make sure it gets spent right. If the government’s actually going to be in charge of shelter and clothing and so forth, then the government
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