RUSH: This is Scott in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Thank you for waiting, sir. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I just cannot believe that I’m actually talking to you.
RUSH: Well, I’m glad you got through, sir.
CALLER: Well, I have only really a slight disagreement with you on public education.
RUSH: Yeah, if it’s slight, it’s not worth mentioning then, is it?
CALLER: Well —
CALLER: Okay, I’m just going to do my best here. Okay, my wife has worked as a charter school teacher for 11 years now.
RUSH: What is a charter school? How would you define a charter school to me?
CALLER: Oh, man, a charter school is a school that can be started by a private group but it can receive public funding, the per-child allocation.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah.
CALLER: Anybody can go to the school —
CALLER: — as one of the schools of choice kind of thing. The charter school cannot issue bonds.
RUSH: Basically, it’s a government school that people don’t think of as a public school?
CALLER: In fact, they changed the name of the school to have ‘public’ in the name because people didn’t even realize that they could bring their kids there for free. Seriously.
RUSH: For free. Ha! See, this is one of the problems.
CALLER: Yes. Free doesn’t take for, they just should say ‘free.’ But, you know what I’m saying, public schools, the whole system is a disaster in the same way that a socialized medical care system would be an utter disaster. All you have to do is look at the public education system in this country and say, ‘Do I want my medical care system to look like that?’ to know if you want Hillary Care or Obama care, but the schools, the per-child allocation isn’t really a huge amount for what they’re being asked to do, and I can only speak for Michigan, the per-child allocation is something like a little over five grand, but if you were to have a private education for your child, and I’m not talking about they serve caviar and sparkling grape juice at lunch kind of thing —
RUSH: But we could do that with what we are currently spending in New Jersey. You could give every kid a limousine to take him to-and-from school, you could take him over to ’21’ for lunch with caviar, bring ’em back to school and have money left over, and you could go out and hire the most expensive professor from MIT.
CALLER: Well, that is absolutely insane. They’re throwing money away, then.
RUSH: That’s the whole point. I realize a lot of people are going to call me like you and say, ‘Rush, we’re outta money in these schools.’ We’re not outta money. We got idiots allocating it, and it’s going to the wrong places, to the wrong people. The classroom is not the focus.
CALLER: Well, I agree with you, I agree with you —
RUSH: I stand corrected. Twenty grand a pupil in New Jersey. Twenty thousand dollars. Maybe only five where you are. Twenty thousand dollars in New Jersey.
CALLER: Well, New Jersey, isn’t that something like Taxachusetts or something like that? I don’t know how they can afford to do that, but we’re talking about —
RUSH: They can’t! Have you looked at our deficit? Have you looked at the New Jersey state deficit or the New York state deficit? They can’t afford it. This is what’s outrageous. We are being taxed and taxed and taxed in ways people don’t even know and then a trillion-dollar budget is announced and the Democrats say, ‘It’s got too many cuts in it, Draconian cuts.’
CALLER: Oh, it’s insane, it’s insane. Ultimately, not to quote Reverend Wright, but the chickens ultimately sometimes have to come home to roost, and they will at some point, unless, like you say, we could grow our way out of it, but we’re not going to grow our way out of it with all this liberal idiocy that’s going on.
RUSH: You were quoting Malcolm X.
RUSH: Reverend Wright just plagiarized Malcolm X.
CALLER: Okay, okay, I learn something new every day, been listening to you since ’92, so there you go.
RUSH: Scott, thanks so much for the call.
CALLER: All right, thank you.
RUSH: I appreciate it. I know a lot of you people are going to tell me that your local school district is in big pain, that they’re having to close classes or whatever, this and that and the other thing. Find out what size yacht the janitors in your school district have if you live in New York, for example.
RUSH: Terry, San Diego, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. It’s great to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: You know, a few years ago when you were going through your struggles in life, I was going through struggles myself, and I turned my act around and now I’m a small business owner, and thriving unbelievably, even though my business is dependent on the price of gasoline.
RUSH: Why? What kind of business are you in?
CALLER: Mobile pet grooming, Rush.
RUSH: Mobile pet grooming.
RUSH: All pets, like cats and dogs?
CALLER: I don’t do cats. My wife does. I do the dogs. More specifically, I do the big dogs.
RUSH: Big dogs. Okay. Well, congratulations. You’re obviously following a passion, you like grooming animals.
CALLER: No, I don’t like grooming animals. I like animals, but I like making money.
RUSH: Well, okay then, we’re close.
CALLER: Now, I’m calling you because I disagree with your side of the Subway story.
RUSH: What was my side of the Subway story?
CALLER: You were frustrated that Subway was giving money to the public schools even though public schools have too much money as it is.
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: I believe, Rush — I don’t care how much money they’re getting, I don’t care where they’re spending it, I think that to see a small group of people like the homeschooling crowd tell a company what they’re supposed to be doing with their money is un-American. I think that Subway is basically being bullied by a special interest group.
RUSH: Well, bullied by a special interest group.
CALLER: Well, they were forced to apologize.
RUSH: I love this. (laughing) Well, you may have a point here in a theoretical sense. The homeschooling crowd is very, very much discriminated against.
CALLER: I mean, Rush, you know what, I still think Subway should be able to give their money to whoever they want.
RUSH: I do, too. My only point is that Subway gives the money away for whatever reason they want to, it’s probably good PR, it’s probably charitable in some sense, but there’s probably also a component here that they have been made to believe the federal government’s not funding education enough. It’s more a marketing thing because they’re buying physical education equipment for these schools, which, of course, is crucial to our nation’s education.
CALLER: Now, are you sure it’s just physical education or is it for athletic departments?
RUSH: Because I read the story, they’re buying exercise equipment. Subway’s whole plan is eat our stuff, eat healthy, and a combination of eating healthy and exercise, great old American cliche, will lead to a long life or you’ll never die.
CALLER: Good for Subway, they’re using the government BS for their own marketing.
RUSH: They are. I have no quarrel. My whole point was the idea that the federal government, the public school system is outta money and doesn’t have enough money offends me. It is absurd.
CALLER: All right, then you should be happy Subway is chipping in.
RUSH: All right, I want to run a small test with you.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: You’re a small business guy.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: You have a pet grooming business being impacted out there by the gasoline price.
CALLER: I’m not complaining about gas.
RUSH: Yes, you were. You mentioned it so you’re complaining, but —
CALLER: No, Rush!
RUSH: Calm down. I’m trying to —
CALLER: No, no, no. I want to tell you, I think it’s unbelievable that somebody who is halfway around the world pulls oil out of the ground, refines it, so I can put it in my gas tank and they only charge me four dollars a gallon.
RUSH: Great attitude.
CALLER: That’s the truth.
RUSH: Run for Miss America. Now, are you married? You are married.
CALLER: Yes, I am.
RUSH: Do you have any kids?
CALLER: Three boys.
RUSH: Three boys. How old are they?
CALLER: Fourteen, eight, and five.
RUSH: Okay, they don’t have the means to do what I want to do for you. I want to give you a Father’s Day present. I want to give you a sample of goodies from Allen Brothers.
CALLER: Oh, Rush, you’re killing me. Oh, my God.
RUSH: Will you accept it?
CALLER: Absolutely, Rush. I greatly appreciate that.
RUSH: Because you think and you realize I have the freedom to give away whatever I want to whoever I want whenever, right?
RUSH: And you probably have a lot of beef in the refrigerator or you could get it if you wanted it, right?
CALLER: Yes, I can.
RUSH: So you probably don’t even need it, but I’m going to give you some and you’re going to take it because you realize I have the right to give it to you.
CALLER: Yes, I can, and so should Subway be able to give it to whoever they want.
RUSH: (laughing) Yes, you’ve made your point. (laughing) I’m trying to be a nice guy here. Look, I’m going to put you on hold here, Terry.
CALLER: Rush, thank you very much. It’s more an honor to talk to you Rush.
RUSH: I gotta ask you. Do you have a barbecue pit?
CALLER: Yes, I do.
RUSH: Good. Do not use any other method other than the barbecue pit even for the jumbo hot dogs I’m going to send you.
CALLER: I don’t know how to cook otherwise.
RUSH: Good. You do the cooking?
CALLER: Yes, I do.
RUSH: Even better. Even better. Okay, so use the grill. I’m going to send you some Wagyu, which is American Kobe steak burgers. I’m going to send you some strips. I’m going to send you some filets. I’m going to send you some jumbo hot dogs from Allen Brothers. And I just want you to taste them. My Father’s Day present to you. Since you have a deep and abiding understanding of the capitalist system and the way it works, I want you to benefit from the largesse. Think of me as Subway, except in this case I am Allen Brothers, and it is for Father’s Day. In fact, here’s what you should do, Terry, go to ABSteaks.com and just look at the pictures. All of you, go to ABSteaks.com, your mouth will water. This is great for dad because he won’t get this himself. This is something he can sink his teeth into. He’s got enough pairs of underwear. He’s got enough ties. The card’s a big deal, but it’s not enough. This is a great Father’s Day present, ABSteaks.com.