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RUSH: Monica in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Wachovia Open used to be.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. I grew up in Sweden. I spent the first 22 years in Sweden. I’ve been living here for 30 years. Sweden is about to do the same thing, trying to tax the upper income, and as a result of that, they left. I lived there when Bjorn Borg and the pop group ABBA was there, they all left. So who will get stuck with paying the bill? It’s the middle-class people of Sweden. So we get stuck paying the bill because nobody else could do it, and as a result of that we have always had a sales tax of 26% because there’s no other way. If you can’t tax the person any more, you have to go after everything else.

RUSH: Right. I’m well aware of it, the Swedish example, the Swedish experiment with ABBA pulling out of there.

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

RUSH: And then you had, like you said, Bjorn Borg pull out of there.


RUSH: And a number of others. Well, even U2.

CALLER: Oh, yeah.

RUSH: They came out of Ireland and the UK.

CALLER: I mean, there’s no way you can —

RUSH: (laughs) All these great philanthropists. Yeah, but, see, how long did it take for that to show itself or to reveal itself for the people who lived in Sweden, remaining to pay the taxes? Once they raise taxes on everybody and they started doing an Atlas Shrugged in Sweden, how long did it take before the people who were remaining to pay tax in Sweden realized they got screwed?

CALLER: Well, it didn’t take long, and as a result of that, we had privatized medicine or people becoming doctors, have to pay their own money to get health care.

RUSH: Oh, why, how cruel is that.

CALLER: I know.

RUSH: How cruel! People had to pay their own money to get health care.

CALLER: I know.


CALLER: And on top of that we had to pay our taxes to pay for the nationalized health care. So we paid on top of that, then if we wanted to have our own private doctor, we had to pay privately for that. So that’s why I’m not so afraid. I think the American people will never put up with this and once they found out that we all are going to get stuck with the bill, everybody in the United States.

RUSH: I think you’re right about that, Monica. I really do. What worries me is how long it’s going to take them to realize it. There’s going to be a lot of suffering before they figure it out. There are going to be a lot of Bjorn Borgs and ABBAs leaving the United States and leaving the freight to be paid by the so-called beneficiaries of all of this. I want to forgo the suffering, I want to… This is not necessary; it is not a fix. It’s something entirely different. If it’s going to take Obama voters four, eight years to figure this out, that’s going to be a lot of pain, a lot of economic decline, and a lot of ground to make up down the road.

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