RUSH: Minneapolis is next. This is John. Greetings, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, how you doing, Rush?
RUSH: Fine, sir.
CALLER: You know, I — I want to kind of make a comment here. You know, I’m kind of getting tired of the fake callers calling in here about some of the topics that you’re talking about. You know, you’re talking about taxes. Here — here’s the problem that I have with this country.
RUSH: Wait just a second now. We’ve gotta define terms here.
RUSH: ‘Fake callers.’ What do you mean, fake callers?
CALLER: Well, what I mean by fake callers is this. Anybody, if you — if you really sit down and you use a psychological imagination, you can see what — what’s going on and what’s happening here in this — in this economy while people are complaining about higher taxes. Well, if — if everyone was paying their fair share of taxes, Rush, there would be no need to raise taxes.
RUSH: What is that? What is this fair share, John?
CALLER: Well, a fair share is — is paying, is excluding and getting rid of all these loopholes. Paying what — what you’re supposed to pay in taxes.
RUSH: There aren’t any loopholes.
CALLER: There’s a lot of corporations that have a lot of loopholes in the law. There’s a lot of loopholes that allow these guys —
RUSH: Corporations have never paid taxes, and by the way, the US corporate tax rate is the second highest in the world.
CALLER: N’yah, it’s (unintelligible).
RUSH: I know facts are going to get in the way here of your call, but the facts are not fake.
CALLER: Well, here — here’s the thing, Rush. Some of the — I heard the other day, this is a while back, there was a company called Xcel Energy Center. Xcel Energy Center owed the state of Minnesota $30 million. Now the state of Minnesota turned around and said forget about it. Here’s my problem. See, if you know that there’s a lot of companies and corporations —
RUSH: Now, wait a minute —
CALLER: — that owes millions of dollars in taxes —
RUSH: Hold a minute —
CALLER: Why would you…? Why would you had sit here and say forget about it —
RUSH: I don’t know about.
CALLER: — and (garbled) pay taxes?
RUSH: I don’t know about any of that but I’d ask you who’s running Minnesota and who’s forgiving the taxes owed by this mysterious corporation?
CALLER: Well, you know — and see, here’s another problem I have.
RUSH: I’ll give you a hint. It’s not Republicans.
CALLER: You got a Republican governor. Tim Pawlenty is at the helm of in this one. (chuckle) But, you know, here’s another problem that you have here Rush. By those company not paying its share of tax why that cost has been offset by someone else and that’s the average Joe that goes to work every day just to try to feed his family, he can’t feed his family because he’s paying too much in taxes while other people are giving way not paying taxes at all. This is not (unintelligible) country, Rush.
RUSH: Wait a second. Let me ask you a question.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: We gotta get to the nub of this. Are you paying your ‘fair share’ in taxes?
CALLER: Yes, sir. I’m paying my fair share in taxes.
RUSH: What is it?
RUSH: What do you pay? How much?
CALLER: Here’s the problem, Rush.
RUSH: What are you paying in taxes every year, John?
CALLER: When these other guys owe taxes, you know, the government don’t come through and say, ‘We’re going to garnish your wages. We’re going to –‘
RUSH: It’s always the other guys. It’s always the other guys. John, if you —
CALLER: I’m sorry, Rush. Go ahead, sir.
RUSH: You haven’t told me. How much do you pay in taxes? I can tell you. Are you in the upper 5%? Because the top 5% are paying almost 50% of all income taxes in the country.
CALLER: No, I don’t think I’m up that much, but I’m paying my fair share of taxes.
RUSH: You’re not paying your fair share, bud.
CALLER: I’m basically bringing home nothing after taxes.
RUSH: You’re not paying your fair share. I’m paying my fair share. I’m probably paying your share and I’m paying your family’s share, and I’m probably paying the share that Minnesota corporation the Democrats forgave. I’m probably paying a whole lot of people’s share of taxes.
CALLER: I doubt that, Rush.
RUSH: You’re calling me and saying I’m not paying my fair share.
CALLER: You talked about the jobs, where are the jobs. Let me tell you where the jobs are.
RUSH: By the way, what’s ‘fair,’ John? Can you define fair for me?
CALLER: Rush? Rush? Rush? Rush? The government aren’t the ones who create jobs. It’s the private sector. So you can talk all day long and you can blame Obama, but at the end of the day it’s the private sector that’s not hiring. (crosstalk)
RUSH: Let me ask you a question, John. Are you getting your fair…? (crosstalk) John?
CALLER: And you know why they’re not doing any hiring?