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RUSH: Ann in Houston.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.

RUSH: Hi, how are you?

CALLER: Fine. Rush, no one pulls the facts of history together like you do – and then you know how to get the hay down where the goats can get it. You can explain it to all of us.

RUSH: (laughing) I like that: The goats.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, not that we’re goats.

RUSH: You just called the audience goats. (laughing) I love it.

CALLER: Yeah. Rush, you hear TV talking heads talk about the consequences of not raising the limit, and of course there will be some negative consequences of freezing the debt limit. The question is: “Will it be worse if we don’t?” and the Republicans need to keep the focus on what happens if we don’t freeze the debt limit, don’t they?

RUSH: Well, debt limit’s gonna get raised. I think that train’s left the station. I think to sit here and try to hold onto that debt limit not being raised is to waste time, ’cause Boehner has said it. The argument here is: What pain is gonna be inflicted on Democrats for raising the debt limit? The compromise. “What are the Democrats gonna compromise on?” in essence. So we could have an interesting discussion on this. It’d be fun to talk about, you know, what Republicans should do and what would be the result of not raising the debt limit. You don’t raise it, then serious cuts have to be made. You and I — assuming that you’re with me on this —

CALLER: Of course.

RUSH: — think this is what this is all about. It’s what the election last November was all about: Not spending any more money because we don’t have it anyway!

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Right?

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: So why have a debt limit if it doesn’t matter?

CALLER: And he’s lied about everything, so why would we think that the consequences of what he says he’s going to do…?

RUSH: Well, that’s the age-old question. Look, go back. Did you hear me read the stuff in the New York Times 1967?


RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: I couldn’t believe it.

RUSH: There’s another component to that. What that means is that our side has known since 1967 what they’re up against, and yet they still act blindsided every time it happens! I mean, this is curiously suspicious to me. We know. It’s just like I sit here and I can tell you before Obama is immaculated, “I hope he fails,” because I know what liberals do. Why do our Republicans profess to be so surprised or ignorant about who liberals are and what they do and how they do it? It’s the most frustrating thing that you can ask yourself today. We fight this every day since 1967 and even prior to that. We fought this with FDR. This is why it’s all a game. The Ruling Class has its techniques, and everybody in Washington, both parties, has members in the Ruling Class. This is how the game is played. We are not Charlie Brown, but we are. The football keeps getting taken away from us every day for 40 years! Even when we win elections, they convince us we lost.

CALLER: We are naive.

RUSH: No. We aren’t.


RUSH: Elected officials. Maybe there’s some naivete, but it’s more than that. We’re, in their eyes, the dupes. We really are. And I must say, the more we talk about it in terms they set, the more we are acting like dupes, myself included.

CALLER: (laughs)

RUSH: The reason we fall for it is because I feel compelled here to tell people what we’re up against and how they’re being manipulated, and you gotta use the language that they’re using in order to blunt it and to educate people and inform people about it. Look, Chuck-U Schumer is being interviewed by Andrea Mitchell (NBC News, Washington) right now, and it’s such an emergency, she’s left the confines of the studio, and she’s set up shop in the Capitol! It’s really big now! It’s really a crisis, because Andrea Mitchell left the confines of the makeup room, the confines of the greenroom, and is at the Capitol talking to Chuck-U Schumer!

I guarantee you what they’re saying (and I can’t hear it) was said 40 years ago in same circumstances, just different people saying it. Same urgency, same tone, same crisis, same everything. I tell you, sometimes it’s the smart people who look at this and say, “To hell with it, I’m gonna go bowling. I’m not gonna sit here and put up with this! I’ve heard this every day. These people are full of whatever.” Smart people I think really (unintelligible). They say, “Politics is phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ roll.” What we keep investing in is that our new electees are finally going to put the stop to the game.

This is what we invest in, this is where our hope is every election: That finally when we elect a majority of people that we think are us, that all this is gonna come to a screeching halt. Then when it doesn’t, we threaten third party or we’re not gonna send the RNC any money (laughs) or, “Damn it, I’m fed up with it, Rush! I’m not playing anymore. I’ll see ya later,” whatever it is. Meanwhile, the news media just laps it up. So that’s why it’s all frustrating, ’cause we keep thinking the people we elect are gonna be the stop sign. And they better be this time. They better be, because we’re running out of road down which to kick the can. Thanks for the call out there. I appreciate it. Really do. Thanks very much.

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