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RUSH: Sarah Palin made a great point the other day. Let me grab the sound bite. She might be on to something here. Let me find the number. What is it? Yeah.

Number 17? No, 17 is “Joe Willie.” It’s Joe Namath. Where is it now? Number 12. That’s right, number 12. I know a 2 and a 7 look a lot alike when you’ve been drinking. Sarah Palin was on Hannity last night, and they’re talking about a Gallup poll. Let me find this poll. It’s so frustrating. There’s a Gallup poll out that says a majority of Americans do not want Obamacare, and what else?

Gallup poll on capitalism versus socialism: “72% of Republicans felt positively about capitalism. Only 55% of Democrats.” The next poll should not come as a surprise. “Seventy-five percent of Democrats feel positively about the term ‘the federal government.’ Only 27% of Republicans feel positively about the term ‘federal government.'”

So, in other words, the left puts the federal government ahead of capitalism, freedom, and liberty, and so do their voters. That’s what the Gallup poll shows and some of this other stuff, too. Hannity wanted Sarah Palin’s reaction. “How do you explain that, for all these Democrats, the federal government trumps capitalism, freedom, and liberty?”

PALIN: Perhaps some survey recipients who answered the question are confusing corrupt, dirty crony capitalism with genuine, free-market capitalism which is the good kind of capitalism. You know, we’ve shone a bright light on the problems caused by crony capitalism in recent months, in the last year or two. And I think that perhaps capitalism in general has taken a hit because of this new public awareness, because of that light that’s been shown on crony capitalism and perhaps people are believing that capitalism in general isn’t such a good thing. Of course, that’s a mistake.

RUSH: I must, with all due respect, lodge my disagreement. I think the Democrats who oppose capitalism know exactly what they’re opposing, and they oppose it because it isn’t fair, and it isn’t any more complicated than that. They don’t like the fact that there are some losers, and they don’t like the fact that you have to risk things. We have become a risk-averse society. People shouldn’t have to take risks.

How about the line, “Getting sick ought not mean going bankrupt”?

The Democrats use that to scare people.

Capitalism is what’s gonna make you get sick and go bankrupt! So I think it all has to do with this notion of “fairness.” Crony capitalism is what Obama voters vote for. Crony capitalism is Solyndra. Crony capitalism is GE not paying any taxes and getting $800 billion in subsidies from Obama to run some phony green energy division. There’s crony capitalism all over the place.

My big beef about crony capitalism is that traditional Republican voters finally said, “To hell with it! We’ll play ball with the government if they’re on our side. I’m a CEO, and if the government’s gonna give me money that’s gonna help my bottom line and make me look better, fine. If that’s the way the game’s played, I’ll play it,” rather than standing on principles. I think so many capitalists have thrown their principles aside, and so many Obama voters — low-information and other — simply reject capitalism ’cause it isn’t fair.

There are winners and losers, and it isn’t fair. “Some people don’t deserve to lose. It not right. It just isn’t fair.” We’ve been hit with this for 50 years. They don’t understand losing and winning and winning and losing and gaining and losing. It’s not something that anybody thinks they should have to do. They don’t think a “system” should contain losing. And to them, there is no losing when the government’s providing for you.

You’re always gonna have something. “But with capitalism, you could have nothing! And these evil Republicans aren’t gonna help you then.” With all due respect, I don’t think they’re confusing it with that. They vote for crony capitalists. They support it! Solyndra didn’t bother anybody that voted for Obama, and he won. And the crony capitalism of not just Solyndra but all these other phony solar energy plants.

You know, GM and all that, it didn’t bother Obama voters. Capitalism does, though.


RUSH: Here’s Clovis in Plainwell, Michigan. Hi, Clovis. I’m glad you waited. Great to have you on the program.

CALLER: Thank you. It’s such an honor to talk with you.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: I’d just like to wish you a Merry Christmas and God bless our troops. My point was that they talk about the fiscal cliff . We reached the fiscal cliff already on November 6th. I hope that the Republican Party will cowboy up and ride that pony over the hill just like Thelma and Louise did with their hands up in the air. They are such — I mean, both parties for the last 40 years have had us just…they haven’t led the country. They’ve led party. And party’s more important than the country.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I’m just so tired of these idiots and their blabber mouth and their talking points. I’d like to see their face on January 1st when they wake up and reality hits ’em in the face to see what they’ve done to this country —

RUSH: How’s it gonna affect them? What do you mean, wake up on January 1st and see what they’ve done? They don’t need to wait ’til January 1st to see what they’ve done to the country. Look at it now.

CALLER: Oh, I agree with you there, but can you imagine when it’s official, when they really see the stark reality of what they have done.

RUSH: We haven’t been able to afford most of what we’re paying for for decades. They know it. They’ve been kicking the can down the road. They’re gonna do it again.

CALLER: Well, they can only kick it so far, and the can’s either crushed or the country’s gone. Nobody on either side is really taking anything serious about what the problems are in this country.

RUSH: Look, I know what you’re saying, and I understand your emotion, but I have to tell you something. The day is never gonna come where these people are gonna wake up and see whatever damage they’ve caused and associate it with themselves. You can dream. It ain’t gonna happen.

CALLER: Well, you have a point there. Maybe America will wake up and replace the idiots. I mean, we just can’t go on like this.

RUSH: To hell with it. We are the idiots. For example, crony capitalism. You know who the cronies are, is the Democrats. That’s why they support it. The Democrats are the cronies.

CALLER: I know. It’s a mess.

RUSH: It is a mess. It’s a mess. I don’t know. These guys are never gonna blame themselves. They’re never gonna see what they’ve done. That’s not the way it works. And they’re gonna be fine on January 1st.

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