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RUSH: Pat, Emerald Isle, North Carolina. I’m glad you waited. I appreciate your patience.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. I’m from Emerald Isle and 71 years old and it’s quite a kick to be able to talk to you. I’m from Alaska. My father was Democratic county chairman and all that stuff and all the way up through. But I heard you talking on the radio, and I really appreciate somebody who’s really good at something I’m terrible at, and that’s being eloquent, speaking clearly, be able to enunciate every word perfectly. And one time you said you’re not a newsman, you’re an entertainer. Well, you’re a hell of an entertainer. A golfer, I’m not too sure about that. I do want to find out if you ever did break a hundred, but, anyway. It’s a pleasure talking to you. What am I concerned about? I’m concerned about the casino in Washington, DC. (unintelligible) and anybody can have a job for over eight years there —

RUSH: Why are you concerned about casinos in Washington?

CALLER: Because they can be there their whole lives and not do anything, not accomplish a god darn thing.

RUSH: Who? You mean, elected officials?

CALLER: No, no. The Congress.

RUSH: Oh. Well, that is elected officials.

CALLER: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. And when you said something about the Democrats where they were arrogant? Oh, my God. Have you listened to the leaders of the Republican Party in Congress arrogance? Boner, Boehner, whatever his name is, oh, my God. I know there’s arrogance on all sides. That’s why I’m saying, I’m giving up on politics. I’m giving up on seeing much happen very good for the middle class in this country now because it’s just about extinct. I retired as a postal service worker, 32 years —

RUSH: You know, it’s not extinct, but you have a point because it’s getting harder and harder to stay in the middle class. That is a valid point.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: The economy in this country is transmogrified in a profound dialectic way, and it is having a deleterious effect on those who consider themselves to be members of the middle class.

CALLER: Yeah. I’m watching my income, my retirement that I worked for, watching it shrink up day by day, you know. But I’m the lucky one. People not being able to get a job, it’s just scaring me. And when they get a job, what do they get, 10 bucks an hour? Good luck with that one. I mean, forget it.

RUSH: Yeah, I know.

CALLER: You’re automatically going right into the poor class and that bothers me. And the other thing is all our young kids getting on heroin. That’s probably my number one, not complaint, I’m just scared.

RUSH: Well, it’s a really horrible thing, but who was he talking about when he — Boner. Who was Boner?

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