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RUSH: It’s amazing how things don’t change. I mean, they do and then they don’t. And it is all tied together with the fact that Donald Trump was not reelected or had the election stolen from him, whichever you choose to believe. I’m in the latter camp on this. There are too many oddities here to be flat-out coincidental. But before I get to the essence of what I’m referencing here, Trump tweeted something out today, and I just want to share it with you.

He said, “Distribution of both vaccines is going very smoothly. Amazing how many people are being vaccinated, record numbers. Our Country, and indeed the World, will soon see the great miracle of what the Trump Administration has accomplished. They said it couldn’t be done!!!” And they did. Trump promised that we would have a vaccine by the end of the year.

I mean, sometimes he said we’d have it before the election, by the end of November, whatever. We do. We have a vaccine — two of them now — for the COVID virus, much sooner than anybody with feet planted firmly in the establishment even acknowledged was possible. They said it wasn’t possible. Trump is right about that. This is American exceptionalism on display.

This happened because an outsider was in charge of this kind of thing, Operation Warp Speed. This is something… You have to understand. A person from the Washington establishment, the deep state (you know, however we refer to it) wouldn’t have even tried this, folks. They wouldn’t have even thought it possible. They wouldn’t have believed it possible to have a vaccine in less than 10 months. Now we’ve got two of them.

But we would have never even had this on the table as a possibility because people inside the Beltway are not interested in solving problems or solving them quickly. That’s like the nature of all bureaucracies is not to fix things, thereby eliminating their own need. Why would you fix something if it would mean the end of you or your plan or your program or maybe even your very bureaucracy, your department?

So the track record on the creation of vaccines… We still don’t have a vaccine for AIDS. I wonder how people with AIDS feel about this. I mean, we have shown here that if we use what we Americans have at our disposal, that we can accomplish a lot of things that many other Americans tell us we can’t do. And we do it at warp speed. I think Trump is gonna make a big deal out of this in the Georgia Senate campaign.

Which he says he’s going to make one more trip there soon or very near the actual runoff election itself. But then back to the area where things do not change. Well, one more thing about the vaccine. There’s a Wall Street Journal story just to confirm this. “U.S. Starts Delivery of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine — Trucks carrying the shot will start rolling out Sunday [two days ago], with injections slated to commence Monday.

“Immunizations using the newly authorized Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc. are slated to start Monday, boosting the mass inoculation campaign that was launched just last week.” So I just wanted to establish that it’s not just Trump saying it. It is actually happening.


RUSH: Lisa in State College, Pennsylvania. Hi. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hey, Rush. This is the best Christmas present ever. God bless you.

RUSH: Well, thank you. Thank you very much.

CALLER: Hey, listen, I wanted to talk a little bit about the order that the vaccines are being given out. Let me say the health care workers should be first, and having said that, you know, people talk about the people in nursing homes and seniors getting it as a priority. Well, I’m a senior. I’m 69, and as far as the nursing homes go, if you give it to the workers that are going into the nursing homes, I don’t think you really need to have give it to the seniors.

They’re not going anywhere. Um, they’re not going to work and so on. And as a senior myself and retired, my husband and I had the opportunity and are blessed enough that we don’t have to go to work. So we can stay home. So if it were up to me, I wouldn’t get it. I would say let’s give it to the people —

RUSH: Wait a minute. Whoa, whoa, whoa. I’m getting confused. Are you in a nursing home?

CALLER: No. I’m sorry. I’m not. I’m just saying that priorities that people are talking about are seniors and people in nursing homes. And I watched the first day that the vaccines were being given out, and they had all of these elderly people, you know, in nursing homes getting the vaccine. And yes, I want to protect them, but I think the way to protect the people in nursing homes is give it to the workers who are coming in rather than them, you know, to the seniors who are 90-, 93-year-olds.

RUSH: Why? Wait, I’ll play devil’s advocate.


RUSH: Because nursing home like Andrew Cuomo has used nursing homes to, shall we say —

CALLER: (crosstalk)

RUSH: — thin the herd of senior citizens.

CALLER: No, but they’re getting… The people in nursing homes are getting it from their workers and the people coming into the nursing homes. So if you’re giving it to the health care workers including the maintenance people who work in the nursing homes, that should cover the people in them.

RUSH: Yeah, but the people in nursing homes are the most vulnerable. The elderly are among the most vulnerable. Now, the way this would work under Obamacare is they would be the last to get because their days of productivity are finished.

CALLER: But, but, see, that’s in a way kind of my point (chuckles), because I’m retired. Okay, let’s go on to the people not necessarily nursing homes, just the, quote, “elderly.” I would fall under that category (crosstalking).

RUSH: Well, what do you think with…? What do you think about reporters in the Drive-By Media? They’re claiming, they’re demanding that they should be at the in front of the line because they’re so essential.

CALLER: No. Forget them. (laughs) But what… My point is as a retired senior, I have the blessing of being able to stay home and to not go out, and if it’s question of the number of vaccines available, I would rather my vaccine go to somebody who needs their job, somebody who’s working in a restaurant (crosstalking).

RUSH: Oh, okay. So you basically want to sacrifice your dose.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Yeah, okay. You want to sacrifice your dose to somebody who is in a greater need for it.

CALLER: Correct. That is correct. Especially schoolteachers. (laughing) You know, we want our grandkids, we want our kids back in schools. They should certainly get it before me. As I say, I’m blessed, I’m retired, I’m able to stay home and not go out to work.

RUSH: Okay, I hear you.

CALLER: You know, I have a next-door neighbor whose son and daughter both work in restaurants as a chef.

RUSH: That’s very thoughtful of you. That’s extremely, extremely thoughtful of you that you would like to sacrifice your dose. I appreciate it and I understand it. I got a note from an acquaintance of 67. He’s 67 years old, and because he’s 67 years old, he’s behind 118 million people who are in line ahead of him, the way it’s currently established, which means he might get the vaccine a year from now.

Do you know that employees in liquor stores are ahead of seniors, the way this is being handled right now? I’m just getting up to speed on the nature of the allocation, how it’s being done. And some of it, frankly, to my eyes doesn’t make any sense, but I don’t know that… You’d probably have that reaction to any system that they came up with.

Members of Congress are trying to boot people out of line and trying to jump the line, I’ve heard, and they are also saying it’s because they are essential. I mean, they are America’s lawmakers. They need to be vaccinated so that they can continue to make laws because that’s crucial. That’s what… Teachers would be ahead of you in line, Lisa, would be another way of illustrating this. But fact is we can’t give everybody that wants a vaccine a dose right now. There’s gotta be some method of doing it. I appreciate the call.

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