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The Washington Protection Racket

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RUSH: Here's Todd in Cortland, Ohio. Glad you waited. You are on Open Line Friday. Hello.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, how are you?

RUSH: Fine, sir.

CALLER: I'll try to make this quick because I'm still on hold with Rezko mortgage company. So if I hang up, I apologize.

RUSH: That's the Rezko Rescue from yesterday. (laughing)

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: Good for you, sir. The Rezko mortgage company. Good for you, sir.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, real quick it seems like with this administration, if you need something, all you have to do is ask for it, and you'll get it and I'm referring to the lady last week that asked for a house and got it. Do you think...?

RUSH: She did not get it from the administration. She got it from the wife of a Democrat Congressman. I don't even know if she accepted it. Look, it's not true whatever you ask for from this administration you get. Now, don't say that. There are certain people who might think that's going to happen to them.

CALLER: Heh, heh, right.

RUSH: But it isn't going to happen.

CALLER: Okay, well, if enough people start complaining that they can't afford to go to a sporting event because it's too expensive -- they can't take their family and their kids are crying or what have you -- do you think the Obama administration will demand salary caps on pro athletes and take their bonuses?

RUSH: No.

CALLER: You don't?

RUSH: No.

CALLER: What about the Hollywood elites?

RUSH: No.

CALLER: Because I can't afford to take my family to the movies.

RUSH: That's good. They're not worth it.

CALLER: (laughs) That's true. Okay, and one more comment.

RUSH: Yes?

CALLER: Okay. Would it be fair to compare the administration to the Mafia? I grew up close to Youngstown, Ohio, where in the seventies where Mafia ran rampant, and it seems like pretty much the same. They strong-arm everybody, and I think we should start giving the administration Mafia names.

RUSH: Somebody said the other day, a couple months ago now (I wish I could remember who), "There's no difference between the Mafia and politics."

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: But I don't remember the tagline to it. You know, like "politics is show biz for the ugly," that's how they compare. But this politics and Mafia, the mob, there's no difference -- and I wish I could remember the tagline to it. The bottom line is, politics has always been a shakedown game. Most of the time, Todd, most of the big money people -- not the average people who give their 25 bucks 'cause they believe in ideas, the big money people, most of them -- give money to Washington as a protection to make sure Washington doesn't come after 'em. Of course with this administration, those bets are off. (laughs) It doesn't matter how much you've given. If you're big, they're coming after you, and they're going to sit back and laugh and smile, while they watch your business plummet in value at the same time.

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