RUSH: Tina in Baton Rouge Louisiana great to have you with us on the EIB Network hello.
CALLER: Oh, hi, Rush. It's such an honor to speak to the Last Man Standing.
RUSH: Thank you very much. I am no longer, by the way, the Last Man Standing. That is General Colin Powell. I have resigned as titular head of the Republican Party.
CALLER: Okay. Anyway, my question is, do you think that the rank-and-file Democrats really want to nationalize, like Obama does, all of the private sector?
RUSH: The answer to this question is crucial, and we don't have it yet. I was talking about this with someone this morning before today's broadcast began, Tina, and it really is a good question. I'm of the mind that a lot of rank-and-file Democrats think he's not. But I don't know. He's got a cult following, and we see the polls that people disagree with his policies but love him. Now, let's look at what happened yesterday with the EPA and the mileage standards. Folks, if we wanted to -- this might be a good project -- go back to our archives from 1997 on and get a bunch of audio of me warning you what's headed down the pike regarding SUVs, that they're going to put us, I would say in lawn mowers with a couple of seats on them. This is their objective, 2007, 12 years ago. It happened yesterday. It happened. I was right. Many people thought I was overboard, alarmist, exaggerating. It's happened.
Now here's the interesting thing. These new little putt-putts -- Oh, I got a note from somebody at the Putt-Putt company, which is franchised miniature golf: "Could you please not besmirch us by calling Obama cars putt-putts?" I just remembered that. Okay, so these little lawn mowers with two seats on them. Even USA Today, of all places, has a story on how much less safe on the highway all of us are going to be, how highway deaths are going to increase because everybody's going to be at greater risk in these smaller little lawn mowers with two seats on them. Now, guess what? You're being required to buy one does not start until Obama's last year in office, 2016. Even if rank-and-file Democrats end up hating this, he's gone, unless he manages to shred the Twenty-Second Amendment and run for a third term. That's a good question.
The answer to that question, do rank-and-file Democrats really want the government owning car companies? I got a story here today, the unions don't want to run 'em, the unions don't want to run the car companies. I can't answer it. They voted for this and we tried to tell 'em this is exactly who he was but nobody believed it on the Democrat side, and even some of our own Republicans still don't believe it. So it's going to be a while before we know the answer to the question. I can't tell you now. Wish I could.