RUSH: Amy in Carmel, Indiana. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: I'm fine. Thank you.
CALLER: Good. Hey, I'm calling to see if your chin hits the floor as mine did yesterday when I read from the website of our Channel 6 which is ABC News here, reporting that Indiana's largest school district, our public school system, Indianapolis Public Schools, had announced the decision to close school -- well, actually delay school two hours on Monday following the Super Bowl.
RUSH: Yeah, I saw that.
CALLER: Yeah, 'cause they felt like, you know, it's just a little too much to ask the teachers and bus drivers to get up so early the next morning when they've been watching the football game.
RUSH: Right, when the game ends at 9:30.
CALLER: I didn't realize this, but I guess back in 2007 when we were in the Super Bowl there were so many bus drivers that didn't pick up the children and left the children out in the cold, they wanted to avoid that happening again this year, so they just decided to delay by two hours.
RUSH: Yeah, I saw that, the bus drivers just didn't show up. They must have stayed up late watching all the ESPN reruns and highlights of the game --
CALLER: Well, now, I mean, here's the thing --
RUSH: The expert commentary on ESPN after the game. Ahem.
CALLER: Well, wouldn't you, as, you know, whoever the school bus drivers and teachers' bosses, wouldn't you say, "You know, jobs aren't so easy to find and we just thought we'd let you know if you don't pick up your kids tomorrow, you won't have a job."
RUSH: Now, now, now, now -- no, no, no, no, no, no. You're so old-fashioned.
RUSH: That's the way America used to work!
CALLER: Well, and then it came out today that the Department of Education has told them, sure, that's fine, but you're going to make up the two hours, and they're just floored, can't believe they have to make up that two hours that they're going to miss.
RUSH: You know, in truth, the fewer hours kids spend in a public school the better off they are. You have to do like me, you have to look at the positive.
CALLER: You know, I get this. And, frankly, it's not the two hours of education they're missing that bothers me in the least. It's the message that it's sending to these kids that, you know, God forbid they ever have a job where they have to go to a meeting, a board meeting at ten at night and then have to show up for another meeting at seven the next morning, you know, that's inconceivable for them to ever fathom --
RUSH: Now, Amy.
CALLER: -- to have to work a little more than --
RUSH: You know, certain modern Americans would say, "You're so harsh, you're just so mean. I mean is everything so black and white to you? Don't you see the nuance and the gray here? And aren't you aware, aren't you aware that for the last ten years there have been educators slowly putting stories in the public domain that school starts too early for the kids."
CALLER: Oh, I know.
RUSH: Oh, yeah.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: Oh, yeah, that's too early for the kids. They need to sleep later. We're really pushing our kids too hard. We're pushing our bus drivers too hard.
CALLER: Hmm. Hmm. You know, I'm not going to spend a bunch of time on this and waste your time. It just blew my mind. I couldn't believe what I was reading. So anyway, it was great talking to you.
RUSH: Thank you, Amy.
CALLER: Have a great day.
RUSH: Same to you. Nice talking to you, too. I saw that. I didn't bother printing it out and putting it in the show prep stack. Maybe I should have. It didn't surprise me. It just didn't surprise me. This is the direction the public schools are going. What did surprise me was in 2007 the last time the Colts were in there that the drivers didn't even show up, and the poor little kiddies were standing on the corner freezing their little tushes off.
RUSH: See? See? What I'm talking about here, check the e-mail. "Come on, Rush, it's the Super Bowl! Having a team in a Super Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity unless your QB is Peyton Manning. Even still, give the people a little break. Give 'em a break." You know, it's funny how School Bus Nagin in New Orleans did not suggest this for the New Orleans bus drivers. I mean he learned a big lesson there back in Katrina. Get the buses out of there. So no time off being late in New Orleans. At least as of now.
RUSH: Aaron in Chico, California, you're next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Mega dittos there, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I had a comment about the lady and the story with the school bus drivers showing up a couple hours late from the Super Bowl.
RUSH: Oh, yeah.
CALLER: It just kind of reminded me that it's an example about how liberals and their policies that are blamed for these ideas that they promote about not letting kids have drive and initiative and kind of like not work hard or wake up early to get a full day out, and it kind of correlates to the youth vote not coming out for the last election, except to come see a celebrity, like when they come to see President Obama, but after that it's just pretty much that's it.
RUSH: Yeah, that's true. But you're talking about the reason they're not going to come out and vote?
CALLER: Well, yeah, because the policies they set up just as far as curriculum and school and life, you know, don't work hard, government will take care of you, not to have a lot of initiative and drive, just like your parody where they keep score or what have you. It just pretty much sets them up that the only reason they come out is to see a celebrity like Barack Obama or Bill Clinton for them back in the day, but other than that, they really don't know about the issues, they aren't really educated about the issues, and, of course, the public school system doesn't really teach 'em about them. They just teach them about their feelings and --
RUSH: Well, that's not totally true. The public school system does indoctrinate these kids with liberal thought. They do. They do. They take history courses and turn them into current political events with liberal analysis. And they'll take a political science court or a history course and turn it into a one-hour bash George Bush. Oh, they do this, and that continues, that starts in junior high, they do that all the way up to high school and that's how they prepare for future further indoctrination in college. But you're right about still, they're young people. Celebrities are what attract 'em.
CALLER: Yeah. But I mean if they were to teach them the facts the kids would say, "Well, wait a minute, that doesn't sound right," but like you said I've known this for years and that's how I've learned about it, through seeing and just studying. They do this all the time. They don't teach them any facts. And I've learned so much more from listening to your program and wanting to learn more about what true definitions are and what history is --
RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
CALLER: These kids aren't taught it.
RUSH: Yeah, I know, they're not taught the right things. The facts they're given are BS.
CALLER: Yes. If they were they would make a whole lot better decisions than what's being told to them, if they were given actual truth and definition about how rich people pay the taxes --
RUSH: I don't think that there's a whole lot of critical thinking taught. I don't think they're taught to make decisions. I think they're taught to feel and have reactions based on that.
CALLER: Well, that's my design I imagine.
RUSH: Oh, yes.
CALLER: By no doubt. I mean you see how when you give parents the choice of where to send their kids to school, they send them to the schools that actually teach their kids and not just shoving them in these horrible, horrible school systems in inner cities and whatnot that don't teach them.
RUSH: Well, you know, you're absolutely right. In fact, speaking of all this, I think it would be apropos at this point to share with you the information that was in today's Morning Update on all of our great radio affiliates around the country. Two liberal organizations have joined forces in a lawsuit, the lawsuit that will determine the future of thousands of kids. The teachers union and the NAALCP have filed suit to stop New York City from -- now, get this. Wait for it. Teachers unions, NAALCP filed suit to stop New York City from closing 19 underperforming schools. In other words, the lawsuit is to make sure that mediocre schools are kept open. The teachers union claims that the panel for education policy, which has the authority to close failing schools, violated state law because the panel did not consider the impact on the community. No. They're not supposed to. It's the school's failing and if nobody's learning anything in there you shut it down.
The NAALCP argues that shutting down failing schools -- get this, this is like that story we read for you the other day from the UK that's preventing advertisements asking for qualified people because it's an insult to unqualified people. Listen to this. The NAACP says that shutting down failing schools will hurt minority children. Now, the reverse of that is that keeping failing schools open will help minority children. We're talking about liberalism here. Now, Mayor Bloomberg and the school's Chancellor's Joe Klein who was, by the way, in the Justice Department, the lawyer that led the anti-trust suit against Microsoft, school's Chancellor Joe Klein, Mayor Bloomberg defended the closing of these 19 worthless schools. Now, in a sane political environment this would not be an issue. In the detested and hated private sector, a franchise store that failed to deliver service would be closed in a heartbeat. But in liberal land, where failure is what's rewarded, the NAALCP insanely claims minority children are hurt if they cannot stay in these factory failures. And the teachers union claims the community will be hurt if rotten schools are closed.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is floating ideas to lower standards in the No Child Left Behind program to allow more leeway for failing schools to continue operations. I'm not making any of this up. Obama wants to lower standards in the No Child Left Behind program to allow more leeway for failing schools to continue to operate. This means, okay, we'll redefine what a failing school is. This after Obama cut funds for the DC school choice program that allowed minority parents to move kids from failing public schools to great private schools. It was working. The kids were performing well, getting good grades and Obama shut it down. A liberal Democrat and an African-American light-skinned with no Negro dialect when he doesn't want it shut down a program benefiting other African-Americans with or without Negro dialects.
Now, these minority kids, and that's who we're talking about here, these minority kids are being treated like second-class citizens, like the last thing anybody wants is for them to actually be educated. That's what it sounds like to me. You know, Rosa Parks, she refused to go to the back of the bus. These kids are not even allowed to get on the bus of success. Not even allowed a seat by the very people who claim to be their saviors. It's just classic because it works this way throughout all of society. Liberalism, "We're gonna help you, we're gonna bring you up from the dungeon of poverty and so forth." And they don't do it, they just make it worse. Insanity prevails.