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Caller Defends Rep. Upton and His Stupid Stance on Lightbulbs

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RUSH: We're gonna start in Hillsdale, Michigan, with Sonny and great to have you here, you're up first on the EIB Network today. Hi.

CALLER: Well, thank you so much. I'm a junior at Hillsdale College.

RUSH: Wow. Wow.

CALLER: And we appreciate all of your support.

RUSH: An actual educated college student.

CALLER: That's correct. Well, thank you so much. I just wanted to comment on your piece on Fred Upton yesterday.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I'm actually from St. Joe, Michigan, where Fred's from, and I've been a constituent for, you know, all my 21 years. He actually helped me get adopted, so I know him pretty well, but, you know, I just want to say, 'cause Fred is no Democrat. He has been against cap and trade from the beginning. He proposed lots of spending cuts, too. His first task is repeal Obamacare, and he votes with the GOP more times than most members of our congressional delegation, and he actually has a "Stop Pelosi" bumper sticker on his car, too. But he's worked hard to get others elected, other Republicans elected, especially this past election cycle, and, you know, as basically the Cal Ripken of Congress, you know, he missed I think one vote last year and hasn't missed a vote yet. There's so many different votes to look at over his 20 years in Congress, but you can find, you know, a number of things, I guess. But he's never been about attacking another Republican because even in the primary, especially when there are a lot of people attacking his votes and his solid voting record, he never has tried to characterize another Republican in a bad light. He followed Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, I think. And it's sad that there are so many people that are attacking what he's done and how he's helped.

RUSH: Wait, just a second. There are so many people attacking what he's done?

CALLER: Right. Hm-hm.

RUSH: Well, from the way you've described it there's no reason to attack him, yet there are a lot of people who are. Why are they?

CALLER: Right. It seems like it's because they aren't looking at the bigger picture, and also --

RUSH: Do you agree with the incandescent lightbulb ban? I'm telling you, I don't care about cap and trade, but accepting the premise that our lightbulbs are destroying the climate bothers me --

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: -- because it's a foundation to go off the reservation a whole lot of other ways.

CALLER: Hm-hm, well, you know, it seems like there are other Republicans that are vying for that spot that are trying to bash his record but at the end of the day, you know, Fred's really committed -- you know, I've seen him so many different times, he's really committed to both repealing Obamacare especially, and then also looking out for everyone's interests in terms of helping to promote less government --

RUSH: Look, you have a personal connection to Congressman Upton, and I'm not in any way, shape, manner, or form gonna get in the way of that, and your personal attachment to him is wonderful. I'm very happy that you like him, but when you start talking about banning lightbulbs and the premise behind banning certain lightbulbs and partnering with a Democrat to do this and looking out for everybody's interests, that's not promoting less government. It's the exact opposite of promoting less government. The government ought to have not a damn thing to say about the lightbulb I buy. It's none of their business, especially when this is based on a total, freaking hoax. And if we're not gonna have a committee chairman smart enough to understand that, I'm sorry, it just bothers me. A lot of things are bothering me today, but that's not less government. They have no business whether I buy a Big Mac, nobody's business how many calories are in it, nobody's business whether there's food justice or what the hell, what kind of toys are in a Big Mac Happy Meal. These people are an order of fries short of a Happy Meal, as far as I'm concerned, and they got no business telling me what kind of lightbulb I can and can't have and when I can turn the damn thing on and off, but they sure want that power.

CALLER: If you look at the facts and what Fred's committed to doing as chairman, you can see that he is a hundred percent on board with advancing the Pledge to America that the Republicans have crafted to get our country back on track, frankly, and I just don't see --

RUSH: Okay, I hate to interrupt you here because I'm way over time now, but I'm glad you called. I appreciate it. I don't mean to get mad at you. It's just one of those days.

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RUSH: I got a bunch of e-mails: "Why were you so mean to the college student?" I wasn't mean to the college student. Look, folks, we all have bad days. I'm on a razor thin trigger here today. We all have these things that bug us beneath the surface. Some days we're able to forget them, just shove them aside, they don't get to the conscious level, but for some reason these protests over in the UK, these longhaired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking, worthless students caterwauling about tuition increases (crying) has just taken me beyond the boiling point here of everybody in the world wanting something for nothing. Well, not everybody, but so many wanting something for nothing and expecting something for nothing. The concept of paying for what you have seems to escape all kinds of people. We all have pet peeves. This is more than a pet peeve of mine, and today it's just hit me. So I'm already irritated and agitated. I feel like I've been worked over by a community organizer. And then I have to hear about how the guy who wants to ban lightbulbs is not a big government guy, and I'm saying, "Sorry, that doesn't compute to me."

Now, one of the first things the Democrat Congress did when they were sworn in and took the oath in 2007 was this lightbulb ban. So I think symbolically one of the first things we ought to do is repeal it, repeal this lightbulb ban. This is not the business of government, especially with all this predicated on a hoax, an utter hoax, man-made global warming. It insults my intelligence that so many people can be made to believe that lightbulbs could destroy or irreparably harm something as complex and out of our control as the climate! I don't care if there are billions of lightbulbs all at the same time. I don't care, it's not a factor, for crying out loud. We got a missile we can't even figure out what it was, we can't figure out where it came from, and they're telling us not to worry about it even though they don't have the slightest clue what it is. The bottom line is they do know what it is and they don't think we can handle being told what it is. They know what it is.

For crying out loud, we got satellites all over the world to pinpoint this kind of thing. And now we've got the stupid TSA, Big Sis, all these radiation and crotch grabs, people wearing latex gloves for cavity searches now for people getting on airplanes under the guise of preventing terrorism and so forth. I mean no matter where you look these incompetent SOBs are trying to take over every aspect of our lives. And the pilots, you know, it's very seldom I side with unions, but the pilots here are saying, "We object to this. You're not gonna subject us to this kind of radiation, this kind of search every time we're gonna pilot around the country." And the flight attendants, they're upset because in some cases I have heard that the flight attendants are being made to raise their skirts in front of people while these searches are taking place. Now, back in the old days that woulda been okay, but today you don't want to see that. So I have to side with these people that are objecting to it.

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