RUSH: I got an e-mail yesterday. It was not in the subscriber line, not from RushLimbaugh.com. This is the ElRushbo@eibnet.com. (paraphrasing) "Rush, you know, I'm a big listener. I just love ya and I've been around, my husband and I, but, you know, you used to just laugh about all this stuff. It's just too serious. I can't deal with it anymore. All Obama this and Obama that, and I know it's true but I can't handle it. Why can't you be funny about it anymore? I have to stop listening, except there's nobody better."
Now, that's not a frequent comment, but it was there. This is what Open Line Friday's for. If you got problems like that, if you have comments like that, Snerdley, you let 'em through if they got comments like that. You normally would, anyway, wouldn't you? No, he wouldn't. (laughing) Let me see if I can find the e-mail. It's somewhere here. Here it is, and it's from Marina Del Rey, California. Johanna is the woman's name.
"Sorry, Rush, but you're losing me as an audience. I despise Obama as much as the next person, but you've just become like every other talk show host, railing, venting, and beating the idea to a pulp. I hope it works for you in spite of my reaction. You used to be amusing while making your point nonetheless. I know there's nothing to laugh about these days, so I understand your angst, but it's over the top for me. You're lucky, though, I can't find a better channel to listen to when you're on."
This is one of the things the left is counting on. We're at a tipping point here. Walter Williams, guest host on this program, is convinced it's over, that there's no chance that Obama loses in 2012. It's done. It's over. He's got big business in his back pocket. He's gonna have a billion dollars. He's rigged the game. Larry Sabato using Rasmussen data pretty much concludes the same thing, 2012, it's over. It's over. We've got a poll out today from CBS/New York Times which ought to end Obama's candidacy today. It ought to end his chances. So should rising gas prices. The general falling apart of this country ought to spell the end and according to all of these experts, it doesn't. Obama's in a town hall meeting in Reno yesterday and says, (paraphrasing) "You know, we just can't let the rich relax and count their money. We just can't let 'em sit around and relax and count their money. We've gotta get their money." This is what he's saying, things like this, at town hall meetings.
In South Carolina, you know, Boeing wants to build their Dreamliner, the 787 in South Carolina. It's a right-to-work state, no unions. The National Labor Relations Board says no, you can't do that. You have a shop in Washington, you've gotta build it there where there are union people. Here's the federal government telling an American business where it can and cannot do business and who it can and cannot hire. You've got government officials in South Carolina that are upset about this, but not as much as I would be. The governor, "No way they're gonna get away with this." This is Nikki Haley calling a press conference. But the federal government is saying a private business can't conduct business in South Carolina because it's a right-to-work state? I got a full stack on just that story alone.
"Federal Labor Board Seeks to Ground Boeing -- Can federal bureaucrats tell a private company where to build a factory? Members of President Obama's National Labor Relations Board think they can. In a decision that even the New York Times is describing as 'highly unusual for the federal government,' Lafe Solomon, who was appointed to the board by Obama, filed a complaint on behalf of the NLRB on Wednesday seeking to force the Boeing Co. to build an assembly line in Washington state instead of South Carolina. Boeing first sought to build the new plant near its existing facility in Puget Sound, but negotiations with the International Association of Machinists broke down when the union refused to agree to a long-term no-strike clause. The IAM had struck four times since 1989, costing Boeing at least $1.8 billion in revenue.
"That's when Boeing chose South Carolina, a right-to-work state where, unlike Washington, workers are not forced to join unions. As a result of this policy, only 6.2 percent of South Carolinians belong to unions. Construction of Boeing's new Charleston factory is nearly complete, and the company has already hired more than 1,000 new employees, drawn mostly from within the immediate region. And back in Washington, Boeing has actually increased employment at its Puget Sound plant by 2,000 workers. But that isn't good enough for the IAM or the Obama White House. After suffering major defeats in Wisconsin and Ohio, the labor movement is looking for a scalp. Obama's NLRB is trying to turn Boeing into one."
How many of you are asking yourself how much time does the country have? I mean as we know it. No, seriously. How much time do we have? The statistics, the numbers that we've seen the last two weeks did not augur well. Forty-five percent of the American people work. The rest don't. Transfer payments are larger than income tax revenues. Stories like this out of South Carolina, in Wisconsin, try to do something about it. Labor union-wise, Obama out fundraising now, just can't let the rich sit around and count their money. So it's a serious thing. We do find things to laugh at here, but at the same time we don't want to take them unseriously. So it's striking a balance that we seek to do here each and every day at the EIB Network.
RUSH: Here's Susie, Jacksonville, Florida, great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Contrary to the e-mail you received, I just want to say I wish you were on six hours a day, seven days a week. You speak for me, and it relieves my frustrations to hear you because you say exactly what I'm thinking, and I'd like to say that this country better get serious this next time around because we'll never survive another Obama administration, if we make it through the next 20 months.
RUSH: Yeah, well...
CALLER: But like your e-mail said, people need to get serious this time because so many people just want to be entertained. They don't want to hear the real truth.
RUSH: Susie, thanks very much for the call. I appreciate it. I got an e-mail at the end of yesterday's program from Johanna in Marina del Rey, California, and she says, "Sorry, Rush, but you're losing me as an audience. I despise Obama as much as the next person, but you've become just another talk show host, ranting, railing, and beating the idea to a pulp. You sound like you're sitting there wringing your hands. I hope it works for you in spite of my reaction. You used to be amusing while making your point. I know there's nothing to laugh about these, so I understand your angst, but it's over the top for me. You're lucky, though, I can't find anybody better to listen to at the time anyway. So I'm sort of stuck with you." People don't want to hear how serious it is. They know it, don't want to hear it. It's a crushing reality. There's a tendency to be ostrich-like, stick your head in the sand and it'll all take care of itself. And things take care of themselves, but there are things which need to happen first before things are taking care of themselves and that is an informed public and people with skin in the game. Anyway, that's what she was reacting to.