RUSH: John in Bristow, Virginia. Great to have you, and I really appreciate your patience. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Oh, not a problem. Hello, Rush. Good to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Listen, I had a question, and I'm hoping you can help me understand the way the Republicans are handling the deficit reduction committee. I can't figure out why since we all know that if they let the Bush tax cuts expire it's going to harm the economy --
CALLER: -- why not let the Democrats hang themselves, give in, make them have to take cuts and entitlements, and when nothing improves they'll win back both houses in the White House.
RUSH: Wait a second, now. Are you saying let the Bush tax cuts expire, just let 'em go?
CALLER: Well, let the Democrats hang themselves by basically harming everybody because it's not just going to harm the rich. It's gonna cut everybody's paychecks.
RUSH: Yeah, but see, this doesn't kick in 'til 2013, so it's not --
CALLER: I know, but it's all about perception. See, because the media is gonna blame the Republicans for all of the intransigence. Instead of taking away their ammo, it doesn't make sense to sort of just let economy fall, you know, even worse so that then people will understand the Democrat ideas --
RUSH: We've been through this. I've been behind the Golden EIB Microphone for, I think, the 24th year now, and I remember 1992. There were people back then that said, "Go ahead, Rush, let Clinton win. Let the country see just how bad it is, and we'll win everything after that." And people have said go ahead and let Obama win in 2008, let Obama win it. Okay, Obama did win it, and we see what happens. Obama's reelection is still a possibility. I don't like that thinking. I don't like the thinking that says let's let the country go to hell even further so that people will finally wake up and see what happens when the Democrats run things. What more do people need than to see what's happened to the country now?
The problem is that 47% of the people aren't paying any income taxes. Forty-seven percent of the people do not have a stake in what's going on. Forty-seven percent of the population is content to be slovenly, lazy takers. That's what being an American means to 'em. We don't have time to play games and hope people figure it out. I understand your thought process here, but we don't have time. I'll tell you what ought to be happening right now. If you really want to know the truth, instead of letting things get worse, 'cause how much worse do we want 'em to get? At some point we can't recover from it, it gets so bad. We've already lost a couple of generations of kids and their tax rates and what it's gonna take to pay for what Obama has done in just two and a half years.
What really needs to be happening right now as part of our presidential campaign, there ought to be a race going on between our nominees, who's gonna cut the EPA first, and then who's gonna move over to the Department of Education and cut that, and then whatever bureaucracies we're gonna tame, and whatever other spending we're gonna cut back, because we're long beyond the point where tinkering around the margins is gonna fix anything. If we are serious about what we say when we fear that the country hangs in the balance here, if we're serious that we're at the precipice, if we're serious that four more years of this guy transforms America in ways that generations from now we might be able to turn it around, then we can't afford to wait any longer, we can't afford to let it get any worse.
It's time to start being honest with the American people and educating them and the history that they can learn from is happening right in front of their eyes. It's called Spain; it's called Greece; it's called the entire European Union. It's called the rest of the world. There's an economic collapse just waiting. We are broke with $15 trillion in debt and at some point, and I think we're there, we can't just rely on enough Americans getting it and then having elected leaders follow them. At some point, and we're there now, it's time for pedal to the metal leadership. It's time for the American people to be hit between the eyes with the reality of what this nation's future is and what we face and what we're gonna have to do to fix it.
We can't go on this way. We cannot go on with half the country being paid by the other half of the country lifetime pensions, lifetime health care, when the people doing the paying don't have any of that themselves. It can't sustain itself, and it won't. Times are crucial, very serious. It pains me, it destroys me, it actually affects my mood to see what's happening to this country. It affects my mood to know that what I'm looking at every day is an administration happily presiding over the decline of a once-great nation. It infuriates me. It depresses the heck out of me.
I wish, folks, I really do, I wish I had the ability to ignore it. I wish I had the ability to not let it affect me. Some days I actually wish I was selfish enough to be able to say to myself, "You know, whatever happens, isn't gonna affect me, I'm okay. I'm 60, live another 25 or 30 years, I'm gonna get the most of out of it I can, see you later." I can't. I got too much of a conscience. I care too much about the country and about other people and their opportunities. It is devastating to see what's happened in just two and a half years.
In Spain, a leftist government took that country from prosperity to doom and disaster in seven years. And they just had an election and the right wing candidates swept to victory by one of the biggest landslides in electoral history in Spain, and the voters in Spain didn't care who they were voting for. What they were doing was getting rid of the people who had taken that country to the bottom barrel of survivability. They knew that the people running against the incumbents were conservatives. They knew that they were right-wingers. They weren't voting for a bunch of creeps and freaks. But they were primarily motivated by getting rid of their current leaders and that's what I think is bubbling up here.
I think we've reached the point that you have described. It's gonna get worse, let the American people see it? I think enough of them do see it which is why we have to capitalize on it now 'cause it's gonna require more than one election. And after the election it's gonna require a substantive agenda to deal with some of these things that are gonna have to be reversed, downsized, fixed, or what have you. We're close to the point of no return now. There's always gonna be a segment of the population that's never gonna get it. They're not informed enough, they don't care enough, and we're at that point now where too much attention's being paid to what those people think.
Too much attention's being paid to what the takers want. Too much attention's being paid to these Occupy people. The country wouldn't last a week if it depended on them. Why does it matter what they think? They are mere obstacles to be shunted out of the way, but they certainly aren't to be pandered to. And, frankly, I don't care what makes 'em mad. I don't care what makes 'em upset. If we can elect the right people to fix what's wrong with this country, they'll be brought along whether they want to be or not. But they don't have the answers and listening to them is a total waste of time.