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12-Year-Old with a Chip Dilemma

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RUSH: We have a 12-year-old young man from Petal, Mississippi, on the phone named Trent.  And, Trent, welcome to the program.  Glad that you called.  How are you?

CALLER:  I'm doing good.  How are you?

RUSH:  Well, I'm cool.  I'm doing well today.  Thank you.

CALLER:  Well, I have a question.

RUSH:  Well, you've called the right place.

CALLER:  Ever since Obama's been elected, I used to buy chip bags at the store and they used to be all the way full, but now they're only half full.  Why is that?

RUSH:  Really?  What kind of chips are we talking about here?

CALLER:  Potato chips.

RUSH:  What brand?

CALLER:  The Lay's kind.

RUSH:  The Lay's kind. So you're buying Lay's potato chips, and the bag is only half full now?

CALLER:  Yes, that is correct.

RUSH:  Since Obama was elected?

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  Well, you know, I'm glad you told me.  I eat potato chips, but I never see the bag.  When I get 'em, they're already out of the bag.

CALLER:  Oh.

RUSH:  But this doesn't surprise me.  Have you mentioned this to your parents?

CALLER:  Yes, I have.

RUSH:  What do they think?

CALLER:  They really don't know.

RUSH:  They really don't know.

CALLER:  So I decided to call you and ask.

RUSH:  Well, I think you're on to something.  You're in Mississippi, and I don't think the mayor of New York has anything to do with what happens in Mississippi yet, but this is a toughie.  Have you made this assessment on every bag of potato chips that you bought?

CALLER:  Most of them.

RUSH:  Most of them.

CALLER:  Well, honestly, Trent, if what you say is true, it could be a sneaky way for them to avoid having to increase the published price.  I don't know.  See, the problem is, I don't know what the price for your bag of Lay's potato chips is today versus last year or --

CALLER:  I think they've gone up about two dollars.

RUSH:  Well, then my theory is wrong.  The price has gone up two dollars, and the amount of potato chips in there has been cut in half?

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  It sounds to me like the Lay's people, the potato chip people are hoarding product, anticipating, perhaps, economic drought, potato famine, maybe the Obama administration banning potato chips somewhere. Michelle would be the one to do that and they're just trying to save the product so they have supply. It could be that it's really not happening. It could just be that the contents of the bags are being shipped a longer distance to your store.  In the process, they're settling more in the bag, making it look like the bag is only half full when it really isn't.  Now, do you have a theory?  Have you evolved a theory of your own to explain this?

CALLER:  No, not really.

RUSH:  But you think it's got something to do with Obama?

CALLER:  Yes, I do, because he's raised the price of everything, and the quality and the quantity of stuff has gone down.

RUSH:  Well.

CALLER:  So I think it's because of Obama.

RUSH:  Well, that's hard to disagree with.  Obama is not personally in charge of the price, but the things that have happened to the country economically have resulted in the cost of everything going up.

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  For a host of reasons.  Well, are you eating fewer potato chips now?  Are your parents buying fewer bags.

CALLER:  No.  They're buying the same amount, but there just aren't as many in there.

RUSH:  Well, if your parents don't have a problem, just buy more bags.

CALLER:  Yes, sir.  Thank you.

RUSH:  All right.

CALLER:  Wait.  Were you on The Haney Project?

RUSH:  Yeah, I was on The Haney Project.

CALLER:  Cool.  I watched that show.

RUSH:  You did?  Now, you know what, Mr. Snerdley, don't go away out there, Trent.  Mr. Snerdley just brought me a bag of Lay's potato chips, and they're wavy hickory barbecue.  What kind of potato chips do you eat?

CALLER:  The wavy original.

RUSH:  The wavy original.  Well, I got wavy hickory barbecue.  I'm looking at the price here.  Whoa!  $4.29.  This is a ten ounce bag.  Probably your standard bag at your standard corner grocery store.  And you know what?  He's right.  It's half full.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  You know, you're right out there, Trent.  It's half full.  There's a lot of air in this bag, too.  They charged a lot for that, but he's right.  It's half full.  This is something Obama was doing that we didn't know 'til you called.  Wow.  Well, I appreciate the heads up.  Did you like The Haney Project?

CALLER:  Yes, I did.  I liked it.  He's a good teacher, or coach.

RUSH:  Yeah, that he is.  He loves it, and he takes it very, very seriously.  He's very committed to it.  Do you play golf?

CALLER:  Yes, I do.

RUSH:  Well, if you ever -- I don't know that you will -- if you ever have a chance to get a lesson from Hank Haney, you should take it.  He takes it as seriously as anybody who teaches anything, which is good.  It's what you want.  Anyway, we'll look into this potato chip controversy for you, Trent, because you're absolutely right, the bag's half full in there, and it's brand-new.  And it could be, you know, you might-a spotted another area in life Obama's been messing around and we didn't even know.  So heads up.  Thanks much.  Appreciate it.

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RUSH: Goldendale, Washington.  Mary, hi.  Great to have you on the program.  Hello.

CALLER:  Thank you so much, Rush.  Yes.  It's still morning out here.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  I'm a proud Rush Babe from eastern Washington.

RUSH:  Well!  I'm honored to have you in the audience.

CALLER:  Thank you, very much.  I have just a quick comment on the fine young man that phoned that was saying he had less chips in his package.  And I believe it's because it's like the Obama administration; it's full of hot air.

RUSH:  You may be on to something.  He clearly is, 'cause our bag is half full -- and we're not --

CALLER:  That's right.

RUSH:  -- trying to start -- please don't -- I do not want people from Lay's calling here and saying, "What are you doing to us?"  Nothing.  We're not doing anything to you.

CALLER:  No, they make a great product.

RUSH:  We love it. We eat it.  We've got it here and so forth and so on.  The young man had a question.

CALLER:  Indeed.

RUSH:  We tried to tie it to Obama somehow. There's no doubt a connection. We're just looking for it.

CALLER:  That's right.  And like I told Mr. Snerdley, one thing about your breast-feeding stint with Mayor Bloomberg is I think Bloomberg is still on this kick of lowering childhood obesity --

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  That's how they're gonna use this.  They're gonna claim that baby formula leads to obesity, and that's why you must breast-feed.  There's no doubt that that's what it is. 

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