RUSH: Here's Janice in Naples, Florida, as we go back to the phones and Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, hi, Rush. Sucker punch dittos.
RUSH: Thank you. Thanks very much.
CALLER: Pearl Harbor --
RUSH: Wait a minute. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold it. What is sucker punch dittos?
CALLER: Well, sucker punch is just instead of saying hello, Merry Christmas, I feel sucker punched --
CALLER: -- by the election. I'm calling from the lady from two calls ago when you were talking about her reaction the next day, the next week.
CALLER: You know, it's like a sucker bunch, babe, and, you know, this is how this country was, what, 71 years ago, although you wouldn't know it on the news today because nobody wants to talk about Pearl Harbor and where our country was then, but let's go to the present, okay? And, I'll tell you, everything you just said about women and looking at the -- oh, you're so right, you're so right, and this is my Merry Christmas present to myself, just talking with you, because you -- I don't know where -- we just pray for your daily effort on this --
RUSH: Well, thank you very much, because I need it. I appreciate it.
CALLER: You must be so worn out, because we're worn out, but by golly, and for me, I got two boys, military, one just came back -- (laughing) -- when you stand with your kid at Arlington and he's buried one of his men, okay, you get it. You get when we're fighting before and what the people for us have done, and we cannot quit. I am scared. I am realistic. I am in the real world and I think we were sucker punched with the stimulus. We came so close to closing down Obamacare, but I think --
RUSH: No, that's not what you're sucker punched about. Let me help out, 'cause I know. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think I am. What really has you flabbergasted is the scary thought that we've lost the country. That, of the people who vote, a majority believe this crap, and you're wondering, how in the world do we change that? How do we reach these people? That's what you're frustrated about.
CALLER: We will never do it with public schools. I've come out of the public schools as a teacher for the last 25, 30 years, and your remarks on that have been right on, and I have said that. It's a wonder we still even have a chance. When those seniors vote in an election, they do all voting, I'm telling you, it's 90 to 95% who vote those demos. How can we fight that? That's been going on for 20, 25, 30 years, they come out programmed --
RUSH: Well, a lot of people have been thinking that events, just by themselves, as an example, living through such a horrible economy with so few job prospects, many people think that would do it, and the real sobering, shocking reality is that it doesn't. We have two things: We have a Santa Claus president who is providing what work used to provide, and a media which is blaming people that have nothing to do with this for the problem. And you are scratching your head like everybody, how do we penetrate this? How do we stop this because you're like everyone, you don't want to cede the country. No matter what happened this election, you don't want to give it up. You call here and talk about Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was 1941.
Pearl Harbor probably isn't taught much, and if it is, my fear is that it is really downplayed as an event, and it may even be a vehicle for teaching how horrible this country is with nuclear weapons. In the public school system, Pearl Harbor is probably a gateway for some anti-war teacher to say it was Pearl Harbor, the United States overreacting and killing innocent people with two nuclear bombs and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And the true nature of Pearl Harbor, what it meant, and what it revived, Pearl Harbor was the catalyst for bringing this economy back out of FDR's stagnation due to the New Deal. Pearl Harbor awakened a great country and allowed this country to show what it's made of, again, in liberating millions of people, millions of oppressed people from tyranny.
And now you see people in this country unwittingly, you hope, voting for a modified tyranny, voting for an ever-expanding Washington, DC, with ever-expanding power over the individual. You see developing a totally different relationship between citizen and government. And you're scared to death. You think that a pretty good shot was spent fighting this. A fairly decent effort. Not the best, but a fairly decent effort was made in repelling it and beating it back, educating people it's the wrong way to go, and it didn't work. And so you're at your wits' end.
Everything you believe in, you think people are laughing at. Everything you believe in, you think people don't think is important anymore. Everything you believe in, you get the impression that people mock. And so your tendency is to say, the heck with it, why should I care anymore? But, as much as you'd like to, quote, unquote, tune out, you can't, because you do care too much, and it does matter too much, and you're not quitters. I mean, if you're talking Pearl Harbor to me, you're not a quitter. I know that you're always gonna be counted.
RUSH: This is from Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard, but it's actually according to the Senate Budget Committee, welfare spending -- let me relate this to Pearl Harbor, if I may. Seventy-one years ago, December 7th, 1941, or, as FDR said, "December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy." In 1941, 71 years ago, we went to war to defend our country from tyranny. We were attacked from outside. Now we are watching it being given away.
All throughout the Great Depression into World War II, we fought to liberate people from tyranny, from oppression. The country that stood for freedom and rugged individualism and, you know, it's a term that gets thrown around. I actually think this probably tests negatively, entrepreneurial. If I had to guess the Democrats focus group that word and it tests negatively like "the rich" tests negatively, so I probably ought to stop using it. But look at what we've become here.
"According to the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee, welfare spending per day per household in poverty is $168, which is higher than the $137 median income per day. When broken down per hour, welfare spending per hour per household in poverty is $30.60, which is higher than the $25.03 median income per hour." We're spending $168 every day for every household in poverty. And, by the way, we're not eradicating it. We are spending more in poverty than the median income in this country. In other words, we are giving more money away than the median family is earning.
What's gonna happen? That's a tipping point. People are gonna say, "Why work? I can get more not working." And welfare benefits are not taxed, in addition. Now, this is said to be compassionate. This is said to be caring for the downtrodden. It's not compassionate. This is consigning people to lives far less than what they could be on their own. But it's insensitive to say that, mean and all that. That's an amazing figure to me.