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Deaf Host, Blind Caller, No Apologies


RUSH: Now, look what I've done! I fully intended to do those two stories: Slackers at work are happier, and people that never apologize are happier. I've got 'em, and I fully intended to get to 'em. But I got off on the health care example about you how I think it's unworkable and is gonna implode, and then I saw the Joe Klein story. One thing led to another, and now I really don't have the time I would like to devote to it. So guess what? I'm gonna do 'em both tomorrow, and I'm gonna make sure that it doesn't matter if the cleaning crew throws 'em away. I have 'em in special file folders now on the computer. So I promise you: First hour tomorrow.

In the meantime, let me go to Joe in Plainsville, Connecticut. Thanks so much for waiting. Great to have you here. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Good afternoon. Thank you very much for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet, sir.

CALLER: I wanted to circle back to the point that you made when you first started your show about individuals who are basically on government programs who are then passing how to stay on those programs along to their children. I've been laid off twice since 2009, once from a long-time position and once from a failed business venture. So I am on unemployment. However, I'm not on any other programs.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: But the thought of even my kids knowing... Like, they know that daddy's home, you know? But they don't know that I'm getting subsidies from the government. Even when I file, like the last thing I want them to know is that I did.

RUSH: How old are your children?

CALLER: My son is 11 and my daughter is seven.

RUSH: You think they're starting to wonder? How long have you been unemployed?

CALLER: A little over a year. We sold our business in March of last year.

RUSH: What do you think they're telling themselves to explain the fact that you're home?

CALLER: I don't think that they quite understand it. But the idea of passing on that information to them? I'll also tell you, Rush, I'm also disabled. I'm legally blind which means I don't drive. I can't drive.

RUSH: Let me ask you a question about that. You're blind?

CALLER: I'm legally blind.

RUSH: Do people ever say, "Just focus?"

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: You know, because I'm deaf, and people get mad at me for that. They say, "If you'd just listen closer, you could hear me."

CALLER: Well, I'll tell you. My particular disability, you really can't tell that I have a disability other than I wear like a cosmetic cap.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: I can only see out of one eye, but it also precludes me from doing a lot of different types of jobs, which making jobs searching even harder.

RUSH: You know what? I admire you, and I understand. You don't want your kids to understand about the whole unemployment compensation thing. I get that. They may be... I'm not gonna guess what your kids know, but I understand exactly. You don't want them to have that kind of influence, which I admire. Look, I'm glad you held on to tell us that. I appreciate it. I really do. I'm not kidding you, folks: Hearing is the one disability where it's your fault. I can tell people 15 times, "I'm deaf!" It doesn't matter. It's my fault for not paying closer attention, or I'm totally ignoring them, or I'm not trying hard enough -- and there's nothing I can do about it. Yes, hearing is the one disability where it's your fault. They never tell a blind person, "Well, just focus!" They never tell the guy who limps, "Just stop limping!" And I'm not gonna apologize for not getting to the story about people who never apologize being happier. It just didn't happen today. Deal with it.



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