RUSH: John in Westchester, New York. Great to have you on the program, sir, as we head back to the phones. Welcome.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I want to speak to you today about the immigration bill that's going through the House.
CALLER: You've had Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, and Obama all telling Republicans that it's such a bad idea for us not to pass it and that we gotta push this through, otherwise we have no shot of getting the White House in 2016. And if that doesn't set up a red flag, that these four knuckleheads are telling you that you have to pass this, I don't know what does. Reid has been sticking stuff in a drawer for the last five years. Why don't we just take this bill, stick in the drawer, and tell 'em, "When we have the Senate, we'll come up with something good"?
RUSH: Well, here's the thing. By the way, there's more on this. There are Republican establishment figures who are in the news today. They're out making personal appearances, and they're bragging about how Republicans voted on the amnesty bill in the Senate, and they're bragging about the Gang of Eight Republicans are out there saying, "We love you," to Hispanic groups, and that this ought to show you that we love you.
The establishment of this party is authoring its demise. You talk about Pelosi and Reid and Schumer and all these other Democrats -- Bob Menendez, the Democrat senator from New Jersey -- all warning us that if we don't do this on immigration, we're never gonna win the White House. As though they are interested in us winning the White House? I mean, the idea that the Democrats are advising us to do things to help us, which means that they would lose? I just don't buy it. I'm sorry. I don't think the Democrats ever want us to win the White House ever again.
RUSH: Steven in Westchester County, New York. It's great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks, Maha Rushie, and bless you for all you do, too.
RUSH: You are welcome, sir. Thank you very much. I appreciate that.
CALLER: I have a question with this whole immigration thing and, to me, these fraudulent numbers that the government's come out with in regards to legalizing these people and then actually having the government have more money in its coffers. It seems to me that if we have about seven million illegals in this country, let's say about 25% of them had children, and therefore when they become legalized, they are instantly available to take avail of the federal earned income tax credit. I don't see how --
RUSH: Which is something that might not impact recently married gay couples, which means that the illegals are gonna have an advantage over the gay couples who ostensibly get married for federal benefits.
CALLER: There you go. There you go, sir.
RUSH: I mean, there's just no justice.
CALLER: Yes. I know. You're right. The earned income tax credit to illegals that have children, plus they're auto citizens --
CALLER: I'd love to know more the details of the financials of this thing 'cause it's driving me nuts, and... I don't know. Maybe we'll get some more of that as time passes, but we're on a short string here.
RUSH: Well, I gotta tell you something. I've been tracking this and following this, and the Republicans are celebrating this vote in the Senate. The Gang of Eight. I don't meant this to sound threatening or intimidating in any way. I honestly think that the Republican establishment doesn't know what awaits it regarding this issue. I don't think... Maybe they do and they just don't care. That's just as likely, actually, 'cause they were the same people in 2007 when your phone calls shut this down then.
I think they know, actually.
But let me put it this way. I don't think... They know that there's opposition, and they know it's their base. I don't believe they realize how deep it goes. I don't think they have the slightest idea how deep the anger at the current thinking, as expressed by supposedly smart Republican establishment people, exists. The anger. I don't think they have any idea how deep it is in towns large and small all across this country.
People are livid every time an establishment leader opens his mouth and says, "We gotta do this to make amends with the Hispanic community! We've gotta do this so they will love us!" Now, certain members of our establishment, certain establishment members are running around talking about how they are loved now, that the Hispanics get us now. It's a fantasy like I've not seen in a long time, and I just don't think they know. This issue, even if it were the only thing happening, the anger would be deep and solid.
But in connection with back home, it comes after the wrecking of the US economy, it comes after wrecking the job market, it comes after the exploding debt and interest rates in the student loan program. It comes after all of this other Obama stuff was not stopped or even pushed back against. I think the degree to which people like you are fit to be tied out there over this is something that has escaped them or they're either aware of it and are ignoring it. But they're certainly not factoring it, and they're going to regret that if they continue to push this thing through the House or if they start playing games in a conference committee.
You have people more and more talk about third party now.
If that happens, you can kiss the Republican Party good-bye.