RUSH: Shannon in Dayton, Ohio. Welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Sorry for sounding cynical here, but I don't know why you're getting excited about the NBC and Washington Post poll numbers, because at the end of the day it doesn't matter. The takers now outnumber the makers. And as long as government's gonna be the sugar daddy to all these recipients that's getting food stamps, free housing, cell phones, you name it, they're gonna keep voting for 'em.
RUSH: That's not true.
CALLER: Sure it is.
RUSH: That's not true, because, well, all the commentators are Fox are saying this is the end of liberalism.
CALLER: No. I don't believe that one bit. I'm a conservative --
RUSH: This poll is an early indicator of that. I mean, all this disapproval of Obamacare and if the election were held today Romney would win. They're interpreting this means that the gloss is gone from Obama and people are maybe figuring out that big government can't take care of 'em.
CALLER: Yeah, but the problem is people are just ignorant. As long as they're getting free stuff, as long as they're being rewarded for bad behavior, they're gonna keep doing it.
CALLER: And the bottom line is they now outnumber us, and the Democrats have an excellent, excellent campaign strategy. When you got these early voting going on, what do they do? They bus people in left and right. They got a month to do it.
RUSH: With Happy Meals.
CALLER: I'm sorry?
RUSH: With Happy Meals.
RUSH: On the bus.
CALLER: So if they outnumber us and if they keep giving free stuff away, promising that they're gonna give 'em free stuff, I just don't see how we're ever going to have a Republican president in the near future.
RUSH: Well, do you really believe -- seriously, now -- that we have reached the point where we are outnumbered?
CALLER: I do, from what I've seen here in Ohio, I do. You got the Democrats that are busing these college students in to these voting booths every 30 minutes. Every time President Obama comes down and gives his campaign speech, they bus 'em straight to the voting booth. They have such a great campaign game going on that --
RUSH: Okay, now, George W. Bush was elected as recently as 2004, okay? That's nine years ago. Do you think in nine years -- I mean that was the country, and that was a sizable margin over John Kerry. So do you think in nine years we have lost the country?
CALLER: Well, I think that in the last five years we had 27 million people on food stamps. Now we got 49 million people on food stamps. And, like I said, as long as you keep rewarding people for bad behavior, they're gonna keep taking it.
RUSH: Well, I understand that. There's no argument there. But is everybody on food stamps a lazy bum or maybe do they want to work and can't because Obama's destroyed the job sector?
CALLER: Well, they said that the average person on government assistance makes $17 an hour. So if they're making $17 an hour sitting on their butt, what makes you think they're gonna get off their butt and go to work?
RUSH: Okay, so the Washington Post poll story and all that, meaningless. What, then, is the solution?
CALLER: Well, the Drive-By Media has always, at the end of the day, supported the liberals. And until the Drive-By Media actually starts doing journalism, nothing's gonna change, in my opinion.
RUSH: Well, that's not gonna happen. I agree with you that the media is right there at the top of our problems. There's no argument from me. But they're not going to change. How did Ronald Reagan win? I'm just picking your brain here, because in the seventies we almost had repeating circumstances here. You've got a president wallowing in disfavor, economic malaise, it's just --
CALLER: Well, he won because there was a sense of pride. You didn't have 99-week unemployment checks coming in, and you didn't have all this government assistance. That's how he won.
RUSH: You had a sizable amount of it. You had a sizable welfare state even back then. My point is, do you think it's over? You're sounding awfully fatalistic here.
CALLER: I'm a Tea Party conservative. I'm just trying to be realistic with you. From what I see, I see a lot of people that they're just uneducated and as long as they're getting free stuff, you know, they're gonna keep running it until the wheels fall off.
RUSH: Well, when is that gonna happen? Because, you know, some people --
CALLER: I got a feeling --
RUSH: Some people think that the money is gonna run out, but it never will. This government will never run out of money. They can print it, they can steal it, borrow it, they'll never run out of money.
CALLER: Exactly. That's exactly what they're gonna do. They're just gonna keep printing money and keep printing money. And personally, I don't see an end in sight. I mean, we're so far down the rabbit hole, it doesn't matter. And everybody expects -- well, not everybody, but the majority of the takers now, they expect it. And if you say something about it or call 'em out on it you're either a racist or you're just one of those people that just don't care.
RUSH: You're a bigot, mean-spirited.
RUSH: What if the next Republican presidential candidate tries, as his appeal, a Reaganesque appeal to the goodness and decency of the American people? And says in his campaign that he believes that the American people can rise to the challenge, that it's in them and that they have the desire and the ability? And the candidate wants to try to inspire and motivate people to get out of that cycle of dependence that they're in? Is there any way that a really good candidate could help overcome this, do you think?
CALLER: Well, I think Romney did a good job, for the most part. He's a businessman; he knows how to create jobs. But, unfortunately, if you don't have the media backing you, you're not gonna win it. Because as long as you tell a lie, as long as you tell it often and long enough, the dumb masses, they're gonna believe you.
RUSH: Okay. Well, then, we have to somehow get rid of the media.
CALLER: Well, but you can with that.
RUSH: Okay. So you sound awfully fatalistic. It's over.
CALLER: I don't think it's over for the Republican Party. I think that we can still get the majority in the House and Senate, but I just don't see a Republican nominee in the near future -- unless the media picks 'em, like, for example, it seems to me that already picked Christie as a Republican president.
RUSH: Yes, they have.
CALLER: So I think that as long as the media isn't on your side --
RUSH: Well, do you support that? They've picked Christie to be the nominee. They have not picked him to be president. Big difference.
CALLER: Yeah, but they will. I mean, as far as picking --
RUSH: You think they'll pick Christie over Hillary?
CALLER: You think they'll pick Christie over Hillary? No.
RUSH: No, I'm asking you.
CALLER: What I'm saying is, if there's more than one person running for Republican presidential nominee, they'll pick him because he's more moderate.
RUSH: Right. Right, right light right. But they're not gonna pick him to be president. They'll pick him to be the nominee.
CALLER: No, no. No.
RUSH: They'll do a McCain on him.
CALLER: Right. Exactly.
RUSH: Well, there's... I should retire, then?
CALLER: Well, I hope not. I mean, you're telling the truth. The problem is there's just not enough people out there that want to hear the truth and there's not enough people that are educated.
RUSH: You know, I think there's a lot of truth to that. I don't think it's that people are not being reached. I think there are some people that just don't want to hear it. I think there's a lot to be said for the fact that it's tough to light a fire under people who are... Look, this is why I keep making the point that you have 91.5 million people not working. That's huge. That's unfathomable to me, in a country like ours.
You know, in a tinhorn dictatorship, I can see it, but 91.5 million people here? They're adults. I don't know what the adult population is. The total population 300 mill plus, but the adult population, to have 91.5 million not working, yet they are all eating? That's what he's saying. What's the point of working if they're all eating? Why would you upset the applecart that's feeding you while you can't or don't want to get a job?
This criticism of the media, I've got a lot of people that say this. "You know, you're spitting into the wind here, Limbaugh. You don't know it. The media... It's all the media. It's the media. It's the media. As long as the media is there, we're never gonna have a chance. Never gonna. It's the media, the media, the media." Well, the media is never going to change, not in our lifetimes.
To change the media you're gonna have to totally throw out every journalism school and get rid of everybody in every newsroom, and then you're gonna have to change the grade school and middle school and high school curriculum. This is where we're creating these people. I hearken back to Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. But if you are of the belief that we cannot ever win because of the media, they aren't going to change.
They are never gonna pick somebody who is conservative or Tea Party or anything close to actually be president -- and if one happens to get elected, they're gonna spend the next waking hours trying to destroy him like they did Bush. The problem here is the Republican Party doesn't know how to do battle with that.
RUSH: We are still paying the price of the New Deal. That's when it was established that government can buy you and provide for you. No question about it.
Folks, it's been great. I enjoyed it immensely, and I know you have if I did.