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Lifelong Brooklynite Can’t Afford to Stay, Can’t Leave Because of the Pizza

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RUSH: Brooklyn and Kevin.  I'm glad you waited, sir.  Welcome to the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Thank you for having me, Rush.

RUSH:  You bet, sir.

CALLER:  I have one question.  Don't you think that the future of our country is our, you know, young people, the young people that live in our country?

RUSH:  Well, yeah, but it always is.

CALLER:  Then why are they killing us?

RUSH:  Who is killing you?  In what way?  Are you talking about in the womb?

CALLER:  No, I'm talking about the government and taxes.  And not only taxes, but expenditure as well.

RUSH:  Oh. I'll tell you exactly what he's talking about.  You don't mean kill literally 'cause you're still alive.  What you mean is, they're taking away all financial opportunity from you?

CALLER:  Yes, 100%.

RUSH:  Yep. Taxes and such and the debt has guaranteed you're never going to have a rising standard of living.  You're always gonna be taxed to support the irresponsible debt and spending that's come before you.  That's what you mean, right?

CALLER:  Yes, a 100%.  And you know what?  Let me give you an example.  I graduated with my finance degree and decided not to go into that profession.  I opened my own business at 19 years old.  And, you know, today I make a decent living.  Well, it looks like a decent living on paper.  It shows that I make an income of $180,000 a year.

RUSH:  Wait, is that gross?  Wait, wait, wait.  Is that gross or net?

CALLER:  That's gross.

RUSH:  Okay.

CALLER:  Okay?  But once you put into the fact that I'm a single young person here in New York City, which is one of the highest taxed places in the country --

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  -- I'm getting taxed 48%.

RUSH:  You're gonna be over 50 by the time de Blasio gets finished.

CALLER:  Oh, 100%.

RUSH:  And Obama gets finished.

CALLER:  But wait, that's not where it ends.  My insurance, since I'm young and healthy, was $382 a month.

RUSH:  Oh, yeah, they're soaking you.  You're supposed to pay for grandma, grandpa, and your cousin's grandma --

CALLER:  Oh, of course.  And my insurance premium just went up to $941 a month.  It went from mostly $4,000 a year to almost $11,000 a year.  Okay? 

originalRUSH:  Are you going to pay it or are you going to pay the penalty for a while?

CALLER:  Well, I have no choice, you know, it's always good to have health insurance.  God forbid I get hit by a car, the person's uninsured, how am I gonna insure myself?

RUSH:  Well, you do have a choice, for a while. For a few short years you can choose to pay a penalty which will end up, even at the highest calculated formula, less than your $11,000 a year.  That penalty is gonna gradually grow to where it is higher than a premium, but you could pay just the penalty, and then if some catastrophe happens, hightail it to the emergency room.

CALLER:  Right.  But if I'm paying the penalty, I'm not covered.  I'm gonna be hit with the bill.

RUSH:  If you get hit by a car, it's a preexisting condition.  You can get the insurance after the accident.

CALLER:  That's true.  That's just another way for them to fund anything.

RUSH:  Right.  I'm being facetious there, but that's one of the ways they're trying to sell it.  No, I hear you. Now, Kevin, I'm dead serious.  I hear everything you're saying and you are exactly right.  When you graduated high school they told you you're the future, and your financial future has been spent.  They have already spent the taxes and then some that they would have collected from you for your entire life's earnings.  And it still isn't enough.  They're gonna collect even more from you.

CALLER:  And there's one other thing that people don't realize.  You know this whole thing with the Affordable Care Act that they say, oh, you know, the companies that have 50 or more employees, they're gonna have to cover their insurance?

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  I only have seven employees, but by law, since I'm giving myself health insurance from my business, I have to offer the insurance to my employees, and if they take that offer, I have to pay half of their insurance premium.  So what I didn't have to pay for my employees at one point, now I'm gonna have to pay an average $350 per employee --

RUSH:  So what are you gonna do? Do you have to fire some of them?

CALLER:  Well, I'm gonna have to lay some off.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  And, you know, the funny thing is last year I was looking at employing more people, you know, and they stopped me last year, too, because every employee that I employ I have to pay employment tax.  Literally, I get fined, I get taxed for employing somebody, unemployment tax, extra Social Security, you know, that I have to pay for, okay?  And then they wonder why are these people doing so bad, why are these businesses failing?  You know what?  You keep taking the resources away from us, and we're not gonna go anywhere.  We're not gonna be able to grow. We're not gonna be able to employee all of these people.

RUSH:  Exactly.

CALLER:  It's getting worse and worse day by day.

RUSH:  And then it won't be long before they're telling you you're not paying your fair share, you're part of the rich, and you're greedy and selfish and you're not paying your fair share.

CALLER:  Right, yeah.  You know what?  I'm part of the rich, making $80,000 after taxes, but then wait.  My property tax just went up to $13,000 a year, in Brooklyn.  You know, and it's like I have nothing left.  I've worked so hard, and I can't get anywhere.

RUSH:  So what are you gonna do?  I mean, before you answer this, let me set the table.  You sound like you are industrious, inventive, flexible, ambitious, you have choices.  What are you gonna do?

CALLER:  I really don't know.  That's the problem.  And I'm running out of time.

RUSH:  Is your business tied to Brooklyn?  Can it only be conducted there?

CALLER:  Well, my business isn't tied to Brooklyn, but I don't feel comfortable living anywhere else in the country.  I love the United States.  Don't get me wrong.  But having the ability to order a pie pizza at two in the morning, you know, when you're hungry and you're working late.

RUSH:  See, they're counting on this, Kevin.  This is a limitation that you are self-imposing.  I mean, if you wanted to move to a no-income-tax state, for example, you would be ahead of the game a little bit, if you wanted to move your business. But you like Brooklyn.  There's nothing wrong with that, but you're gonna pay for it.  And de Blasio is not even inaugurated yet.  I hear you.  I feel for you.  It sounds a little strange to say, but my heart breaks because in the sense that you discussed, you are the future. You are the kind of guy that's gonna employ others and provide them a job and a standard of living, or at least you were. 

But you've become a target.  You're an achiever.  You know how to have success.  You have become the target of this administration and of Washington.  And I do.  I feel extremely sad for you.  "I work so hard, and I can't keep any of it."  Yeah, I know.  I heard him say that.  "I work so hard and I can't keep any of it."  And then he gets blamed for being greedy by politicians.  They blame him for being greedy.  You need to spread the wealth around, Kevin.  You're not giving enough yet.  They'll get it. 

Sit tight.

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RUSH: The Kevins of the world.  That call illustrates one of the many values of talk radio.  That guy is not a nameless person standing behind Obama applauding as Obama launches through his latest slate of lies about the greatness of Obamacare.  Here's a guy, Kevin, affected deeply and profoundly by the policies of his government.  He's at his wits' end.  Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit, is losing the medical care and insurance that's kept him alive, and he's asking, "Why is our government doing this to us?"  Real life stories. 

Now, people like Kevin, he's not alone.  He is one of millions.  And young people today, like Kevin -- I know you're still out there, Kevin.  Let me tell you what you're actually going to end up doing.  You, if things do not change, are going to spend the rest of your life paying off the cost of the Democrat Party buying votes from everybody.  That is what they've done.  They have played Santa Claus with all of their voters.  They're giving their voters, promising their voters everything.  But you're paying for it, Kevin.  They're not.  They're using your money. 

Every dollar in that town of Washington, DC, is somebody else's first before it gets there.  But it has not been willingly, willfully spent.  It has been taken from people before they've even ever seen it. It's been deducted from their gross earnings.  They never even see it.  The town just takes it.  Not buying anything for it.  You're paying for it.  And you're gonna continue to pay the cost of the Democrats buying votes all of these years. 

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