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Emotion Trumps Logic in Politics

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RUSH: From the Associated Press:  "The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security." We have simply got to give them their citizenship.  To deny them their citizenship is a matter of national security. 

I have a question, and I'm sure this question's borne of total ignorance.  How does being in the country illegally and taking jobs away from Americans and getting benefits like education, welfare, food stamps, and all that, without paying any taxes, how does that earn you anything? 

You know why this works?  I mean, here you have the department -- and Obama's gonna make a big deal about this tonight.  He wants these people registered as Democrats.  And for some reason -- well, it's not for some reason.  We know now who's pressuring the Republicans.  It's the Chamber of Commerce.  Moneyed donors are determining the Republican position on amnesty.  We know that now.  The issue had died electorally for this year, but now the Democrats are urging Obama, hey, keep working with Boehner, because Boehner is saying the Republicans are gonna make this happen, independently of what Obama wants.  It's what their donors want.  The Republicans, they're not doing this to please Obama, to please Democrats.  That may be a side benefit in their minds.  They're doing this because this is what their donors want. 

Now you've got the Department of Homeland Security, the secretary, saying that making sure these people are granted citizenship is a matter of national security.  And that they've earned it, by the way.  All of the years they've been here and all of the hard work they've done and all of the taxes they've paid and all of the living in the shadows they've done and all the hiding and all of the running away from authorities and all of the pressure and all of the intensity of maybe being deported, they've earned it.  They're in violation of the law. 

How would this work, if the crime involved were, say, a bank robbery?  Like if Bonnie and Clyde had tried and failed for a number of years to rob banks and suffered the humiliation. They were basically good people. They just wanted to rob banks. Would we at some point say give them the money, because they've earned it? They have expended so much effort and they've done so much, in this case for the state of Texas?  It's a flawed analogy here. 

But this is a textbook example of how emotion trumps everything in 2014 America when it comes to cultural matters. And for the longest time, emotion is what Obama used to insulate himself from any accountability for the destruction of his policies everywhere you turn in this country.  I was speaking about economics earlier.  I was making the point that economics is pure logic.  But the problem with it, what makes it complicated is that for every action, there are many reactions, not just one.  There are multiple reactions to every action that occurs economically.  And once you introduce emotion -- the minimum wage is not an economic issue with people.  It's an emotional issue.  It's become one of fairness. 

In fact, everything the Democrat Party is doing is designed to make every one of their beneficiaries a victim of this country somehow.  And as a victim, they are owed.  That's what this DHS guy is essentially doing.  These people, whatever the number, 11, 12, 20 million undocumented, illegal aliens, are actually victims.  And we need to make it right.  They are victims of an unfair, unjust, punitive, racist law.  That would be our immigration law and we have to fix it.  We've gotta be nice to 'em.  We have to pay 'em back. All the pain and suffering that our law has caused, they now must be compensated for it somehow, because it's our mistake. 

This is how the Democrats advance practically everything, is infuse emotion into it, which is much easier to feel than thinking is to do.  Emotion is instantaneous.  You experience it automatically one way or the other.  But critical thinking requires time before you come to a conclusion, before you realize what you really think about something.  And while you're in the midst of thinking about what you really think about something, the emotional impact can often take hold first.  The Democrats know this, and this is how they advance practically everything. 

The guilt trip is always placed on the majority.  The minority in practically every instance is a victim and is owed redress simply because they are a minority, and the only reason they're a minority is because it's unfair and mean to have a majority.  It used to be being in the majority, that's where power resided, the democratic fashion and so forth, but now you may as well be two steps shy of being criminal if you're in the majority, the way the Democrats and the left have structured things.  

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RUSH:  Back to the phones in Wichita, Kansas.  Here is Adam.  It's great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush.  Thanks for having me.

RUSH:  You bet.

CALLER:  Yeah, I was going back to the minimum wage arguments you were making earlier, and you said that the argument for increasing the minimum wage was more of an emotional kind of issue.  I'm 25 now, and having lived through a minimum wage increase already, I have at least a little bit of experience with it.  When I was 16, my first job was at McDonald's, making $5.25 an hour or so I think was the minimum wage then.  And as I was telling your call screener, it just kind of seems like theoretically, now that the minimum wage has increased to $7.25, I should be able to save a little bit more money each paycheck.  I should be technically making more money now than I was then, but I don't think people realize that the reality of the situation is, I'm not.  When I was 16 --

RUSH:  Wait a minute.  Wait a minute.  I need to understand something here.  I may be laboring here under a misconception.  Are you saying you started at McDonald's in 1995?

CALLER:  No.  It was 2006, I believe. It was 2005, '6.

RUSH:  So you've been at McDonald's working minimum wage for the past eight years?

CALLER:  No, I'm not there anymore.

RUSH:  Oh.

CALLER:  When I was 16, that was my first job was working at McDonald's.

RUSH:  Okay.  Well, I'm confused.  I thought you said you're now making $7.25 an hour.

CALLER:  The minimum wage has increased to $ 7.25 an hour.  I've previously left McDonald's.  I'm working somewhere else now making about $3 more than $5.25, about $8.50 or so an hour.  According to what the Democrats are saying, I would be able to save more. I'd be making more money and able to save more money each paycheck.  But the reality is when I was 16 and making $5.25 an hour, there was pretty much not a time throughout my whole sophomore, junior year that I didn't have a $1000 or so.

RUSH:  Well, the minimum wage is not intended to support anybody.

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