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RUSH: Here is Tony in Clearwater, Florida, as we go to the phones.  Hello.

CALLER:  Thanks a lot Rush.  I've been out of work four years, Rush.  This is the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years.  Get a job at McDonald's, Mickey D's?  You gotta go for two interviews. It's like trying to get a job at NASA or General Motors.  Then this vindictive minuscule little man, Barack Obama, is blaming Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and racism?  Let me tell you something, Barack.  It's not Fox News, it's not Rush Limbaugh, and it's not racism, Barack.  It's you.

RUSH:  That's pretty good, Tony.  That is pretty good.  Did you say it takes two interviews to get a job at Mickey D's? Did you say that?

CALLER:  Two interviews, Rush, to get a job at Mickey D's, man.  Like I say, if I try and get a job at NASA or General Motors, it's like an internship.  That's how lousy it is out there.

RUSH:  Have you gone to Mickey D's, trying to get a job there? Have you been interviewed there.

CALLER:  No, I haven't been interviewed.  I didn't go there. I'll tell you why I didn't go there.  Gas is $3.50 a gallon. I'm driving an old car.  I'm not gonna drive around in this miserable, rotgut economy wasting my gas, time, and effort knowing I'm gonna get no call back.  I've heard it from other people.  Two interviews, man.

RUSH:  Well, you know, you might be suffering a misconception 'cause the president says that the economy is roaring back. Of course that's BS.  By the way, folks, speaking of which, did you hear they've revised fourth quarter GDP down?  They reported it initially at 3.2.  Now it's 2.4, 2.8. It's 33% less than what they originally said.  In fact, the first report every quarter of GDP is always wrong and is weeks later revised down to where it's worse.


RUSH:  This is Dan in Miami.  Great to have you, sir.  Thank you for waiting.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush.  Nice to be on.  You got me thinking the other day when you were talking about this proposal on raising the minimum wage.  I hire people, and I had worked for minimum wage when I got started about 40 years back.  And right now when I hire people, there's so many unemployed that I can pick and choose the best of what's out there.  And if we go to minimum wage, people are gonna do the same thing.  We're going to go for the best we can get, and minimum wage first -- and all the people that really do need to start out their lives with a job and stuff like that are gonna get cut out from being able to get a minimum wage.

RUSH:  Let's put it in a way people can understand. When anybody says, "Raising the minimum wage will create job loss and higher unemployment," people ask, "How?"  Okay, let's use a number.  Let's just make minimum wage $2.50 higher. Let's move it up from $7.50, or whatever it is now, to $10.  Folks, there are a lot of people who are not worth $10 an hour.

CALLER:  Correct.

RUSH:  And they're gonna be fired.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  It's just that simple.


RUSH:  That's exactly what happened.  They're not worth $10. They're entry-level, whatever. They're not worth it.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  What the left mistakenly assumes is that if some central authority comes along and mandates this wage, that everybody is just gonna sit there and pay it.  Businesses can't afford to pay people what they're not going to get back in return in terms of productivity or talent or capability.

CALLER:  I agree.  You're right, 'cause I've listened to you talk about it before.  We're all gonna have to raise the price of our services to cover that, but what I'm saying is -- as an employer who hires people -- I'm gonna pick the best that's out there at minimum wage, and the young people starting out are gonna get passed over.

RUSH:  Right, because in your case it's buyer's market.

CALLER:  Yes, sir.

RUSH:  There's so much unemployment, you've got so many people to choose from --


RUSH:  -- that you can take your time and find the absolutely best for what you have to pay.

CALLER:  And, you know what?  I got a great crew, 'cause I hire people with 30 years' of experience and I don't have to put up with "I don't have a car," or the dating problems, coming in late and all that stuff.  All my people are mature.

RUSH:  Let me ask you a question.  Seriously, now.  I just reported that the government has revised the fourth quarter GDP down from I think 3.2 to 2.8%.  It's down a significant drop. The fourth quarter economy didn't grow anywhere near like they said.  What would happen to somebody that worked for you that got every assignment wrong and shows up late? You know, let's say your job is nine to five and they show up at 9:30 every day. What would happen to them?

CALLER:  They'd be canned.

RUSH:  They'd have to be canned or something.  If I decided to do this... You know, this show's noon to three. If I said, "You know what? It's not noon to three.  It's whenever I get here 'til three so I'll show up at 12:30," and somebody says, ""You have to be here at noon," and I reply, "No, no. It's whenever I can get here..." The government can do whatever they want.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  They can announce these numbers, be totally full of it, lie about 'em, and sick the IRS on political opponents. There's nothing anybody can do.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  They can mandate what you have to pay somebody, and then if you can't find somebody worth what the minimum wage is, what are you gonna do?  You can't just magically increase your labor cost of somewhere.  You have to find that money somewhere.  You have to fire somebody else to hire somebody not as qualified just to keep the government off your back.

CALLER:  Well, I'm hearing now that services are being cut back in a lot of places that we go to eat or whatever, because they're struggling right now, and they're letting people go so they can afford the higher prices and things.  So we're getting lousier service, and it's just a trickle-down effect on purpose, I believe.

RUSH:  Exactly right.  Well, look, Dan, I appreciate your call. What business are you in? Do you mind saying?

CALLER: I run a print shop.

RUSH:  Print shop.

CALLER:  Yes, sir.

RUSH:  Cool.  Thanks much for the call.

CALLER:  Thank you, Rush.  Good talking to you.

RUSH:  You bet.  All right, the GDP number was 3.2%. That was what the government announced was the rate in which the economy grew in the fourth quarter, and they had they just revised it to 2.4%.  So it's down almost eight-tenths of a point.  (interruption)  They made it up.  (interruption)  Same thing with the unemployment numbers.  Those always get revised worse.  (interruption) 

It's always smoke and mirrors. (interruption) Ah, was cold. It was cold, yeah.  That would explain how they got the economic growth number wrong.  That's a significant error, 3.2 to 2.4; that's almost a full point they got it wrong by.


RUSH:  Athol, Massachusetts.  This is Michael.  Great to have you on the program.  Am I pronouncing it right?

CALLER:  It's Athol.

RUSH:  Athol.  Okay.  Well, great.  I'm glad you called, sir.

CALLER:  Thank you.  I'm just calling about Senator Harry Reid.  You know, it's funny that the only people who defend Obamacare are the people who don't have to have Obamacare.

RUSH:  Or who are subsidized by Obamacare, which Dingy Harry is.  That's a great point, sir.

CALLER:  Well isn't everybody is subsidized because they haven't built the back half of the website yet?

RUSH:  No, they're subsidized 'cause they're members of Congress and the government and it was too expensive for 'em.  I'm not making it up.  Congressional staff complained -- and some of these people make up to 150 or 160 thousand dollars a year. They claim they couldn't afford it -- and, Michael, I am not making a shred of this up.  I never do that anyway.  The Regime, Obama promised them that they would get up to 75% of their costs subsidized by the Bureau of Labor Personnel or some such thing. 

If they're not gonna be subsidized by the exchanges, it's some personnel bureaucracy in the government.  It goes for members of Congress, too, who can make up to 175 grand.  The staff started saying, "We can't afford that," so they're getting 75% subsidy.  So it's those people or the people that don't have to have it who -- you're right -- are singing its praises.

CALLER:  Right.  Right.  I mean, like that girl that was on Fox News this morning there.  There are other cancer patients out there that say the same thing. "You know, if it's so great, how come not one person has signed up in the state of Oregon?"

RUSH:  Well, in fact, that's true.  They don't have any enrollment in the state of Oregon.

CALLER:  Not one person. They must be pretty healthy out there.

RUSH:  Not one -- and the thing I said earlier: Where's this endless parade of happy enrollees?  If Dingy Harry says, "These guys are making this all up! There aren't any failures. There isn't any problem. These are lies. These stories are untrue."  Right?  Well, where is this endless parade of happy citizens who have enrolled with Obamacare and their life is now hunky-dory?  Where is this list?

CALLER:  I think they've been looking for them since December but they haven't found them yet.

RUSH:  Well, then they're gonna make 'em up since I brought it up.  They'll get a bunch of actors -- and they'll do this, no doubt, since I brought it up. But what this is, Michael, is Ruling Class versus Country Class. Us is the Country Class. We are the Country Class, and they are the Ruling Class, and I have warned everybody about this year after year after year.  Members of Congress (usually Democrats, leftists) always devise two versions of their rules. 

One version is for us.  Another version is for them.  Their version of the rules almost always exempts them from the rules that we have to obey, and they do this quite openly.  "Well, we're important!  You know, we're the leaders.  We have to be well.  We can't afford to get sick.  We are too needed every day.  We must have our benefits," and what have you.  They honestly do look at it that way.  That's why there are elites. (interruptin) Yeah, it's the Office of Personnel Management, Jason, that is subsidizing congressional staff and many members of Congress. 


Here's Rod in Minneapolis.  Hello, sir.  It's wonderful to have you with us.  Hello.

CALLER:  Good morning, Rush.  Thank you for having me on.

RUSH:  You bet, sir.

CALLER:  I just wanted to share a little personal story my son's going through.  He's in his fifth year of college. He's working on a degree in the medical field.  He's been fortunate enough to have an athletic scholarship and work his way through college.  He has loans, of course.  Recently his part-time job --

RUSH:  Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Wait just a second. You have a son on an athletic scholarship who's actually attending class?

CALLER:  Ha.  Yeah.

RUSH:  That's great.  That's fabulous.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  Congratulations.

CALLER:  Yep.  I'm very proud of him.

RUSH:  You should be.

CALLER:  (laughing) Yeah. I guess my point is, he --

RUSH:  I didn't mean to stop you cold there.  You just shocked me.

CALLER:  I appreciate that.  I went to college as well, and I understand what you're talking about very much.  My point is, my son has a part-time job in the medical field which he is trying to get into or he is going to school for.  Recently I found out, he told me that instead of working anywhere between 30 and 35 hours a week, his employer is cutting him back to 25 hours a week because of the Obamacare law. So my son is basically losing 25% of his part-time income while he's going to college full time.

RUSH:  That's okay. He's in med school. He can treat himself for free if he gets sick.

CALLER:  (laughing) Yeah, but we gotta get there first.  That's kind of the problem.

RUSH:  Yeah, I know.

CALLER:  The end result is, you have to get there first.

RUSH:  They just keep throwing obstacles in the way, don't they?

CALLER:  Yeah, they really shook him up.  Here's a young man that has very good grades, and he's applied to further his education after his first five years are finished here in the spring.

RUSH:  Well, was he unaware of this-30-hour part-time aspect of the law? Did he not know it existed?

CALLER:  Oh, he knew it was there.  But the thing of it is when you're 23 years old and trying to work your way through college and decrease the amount of student loans you come out with. Now he's basically forced to go find another part-time job to try to make up for the hours that were cut from his first part-time job.

RUSH:  Not to mention the fact that he doesn't have health care qualification. He can't combine the two part-time jobs and qualify for health care anywhere.

CALLER:  Well, that's why his hours were cut, and he's really frustrated, 'cause he's a hardworking young man and he's trying to do what he can for himself.

RUSH:  This is happening...

CALLER:  I'm just wondering how many other parents are in this same boat, having children that are stuck.

RUSH:  I know.  Welcome to Obamaville.  I wonder why people aren't just over the top angry about this everywhere.



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