RUSH: John in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Thank you for waiting. Great to have you on the program. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hooah, Rush. I tell you what, man. What a joy to hear you interact with those precious children.
RUSH: Isn't it, though? I appreciate your mentioning that.
CALLER: That's what the country is all about.
RUSH: Imagine how that scares Planned Parenthood, John?
CALLER: Oh, gosh. It's such an honor to speak to a true American such as yourself. And, you know, I'm gonna be brief, but couple of questions for you. Why do the Republicans continue to raise the debt ceiling? What do they expect to come out of that?
RUSH: They raise the debt ceiling because they're trying to trap the Democrats. They'll let 'em have the debt ceiling, but they're gonna come back and they'll really oppose them on the budget.
CALLER: Well, I'm a small business owner, and I listened to this guy and I took an extended lunch 'cause I wanted to talk to you.
RUSH: You know what the question is, John? Do you know what the question you're really getting at is? "Why is there a debt ceiling?" Why is there one, when it gets blown every time it's up? Why do we even have a debt ceiling? The debt ceiling doesn't stand for anything.
CALLER: What would happen if they didn't raise the debt ceiling?
RUSH: What would happen is the beginning of some fiscal sense, but they would tell you it's the end of the world. They would tell you it's the end of Washington. They would tell you we can't get by unless we expand. They would tell you we can't pay our bills and that we would lose our credit rating and all that. Don't you wish you could raise your debt ceiling any time you wanted to? Just raise it! There's no point in having one is the point, 'cause nobody stands for it anymore. Nobody enforces it anymore.