Mr. Snerdley said, “You know, I can’t wait till you come up with a nickname for old Harry Reid just like we had Tom ‘Puff’ Daschle,” and I said, “Well, what comes to mind when you hear Harry? Dirty Harry, right?” and of course that’s already taken. Clint Eastwood already has that. I’m just throwing this out, there may be better ideas, but we could call him “Soiled Harry.”
My friends, old-age pension? That’s what you got when you were a United Auto Worker line employee. Old age pension? I mean, that’s old in itself. That’s an archaic term and it gives an indication of just where old Soiled Harry is. I love this. I just love it. I mean, you listen to this stuff, you know, you can remember the old days, it would just make you mad, and some people would be so worried that old soiled Harry’s words would be persuasive. But my gosh it’s a broken record out there and there aren’t even records. Do you realize it’s impossible, ladies and gentlemen, because there are no — I mean some of you may still have some of your old platters of wax. You may have some 33 rpm LPs. You may have some 45s. Some of you may be holding onto your old 78s, although I don’t know what you’d play ’em on. But the fact is it’s impossible to have a broken record these days unless you’re the Democrats. The Democrats are keeping alive old technology. I mean, a CD when it screws up, doesn’t sound like a broken record does. This is a broken record, and the Democrats are it as typified here by soiled Harry Reid, the new Senate minority leader in the Senate.
We got two more Soiled Harry bites and the second one here is more on how Bush wants to destroy Social Security. Russert says (cough). Folks, you have to forgive me here, I have a tickle in the throat. You ever have a throat tickle? I consumed non-adult beverage during the break. It works temporarily, but I’ll try to dial down the energy level here just a little bit hoping that that will correct some of the problem. Anyway, Russert says to soiled Harry, “Senator, there (laughing) are now 40 million people on Social Security. In the next 20 years there will be 80 million. Life expectancy used to be 65. It’s now approaching 80. If you have twice as many people on these programs for 15 years you’ve got to restructure them in some way, shape, or form. What is your solution? What is it your alternative?”
SOILED HARRY: All experts say that
RUSH: I want to go back to this sound bite #9 we just played for you from Soiled Harry, the new Senate minority leader, because I didn’t get to analyze it because something in it reminded me of this conversation, and there’s more on the conversation I can tell you about after I play the bite, the thing in there that caused me to bounce off of it. But here again the question, Russert says: “Hey, look, the retirement age is staying the same. The number of retirees are going to double in the next 20 years; life expectancy is 80 now, not 65. Don’t you have to do something to fix this program, sir?”
REID: All experts say that Social Security beneficiaries will receive every penny of their benefits that they’re entitled to, a hundred percent of them, until the year 2055. After that if still do nothing, they’ll draw 80% of their benefits. I want those beneficiaries after the year 2055 to draw a hundred percent of their benefits but this does not require dismantling the program. For heavens’ sakes they’re crying wolf a little too regularly here. There is not an emergency on Social Security. We can do this. The president should not try to jam this private accounts in an effort to destroy Social Security. In the early — when — when Social Security came before the Congress, who opposed it? The Republicans. And they have a long memory. They’ve been trying to destroy Social Security for a long time and now they think they have an opening to do it.
RUSH: All right, Soiled Harry. I want a